Signs of the Times

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The Coming Great Apostasy (Falling Away)

by Bill Wong


 

 

 

The Bible tells us that in the end times just before the Lord Jesus returns there will be a great falling away from the faith or a great apostasy:

 

2 Thessalonians 2:

1     Now we beseech you, brothers, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to him,

2     That you 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.

3     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;

4     Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped;

     so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.   (AKJV)

 

 

Falling away is apostasy (verse 3 in another translation):

 

2 Thessalonians 2:

3     Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first,

     and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,    (NASB)

 

 

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines apostasy as:

 

apostasy:

1 : renunciation of a religious faith
2 : abandonment of a previous loyalty : defection

 

 

Since the Bible says that many will fall away at that time and we are called to keep watch diligently and know the signs of the times to not be caught unprepared, do we see the elements in place now for such an apostasy in the future? Do we see the signs now?

 

The answer to that question is yes. There are signs everywhere of how this apostasy will take place. In fact, at this present time, there are many who have already fallen away from God’s truth, but do not know it. The apostasy will only worsen and be magnified when the world seems to be turned upside down and there is massive death and destruction everywhere.

 

These signs of the great apostasy are works of the enemy, Satan, to prepare the world for the one world government and religion of his Beast and False Prophet.  The great apostasy coincides with the signs of the rise of the Beast and False Prophet, and they all are happening now.

 

Let us briefly review the signs of the great falling away which is yet to come in the end-times.

 

 

 


 

10 Signs we are heading to the Great Apostasy




1) Militant Atheism

 

It is not enough for people to not believe in God, but atheists in recent years have been more hostile toward Christianity than usual. They have been working hard to undermine the faith by removing it from the public sphere such as attacking prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, removing monuments of the 10 Commandments, etc.  They have gone so far as to try to remove every aspect of Christianity from the military (including even the use of the Bible and Biblical teaching by chaplains).  Many are in positions of power and mock the God of the Bible at every turn while they raise up other religions and gods.  While anything and everything is accepted under the guise of “tolerance”, only the Bible is exempt and it is treated with intolerance. 


At the same time they force Christians to accept that which is of the world and not the Bible by making laws that attack the sovereignty of God’s word and label Bible believers as bigots when they speak Bible truth (some countries penalize this as not free speech), etc.  This started in earnest with Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution in the mid-1800s.  Many, like Darwin, started as believers, but fell away from the faith.  This atheism and evolutionary teaching is aggressively indoctrinating our youth in the education system to deny the existence of the one true God who is the God of the Bible.  Evolution of the universe and of life on earth tries to impress minds with earthly wisdom, but can never really explain how the universe came to be from essentially nothing and then from there, fails to explain how non-organic matter somehow becomes one microscopic piece of organic matter that has become all life on earth.

 

However, teaching that the origins of mankind came from a mix of mud, electricity, and chance instead of an eternal God is not enough.  The reader will notice that lately there has been a lot more talk and television shows about aliens (sightings, possible roles in ancient civilizations, how they might come in the future, etc.). This is because atheistic thought is using every option to try and replace God completely.  Atheists are attacking God and the Bible more directly now by not only saying that God does not exist, but that aliens are our creator, and God Himself is really an alien.   So atheism’s attack against God is two-fold: to make others deny the truth of the Bible altogether; and with its evolution theory, prepare people for possible mass deception in the end-time about “highly evolved” alien beings coming to earth to “help us”. 

 

The goal of atheism attacks all the world’s religions, but every unbiased person knows it is really directed at the Bible – God and His son, the Messiah and savior from our sins.  It is an example of the deception used by Satan to deceive Adam and Eve:  in our own minds, when we make ourselves like God, than we are replacing the one true God with gods of our own creation and imagination. It plants the seeds of doubt to make people believe God is not our Creator and sets the stage for the coming great apostasy. 

 

In the parable of the sower, these affected Christians would be considered those in:

 

Matthew 13:

19   When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one,

     and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side. (NKJV)

 


It is very important to note that atheism itself is only a tool that is itself being taken advantage of. It is now used to attack Christianity and tear down truth and tear believers from God. However, after it has “accomplished” this task, atheism itself will be attacked and removed. Why? Because atheism ultimately means “no god at all”, but the rule of the Beast and his False Prophet requires a false world religion to dominate all. So atheism itself will only go so far. The attack/removal of both Christianity and atheism will force everyone into the hands of the Beast and False Prophet.


What makes this atheist attack even worse is the fact that many atheists uphold communist ideology and have gone underground to infiltrate levels of government.  In this capacity, they are able to spread atheism and communism, which go hand in hand together (communism ultimately controls or does away with religion and goes even further by removing all personal freedoms as well).  This is done by promoting “equality” and “fairness”, the redistribution of wealth; pushing a green global warming/climate change agenda; controlling the educational system (what is called "Common Core") to indoctrinate the youth to their ideology and dumb them down so they have little or no independent thought to stand up and resist.




2) Carnal Christians

 

The world culture has greatly influenced Christianity today. Instead of Christianity being a light to the world, it has instead been darkened by the world. Many who profess to be Christian appear to be minimally so. They are Christian in name only and are fleshly and belong to the world. They are caught up in the worries of this world, entertainment and worldly pleasures. 

 

These people have a form of godliness, but do not really know or obey the Word of God and have no firm foundation in its teachings. The holiness God expects from us is ignored by cheapening God’s grace. They say they believe in God and the Bible, but in their actions and behavior, they behave as non-believers. Much of Christianity is “Churchianity” where going to church once a week is more a social affair or a reluctant duty. After living a questionable non-Christian lifestyle all week, going to church is supposed to have all your excesses pardoned.

 

They say they believe in God and Christ, but do not really know the Bible and therefore do not live their lives according to, or speak out in support of, Biblical values and truths.  They are complacent and look for what is easy; they do not study the Scriptures for themselves like the Bereans to see if what they read and hear is true according to God’s word, but listen blindly to friends and church leaders who can be (and are) wrong:

 

Acts 17:

10   The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived,

          they went into the synagogue of the Jews.

11   Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness,

          examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.    (NASB)

 

 

This is not entirely the fault of those who sit in the pews.  It stems from the pulpit – the pastors, priests and teachers.  They often promote the dependency, whether knowingly or not; but most important of all: What is being taught to everyone is not Bible truth.  For example, these leaders in the churches teach about sin, but they do not tell the whole story.  This is because the leaders themselves do not know what sin is as defined in the Bible, and therefore sin against God all the time and cannot correctly or fully teach about sin.  If you do not know what the Bible defines as sin, then how can you repent of them?   There can be no repentance according to the Bible.  There is no adherence to the Bible’s command to be a holy people. 

 

 

Many are “part-time” Christians and do not take the Bible and God seriously at all. It seems more like they are of the world, but put on a Christian mask or façade.

 

But we are warned to not love this world, but love God:

 

James 4:

4     You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God?

     Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.   (NASB)

 

1 John 2:

15     Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.   (ESV)

 

 

Many Christians will get a rude awakening, because they think they are following God’s word and are “Christians” – like Christ, but they actually are not:

 

Matthew 7:

21   "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.

22    Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name,

      cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'

23    And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'  (NKJV)

 

 

 

Related to how a carnal Christian behaves or more accurately, one aspect of Christianity today that greatly leads to the creation of carnal Christians is the health and wealth "prosperity" gospel in all its various forms like “name it and claim it”, “word of faith”, “miracle healers”, etc. of recent years have also taken a toll on the faith.  Examples of such preachers are Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, T.D. Jakes, etc. They are being taught a false Christ which serves as a waiter who takes and fulfills orders we give Him. They are taught completely un-Biblical teachings about how people can “make” their own reality and have their own power, but this is delusion and borderline mysticism. Their faith is not based on truth. Many of these Christians are actively being taught to worship wealth/mammon and to:

 

Matthew 6:

24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other,

     or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.   (NASB)

 

 

In the parable of the sower, these Christians would be considered those who love the world and the things in it more than they love God:

 

Matthew 13:

22   Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word,

     and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.   (NKJV)

 

 

Making things worse for carnal Christians is that these “spiritual” leaders are directly and purposely teaching these false teachings in addition to the watered down Bible message (which lacks much Bible truth to begin with) taught in churches today. These shepherds are leading their flock down a steep cliff by directing them away from focusing on Christ and the Bible truth that everyone will endure hardship. They are deceiving them with a gospel that teaches works and money can obtain favors from Christ; that God is merely a wish granter, etc. These teachers seem to be more pre-occupied with money and usually have many schemes to get your money “in exchange” for God’s blessing, while others teach in ways similar to psycho-therapy to “empower” you and build your self-esteem and make you “feel good”.

 

They forget that the love of money and the things it can buy is a root of all kinds of evil, but we must focus on Christ who purchases us with His blood:

 

1 Timothy 6:

6    Now godliness with contentment is great gain.

7    For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

8    And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.

9    But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.

10  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11  But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.    (NKJV)

 

 

These things are not found anywhere in the pages of Scripture and preys on the mind and weakness of man to indulge in the ways of this world and feel pleasure; it distracts them and turns people away from God and His truth.

 

In other words, this magnifies the problem of having much of the believers today being carnal Christians.  They represent the current state of much of the body of believers, showing them to be more of the world than of God – and falling further and further away from Him.  Believers are extremely vulnerable during these end times and will be victims in the coming great apostasy, especially when we see how the rest of the things on this list will make things exponentially worse; attacking and overwhelming those who do not wake up right now to see the terrible condition they are in and must return to the faith once delivered to the saints.

 

 


3) False Prophets  

 

The Lord Jesus warned us near the end-time that there will be false prophets who will deceive the people and lead them away from God and His truth. Many of these false prophets will even succeed in fooling people into believing that the Lord Jesus has already returned (please also see article: ‘Jesus in Matthew 24 disproves a pre-tribulation rapture’):

 

Matthew 24:

11   Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.

 

23   "Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it.

24   For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

25   See, I have told you beforehand.

26   "Therefore if they say to you, 'Look, He is in the desert!' do not go out; or 'Look, He is in the inner rooms!' do not believe it.

27   For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

28   For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together. (NKJV)

 

 

We must notice in Matthew 24:24 above that the end times deception of false prophets will also include “signs and wonders” which means it can be anywhere from mere trickery and illusion to the use of or being influenced by actual demonic power.  Examples of spiritual deception by demonic forces that can be part of the lure and power of a false prophet over people is the use of Mary visions and the speaking in tongues and other supposed manifestations of the holy spirit that is not according to the Bible (also see article: ‘What the Bible teaches about Speaking in Tongues).   

 

In the last several years we have seen many false prophets deceive their believers and lead them to their deaths.   Jim Jones is an example and so is David Koresh who fooled his believers into believing he was Christ returned.    

 

These are some of the more obvious false prophets, but there are many more false prophets who are not so “extreme”, but lead people astray by their false doctrine.

 

The coming False Prophet who is the Antichrist/Beast’s religious arm will be a combination and magnification of all these things; he will look like a lamb but speak like a dragon, pushing anti-Bible doctrines and exhibiting great miraculous powers (Revelation 13:11-18).

 

One of the Bible’s definitions of a false prophet is someone who prophesies in the name of God a future event and that thing does not come to pass (Deuteronomy 18:20-22).  Some popular evangelists have predicted events which did not happen, like what Harold Camping recently did (he has actually done this multiple times).  Many of these people do not follow what the Bible has to say, but instead teach un-Biblical uses of numbers in the Bible such as spiritualizing numbers, adding meanings to numbers and just making things up. It is almost like mysticism.

 

The predictions are a central part of their teaching which borders on making them a salvation issue, and use up the time and resources of the large number of people who believe them. Their behavior and inappropriate focus can also create a control problem over the lives of their believers.  They weaken the faith of many and not just their own believers, but other Christians.  And non-believers will also be impacted.  These will take their behavior as representative of all Christianity and the Bible, and then think the Bible with all its believers are a group of quacks or insane people.  They will be turned off by it and never take the Bible seriously and scoff and so will never even approach God’s truth in the Bible. 

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses are another example. Yes, false prophets are usually individuals. However, its founder was a false prophet and this organization has predicted many times when the Lord Jesus would return – and all of these dates were wrong. Add to this its doctrine that Jesus is not divine, baptizing into the organization, having its own Bible version which has been modified to support its doctrine, etc. and we can see why it cannot be trusted and is a false prophet.

 

In fact, the Bible states that any person who says Jesus Christ has not come in the flesh is acting in the spirit of the antichrist and is a false prophet.

 

Overall, false prophets and teachers make many, many people weaker and more susceptible to the deceptions of the coming Beast and False Prophet of Scripture.


And when we speak of being Antichrist and false prophets, we must not forget the religion called Islam.  Why?  It is because in Islam, its god “Allah” (really a regional moon god) pretends to be the same God of the Bible.  So in reality, it is the enemy Satan disguising himself as YHWH God.  Islam declares that its book, the Koran, is the latest revelation of God given to its prophet Mohammed (in a cave by the supposed angel Gabriel who physically attacked and forced him to accept it).  Islam tries to do away with what came before it – the Bible and its truths, by distorting it and calling it a lie. 


In other words, Islam was created to deceive people to believe in it instead, in order to discard and replace the one true God YHWH and the true Word of God, the Bible.  Adherents of Islam are called Muslims.  Islam opposes and attempts to destroy everything in the Bible, but especially the two greatest truths, which are: 

1) The land and people of Israel is the chosen of God and the apple of God’s eye, and is the land and people of YHWH God. 


2)  The divine only-begotten Son of God is Jesus/Yeshua who is the Messiah of Israel and also the world, who died to atone for the sins of mankind, but was raised in power. He will return at the end of the age to destroy the enemies of God which are the enemies of Israel and the enemies of all mankind – sin, death and Satan with his fallen angels/demons.   As such, believers in the divine Son of God are also targeted for destruction.

Islam says the Lord Jesus is not the divine Son of God and He did not die at all, much less for our sins, but everyone was deceived to believe He was crucified.  Islam says Jesus is a Muslim and was taken to heaven alive, and will come back to destroy Jews and Christians, and then die.  Islam says God’s chosen people are not the Jews/Israel, but come from Ishmael.  By claiming to be from the same God of the Bible, it tries to appear legitimate and truthful, but it absolutely is not.  It exists to create and be a false version of everything in the Bible. 


Though most Muslims do not wish violence on anyone, Islam does teach violence and death to those who disagree with it (even other Muslims).  God is working a mighty work in these end times as more and more Muslims, through Bible preaching and reading, visions and dreams, believe in the Son of God who died for their sins and was raised. We love Muslims and must pray that even more will see the awesome truth, love and holiness of God and His son.


It is bad enough that some people fall away from Christianity and believe the lie of Islam by itself, but now there is a movement which combines both Christianity and Islam, called “Chrislam”.  How can the two be combined since Israel is the land and people of God and the Lord Jesus is the divine Son of God who died for your sins and was raised to return, but Islam denies both of these things and says Jesus is a Muslim who will destroy Jews and Christians?  This new false religion has its own false prophets to increase the apostasy/falling away; the existence of “Chrislam” is surely a sign that we are in the end times right now.


The Bible tells us we must be vigilant and more and more as the time approaches to the return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 


  

4)  The paranormal and extraterrestrial


The Bible says that the enemy Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44) and he can transform himself into an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).  This means that Satan and his angels can appear differently (“good”) to carry out their evil schemes.  This ability and its use will only be magnified in these end times.  We have already seen what they can do in the example of a supposedly good angel who created a false religion (Islam) whose sole existence is to impersonate the one true God of the Bible and to destroy everything, but especially the land and people of Israel, believers in Jesus as the Messiah, Son of God and Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, God’s word, the Bible truth and Bible believers – Jews and Christians.  This angel was not a good angel, but a demon in disguise (note: Mormonism was also created through an "angel"): 


Galatians 1:

8    But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!    (NASB)

 

 

This is only a part of the enemy’s master deception to make sure everyone does not have faith in God and His son Jesus the Christ whose atonement and resurrection ensures that death, sin and the enemy will one day be destroyed as believers are given the free gift of eternal life.  There are a number of ways to achieve this.  One way is to confuse people and defile them by making them do or deal with things which are abominable in the eyes of God.  Another way is to make people just believe that God and Christ do not exist.  The enemy and his demons employ both methods, and they use their ability to appear differently to carry out the master deception to great and terrible effect.

 

It all starts with an early deception.  The Bible states that the dead do not continue to live as disembodied spirits, but the dead sleep the “sleep of death” where they can no longer think or praise God, and await their resurrection (see the article: ‘Bible Truth about Death’).  The enemy Satan, however, has deceived most people in the world to believe that the spirits of the dead are still “alive”, existing elsewhere.  But if the Bible tells us that the dead are truly dead, then what are these spirits of the supposed dead (ghosts and related paranormal activity) we hear so much about?  They are demons.  This deception of the enemy creates a doorway by which Satan and his demons can communicate and transact with people, and influence their affairs and in world affairs. 

 

This belief in the spirits of the dead still roaming the creation has led to practices that God declares is an abomination which defiles the people who are to be holy:

 

Leviticus 20:

6    'And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.

7    Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the LORD your God.   (NKJV)

 

Deuteronomy 18:

10   "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer,

11   or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.

12   "For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you.

13   "You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.

14   "For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do so.    (NASB)

 

1 Chronicles 10:

13   So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the LORD, because he did not keep the word of the LORD, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance.    (NKJV)

 

Acts 16:

16   Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling.

17   This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, "These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation."

18   And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, "I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her." And he came out that very hour.

19   But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.    (NKJV)

 

 

There are people today who do not believe in the God of the Bible and His Christ or choose to side against them, and therefore practice witchcraft; communicate with “the dead”, etc., and we should pray for them that they will see the light and truth of God’s word.  However, the coming great apostasy refers to believers who will fall away. 

 

This article is trying to warn believers that the spirits of the dead are really demons and they should turn away from any of this to not be defiled by them; and also not allow them to enter into your life or that of your loved ones.  As we can see, God feels very strongly and makes it extremely clear that we must not be involved with anything that deals with the spiritual world or the dead; we must not turn to these things and prostitute ourselves.  It is not Biblical to believe that the spirits of the dead are among us; they are really the deception of demons.  The Bible shows that those who deal in these things work with demons and may even be possessed by them – this is how they get these “powers”. These things are abominations to God and those who deal with them will suffer His wrath. 

 

Have we noticed today that everywhere we turn we see and hear programs and talk about psychics, ghosts, witches, talking to the dead, etc.?  It is all over television and film.  It is as if we are being prepared for something.  And we are; the Bible tells us things will get much worse.  There will come the time very soon when Satan and his demons will run rampant on earth after they have been cast down (Revelation 12:7-12).  Believers must flee from these things and know God’s truth, and put on the armor of God to prepare for spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:10-20). 

 

What we see today is a sign of the end times and a warning.  As we have just read in the Scriptures above:  not only will the person who participates in these things be cut off, but entire nations that deal with these dark powers will likewise be destroyed because of it.  If the prevalence of and attention paid to the paranormal today is any indication, this means the days of the United States of America (and all the world) are numbered.

 

We have just discussed how Satan and his demons defile people and whole nations by using their ability to appear “good” by manifesting themselves as the supposed spirits of the dead.  Now we will briefly discuss how they use this same power to transform to deceive people into believing that God and Christ do not really exist, or at least not as who the Bible says they are.


The Bible explicitly declares that God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them.  Of the living things in God’s creation, the Bible speaks of only the angels (fallen or otherwise) and other angelic spirit beings (the seraphim, the 4 living creatures, etc.), as well as every living thing that is created on the planet Earth.  Therefore, any reference to God’s creation of all there is (how the universe came to be and all within it, including the living beings) which is outside of what Scriptures tell us, is only adding to Scripture and is not Biblical. 

 

The theories of a “Big Bang” and evolution try to explain away God’s existence by saying the universe and all life came from nothing, and many have been deceived by it.  However, this is only a part of Satan’s master deception.  Satan and his demons go further and use the supposed Godless creation of the universe to add other living beings outside of the planet Earth.  The idea is:  if humans arose from nothing on one planet, than surely there must be other life that also arose from nothing on an infinite number of planets; and of course, all these planets are part of one or more universes which also arose from nothing (and all of these alien beings also “evolve”, but probably are “more advanced” than us).

 

This all adds up to nothing, because nothing comes from nothing.

 

But the Bible says that something comes from something.  God is something (someone) and therefore He can create something.  The Bible says God created the universe and all the living beings mentioned in Scripture, and there are no other living beings besides these.  Anything outside of this is “extra” and a lie, because it is adding to God’s truth.   

 

In recent years the belief in aliens and how aliens supposedly mingled a lot with early civilization is being pushed upon the public through mass media (this is happening side by side with also pushing the paranormal).  However, the truth is that the beings which they say mixed with mankind long ago are not aliens, but they are fallen angels that probably walked among men. In other words, the UFOs are not aliens, but they are demons.  If Satan and his demons can appear as angels of light and the spirits of the dead, then appearing as alien life forms is not too difficult either.  Is supposed alien abduction and the strange behavior of abductees any different than satanic rituals and demon possession?  If men are able to build spacecraft, do we really think that fallen angels cannot do the same, if not better, especially since they have spiritual power to deceive?  

 

So we must be prepared in this way as well to not be deceived by the supposed existence of aliens.  This belief leads you away from God and Christ.  It is because this lie magnifies the “original” lie that the universe was created from nothing and not God.  Satan’s plan to make people believe in aliens will reinforce his deception that God did not create the universe and does not really exist, or the God and Christ of the Bible is not really the truth and who  they say they are.  It is part of Satan’s master deception to have people not turn to God and Christ, but instead to him and his lies.


In other words, instead of the obvious false religions that worship false spiritual beings, the enemy has deceived people into believing another false religion: based on atheism, which includes – the worship of self and the creation that supposedly does not come from a “spiritual” or “supernatural” origin, but a “scientific” or “material”/”natural” (the “Big Bang”, theory of evolution, etc.).  However, it is a false religion based on a spiritual being – the enemy Satan’s lies.  Just like the ghosts and paranormal, this time he and his demons deceive those who do not believe in God and gods to believe in life coming from nothing and aliens.  With the prevalence of people believing in aliens and that aliens are the gods, more and more people believe there is no God or that God is really an alien.  They say the Bible has confused aliens with being God and it was really aliens that created human and/or other life on earth, not God. 


To underscore these beliefs, there are already references to the virgin Mary being abducted by aliens and being impregnated by them, and therefore Christ is a hybrid life form.  So we must also be prepared if Satan plans to use these demons to fake a return of Christ or use it for the Antichrist to arise.  Remember we are also told the revealing of the Antichrist will be accompanied by massive deceiving displays of power, signs and wonders:


2 Thessalonians 2:

9    The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders,

10   and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.    (NKJV)



This leads to the possibility of people treating the return of Christ as the return of an alien (does this partially explain why the armies of the world will be foolish enough to battle with the Son of God?). This is yet another reason we must know our Bibles to not be deceived.

 

For example, the false prophet Marshall Applewhite included astronomical and “extraterrestrial” themes in his deception; he led his followers in a mass suicide believing that the Hale-Bopp comet was the alien mother ship come to “take them home” before the end of the world.  Do not be surprised if more problems like this occur.

 

All this alien talk is making people deny God and replace Him with aliens as our creator.  It is conditioning or preparing people (“setting people up”) for a possible planned soon-coming event with “aliens” who should be accepted as gods, because they are the supposed originator of earthly life and the source of Biblical theology, with the Bible as its target to get rid of/do away with.

 

These twin lies of Satan and his demons:  their false appearances as spirits of the dead and as aliens, are preparing for mass confusion and delusion in the end times where the demons will run rampant everywhere.  It is a part of Satan’s master deception to make the weak believer fall away in the Great Apostasy soon to come.  



 

5) The Emerging/Emergent Church

 

The last several years have seen a disturbing movement take form and continue to grow. The Emerging/Emergent Church movement seeks to appeal to a postmodern society. Postmodernism is a reaction to authority and established ideas of reality and instead considers everything relative where interpretation is everything; there is no ultimate truth, but truth is relative. The target of the Emerging Church is people in their teen years, 20s and 30s who have grown disenchanted with the Christianity or church they know.

 

It is ecumenical in spirit, but does not like firm Biblical doctrine. It does not hold to any authority and therefore de-emphasizes the Bible and gospel. In fact, the atonement is questioned and the arguable leader of the movement called God a cosmic child abuser. True to its relativism, Bible truth is not taken seriously, but instead is left for a collective discussion that goes nowhere, because everyone has differing views of what is right. Needless to say, such an environment and philosophy destroys any true evangelizing. There is no absolute truth and objectivity, but everything is subjective.   It does all this while simultaneously promoting a “feel-good love” that is absent of Bible truth and appeals only to our emotions.

 

What is perhaps most troubling is that the movement as a whole replaces the Bible with stimulation of the senses and attracts people who need to “feel an experience”. In addition to using music, art and film to feel spiritual, its main tool of operation is resorting to the metaphysical spiritual concepts of the early church fathers of the Roman Catholic Church in the first few centuries AD after the Lord ascended to heaven. It deliberately seeks to use the practices that attracted people to Christianity in those times past. However, any honest student of history knows that it is exactly this time that God’s truth was attacked and hidden while at the same time pagan practices and traditions surfaced.

 

Some of these practices include contemplative/centering prayer which is repetitive prayer the Lord Jesus commanded we not do (Matthew 6:7), the use of labyrinths, candles and incense, the stations of the cross, and even Eucharistic rites.

 

In other words, in its quest to change Christianity in the future, it is looking into the past. Its pursuit of sensory experiences with little to no Biblical truth is exactly what the Roman Catholic Church has always done and continues to do. In fact, because of this, it is headed toward melding with the Roman Catholic Church or making the Roman Catholic Church and its doctrines and practices acceptable to more people. The Emerging/Emergent Church is a primary reason and cause for the Great Apostasy as it is preparing people to accept the Roman Catholic Church, which is already actively trying to absorb all religions, especially Christian groups, into itself to set the stage for one world religion in the end times. 




6) Ecumenical Movement

 

In the last few decades since the Second Vatican Council (also called Vatican II) met in 1962-1965, ecumenism or the ecumenical movement has been pushed by the Roman Catholic Church to promote world unity between it and both Christian and non-Christians religions. Though many of its proponents say it has not caused religious relativism and religious pluralism (more than one way to God, acknowledging other religions might have truth and seeking common ground among all religions), this is what appears to be happening when the pope travels everywhere to meet with world religious leaders to build bridges with them. The Roman Catholic Church also makes statements that the various religions all have some truth and much can be learned from them.  In 2014 the Vatican allowed Islamic prayers for the first time even though as mentioned earlier, Islam is completely contrary to what the Bible teaches.  However, when you think about it, all the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church are also not Biblical and oppose Bible truth.  The existence of Chrislam and how Rome is working so hard to meld all religions into one - even Islam, is a sure sign that the end times are upon us and will rapidly progress/unfold.

 

This ecumenical movement is blending an already watered-down and paganized Christianity (which was created by the Roman Catholic Church centuries ago) with other religions.  Unfortunately, it is not surprising to see much of Christianity today not taking seriously or even openly embracing aspects of "Christian" worship that are taken from Eastern relgions, mysticism, nature worship, etc.  However, this mixing of religions only leads to apostasy and the destruction of Christianity - hastening the rise of the Beast and False Prophet with their reign of terror from the ungodly union of the Church and State in a one world government & religion. 

 

Vatican II declares the goal of the Roman Catholic Church is to have all the world’s religions be absorbed into it and the Roman Catholic Church has always considered itself the mother church with all others as “naughty children” that must come back to it. It refers to the Protestants in this way. It is troubling that many Christian denominations accept this ecumenical spirit and action of the Roman Catholic Church, as if the Protestant Reformation never happened and they agree that all roads lead to Rome.

 

However, Rome has always been un-Biblical in its doctrines and rather creates and follows the doctrines and traditions of men (its own and pagan sources). Therefore, Christian denominations should reject the Roman Catholic Church reaching out in this ecumenical manner. According to the Bible, what union does light have with darkness:

 

2 Corinthians 6:

14   Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness,

     or what fellowship has light with darkness?

15   Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?

16   Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God;

     just as God said, "I will dwell in them and walk among them; And I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

17   "Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate," says the Lord. "And do not touch what is unclean;

      And I will welcome you.

18   "And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty.   (NASB)

 

 

In these end times, this ecumenical movement to integrate non-Christians and especially the Protestants into the Roman Catholic Church will only intensify and reach the maximum limit.  The selection of the new pope Francis is very clear evidence of this. 

 

Why? 

 

It is because Francis is the first ever Jesuit to become pope. 

 

The Jesuit order is a high-ranking group in the Roman Catholic Church that was created in the 16th century with the sole purpose to do whatever the pope wanted them to. What the pope wants to do is to convert the world to Roman Catholicism with the pope as the world’s religious leader.  To fulfill this goal, the Jesuits were given extremely broad and special powers to do whatever it takes to bring people into the Roman Catholic Church. 

 

The Jesuits were primarily used in the 16th century (and beyond) to counter the Protestant Reformation – to bring the Protestant protesters of Roman Catholicism “back” into the fold.  This work of the Jesuits to make people (especially Protestants) turn to Roman Catholicism has never stopped, but with the selection of a Jesuit pope it will only get worse. 

 

This ecumenism led by a Jesuit pope is a sure sign of the end times, and will play a major role in preparing the way for many people to fall away in the great apostasy.  The combination of the Jesuit order with the pope has come “just in time” to harness and use the full power of the enemy to make Protestants and all other religions fall under the dominion of the pope and Roman Catholic Church. It is a harbinger of the one world government and one world religion of the Beast/Antichrist and False Prophet that is soon to come.

 

The Roman Catholic Church and her pope is the False Prophet in Revelation. The False Prophet seeks to be the religious leader of the entire world; also see the Interfaith Movement below.  Please also see the other articles in this section such as ‘Signs of the Rise of the Beast’, ‘Who is the False Prophet of Revelation?’ and 'What is the Mark of the Beast'.  Also see the section: 'Is it the True Church'.


It must be noted that the subject of deception involving aliens and false prophets discussed in the previous section is especially relevant here about the end times work of the pope and him being the false prophet.


This is because early in 2013 the Roman Catholic Church has reversed its position about the existence of extraterrestrial (alien) life forms.  Now it believes there is alien life, but what is really chilling is that it does not just say it believes in it, but that they are here and they can help us – and they are preparing themselves for the alien’s eventual revealing of itself.  With the current state of “God is an alien” conditioning, the False Prophet of Revelation is perfectly positioned to be the major actor or facilitator in a “God is an alien” scenario (eg. false arrival of Christ, Christ is hybrid alien, Antichrist pretending to be Christ, etc.), with the same overall effect that the False Prophet is the focal point and liaison of all communications and activities, and is overseer of the world’s religious thought in all matters, including even this. 




7) Social justice/social gospel

 

The social gospel is not a new movement and has its origins in the late 1800s with thinkers who despised capitalism. It has been quiet for some time, but it is experiencing a resurgence in recent years. It is also called social justice and uses the social sciences with its social reform and works to reshape society. The belief is that a utopian society can be created where all power is equally distributed and everyone is equal and happy. However, this is not Biblical theology, but is instead political, social and economic ideology which takes advantage of many Christians’ emotions and lack of understanding the Bible truth about the Kingdom of God.

 

While this supposed utopia sounds good, it really is not. The social gospel/social justice completely misses the mark, because it directly contradicts the Bible’s message of salvation and the Kingdom of God which is this:

 

Man has proven he cannot govern himself – this is why the Lord Jesus Christ must return to establish the Kingdom of God.

 

When the Lord Jesus returns to establish the Kingdom of God, the entire world will be at the brink of extinction, because of man’s government – from the hands of the Beast and False Prophet. The history of man shows us that though a utopian society is good in theory, it can never be attained as the powerful always seek to subjugate and rule over others (the very same “survival of the fittest” which is the inevitable result of the militant atheists’ position). This finds its greatest fulfillment in the end times with the one global government. Man is a fallen creature and so his government will also be fallen in nature and not be perfect. Even the best government systems can be abused by deceptive subversion or ignoring of its principles to keep all men free from tyranny.

 

Any belief that puts man as a main player in his own salvation where he can actually “help” establish the Kingdom of God in man’s own image, is not only incorrect Scripturally, but it places people on the path away from God. It makes man the center of his own universe/kingdom, and not God in Christ, who is the one who will really establish God’s Kingdom on earth. This creates the idea of “social salvation” and glorifies this ahead of the salvation of the individual; it puts social reform above the true gospel. It is Satan’s Garden of Eden trick again where he appeals to man’s nature to be as gods themselves instead of being obedient to and focusing on God. 

 

Unfortunately, because of its “feel good” nature and appeal to people’s emotion, and not their knowledge of Scripture or history, the social gospel/social justice will help a great deal in the rise of the Beast power over the world. This is because the social gospel is exactly what the Beast needs to promote his ideas of world unity under one ruler – a “man-made” utopia. It is a mix of religion and social policy, which is exactly what the end-time government will be. It leaves the door wide open (is the pathway to that door?) for the silver-tongued Beast and False Prophet to prepare, set up and maintain the one world government and religion – using a nice sounding religious/socio-political mantra to unify the people, but this religion and government is anti-Christ and anti-God, but pro-Satan and pro-fallen man.

 

Related to this, and also a tool of it, is the climate change and green movements, which also appeal to the emotions and seeks to unify the people under a man-made cause – “saving the earth”.  It is yet another social policy to create that man-made utopia and elevate men as gods.  It is like mother earth worship.  It is worshipping the creation – what is created, rather than worshipping the creator (Romans 1:18-32).

 

Social justice is a political scheming wolf hiding under the sheep’s clothing of Christianity – stay far away from this. It will lead you away from God and Christ.




8) Interfaith movement (United Religions Initiative)

 

The United Religions Initiative (URI) is an interfaith organization based on the model of the United Nations. Its goal is to use the cooperation of people of all faiths and cultures all over the world to promote peace and address social, economic and other issues across the globe. It believes all faiths are valid leading to God (whatever the believers’ definition of God is) and marginalizes Christianity where Christ Himself is put on the same level as any other religions’ holy person and evangelizing is frowned upon. It seeks to enforce social justice, which at its most basic definition is to make social and economic conditions equal for everyone and is a political ideology which can be masked as Christian or religious morality – social gospel. It seeks to take an active position in world affairs and create a utopia on earth.

 

Therefore, the United Religions Initiative is a combination of exactly what the Beast and False Prophet require to establish world domination:

 

a. The dilution/absorption of Christianity in a pool of world religions which simultaneously

    attacks God’s truth while promoting ecumenical and interfaith bonds to form a new one world religion;

 

b. Taking advantage of the misguided naïve emotions and well intentions of people

    and at the same time distract them;

 

c. Using political ideas to break down borders and create a new god which can be worshipped,

    such as global activism or a government or a world leader to bring about everlasting peace –

    anything but the God of the Bible and His only-begotten son the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the way,

    the truth and the life through whom no one can get to God (John 14:6).

 

 

The United Religions Initiative charter was signed in June, 2000, which can ultimately give the pope authority over all churches in the World Wide Council of churches.  It is an extension of ecumenism and the social gospel to create one religion for the world.




9) Pre-tribulation Rapture doctrine

 

The pre-tribulation rapture doctrine teaches that the Lord Jesus Christ will come secretly to take away all His saints – “the Church”, before the end-time Great Tribulation begins, so they will not have to live through it and suffer; and then He will come again in glory to end the tribulation. However, this is not Bible truth. The Bible states the Lord Jesus will return only once – after tribulation, to end the tribulation and establish God’s millennial kingdom:

 

Matthew 24:

29    "Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

30    Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

31    And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.     (NKJV)

 

The saints will be persecuted and many will die at the hands of the antichrist Beast and his False Prophet.

 

 

Of all the movements that will lead to the Great Apostasy, this is the largest and most destructive. Most Protestants believe this and have been lulled to sleep believing they will escape end-time troubles, when they should be preparing mentally and spiritually for the chaos and persecution to come. When the pre-tribulation rapture does not happen or they have been deceived it has happened, but they were not “chosen” (Matthew 24:5, 11; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4), the shock of the lie they were taught for so long will leave them absolutely devastated and unprepared. In this weakened state, they will be more likely to denounce God or fall for other un-Biblical beliefs. Please see the article: ‘The Example of Job: Will you be prepared when the Pre-tribulation Rapture does not occur?

 

It should be noted also that Matthew 24:23-28 as cited in section 3 above in ‘False Prophets’ is warning against those who deceive believers that the Lord Jesus has already come in the inner rooms or wilderness, which is a fundamental point of the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine that states Jesus will come secretly to take away His believers.  Jesus in Matthew 24:23-28 is warning against a pre-tribulation rapture doctrine of a secret rapture.  Therefore, that the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine can play a major role in the alien/extraterrestrial end time deception.  Additionally, once believers of this false doctrine realize they have believed in a lie and their faith is shattered causing them to fall away, it will be far easier for these people to be deceived by another great lie: the evolution lie with its “highly evolved aliens” coming to visit us.

 

Protestants already have to contend with the other issues listed here, but the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is what pushes everything over the edge and caps off Satan’s plans to deceive and destroy millions. Protestants must be especially aware that they are being specifically targeted and set up to be “absorbed” into the Roman Catholic Church which states that she is the true mother church and everyone else are wayward daughters that must return to her.

 

The pre-tribulation rapture doctrine and the fact that most already believe in false fundamental Christian doctrines such as Sunday worship, is a deadly combination. Because of the pre-tribulation rapture deception, Protestants will fall by the wayside as casualties in the great spiritual war with Satan and the evil powers in heavenly places.  Protestants will turn away from God and Christ altogether, or otherwise be deceived and forced into believing the Roman Catholic Church is the “true” church and the False Prophet is God’s true prophet, who will hold all the power in the end times and display miraculous powers.

 

In other words, the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine exists solely to make sure there will be a Great Apostasy to push everyone into the hands of the False Prophet who causes all to receive the mark of the Beast.

 

When we stop to think about it, we will realize that the timing of this great apostasy or falling away will coincide with the revealing of the man of sin/Antichrist soon afterward, who sets up the abomination of desolation in the temple which is the beginning of the Great Tribulation:

 

2 Thessalonians 2:

1    Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you,

2    not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.

3    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,

4    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.    (NKJV)

 

 

However, the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine which many, many people believe in, teaches that believers will be taken away just before the Great Tribulation begins, which means the pre-tribulation rapture is also supposed to happen at about the same time as the great apostasy.

 

Since the Lord Jesus has only said He will come after the tribulation and we see the pre-tribulation rapture supposedly occurs at the same as the falling away, than we can see the Bible is telling us something very important which we must not ignore. 

 

The Bible tells us that not only is the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine untrue, but the pre-tribulation doctrine may very well be the great apostasy – all by itself. 

 

It is not a mere coincidence that a pre-tribulation rapture belief and the great falling away occur together.  We should be able to see that the great deception of a pre-tribulation rapture is perfectly planned by the enemy to supposedly occur just before the Great Tribulation begins, at the same time as the falling away:  in order for the enemy to destroy the faith and lives of millions – the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine will be the cause for believers to fall away, when this pre-tribulation rapture does not happen  

 

Please, I implore everyone:


Stay away from the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine; it is a false doctrine that will lead many to fall away. The end times are here and we must be able to stand on God’s truth and endure to the end.


Note that there is a small firstfruit resurrection of 144,000 before the tribulation which consists of the apostles and select others of the early body of Christ (not “the Church” as the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine states), but this is to fulfill the Biblical feast day Pentecost wheat firstfruit offering.  The remaining wheat harvest is gathered at the larger resurrection at Christ’s one and only return appearance.  For more information about the events leading to and around the Second Coming of Christ, please see the article: ‘The Salvation Plan of God in the Biblical Feast Days’ under the sections on the Wavesheaf Offering, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, and Day of Atonement.  For more information about why the pre-tribulation rapture doctrine is false, please see the entire section: ‘A Pre-tribulation Rapture?




10) Persecution and Chaos


There is an old saying that war and chaos will make people get religious in a hurry.  It states that people turn to God only when they are faced with great troubles and have nowhere else to turn.  This is probably true, but people should not turn to God only in times like this/as a last resort.  It may already be too late, because doing this “at the last minute” has already revealed your true heart: you never cared about God and Christ, but are only doing it to get one more living breath. Only you and God can determine that.  But we should not wait and “take this chance”.


However, with this aside, when someone “gets religious” in a time of stress, it is extremely important that people turn to the right God and do it in spirit and truth.  But how can this be done when there is total chaos and destruction all around – when people may be fleeing for their lives?


The enemy, Satan, prowls around like a lion waiting for easy prey (1 Peter 5:8) and all those who do not already know the one true God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent, will be easy prey to be deceived and ruled over by the government of the end-time Beast and False Prophet.


Therefore, this is even more of a reason you must know God in Christ now, not later.  The road to God is through His son Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  Do not let Satan take you off the narrow road to life and put you with everyone else on the broad road to destruction (Matthew 7:13-27). 


We are already seeing the signs of persecution that will only get greater and greater, as the return of Jesus Christ draws nearer and it will be soon.  Persecution comes in many forms and appears in many arenas.  Laws that are anti-Christian are one example.  The hostile anti-Christian environments at work, school and certain societies are another.  Anti-Semitism is pervasive globally.  The Inquisitions of the past are yet another example as are the pogroms and the Holocaust.  The torture and massacre of Christians in various parts of the world such as Africa, the Middle East, China, and elsewhere occur today and largely go unnoticed in the news of world affairs and media.  


However, all of these will pale in comparison during the time of the falling away where there will be chaos and great tribulation such as the world has never known. 


Matthew 24:

21   "For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.    (NASB)



So knowing this will be coming soon and we see the signs of persecution even now, we must be strengthening our faith now.  We must not wait “until the last moment”.  All the previous points build up to this – do you have the Biblical faith to overcome what the enemy and this world will throw at you? 


Do you? 


The Beast and False Prophet will seek to rule the world, but we must never forget the ones they hate the most are the people of God.  They will wage war against the saints (Revelation 13:7-8) and the persecution will be great and relentless, amidst the utter devastation that will occur in the end times.  Many will have their faith tried and be persecuted, but some may be found lacking and fall away.  


Will some turn away from the faith when faced with suffering and possibly death of their loved ones or themselves?  Will they succumb to the needs of the flesh such as food and shelter, at the expense of their faith?  When faced with the utter chaos of war, pestilence, famine, natural disasters and other things that will engulf the world at the end times, will the people’s resolve, endurance, hope, and faith remain superhumanly strong by the power of God’s spirit, love and truth?


This is the worst of combinations:  the false pre-tribulation rapture doctrine together with the persecution and chaos that is sure to come.  They feed into one another, which magnifies exponentially their deadly impact.  The enemy has made it so that they fit together like this. 


The pre-tribulation rapture doctrine ensures many will fall away and not be able to endure the persecution, chaos and tribulation even unto death.  This is because the believers in this doctrine have always been taught they will be taken away and do not have to suffer, and therefore do nothing to prepare and strengthen their faith now as they should.  They are living a lie in blissful ignorance, but it will spell their doom if they do not break the hold of the pre-tribulation rapture deception soon.  They will be found severely lacking and easy prey for the enemy when tribulation comes upon them and they are completely unprepared.


Truly, as the Lord Jesus said: 


Luke 18:

7    now, will not God bring about justice for His elect who cry to Him day and night, and will He delay long over them?

8    "I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?"    (NASB)



In the parable of the sower, these Christians would be those in:


Matthew 13:

20   But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;

21   yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.   (NKJV)



But our faith must stand tall as Christ gives us strength to overcome all things (Philippians 4:13; John 16:33; 1 John 5:4-5) – even and especially, in our darkest hour.


 


Conclusion:  Many are doctrinally already 1/2 way towards apostasy

The very first attacks against God’s truth occurred shortly after the Lord Jesus ascended, when the Roman Empire and Roman Catholic Church changed Christianity by adding pagan beliefs and removing Bible truth.  The false doctrines and traditions of that time became fundamental Christian doctrine which still remain to this day and will play one of the most pivotal roles in the end-time delusion of believers.


When the Beast and False Prophet come upon the stage of world events as co-rulers of a one global empire of government and religion (Church and State), all of the previously discussed things will be extremely powerful forces and used to great effect by them.  There will be an unprecedented attack on all things that belong to God.  This includes His 10 Commandments.  Breaking God’s 7th day Sabbath commandment (the Fourth Commandment and only day of the week God sanctified) and Sunday worship (or allegiance to any man-made day which is not holy) will be imposed by the False Prophet, and it will be the sign of who belongs to the Beast and who does not (please see other articles in this section:  The Signs of the Times’.


Most Christians believe the 1st day of the week, Sunday, is the day of worship.  However, Sunday worship does not come from the Bible, but the Roman Catholic Church.  Sunday is the tie that binds all religions that call themselves Christian except those who observe the Biblical Sabbath which is the 7th day of the week and has never been revoked by the Lord of the Sabbath, Jesus Christ (Luke 16:17; Mark 2:28; Luke 6:5).  The Roman Catholic Church created Sunday (“the Lord’s Day”) to replace the Biblical Sabbath (see articles ‘The Sabbath – Not Sunday’, ‘Reasons for Sunday are not Biblical’ and ‘Biblical Repentance’.


This means that most who call themselves Christian are already badly deceived by Satan and are half way to being completely deceived by his Beast and False Prophet to receive the mark of the Beast and being part of the Great Apostasy in the end times.


All the movements we have discussed, such as the ecumenical, Emergent Church, URI, social gospel, etc. are all pushing towards: everyone to be unified under the Roman Catholic Church.


When you also factor in massive chaos and persecution with these various items, including the pre-tribulation rapture lie that will “soften up” many Christians for the kill by Satan, it becomes even easier to be forced into receiving the mark and much of this is because most Christians already believe in Sunday worship. 


The Bible truth is this: 


Satan will use everything in his power to get mankind to take his mark, the mark of the Beast.  The things we have discussed in this article are merely tools to get all mankind to fall away from God and Christ whom he hates, and to prepare us to succumb to his deception and take his mark. 


It is a matter of life and death to really know who our God is and what His truth is – for we will be forced to make a decision between the seal of God (His Sabbath) or the seal of Satan (Sunday). 


Indeed, since Satan could not overthrow God, all Satan has ever wanted and worked toward was to rule this world as God.  Everything has been set up by the enemy for us to be deceived and choose him as our god, which is what we will do if we do not know the Sabbath truth.


Whose commandment will we obey?  God’s or Satan’s?  Are we ready to live and die for our God – and reap an eternal reward?


We must know the truth to overcome all these things and not fall away.


The Bible tells us we must seek, know and live by God’s truth and not be deceived by the philosophies and traditions of men.  We must persevere to the very end even if we must suffer and die for the truth.  We must be totally prepared for the tribulation to come and we will be rewarded.  We must pray for supernatural faith that God will abundantly provide in Christ. 


Colossians 2:

8    See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.  (NASB)


2 Timothy 3:

1    But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.

2    For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,

3    unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,

4    treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

5    holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.    (NASB)


Revelation 12:

11   "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.      (NASB)


James 5:

11   Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord --- that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.  (NKJV)


Hebrews 10:

26   For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,

27   but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries.

28   Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

29   How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

30   For we know Him who said, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay." And again, "The Lord will judge His people."

31   It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32   But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings,

33   partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated.

34   For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property, knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one.

35   Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.

36   For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.

37   For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay.

38   But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him.

39    But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.    (NASB)


1 Peter 1:

3    Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4    to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,

5    who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6    In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,

7    so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

8    and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,

9    obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.    (NASB)


Hebrews 11:

32   And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets,

33   who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,

34   quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

35   Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection;

36   and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.

37   They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated

38   (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.    (NASB)


 

What we have to look forward to is eternity with God and Christ in the city He has built for us:


Hebrews 11:

9     By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise;

10   for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.

11   By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.

12   Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.

13   All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.

14   For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.

15   And indeed if they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had opportunity to return.

16   But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them.   (NASB)


Revelation 21:

1    Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

2    Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3    And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

4    And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."   (NKJV)