2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Memorise Matthew 24:10-13
“the mystery of iniquity doth already work”
WHAT IS THE “FALLING AWAY”?
The Lord Jesus Christ is coming back real soon. The “mystery of iniquity” is already at work (2 Thessalonians 2:7). “The day of Christ is at hand” (2 Thessalonians 2:2). What must happen before Christ returns?
From 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12 we discover that the 2nd Coming of Christ will be preceded by the coming of the Antichrist. The word “coming” (Greek parousia) occurs twice in these 12 verses: the first time in verse 1: “the parousia of our Lord Jesus Christ,” and the 2nd in verse 9 which talks about the parousia of the Wicked one (cf v8).
Before Christ returns, there will be a great rebellion, “a falling away first” (v 3). The words “falling away” come from the Greek word apostasia (literally, “to stand away from”). It speaks of a rebellion against the Standard, the Truth, or the Law of God. It is a God-rejecting apostasy.
Now, who are the rebels, and against whom or what are they rebelling? Jesus reveals who they are in Matthew 24:10-13, “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound the love of many shall wax cold. But he shall endure unto the end the same shall be saved”. In other words, those who fall away are those who call themselves “Christian”, but in actual fact are not. By and large, the visible church in the last days will forsake the Faith. These people who profess to be Christians were never regenerated in the first place. They did not have true faith.
Who are they? Well they would be those who say: “I believe that Jesus Christ can bring me to heaven, but I also believe that I can get to heaven if I believe in other gods”. “I believe in Jesus Christ, but he is only a man, not God.” “I am a Christian, but I am also homosexual.” Paul describes them in verse 8: “they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved;” and verse 10: “they believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness”.
Thought: Do you have true faith?
Prayer: Lord, help me always to walk in the strait and narrow way that leads to life.