God establishes His kingdom on Earth
God establishes His earthly kingdom in His Church, through which He governs the affairs of the world.
The kingdom of God is in your midst. Luke 17:21
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
The Church is the conscience and the moral compass of the world.
Spirit of God, the Restrainer
The Spirit of God is the Restrainer who keeps the activities of the devil and his agents in check.
The body of believers of Jesus, the Church, houses the Spirit of God.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16
End-times apostasy: The Restrainer removed
In the end-times however, God lifts His hand to allow the devil to have his way with man. The Church falls away.
The falling away of the Church precedes the appearance of the Antichrist.
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. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
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End-times Church: The great falling away
Rot in the end-times Church manifested in society
The degradation in society, the fall of the nations begins in the Church, the body of believers.
The rot in the Church is manifested in an escalation of moral decadence in society.
Failed churches beget failed marriages, which beget failed parenting, which beget failed families, which beget failed society, which beget a failed generation, which beget failed governments, which beget failed nations.
A Godless generation
What is visibly absent in the end-times society is God. It is a generation that does not like to retain God in their knowledge. You can literally sense this Godless spiritual atmosphere.
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.
They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Psalm 14:1-3
No God, no love: A cold, loveless and lost world
God is love. 1 John 4:16b
When God is kicked out of the church, family, school and government, sin increases, people grow cold, relationships fail, society breaks down and the nations fall.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Matthew 24:12
An era of heightened fear sets in
Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:17-18
Where there is no love, irrational fear sets in and grips the people.
Fear is a powerful weapon used by the powers that be to reign in society. Heightened fears of the unknown and the future make them easy targets.
Sexual immorality abounds: Sign of God’s judgement upon the nations
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. Romans 1:28
Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. Romans 1:24-27
When God gives up on mankind, when He lifts His restraints, when He allows man to have his self-destructive way, it is the sign of His judgement.
The level of sexual depravity in a nation reflects the extent of God’s judgment upon that nation.
The world is sinking to its lowest moral decadence in history. The prevalence of the self-destructive lifestyles we are seeing today is unprecedented.
Dr. John MacArthur pronounces God’s judgement
Dr. MacArthur is one of the few Christian leaders who still openly and unreservedly cries out against sin and boldly pronounces God’s judgements
Falling away of Church sets stage for rise of Antichrist
And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie. 2 Thessalonians 2:6-9
This is the intersection of the lowest moral decadence in history and the appearance of Antichrist.
With Satan’s greatest threat and the single institution that could have made a real difference out of the way, he can move in for the kill.
We can assume that the Lawless One, the Antichrist is now on Earth, coordinating end-time events and advancing his end-times agenda.
The falling away of the Church, a Godless and cold world, provide the perfect setting for the emergence of the evil forces that have been operating in the dark and wrecking havoc on Earth. It has emboldened the devil and his minions to rear their ugly heads and restore ‘peace and order’ on the planet.
Order out of chaos
The time of the nations is up. The end is come. This is the reality we have to accept and to brace ourselves for the worst to come.
Too late for grace: When a nation rejects God
So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Matthew 24:33
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36
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