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11:14 angel of light. Satan originally was the highest of all the angels (see notes on Isaiah 14:12-15 and Ezekiel 28:12-15), and he still has great authority (note Jude 9) and power to produce great “signs and wonders.” These, however, are “lying wonders” (II Thessalonians 2:9), intended, “if it were possible…[to] deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24). One must always test such pretenders by their faithfulness to the inerrant Word of God and the full deity and sinless humanity of Jesus Christ, as well as their genuine Christian character and behavior. It was such a false “angel of light” who has deceived many founders of false religions (Mohammed, Joseph Smith, etc.).

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