By Walid Shoebat (Shoebat Sunday Special)
Do you think that the millions upon millions of Christians that have fallen away know that they have fallen away from the true faith? The answer is No they don’t, the fallen away have psyched themselves to believe they are secure in their own eyes while truly they are not secure in God’s eyes.
Or do you think that the fallen away Christians believe that they are ‘saved’ while in reality they are ‘unsaved’ as they have fallen away? The answer is Yes, the fallen away do not know they are doomed, while they believe that they are ‘saved’. This is why when Christ judges He says to these “I never knew you” despite that they acted as ‘Christian’ healing and casting devils in His name. Everyone should ponder this. Jesus is addressing crowds that believed they are ‘saved’ while they are not.
This is why it is necessary to understand the major myths and misconceptions about the Falling Away or the Great Apostasy. In this study, we shall learn what it is, where it is beginning to happen, and how to prepare from not falling away from the true Christian faith.
The first myth, is that the a Falling Away, is strictly an end-times event. This is not true. Allow me to explain by example:
“But the Spirit expressly saith that in latter times some shall fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons, forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from meats” (I Timothy 4:1-3).
Is this an end-time event? In a way it is and in another way it is not.
I realize that what I said here is a hard saying; how can something be an “is” and at the same time “is not”?
Indeed, 1 Timothy 4 “is” regarding a “falling away” where many will depart from the faith, but it “is not” the great falling away during the ends of days.
Let me explain. This “forbidding to marry” and “abstaining from meats”, was already fulfilled “in latter times”. This “in latter times” is not the end times. What Paul meant by “latter time” is as we say today, later on, that is after Paul’s death. What Paul was prophesying, in fact, came to pass (later on):
“that after my departing [after Paul’s death] shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.” (Acts 20:29)
Indeed “in latter times” (later on), after Paul departed, the Manichaeans and the Cathars engulfed huge parts of Europe, forbidding marriage, abstaining from meats, and preached poverty. To these, all material things was evil. The most devoted would even kill themselves to put an end to their material existence.
While Christian history confirms this, and anyone at the tip of their fingers, can search these sects, yet today so many view these sects as ‘saints’.
This is quite alarming indeed.
These, who say Cathars are saints, were for fifteen centuries, and are still, part of a greater falling away, the one before the appearance of Antichrist.
The sign of a falling away, is when Cathars are viewed as ‘saints’, while the true saints are viewed as ‘Antichrists’.
Many even equate the great falling away to the Catholic priesthood, since the prophecy predicts the anti-marriage spirt, but these discount that the text mentions no priesthood here, but a general forbiddance of all marriages.
If anything, to Catholics, marriage is a sacred sacrament, while divorce damages salvation.
Just what I have written so far, will heap us curses by many, since to these salvation can never be effected, no matter what, even if our behavior was like Hitler. This is why, assurance of salvation, has become the core, the heart, and the dynamo of the modern church, where everyone jumps up and down in joy regardless of the sin in their lives.
And we ask: was the Catholic priest forbidding marriage when they followed Paul? Was Paul forbidding marriage when he wrote: “I say to the unmarried, and to the widows: It is good for them if they remain single as I am”? Paul was a priest and was single.
How about “he that gives his virgin in marriage, does well; and he that gives her not, does better”?
On a side note, the issue of demanding that priests should be married to women, because of their need for sex, begs the question: why these decrepit priests are mostly going for sex with men and not sex with women?
We shall start with what the Great Falling Away is not. When reading Christ it sets the faulty record straight. This false record considered The Great Apostasy as the fallen state of the Roman Catholic Church, beginning when Constantine supposedly adopted Mithras and Sol Invictus, sun worship, idol worship and amalgamating the Christian and pagan festivals so that pagans would join the church. They claim that the Catholic Church greatly abused the original teachings and practices of the primitive or original Christian church. So these sects believe, that their mission, is restorative in nature, that is, to return to the basic tenets of Biblical Christianity as it was originally.
This accusation is blatantly false. The major flaw in all this analogy, which has been promoted for centuries is revealed when we examine Paul and Christ’s own words. While Paul speaks of “a falling away” (as we have seen during the Cathars) he also speaks of “the [great] falling away” which comes at the end of the age. The verse “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first…” pertains to a time shortly before Antichrist proclaims his godhood.
Jesus also sets this record straight in Matthew 24, which debunks the false claim. Pay close attention:
“There will be  famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be  handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be  hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will  turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other … When therefore you shall see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place: he that readeth let him understand.”
So Paul and Christ perfectly agree. But attention needs to be made to Christ’s words when we read “at that time”. What time? It is the time just before Antichrist appears where we witness all these things: “famines, earthquakes, persecution and hatred of true Christians by all nations. Therefore, Constantine did not initiate the Great Apostasy.
It is “at that time” that we will witness the [great] falling away and never before.
Always pay close attention to Jesus’ words “at that time”. This is a time when Christians are hunted worldwide and we witness calamities unlike any other time in history.
Therefore, whatever we have seen in the past, whatever we have thought it was in history (The accusation of Constantine introducing Mithraism and Sol Invictus) is simply not it. This alone debunks what we read in a multitude of theologically lacking material.
This brings up a serious question: are these claims about Constantine adopting Mithras, Sol Invictus, sun worship as in the Eucharist is the great apostasy?
If one pays close attention to Jesus, the answer is No. The great apostasy is strictly in the end days.
In fact, we have handled this issue of accusing Constantine in detail [here] exposing from so much documented history, where such accusations stemmed from. If one examines this [link] they will find for example, that Franz Cumont, who made such claims was a great enemy of Christianity. It was Muslims and cults like Mormonism who also make such outlandish claims.
The question then is this: why are the haters of the Church, like Cumont’s view, all of the sudden valid and is used by Protestants? And why are the Manichaeans and the Cathars, whom Paul prophesied about “grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock” considered martyrs throughout Protestant history?
These are definitely serious questions. These were the subject of Paul’s prophecy in 1 Timothy 4, which no serious debates have taken place to address in the Protestant circles. We have explained in detail how these “grievous wolves” are sainted by Protestants. This, regardless that anyone can research these and find out their heresies. This is why history is not a subject Protestant apologists want to debate, for it will reveal much on what the real agenda is.
THE FALLING AWAY AND THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION
The Falling Away, therefore, is a prelude to this “abomination of desolation, which was spoken of by Daniel the prophet”. No one can escape it, Jesus Himself in Matthew 24 instructs this will be “at that time” and He also instructs to specifically pay close attention to Daniel 9:27, when Antichrist “will suspend [both] the sacrifice and grain offerings”.
This “grain offering” and “sacrifice” is the Communion of Bread Sacrifice. Part of the prophecy hinges on this very issue.
Yet detractors would argue that this is regarding the rebuilt third temple in Jerusalem.
But this claim is destroyed when we carefully examine the text from other verses.
But before we tackle this major theological issue of a third rebuilt temple, and in order to see the falling away, we should examine a crucial issue on how to interpret prophecy regarding the “is” and “is not” and “yet is” in Revelation 17:8:
The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and yet will come up out of the Abyss and go to its destruction.
Always keep in mind that the beast (kingdom of Antichrist who makes the abomination) “was” and “is” and “is not yet”.
Why we have is and is not is simple, there were more than one abomination and even more than just one beast and one Antichrist. When we read the text, there is a “was” for ancient Israel. There is also an “is” for the church primitive as it documented the prophecies during pagan Rome. There is also an “is not yet” as in post Roman when Islam appeared as the “first beast” and yet is not, as the beast in the ends of days (second beast). The two beasts are fully explained here in detail.
This might sound confusing so far, but continue and you will get it. For example, Antiochus is a “was” an Antichrist for Israel, Nero is an “is” during pagan Rome, when John wrote the Apocalypse speaking to the early Christians, as well as “is not yet” when speaking on the ends of days during the Apocalypse.
The prophecies, even in Daniel, were constructed in a way, so that the interpreters of each era and time are actually correct. This is why in these types of prophecies we find two-opposing views, or even three-opposing views. This is why we have debate and disagreement when in reality both or all three are all correct to a certain degree. It is here where many run into trouble.
Let me explain, for example, Daniel 9’s seventh week, was it speaking of Christ preaching three years and a half or the Antichrist persecuting for three years and a half?
The answer is both are true, to a certain degree. By Christ’s sacrifice upon the cross, He abolished all the sacrifices of the law as Challoner states. Was this Desolation and the profanation of the temple in Daniel 9 as when the Romans brought in the ensigns and standard of the pagan Romans? The answer is a Yes and a No. It “is” and “is not”. Did this abomination in Daniel 9 happen under Antiochus, or when the temple was destroyed by the Romans; and the last, near the end of the world, under antichrist? The answer is Yes, all the above are correct.
But however, while the “troops of the prince” being the Seleucid troops, these did not “destroy the city and the sanctuary” which becomes somewhat problematic on this view since neither Jerusalem nor the temple were actually destroyed during the Antiochene crisis, though the city was arguably rendered desolate and the temple defiled. Therefore, the ultimate fulfillment was during the Romans, when Titus destroyed the Temple completely.
There “is” a fulfillment, yet it “is not” the ultimate fulfillment. The faster interpreters get a grip on this, the lesser we will see squabbling scholars.
And what about the “covenant” in Daniel 9:27a? Was it referring to the “covenant” reported in 1 Maccabees 1:11 between the Jewish hellenizers and Antiochus IV, with the ban on regular worship for a period that lasted approximately three and a half years, alluded to in Dan 7:25; 8:14; 12:11 regarding the “abomination” being the statue of Zeus?
The answer is the same, it “is” and yet it “is not”.
Interpreters get in trouble when they ignore the multiple level fulfillments written in a single prophecy.
Therefore, it is a myth, to say that prophecies are exclusively for end times, they were for all times.
Always keep in mind, that God hits two, or even three birds using a single stone (one prophecy) aiding His people in all times to be watchful. This is why history repeats itself; it was (history), yet is (current history) and is not yet (future history).
This “is” “is not” and “yet is” needs to include the consummation of evil, the ultimate fulfillment: The Grand Apostasy.
So we need to ask ourselves a crucial question: is this Grand Apostasy and this Abomination of Desolation regarding a: 1) literal temple or 2) the Christian body (the temple of the Holy Spirit)?
The answer is yes to both. Will it include a Third rebuilt temple in Jerusalem? Possibly. We shall wait and see. We must never exclude such a possibility for God works in mysterious ways.
However, we must always keep in mind, that prophecy speaks of a complete end of Jewish Temple sacrifice. While this end happened temporarily during the Maccabees, yet it was permanent when the Jewish temple after Christ was completely destroyed by the Romans.
Some might disagree with this. This is fine. Yet examining scripture ends all questions.
Firstly, lets examine this abomination, will it be against the Third Rebuilt Temple?
During the reign of Antichrist, this Antichrist “will suspend [both] the sacrifice and grain offerings” which is the Communion of Bread Sacrifice. While many hinge their hope on a rebuilt Jewish temple for Israel, since it is the only hope to prove their interpretations, these forget: The Church also has an altar and a sacrificial table and a perpetual sacrifice which was prophesied by Malachi 1. Paul also prior to the destruction of the temple clearly stated:
We have an altar from which the [Jewish] priests in the Tabernacle [in the Jerusalem Temple] have no right to eat.
In other words, Paul responds to the accusations by Jews and pagans accusing the church as void of an altar and sacrifice, and Paul responds saying; indeed we too have a sacrificial altar where none of the Temple Jews are permitted to partake in.
The verse is really that simple, and needs no jimmy-rigging, no allegorizing, and no amount of twisting can do justice to it. So the only way out, on how the primitive church practiced this for fifteen centuries is a claim by so-called reformers. These twisted this verse making the “Altar” figurative, and that believers under the New Covenant spiritually feed on Jesus who is our altar. Others claimed that the Cross is now our altar.
Indeed, this is a grand deception that says this: Jesus failed to build His church until these came along rejecting the historic interpretation of a literal altar and a mystical sacrifice.
Is this “Do This in Remembrance of Me” a memorial, a mystical presence and a sacrament? The answer is all the above are true.
It is this issue that satan focuses on and is why altars of sacrifice encompass all anti-christian faiths like Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism, as well as in Neopaganism, Wicca, Asatru, Nordic Neo-Pagan, Neo-Druidism and Ceremonial Magic. If having an altar is always of the devil, why then God ordained it in Judaism as well as in Christianity?
Scoffers always equate the imitations, as if grape juice, is just as good as fermented wine, as if Cane’s offering was just as good as Abel’s.
But it is here, in Malachi, where we have the end of all arguments. When it comes to Judaism or this third temple, Christ, in Malachi 1, “shut the doors” after preaching three years and a half and by His sacrifice upon the cross, He literally abolished all the sacrifices of the law.
If Hebrews 13:10 was symbolic, then Malachi, the prophet was made a liar when he etched in stone his prophecy:
“Who is there even among you who would shut the doors [this is Christ],
So that you would not kindle fire on My altar in vain?
I have no pleasure in you,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“Nor will I accept an offering from your hands.
For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down,
My name shall be great among the Gentiles [Gentile Christians];
In every place [every true place of worship, every true church] incense shall be offered to My name,
And a pure [sacrificial] offering [Eucharist];
For My name shall be great among the nations [non-Jews]”
Says the Lord of hosts. (Malachi 1:10-11)
Of course, to the scoffer who rejects a literal application to Hebrews 13:10 regarding a literal “altar” and “sacrifice”, Malachi’s prophecy has to be catapulted to be fulfilled during a rebuilt third Jewish temple.
But this is impossible. Why?
It was Christ’s First Coming that He (God) “shut the door”.
This fulfilled Malachi’s prophecy after Paul initiated his proclamation: “the [Jewish] priests in the Tabernacle have no right to eat [from the Christian altar].” Keep in mind, Paul’s full verse:
“We have an altar from which the [Jewish] priests in the Tabernacle [in the Jerusalem Temple] have no right to eat.”
This links directly to Malachi’s prophecy.
Any attempt to maneuver Malachi’s prophecy to a third rebuilt temple, would have to contend answering a serious question: How is it that Malachi was speaking of a third temple, when the prophecy mentions “Who would shut the doors” to Israel’s temple?
This is no rebuilt temple, but its destruction as Daniel prophesied.
It even gets worse for the scoffers when we ask a more serious question: how then, that after this temple is destroyed, we have “incense,” “altar” and even “pure sacrifice” in “every place [every church]” and on a daily basis, all over the world, if this was speaking of a rebuilt third temple?
The answer to this has to be Christ’s first coming being the Sacrifice and His perpetual sacrifice in Communion. Therefore, this whole theology of a third temple sacrificial system is flipped on its own head since it will render Christ absolutely useless.
The other serious question ends all arguments: how can Malachi be predicting a third temple when Malachi insists “In every place [of worship] incense shall be offered to My name”?
This would require thousands of temples (not just a single third temple) “in every place” where literal incense and a “pure offering” is offered “among the nations” where it must be administered.
This would require millions of Red Heifers, not just one pure Red Heifer for a third temple. Keep in mind, that these millions of Red Heifers, must all, no exception, each and every one, be without a single white hair or blemish.
Therefore, all these who follow some little cult in Israel called “The Temple Institute” must be considered a heresy. Why? These replace God (Christ) for a cow (Red Heifer).
Such ideas are like when Israel fell away (now there is a falling away) in the Sinai following a golden calf, instead these followed a living calf: the Red Heifer.
Lest these people think that this is no major issue, think about it, here a cow replaced what Christ has done. These cancel out the whole New Testament, especially the Book of Hebrews.
Many think that because they speak a few words in Hebrew, deceiving themselves, as being the restorers of the ‘primitive church’, they lack sense and even incense. Malachi, after all, insisted that incense must be done in every place of worship.
How many even consider such a falling away is a similar falling away during Moses’ time when Israel sinned in the Sinai?
Yet these, when they read the biblical stories, will never consider falling for similar sins as in ancient Israel, God forbid. Fact is that they do. Deception is deception.
Deception is derived by great deceivers and by the spirits of demons that will deceive the very elect if they can.
The whole of scripture is prophetic, even the story of Israel in the Sinai is prophetic, and their are thousands of types of ‘falling away’ and there are many calfs that people indirectly worship.
The Altar and Sacrifice is the way of the first church. Complicating the mystery of the Eucharist uses the same method Muslims use when addressing the Trinity. They ask the Christian to dissect God while exclaiming “how do you re-sacrifice Christ” and “how does the bread become literal flesh”?
But discounting a single verse, like Hebrews 13:10, or Malachi 1:10-11, would mean that the Jew can discount “maiden” and “seed of the woman” in the Old Testament, which is all we have in the Old Testament to prove to the Jew the “virgin birth”.
Therefore, let the Christian, who is willing to discount these two verses stand up and be recognized for heresy. Discount these and you will face Christ for blasphemy.
There is not a single verse in the whole of scripture that portrays Christ or the Cross as an “altar”. An “altar” is distinctively Catholic, while the altar of the others, the Jews, was defiled, as the Romans defiled the Holy of Holies stomping on it with their sandals.
And yet today, we see millions, doing what the Romans did, they defile their altars with shoes, while others approach it for forgiveness, and instead of facing a pure altar, they face clunking drums and the feet of men.
We say forgive them Lord for they do not know what they do. To see from God’s perspective is not how we see from ours.
This is why the Altar and the Eucharist, being the food, which the Christians alone are permitted to eat: therefore there is a Eucharistic sacrifice.
And to end all arguments, during the very primitive Church, which these claim to attempt to emulate, Ignatius Theophorus (c. 35 – c. 108) who was, mind you, the disciple of John the Apostle. He clearly warned and prophesied of this falling way we still see happening today. Truly if Constantine changed the Communion to Sun-Disk worship, why then would the apostle of John (way before Constantine) stated:
Do not err, my brethren: if anyone follow a schismatic, he will not inherit the Kingdom of God. If any man walk about with strange doctrine, he cannot lie down with the passion [of Christ]. Take care, then, to use one Eucharist, so that whatever you do, you do according to God: for there is one Flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, and one cup in the union of His Blood; one altar, as there is one bishop with the presbytery and my fellow servants, the deacons.”
-Epistle to the Philadelphians, 3:2-4:1, 110 A.D.
Ignatius predicted that “schismatics” will divide the church over this issue on the “one Flesh” being the “one Eucharist” and that “the altar” of sacrifice will be defiled. Amazing. In fact, what Ignatius described is prevalent today amongst the fallen away:
They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer, because they confess not the Eucharist to be the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins, and which the Father, of His goodness, raised up again. Those, therefore, who speak against this gift of God, incur death in the midst of their disputes. But it were better for them to treat it with respect, that they also might rise again. It is fitting, therefore, that you should keep aloof from such persons, and not to speak of them either in private or in public, but to give heed to the prophets, and above all, to the Gospel, in which the passion [of Christ] has been revealed to us, and the resurrection has been fully proved. But avoid all divisions, as the beginning of evils.
And lest someone debates and twists Ignatius’s words (believe us, they do) St. Cyril of Jerusalem makes it crystal clear:
“For as the Bread and Wine of the Eucharist before the invocation of the Holy and Adorable Trinity were simple bread and wine, while after the invocation the Bread becomes the Body of Christ, and the Wine the Blood of Christ…” (Catechetical Discourses, Mystagogic 1, 19:7, 350 A.D.)
It is just as Jesus stated, bread profits nothing, and only until the bread becomes His Body after the invocation.
On a side note, many think that Catholics are simply blind sheep awaiting the knowledge of a modern pastor. Yet the historic church understood clearly, that the bulk of the Old Testament is God’s chastisement of Israel, and of an impending falling away in the New Testament, just prior to Christ’s Second Coming.
When it comes to the issue of the Eucharist, learned Catholics can be critical of even the Pope if he mishandles it, and can get away with criticizing the Vatican much easier than an evangelical being critical of his Calvary Chapel pastor.
And to criticize the Pope, an excommunication is much more difficult to obtain and process, than permanently getting an eviction from a Calvary Chapel.
And if Paul’s prophecy about ‘prohibiting marriage’ is regarding the Catholic, who is the strictest on divorce following Christ’s words to the letter not to put away your wives, while at Calvary Chapel, it becomes permissible to simply pick another adulterer, at an another Calvary Chapel, in defiance to Jesus clear command when He said: “if a man marries another woman he commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9, see also Matthew 5:32). This all the while the schismatic takes these verses for a spin. \
Divorce is a sign of a falling away generation:
… Divorce does injury to the covenant of salvation, of which sacramental marriage is the sign. Contracting a new union, even if it is recognized by civil law, adds to the gravity of the rupture: the remarried spouse is then in a situation of public and permanent adultery … (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
Have you not heard that divorce is an injury to the “covenant of salvation”?
So when we read Paul, “From which those who minister at the tabernacle [the Jews] have no right to eat” corresponds with 1 Corintians 9:13: “Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar?” This is a sacrificial offering which is the focal point where Antichrist wants defiled “will suspend [both] the sacrifice and grain offerings”.
Just as the Altar of the Jewish temple was defiled, Antichrist will do the same, and is why we find single prophecies that hit two and even three birds in one stone.
Clearly, Malachi 1, Hebrew 13, and Corinthians 10, are saying the Jews (especially Levitical Priests) are the ones who serve at and partake in the sacrificial food of the Levitical altars. Thus, it’s clear that the people in Hebrews 13:10b that “have no right to eat” at the Christian altar are the Jews. Therefore, Hebrews 13:10 is saying there is a Christian counterpart or version of the Jewish sacrifical food at the Levitical altar which is the Christian altar that Antichrist will also defile in the ends of days.
Corinthians 10, not only seals the deal, but projects to what we see in the world today:
“Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar?” (Corinthians 10:18)
The Jews “ate the sacrifices” literally, and should not participate at the Christian literal altar. Corinthians 10:19-21 continues:
Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons.”
This is very strong language. Clearly, Paul is speaking of the Lord’s Supper right in the context of Jewish sacrifices and pagan sacrifices. There is nothing spiritual or metaphorical here. What is the “table of demons” but the pagan altar? Thus the “Lord’s table” is the Christian altar and mixing these, is a falling away and is an abomination, which will happen in the ends of days. Why then get so involved with Red Heifers? Paul will consider that too as ‘doctrine of demons’.
And we have clearly seen some of this happening to a degree. While I pointed the finger at the Samaritan, dare I also ignore the Pharisee? And while I pick a bone of contention with the Protestant, dare I ignore the log in the eye of the Catholic? God forbid. Here, watch this is a falling away, and this is to a degree what Corinthians 10 predicted:
What despicable filth. May I lose the support of all the Protestants and all the Catholics to only gain the love of Christ.
While this is a sign of a falling away, where we see a desecration of altars, the ultimate abomination is still to come, which is the complete prohibition and defilement of the Eucharist.
The Altar and the Eucharist is a crucial theological issue. Jesus said:
“Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.”
The disciples responded: “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”
In fact, the whole theology of God is a “hard saying”.
God becoming man is not a hard saying?
Being the Temple that resurrects on the third day and His blood remitting sins is not a hard saying?
Why then is the Eucharist not also a “hard saying”?
This indeed, is “a tough bread to swallow”. Christ attempted not to soften, to correct misunderstanding, or to say He was speaking metaphorically here.
The scoffer says that Jesus’ rarely corrected the misunderstanding of people. In other words, they say that Jesus is always being misunderstood, that is “this hard bread to swallow” was simply the disciples misunderstanding.
For this, they site the Jews in John 2:18-21 as an evidence of this claim regarding the destruction of the Temple. But this argument is seriously flawed. The Gospels, which the Holy Spirit accomplished did set the record straight: “But He was speaking of the temple of His body.” (John 2:21)
Even Christ set the record straight:
“Does this [the bread being My flesh] cause you to stumble? What then if you see the Son of Man ascending to where He was before? It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh [plain bread] profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. But there are some of you [like Judas] who do not believe.”
Here Jesus sets the record straight. It is impossible to deny it. He is saying that the Holy Spirit can transform the bread into His flesh. Notice, He equated this mystery (the Spirit gives Life) to the very miracle of His own resurrection to heaven.
Was this allegory? Impossible. Pay close attention to “the Spirit gives life”. Why did Jesus say this?
He makes it clear, that plain bread profits nothing, but that God’s Spirit can accomplish this. This “Spirit” is real and not some pie in the sky.
It was, after all, the water, which the Holy Spirit hovered over to make life.
Jesus even predicted from the beginning that Judas did not believe and would betray Him. Jesus’ admonishment of Judas therefore, resembles Eucharist denial. The ‘Judas kiss’ resembles the falling away, the outward appearance of belief (false love) and the form of godliness, when in reality their inner soul reject and blaspheme, by denying Jesus’ can turn bread into His literal Flesh.
This is the work of the same Holy Spirit we find in Baptism. While Jesus ignored the Jews, He never ignored His disciples regarding the Temple and also Nicodemus in John 3:5 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (John 3:5)
There are two elements involved here whether we look at the Eucharist or Baptism. In the Eucharist, Bread and Spirit is involved. In the Baptism, Water and Spirit are also involved. Even when Christ healed the blind, that mere mud, spit, and Spirit was also used. To question the mysteries of God is to deny what faith is all about. Therefore, deniers are fallen away faithless.
Therefore, the water or the bread without the Spirit profits nothing. It can’t get any clearer than this.
Christ ignored the scoffer and is why He did not correct them while He corrected the saint to be: His disciples.
“Born of water and spirit” is literal water and literal spirit.
Even the very Kingdom of Heaven is a hard pill to swallow, we on earth communicate with saints:
“You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant …” (Hebrews 12:22-24)
The difference between a true Catholic and a non-Catholic is simple; non-Catholics choose only an “A” or “B” or “C” while Catholics choose “D” (all of the above). When we pray, do we speak to A) Christ? B) Saints C) Angels or D) All of the above?
Rejecting the Eucharist is akin to Lucifer asking “Did God really say, ‘You must eat My literal Flesh’?” Did God really say that you pray to “thousands upon thousands of angels” and “to the spirits of the righteous made perfect” or only to “Jesus the mediator of a new covenant”?
And how could one enter unless we be “the spirits of the righteous [are] made perfect”?
It is here that so many miss it. No one enters heaven unless he is complete, that whatever imperfection the Christian still has, must be removed prior to entry. This is why Maccabees which spoke of such purification before entering heaven was made obsolete by the scoffers.
In every way, any crack, corner or cranny, lucifer will enter to divide and conquer. Cain’s fruit did not work while Abel’s animals did. Why did Cain do what he did? Simple: he rebelled and protested at God’s ordinance, which was made clear to his parents when they sinned and God provided animal skin for covering. He then murdered his brother as Judas turned Christ in to be murdered.
This scenario, Cain defiled his altar and murdered his brother continues till the end. The falling away and defilement has many facades. Daniel 11:31 speaks of:
“arms shall stand on his part, and they shall defile the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the continual [daily] sacrifice, and they shall place there the abomination unto desolation.” (See Douai-Rheims and KJV)
The hebrew זְרוֺעַ, is “arms,” “shoulders,” same as it is in Arabic “thoroa” (shoulders, also see 2220, zeroa, Strongs). This is all about arms and shoulders which John also spoke of in Revelation 13 regarding the mark of the beast. These arms will be raised upwards Nazi style “stand” (hebrew and Arabic: amad” עָמַד520) to “prop up” and be erect. It is “erected arms” and not “armed forces”.
They will “pollute” is the verb חָלַל (Halal) is “to pollute, defile, profane (literally untie, loosen, open, same as the Arabic “Halal” untie, undo, become free, become lawful, free from obligation or tie; make lawful”.
The “daily” for “daily sacrifice” is the Hebrew “tamed” which is the common way in the Bible for “continuous” or “continually” “everyday without ceasing” sacrifice: “and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away” (Daniel 8:13) “And from the time that the daily sacrifice [continual sacrifice] shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up [consecrated, put in place] …” (Daniel 12:11).
Whether this scene that Daniel describes is of Muslim or Nazi or both, we shall see.
WHAT THEN WILL THE RELIGION OF ANTICHRIST BE?
However, it is likely that Antichrist is a syncretist. We must learn from the Armenian Genocide committed by the Muslim Young Turks (which is reviving as I write) who massacred the Armenians. These were not wahhabist. They were rather a people who synchronized Pan-Ottomanism, alongside social-darwinistic teachings of Herbert Spencer and Earnst Haeckel.
Nazism too had social-darwinism. The Young Turks worked well with Nazis and were trying to unite all of the subjects of the Ottoman Empire under Pan-Ottomanism, and all those who did not fit, or did not identify with the standard image of the Ottoman, similar to Nazism, were seen as worthy of oppression and extermination.
The Armenians, Assyrians and Chaldeans, and the Greek Christians, still identified themselves with their ethnic titles, as opposed to conforming to the policy of Pan-Ottoman assimilation. The Young Turks believed that the greatest sign of the superiority of a race was its capacity to conquer and kill other peoples.
So the genocide of over three million Catholic and Orthodox Christians, that the Ottoman Empire would eventually commit in the early 20th century, was in truth, not just Islam, but an expression of social-darwinistic supremacy.
Amongst the Young Turks were also Freemasons. They overturned the Sultan, Abdul Hamid II and ruled the empire with their progressive philosophy. Freemasonry consists of syncretism or the union of all religions, including Islam. This may be interconnected with Erdogan’s endeavor to rebuild an ancient temple of Zeus in Turkey.
What is a fundamentalist Muslim being interested in paganism? It is obvious that he is not a wahhabist, since it was the wahhabist ISIS that destroyed ancient Mesopotamian idols in Iraq, and the wahhabist Muslim Brotherhood raided museums in Egypt to obliterate ancient Egyptian idols and statues. Erdogan’s philosophy, therefore, is more akin to the freemasonry of the Young Turks than Wahhabism’s puritanical Islam.
It is by this we can understand how the Old Saxon prediction, which talks of an Obama-like figure who claims Christianity, yet he is a Turk and will rule Germany while France will refine to combat this axis of evil:
“The Dog shall enter Germany but shall afterwards forsake his master and choose for himself a new man, whereby Scripture shall be fulfilled. This Dog shall signify the Turk which shall forsake his Mohammed [forsake Wahhabism] and choose unto him the name Christian, which is a sign the day of doom is at hand, when all the earth is subject unto God, or that all people acknowledge one only God. The Fleur-de-Lys (lily) and France shall live long at variance, but at last agree. Then shall the clear Word spring forth and flourish throughout the world.”
By this, Free Masonry, Islam, Japan’s Buddhism, Hinduism and every other modern isim, that Antichrist will control most of the world excluding sheep nations. Only time will tell who this Antichrist will be.
Therefore, what we see today, will develop into this.
Yet I also see a beginning of these subjects who will participate in this Great Falling Away. From my own experience, the hate filled messages I get from my enemies, have evolved from the typical atheists to invoking Kali and all sorts of demons. Today I get the most vicious of spirits. Timothy prophesied about such spirit. Therefore, the great falling away sums up this generation we see today. These truly harbor the opposite of the fruits of the Spirit and they are not exclusively unchurched:
Know also this, that, in the last days, shall come dangerous times. Men shall be lovers of themselves, covetous, haughty, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, wicked, Without affection, without peace, slanderers, incontinent, unmerciful, without kindness, Traitors, stubborn, puffed up, and lovers of pleasures more than of God: Having an appearance indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof. Now these avoid. For of these sort are they who creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, who are led away with divers desires: Ever learning, and never attaining to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-7)
We clearly see these today. This is not exclusive to the unchurched and in fact describes many of the churched: “appearance indeed of godliness” while they are “lovers of pleasures more than of God” .
These postpone marriage and seek first the pleasures and the riches of this world. This spirit of “forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from meats” is also in the ends of days and is prevalent in the millennium generation, of the so-called Christians, who postpone marriage and indulge into vegan or even kosher diet, which God did away with.
We deal with these daily. These slander Christians who carry on, doing Christ’s purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. They are quick to yell out comments (to look good in front of their peers) that God loves the sodomites but truly He hates the homophobes.
It is as if Lot’s wife looked towards Sodom and was adorned with a hallo, instead of turning into a pillar of salt. They condemn instead everyone who exposes the evil as ‘damned’ ‘to be put in an asylum’ or even ‘murdered’ while they praise the popular reprobate.
I cannot tell you how many death threats we had, threats of doing all sorts of horrific things to us. We see the setting up for this great falling away.
Yet the Bible says to avoid these: “now these avoid” while many insist we ‘love’ and ‘reason with’ these.
Perhaps at times we should. But there come a time, when even Lot had to lock himself in with his family.
These evil people have a spirit of debate. We should not waste too much time when we see this type of spirit. It is a blasphemous spirit, since what they do is a curse even when they read into scripture what it says not.
This is why God calls these “proud, blasphemers“. These betray one another on a dime; “traitors” as Jesus foretold “At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other.”
These say that they love God, but deny His ability (power) to turn bread into His Flesh:
Having an appearance indeed of godliness, but denying the power thereof
They think nothing of sin or adultery as if God instantly forgives and so they continue to lead captive silly and gullible women, laden with sins and pornography and speaking of sexting with strange desires, while claiming that what people do in bed is their own business.
A society that is engulfed in sex. They are not ill-educated to the learnings of this world, but cannot attain the knowledge of the truth.
Denying that Christ can transform the Eucharist is denying the “power of God”. The Catholic Encyclopedia makes a case impossible to refute:
“Nothing is more solid than the UNANIMITY of belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist for the first 1,500 years of the Church. The spontaneous uproar caused by men such as Berengarius of Tours (d. 1088) only attests the more to the unquestioned acceptance of the Real Presence. This UNANIMOUS belief of 1,500 years is itself an argument to its truth. For it is impossible that the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, could leave the Church in error over a long period of time about one of the central doctrines of Christianity, according to the argument from prescription.” (6)
Millions upon millions today left the Catholic Church, they now desecrate the Bible by twisting its meaning to deny the power of God.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from thee.
From the malignant enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come unto Thee,
That with all Thy saints,
I may praise thee
Forever and ever.