THE GREAT FALLING AWAY IN THE LAST DAYS
The Holy Bible has much to say regarding the LAST DAYS of man’s rule on earth, and the coming GREAT FALLING AWAY of society before God ushers in the millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ with ‘Peace on Earth, Good Will to All Men’. It has been 2000 years since Jesus Christ came to earth to save us from our sins, and from hell and eternal damnation. While the shepherds were tending their flock at night, an angel appeared with a multitude of the heavenly host praising God saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men’ Lk2:14. But the irony of this great and precious message is ‘where is this peace and good will toward all men’, and when will it come? Today, our world is in great turmoil, morally, spiritually, culturally, financially, and economically.
Today, the nations of the world are running on ‘fumes’ due to the printing of enormous amounts of unbacked paper money to fuel their high living standards and to support their expensive military and destructive war machines. This is particularly so with the major nations such as the US, China, Japan, Russia, England, and the Eurozone countries. The world is also embroiled in wars and rumours of wars, conflicts of nation against nation, particularly in the Middle East. The world is heading for an unprecedented economic collapse greater than the Great Depression of the 1930s. In America, since 2014 began, the Eastern US has experienced relentless Arctic blasts of winter storms with extreme cold and snowfall. An incipient severe drought and water shortage is also developing in the Western US, and in many other parts of the world. This will cause sharply rising food prices, buying panic, food shortage, and even prolonged famines. A global stock market crash is highly probable and if so, will exacerbate the world’s economic and monetary situation even further.
JESUS prophesied that there will be ‘famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places’ and false prophets and teachers arising to deceive many as the ‘sign of his coming and of the end of the world’ Mt24:3-8,11. There will be no peace until JESUS CHRIST ‘The Prince of Peace’ establishes His kingdom on earth Is9:6,7. But before this happens, there will be a GREAT FALLING AWAY of mankind in abject rebellion against God, and great depravity of the human soul, giving rise to THE ANTICHRIST, who will then rule over the world in the most terrible period ever for mankind, described by JESUS as the GREAT TRIBULATION Mt24:21.
The COMING GREAT FALLING AWAY
The GREAT FALLING AWAY refers not only to the APOSTASY of the endtime churches and lukewarm believers, but also to a general worldwide breakdown in society of morality, ethics, and character. The apostle Paul wrote ‘Let no man deceive you by any means: for THAT DAY SHALL NOT COME, except there come A FALLING AWAY FIRST, and THAT MAN OF SIN be revealed, THE SON OF PERDITION’ 2Th2:3. Paul said ‘This know also, that in the LAST DAYS perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce- breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof..’ 2Ti3:1-4. It will be the wholesale breakdown of society, nations, governments, military, institutions, marriages, churches, universities, and public morality, leading to the coming ANTICHRIST, the One World Government and the GREAT TRIBULATION. The GREAT FALLING AWAY will be ubiquitous, affecting everyone in the world.
In America, the FALLING AWAY is readily apparent as we witness the great moral failings of our political leaders and society, and the major economic and financial problems facing us: the recision of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in Sep. 20, 2011 allowing for open homo- sexuality in the US Military, the defeat of DOMA– (marriage between a male and female) through the legalization of Same-Sex Marriage by the US Supreme Court on June 26, 2013, the recent legalization and/or consideration of marijuana use by many other states, and the US insurmountable runaway national debt. America is financially broke. Churches must soon decide whether they will perform SSM. If they refuse, they will be charged with discrimination, and one day may lose their tax exempt status. As God warned Israel 3500 years ago, ‘Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the INIQUITY thereof upon it, and the land itself VOMITETH out her inhabitants’ Lev18:24,25, so shall it be with America!
The COMING ANTICHRIST
The apostle Paul succinctly described the coming of THE ANTICHRIST in the LAST DAYS: ’Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY FIRST, and that MAN OF SIN be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.. now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that WICKED be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.. God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’ 2Th2:3-12. In just 10 short verses, Paul has succeeded to prophesy what will happen in the LAST DAYS!
THE ANTICHRIST will be the incarnation and embodiment of SATAN, the DEVIL LUCIFER, revealed in an individual. As SATAN entered into Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus Lk22:3, he will so enter into that MAN OF SIN, the SON OF PERDITION. The WICKED ANTICHRIST will do ‘the WORKING OF SATAN with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish..’ 2Th2:9,10. He will have great supernatural powers to deceive, and ‘..by peace shall destroy many’ Da8:25. God will allow THE ANTICHRIST to deceive MANY, because they love not the truth, that they might be saved. The apostle John warned that there are many antichrists, but THE ANTICHRIST will be revealed in the last days. John wrote ‘as ye have heard that ANTICHRIST shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is THE LAST TIME’ 1Jn2:18.
SATAN’s Obsession For Worship and to Be Like God
The Bible reveals that SATAN desires to be worshipped, to steal God’s glory, and supplant Him. The ‘5 I wills’ of LUCIFER, aka SATAN, are revealed in Is14:12-14: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH’ . Worship belongs only to God, who commanded Moses ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before ME’ Ex20:3. The Bible states ‘Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: WORSHIP the LORD in the beauty of holiness’ 1Ch16:29. But SATAN, in his obsession for worship, has succeeded to deceive MANY people to worship him through his promise of pleasure, prosperity and power.
So besides his desire to destroy all of us, SATAN also desires worship from us. He once offered JESUS all the kingdoms of the world if He would just fall down and worship him. JESUS replied ‘Thou shalt WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, and him only shalt thou serve’ Mt4:10. In the Endtimes, THE ANTICHRIST, the persona of SATAN, will ‘opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God’ 2Th2:4.The Bible tells that an image of THE ANTICHRIST will be made and given life, and‘many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed’ Re13:14. Here we also see that the TEMPLE OF GOD will be rebuilt in Jerusalem for the Jews to worship in, fulfilling what Jesus said ‘When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place.. Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains’ Mt24:15,16. This will all happen during the coming GREAT TRIBULATION.
GROWING OPEN SATANIC WORSHIP TODAY
It is undeniable that there is an increasing OPEN WORSHIP of SATAN today. It is very apparent in the lyrics of the songs and dances, in print, movies and on TV, on the radio and Internet, and during many recent mega-events like the 2012 London Olympics, and the 2012, 2013, 2014 NFL Super Bowls featuring Madonna, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars (song- Locked Out of Heaven) all glorifying the devil. The costumes and dances of the two women were lewd, occultic, and vulgar, but viewed and enjoyed by over 100 million people in the US, and billions elsewhere.
Paul McGuire, a Christian writer and popular radio host said ‘At the Grammy Awards there were open practice and worship of SATAN, the vilest forms of demonic and perverse sexuality where orgies, S and M (sadomasochism), sex with fallen angels or demons, witchcraft and the occult enacted with lyrics to confirm it. Rock artists performed open ceremonies worshipping of SATAN’. This really excites SATAN very much as he relishes in these black magic witchcraft rituals, especially before a great worldwide audience honoring him as the ‘god of this world‘ 2Co4:4. Satanic worship is increasing sharply in these LAST DAYS, and will culminate in the UNIVERSAL OPEN WORSHIPPING of SATAN and THE ANTICHRIST during the GREAT TRIBULATION, replacing the worshipping of ALMIGHTY GOD and our LORD JESUS CHRIST!
SATAN- The Author of the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY
How SATAN has succeeded over the past 6000 years of mankind to subtly, secretly, and mysteriously infiltrate the world using evil men and women, immoral rulers, leaders and corrupt politicians to subvert society, and false prophets and false teachers to corrupt the Gospel of Jesus Christ is called the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY 2Th2:7. The Bible speaks of the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY that is working mysteriously pervading and penetrating the whole world, with most people oblivious to what is or why it is happening, and why the world is in such a deplorable and desperate state of moral decline.
INIQUITY means evil, wickedness, lawlessness, sinfulness, immorality, perversion, drunkenness, greed, lust, theft, adultery, homosexuality, murders, etc. With regards to the Church, heresies and false doctrines have been planted by evil men influenced by seducing and demonic spirits. The apostle Paul wrote ‘Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the LATTER TIMES some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS, and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS’ 1Ti4:1. The apostle Peter said ‘But there were FALSE PROPHETS also among the people, even as there shall be FALSE TEACHERS among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction’ 2Pe2:1. SATAN has long ago infiltrated the churches and is using MANY people today to spread his INIQUITY, especially in these LAST DAYS.
The MYSTERY OF INIQUITY will culminate in the final GREAT FALLING AWAY of most people in society, including those attending churches that have gone into complete APOSTASY. Paul said ‘For the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way’ 2Th2:7. Some Bible scholars interpret this verse as the RIGHTEOUS BELIEVERS must first be taken out in the RAPTURE, before the GREAT FALLING AWAY will be allowed to begin. What we now see is the lining up of events before THE ANTICHRIST is revealed in the NEW WORLD ORDER– a One World Government, a One World Economy, and a One World Religion. Paul wrote ‘because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.. God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they ALL might be DAMNED who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness’ 2Th2:10,11. Sadly, it is because of their own INIQUITY, immorality and sin, MANY people will be DAMNED forever!
THE GREAT FALLING AWAY- INIQUITY SHALL ABOUND
In describing the END of the world to His disciples Mt24:3, Jesus said ‘..because INIQUITY shall abound, the love of MANY shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the END, the same shall be saved’ Mt24:12,13. This has direct implications against the churches, and LUKEWARM Christians, who have backslidden and are no longer saved. They were once followers, but have become lukewarm to God’s precepts and commandments, and have left their first love Re2:4. Jesus said ‘So then because thou art LUKEWARM, and neither cold nor hot, I will SPUE thee out of my mouth’ Re3:16. This fact is very apparent today, as many denominational churches are not warning their members about Christ’s return, the RAPTURE, Satan, sin and hell, and eternal judgment, but have compromised the Word of God.
For many years now, the media has been rife with news of widespread pedophilia, homosexuality, and pornography among clergy, pastors, and ministers, with some denominations even allowing ordained Gay or Lesbian ministers to serve. So far, the Catholic Church in America alone has paid out over $2.5 billion in child sex abuse settlement over the past decades. Jesus had a special warning to ministers: ‘Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the WILL of my Father which is in heaven. MANY will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work INIQUITY’ Mt7:21-23.
How MANY ministers who thought they were serving Jesus, will learn that He had disavowed ever knowing them? Re20:15 warns ‘And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire’. In the END, INIQUITY shall abound and MANY who turn away from God will perish– priests, pastors, politicians, and people alike!
THE GREAT FALLING AWAY– Choose Whom You Will Serve Today
As Paul stated in 2Th2:3-12, THE RAPTURE shall come, then the FALLING AWAY will ensue, and the MAN OF SIN will be revealed, the SON OF PERDITION aka THE ANTICHRIST, who will then rule the world for 42 months Re13:5 during the GREAT TRIBULATION, spoken by Jesus Mt24:21. Then JESUS will return to earth and ‘destroy (THE ANTICHRIST) with the brightness of His coming‘ 2Th2:8, Re19:15,20.
God is warning us through His Word to decide whom we will serve today and where we will spend eternity! Will you choose GOD or SATAN, JESUS CHRIST or THE ANTICHRIST, good or evil, righteousness or sin, life or death, blessings or curses, heaven or hell, eternal life or eternal damnation? Jesus said ‘Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it’ Mt7:13,14. As the world is literally falling apart in increasing sin and shame, one can either continue on the broad road to destruction like MANY are already on, or take the narrow road to eternal life, with only a FEW on it now.
It is not necessary for anyone to perish in the lake of fire, because Jesus already paid the price for our sins Jn3:16. But we all need to REPENT and RETURN to God, and REMAIN with Him! Jesus warned ‘except ye REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish’ Lk13:3. The KEY to our SALVATION and ETERNAL LIFE is REPENTANCE, and accepting JESUS CHRIST as our personal SAVIOUR! Amen!