Posted by peter - December 7th, 2012

(Extract from “Prophesy in Perspective”) By Owen Hughes.
Here are some thoughts on 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12(3,4); Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (4) Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
This describes the rising of the Antichrist after the rapture of the church from the earth. I believe that here is a key indicator that we are living in the last days and that the rapture is near.

There will be a great apostacy of the church which must occur around the time of the rapture. The growing apostacy of the church today, is a clear indicator that the rapture is likely very near. After the rapture of the church, then there will remain no believers on the earth until the Lord raises up His two witnesses sometime in the beginning of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 11:3-12) and the 144,000 Jewish witnesses which God will seal to preach the gospel probably during the entire Tribulation period. The church age will have ended with the rapture. There will remain only the false church which is already forming into the Emerging Harlot monstrosity that is called Mystery Babylon, or the global church. This reality is hard to miss today, but, for many churches, it is business and programs as usual without hardly a word about the second coming of Jesus Christ!

When the Man of Sin is revealed, there will be no church or believers to oppose him, nor to sound the warning to a lost world, out of which the true church will have suddenly been removed. Antichrist will appear during a time of great upheaval violence and confusion. But the promise of peace will seem to be very real through the deceptions of the rising Man of Sin, whose rise onto the world scene is described in 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12(8,9); And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

It is important to note, so as to be able to discern the times we are living in today, that the withholding power of the Holy Spirit will have been removed at the rapture. But, for now, the Holy Spirit, through the presence and preaching of the faithful believers of the true church is restraining the Antichrist’s diabolical and tragic appearing. However, even now, it appears that this restraining influence is waning as the apostacy grows. Paul writes in these verses that: “the Mystery of Iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way (2 Thessalonians 2:7).

Apostacy, manifested through growing compromises with truth by some of the most popular teachers and preachers in our day is the fertile ground for the rise of the Prince of Darkness, the Antichrist. People are being led away from the Scriptures into beliefs that are New Age, Contemplative/Mystical, Chrislamic, and Emerging Church. As the departure from the faith grows, this is an indication of the coming of the Lord for His true church.

There are many wars and rumors of wars in the Middle East signaling the soon coming of Christ Jesus to rapture His church off the face of planet earth. Let us be ready, and ensure that our loved ones are also ready for His soon coming!…..Don’t let a loved one remain to suffer the horrible, terrible and fearful tribulation period that will take place following the rapture of the church.

1Th 4:16,18 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

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