It is very apparent that we are living in the last days. Speaking of the coming of the LORD and the catching away of the saints, Paul wrote:
“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, 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 2:3-4).
The word translated “falling away” is apostasia (pronounced ap-os-tas-ee’-ah) from which we get our English word “apostasy.” Notice that this evil megatrend will come right before the Antichrist publicly assigns godhood to himself. In reality, it is the same spirit. For those who “fall away” from the truth enthrone themselves as gods over their own lives and their own belief systems, robbing the true God of His rightful place. The most sobering thought is that you can’t “fall away” from something unless you once possessed it. So, is this a reference to the false church falling away from the true revelation of Scripture, or members of the true church leaving the revelation of truth that they once embraced? You decide.
It is doubly disturbing to see that one Greek word translated “divorce” is apostasion (pronounced ap-os-tas-ee-on) which is closely related to the word for “falling away” (Mt. 5:31). When you connect the dots, falling away from the truth, in a sense, means divorcing God. So, the words “falling away” are apparently not a good translation. A fall is something unfortunate and accidental. A divorce is intentional. There will be a “falling away” in the last days because people will intentionally harden their hearts against God and the truth of His Word. This is not an unfortunate “fall”; this is a deliberate “break” in the relationship. It might be more appropriate to call it “the great rebellion.”
To Timothy, Paul prophesied:
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron. (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
Some of the signs of this departure from the faith will most likely be an acceptance, by supposed professing Christians, of sexual perversion, abortion, euthanasia, wrong spiritual practices (like Buddhist-like forms of contemplative prayer) and a kind of new age, universalistic outlook—accepting all religions as being legitimate paths to walk.
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind [a reprobate mind], to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness. . . [without natural affection, unforgiving, unmerciful, who, knowing the righteous order of God, that those practicing such things are worthy of death, not only do them, but have pleasure in those practicing them]. (Romans 1:28-32 NKJV, KJV, MKJV)
The most dreadful part is this: you cannot DIVORCE GOD without automatically MARRYING SATAN. There is no middle ground. There is no gray area. Would any people in their right mind want to be married to an entity whose intention is to “kill” them mentally, emotionally and physically, to “steal” everything that is truly good in life, and to “destroy” them in the end? (See John 10:10.)
Those who marry Satan can expect him to twist everything in their lives into something opposite of the truth. The word “wickedness” implies something twisted (like the wick of a candle, or wicker furniture, both of which have “twisted” strands). So, you can expect on the heels of apostasy to see a great rise in witchcraft and sexual perversity, for both are “twisted” ways of living.
This will reach a peak of manifestation when the devil fully possesses the beast (the Antichrist) and uses him as his mouthpiece, for “the dragon” (Satan) will give him “his power, his throne, and great authority” (Rev. 13:2). Those nations and individuals who submit to the rule of “the son of perdition” will automatically be marrying the devil, uniting their souls with the evil force that rules his throne. Two spouse-like, corporate characters emerge in the book of the Revelation: the bride of Christ (married to the LORD Jesus) and the Great Whore, Mystery Babylon (married to the man of sin). It is of the utmost importance to decide ahead of time which one of these groups you desire to be affiliated with.
To even think of these things is sobering indeed. But we have cause to rejoice, though, for there will be “a remnant according to the election of grace” (Ro. 11:5). Jesus spoke of this era when He said, “Because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved” (Matthew 24:12-13). Stay true to God, child of the Almighty, your day of reward will come!
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