by Paul Benson
I want to share a message on 2Thessalonians chapter 2 by David Wilkerson with you. It speaks even louder today that when it was preached. But before I do I want to give you a sense of why I feel this message is so critical to hear right now.
The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Mark 1:3
Just as John’s astute message on repentance prepared a straight path for the coming of Christ and his message to the world, so also will a repentance-less gospel make a crooked path in preparation for Antichrist and his. That path is being prepared before our very eyes!
Just as the true gospel that is according to godliness prepares the hearts and minds of those who embrace it to come into communion with ‘our Father who art in Heaven’, in a similar manner the corrupt and perverted gospel going forth in this generation is preparing those who are seduced by it to come under the spell of a not-so-heavenly father: the one from the black abyss!
The reason I make such a fuss (as in my previous article) over the wacky notions passed-off to promote the pre-trib hoax is not because they are so significant in themselves, but because they are fruit of a larger and immensely serious problem. The tsunami of heresies and misconceptions being pawned off upon us today (the ‘pre-trib’ fable, OSAS, Prosperity Gospel, Grace as a license to sin, perverted bible versions, OK to divorce and remarry, Women running the church, gay marriage acceptable, etc. etc. etc.) are all evidence of the apostasy of the Church in this generation.
It is my opinion that a large segment of the Church of Jesus Christ is languishing in a pit of gross apostasy. That we are already in the days of the falling away prophesied to precede the Return of Christ. A falling away that will be brought to a full manifestation by the soon to come Mark of the Beast.
Let’s get it right: Apostasy brings the Wrath of God upon those who refuse to depart from that condition! Always!
But although the dismal end of those locked into apostasy is most assuredly God’s wrath; he is a gracious and loving God who wants to spare folks that grief. So in his mercy he gives a call to repentance. And if that call is left unheeded he gives that call through others.
If still left unheeded he will begin to bring judgments upon the unrepentant in hopes of convincing them to turn from their apostate and self-serving ways. And as time continues these chastising judgments will often increase in severity; sometimes to frightening proportions! (Even someday to the point of being called ‘a time of great tribulation’!)
This is the manner in which we will see God deal with the apostate condition of the Church prior to the Return of Christ! A call to repentance, given not just to the world but to the people of God, lest they fall victim to apostasy and face the wrath of God which Christ brings to Earth at his Second Coming. Yes, the Scriptures do say that the tribulation will come upon the whole world; but those who claim the events of the great tribulation will have nothing to do with God dealing with his own elect Church are lying to you!
But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. 1Corinthians 11:32
Remember: apostasy is a turning away from the truth to embrace that which is untrue. And apostasy, if left unchecked, begets more apostasy. It’s like a self-perpetuating evil. Those seduced by apostate preaching (most of whom remain well-intentioned) become preachers of apostate notions themselves. And now their preaching, which should be expounding upon the truths of the Scriptures, is horribly marred by the amount of time they must spend explaining away verses that contradict the apostate ideas they have embraced!
THAT is why you hear such ridiculous things like the treatment of 2 Thess. 1-3 we discussed in the last article. To acknowledge the Bible prophesies a great falling away and the revelation of Antichrist before Christ returns for his people is tantamount to saying the pre-trib rapture doctrine is a falsehood! So you will hear MUCH preaching to discount Paul’s clear and concise words to the Thessalonians.
The great falling away IS a biblical reality; and it WILL be dealt with before the Return of Christ! We therefor desperately need to recognize any preaching which is a bi-product of that apostasy. And we need to separate ourselves, not only from that error, but also from the wayward beliefs and practices fostered by such denial of biblical truth.
Preaching that is out of sync with the truth of God’s Word produces lifestyles out of sync with God’s intent. The danger of that cannot be overstated!
And that is why it is crucial to promote the preaching of true men of God who have enough love for the truth to preach on what 2Thessalonians 2:1-3 really does say rather than explain it away with great swelling words of vanity. Brother Wilkerson was such a man. Please hear his words with an open heart.