TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, Revelation 13:14-17, 14:9
In 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 we are told, “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.” Satan ultimately has to sit in the temple, showing himself he is god. The only way he can show himself that he is god is that he has to gain worship from man. It is only in the gaining worship from man that he demonstrates to himself that he is god. He has to have worship from man. So now the question is, how does satan gain worship from man? The answer to that is Revelation 13:14-17 and 14:9. Revelation 13:14-17 says, “And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Satan gains worship when everyone takes the mark because they cannot buy or sell without it. That means it is a mammon-mark. Primarily how satan gains worship from man is through the spirit of mammon. He draws leaders to manipulate people for money. Special project presentations showing suffering children and even animals touch the heart and draw money! The top ten money-raising charities in the US all present suffering children. Ministries present a need and keep collecting when the original goal has been met. The mammonite manipulators for money are alive and well, and every time they step over the line to enrich themselves, satan gains worship. But God has a judgment for that in the last days.