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THE GREAT DREAM
by Just Another Christian
Chapter 2 of : The Great Dream
The Famous Final Scene
So here we are: many now say that we are on the brink of the greatest
revival of Christianity since the Book of Acts: even surpassing the worldwide
revival of the 1800's and the now nearly forgotten "Jesus People"
of the late 60's and early 70's. There is also much talk about The Close
of The Age and the Coming of Christ: which talk provokes a sense of urgency
to hurry up and get done what can be done, so that when Christ arrives,
He will find a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such
thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish (Eph.5:27). This
statement is taken by many as a prophecy that describes the state of Christendom
at The End of This Age. Isn't that wonderful? We have also discovered the
key to unity: Forget our differences and cooperate in the things we agree
on. One of the things we agree on is this: that Christ would build His
church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it (Matt.16:18).
The fact that we don't agree on what Jesus meant by saying, Many are
called, but few are chosen (Matt. 22:14) has now become insignificant.
There are but 3 requirements being made of those who wish to be recognized
as real Christians in these last days: PUBLIC MORALITY, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY,
(and of course) CHURCH MEMBERSHIP.
Thus has the Lord directed me:
||Now go, write it before them in
a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for
ever and ever:
||That this is a rebellious people,
lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord:
||Which say to the seers, See not;
and to the prophets, Prophecy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth
things, prophesy deceits:
||Get you out of the way, turn aside
out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
And thus also, has the Lord spoken to those who will not receive this
||Therefore thus saith the Holy One
of Israel: Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness,
and stay thereon:
||Therefore, this iniquity shall
be to you as abreach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose
breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
||And He shall break it as the breaking
of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; He shall not spare; so
that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire
from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.
On December 12, 1990, God commanded me through the Holy Scripture and
by the witness of the Holy Ghost to write a book announcing, describing,
and denouncing The Great and Final Apostasy of Christendom. I have no idea
who my audience is. It has become by now quite obvious that absolutely
no one besides the few we are has any interest in the fact that the Bible
plainly predicts that the churches of Christendom will be in a state of
terminal apostasy both BEFORE and at the return of Jesus Christ. It has
been my sad and disheartening discovery that the peoples of Christendom,
and especially their leaders, are all liars. What makes them liars, is
that they willfully refuse to acknowledge what, in particular, the Bible
has to say about the last days of Christendom.
Now I am sure that there are many who will be inquiring into my motives
for writing this. "What", you may wonder, "is he after?"
But my answer to you is this: WHAT DOES IT MATTER? All I am going to do
here is present you with a 'book report' on what the Bible says about the
last days of Christendom. Whether I am a good man or an evil man will
not change WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS, and neither do I think that 'my opinions'
will control the disposition of history. Those who have never endangered
themselves for the sake of their "faith" will find it easy to
dismiss all that they will read here; BECAUSE, in the end, they DO NOT
CARE what the Bible says, and they cannot believe that anyone else really
cares either. You ought to know then, that I am not writing this book for
you; but for God; Who certainly knows "what I am up to", and
has already decided whether I am living up to the light I have, or just
inciting a controversy for some malicious and selfish purpose.
I invite you then, Dear Reader, to join me in a review of what the Bible
has to say about the last days of Christendom. I will forewarn you:
every chapter in this book will press you to make decisions about things
you never thought you would have to confront. Many, upon reading THE GREAT
DREAM, will be deciding all over again whether or not they really are Christians.
Many, who need to call themselves Christians, will be reconsidering whether
or not they want the plain language of the Christian Bible to be the sole
and final authority on all matters of faith, life, and conduct: choosing
rather to take the Roman Catholic view: in which the interpretations of
the "publicly recognized, State subsidized, and bureaucratically certified
clergy" are taken as the Very Word of God.
I invite you, then, whether out of concern for the welfare ofyour soul,
or out of simple curiosity, to become like the Bereans, who were more
noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all
readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things
were so (Acts 17:11). Let us begin by considering the fact that every
single mention of the future state of professing Christendom in the New
Testament describes only continuous decay and never any improvement.
Shortly before his martyrdom, the Apostle Paul said this:
||For I know this, that after my
departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
||Also of your own selves shall men
arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
||Therefore watch and remember, that
by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day
And there is NO, not so much as a single mention in the New Testament
of any time in which this evil trend will ever be reversed; but in every
case, and in every place, all of the inspired writers see nothing but infiltration
by false brethren, the rise and popularity of false teachers, and the continuous
corruption of Christian doctrine.
||For the time will come when THEY
will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall THEY heap
to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
||And THEY shall turn away their
ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
Neither here nor in any other place does the inspired Apostle say that
THEY will ever renounce their fables or the teachers
that they have heaped to themselves. Not only that, but they
will turn away their ears EVEN from the hearing of the truth:
they will be obstinately unwilling to even give the truth a fair
hearing! Will I receive a fair hearing from you?
||But there were false prophets also
among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who
privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the
Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
||And many shall follow their pernicious
ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
||And through covetousness shall
they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgement
now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
Please notice, again, that the inspired Apostle makes no mention here
or elsewhere of any kind of reformation or revival during which these false
teachers and their damnable heresies will ever be rejected.
These false teachers arise, he says, from among you: they
are not from outside the social network of professing Christians, but are
identified as being WITH, FROM, and AMONG the Christians by the rest of
the world. Because so many shall follow their pernicious ways, they
are taken to represent Christianity itself; therefore, it will be presumed
that every Christian agrees with their pernicious ways. This leaves
those who take exception to these damnable heresies in an awkward
position: they must denounce the whole of Christendom in order to claim
allegiance to a Christianity that is NOT guilty of these damnable heresies,
and these pernicious ways. The situation is this: every denominational
group and independant church has and defends at least one irrefutable truth.
They are not saved by holding to this one truth: but are empowered by God
as "hirelings" to keep and defend this one truth. In this singular
matter, they are right, and they know it. Because this one truth is denied
by the other denominations, they find courage to hold out and maintain
their independance. But, every one of these groups also presents and defends
their own list of heresies, which heresies are obvious to everyone else.
Therefore, the one truth that they present and defend against all others
is labeled as just another one of their heresies; and even the one truth
they embrace is evil spoken of. In order to embrace that one truth,you
have to denounce the group that is most associated with it, or you will
be regarded as a defender of their damnable heresies as well. If
then, every denomination and independant group has and defends one or more
irrefutable truths that you must receive, you have to denounce THEM ALL
in order to avoid the appearance of defending their heresies as
||And through COVETOUSNESS shall
they with feigned words make merchandise of you; whose judgement
now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
Now we all know, don't we, that one of the main complaints made against
the churches, is their their endless pleading for more of your money, right?
And here we have it said that through the desire to get your money
shall they with carefully rehearsed words make MERCHANDISE of
you: or, in other words, THEY COMPETE FOR YOUR LOYALTY IN ORDER TO
GET YOUR MONEY. It is impossible for me to believe that you do not see
And here also is one of those inspired details that most who read the
Bible will have overlooked: it is said that they shall bring upon themselves
SWIFT destruction. If all that was meant here was SURE destruction,
then that is what would have been said. Has every false prophet and teacher
of heresies in the history of Christianity been taken out by SWIFT destruction?.
. . . . . . .No. As a matter of fact, many false prophets have lived to
a grand old age in the midst of prosperity. So that places the time of
the particular fulfillment of this prophecy at The End of This Age: for
THEN, these false teachers will have their careers SHORTENED by
a SWIFT destruction.
||But evil men and seducers shall
wax WORSE and WORSE, DECEIVING, and BEING DECEIVED.
This chapter of the Holy Writ begins with, This know, that in the
last days perilous times shall come; and NOWHERE suggests that things
will ever get any better before the return of Jesus Christ; but RATHER,
that they will get worse and worse; that more and more people will
be deceived; and that those who are doing the deceiving will
become more and more UNTEACHABLE. In response to this ever growing deception,
the Apostle recommends us to pay careful heed to the Holy Scriptures
(2 Tim. 3:15-16), and those Holy Scriptures are unanimously pessimistic
about the future and final state of Christendom. So let us consider a certain
question which was asked by Our Lord Jesus Christ: . . .WHEN
THE SON OF MAN COMETH, SHALL HE FIND FAITH ON THE EARTH? The
answer to any rhetorical question, such as this one asked by Jesus, is
always implied by the context in which the question is asked. In this case,
Jesus assures us of the faithfulness of God, which is set forth as a contrast
to the question (Luke 18:7-8).
THE ANSWER IS.....NO: there may be all kinds of "faith" on
the earth when the Son of man cometh, but NOT the faith which
was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3). There are many so called
"prophecy experts" around today who have made fine careers for
themselves by interpreting the "signs of the times": they compete
with each other in gathering evidence to prove that we are NOW and INDEED
at The End of This Age. They analyze political and social trends; they
come up with queer and novel ways to interpret Bible prophecy; and they
are ALL, and EVERY ONE of them, LIARS. The ONE "SIGN" of The
End of This Age that has the most prophetic scripture devoted to it is
The Great and Final Apostasy Of Christendom: but this they have wilfully
chosen to ignore, because BRINGING UP THAT would still the applause, and
jeopardize their "careers". As a matter of fact, as we shall
see from the Bible itself, these modern "prophecy experts" who
have refused to remind us of The Great and Final Apostasy of Prophecy are
described among the very deceivers that we are told to watch out for.
EVIDENCE THAT DEMANDS A VERDICT
Now we beseech you, brethren, (concerning)
the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and our (being) gather(ed)
together unto Him,
||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.
||Let no man DECEIVE you by any means:
for that day shall not come,
EXCEPT THERE COME A FALLING
AWAY (Grk. The Apostasy) FIRST,
||and that man of sin be revealed,
the son of perdition.
||Who opposeth and exalteth himself
above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God
sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
We are plainly told here, that before ANY RETURN of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
and 'our being gathered together unto Him, that two distinct
things will take place. First, there will be THE APOSTASY, and then
the man of sin, who is the Antichrist, will be revealed.
The words translated to "a falling away" in this place
are 'e apostasia' in the original. The single and only other place
in the New Testament where 'apostasia' occurs is in Acts 21:21,
where it is translated to 'forsake.' In Acts, they are accused of
apostasizing from Moses, and in 2 Thessalonians, they can only be apostasizing
from Christ. In a slightly modified form, 'apostasion', this word
means 'bill of divorce.' Nowhere does this word apostasia occur
in any form or modification in which it does not mean the unlawful and
willful abandonment of a prior commitment. Not only that, but nearly every
commentator in the history of Christendom has agreed that this statement,
and many others like it, PLAINLY predict that Christendom at large will
be in a state of APOSTASY both BEFORE and AT the return of Jesus Christ.
The simple and obvious purpose of these inspired and infallible words
is to establish that the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering
together unto Him, CANNOT and WILL NOT HAPPEN until AFTER "The
Apostasy" and the public appearance of the Antichrist. There is simply
no other way to understand these words without completely ignoring or changing
the normal definitions for the words of the inspired language.
These "prophecy experts" that refuse to make a faithful report
about what the Bible says about the last days of Christendom, are,
according to the inspired Apostle, attempting to DECEIVE YOU.
||Remember ye not, that when I was
with you, I told you these things?
Here, Paul reminds them that he has already told them these things.
WHAT THINGS? They seem to have forgotten these things, so
he has to remind them. YOU have again forgotten these things, and
so I am reminding YOU.
BEFORE The Day of Christ, and all that it includes; there
shall come 'a falling away' FIRST. The Greek Original, from which the
KJV is translated, reads more precisely, 'THE apostasy first.' Take
note that the Apostle does not say "there shall come
AN apostasy first" as if to suggest a general condition of
apostasy that will always be evident in Christendom. There may well have
been many incidents of apostasy in the history of Christendom; and some
will say that Christendom has always been 'more or less' apostate: but
this is a reference to a PARTICULAR apostasy. There is no point in presenting
"the apostasy" as a sign of the Lord's return, if this was a
reference to some general condition of apostasy that would always be evident,
for that would make this into a false prophecy. This is a PARTICULAR and
UNIQUE apostasy that shall come BEFORE The Day of Christ.
This apostasy cannot be just the continuance of past errors; for then it
could not seen as a sign that the end is near! In order to be a "sign",
it will have to be DIFFERENT from all previous incidents and manifestations
of apostasy, or it could not be noticed at all.
Most of your modern Bibles will replace the words 'Day of Christ'
with the phrase 'Day of the Lord'. I agree with the reading in the
KJV: but in any case, both The Day of the Lord and The day of
Christ do refer to the same set of events; distinguished only in to
whom particular parts of these events apply.
||Woe unto you that desire the Day
of the Lord! To what end is it for you? The day of the Lord is darkness
and not light.
The term Day of Christ, however, always refers to a time of relief
and blessing for those to whom it applies. The Day of the Lord begins
with and includes The Great Tribulation. The Day of the Lord will not
come, EXCEPT there come THE APOSTASY first. The APOSTASY does
not begin with The Great Tribulation, but BEFORE it. Furthermore, the words,
our gathering together unto Him are more faithfully translated to
'our being gathered up into Him.' The Greek word for 'gathering
together' is EPI-SUNAGOGES. The prefix, EPI- means "above",
and SUNAGOGES means "housed, or gathered". This is not a reference
to each of us coming, on foot, to Jesus after he descends to stand upon
the earth; but to our BEING GATHERED UP or SUMMONED FROM ABOVE by the Lord
Himself. This places THE APOSTASY before the Rapture and before The Great
Tribulation. If we are, as many now like to say, at The End of This Age,
and that Christ returns soon: then we are NOW, according to the Bible,
also in the time of The Great and Final Apostasy of Prophecy.
Now some will see in this the declaration that we will be entering The
Great Tribulation, for The Antichrist will be revealed BEFORE the
coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and our being gathered up together
unto Him: thus presuming that the Antichrist cannot be IDENTIFIED by
any of us BEFORE he actually comes to power. I am aware that I am now overturning
200 years of popular evangelical doctrine by saying this; for the idea
that the Rapture is a 'signless event' has become a catch-phrase among
prophetic expositors. But the Apostle has declared that ANYONE who denies
that there shall come a falling away FIRST, and that the
man of sin will be revealed BEFORE The Day of Christ,
is attempting to deceive you. This language could not be any plainer.
But in the next verse, the Apostle distinguishes between the first public
appearance of the man of sin, and his time of power.
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