Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye 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. 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… (II Thessalonians 2:1,2)
There are some things in the Bible that are hard to understand or which are generally open to interpretation. But there are some things that are all too clear. One of these things that should be without debate is that the Second of Coming of Christ will not occur until after something Paul calls a falling away happens first.
The Holy Scriptures foretell that the current social, political, financial and governmental systems will be brought under the control of one great authoritarian, totalitarian dictator. At some point, this seemingly benevolent dictator will become personally indwelt by Satan himself, the great enemy of God, and will bring havoc down on the heads of God’s people — whether Israel or the church, or both — until God Himself removes him from the scene.
How can one escape being swept away in the deception that is coming? … We should look to our own hearts and devotion to the Lord, and to His Truth.
There are many rival voices (Matthew 24:5) clamoring for the Bride’s attention — but she will respond to only one, the voice of her Beloved (Song of Solomon 2:8 and 5:2).