THE GREAT APOSTACY – FALLING AWAY
Recently, the Lord provided the opportunity to discern several hundred believers who were considered devout. We were amazed and sadden to see His heart grieve over the majority of them falling away. Messiah Yeshua revealed to us that “the falling away” of 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is happening right now.
Let us take a closer look at “the falling away.” Since the “love of the truth” saves us from believing a lie where we buy into strong delusion and unrighteous deception, let us first examine His Word which is truth (John 17:15-17).
“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 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. 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, 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. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. 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. 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. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 NKJV).
Second Thessalonians chapter 2 is part of Paul’s midrash on the Book of Daniel. A midrash goes into Scripture and grabs principles, understanding, and concepts. The Apostle Paul’s midrash on Daniel begins in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; and then continues in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 where he repeats things spoken about in Daniel chapters 8,11, and 12.
“The falling away” in verse three of Second Thessalonians is the Greek word apostasia (i.e., apostasy), which means a falling away, a defection from the Truth, an abandonment of The Way, and/or simply a rebellious stand.
Who are these who fall away? Verse ten of Second Thessalonians clearly states: “those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” The love of truth is offered to everyone as a free gift. Whatever we love, we can’t get enough of it, whether it is truth, money, power, etc. If we love truth, we will seek and find it. Even though “truth” will take an eternity to know, we can know truth by know Messiah Yeshua – the Way and the Truth and the Life who is the Word full of grace and truth. He is the Word of God that is Ultimate Eternal Truth.
God Himself is not only allowing the strong delusion to those who do not love the truth, but he is sending it: “And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie: (2 Thessalonians 2:11). That word “send” is the Greek word pempō, which means to send one home to where they are comfortable. God is basically giving people the delusion that they want.
It is not too late! You can choose by your will to love the truth, which in essence is Messiah Yeshua Himself. However, know that you will have to then seek Him and His perfect heart, perfect will, and perfect ways; and then, follow through with obedience to the dictates of His beautiful heart: “Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him” (Hebrews 5:8-9 NKJV).
May you love the truth that sets you and all mankind and the world free!
Give em heaven!!!
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Written October 13, 2021 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source. Blessings!
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