Our study streams from the chapter 2 of 2 Thessalonians written by Paul about the coming of Jesus Christ and how we should be aware not to be deceived:
1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3 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;
That famous line…”except there come a falling away first…” tells of a turning point for worse things to come. Thus verse 5 to 7 tells us that we’ve been told already and now we know…
5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
Its crucial we understood what this means for it exposes the fulfillment of prophecy, so we can watch better the turning of the tides before Jesus will return. I sought the Bible to explain the Bible and did a word search for “fall away” so I studied Luke’s version of the essential parable – The Sower. Luke 8:13 says:
They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
The parable of the sower reveals all. Taking the 3 accounts of this parable shows stony ground as the condition of the hearts of men who claim to receive Christ, yet when tribulation/ affliction or persecutions (for the sake of the word) or temptation (to deny God’s word) comes…they FALL AWAY!
Matthew 13: 20 -21
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; | Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.”
Mark 4: 16-17
And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; | And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.”
Having no root in the cross, no root in repentance, no root in Christ is dangerous.
And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.