Many are shocked in recent weeks as two previously known Christian leaders declared apostasy, that they would no longer be practicing the Christian faith. For many, this was a great shock, and disappointment as it was for me. I really began to pray into this and received revelation on this subject from The Father.
In the subject of bible prophecy, there are many signs concerning the second coming of the Lord. Those that have usually heard any teaching on the subject, which in our generation is a rare occurrence being that most leaders refuse to prepare the people for the end times, have focused on signs such as wars and rumors Of wars! However, there are signs that are even more evident in the study of end-time events.
The devastation of apostasy
Over the years as I have studied intensely the subject of the end times. One of the greatest signs of the second coming is found in several verses below that I want you to look at:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 (KJV) “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 that 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.”
Another verse that I want you to look at is found in Matthew 24:3-4, “Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.”
I believe based on all my years of studying Bible prophecy, one of the greatest signs that we see, is that of apostasy or deception.
The Bible predicts a global revival of God’s Glory. While at the same time warning that many would be deceived and would leave or defect from the faith. Jesus in Matthew 24 is about to give the disciples his end-time theology concerning what he called The End Of The Age, and the first sign that he gives us is to not be deceived! This means that as we approach the end of the age, there will be an increase in global deception. Many false prophets are prophesied in scripture to arise and deceive many. We know that there will be, according to the scriptures, doctrines of demons that will increase in the last days.
Keep your mind strong
1 Timothy 4:1 NKJV tells us, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons”
I believe there have been a few times in church history where we have seen an increase in heresy and false teaching. Doctrine are being preached that have removed hell, and core tenants of the Christian faith. We also see that in 2 Thessalonians 2 that as we approach the second coming many would fall away from the original faith that they had once believed. Many are being led astray in these days according to the scriptures and veering toward apostasy.
As God’s people, we should not be overtaken by these things because the scripture warns us that these things would happen.
Again, my purpose in writing this article is to encourage the body of Christ. I believe the second coming is still the blessed hope of the church. Based on the signs of deception all around us, we are drawing closer to the second coming of Jesus Christ! The Bible warns us that some would fall from the faith, so do not be discouraged we are drawing closer to the return of our savior.
In the midst of the falling away of many, I believe we will see even more of those that once were giants possibly fall from the faith. Though we are promised a great end-time outpouring of God’s Glory, we are also promised an increase of darkness as well. Nations are truly being touched by the power of God. In the midst of great deception, God’s people must hold onto the truth of God’s word and his presence must become the very air we breathe.
The church walking in God’s Glory is the only way we will be able to walk in victory in these times.