The coming of Christ was signalised by mighty signs and wonders. The glory of miracles punctuated His life on earth. The ancient prophets had performed some miracles but in none of them was seen the full manifested glory of the Son of God. As light is in the stars so were miracles in the prophet’s lives but as light is in the Sun so were miracles in the life of our Lord.
To but touch the hem of His garment or hear His words, ‘I will,’ meant instant and perfect healing. Every sickness was cured, every malady healed and every leprosy cleansed. Death itself lay prostrate at His feet, and when commanded yielded up its prey. Such were the signs and wonders which heralded the advent and attested the Messiahship of Jesus of Nazareth.
The Antichrist we are told by Daniel, Paul and John, would seek to announce his advent and attest his claims with signs and lying wonders.
‘And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.’ Rev. 13:13,14
(The second beast, the false prophet, is the ecclesiastical organisation of the Antichrist, the spokesman of the first beast. Such are the priests of Rome.)
Scarce is there a miracle which Christ performed which the Church of Rome does not claim to have wrought. Her saints she would have us know are prodigies in the art of miracles. She claims to have the same unbounded power over both the visible and the invisible world which Christ has and that she imitates Him in all things. It is evident on the most casual of inspections that her imitation certainly does not follow Christ either in the Meekness of His Spirit or the Purity of His doctrine or the Holiness of His Life.
Apart from outward miracles, Antichrist professes to work those changes in the human heart which only God Almighty can work. In his baptism he claims to work the miracle of regeneration and by ordination bridges over twenty centuries and joins his priests to Peter. Five words, spoken by his priests at the altar, change the bread and wine, he claims, into the actual whole Christ, body, blood, nerves, sinews and all. Two words uttered in the confessional effect, he claims, the pardon of the ‘penitent.’ These are the lying wonders and miracles of which Paul warned us, and today we see the most influential clergy of apostate Protestantism crying and rushing to Rome that they too might have this power.
The miracles of the true Christ were done in the light and stood the test of the most critical of scrutinies. The so-called miracles of the Antichrist are seen to be ‘lying wonders.’ Not one of them can stand the test. Some of the most notable which were in Rome’s shop window for centuries were shown to be cheats at the Reformation, while some of them are so childish that they insult the understanding of ordinary sensible men and women.
Lying wonders they indeed are.
Baptismal Regeneration is a lying wonder. Sacramental grace is a lying wonder. The Absolution of the Confessional is a lying wonder. Transubstantiation, the mass, is the biggest wonder and greatest lie of all, and extreme unction is the last and fatal lie.
There is no truth whatsoever behind any of these things yet millions upon millions of deluded souls have taken leave of this world, fully confiding in these lies for salvation. The Pope by whose authority these lying wonders are performed, is indeed the Antichrist, prophetically identified by signs and lying wonders.