“Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 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 (the Antichrist).” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3)
In this verse we have two signs, which precede the return of Jesus Christ. “The falling away” and the Antichrist being revealed. “Falling away,” in Greek: apostasia; defection from truth; apostasy.
And the truth is God’s Word. If we are not in His Word, we are defecting from truth and in darkness, and more likely to be swept away by false teachings, which are seeping into the church. God’s Word is our solid rock by which every other teaching must be compared.
“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)
The falling away has been occurring for many years. How do I know this? I was fallen away. I wasn’t in God’s Word nor seeking to know Him more. We can lose our salvation and our names can be blotted out from the Book of Life (Exodus 32:33; Revelation 3:5; 22:19). Why is the “Once saved, always saved” doctrine dangerous? Because it takes away our fear of God and the need of our repentance on a daily basis.
Lord God, help us to be true to You and Your Word, bringing us Life. Thank You, Jesus.
Jesus said, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)