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Jesus Explains the Apostasy before His 2nd Coming
by Clifford Tate 
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Matthew 24:10-14 “And then many will be offended {and} repelled {and} will begin to distrust {and} desert [Him Whom they ought to trust and obey] {and} will stumble and fall away and betray one another {and} pursue one another with hatred. And many false prophets will rise up and deceive {and} lead many into error. And the love of the great body of people will grow cold because of the multiplied lawlessness {and} iniquity, But he who endures to the end will be saved. And this good news of the kingdom (the Gospel) will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then will come the end.” QAB

The Lord Jesus Christ will first come and snatch away His True Church consisting of those that have been regenerated and born again. All of the children of God who are watching and keeping sober live in anticipation of our Blessed Lord Jesus’ second coming to the earth to rule in Righteousness and to be Glorified in us His saints. The Lord Jesus explains the many events to the early Apostles that will take place before He comes with accompanying signs they should be looking for during the course of their lives. One of the biggest signs our Lord spoke of prior to Him coming to rapture us up to be with Him is a falling away from the true faith once and for all handed down to the saints (Apostasy). The Apostle Paul writing to the Thessalonian brothers and sisters wanted them to not be alarmed or deceived about our Lord’s second coming and he said, “For that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first.”

Deuteronomy 13:3 You shall not listen to the words of that prophet or to that dreamer of dreams. For the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your [mind and] heart and with your entire being. QAB

Therefore, the Apostasy must be of the signs of His second coming the most important. The discourse our Lord has with these original Apostles serves to further confirm that it is not His intention for any of His brethren to look too far into the future and fix their focus or energy there, but because of Apostasy and deception He desires us to cultivate a moment by moment daily communion with Him. It would have only discouraged these men if they knew that it would be over 2,000 years and our Lord still would be reigning from His Throne of Grace at the Father’s Right hand. We all who love the Lord Jesus Christ must live every day as if He will rapture us that very day. The type of people we should be everyday are people living holy and godly lives as we look for our Lord’s appearance and in so doing we will help to hasten His coming. During those early days of the Church of Jesus Christ, the Apostle John spoke of many anti-christ already in the world and they surely saw the beginning of the falling away in those early days. The Apostle Peter also spoke of the horrible destruction that would be wrought by these people in the visible Church.

2 Peter 2:1-3 BUT ALSO [in those days] there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves, who will subtly {and} stealthily introduce heretical doctrines (destructive heresies), even denying {and} disowning the Master Who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their immoral ways {and} lascivious doings; because of them the true Way will be maligned {and} defamed. And in their covetousness (lust, greed) they will exploit you with false (cunning) arguments. From of old the sentence [of condemnation] for them has not been idle; their destruction (eternal misery) has not been asleep. QAB

The English word offended our Lord used in Matthew 24:10 comes from the Greek word skandalizo, which means TO ENTRAP, THAT IS, TO TRIP UP, TO STUMBLE, OR ENTICE TO SIN, APOSTASY OR DISPLEASURE; MAKE TO OFFEND. The Apostle Paul used the phrase “a falling away” in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and that English phrase of words comes from the one Greek word apostasia, which means a DEFECTION FROM TRUTH. When we read the above passage of Scripture from the Apostle Peter and what the Apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians and dig into the definition of the word our Lord used we can see that He continued to translate the same message through them as He spoke from His own lips, because He wanted them as well as us today to be very sober, vigilant, and watchful because our adversary the devil does not have horns and a tail with a pitch fork, but on the contrary the devil is in many Church buildings every week preaching and teaching lies that will eternally dam the souls of men, women, boys and girls. These people are nice, intelligent, and successful at presenting their great swelling words to many unsuspecting souls looking for an easy message without the daily bearing of their cross for Jesus Christ. They are anti-christ that the Apostle John spoke of and the false prophets our Lord refers to in Matthew 24:11.

Jeremiah 23:16 Thus says the Lord of hosts: Do not listen to the words of the [false] prophets who prophesy to you. They teach you vanity (emptiness, falsity, and futility) {and} fill you with vain hopes; they speak a vision of their own minds and not from the mouth of the Lord. QAB

Ezekiel 13:6 They have seen falsehood and lying divination, saying, The Lord says; but the Lord has not sent them. Yet they have hoped {and} made men to hope for the confirmation of their word. QAB

Remember these words from our Lord when He said, “Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and spacious {and} broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) and the way is straitened {and} compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.” The way of those who have apostasia and skandalizo is the wide gate or wide road our Lord speaks of here that appears to lead to Heaven, but it does not. The indulgence of sin is what these men and women preach and teach (being under grace) to people and it is a contributor of the abounding increase in the lawlessness in society spoken of by our Lord in Matthew 24:12, because many visible Churches that can be seen by the world are not our Lord’s true Church and those visible Churches serve more to be a stumbling block to those still lost in the world rather than salt and light. It is the Laodicean Church of health, wealth, and prosperity, rich and in need of nothing and our Lord said that visible Church was wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked and made Him want to vomit. It is the seat of liberalism, legalism, and license and the enemy of the souls of men and women has lodged himself in these schools, ministries, churches, and other “Christian” organizations and he works to keep people blind from the simplicity of the gospel of repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, but the end for these deceivers is sure, swift, and sorrowful as they are ushered into the place where their spiritual father satan will reside for all eternity.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such men are false apostles [spurious, counterfeits], deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles (special messengers) of Christ (the Messiah). And it is no wonder, for satan himself masquerades as an angel of light; So it is not surprising if his servants also masquerade as ministers of righteousness. [But] their end will correspond with their deeds. QAB

1 John 2:26 I write this to you with reference to those who would deceive you [seduce and lead you astray]. QAB

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was seized {and} overpowered, and with him the false prophet who in his presence had worked wonders {and} performed miracles by which he led astray those who had accepted {or} permitted to be placed upon them the stamp (mark) of the beast and those who paid homage {and} gave divine honors to his statue. Both of them were hurled alive into the fiery lake that burns {and} blazes with brimstone. QAB

“The devil and his instruments may prevail far in deceiving poor souls; few find the strait gate, but many are drawn into the broad way; many will be imposed upon by their signs and wonders, and many drawn in by the hopes of deliverance from their oppressions. Note, Neither miracles nor multitudes are certain signs of a true church.” Matthew Henry 1662-1714

“No one sets out to become an apostate – it’s never the result of one abrupt, drastic turn away from the Lord. Instead, apostasy is most often the product of a pattern of sinful compromises that harden and gradually steer a professing believer away from the truth.” John MacArthur

“Only a love for the truth and a willingness to do what the Word of God says will preserve us from the apostasy that Scripture tells us will overtake the world.” T. A. McMahon

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...

Sincerely in Christ,

Clifford D. Tate, Sr.

Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…


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