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Apostasy part II

In Apostacy, False Prophets on April 9, 2012 at 8:00 am

What is prophecy but history reversed? Nothing. Prophecy is a record of things before they transpire. History is a record of them after they have occurred; prophecy is to be more trusted for its accuracy than history: because it has for its source the unerring inspiration of Almighty God; while history —except in the case of inspired historians—is colored by the favor or prejudice of the writer, depends for its exactness upon the point of view from which he looks upon the events; and is likely to be marred in a thousand ways by the influences surrounding him for example; party considerations, national interest or prejudice— all these things may interfere with history; but prophecy is free from such influences. Historians are self-constituted, or appointed by men; but prophets are chosen of God.  Prophets are selected by divine wisdom, and illuminated by that spirit which shows things that are to come.  Thus Moses recorded what the history of Israel would be on condition of their obedience to God: and what it would be if they were disobedient. Israel was disobedient, and historians have exhausted their art in attempts to tell of their disobedience and suffering; but neither in vividness nor accuracy do the histories compare with the prophecy.

Paul recognized the fact that the people amongst whom he labored were losing the faith they had professed, and were becoming victims of the deception practiced by false teachers. In his letter to the churches of Galatia he wrote: “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.” And then, to emphasize the sin of those who thus sought to “pervert the gospel of Christ,” he continued: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

The Great Apostasy and the Antichrist.

It is decidedly and plainly predicted in the prophetic Scriptures, that evil must attain its supreme manifestation upon earth before the Lord comes. In the last times a great and widespread apostasy from Christianity will take place, and Christendom will become a complete Babylon. “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth”? (Luke 18: 8).  Worldly luxury, combined with wealth, trade, and extensive commerce, exercises a widespread dominion ; ungodliness and debauchery accompany it, for Babylon is the abode of all unclean spirits (Rev. 18: 4-24). But in “one day “ suddenly (Rev. 18: 8), Babylon will fall, a sudden catastrophe will ensue, and an overthrow of the social condition, of this whole world of culture and civilization, with its sham Christianity, will take place. Then will antichrist and the antichristian kingdom be manifested. This designates a still greater degree of wickedness than Babylon, even the climax of apostasy, the consummation of evil on earth.

This state of abounding iniquity will prepare the way for the coming of the Antichrist, the revelation of the man of sin, who will put himself at the head and gather up under his control, and as it were condense in himself and impersonate, all these forces of evil. Only John calls this prophetic personage by the significant name of ” the Antichrist,” doubtless with reference to his true character as the opposer and adversary of Christ; though, apparently, to effect his designs he will set up pretensions, by “signs and wonders of falsehood,” to be the very Christ of the predicted parousia. But Paul describes and characterizes him in connection with the apostasy which will culminate in his appearing: “The day of the Lord will not come unless there come first the falling away, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above every one called God or an object of worship, so that he sits in the temple of God showing himself that he is God.”

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