Jesus warned us about a time coming before he returns when his followers would fall away from the faith and would betray one another.
Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. (Matthew 24:9-10)
Increased pressure from persecution and tribulation will cause many to abandon their faith and even turn against other believers. The Apostle Paul called it the apostasy, which means the great falling away (2 Thessalonians 2:3).
So it is coming, but we don’t have to be a part of it. Jesus told us how to avoid it. He gave us the foundation upon which he would build his church, which is revelation from the Father in heaven.
I think the pure revelation of God is what is missing big-time amongst God’s people right now, and it’s the thing Jesus told Peter His church would be built on.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it. (Matthew 16:13-18)
Many have looked at that scripture and thought it meant the church was built on Christ, but Jesus blessed Peter because flesh and blood hadn’t revealed this truth to him. Then he said, “You are Peter and upon this rock….”
So many are reading scripture, listening to music, going to meetings, etc., which are not necessarily bad things, but without the living relationship with Jesus, are like empty tin cans – right labels but no food. Since it’s the Spirit that gives and is life, they may all look and sound like food, but don’t do much good without that spiritual connection. Because of this people are setting themselves up to be part of the great falling away, and don’t even know it.
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Author: Brenda Brown
Although she was not raised in a Christian home, Brenda Brown heard the audible voice of the Lord speaking to her when she was just ten years old. She was not yet ready to surrender her life to him, but finally did after a second encounter at age sixteen. Ten years later she began leading small group meetings in her home and continued that ministry for several years. She has had an open vision in which she visited with the Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane.
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