The Days of Lawlessness - J.L. Robb - http://www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=8246
Don't let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 KJV
Analysis of the above summation:
*The term that day refers to the last of the seventy weeks described in the Book of Daniel concerning the end as we now know it. The last week is a 7-year period where each day represents a year. It will be 7 years that no one will want to live through, especially the last three-and-a-half years.
*The rebellion that occurs is described in the King James Version of the Bible as an apostasy, or a falling away, from God and His instructions to the human population. In other words, the last days cannot occur until there is a near world-wide departure from the Church and the Synagogues, the Judeo-Christian belief system. The population of which 2,000,000,000 are believers, not in just God but the God of Abraham, would become disenchanted with God and His rules. There would be a reformed God, revised God, a rewritten God. God would be molded into a God who loves everybody, every action and every abnormality. Except that God never said that. Anyone who believes that God is inclusive of those who change His rules or tell Him that this or that really is not a sin, that He made a mistake, are in for a not-so-great exit.
*The man of lawlessness who is to be revealed is what John the Apostle called the antichrist (opposite of Christ). John is the only person in the Bible who used the term antichrist when referring to the son of perdition, and it appears only five times. It is interesting that the antichrist is the son of Satan, and Jesus is the Son of God. The exact opposites. And since God always wins, Satan and his son are doomed to destruction.
The antichrist, according to the Bible, will appear Christ-like at first and will perform wonders and miracles, like Christ did; but it will not be to save people, only to fool people. He is supposed to be such a great conman that he fools even those who are totally dedicated to Christ. The elect are not Christian-lite.
The antichrist is so convincing that he declares himself to be God in the flesh and takes his throne in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem where the Israelites of the day believe he is the long-awaited messiah. The Third Temple has yet to be built; but plans are in the works and the altar for the Third Temple has been built, an altar for animal sacrifice, just like in the Torah and is predicted to be legalized by the antichrist at the beginning of the last 7-year period: The Tribulation for 3½ years (animal sacrifice is allowed), and the Great Tribulation (the time of Jacob's troubles) for 3½ years (animal sacrifice is no longer allowed).
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate. Daniel 9:27 KJV
There have been false prophets and messiah wannabes for millennia.
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Matthew 24:24 NIV
John was not writing about false prophets and false messiahs, he was writing about THE false prophet and THE false messiah. Incidentally, John is the only apostle of the twelve who was not murdered and the only apostle with the nerve to go to Jesus' crucifixion. I am sure that is why God saved John to write the last book of His Book.
Is any of this stuff happening now? Is society falling away from and becoming disenchanted with God's ways? Have moral values changed for the worse? Does society obey God or mock God? Is pornography a booming business? Are people staying married or divorcing at the drop of a hat? Has America stuck its collective heads in the ground and allowed 70,000,000 abortions? Are we having trouble figuring out which bathroom to use because we are confused about our chromosomal makeup? Have we kicked the Ten Commandments out of the courthouse and God, out of the public square? Does society have pride parades for being homosexual or an adulterer?
Crosses are falling in Georgia:
A Memorial Day display featuring crosses to honor fallen soldiers was removed from public property in Georgia after someone questioned whether the soldiers were all Christian.
The 79 white, handmade crosses posted on public property along state Highway 92 in Hiram, Ga., were meant to represent the 79 Paulding County residents who died in America's wars, according to town officials.
But the crosses were abruptly taken down last Friday after someone called Hiram City Hall questioning whether the cross is an appropriate symbol for the memorial.
VA Clinic removes Bible from display honoring dead soldiers:
A Bible and Bible verse were removed from a POW/MIA display inside an Ohio Veteran's Administration clinic after the notorious Military Religious Freedom Foundation complained.
The religious artifacts were part of a "Missing Man Table" recently erected by volunteers at an outpatient clinic in Akron.
MRFF founder Mikey Weinstein alleged the inclusion of the Bible was a violation of the U.S. Constitution. He said he intervened at the request of nearly a dozen, mostly Christian, military veterans who utilize the clinic.
However, clinic administrator Brian Reinhart said to his knowledge no one ever complained. In other words, Mr. Weinstein's allegations are a bit dubious.
Nevertheless, Reinhart relented and evicted God's Word from the display.
"I just wanted to let you know that the Bible has been removed from our POW table and the Bible verse has been removed from the framed scripture," Reinhart wrote in an email to Weinstein.
Dallas community asks Dallas to sever ties with a church:
It's a war of words in Dallas and has one group asking the city to sever ties with one of its biggest churches.
"This most recent thing has crossed a bridge that should not be crossed," said Rafael McDonnell, with the Resource Center, a service organization for the Dallas-area LGBT community.
The Resource Center says it is appalled after hearing Pastor Robert Jeffress, of Dallas First Baptist, on talk radio last week.
Jeffress was on a conservative talk radio show called Washington Watch with Tony Perkins. The host was a fill-in commentator by the name of Todd Starnes. The topic of conversation was the transgender bathroom laws.
Of course, the LGBT community really meant they want society to sever ties with God. Pastors are only the messengers. If the LGBT community would actually read the Bible they would definitely hate God, not just the preacher. They would also hate the Founding Fathers if they knew what they had to say about their lifestyle.
President Obama has managed to once again shove yet another sexual aberration down the throats of the 95% who disagree that our daughters should be sharing the shower with the teenage boy in biology class, or the bathroom at McDonalds with a dirty old man who can't figure out the difference between the XX chromosome and the XY chromosome. XX makes girls; XY makes boys; XYY sometimes makes mean boys.
Have we as society followed Europe away from the institutes that teach and promote God and His ways? Is that why some large USA churches are siding with the Palestinians against the Jews, are promoting gay pastors and preaching Allah and Yahweh are one-and-the-same?
Yep. America is there. It was predicted to happen but is sad to watch. The speed with which it has happened is stunning. I do not think a helmet is going to help.