(By Mike Shreve) It is very apparent that we are living in the last days. Speaking of the coming of the Lord and the catching away of the saints, Paul wrote: Do not let anyone deceive you in any way. For that Day will not come unless a falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself as God (2 Thess. 2:3-4).
The word translated “falling away” is apostasia (pronounced ap-os-tas-ee’-ah) from which we get our English word “apostasy.” Notice that this evil megatrend will come right before the Antichrist publicly assigns godhood to himself. In reality, it is the same spirit. For those who “fall away” from the truth enthrone themselves as gods over their own lives and their own belief systems, robbing the true God of His rightful place. The most sobering thought is that you can’t “fall away” from something unless you once possessed it. READ MORE