You do remember that Moses’/Aaron’s snake ate all the other snakes? Because God’s power was greater. Moses and Aaron were just following directions-- throw down your staff. God did all the work. Perhaps the Egyptian magicians were amazing illusionists. Or perhaps it was demon magic. But God’s power is always far greater than anyone who would pretend to copy him. Paul talks about counterfeit miracles.
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
and Matthew has Jesus talking about it:
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.
and you bump into the idea in Revelation:
They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.
etc, etc, etc. So we agree that it could happen---- but you can’t just say, “Don’t order a milkshake, because there was that guy who put poison in his wife’s milkshake.” You have to look at the full context of the claim, who’s making the claim, is that person making the claim reliable and trustworthy; etc, etc, etc, as Gorgias was spelling out. If someone’s going to make up a fake resurrection and a fake God for us to worship, they’re probably not going to command us to “feed the hungry/give drink to the thirsty/clothe the naked/bury the dead/shelter the traveler/comfort the sick/ransom the captive/counsel the doubtful/instruct the ignorant/admonish the sinner/comfort the sorrowful/forgive injuries/bear wrongs patiently/pray for the living and the dead/love God above all things/love your neighbor as yourself.”
On a side note, did you ever read about the magician Dedi? His story was told in the Westcar Papyrus, and he was supposed to have lived during Khufu’s reign in the 4th Dynasty. There are certain things he is and isn’t allowed to do. You can compare the ancient Egyptian magicians to Christ and see how they’re operating on two different fields. Christ, for example, was limited in that he couldn’t work where there was no faith. Dedi, on the other hand, dealt in knowledge and the animal kingdom, but couldn’t bring harm to people, even if they were condemned criminals awaiting execution. It might have been Dedi, or someone else, but I do remember the King asking him to perform his miracle on his nephew, or a slave, or something, because he suspected it was an illusion, and the magician unable to comply-- he could only do bulls and geese and things.