Please do not be deceived in believing that Christians will be on a bed of roses when Christ returns. In fact, God’s Word is quite clear that before Jesus Christ returns, “there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.” (Mt. 24:21-22) Praise God, our days will be shortened, but we will be here for much distress. And please remember that the Antichrist doesn’t appear until there is great chaos in the world, offering a so-called peace. Why is this an important truth God wants me to share? Because most Christians are totally unprepared.
Instead of believing the false doctrine that Christians will be removed from the coming distress, we are told that the days of the elect will be shortened. In fact, Jesus states He will return “after the distress of those days” (Mt. 24:29-30; Mark 13:20-26; Luke 21:25-28. Also, please read Revelation 6-7. The rule I learned in Bible college is that there must be at least two passages of Scripture that say the same truth to ratify it as God’s Truth. Here we see four different passages, which state the same truth. Let us take heed and dig deep into God’s Word to prepare ourselves, as we do not want to be a part of the falling away, which has been occurring for some time now – a sign of end time prophecy. Many Christians are being deceived into believing the false doctrine that we will escape all distress. Let me ask you, “Which true prophet or disciple didn’t go through distress?”
As Paul wrote, “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… 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 Thess. 2:1-3)
“Falling away” in Greek, apostasia; defection from truth (God’s Word); apostasy. In a strict sense, it means to place oneself away from or to stand away from someone; it is the separating of oneself for the purpose of not incurring the dangers of that association. Please beware and know the truth and the truth shall make you free! We must be well rooted in God’s Word in order to stand firm until the end!
Yet, in knowing this truth, please do not be in fear, as Jesus says, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16.33)