For those will be days of tribulation unmatched from the beginning of God’s creation until now, and never to be seen again. If the Lord had not cut short those days, nobody would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom He has chosen, He has cut them short. At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There He is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible. So be on your guard; I have told you everything in advance. – Mark 13:19-23 BSB
It was Jesus Himself who spoke strongly about the coming deception. Jesus was concerned that they were prepared! He ends this train of thought with the command: BE ON GUARD, I have told you everything in advance. In the military young recruits were taught in their Basic Training the 6 P’s of Preparation: Proper Preparation Prevents Piss-Poor Performance. God Himself is telling us, “This is what is going to happen….” God is omniscient, in other words- Perfect knowledge. He sits above time. He is watching the parade from above and can see the beginning and the end. God has told us about his time, about the great APOSTASY. Apostasia means defection from truth, falling away, forsake. Apostasy means to GET IT WRONG. As I search the internet about the word itself, I find the first 3 articles all claiming to get it right, but they are all wrong. This shows you how hard it is to find the truth, because of the great FALLING AWAY. One article claim the word only shows up 2 times in the New Testament. Another claims the word only shows up 6 times in the Bible. Another article says the word shows up 17 times in the Bible including 2 in the New Testament, but one of their 2’s is different from the other articles 2’s… In the Old Testament, the Hebrew word for apostasy is ‘musba’, and in the New Testament the Greek word for apostasy is ‘apostasia’. The basic meaning of both words is “defection,” “rebellion” or “a falling away.” In essence APASTASY is that we go down a path, that seems right to “intelligent man”, BUT it is NOT the Godly path. Remember we only have 2 paths to choose from. One is wide and many are on it, it is very popular- avoid this path. One is narrow, very few find it, it is hard- seek this path!
Leader; Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. (2 Thessalonians 2:3) The Bible indicates that there will be a great apostasy during the end times. Depending on your translation it is called the “falling away” or “the rebellion.” That is what an apostasy is: a rebellion, an abandonment of the truth. BE ON GUARD, HE HAS TOLD US EVERYTHING IN ADVANCE. We see in these end times, what was prophesied about; the end times will include a wholesale rejection of God’s revelation, a further “falling away” of an already fallen world. The President of America believes the greatest threat to America is white, Bible believing Christians- the REBELLION is upon us! Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared. (1 Timothy 4:1-2) Jesus warned the disciples concerning the final days: “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold.” (Matthew 24:10-12) These are the characteristics of the great apostasy of the end times, this is America circa 2023. America might have been founded upon Judeo-Christian principles, but we are NOT following after God. For many the falling away is from depending on God as Jehovah Jireh, and paying Praise, Adulation, and Honor to the new God of America, Government.
Conduit, let me quote the best Christian besides, Jesus Himself, Paul, about the end-times, about the times we are living in in America and the World. These are Paul’s words that he wrote to his spiritual son, Timothy as translated through the Amplified Bible: “For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold, and will turn their ears away from the truth and will wander off into myths and man-made fictions [and will accept the unacceptable]. (2 Timothy 4:3-4) God is preparing us! Be Prepared, DO NOT BE SCARED! We must be AWARE, thus we become PREPARED! Let us be prepared, ON GUARD, honoring to our Lord and Savior, Jesus. Start from the ground up. A solid foundation allows you to STAND FIRM! The Word of God is the only foundation we can anchor ourselves upon in these last days. Years ago, we could have lived with one foot in the Kingdom and one in the World- most did! Like engineers that build foundations, we must structure our Belief Systems with a GOD OPERATING SYSTEM (GOS). A World View that is not seen through Scripture is APOSTASY! Our beliefs create the building blocks of our character and drive the activity of our lives that someday, soon, we will be judged by when we stand before our GOD! The Word of God must be our STANDARD, not the PLATFORM of our political party. The Word of God brings light! The indwelt Holy Spirit illuminates scripture so we can grow in the Mystery of God! Using the Word of God as your standard in every thought, choice, plan, and desire will protect you from being deceived, and free you when you are misled. Check yourself! Do not think you cannot be deceived. Continually be in the Word of God, ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand it, for it is the ONE OFFENSIVE weapon we have in the Armor of God! Remember, Jesus used it as His weapon against Satan’s temptations (see Luke 4:1-13). You must KNOW IT, to WIELD IT!