Masquerading: Pretending To Be Someone Else

13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their actions.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 BSB

The word “apostle” means teacher, one who preaches God’s Word and explains its deep spiritual meaning to the listeners. In Paul’s time, many false teachers and preachers were popping up and teaching the churches—that Paul planted—a different Jesus, one foreign to the gospel.

4 For if someone comes and proclaims a Jesus other than the One we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit than the One you received, or a different gospel than the one you accepted, you put up with it way too easily. -2 Corinthians 11:4 BSB

All false apostles, who claim to believe in Jesus, come from one person—the serpent of Genesis 3 named Satan, the devil, who deceives the whole world. Satan plants them with genuine believers for concealment like in our churches, homes, and social media platforms to legitimize them as the real McCoy—true Christians.

Once the genuine believers accept those whom Satan has planted as “true” Christians, then through Satan’s prompting and direction, they will introduce heretical doctrines. Heresy means to believe in any aspect of Jesus that does not resemble the Jesus mentioned in all four gospels. It also means when one integrates, into the Scriptures, the influence of the culture or any teachings from false religions. If we interpret the Scriptures with a lens other than the Holy Spirit, that interpretation will become heresy because it will take you away from the truth into a false belief.

These false apostles come with different names, pretending to be someone else. What I mean by this is that through the internet, it is impossible to know who’s who, and anyone can come to you saying this or that about themselves, but you cannot know for sure if it’s true, especially if they claim to be a Christian. One of the ways to tell is to look at their preaching. Their preaching will always be obscure. It doesn’t matter what topic they are preaching about. They will never give a clear understanding of what sin is and will easily compromise the truth for the sake of stepping on anyone’s toes. They will use different screen names to attack sound biblical teachings, but with their real names, they will pretend to support sound teachings—playing both sides.

To put it into perspective how hard it is to detect an impostor, we can look at Alec Baldwin, who is recognized by the industry for his acting skills, having been nominated for best actor. He recently killed a person for real on his set with a prop gun. When we watch him on TV making a statement on what happened and when his emotion surfaces, how can we know if what we are seeing is genuine? The man is a good actor, which would make it very difficult for anyone to detect if his emotion is real. It is the same with Satan’s servants, who claim to be believers. God’s Word is what helps us to see through their facade.

This article is an appeal to all the spiritual actors out there to come to repentance, who are masquerading as believers, with the intent to deceive many people. Remember that time is passing by, and now is the time to get right with the Lord.

Looking Into The Sinister Structure Of Satan And His Fallen Angels Domain

As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we face daily demonic entities who are always planning their next attack to stop us from accomplishing God’s will. Why? Because they hate God and are pure evil. But that’s not the only reason. They attack believers so that the gospel doesn’t reach others and get saved. They want people to go to hell and burn for all eternity. Demons will go above and beyond to keep your neighbors, friends, and family from hearing the message that God has given you through the Scriptures. I’m going to go into more details on the demonic forces of evil that we face every day to show you how serious our battles are and the need for us to get closer to the Lord.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world’s darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12 BSB

The bold and underlined words above will bring to light the structure of the fallen angels and their goal for humanity.

Ephesians 6:12 (For our struggle is not against flesh and blood) starts by clarifying that we are not in battle with people, but with what’s behind the people who come to either deceive you or harm you. Evil people are under demonic influence to destroy your faith in Christ, and if they can, physically. The good news is that we are under God’s protection (Job 1:10).

Our fight is against Satan and his fallen angels.

Rulers: In Greek (746), this word reveals that the demons have a hierarchical structure. You have in their ranks chief—head over the rest to command and give strategy to fight against God’s people, and kingly—who is in charge over a massive demonic army and reveals spiritual power. 

Authorities: This word in Greek (1849) show that they have spiritual power to influence people (2 Timothy 2:26) to go against God—rant and blaspheme His name (Revelation 13:5-6). They also push people to live in sin—having a strong pull to make people give in to the flesh. These fallen angels have the power to take control of your life (Luke 22:3-4). It won’t be to make it better but to make your life worse. Believers in Jesus Christ can permit the enemy to cause havoc in our lives by opening up a door (Ephesians 4:26-27).

Powers: The Greek word (2888) means that these demonic beings are the rulers of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4), who have detached themselves from God—the rebellion of Satan that took place in heaven before men came into existence. They are the ones who infiltrate the world governments (Daniel 10:13, 20) to change their policies that will work against God’s plan. The ultimate goal is to place in authority the Antichrist to rule the world for Satan (2 Thessalonians 2:4).

Darkness: The Greek word (4655) reveals that they want to plunge the world into sin—moral decay. When a person is in the flesh—feeding its desires, they are in darkness—walking with a blindfold in the direction of a spiritual cliff.

Spiritual Forces: This word in Greek (4152) indicates that we are in a spiritual battle as the enemy we face are spiritual beings. They operate in the spiritual realm, which manifests in the physical world. So, before a satanic attack happens in the physical world, it first occurs in the spiritual. When a false religious group (i.e., Mormons or Jehovah’s Witnesses) come knocking at your door, the plan of deception was already hatched in the spiritual world to send them to you for entrapment—a spiritual net. 

Evil: This word (Gr. 4188) shows you the enemy’s nature and desires for the human race. It gives you the words wickedness, iniquities, with pain. All this means that the demons, through a sinful lifestyle, will bring you extreme mental and physical pain. The purpose for this is to get you so tired of life that you would commit suicide—sending you straight to hell for the ultimate torment (Matthew 27:1-5).

Heavenly Realms: This Greek word (2032) means that all angelic activities happen in the spiritual world. It is where God instructs His angels to do His will and where the demons and God’s angels fight. Through the spiritual realm, they influence certain situations to impact people’s lives.

Part 2: Fallen Angels, Demons And The Tactics They Use To Entrap You

3 The tempter came to Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” -Matthew 4:3 BSB

Demons will not come to you until they see an opportunity. This opportunity happens when you stop reading the Scriptures and skip many days of prayer. They will continue observing you, and when they see your faith dip to a certain degree, that’s when they attack you.

One of their attacks is to question your status with God. Satan asked Jesus to prove that He was the Son of God. The devil already knows who He is, but He wanted Jesus to do a miracle instead of relying on the Father to provide for Him. Demons will try to get you to depend on yourself and not wait on the Lord. If you do that, it will show a lack of faith on your part.

4 But Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” -Matthew 4:4 BSB

When Satan set his trap for Jesus, the Son of God answered back with Scripture. God’s Word is the only weapon we have that will give us the truth—so we won’t get deceived. God’s Word keeps us from falling into his traps by lighting up our path—to see all of the enemy’s pitfalls.

5 Then the devil took Him to the holy city and set Him on the pinnacle of the temple. 6 “If You are the Son of God,” he said, “throw Yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command His angels concerning You, and they will lift You up in their hands, so that You will not strike Your foot against a stone.’” -Matthew 4:5-6 BSB

The devil will test your faith to see if he can deceive you by twisting Scripture to say something other than what it means. That’s how he uses the false teachers. They will quote the Bible but interpret it in a way that will fit their agenda. They use the Word of God for gain—to take something from you that they want. Jesus defeated Satan’s attack by going back to God’s Word (verse 7) to show him how he had distorted it.

The end goal for the devil is to get you to worship him instead of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just like Satan betrayed the Lord, so he wants you to betray Him as well. The devil wants you to be evil and dark. He hates the light and anything good. The devil wants to destroy you because he knows that the Lake of Fire is awaiting him, and he doesn’t want to be the only one there. He wants you to join him.

Click on the link: You can follow me on Telegram

On Telegram, you will receive a “Verse of the day,” updates on what’s happening in the world, one verse of Revelation with a commentary each day, and much more.