Commentary By: Gordon King
What is black and white and read all over? It’s a newspaper! And most newspapers today cannot be trusted, most are twisting the truth, and most are filled with worldly opinions and biases!
It’s becoming more and more difficult these days to find a news source that is truthful, honest, and reliable. More and more sources are full of lies and deceit, and it makes a person wonder just what in the world is going on!
It is very difficult for a godly person to find truthful and conservative news that supports the values of God Almighty. Most news sources are deceptive in their practices, most are twisting the truth, and most are not actually reporting on the truth but giving their biased opinions instead of just stating the facts! Fox News used to be a reliable source for conservative news, but not any more!
The point my friends is that the world is so full of lies and deceptions that a person can hardly make a sound decision in this life without being led down the wrong path! And that’s the grand plan of the evil one, the sinister plan of Satan! His is to confuse, to cause chaos and mayhem, to steal, kill, and destroy!
Those of the world believe that they are on the right side of time, that their thoughts and opinions are inline with the universe, whatever that means! But they are deceived, deceived into believing lies and untruths, deceived into being led down the wrong path, deceived into supporting things which are unrighteous, unholy, and ungodly!
But these things are to be expected of the world, to believe lies and untruths, to be led down the wrong path, for we ourselves were at one time just as they are now! However, what is very disturbing are Christians who believe the same things that the world does, Christians who have fallen away from the truth and believe the lies of the world, this is very disturbing but very telling at the same time my friends!
This great deception, this falling away was told to us thousands of years ago and that it would happen in the end times before the return of Christ, before the rapture of the church! This my friends is the great apostasy of the church!
The apostle Paul told us in 2 Thessalonians what would happen before our glorious meeting together with the Lord in the air (the rapture of the church).
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 apostle is comforting those in the church to not be troubled by what they may have heard regarding Christ already coming for the church.
“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.“
He then tells them not to be deceived by anyone! Then he tells them that there must be a falling away first, the apostasy of the church!
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first,”
He goes on to say that the man of sin (Antichrist) will be revealed, but he goes on further to explain this, that the church will be removed from the earth before this happens! He is giving an explanation of just who this man is by telling us what he will do in the future after the beginning of the Tribulation period, actually in the middle of it, during the Great Tribulation period spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24.
“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.“
2 Thessalonians 2:6-8
“And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming.“
The man of sin will not be revealed until He who now restrains is taken out of the way. And just who is He who now restrains? The Holy Spirit filled church, who else could it be?! The apostle Paul is telling us that when we (the Holy Spirit filled church) are removed (gathered together with Christ), then the man of sin will be revealed in his time. This is what 2 Thessalonians 2 is all about, explaining to us when the rapture will occur, just as spoken to us in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.
Let not ourselves be deceived my friends, let us not be led down the wrong path nor turn away from the truth! Let us not fall away into apostasy, for ours is not of this world but of the kingdom of God Almighty up above!
Scripture is clear if we read it and study it correctly, if we seek the Lord in wisdom and understanding, if we seek the truth! However, if we don’t read and study it correctly, if we don’t seek the Lord’s wisdom and understanding, if we interpret scripture of our own opinions and beliefs, then we can be led astray, then we can be deceived by our own doing, by the workings of the flesh!
The good Lord is loud and clear on these very things, deception in the last days, the days just prior to the rapture of the church and His second coming will be great! There will be a great falling away in the church just prior to the rapture of the church! And I believe that the bible clearly states that the rapture of the church will happen before the Tribulation period begins!
We are not appointed to God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9) “For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ”, (Revelation 3:10) “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
The Tribulation period is all a time of God’s judgements upon the world, the unbelieving world, not the believing church, not His bride! Whoever tells you that the first half of the Tribulation period will not be bad then you better read and study the book of Revelation my friends!!! Of course the first half will be bad, very, very bad indeed, just take a look at the Seal and Trumpet Judgements!
Deception is running rampant in this world my friends, but not only in the world but in the church also! These are times to be discerning of the truth and lies, of right from wrong, good from bad! They are times that we must be vigilant in knowing the truth and in spreading the truth, in standing firm on the Rock of our salvation, Jesus Christ!
The signs are all around us my brothers and sisters in Christ! The signs of the closeness of Christ’s return, not only His second coming but also His return for His Bride the church, and that means us!!!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!