The climate of human thought in the days leading up to the “Day of the Lord” is described in Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians (2 Thessalonians 2:3) as a falling away in the old King James version. People will be falling away from something or many things perhaps. The word here is apostasia, from where we get our word apostasy, which we most often associated with a departure from biblical truth once known and understood, but now rejected and repudiated.
Comparing this text with others such as 2 Timothy 4:3 where Paul described a future time in which people will not endure sound doctrine and Revelation 3:14-19 where John records from his vision on Patmos the end of the Church age, where salt has lost its savor, and the people have gone about their business of “Churching” with no real need of the Lord who is standing outside of their closed-door (Revelation 3:20), knocking and desiring to enter and commune with them we get a clear picture of Christian apostasy.
But the full weight of the word apostasia should be considered beyond the departure from biblical truth, which is bearing out now in a world best described by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 5:20) where the world is abandoning every long-held and established standard and thought in a radical transformation of light into darkness and yet calling the darkness light. We are living in the midst of a time of abject rebellion, which is what apostasia means, with an angry world ripping things out by its roots and turning them upside down.
It is rebellion which marks the day, impacting every aspect of our societies. There is rebellion in the Church against biblical truth. There is rebellion in our political systems. There is rebellion in our social climate. Rebellion is everywhere, rising out of the early stages of national distress with perplexity as Luke describes it (Luke 21:25).
And out of this perplexity has arisen political leaders offering change, cutting across the grain of long-held beliefs and methodology, catching people by surprise. In the United States alone, both Obama and Trump have arisen seemingly out of nowhere on a platform of change and they have been gobbled up by perplexed people, clamoring for just that. There has been a loss of comfortability with people in the United States as well as the rest of the world as they watch this great unraveling of economic stability, sovereignty and security and they seem willing to try anything or anyone.
Brexit mentality has taken hold—a foothold has been established and more leaders will arise offering the hope of change and more referendums will occur on the ballot to consider breaking away from the globalist march. This is the climate which is ripe for the ultimate deception and is truly setting the stage for the arrival of the final world leader before our Lord returns to establish his kingdom.
And how ripe is the time? Consider these words of the first president of the United Nations General Assembly, Paul-Henri Spaak:
“We do not want another committee, we have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all the people and to lift us up out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man, and whether he be God or devil, we will receive him.”