Falling Away

Upon review of both the birth and death of Jesus Christ, there are numerous occurrences of prophecies which were fulfilled. In fact, the statement, “Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken” is repeated through the Gospels concerning Jesus. In brief, prophets prophesied and the fulfillment came to pass.

In another setting, Jesus foretold of the Temple. Luke 21:5-6 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

The stones of that Temple have fallen. Only outer walls remain. The Word has and will come to pass. The Bible is without rebuttal or rebuke. There will come a day in which the world will shake with a violent roar. The earth will groan and the spirit of the antichrist will persist. Paul wrote, 2 Th 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 apostle declared that the antichrist will follow a “falling away.” This implies that people who were once dedicated to the doctrine, born again of the water and the Spirit, separated in holiness, and living according to the scripture will forsake the Truth. They will abandon what they first believed. This falling away is a description of a backslidden state. Paul then went on to prophecy of the antichrist which he called “the son of perdition” – 2 Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

The day is coming. Ready or not, Jesus is coming. Sadly, there will be people who will reject the very Truth they once believed and fall away from their original commitment. While we pray for all those who have lost their way, it is incumbent upon us to grow deeper in the Word and stronger in the Faith. Our hearts are broken for those who have turned their back on holiness, godliness, and all scriptural doctrines. However, our eyes must be focused and our lives must be centered on the soon return of the Lord. We look with earnest at His coming knowing that all these things must be done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord.

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