27. What’s the falling away which is to come before the coming of the Lord, as it is written: “That Day will not come unless the falling away comes first” (2 Thessalonians 2:3 - NKJV)?




It’s the abandonment of the faith on the part of some believers. For Paul says to Timothy: “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer” (1 Timothy 4:1-5 – NIV).

As you can see, among the doctrines of demons which will be followed by those who abandon the faith, is the doctrine that forbids to marry and the one which commands to abstain from certain foods.

Certainly till now there have been many believers who have abandoned the faith, but more and more believers will abandon the faith as the coming of the Lord draws near, for a short time before the coming of the Lord there will be a falling away which has no precedent in the history of the Church. Just as many antichrists have come but no one of them was the antichrist who is to come, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming, and the antichrist who is coming is worse than all of the previous ones, so I think that the falling away Paul speaks about to the Thessalonians is a falling away which has no precedent in the history of the Church.