Counterfeit: What Does It Mean?
Webster’s dictionary says…”to imitate with intent to deceive.”
In the world of art, sculpture, architecture or design, a proficient art forger can make what appears to be the original of an art masterpiece. The copy is so good that it may deceive even the very best of art connoisseurs. No matter how good a copy of the original it is still not the work of ‘the master’.
In the world of the supernatural our Creator reigns supreme. All that He does is an original work. It was in the Garden of Eden that Satan offered Eve the opportunity to acquire knowledge equal to that of God if she would eat of The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Up to this time by obeying God and remaining loyal to God, Adam and Eve would always be led of the Holy Spirit of God and were assured of always receiving the very best of God’s wonderful provisions. By disobedience to God they forfeited all that God had blessed them with and so lost their dominion over all things on earth to Satan.
In the world of the natural, the world we live in, we encounter counterfeit promises that tempt us with all kinds of pleasures. Things that promise us great wealth, great power, and political and social power to force others to submit to our will. Everything to our benefit, everything for us, us, us, always us.
There is another power and spirit who now rules this earth; the power and spirit of the Antichrist. He, too, can perform miracles. His influence has deceived many into thinking they are having their own way, that it is their own will carrying out their personal desires when in fact they are but pawns led by the cunning and deception of the enemy Satan.. The price they will eventually pay is that of a broken body, a sick mind, a destroyed family and marriage and often physical death as well as eternal death.
Romans 6:23 tells us that “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Eternal life is a gift of God but the counterfeit that Satan offers is eternal death. The fish that took the bait thought it was the real thing just as it is the lure and bait of Satan who catches you as you swallow his lies hook,line and sinker. You have been taken, you have been caught. This counterfeit of truth is an art form perfected by Satan who deceives, not just you, but the whole world. Rev. 12:9
What is true? What isn’t? How can you tell the difference? Without the Holy Spirit of God you can’t. Without repentance and without being converted you can’t have the power of the Holy Spirit of God to deliver you from the power of Satan. The human carnal mind does not accept the authority of God and will not submit to His laws. The carnal mind of man does not understand God nor does it want to. It is the enemy of God. It will not obey God.
As we move closer to ‘the time of the end’ we need to make preparation now for ourselves and our loved ones. This planet is on a journey even as Noah’s Ark was. All who are not on board or those whose name is not written in “The Book of Life’ or passenger list, will certainly perish as did all the people on earth when the rains came and Noah closed the door to the ark. For years they had ridiculed Noah, but now, can you imagine their terror when they realized they had been deceived by Satan and now their life and salvation was sailing away without them?
Is your name in God’s ‘Book of Life’? How much time do you have? Do you know what will happen tomorrow? All the more reason to attend to this most important matter now because what you do now, and what you decide now will determine what your eternity will be.
Life or death? The choice is yours. Deuteronomy 30:19
All things considered, this is.
As I See It.