“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
“Let no man deceive you BY ANY MEANS”
That warning should be enough. But it hasn’t been.
What was this warning about?
Paul was warning the Thessalonikans that “that day” (the ” coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him” of 2 Thessalonians 2:1; i.e., The Day of the Lord; The Day of Christ) would not come EXCEPT first, two events had to happen.
1- except there come a falling away first, and
2- that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
That seems to be clear enough.
Jesus won’t come back except that first, two events have to happen: the apostasia (“falling away”) and the revelation of the man of sin.
So, Paul is revealing that there will come an apostasia (defection, apostasy, revolt) before Jesus Christ comes back.
So what do the apostate churches tell their congregations?
That they should be looking for a great end times revival!
Why are the churches abuzz with the talk of revival when the Word of God declares revolt?
Because the churches are the center of the revolt; ground zero for falling away.
Like Israel before it, and Samson before Israel, the glory of the Lord has departed the churches–and those involved do not even know it.
“And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist [knew] not that the LORD was departed from him.”
“Then the glory of the LORD departed from off the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubims.”
“Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them!”
The churches are no longer the body of Christ: they are (and have been) a satanic counterfeit.
The revolt (the falling away) is already everywhere around us. That those in the apostate churches do not see or acknowledge their apostasy is proof enough that it is here and only the revelation of the man of sin remains.
Thessalonians 2:1 also is a verse about the timing of the rapture. But that clear enough verse (and all of the other verses) are not enough to dissuade the apostates of their “Left Behind” pre-tribulation fantasies.
Sad: many, many church-goers trust the words of a fictional series of books over the clear Word of God.
But back to the apostasia (falling away).
There are no indications in the Bible that there will be any revival of any type until Jesus returns. Until then, believers are warned of worse and worse times.
IN FACT, the Bible has NOTHING good to say about either the times or the churches in the days before Jesus Christ comes back.
“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 Timothy 3:1-5
(A very good description of the apostate churches and their attitudes toward what God’s Word says.)
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”
—2 Peter 3:3-4
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
—2 Timothy 3:12-13
“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; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”
—1 Timothy 4:1-3
“How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.”
“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
—2 Timothy 3:7
Does this sound like revival?
Of course not.
But the cheerful, grinning wolves in the pulpit (and their always-smiling workers of deceit among the pews) are not in the business of leading the sheep. They are in the business of deceiving while being deceived themselves.
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
—2 Corinthians 11:13-15
So, IF anyone has ears to hear, let him hear: there is no revival until AFTER Jesus Christ returns.
Until then, all believers have to look forward to are the persecution, scoffing and mocking of this sad, lost, corrupt world and the always-increasing deceptions of Satan’s deceitful workers.
All those who say they are looking for a great end times revival before then are either 1- hopelessly deceived; or 2- hopelessly deceived and deceiving others.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
—1 Corinthians 1:18-19
- Revival or Apostasy: To everything there is a season
- Do You Know if You are Going to Heaven? Be Sure!
- American Apostasy: The End Times Apostate American Church
- Persecution of the Saints: The Fear and the Pit and the Snare
- Last Days: What does the Bible Say about the End Times?
- Eternal Salvation: The Narrow Way is Challenging and Few Find It
- Workers of Iniquity: Disposable, Expendable, Easily Replaced
- ONE BODY: Gnostic Teachings in American Churches Divide the Body of Christ
- Modern Church Revival: Sideshows for Satan
by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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