Updated: Nov 3
2 Thessalonians 2:1-4, “Now brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Yeshua Christ, and our gathering together to him, we ask that you not soon be shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that 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, that son of perdition; who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
There are many who are reading this who were alive in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Those who can recall a time when pastors, teachers, and scholars of the word of God would have told you that Christians would not live in the times that we are seeing today. I remember many times sitting in a wooden church pew and hearing a message about the evils of Sodom and Gomorrah, and being assured that if we were alive to see such times, then we missed the rapture and will now have to endure the great tribulations.
Today in 2022, we are seeing the same message preached from the pulpits, but with more severe scenarios than taught in previous generations. But here is the thing, prophecy has not changed, we changed, our surrounding have changed.
I am not here to start a debate of when Christ will return, I am here to tell you that it is soon, and we best start getting ready. Put aside and pray through any animosity that you may have with a brother or a sister, start filling your lamps with oil, start taking your walk and your relationship with God more serious, because whether its by illness, accident, natural causes, martyrdom, or rapture; we are all going to stand before the throne of God and give an account. This is as much for myself as it is for you, we need to get ready!
Brothers and sisters, think about how we have all in one way or another, adapted to our current evil world we are living in. Through generations of the faith, we have become desensitized to the evil in our midst. Be honest with yourself, in how many ways have you compromised your faith to not be seen as a hater, or a bigot? How many doors have you opened and how many unrighteous things have you been permissive in allowing? Are you so afraid of being stuck with a label of having a phobia to sin that you have become complacent?
Matthew 24:44, “therefore be ready, for in such an hour that you think not, the Son of man will come.”
We have all ready seen a great decline in the faith, but again, many are blinded to it. We have only been counting those who say they do not believe in God, but I want to point your attention to the greater part of the falling away. So you can see the fullness of prophecy unfolding.
There are those who go to church, and are part of a church, but that person and sometimes that church, are not on the straight and narrow, they are sheep of the world. The gospel preached is not the gospel taught in the scriptures, but it is a twisted version that leads to self worship. Not everyone who says that they believe in Christ crucified is a brother or a sister, because the Christ they worship is not the one that scripture teaches.
In these times, we have seen the truth traded in for a lie in more ways than we can count. A gospel of the world is preached to itching ears, and those without discernment do not even recognize it. If you listen closely, you will find that there is a different creator and a different savior, who bares the same name, but has much different qualities and characteristics of the ones we grew up learning of in scripture.
The God that some teach is a God that would not dare ask you to conform to his holy ways, because that is offensive and not of a loving nature. This God of the world will conform to man's ways and become whatever he needs him or her to be, because you are God of your own life.
This gospel has been so greatly diluted and compromised, so it no longer acts as salt but as a soothing solution. It is no longer a loud siren that pierces the soul and wakes the dead, it has become a lullaby to sing the lost to sleep.
They teach that many roads lead to heaven, while they distort, twist, and divert the one and only way in through a straight and narrow gate.
Many have become so terrified to offend with the truth that sets the captives free, that they will not even set the lure that while it may offend at first, it will plant a seed that brings forth a harvest. A seed that will take root, activate a heart of flesh, and bring the lost home.
Then there are well meaning Christians who Satan subtly deceives into going to the altars of the lost and complimenting the beauty of the idols, the pagan temples, and altars.
Forgetting that in biblical times, the same God that never changes, and is the same today as he was then, called those who burned such things, “righteous”. The enemy has got so many caught up in the world and the world's definition of love, that we fail to meet the standard of showing God love, and we show him love by keeping his commandments.
John 14:15, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments”.
1 John 2:3-4, “And this is how we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Anyone who says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him”.
1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments”.
2 John 1:6, “And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments”.
John 15:10, “If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love; just as I keep my Father's commandments and I abide in his love”.
Luke 6:46, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do what I tell you?"
Matthew 19:17, “Why do you call me good? There is only one who is good, that is God. If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
Some have become so complacent in the world, that they are straddling the fence. It is now widely accepted and praised if God is taught as a female entity. Some say that it helps bring them closer to God or to see him in a different light. This is not the God Jehovah of the scriptures, this is a pagan goddess, who has the ability to transgender those who worship her. This is why it is so important to accept no substitutions for God, yet many of the world have, and such things are even popular in some churches.
God made it perfectly clear that whether he is God the Father, God the Spirit, or God the Son, he is a male.
It has become a popular belief that if it feels good or makes you feel closer to God, then it is of God. Brothers and sisters, have we so quickly forgotten that our enemy is a deceiver? He can appear as an angel of light. He can make you feel really good about something that is wrong, he can make you have a really good spiritual experience that is not of God, but convince you that it is. He will step in and compromise your stand, and help you reason why something you know is sin, is not sin. Here is a good indicator for you to use in these situations, if you have to talk it over with yourself to try and convince yourself that its not a sin, its probably a sin, and you should repent, instead of trying to justify it.
There are so many ways that the enemy will snare us and draw his hook into us, and that hook can feel really good, until you wake one morning with a gaping hole, and an emptiness inside your heart and soul.
I cannot tell you enough, the enemy is wise and he is cunning. His ways are subtle, which means, he lures you off the path by something that looks right but there is a slight twist of sin hidden in the candy. His one and only desire is to destroy you.
A lot of people do not even recognize the wolves, even when they hear them howl. Beloved, we all need so desperately to wake up. We are in the midst of the great falling away. We need not only to hate the sin around us that we don't struggle with, but we need to grow a hatred of the sin inside us, that we do struggle with. We need to hate it bad enough to thrust it far from us, and to run fast away from it like a bad incurable plague.
We have seen the morals of who Christ is and who our holy God is evolve in the hands of the wicked and fall with the depravity of the world. It is time that we make ourselves separate. Stop fearing what man can do to us. Stop fearing the names that others may label us with, and ask God, “Who do you desire me to be?”
Many may not have heard, I myself was made aware by a fellow member, that there is an Israeli Rabbi who is claiming that he has been holding meetings with the messiah, who will soon make himself known to the world. And much of Israel is preparing for this messiah. Please look it up.
This brings me back to 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4. “Concerning the coming of our Lord Yeshua and our gathering unto him”. The word rapture is never used in the bible, but it is the catching away or gathering to him. “Let no man deceive you”. Don't let anyone convince you of any other thing and lead you astray. "As that day of Christ is at hand". Some translations say the day of the Lord. Some assert that Paul was correcting a teaching that had been going around saying that the rapture had occurred and that those living in Paul's time was now in the time of God's wrath . “That day will not come”. What day? The rapture, and the day of the Lord.
“Except there come a falling away first”, we are all ready in the falling away. “AND that man of sin be revealed and he sits in the temple declaring that he is God and showing himself to be God”, The abomination of desolation that Daniel spoke of, the revealing of the anti-Christ who claims his false divinity to the world. This follows right along with what Christ said.
If we look at what Christ taught both in Matthew and in Luke about his return will be like it was in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot, we see that the destruction of evil men caught them off guard. However Lot and Noah both were aware of the time and what was coming.
Again, we see that as soon as Noah and his family were in the Ark, it started to rain. God started to pour out his wrath. Same thing with Lot, when he and his family went out of the city, God's wrath was poured out on the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. Many scriptures agree that this is how God works, he first removes his people and then pours out his wrath on the wicked.
I believe this could happen any day. They are building a 3rd temple. Who is to say that during the grand opening of the temple, this messiah who has been conversing with the rabbis, doesn't go plant his bottom in the temple and claim to be God. It is soon beloved. Please, lets all get ready to get out of here. Pray for one another, lift one another up, the time is nigh, and we must be watching. This is the season and this is the generation who will see his return.
And while we wait, take the opportunity to ….
BE A FISHER OF MEN!
WAKE ANOTHER UP!!