The “falling away” in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 has nothing to do with “apostasy” from the church. We have been misled. I am certain of it. And sadly there’s no time to debate these things since we are “leaving” this demon infested rock pretty darn soon, praise Jesus.
What an amazing learning experience this has been. It is often said the best teachers are those that have actually done the work prior to teaching. For example, a good teacher of archaeology would be one who has actually participated in an archaeological “dig”. I suspect this is the case when teaching people to prepare for entering the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. This is also probably why God (our Father) loves a great testimony. I have lots of those too, praise Jesus. I suspect many of us do.
There is No Falling Away
First it’s important for you to understand that the “harpazo” / “rapturos” / “calling up” or “gathering together” can happen at any moment now. There is absolutely no question about it. If you are like me, you tend to look at scriptural time-lines and estimate when the next “big event” will occur.
When studying 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, you see Paul instructing people just like us. Many of us read the Five Doves web site letters every day hoping for some insight as to when the “rescue mission” might occur. Back then people had quit their jobs and were freaking out that the Day of “Christ” might have already happened and they “missed it”. REALLY? Hmmm. That says a lot.
Paul had to hammer the point home to get these people to “chill out”. Later in the chapter he tells people if they don’t work, they don’t eat. The situation was serious. The entire purpose of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 was to calm everyone down and explain to them CLEARLY that they need not fret about missing the “Day of Christ” because the “rescue mission” (outbound departure) must happen FIRST!
But why then did Paul not say it clearly? Why then didn’t he simply HAMMER the point home in the text so there would be no confusion on the issue?
The problem here is that the “get thee behind me Satan” issue has once again corrupted our understanding of the Bible! Paul told them FLAT OUT that they didn’t have to worry about the “Day of Christ” passing them by because it WOULD NOT COME until first there was an …..
APO = OUTBOUND or FROM
STASIA = DEPARTURE
If you are at all like me, you resist such major changes in your understanding of scripture. You immediately dismiss them because you have been taught otherwise for decades and this simply cannot be correct. After all, your precious King James wouldn’t say “falling away” if this were not true. Right? …. wrong.
Not only does virtually every Bible written prior to the 1611 King James use the term “DEPARTURE” (instead of falling away), but the Kenneth Wuest Expanded New Testament of today does too. And if you don’t know who Kenneth Wuest is, then you have no idea who the world’s greatest Greek scholar is either.
Here is the Kenneth Wuest Expanded New Testament translation on 2 Thessalonians chapter 2:1-4.
2 Thess 2:1
2 1-4 Now, I am requesting you, brethren, with regard to the coming and personal presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, even our being assembled together to Him, not soon to become unsettled, the source of this unsettled state being your minds, neither be thrown into confusion, either by a spirit [a believer in the Christian assembly claiming the authority of divine revelation and claiming to give the saints a word from God], or through a word [received personally] as from us or through a letter falsely alleged to be written by us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come and is now present. Do not begin to allow anyone to lead you astray in any way, because that day shall not come except the aforementioned departure [of the Church to heaven] comes first and the man of the lawlessness is disclosed [in his true identity], the son of perdition, he who sets himself in opposition to and exalts himself above everyone and everything that is called a god or that is an object of worship, so that he seats himself in the inner sanctuary of God, proclaiming himself to be deity.
(from The New Testament: An Expanded Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest Copyright © 1961 by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. All rights reserved.)
Be Advised: The bold emphasis was added by me, however the entire text including the bracketed portion “[of the Church to heaven]” is included in the translation.
For the first time in my life, after more than 30 years of Pentecostal / Non-Denominational, arguably advanced Bible teachings and self-study …
2 Thessalonians Chapter 2
MAKES 100% SENSE
Paul wasn’t beating around the bush. The “rapture” / “harpazo” / “calling up” wasn’t being suppressed surreptitiously in the text … NO! Paul was saying it FLAT OUT the whole time and we’ve been intentionally deceived by the Lucifer’s minions, and unwittingly deceived by the “theologians” that don’t want to “rock the boat”; even if it means many people will not be “holy” and “righteous enough” to make the rapture as a result.
Regardless of what you may or may not think of Patrick Heron, you BEST pay close attention to this short but highly accurate teaching.
We shouldn’t be watching prophetic signs and markers to tell us “when” to become “holy” anyway. We need to be IMMINENTLY PREPARED period. So if you haven’t stopped sinning in everything you do, you better read this article because NOT EVERYONE is leaving. Millions of Christians are STAYING for the Great Tribulation.
Hold Every Thought Captive!
Jesus is coming back for a Bride that has “washed her robe WHITE with the blood of the Lamb”. That’s a state of “holiness”. This is NOT a matter of “grace”. Don’t be A FOOL (see Matthew 25). Achieving a state of holiness and righteousness TAKES ACTION on your part.
2 Cor 10:4-6
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
Imagine yourself in Heaven already. Ask yourself if a particular behavior would be present in Heaven and use that as your guide to eradicate ungodly behaviors from your life. Will you be cursing in Heaven? Will you be smoking cigars or cigarettes in Heaven? Will you be lusting after pretty girls in Heaven? Will you even be allowed to ENTER Heaven at all if you are behaving in these ways?
1 Peter 4:17-19
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 Now
“If the righteous one is scarcely saved,
Where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?”
19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
So what qualifies you to be “the Bride” of Jesus Christ anyway? Let’s apply 2 Corinthians 10:5b to Galatians 5:19-21 …
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Excuse me? WOW. So it appears that “contentions” and “dissensions” and even “outbursts of wrath” (anger) are unacceptable! Look … even “self ambitions“… WOW. You MUST be 100% LASER FOCUSED on serving the Kingdom of Jesus Christ to be “holy”. There is NO middle ground here.
Are you willing to take the chance?
I’m not. No WAY. I know what’s coming upon this earth more than most, I assure you. 2.25 billion people will be dead by the end of the Sixth Trumpet. The chances of you making it to a FEMA Camp “guillotine” must be at least one in a million. And you DON’T become a martyr for Jesus Christ by getting killed in an earthquake, by a comet, shot in the back by a Chinese soldier, or burned by a Solar Flare.
You have to do everything you can and STOP feeling sorry for yourself. Time is short and “self ambitions” include self pity and depression. There is no time for selfish behavior. Focus on Jesus. Focus on doing things for the Kingdom. Pull yourself up by the bootstraps and START PRAISING HIS HOLY NAME!!
PRAISE JESUS ALL DAY LONG
PRAISE IS YOUR FORCE FIELD
PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE
SING SING SING SING!
GET OUT THERE AND HELP THE HOMELESS
HELP THE WIDOWS
MINISTER TO THE TRULY NEEDY
FEED THE HUNGRY
DO WHAT JESUS SAID TO DO!
Find a Metropolitan Ministry. Print out brochures. Talk to people. Do not take any chances.
Consider this Pastor’s Testimony
Summary in Jesus Name
The Bible does make sense. Every time I think I have identified a paradox, sooner or later the Lord shows me the answer. I resist. You bet I do. I don’t want to let go of my “sacred cows” of doctrine any more than anyone else does. But we have to “let go” of everything we have been taught by earthly teachers to allow our “Father” to speak to us through the Holy Spirit. If it doesn’t make sense, then your understanding is almost certainly incorrect.
We must hang in there. We must overcome. We cannot get discouraged. WE CANNOT!
I have been doing this Tribulation-Now thing for a very long time now. And YES I become discouraged. I have published visions and dreams from Christians about the imminent “rapture of the Church” for more than a YEAR now. YES it is discouraging.
DO NOT BECOME DISCOURAGED!!
Prepare Mentally for Anything
Is the “rescue mission” going to take place this December? Who knows? Many of us believed it would happen LAST YEAR and it didn’t. People have been busting out their “rapture calculators” now for a very long time. Our Father has been giving people dreams and visions now for a very long time. When our “Father” says the “time is now” it doesn’t necessarily mean next week or today. We MUST remain READY.
And remaining ready means ready for ANYTHING. This means if we must endure until sometime NEXT YEAR then we need to “take advantage” of that time and do TWO THINGS:
- Warn People to Prepare for the Coming of Jesus Christ
- Prepare Ourselves through HOLINESS and RIGHTEOUSNESS
Take advantage of every delay. Put into practice the scriptural guidance. Become truly HOLY. Take NOTHING for granted. Bring as many people along as you can. Earn your crowns and MAKE SURE you are found worthy to escape all these things!
Don’t Forget Planet X and the Aliens
The readers of Tribulation-Now have a wonderful advantage over many other Christians. We KNOW about Planet X! We KNOW that these horrific weather patterns, huge crevasses (cracks) in the earth’s crust, animal kills to the tune of millions, volcanoes and earthquakes and tsunamis, and pole shifts and (YOU NAME IT) are for REAL!!
We are TRULY paying attention to ALL the signs!!
NEVER FORGET to look at ALL THE DATA!
BECOME HOLY NOW
GET ALL THE SIN OUT OF YOUR LIFE
REPENT OF YOUR SINS EVERY DAY, EVERY NIGHT
HOLD CAPTIVE EVERY THOUGHT
DO NOT MISS THE RESCUE MISSION
GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST
THE KING OF KINGS
…. AND BE BLESSED IN JESUS NAME