Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him: We ask you, brothers, not to be easily upset in mind or troubled, either by a spirit or by a message or by a letter as if from us, alleging that the Day of the Lord has come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction. He opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he sits in God’s sanctuary, publicizing that he himself is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4)
The Christian understanding of apostasy is a willful falling away from, or rebellion against, Christian truth. What is happening here is a rebellion against Christianity by society at large. The apostasy reaches the point where the “man of lawlessness” declares himself to be God.
We have witnessed a growing apostasy led by the Pope, who calls for a world religion. Essentially, the “Christlam” movement (a culturally designed combination religion of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the interest of peace) is a rejection of salvation by Jesus Christ alone.
In New York, Pope Francis Embraced Chrislam And Laid A Foundation For A One World Religion. Michael Snyder / September 27th, 2015
Remarks made by Pope Francis at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan have sparked a firestorm of criticism from those that do not believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Many have taken the Pope’s remarks as a major step in the direction of a one world religion, and the truth is that the Pope has made other such statements in the past. In recent years, the theory that Christianity and Islam are just two distinct paths to God among many others has rapidly gained traction all over the planet.
Pope Francis Says All Major Religions Are Paths To Same God. Geoffrey Grider / January 11, 2016
A new video has just been released in which Pope Francis very clearly expresses his belief that all of the major religions are different paths to the same God. He says that while people from various global faiths may be “seeking God or meeting God in different ways” that it is important to keep in mind that “we are all children of God”.
Islamic Prayers To Be Held At The Vatican. The Most Important News / JUNE 6, 2014
For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
The apostasy that is led by this False Prophet is followed by the coronation of the “man of lawlessness” as God. He is also known as the Beast and the Antichrist. The False Prophet promotes him in every way.
Keep in mind that the future Antichrist will be a peace maker and will be very wise in the beginning of his rule. At first the Antichrist will solve many of the world’s problems and he will be considered great in the eyes of most in the world. The Antichrist will make a peace agreement in the middle east, especially with Israel. Through this peace agreement, the Temple will be rebuilt in Jerusalem.
Through Recep Erdogan, Turkey has been perceived as a neutral power, a democracy with basically a secular government. Recep has positioned Turkey as a partner in peace with the United States and Israel. The country is applying to become a part of the European Union. Note from our previous messages that with fiscal and political union, we see the current European Union as the beginnings of the imperial power of a revived Roman Empire. The geographical area of Turkey was an integral part of the original Roman Empire.
The Beast is generating headlines that reveal his nature:
Turkey plays both sides in Iran, Saudi conflict. Al-Monitor, April 13, 2016
“If this is allowed to mature, it will help make Turkey shed some of its negative image and make it a respected player again in the Middle East,” Cevikoz said. He added, however, that Ankara had to also improve its ties with Egypt and Israel for this to happen.
Israeli and Turkish teams to meet in Europe on Thursday. Israel National News, April 4, 2016
Negotiating teams from Israel and Turkey to meet in an effort to reach reconciliation agreement…In recent weeks, Erdogan has been conveying a series of messages to Jerusalem both publicly and through diplomatic channels regarding his desire to come to a reconciliation agreement. Last week, the Turkish president met in Washington with the leaders of major American Jewish organizations, telling them that he hoped to come to an agreement with Israel as soon as possible.
Is Turkey ready to become Europe’s border guard? Al-Monitor, March 22, 2016
The EU has also promised to “re-energize” Turkey’s membership process by lifting barriers some member states had placed in Ankara’s path…After the deal was struck in Brussels, Davutoglu announced a “new and historic chapter in ties with Europe,” asserting, “Today we realized that Turkey and the EU have the same destiny, the same challenges and the same future.”
When the Holy Spirit is removed at our Rapture, the mystery of lawlessness (apostasy) increases, and the “man of sin” is revealed. This unleashes the Day of the Lord – the Tribulation.
Don’t you remember that when I was still with you I told you about this? And you know what currently restrains him, so that he will be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work, but the one now restraining will do so until he is out of the way, and then the lawless one will be revealed… (2 Thessalonians 2:5-8)
The time is running short. The accession talks to integrate Turkey with the European Union are being accelerated due to the Syrian refugee crisis. We believe that this “Beast from the Middle East” will soon help broker the Israeli-Palestinian land for peace treaty, which will begin the dark 7 year period called the Tribulation. We believe that the Rapture will occur before then.