Commentary By: Gordon King
The church of Jesus Christ will see a falling away before the Tribulation period begins. Many believers don’t know this, they only know that the anti-Christ will first be revealed along with the signing of a seven-year peace treaty with Israel.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
The the words used in the King James Version of the bible is “falling away”, in other versions the “apostasy”. The Greek word used in the bible is “apostasia”.
Definition from Strong’s concordance:
apostasia: defection, revolt
Original Word: ἀποστασία, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Phonetic Spelling: (ap-os-tas-ee’-ah)
Short Definition: defection, apostasy
Definition: defection, apostasy, revolt.HELPS Word-studies
646 apostasía (from 868 /aphístēmi, “leave, depart,” which is derived from 575 /apó, “away from” and 2476 /histémi, “stand”) – properly, departure (implying desertion); apostasy – literally, “a leaving, from a previous standing.”
So we must take scripture for what it tells us, and that is this: the apostasy or falling away will occur first, then the anti-Christ will be revealed.
People, brothers and sisters in Christ, don’t we already see this happening now? Are we not witnessing the greatest falling away of the church in history?! The apostasy of the church is occurring at an alarming rate. Many Christians and churches melding together with Islam, many others turning away from the truth of God’s word and accepting homosexuality and gay marriage into their churches, as church leaders and elders. Scripture being twisted and turned to mean whatever people desire it to mean in order to support their own cause.
The bible tells us that this will happen in the end times.
“But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away.”
“And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4
“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. “
1 Timothy 4:1-3
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.”
Many will turn away from the truth of God’s word in order to suit their own passions, to make themselves feel better. They will believe what they want to believe, not what God tells them is the truth.
God tells us what the world will look like before His coming. He told us the signs to watch for just before the Tribulation period begins. How many will be ready? How many will be found waiting and watching?
The point is, don’t get too comfortable living your life and blend into the world. Don’t forget what the good Lord said in Matthew 24: “They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
Many Christians will get complacent with their life and all of the signs of the times. They will say: “All of the same signs keep happening over and over again, and Jesus still hasn’t come.” This is what the world says, this is what the world believes: “You say that God is coming, all of these signs have been happening over and over again, where is your Jesus?” They sound similar don’t they?
The sad truth is that many Christians will fall away from sound doctrine. They will be mislead into believing lies, and of not believing the truth. This is another sign of the times. A very big sign before the Tribulation period begins. Just how close are we? How soon before the rapture of the church? If you ask me I would say very close, in fact much closer than we have ever been!
God bless my friends, until next time! Maranatha