Today we look at the heartbreaking topic of Apostasy.  Our guiding scripture today is…  “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” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4  Falling Away/Apostasy STRONGS NT 646: ἀποστασία
ἀποστασία, -ας, ἡ, (ἀφίσταμαι), a falling away, defection, apostasy; in the Bible namely, from the true religion: Acts 21:21; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; ([Joshua 22:22; 2 Chronicles 29:19; 2 Chronicles 33:19]; Jeremiah 2:19; Jeremiah 36:32 (Jeremiah 29:32)  While many movements and brothers and sisters in Christ share a different eschatology, many Christian Cults like the NAR, Dominionism, Social Justice, Liberalism, Emergent, Mysticism, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormonism, Seventh Day Adventists and more share varied views that lay the groundwork for the coming of Antichrist.

The issue is complex, yet the key indicator of our Lord Jesus promise of His return for His Bride the Church.  When asked just before the crucifixion and rejection by the religious leadership, Jesus gave two, not one discussion on signs of His return.  Deception and false prophets and teachers Matthew 24, Luke 21, Mark 13 (Compared Here pg 185 on Olivet Discourse), The Book of 2 Thessalonians the Apostle Paul helps to clarify some confusion as to a letter was saying that The Great Tribulation had begun.  This caused confusion for those whom the Apostle Paul taught they would be Raptured before The Great Tribulation.

We recommend just below Dr. J Vernon McGee verse by verse study of 2 Thessalonians to gain a grasp on these scriptures.  Then below some of the text modules of various Christian Cults and aberrant teachings is a 4-hour video in-depth study of the Olivet Discourse that covers The Second Coming, The Rapture, Daniel’s 70th Week and timing issues with The Church and Gods Plan for Israel. -Keith

Keith McKenzie

A Look at Apostasy, Amos37 Ministries

What is The Apostasy of the Church?

The Bible indicates that there will be a great apostasy during the end times. The “great apostasy” is mentioned in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. The KJV calls it the “falling away,” while the NIV and ESV call it “the rebellion.” And that’s what an apostasy is: a rebellion, an abandonment of the truth. The end times will include a wholesale rejection of God’s revelation, a further “falling away” of an already fallen world.

The occasion of Paul’s writing to the Thessalonians was to correct some of the errors concerning the end times that the believers had heard from false teachers. Among the falsehoods was that “the day of the Lord has already come” (2 Thessalonians 2:2). The Christians in Thessalonica were afraid that Jesus had already come, they had missed the rapture, and they were now in the tribulation. Paul had already explained the rapture to them in his first letter (1 Thessalonians 4:16–17). Paul writes his second letter to assure them that, contrary to what they had heard, and despite the persecution they were enduring, the “day of Christ” had not yet come. (Got Questions)

1 & 2 Thessalonians Verse by Verse Study

This page and all its content are designed to help the serious student to understand the relation of the Bible text here in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 the Apostle Paul is bringing into there remembrance in vs. 5.  It is the relation of a proper Hermeneutic here to go back and do both Thessalonian epistles together.  Then do the Olivet Discourse outlined in Luke 21 which happens later in the day from the discourse at the Temple in Matthew 24.  There is an order of events that only a Pre-Tribulation Rapture makes sense.  I know it’s a lot but worth your time and study.

Understanding a Pre Tribulation Rapture

How it rightly relates to a proper view of the days we live in.  If we are expecting and preparing for the soon coming of Jesus Christ for His Bride (the Church).  Many Christians don’t believe this.  Some are Christian and we can agree to disagree and then there are some like in The NAR, Dominionism, and a host of others that are setting the stage for the Coming Antichrist.  Serious charge.  Let’s take a look at the Olivet Discourse in Luke 21.  Notes: linked above. 4 Hours Study

What is Social Justice?

In the earliest stages it was determined that with only small forces available it would be necessary to concentrate Communist agents in the seminaries and divinity schools. The practical conclusion drawn by the Red leaders was that these institutions would make it possible for a small Communist minority to influence the ideology of future clergymen…. Welcome to the origins of the Social Gospel

Progressive Deception of Christians

There was a time when ideas like yoga or eastern meditation in the church were only associated with Progressive, Christ Science churches, Universalist Churches, and a few spurious non-biblical fringe places.  This is exactly what Theosophist (Luciferian) leader Alice Bailey predicted would be part of the new age infiltration into the church.

Judgement Begins in the House of God

f this is true and it is. Then how would we see the Church judged? Below is a list of movements that all have some significant issues that lead to false teachings and blindness of those who may be seeking God. One way God judges His people is by sending a famine of hearing the word of God. How, by a plethora of false gospels. Amos 8:11. God did this in the past and He is doing it again leading up to the Great Apostasy.

Emergents A Deconstruction Conversation

Postmodern liberalism, which has slithered into the Church with the Emergent movement, shares intellectual roots with fascism. One of the most popular postmodernist tendencies within aesthetics is deconstruction. Deconstruction is a postmodern and Emergent tactic of textual analysis…

Scripture Twisting Methods

Dr. James Sire of whom Dr. Walter Martin quotes on the Twenty ways Cults and False Teachers Twist Scriptures.  Inaccuracy, misquoting context are just a few of the items listed here.  James Sire, author of Scripture Twisting: 20 Ways the Cults Misread the Bible, has isolated twenty separate kinds of reading errors which are characteristically made by cultists as they interpret the Bible.

How New Age Spirituality is in The Church

The Christian church in its many branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness, and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished.‘ In a word, she desired the time when the ‘Christian churches’ would embrace the New Age concepts of illumination and self-realization.

Are Seventh Day Adventist Christian?

The SDA hits all the warning signs of a Cult. “Clear Word Bible”. This publication of theirs has added the words and doctrines of Ellen G. White right into the Bible text, ensuring that the person studying it will have the mind of Ellen G. White. Slowly, but surely, the new SDA will come to believe these extra-biblical doctrines that set the SDA church apart from Orthodoxy.

Are Mormons Christian?

IS A MORMON  A CHRISTIAN?  My mother was a Mormon.  I had the pleasure of leading her out of the Mormon Church.  We love Mormons and we really want you to know what the difference is between Christianity and Mormonism.  The Bible is full of warnings of deception and the rise of false prophets.  How can we know? 

Watchtower an America Cult

I have learned from the great apologists of the past and present is to give them something to think about.  So I give them one or two penetrating questions that may lead them out of the stranglehold of the Watch Tower.  False Prophecies, Corrupt Translation, False Christ equal a False Gospel.

Can Yoga Ever Be Christian

Can yoga ever be Christian? Find out with guest Caryl Matrisciana on the show Christ in Prophecy.  I noted a local Church had flyers for Christian Yoga… Really, what is it and can it ever be reconciled as Christian?  Has America become Hindu?  A great video attached.

Recognizing Syncretism The One World Dream CoExist

When the Roman Empire established Christianity as the only legal religion in the late fourth century, many pagans became associated with Christian churches. They practiced the pagan religion the Babylonians had adopted in the 22nd century B.C.,3 which involved the worship of a goddess addressed as “The Holy Virgin,” “The Virgin Mother,” and “Queen of Heaven and Earth.”

Who is Joels Army?

This movement is worth looking into what they teach. Many well intentioned Christians are being duped by this emotional driven movement. Amos37 gives Joel’s Army its highest warning . There are many new revelations and new winds of doctrine sweeping the Church today. Sensationalism seems to be the guiding light leading souls into extremes

What of Roman Catholics?

Jude warned the church to contend for the faith against apostates who attempt to steal away disciples. In verse 4 of his epistle, he wrote, “For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you.  They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only sovereign and Lord.”

A List of Traditions of Rome

The Roman Catholic Church has been around for about 1700 years. With each passing year, they continue to grow more apostate. They are not a Christian denomination but instead could easily be categorized as a cult.  In the Latin, the word “Vatican” means “Hill of Divination.” Actually, they are a cult of the virgin.

Romes Shameless Anathemas

Rome denied salvation by faith in Christ without Church sacraments and good works and basically rejected everything the Reformers asked the Church to accept in submission to God’s Word. Then Trent pronounced more than 100 anathemas (excommunication/damnation) against all who accepted any Reformation teaching.

Black Theology What is That?

It was this YouTube video I saw during the latest election with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright who pontificated this strange thing. Black Theology and Dr. Cone. I looked into it and was saddened to see the theology that was born out of centuries of oppression and hatred.

Dominionism is a General Denials

Dominionism is a general denial among dominionists of a deteriorating world at the end of the church dispensation, leading to the tribulation period and the revelation of the man of sin. They do not accept the fact of a great falling away in the end-time (2 Thess. 2:3) and the proliferation of evil and wickedness to unprecedented levels (Matt. 24:12); 2 Tim. 3:1-5; Rev. 22:11

Rick Warren & Chrislam!

A new move of Ecumenical Syncretism of blending Christianity with Islam. What is it and where did it come from? Why we should avoid it? What does Islam teach about Jesus or the Isa (Islamic) version of Jesus that Ecumenical Pope Rick Warren invoked? We compare scripture with scripture to see the spirit of antichrist which opposes the gospel of God’s Son. 1 John 2

Rob Bell's Heart Journey, uh oh!

When anyone says follow your heart or is found of what’s in our heart is problematic. The bible has much to say about our heart. Also is the issue of Spiritual Awakening!  What New Age Infiltrators mean by awakening.  It’s NOT BIBLICAL.  By incorporating Eastern Mystical Facets & tossing a Christian label, many unsuspecting people are sucked into The New Spirituality.

Joel Osteen's New Age Origins

The New Age book and video by Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, which gained popularity recently due to Oprah Winfrey’s strong promotion, teaches that we can “create [our] own happiness through the law of attraction.”  Whether it is cash, health, prosperity or happiness, all can be ours if we will just learn to use “the secret.”  This and so much more in this informative video documentary.

Bill Johnson's False Gospel Explained

By combining signs and wonders with a false Christology that denies the deity of Christ, Johnson has placed his followers in the center of end-time deception. Now rather than the one “Anointed One” (Jesus Christ who is unique), there are many “anointed ones” who supposedly can do greater miracles than Jesus. This situation is described in the Bible…

Word of Faith Origins & Errors

Word of Faith theology (WoF) dominates Christian satellite and cable television and is making alarming inroads into more theologically conservative, evangelical churches. This seminar contains dozens of audio and video clips (primarily the latter) of various WoF leaders such as Benny Hinn, Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, Jessie Duplantis, Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, etc. incorporated into a PowerPoint format. This format allows people to see and hear for themselves what these individuals are actually teaching. Everything then is, in turn, balanced with Scripture.

Church Growth & The Lukewarm Church

Can the Church borrow the marketing tools of the world and apply them to the Church? What is the history of the Church Growth movement and its false premises? Who is involved in the new evangelicalism and second reformation? Why are these movements embracing contemplative mysticism? How does this movement play into the New World Order? These questions and more are answered in Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker-Sensitive, Church Growth & New World Order.

Jesus Calling is "Another Jesus"

Warren Smith discusses the wildly popular book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Learn insights into the spirit behind the voice that spoke with author Sarah Young. Are the teachings in the devotions consistent with biblical teachings or are they something else? Warren Smith a former New Ager probes the phrase ” Presence” which occurs over 300 times and the New Age nuances that proliferate this popular teaching. “Smith raises Ten Concerns

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