3: Let no one deceive or beguile you in any way, for that day will not come except the [a]apostasy comes first [unless the predicted great [b]falling away of those who have professed to be Christians has come], and the man of lawlessness (sin) is revealed, who is the son of doom (of perdition),(A)
This is a controversial passage of scripture and I have chosen the Amplified version to emphasize my point. There are those who look at this in a completely different way from the translation above. They say that the word apostasy means departure and from that they shore up the pre-tribulation position. They may be right, but I differ as I think that it’s torturing the text. The word is apostasy and the Amplified tells us that t his apostasy will bring about the great falling away. We need to understand that the “rapture” of the church can occur between the time of the great falling away and the revealing of the man of lawlessness, the AntiChrist. So all of you who hold to the pre-trib position the above scenario would still work for you. In my opinion, if we are intellectually honest, no one really knows when the rapture will take place, but I digress. (Let’s not fall into that debate please!) I want to focus on the GREAT FALLING AWAY! What would make professed Christians, fall away? Could it be an event that is so off the hook, so over the top, perhaps something supernatural? Here’s what follows a few sentences down in the same chapter:
9: The coming [of the lawless one, the antichrist] is through the activity and working of Satan and will be attended by great power and with all sorts of [pretended] miracles and signs and delusive marvels–[all of them] lying wonders–
So we see that what is coming will be supernatural. This begs the question, if delusive marvels and lying wonders are going to manifest, then what might they be? I think you know where I’m going with this. What is manifesting right now all over the earth? What phenomena is burgeoning? What are people seeing and reporting in record numbers? The answer is the UFO phenomena. It is real, burgeoning and not going away! As I wrote yesterday, the buffer that holds the supernatural in check seems to be receding. So here’s what I think is going to happen and perhaps sooner than some of us think. There is going to be an event, most likely the detonation of a nuclear device in the Middle East. There is however, another possibility, in that the Taliban is trying to secure Pakistani nukes. Would they use them on, let’s say Mumbai? Remember last year the terrorist attack that killed scores of people in that city? So let’s strip it down and create a sequence of possible events.
1. Some event happens like a war in the Middle East or a terrorist attack that uses a nuclear – dirty or live – device that kills thousands of people.
2. We all watch the event unfold in real time as the world is now linked together by satellite.
3. The event creates the greatest level of collective fear that the humankind has ever experienced – to date.
4. UFOs manifest openly and declare that they were the ones who created us, and started the worlds religions and are now back to help us through this critical juncture of our evolutionary development.
5. Many so-called Christians are OVERWHELMED by what they see and believe the lie.
6. This causes the great falling away……
I think we’re on the edge of seeing this and perhaps sooner than we think. I hope I’m wrong.
Here’s a link to a good “sermon” on the apostasy:
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