THE GREAT FALLING AWAY
Thank you for listening to the Narrow Way Christian Ministries online church service, today's message is a part of the Revealing the antichrist series, and I would like to start by reading a scripture from the book of (John 6:61-64) When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.
The title of today’s sermon is the great falling away, and the purpose of this sermon is to give you a deeper insight into, and detail exactly what the great falling away spoken of in scripture actually entails, and highlight the antichrist spirit that is driving it. I will also show you from the Bible how this falling away from the truth, will be a key factor in uniting the world’s false religions, and culminate with the world worshiping the false messiah of the Jews, and receiving the dreaded mark of the Beast.
It is vital to understand that the Bible teaches clearly, that our Lord and Saviour will return in glory with his Holy angels to rule the world, and its nations with a rod of iron as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. But the Bible also tells us that this great event cannot happened until there is a falling away, Scripture tells us that this falling away is directly related to the appearance, or revealing of the Antichrist himself. I will now read the scripture that teaches this doctrine, and then I will attempt to give you a greater insight into its meaning. When speaking about the day that Christ returns, the Bible says in the book of (2 Thessalonians 2:3) 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;
THE GREAT APOSTASY
Now as I said before, this scripture tells us that the day of Christ’s return will not come until there is a falling away first. But what is this falling away spoken of in scripture? The phrase falling away found in this scripture is translated from the Greek word apostasia, and this is where we get the English word apostasy, which is the correct description of the falling away mentioned, that will come before the second coming of Jesus. For anyone who is not familiar with the word apostasy, it simply means to turn from, or rebel against the truth of the Christian faith. And while many look for a future great falling away to come, they fail to realize that it has already began, and the seeds of this apostasy were sown in the time of Paul’s epistles to the New Testament churches. In this part of the sermon I will explain in great detail what the Bible teaches us about this falling away, and show you from scripture exactly what it looks like today. As a Christian If you study the Bible carefully, you will see that there is nothing hidden from God’s children that has not been made manifest in God's Word, in fact the exact meaning and description of the falling away is clearly and extensively detailed in the New Testament, because when speaking of the falling away Paul says in (2 Thessalonians 2:7) For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:
In order for us to have a complete understand of the apostasy that must take place before the second coming of Christ you only have to read the book of Galatians, specifically (Galatians 1:6-7) I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
Now this Bible verse perfectly lays the foundation for understanding the apostasy, or falling away Paul spoke of in (2 Thessalonians 2:3), because it tells us that people are being removed from the truth, by another Gospel which is described as being not another completely different Gospel, but rather it is actually a perversion or corruption of the true Gospel of Grace through Faith in Christ, and the New Testament. The scripture goes on to give us further insight into the meaning of this deadly apostasy, that will eventually result in the revealing of the Antichrist himself. But as I said earlier, the seeds of this falling away were already being sown in Paul's day, and his letter to the Galatians was warning the Church that certain antichrists had joined their ranks, and were attempting to pervert the truth of Christ, with the religion of the Jews, and by trying to the keep of the Old Covenant law.
Many back then and even more so today believe that the Jewish religion is a true worship of God, and somehow compatible with the Christian faith. But the Bible teaches no such thing. In fact Paul wrote in (Galatians 1:11-14) But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
THE JEW'S RELIGION
This Bible verse shows us that Paul converted from the Jewish religion to the proper worship of God through faith in Christ, and he rebuked the Christian people of Galatia for allowing the Jews to teach a perversion of the Gospel, and allowing antichrist Jews to creep into their church and cause them to fall away from the true doctrine, that was Grace through faith in the resurrection of Jesus. The Bible teaches in (Ecclesiastes 1:9) The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
And indeed the falling away is no new thing, because the seeds of this apostasy that were planted in the first century churches, and the mixing of Judaism with Christianity, has grown into a poison forest known today as Christian Zionism. And just as in the days of Paul, people are still being removed from the truth of Christ, to a perversion of the Gospel because the same mixing of Judaism and Christianity. For anyone listening who is unaware of exactly what Christian Zionism is, it can be summed up by saying that it is the false belief that Judaism is the religion practiced under the Old Covenant, and that the people that practice this religion and their descendants are God’s chosen people, and the seed of Abraham. It further consists of the foolish idea that the Christ rejecting Jews of today are under the Old Covenant, and that their hatred and rejection of Jesus as the Messiah, is somehow acceptable to God. Yes believe it or not, this is essentially the doctrine of Christian Zionism, which is total blasphemy, and these doctrines of devils are easily proven false in many Bible verses including (Galatians 3:16) (Galatians 3:28-29) (Romans 2:28-29) (Philippians 3:3) (Romans 9:6-8) (Hebrews 8:13) (1 Peter 2:9-10) and many more.
THE SPIRIT OF ANTICHRIST
Now I would like to note that I mentioned in the last sermon of this series titled the spirit of Antichrist, that the actual word antichrist means in place of Christ, and I would now like to point out, that the desire to pervert the true doctrine of the Bible found in (Galatians 3:16), which clearly describes Jesus as being the seed of Abraham, and insert a multitude of Christ hating individuals that the Bible calls the Synagogue of Satan, clearly shows the antichrist spirit that is behind Christian Zionism. Christian Zionism or the great falling away, has given rise to so much deception and false teachings, most notably the pre tribulation rapture. In fact the majority of Christianity holds fast on the pre tribulation rapture, and other foolish pro Jewish teachings. Many denominations including Evangelicals, and even many Baptist Churches, have been spreading these heresies and helped this falling away grow so strong, that over the last hundred years, countless corrupt Bible versions have been produced that give credence to this perverted Gospel, and have led many away from God’s pure and perfectly preserved word in the English Language, found only in the King James Version.
The Bible reads in (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Now I would like to conclude this message by saying, that Christian Zionism is the ultimate manifestation of the falling away spoken of in (2 Thessalonians 2:3), and this deadly heresy will play a major role in bringing about the one world religion, that will worship Satan through the Antichrist, or man of sin. This ministry would like to warn everybody of the great falling away, that is Zionism and so called Judao-Christianity, and remind you that not everyone who claims the name of Christ is saved and beyond deception, there are so many today that follow after Christ, but do not believe his Words and the true doctrine of salvation by grace through faith, it is these deceived and unsaved masses that believe a perverted Gospel, and it is these that will worship the Antichrist, and believe his appearance to be the second coming of Jesus. While many believe that this could never happened Jesus said in (Matthew 24:24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
This Bible verse tells us, that the end time deception will be so great and convincing, that only those who have received salvation, and are sealed unto the day of redemption, and indwelled with God’s Holy Spirit will not be deceived. Only a little flock of God’s true people who are born again in Christ, will see the truth and recognize the satanic deception that will deceive the whole world. The falling away will cause many so called followers of Christ to worship the beast or his image, and to unite with their brothers of the Synagogue of Satan, and receive the number of their god which is 666. And I would like to finish this sermon with one final scripture from the book of the book of (John 6:66) From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Thank you for listening to the Narrow Way Christian Ministries online church service I hope today's sermon has helped you understand the great falling away. Please continue to listen to this series of revealing the Antichrist and the next installment titled the son of perdition. For more information