Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The beginning of the Falling Away?

This article from Worthy News about the latest Barna Research seems to suggest a serious falling away among Americans as the influence and confession of Christianity fades in the culture.

End times predictions are moving now with rapid speed! Let us who believe take heart and hold on to the end! Are you yet holding on? Then keep on keeping on, baby!

2 Thess. 2-4
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 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; 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.

I like the chronology here, if it is what it appears to be.

The Day of the Lord is at hand. I think with the war in Israel, a collapsing world economy, uncertainty among political and economic leaders worldwide, moral rot on the public airwaves and internet access points, signs of fear emerging among some professed Christian groups, Iran nearer than ever to an atomic bomb, an incredibly corrupt and power hungry Russia using heating oil as a political weapon in Europe, the U.N. issuing denunciation after denunciation of Israel, the entire world seems to have a need for an adult to enter the room.

The day of the Lord is at hand!

But - even then - the day will not come before a falling away happens. The obvious conclusion is that the falling away is one of a falling away from the essential doctrines of the Faith. The above article from Worthy News, I think, suggests that very strongly also.

But then, after the falling away...

The Man of Sin is revealed. Now that's what I'm waiting for! But who IS he?

Putin? Obama? Ahmadinejad? Chavez? Ban Ki Moon? Who??

I don't know!

(Of course, until Gorbachev is eliminated - he remains my primary candidate!)


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