Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits … every spirit that does not confess Yeshua is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.
Egypt was on the way to meet her Endtime. Having been given a chance at godliness through the God of Joseph, she had turned back on the God who saved her choosing rather the ways of idolatry and persecuting God’s people. Moses is sent to give her a last chance through a repentance taking the form of allowing the Hebrews to worship God. Even so, our world has been given a chance at godliness through the international preaching of the Gospel, but today it has chosen the ways of secular idolatry. As Egypt once did, our world will also one day chose a god-man leader who will persecute all those who desire to follow the God of Moses.
Using demonism to imitate the power of God is an earmark of the Anti-Christ. Pharaoh’s magicians replicating Moses’ snake miracle through their magic is actually a prelude to the Endtime period that is to come on the planet. Today our world is hungry for peace, health, tranquility and prosperity. This state of affairs provides a breeding ground for the Jannes and Jambres of our days (Exodus 7:11; 2 Timothy 3:7-9), for the magicians and false prophets of our days who claim to bring us the peace, health, tranquility and prosperity that only the Messiah will provide in the World to Come. Indeed, the medical and defense budgets are the largest expenses in many countries’ economies. Many also succumb to the gambling of the stock market and other ‘get rich quick’ scams. Our materialistic world has also created a society that is hungry for the spiritual. This provides both scientists, charismatic revivalists preachers, and New-Age groups the desperate audience they need to prosper.
It has been long foreseen that along with imitating the realm of Messiah (Revelations 13:4), His death and resurrection (Revelations 13: 3), the Anti-Christ will also be a political and military genius bringing for awhile peace and prosperity to the planet. It will take the form of a fake and enforced peace, not unlike what has been coined by historians, the ‘Pax Romana’.
There is a proverb “Bring herbs to Herbtown.” This simply means that if you are a merchant you bring your market where people need and appreciate your wares the most. This doesn’t preclude that there will not be competition for your products, but this very competition can be the perfect place to prove the superiority of your goods. God knew that because of the supernatural bend of Egypt’s society, tricks like transforming a staff into a snake were common. God then, as a good marketer of His ware, brought His market to Pharaoh where His own reptilian ‘goods’ proved its superiority by devouring those of Jannes and Jambres magicians (Exodus 7:10-12).
And what does this teach us? May we not be so gullible as to follow in the footsteps of every peace, health and prosperity prophet. May we learn how to ‘try’ the spirits by a confession of faith that is not just verbal, but the demonstration of a life according to God’s commands (1 John 4:1-3; James 2:14-26).