The Bible indicates that there will be a great apostasy during the end times. The “great apostasy” is mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. The KJV calls it the “falling away,” while the NIV and ESV call it “the rebellion.” And that’s what an apostasy is: a rebellion, an abandonment of the truth. The end times will include a wholesale rejection of God’s revelation, a further “falling away” of an already fallen world.
The occasion of Paul’s writing to the Thessalonians was to correct some of the errors concerning the end times that the believers had heard from false teachers. Among the falsehoods was that “the day of the Lord has already come” (2 Thessalonians 2:2). The Christians in Thessalonica were afraid that Jesus had already come, they had missed the rapture, and they were now in the tribulation. Paul had already explained the rapture to them in his first letter (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17). Paul writes his second letter to assure them that, contrary to what they had heard, and despite the persecution they were enduring, the “day of Christ” had not yet come.
Televangelist Pat Robertson, who is opposed to abortion, criticized an anti-abortion bill passed by the Alabama legislature Tuesday as “extreme.”
“I think Alabama has gone too far,” he said during a Wednesday appearance on “The 700 Club“, referencing the bill’s 99-year maximum sentence for doctors who perform abortions and the fact that it does not provide exceptions for rape or incest cases.
He added that he does not think the bill would be upheld by the Supreme Court.
“It’s an extreme law, and they want to challenge Roe vs. Wade, but my humble view is that this is not the case we want to bring to the Supreme Court because I think this one will lose,” he said.
“The Alabama case, God bless them, they’re trying to do something, but I don’t think that’s the case that I’d want to bring to the Supreme Court,” he later reiterated.
Alabama’s state Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would ban almost all abortions, sending the bill to the governor’s desk. Gov. Kay Ivey’s (R) has not said whether she would sign the bill into law.
If it is passed, the legislation would prohibit abortion in all cases, including rape and incest, except for when the mother’s life was in danger. People who perform abortions would face sentences from 10 to 99 year, but the person receiving the abortion would not be punished.
Pat Robertson is the founder CBN, the Christian Broadcasting Network. He is described on the CBN website as a broadcaster, statesman, author, humanitarian, businessman and Christian. At first glance, Robertson may seem to be a sensible, moderate Christian leader in a sea of con men, phonies, and outrageous apostasy. But scratch the surface a little and you’ll find one of the greatest deceivers in the church world today. CBN began in 1961 as a low power UHF station in Portsmouth Virginia. By 1963 Robertson had established the 700 Club. This was to be a “club” of 700 viewers each giving $10 per month thus enabling CBN to meet its $7,000 budget. This partnership concept worked so well at raising money that Robertson made the 700 Club the cornerstone of his TV ministry. We’ll get back to CBN in just a moment but first let’s look at some of the heretical associations Robertson has endorsed over the years. Robertson is a big proponent of ecumenism, meaning cooperation between all religions.
The ultimate goal of ecumenism is the establishment of a one world religion. To this end Robertson was one of the signers of the notorious Evangelicals and Catholics Together document. This heretical document laid the groundwork for Christians and Catholics to unite to bring about social reform in the world. In defense of his association with this apostate group, Robertson stated that minor points of doctrinal difference shouldn’t obscure the document’s goals. If Pat Robertson considers the differences between Catholic doctrine and true biblical Christianity to be “minor” then he is clearly either deceived or a deceiver himself.
Pat Robertson has endorsed the heretic Benny Hinn. Hinn was a guest on the 700 Club after CNNs expose of him. Robertson gave Hinn a forum for his fake apology.
Robertson has endorsed the so called laughing revival brought to the U.S. by Rodney Howard Browne. On October 27, 1994 Robertson said this about holy laughter: “…what this says to me is revival is taking place in the world in a mass wave…and we look to the coming of the Lord. I think this is a very encouraging sign in the middle of all this trouble and all these wars and all this confusion. God is saying I’m on the throne and I’m going to touch multiplied millions. It’s wonderful. I applaud it.” In 2003 Pat Robertson endorsed the rule of Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. Taylor’s government was backing a rebel faction in neighboring Sierra Leone. The rebels were accused of extreme brutality.
Taylor has a long history of corruption. In 1983 as head of the Liberian governments General Services Agency, he was accused of embezzling more than $900,000 in government funds. He fled to the U.S. where he was arrested in Boston. While awaiting extradition back to Liberia, Taylor escaped from jail thus becoming a fugitive from justice. In support of Taylor, Robertson declared in July of 2003 “So we’re undermining a Christian, Baptist president to bring in Muslim rebels to take over the country,” What Robertson failed to mention at the time however was his own $8 million investment in a Liberian gold mining operation he made under an agreement with Taylor’s government. According to a 1997 article in the Lubbock Avalanche Journal, Robertson’s financial interests in Africa extend to diamond mines as well. In fact the former chief pilot for Operation Blessing claims that most of the supposedly humanitarian aid flights to Zaire were in fact mining related
. Airplanes sent to Zaire by evangelist Pat Robertson’s tax-exempt humanitarian organization were used almost exclusively for his diamond mining business, say two pilots who flew them. Three airplanes were flown to Zaire in September 1994 by Operation Blessing. However, chief pilot Robert Hinkle said only one or two of the roughly 40 flights during his six months in the country could be considered humanitarian. All the rest of the flights were mining-related, he told The (Norfolk) Virginia-Pilot. “We hauled medical supplies one time,” Hinkle said in a telephone interview. “It might have been about 500 pounds at the most. It was a very minimal amount.” The planes were capable of carrying about 7,000 pounds, he said. Notes that Hinkle kept during most of the flights contain entries for 36 flights, the newspaper said. Of the 17 that mention the purpose of the trip, 15 are related to diamond mining. Robertson’s company, African Development Co., based in the Zairian capital of Kinshasa, sought to dredge diamonds from a remote jungle riverbed.
Robertson is the president and sole shareholder of the company. So as you can see Pat Robertson has a long history of using his “partners’ tax free donations for his personal business interests. Which brings us back to CBN. In 1977, Robertson became the first Christian broadcaster to build and operate his own cable television network, CBN cable, later renamed the Family Channel. By 1981, CBN cable was in 10 million homes making it one of the most successful and profitable cable networks in the country. CBN cable was so successful in fact that eventually Robertson got an offer he couldn’t refuse. In 1990 Pat Robertson sold CBN cable to International Family Entertainment Inc. (IFE), a publicly held company that trades on the New York Stock Exchange. So what do you suppose Robertson did with the proceeds from the sale of the Family Channel. If you think he shared them with his “partners’ you’d better think again. No, he did what he’s always done. He pocketed those profits and made himself and his family quite wealthy. But what about your partners Pat? What about all those people who gave, perhaps sacrificially so that you could build your television empire. If they are your “partners” shouldn’t they have shared in your great good fortune? Are they really partners or are they just sheep to be fleeced?
Pat Robertson is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He is one of the false teachers and false prophets that we are warned about in scripture. He uses covetousness to make merchandise of God’s people. He needs to repent, get off the air and return the money God’s people have sent him over the years. And if you’ve been a Pat Robertson supporter you need to repent too.
2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not
But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Rev 2:6
Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate Rev 2:15
Jesus hates the doctrine and the deeds of the Nicolaitans. Unfortunately the modern religious system (both Catholic and protestant) is largely a product of Nicolaitan doctrine and deeds.
Who are the Nicolaitans?
The word is derived from two Greek words, Nikon, meaning power or destruction and laity, meaning the people. So a Nicolaitan is one who holds power over the people. Our modern religious system is Nicolaitan in nature because authority is held by those at the top over those at the bottom. The clergy/laity distinction itself implies a class structure that is not found in the church described in the New Testament
But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave Mat 20:25-27
The true church, led by elders does have a structure but it does not allow for one person or group to “lord it over” the people. In Christ we are all kings and priests and no one but Christ himself has pre-eminence over another believer.
But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ,…….. 1Cor 11:3
A clear example of Nicolaitan thinking is displayed in a recent article by Thom S. Ranier published in The Christian Post – 5 reasons ‘we pay the bills at this church’ is so toxic
In his article Ranier laments the fact that the people who give the money would like to know how that money is being spent. Even worse according to Ranier they might actually disagree with how it’s being spent. That type of thinking is “toxic” according to Ranier. In reality it’s only toxic to the extent it threatens the control of the laity class by the clergy. Let’s take a look at Raniers reasoning.
One of the most toxic statements a church member or group of church members can make is, “We pay the bills at this church.” Not only is it unbiblical, it is clearly divisive. It creates an “us versus them” mentality in the church. Why is the statement so harmful? Here are five reasons.
It makes giving more like paying country club dues than biblical stewardship
Doesn’t biblical stewardship work both ways Mr. Ranier? Do the members not have the right to know how the money is being spent? How many churches offer their members full transparency? How many publish their budget and actual expenses including itemized staff salaries? In my experience most offer no more than a summary of spending with few if any details. Is that biblical stewardship?
It is manipulative. In essence, giving becomes a controlling mechanism
There is nothing more manipulative than most churches approach to giving. From the false doctrine of thithing to requesting pledges for the pastors pet project, manipulation is the name of the game. Very few pastors and church administrators know how to trust God for the churches finances but they all know what buttons to push to keep the money rolling in.
It becomes a way of circumventing the budget…….a malcontent in the church decides he or she doesn’t like the approved plans for spending, so they threaten to withhold their funds.
Imagine that. A lay person, a commoner decides he doesn’t agree with the spending and makes the choice to withhold his funds. I suppose he should just shut up and give his money anyway. Is that your idea of good stewardship Mr. Ranier – shut up and do as you’re told. Do you really believe the church has some sort of divine right to a members money? Actually I’m pretty sure you do believe that but Gods word begs to differ.
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver 2Cor 9:7
We are instructed to give as we purpose, not as you or anyone else demands. We are further instructed to give cheerfully. If I cannot give cheerfully, I have a scriptural duty to withhold my giving.
It creates different classes of members in the church. There are those who have and who can make such threats, and there are those who do not have and, thus, have insufficient resources to make demands
Different classes? Do you mean like the difference between the clergy class which is assumed to have a greater relationship with the Lord versus the laity class who have a lesser relationship. Maybe you mean the class difference between the wealthy business man who gets to chair the finance committee versus the poor man who gets no say in how the church operates? You seem to be admitting that those with the most resources have a voice in church operations and those with few resources have none. Isn’t that simply you showing partiality to the rich over the poor? Once again scripture addresses the sin of class distinctions in the church and it doesn’t come from the laity.
For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? James 2:2-4
It is contrary to the servant spirit of Christ – Jesus was crystal clear on his mission. He did not come to be served, but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many
There is nothing more contrary to the servant spirit of Christ than the type of thinking displayed in this article. This is Nicolaitan in doctrine and in spirit. It projects the sins of the clergy class onto the laity. Poor stewardship, manipulation, laying claim to the money of the people, class structure, and partiality are virtual hallmarks of the modern religious system. If you want to know why people are leaving churches, look no further than the toxic leadership style on display here.
If Thom Ranier really wants to eliminate toxicity in the church he can start by advising pastors and administrators to open the books. Make all spending known to all members down to the penny. Stop manipulating people into giving. Let the people give as they decide, maybe stop passing the plate altogether. Just have a place in the building where people can drop off their offerings. Pastors and administrators should make a point of not knowing how much anyone gives. As much as is possible, allow all members to have input on church spending and priorities.
Finally church leaders should understand that not everyone is going to agree on everything and there is nothing wrong with that. If someone disagrees it doesn’t mean they are “toxic” It doesn’t necessarily mean they are causing division, they just disagree. There will always be rifts and divisions among church members. Some will heal over time, some won’t. In the final analysis the gospel is the answer to all these issues.
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Gen 6:5
Child Sacrifice to Molech
Mankind it seems has an infinite capacity for evil. When that capacity for evil is combined with mans likewise infinite capacity for rationalization, you often get the ultimate evil. That is a supremely evil act that is called good by those who practice it. Sometimes these supremely evil acts are even codified into law and upheld as legal in a given society.
The latest manifestation of mans capacity for evil is New York states newly enacted abortion law. It allows for abortion up to the moment of birth for virtually any reason. Critics will say ‘no, that’s not true’ – there must be a “life or health of the mother” reason for a late term abortion. The problem with that however is “health’ is noticeably undefined in the law. Under this law health can mean, financial, emotional, psychological, anything. For all practical purposes there are no restrictions on abortion up to the moment of birth in New York state.
One wonders how long it will be before women are paid to carry babies to full term in order to harvest their body parts. Well, why not? If you can rationalize the killing of what is certainly a living being in the womb, why not go all the way and justify it further under the guise of the greater good of medical cures derived from those harvested parts.
The underlying fallacy here is nothing new. Any time a person or group is considered less than fully human, evil actions toward that group always follow. In this case, state law defines a person as one who has been born and shows signs of life. Prior to birth that being is not a person and can therefore be terminated.
This is the same rationale used to justify slavery. Negroes were considered less than fully human. They were a sub-human therefore whites were justified in enslaving them and profiting from their labor. It was all perfectly legal of course.
It is the same rationale used to justify the holocaust. In Nazi Germany, Jews were considered sub-human, therefore forced labor and death camps were justified. Again, perfectly legal under German law.
And now in 21st century America, a living being in the womb is less than human. Therefore it is perfectly justifiable to inject that being with poison, slice it up, and suction out the remains. Not only legal but completely constitutional, fully sanctioned under the supreme law of the land.
Abortion is the great moral issue of our time, just like slavery was to the 19th century and Nazism was to the 20th. And because it is a moral issue it will not be ended by political means. The notion that Roe v. Wade will be overturned by the Supreme Court is a fantasy. Vote for whoever you like, let them appoint whatever judges you prefer but abortion will never come to an end through politics.
When I consider the means by which slavery was brought to an end in the US, and the means by which the holocaust was ended in Germany I tremble for this nation. I would like to think that there can still be a peaceful solution. Perhaps if Gods people would set aside their differences and come together and pray, maybe, just maybe destruction could be averted. But in reality, even that doesn’t seem possible.
May God have mercy on our nation, even though we don’t deserve it.
Add this to the list of catastrophes the televangelist claims LGBTQ people would or did bring upon the world.
Pat Robertson has blamed LGBTQ people for earthquakes, hurricanes, and terrorism, and said marriage equality would bring on a global financial crisis. Now the wingnut televangelist has a new prediction of dire harm that will be caused by the gays: If the Equality Act becomes law, the U.S. will suffer devastation that may include “atomic war.”
Robertson made the forecast on Tuesday’s edition of The 700 Club, shortly after he had interviewed Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, who has offered his own wild projectionsabout the horrible consequences of the LGBTQ rights bill currently pending in Congress. Robertson had a bit of trouble with the title of the act and had to be reminded of it by cohost Terry Meeuwsen, but after that he urged viewers to call their member of Congress and ask them to vote against the Equality Act, then went into his diatribe.
“This is a devastating blow to religious freedom and to the sanctity of America,” he said. “If you want to bring the judgment of God on this nation, you just keep this stuff up. You know, I was reading in Leviticus where it said, ‘Because of these things, the land will vomit you out.’ Vomit you out. I think God will say, ‘I’ve had it with America, if you do this kind of stuff, I’m going to get rid of you as a nation.’” He went on to warn of “the potential of atomic war” and the possibility of an attack on the nation’s electric grid.
Although we can’t imagine that many people take Robertson seriously, he does have some loyal followers, and he’s fed them homophobia and threats of God’s judgment for decades. In 1994 he blamed gays and lesbians, along with pro-choice activists and “perversity,” for the severe earthquake that hit Los Angeles. In 1998 he warned that Pride flags flying for Gay Days at Disney World in Orlando would bring God’s wrath in the form of a hurricane; instead the hurricane veered north and hit the section of Virginia where Robertson is based.
Shortly after the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, Jerry Falwell Sr. appeared on The 700 Club and said that “the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians … helped this happen.” Robertson said he concurred — a remark he had to walk back,claiming he didn’t understand what Falwell was saying. And after the Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality in 2015, Roberson predicted it would bring the world’s financial framework crashing down. That hasn’t happened, although Donald Trump’s plan to raise tariffs on goods imported from China is creating a bit of chaos in the stock market right now.
Watch a clip from Roberson’s rant below, tweeted by Brendan Suen of Media Matters for America.
Pat Robertson goes full apocalyptic about the Equality Act: It will “bring the judgment of God on this nation,” “the land will vomit you out,” and God will “get rid of you as a nation”65610:11 AM – May 14, 20191,145 people are talking about this
And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. Gen 6:6 Source
10 of his most recent alarming and disturbing statements.
1) Men with “rebellious” wives should live where wife-beating is legal. When a caller complained that his wife insults him and once raised a hand to him, Robertson lamented the end of legal wife-beating. “I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done,” he whined. After characterizing the wife as someone who “does not understand authority,” he “jokingly” recommended that the husband move to Saudi Arabia, so that he can legally batter her.
2) You should cast demons out of secondhand clothes you buy, lest their previous owner’s evil infect you. After a “700 Club” viewer asked if her mother was right to believe that clothes bought at a resale shop might have demons hiding in them, Robertson recommended praying over them as a precautionary measure. “Hey, it ain’t going to hurt anything to rebuke any spirits that happened to have attached themselves to those clothes,” he said, adding that witches may have cursed the secondhand clothes. While the effectiveness of physical washing of clothes can be determined by visual and olfactory assessment, it’s unclear how one can tell if you’ve prayed the demons out of your clothes. Robertson was mum on how to make this determination.
3) God punishes people for having too much education. When a viewer asked Robertson why there are more “miracles” in Africa than in the U.S.–mind you, no statistics were offered to support this contention–Robertson blamed the supposed overeducation of Americans. “People overseas didn’t go to Ivy League schools,” he chuckled, unaware that 20% of Harvard’s students come from outside the U.S. He went on to blame “skepticism and science” for God’s miracle reticence, saying, “We are so sophisticated, we think we’ve got everything figured out. We know about evolution, we know about Darwin, we know about all these things that says God isn’t real, we know about all this stuff.”
4) Women just discovered porn, and quite possibly sex. Robertson thought it advisable to embarrass one of his female co-hosts by asking her about Fifty Shades of Gray. “You’re a sweet Christian girl. Do you see anything in porn that attracts you at all?” he asked, as if there was a chance in the world she would say yes no matter how she actually felt about the situation. After she gave the obligatory denial, Robertson expressed his utter bewilderment at this new interest the female gender has in erotic materials. “The thing that shocks me. We always thought this was a male thing,” he said. “But now it looks like 30% of women are involved in pornography.” He expressed particular surprise that the author of Fifty Shades does not look like a “glamour queen,” as if the only thing that could possibly be more surprising than a woman showing interest in sex is an ordinary-looking woman showing interest in sex.
5) Beware “scamsters in religious garb.” In a segment on an insurance scam targeting Christians, Robertson warned his viewers about con men who exploit people’s need to believe. “Beware of these scamsters, especially scamsters in religious garb quoting the Bible. I mean, run from them,” he said. Of course, viewers could follow his advice simply by flipping off the TV and cease writing checks to televangelists, but for some reason, Robertson seemed confident that his audience wouldn’t figure that out.
6) The government is gearing up to round up Americans for unspecified reasons. Robertson paid forward a favorite conspiracy theory of the black helicopter-fearing right wing, that the government is gearing up for some imminent raid on Americans. “Long trains full of armored vehicles, personnel carriers with armor, what are they for, the army going into battle against the enemy? They’re used by Homeland Security against us.”
Robertson did not acknowledge that the paranoid right has been making this claim for over two decades now, which should cause even the most fevered mind to wonder why the government is giving the god-fearing patriots they supposedly intend to round up so much time to build arsenals. The fabricated plot to attack Americans will take longer than it took to build the federal highway system at this rate.
7) Abortion is a lesbian conspiracy. Robertson, like most anti-choicers, wishes to believe that women who get abortions were somehow tricked or conned into the decision. Subsequently, he’s a fan of any other explanation for pro-choice motives other than a general support for reproductive rights. He stumbled on a unique one two years ago, arguing that lesbians have a “deficiency” of not having babies, and therefore, “If these married women don’t have children, if they abort their babies, that puts them on a level playing field.”
Robertson’s belief that random, unplanned childbirth is some great boon to women has been thoroughly debunked by social science showing that unwanted childbearing is strongly associated with poverty and stress. Reproductive rights level the playing field; not, as Robertson claims, by dragging women down, but by helping women.
8) Atheists are trying to steal Christmas to make you miserable. In the real world, the people who work night and day to steal the happiness of others are the Christian right, and they really have a stinkeye for anyone who dares enjoy sex. Unsurprisingly, Robertson projects his own miserly beliefs onto his opposition, accusing atheists of trying to end Christmas because they are meanies who don’t want you to have fun. “Atheists don’t like our happiness, they don’t want you to be happy, they want you to be miserable,” he assured his viewers. “They’re miserable so they want you to be miserable.”
In reality, no atheist group has ever demanded that Christians abandon trees, decorating, singing carols, or enjoying the holiday. Many atheists, in fact, celebrate the holidays themselves. In contrast, the Christian right takes direct action to ruin other people’s happiness, usually by trying to prevent their marriages or make it harder to have a happy, healthy sex life.
9) The earthquake punished Haitians for overthrowing slavery. Robertson blamed the Haiti earthquake on the Haitians who dared to revolt successfully against slavery in the late 18th and early 19th century. The quote, in full:
….something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French, uh you know Napoleon the third and whatever. And they got together and swore a pact to the Devil. They said we will serve you if you’ll get us free from the French. True story. And so the Devil said, “OK, it’s a deal.” And they kicked the French out. You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since they have been cursed by one thing after the other, desperately poor. That island is Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle. On one side is Haiti, on the other side is the Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island. Uh, they need to have, and we need to pray for them, a great turning to God and out of this tragedy, I’m optimistic something good may come.
His implication, that God is punishing the nation of Haiti for rejecting slavery, couldn’t be more clear.
10) Divorce is wrong, unless your wife gets sick. Robertson routinely reminds his viewers–such as the one he recommended move to Saudi Arabia–that divorce is against the scriptures. But he did make one exception, for a man whose wife’s senility is making him lonely. “I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again.” He added, trying to sound less awful, “But to make sure she has custodial care, somebody looking after her.”
Robertson framed it as an attempt to avoid the sin of adultery, but it wasn’t persuasive. He has a long history of considering marriage an institution that exists so women can serve men. Within this framework, once a woman becomes unable to perform her wifely duties, booting her and getting a new one just makes sense. Telling men to make sure to provide for their abandoned wives, in this context, does little to soften the blow.
This is the worldview Robertson bundles up and sells as religion to his followers night and day: Racist, misogynist, anti-science, and paranoid.Source
In 2 Thessalonians 2:3, Paul makes it clear that the day of the Lord, a time of worldwide judgment (Isaiah 13:6; Obadiah 1:15), will not transpire until two things happen. First, the falling away, or great apostasy, must occur. Second, the “man of lawlessness” must be revealed, he who is called the “son of perdition,” also known as the Antichrist. Once this person makes himself known, the end times will indeed have come. Numerous speculations about the identity of the man of sin, beginning in the first century, have included Caligula, Caius Caesar, Mohammed, Napoleon, and any number of Roman popes. None of them were the Antichrist.
The man of lawlessness, according to 2 Thessalonians 2:4, is the one who “will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.” Clearly, this has not yet happened; no one since Paul’s time has set himself up as God in the Jewish temple. Two thousand years have passed since the epistle was written, and the “day of the Lord” has not yet come. Paul assures us that it will not come until the falling away comes first.
The Greek word translated “rebellion” or “falling away” in verse 3 is apostasia, from which we get the English word apostasy. It refers to a general defection from the true God, the Bible, and the Christian faith. Every age has its defectors, but the falling away at the end times will be complete and worldwide. The whole planet will be in rebellion against God and His Christ. Every coup requires a leader, and into this global apostasy will step the Antichrist. We believe this takes place after the church has been raptured from the earth.
Jesus warned the disciples concerning the final days in Matthew 24:10–12: “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” These are the characteristics of the great apostasy of the end times.
Recommended Resource: Understanding End Times Prophecy by Paul Benware
It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated.
Like Joseph and Daniel of the Old Testament who served secular kings, we are called to serve everyone and help them fulfill their divine destiny. Jesus made it clear that people who want to lead or be great must be the servants of all. Serving is the way of leadership in the kingdom.
Forcing our way onto the world is not great leadership. Some accuse us of doing this very thing because we speak up on moral issues. It is important that we speak up on issues, but it’s also equally important that we love everyone no matter their persuasions.
Someday Jesus will rule the world; in the meantime, we should just serve well and let our good works speak of our Father who loves everyone.
Evil Exists So Spiritual Warfare Becomes Necessary!
MY MISSION IS NOT TO CONVINCE YOU, ONLY TO INFORM…
Evil men don’t understand the importance of justice, but those who follow the Lord are much concerned about it. ~ Proverbs 28:5
Jesus come quick, there is nothing left in society that’s sacred….
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