Whoever the "lawless one" is, or will be, he is identifiable in that his coming will be in accordance of the work of Satan. His characteristics are then spelled out: counterfeit miracles, signs, wonders—every sort of evil that deceives.
Satan has always worked this way and is working this way now. His first three works (miracles, signs, and wonders) look good to almost everyone, and the fourth (every sort of evil) doesn't look bad because by his very nature Satan is deceptive. Jesus said, "When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44).
It is the nature of a lie to appear as a truth. If a lie appeared as a lie, it would not be a lie. Therefore, it is our responsibility to discern between miracles and “miracles,” truth and “truth,” angels of light and “angels of light,” ministers of righteousness and “ministers of righteousness.”
It is my observation that Christians take things at face value. If they have discernment, they do not exercise it because of a fear of "judging," as if that were wrong. It is not wrong; it is a command. “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them" (Matthew 7:15-20).
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Written in 2019.