“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, the son of perdition…For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. “II Thessalonians 2:3,7
GREAT FALLING AWAY
There are many prophecies in the bible some fulfilled and some yet to be fulfilled. But one of the most often neglected prophecies in the word of God is this prophecy given to the believers by the Apostle Paul. He teaches us that in the last days before the return of Christ their is going to be a great falling away an apostasy. You wont find many preachers preaching this and you wont encounter to many teachers teaching this. But this prophecy cannot be neglected because it is sure sign that we are in the last days. As we see this prophecy being fulfilled we can know that the return of Christ is imminent and we must all tarry the more in the Spirit.
Apostasy as defined by the dictionary is a falling away or a defection from the truth, a rejection of a once held standard or faith. I would just like to add that in reality this is a result not the root of apostasy. The root of Apostasy or falling away in its bluntest form is spiritual compromise. It is a compromise of biblical truth (spiritual law) with paganism. To be pagan is to be void of spiritual and moral accountability. When I use the word paganism here I am referring to the spirit of the world and can include such doctrines as materialism, hedonism, gnosticism heathenism, Buddhism, Hinduism and any other doctrine of self pleasure or self worship. Paganism or worldliness is the worship of ones self above the creator and in the spiritual sense of Apostasy it is the philosophy of needing to compromise with the world, as to fit into society or the system of the world to find true happiness. I believe it was Paul who told Timothy, “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.” I am afraid that time has already arrived. We see churches and pastors who do nothing but preach about wealth, and kingdom prosperity, while there are literally thousands of people who attend their services never having heard the full counsel of Gods word. We see society leaving the principal foundations of our nation “In God we Trust” chasing after every new age, pagan, hedonistic doctrine. Gnostic’s and atheist are infiltrating the very fabric of our society at an alarming rate. It is a great falling away from spiritual truth, it is an Apostate society.
MYSTERY OF INIQUITY
Pual reveals to us in the scripture that this spirit of paganism this spirit of moral corruption is actively at work in this world; he calls it the, “Mystery of Iniquity” and in its context of the scripture it is the spirit of Anti-Christ. It would help to define this:
1. Mystery in the Greek is Musterion and it means a hidden thing not obvious to the understanding, a hidden agenda or purpose.
2. Iniquity in the Greek is Anomia and it is the condition of being without the law, having contempt for the law and in violation of the law.
Therefore the Mystery of Iniquity can be defined as: a hidden agenda for the purpose of deceiving people into a state of rejecting spiritual law. It is the working of satan through the avenues of politics, society and false doctrines for the purpose of rejecting or replacing the spiritual law or teaching of Jesus Christ.
SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST
In studying the word Anti-Christ I came across something that was quite revealing. In the scripture Anti-Christ does not necessarily always mean something that is against or directly opposed to Christ. The word Anti-Christ within its definition can also mean IN PLACE OF CHRIST. And this is the agenda of satan not only to oppose Christ directly but to replace Jesus Christ in our faith. To place another that looks like Jesus, sounds like Jesus, and feels like Jesus but that is not Jesus. Here is a direct quote I ran across in my studies, “Former United Nations official Robert Muller readily preached and still advocates a new global order which incorporates a politically internationalist New Age Jesus” (Qoute from the End Time Magazine April 2006). What does that mean? That means reinventing Jesus to fit the culture and beliefs of the masses. Not necessarily rejecting Christ just replacing Him with a different more pleasing, culturally acceptable Jesus. The Jesus we preach is to controversial, He doesn’t fit the agenda of today’s modern society. Not even the church wants this Jesus. Why? Because the Jesus of the NT wasn’t politically correct, He wasn’t passive in His teachings, He didn’t leave options or different roads to heaven. Yes He was loving but He demanded change, transformation. He was not a Jesus that was tolerant and that’s what this world is looking for a tolerant Jesus. Jesus was controversial then and He is still controversial in this day and age – the same yesterday, today and forever.
A Pseudo Kingdom is something that has deceptive resemblance, it is deceptively similar. It looks strikingly similar but there are suddle differences that are not noticeable to the naked eye. It is the work of the MYSTERY OF INIQUITY to set up this Pseudo Kingdom and the purpose of this Pseudo Kingdom is three-fold:
1. Infiltrate the true Christian faith with paganism and worldliness this can be accomplished through the spirit of compromise
2. Once the faith has been infiltrated dictate Christian doctrine through false prophets, teachers and false movements of the spirit. (Prosperity Preaching, Word of Faith Movements, Pagan Mega Churches)
3. Set up a throne for a false-christ to replace the real Christ
So then a Pseudo Kingdom would in reality be a Pseudo Christianity. It is a faith that looks like, sounds like and feels like but at its core it is not the real deal. And that is the work of Anti-Christ to set up an apostate kingdom through the engine of compromise. If compromise is the engine then the fuel for this apostasy is self-love.
THE GREAT FALLING AWAY
The falling away its not numbers or multitudes leaving our churches. The falling away is leaving the very first principals of Christ teachings, changing His teaching to fit a modern society. This is the great falling away seeing the spirit of the world and paganism infiltrate our faith. They wont all fall away at one time but steadily and slowly many will beging to give in to the seducing and lying spirits. Spirits that say, its okay to compromise, its okay to change a little here and a little there. It is a dangerous thing when we begin to compromise in the name of spiritual liberty, in the name of spiritual enlightenment, in the name of cultural relevance.
THE SPIRIT OF COMPROMISE
How does this spirit of compromise begin to work and minster in the believers. When our lives become more important in this world than in God’s Kingdom. When self becomes the center of my worship. When we try so hard to accommodate the world in our spiritual walks, trying to find a middle ground where I feel satisfied in society and in my Christian faith. When I began to lose my passion and hunger for God’s kingdom then I am in danger of compromising my most holy faith. Now is the time to draw close to God for His kingdom is at hand. Now is the time to stand and proclam the full counsel of God, now is the time to do as Jude exhorted us, “Contend for your faith”. That means to stand and fight, be diligent in your faith, fight for the truth. It is time that we as the household of God stand together and proclaim we shall not compromise, we shall not give up our most Holy Faith.
“Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come. These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us. But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth. So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies. And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist. Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father. And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray. But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true-it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ.” 1 John 2:18-27 NLT
© 2007 Apostolic Messenger Minister Daniel Bracamonte