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. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 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: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 2 Thessalonians 1-12
Its pretty clear in the scriptures that the end of the church age, before the return of the Lord, there will be a great turning away from the faith, a turning not away into the world, but a turning away from the truth of the gospel, a turning to myths and other false teachings.
For the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine; but, having itching ears, will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and turn aside unto fables. 2 Timothy 4. 3-4
I think we have it all wrong about what turning away from the faith means in biblical language. What the bible teaches about the falling away from the faith, is not about people turning back into the old world of sin an rebellion against God, but a turning away from the truth of God, to error and false teachings.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.
1 Timothy 4, 1-2
The heck of the whole thing is that the great falling away is not something, which any who profess the faith do as a act of rebellion against God, its an act of deception, its about being deceived by supernatural hostile powers, who are so cunning and so deceptive, that the ones who are deceived by them, truly believe that what they are teaching, and now ministering, is truly from God.
Deception is so much an worldly event, for the whole world lye’s in the evil one. Deception at the end of the age event, is an church event, believing something false, but truly thinking that its the truth. Believing that its so true that they are willing to die for it, or willing to put people to death for their truth?
We live in the midst of spiritual realities, supernatural powers, dark rules of this age, who are extremely cunning and very deceptive, who are the gods of this evil age.
We are no match for these principalities and powers, who speak out from their own natures toxic lies of deceit. Who are so good at it, that if one is not continually living in the life of the risen ascended Lord, then one becomes a candidate of their cunning works, works that sound very biblical, but at their source false.
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
2 Corinthians 11, 13-14
If one believes what the bible teaches about the end of this age, then one has to ask these questions.
Is what is taking place in the Christian world of today, truly an representation of the apostolic bible faith?
How much of what we are witnessing today in the Christian world, is truly of the faith, which was once delivered?