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. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion [apostasy] occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. (2 Thessalonians 2:1–4, NIV 1984).
My Musings – What was true then is still true today. The great apostasy or falling away from the truth of God’s Word must occur first. The world has nothing to fall way from, so this must refer a great part of the Church?
A time when the truth does not move or convict as it once did. An outright rejection of some or all of the truth’s contained in the Holy Scriptures that were once accepted by faith. Claiming that what may have been true in the past is no longer so. Or perhaps, asserting that it really doesn’t mean what was believed for all these centuries. Are we really so much more enlightened than those who came before with our doubting, distorting, disputing, and denying? “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:17–18, NIV).
My Advice – “Jesus told them, ‘This very night you will all fall away on account of me.'” (Matthew 26:31, NIV). These are the words Jesus spoke to the eleven on the night He was betrayed. And they all did, for a time. Today, are we on the edge of “this very night” that Paul spoke about? As we see many denominations and congregations crumbling before our eyes, bowing to the pressure to conform to the culture rather calling for the culture to be transformed, we must ask ourselves “where do we stand?” As the day gives way to night, we must “choose for [ourselves] this day whom [we] will serve…but as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:14–15, NIV 1984). Stand firm, or fall away. The time is fast approaching when the world will demand that you choose. But more than they, so will the Master.