Saturday, December 24, 2022

The Falling Away ( has it already begun? ) - 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12

 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

(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.

  2 Thessalonians 2:7-12

(7) For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. (8) And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. (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. (11) And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, (12) that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
New King James Version 

I always thought of the "falling away" as a large scale and sudden "Event".
Now I realize it is usually a slow process over many years.
And we may already be in the process of "falling away".

We have certainly seen the beliefs, morals, and standards of society ( the whole world ) going "backwards" in our lifetime.
Rejecting all the basic principles found in the Bible.
It's been going on for over 150 years, but seems to be picking up speed in the last decade or two.

And because this change is happening "slowly", it is easy to miss the significance of each little change.

And I've said it before and will repeat here,
the KEY to understanding spiritual "reality" is to study God's word ( daily ).

Otherwise, you can easily become "acclimated" to the ways of the world.

Not realizing your thoughts and view of reality have been distorted by repeatedly hearing the false messages in the world.

Saved by Grace,
Andrew Cross

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. 
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, 
but exhorting one another, 
and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:23-25

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