Question: How much power do Satan, his minions, and the Antichrist have? Can they heal?
Response: That Satan has great power is unarguable, as Job, chapters 1-2, demonstrates. He is, however, restricted in this power: “And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power [within a specific limit]; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord” (Job:1:12). Regarding an “ability” to heal, however, we must recognize that Satan is not the Creator and can’t bring life and healing. As Paul clearly told the pagan philosophers on Mars Hill, “For in him [the Lord] we live, and move, and have our being;...” In Exodus:15:26, the Lord declared, “for I am the LORD that healeth thee.”
In contrast, Satan can only afflict. Job:2:7 tells us, “So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.” Although Satan can afflict, he can also withdraw the affliction, thus giving the appearance of a healing. “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Cor:11:14).
During His earthly sojourn, Jesus encountered a woman who for 18 years had been crippled by a spirit (Lk 13:11). Jesus identifies her infirmity as being from Satan: “[T]here was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and...could in no wise lift up herself....And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?” (Lk 13:11,16). Satan’s power is real but easily overcome by our Lord. Jesus’ miracle of healing clearly showed His authority over Satan.
The hallmark of Satan’s endtimes deception is found in 2 Thessalonians:2:8-10: “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” He is the master of deception, and if “healing” will attract those being deceived, he will produce a counterfeit healing.
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