‘. . .many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.’
‘Then said Jesus unto the twelve, ‘Will ye also go away?’ (John 6:66-67)
‘And the Lord said. . . ‘when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?’ (Luke 18:6a, 8)
A FALLING AWAY IS COMING!
The apostle Paul wrote about the final days in 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-3
‘Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as the day of Christ is at hand. 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;
A falling away of Christians from their faith is already here and will escalate until the return of Christ. There will be NO revival before the tribulation, though many pastors believe otherwise. The end time revival in the Bible refers to the saints in white robes that John saw in heaven, who were martyred and ‘came out of great tribulation’, the saints who did not worship and take the mark of the beast (Rev 7:13-14). Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible suggests this falling away group of 2Thess 2:1-3 are the fallen Christians who worshipped the beast, took his mark and their ‘names are not written in the book of life. . .’ (Rev 13:8).
Fallen away Christians abandon Biblical truths and accept a false gospel and/or forsake and renunciate their Christian faith. Many volumes of books have been written on the subject of the end time apostasy and sermons have been preached on this phenomenon taking place before our eyes. The falling away has been occurring in America and world-wide over the past decades and is escalating in our day. The Barna Group reports that churches in America and throughout the world are experiencing declining church membership. They say that although the majority (71 percent) of those polled in 2016 claim to be ‘Christian’, only one out of three is a ‘practicing Christian’ according to their criteria, which includes church attendance at least once a month. More and more churches are nearly empty and many are closing, shutting their doors and hanging a sign ‘Church Closed’ like in a vision I saw a few years ago.
Jesus is asking us the same two questions today and I believe the answers to these two questions will probably go like this:
‘Will you leave me also?’ ‘I sure hope not!’
‘Will I find faith on earth when I return?’ ‘I sure hope so!’
ARE YOU AT HIGH RISK FOR FORSAKING CHRIST AND FALLING AWAY?
A brief checklist of high risk Christians includes those who:
- Trust man’s teachings without knowing what is in God’s Word, the Holy Bible.
- Prefer mainly feel good sermons, but not sermons speaking against sin.
- Accept a church which adapts to the changing American culture and world views, but not stick with the Truth.
- Are comfortable with LGBT ministers preaching and/or LGBT musicians leading worship.
- Have little personal interest in reading/studying the Bible, and having a prayer life.
- Enjoy worldly church entertainment; ‘love the world and the things of the world’ (1 John 2:15).
DECEPTION AND IGNORANCE OF GOD’S WORD
In Matthew chapter 24:4, 5, 11, 24, Jesus warned that deception would abound before His coming. The deceivers are charismatic and smooth talking Bible teachers and prophets that move in our circles. They are among us as tares mixed in with the wheat, as goats among the sheep; they are wolves in sheep clothing. These false teachers will be teaching and preaching from our pulpits and will deceive many with false doctrines and turn many away from Biblical truths. Ignorance goes hand in hand with deception. Many will believe a lie because they have no knowledge of the Truth; if they knew the Truth then they would recognize the false. The armour of God in Eph 6:10-18 would serve no good purpose without knowledge of having a weapon and knowing how to use it. The ‘sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God’ (Eph 6:17) completes the whole armour needed to wield and put the enemy to flight. The only protection from deception and falling away from our faith is our knowledge of the scriptures that relate to our ‘blessed hope’, our salvation, and assurance that we will be ready to join Christ at His Coming.
‘Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.’ (2 Tim 2:15)
Since Jesus has not returned yet, there is still a chance to REPENT, RETURN, AND REMAIN with Him, but after He comes back as He promised He would, it will be too late to accept Him.
Please read more about Apostasy and Deception in the Church-
Barna Group research on churches
Please GOOGLE title- ‘Last Days Revival or End Time Apostasy’ Congregation Shima Yisrael, Oct. 11, 2012
Please GOOGLE title- ‘What is apostasy and how can I recognize it?’
Also go to blog TOP BAR
Please see TABS– DECEPTION HOT LINE, END TIMES TEACHING- Deception,
SHOFAR EBOOK- CHAPTER 7 Watchmen on the Wall https://heulu.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/repent-return-and-remain-with-god-shofar-ebook-chapter-7/