Monday, June 19, 2006

End Times: The Great Deception and Falling Away from the Church

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.
2 Thessalonians 2:3

The falling away mentioned above is the church away from the faith, which precedes the appearance of the Anti-Christ on the earth. Other translations call it the “apostasy.” Apostasy means the act of abandoning a party or cause, or abandoning your religious beliefs.

Departing from the Faith

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1 Tim 4:1-2

Is this not what we see occurring all across the world today? Many many people are abandoning the faith due to Darwinism, Secular Humanism, and other ism’s destructive to the faith.

A Picture of the End Times

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2 Tim 3:1-5

Matter of fact, in our children’s lifetime I expect the UN to eventually become the source of morality in the world. Expect the UN to eventually outlaw the bible and make it “hate-speech.” Don’t think it will happen? It already has happened in parts of Canada and other countries. Books are currently being written about the current suppression of the church and the bible.

The Changing of the Gospel

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
2 Tim 4:3-4

Many are watering down the Gospel of Christ, causing the faithful to go to sleep spiritually and not be attentive and watch for the 2nd coming of Christ.

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-- bringing swift destruction on themselves.
2 Peter 2:1

Stand Strong Until the End

So in the end, be strong spiritually. Let no one deceive you in these perilous end times. This is only a small portion of the end times picture, but volumes upon volumes have been written and documented about the subject. But maybe it might open your eyes. Peter, speaking of Jesus and the last days:

For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.
1 Peter 1:20

So stay strong and do not believe what the world tells you regarding religion and the current times.

Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come.
2 Thessalonians 2:1

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
Colossians 2:8

Peter's Speech on the Last Days

Finally, we know that these are the last days. In the book of Acts, Peter addressed Jews from all over the world who were visiting Jerusalem:

But Peter, taking his stand with the eleven, raised his voice and declared to them...but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:
AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,' God says,
'THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND;
AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY,
AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS,
AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;

BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME. AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'
Acts 2:14-17, 21

Be Patient For Now

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.
James 5:7

Also, relax, God choose you:

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 2:13

Expect the End

For you yourselves know that the Day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly...

But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thess 5:1-5, 9

Redeem the time while there's still time.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Kristiapplesauce said...

Yup. Again, I agree completely. This has been heavy on my heart. Like when we visit a church and the pastor jumps all around using all different translations...(usually the message) I just think that we are so far away from the original text. If our own pastors aren't studying the Greek and Hebrew...then how are we lay people supposed to know what it says? That among other things...have been on my heart.

3:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone provide a substantive link that proves that the bible has been banned anywhere in Canada? And just an FYI, if it is perhaps the banning of the bible being taught in public schools, that doesn't count. That is called seperation of nut job... I mean chruch and state.

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone provide a substantive link that proves that the bible has been banned anywhere in Canada? And just an FYI, if it is perhaps the banning of the bible being taught in public schools, that doesn't count. That is called seperation of nut job... I mean chruch and state.

Every generation of Christians crys "...It's the end times... ahhhhhh" What utter crap. You can have your mythology and all the hysteria that goes with it.

I had a girl friend in 1988 whose parents had gone and seen an evangelist who'd wrote a book "88 Reasons the world will end in 1988." They were pretty convinced he was right... and yet we are all still here. Maybe the Christians were raptured up, and god put a veil of deciet on our eyes so we couldn't tell what had happened. Just like how the devil put dinosaur bones in the earth to trick us into believing in evolution.

Your god is as real as Zeus and Santa Claus. Have fun with that. Prince of peace... what shit!

The Born Again Athiest

7:14 AM  
Blogger The Scribe said...

Anonymous,

1) Canadian Bill C-250.
Links:
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=38268

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/weblogs/mohler/1220787.html

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/007/1.18.html

2) Please refrain from using profanity. Otherwise I cannot allow your posts on this blog.

3) Regarding your thoughts concerning those who were in error by trying to pinpoint the exact timing of the end times...

First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."
2 Pet 3:3-4

Anonymous, no need to be a scoffer, be a searcher. Search for the truth.

An hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
John 4:23-24

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll be glad to leave out the profanity. I apologize for that. I do not understand, however, how people can still believe in the ancient mythology that is Christianity (or any other religion.) I have no problem with christ the man, or his general teachings of peace and forgiveness, but that is not what is preached by todays Christians. All I hear is hate and ignorance. I'm not a scoffer, I'm a free thinker. Once I have seen proof of god, I will believe, but that is yet to happen. Christianity is a hoax. Believers will always say "it's just around the corner... Jesus is coming." Then they die, decompose and return to the earth, having wasted the only life they will ever have.

8:06 AM  

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