The Church in the Last Days
2 Thessalonians 2: 3-4
The clearest sign given to the Christian that we are in the last days is the falling away from true faith. The scripture gives a lot of attention to this one sign that will precede the rise of the anti-Christ. Look at 2 Thessalonians 2:
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.
People constantly try to predict the return of Christ and look at world events to see if the end is near. Christians often get concerned over governmental decisions and world events that seem to point toward specific prophecies in the scripture and spend energy trying to discern the times. Many times in history the believers have thought world events fit the end times. From Nero to Hitler to the European Union, many governments have displayed similarities to the descriptions the Bible foretells. In reality, there is absolutely no way to predict Christ's return. Jesus made it clear that it has not even been revealed in heaven, therefore it will not be revealed on earth until the time comes. Satan also does not know when the time is, therefore we can understand why history is filled with evil men who try to become the world ruler. Satan never ceases to groom his false messiah to be ready when that day arrives. Satan's only goal has always been to be worshipped by all of creation. This was his pride causing his fall in the beginning and is still his hope today. He will not risk missing his moment of glory.
Even so, we do have signs of the times that are provided so that those who are looking will not be caught unaware. The Bible makes it unmistakably clear that that day will not come unless the falling away from the faith comes first. The Bible m ...
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