Christ is coming soon.
Mark 13:4... and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? In other words, how long shall it be until Christ returns? Tell us, when shall these things be?... In other words, when do these things begin to take place?
He told them that the answer was contained in learning a Parable of, or from, the "Fig Tree". Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: The season begins (and the fig tree begins to grow) when we SEE a tender branch set out and put forth leaves.
So we know that we will observe a "planting" come to pass because "in like manner", just as we observe the "history" of the planting of the fig tree, when we observe the other "things" come to pass we will know that the end is very near and the doors of heaven are about to open!
Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.Mark 13:4... and what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? In other words, how long shall it be from the planting until Christ returns?
The answer is:
 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.That's right! Christ shall return during the generation that began when the branch of the fig tree was set out. You can count on it (next verse)! Hint: We shall soon discover this means there will be "Baby Boomers" who will see the return of Christ!
said Learn it! Mark
13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree;...
Do you believe that Jesus Christ can return at any moment? Will you recognize Satan when he comes first, claiming that he is Christ?
It is EXTREMELY important that Christians understand the chronological order of events which are about to take place because as Paul will make clear to even the simplest reader, there is a "supernatural one" coming first, BEFORE Jesus Christ returns, and he will look just like the Messiah, and he will call himself Jesus Christ.
2 Thes. 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering 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 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.
Satan, the spurious messiah, will once again exalt himself above God and he will sit in the temple, just as Paul explained in verse 4, and claim that he is God, i.e. the Messiah who has come to rapture you away.
Jesus Christ also told us in Mat. 24 and Mark 13 about this abominable one who shall come before He returns, and when he does, stay away from him.
Students of the book of Daniel (i.e. those who read it with understanding) know that this is the "desolator", the little horn, the vile person, which are ALL names of Satan.Matthew 24:15
When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
He said "let no man deceive you by any means, for that day [the day of Christ's return] shall NOT come until there is a great apostasy when the man of sin, the son of perdition is revealed."
Would you like to know a MYSTERY, something which is unknown to most people because they have never read the scriptures with understanding or without the preconceived traditions of men distorting their comprehension?
That man of sin, that son of perdition Paul said will be revealed, will be REVEALED to the world AS JESUS CHRIST, not some bad dude who goes around killing people!
Therefore, the mystery is that the FIRST Jesus who appears will actually be Satan, the false-christ, the imposter, the false messiah, BUT the whole world with the exception of those who have the seal of God [His Word] in their foreheads (Rev. 9:4) will believe that he is the real Jesus Christ and will worship him as God!
THAT IS the GREAT APOSTASY!
He will sit in the temple and blasphemously claim that he is God himself, i.e. that he is the Messiah returned, when in fact he is Satan, the "instead-of-Christ".
The "times and decrees" that he will think to change is to convince people that Jesus Christ has returned (before it is time), i.e. that it is the time of the 7th Trump when in fact it is only the 6th.
That will be easy for him considering that most people are expecting Christ to return at any moment, thanks to the "vision" of the Rapture Theory.
Couple that with Satan's supernatural abilities to perform great signs and wonders in the sight of men, and just like that, in one day's time, Christians all over the world will begin to worship the "dragon", the "religious beast", the "vile person", the "devil", "the son of perdition", as if he were Jesus Christ.
Again, that is the "Great Falling Away" from the true Christ which Paul speaks of when the son of perdition is revealed!
So we now know from irrefutable Biblical documentation that the son of perdition is coming FIRST, before the real Jesus Christ returns and we gather back to Him.
Meanwhile back home at the turn of the 21st century many Christians were anxiously awaiting the return of Jesus Christ at any moment and paying little or no attention to the Written Word of God because they were told they were soon going be "taken up" in the Rapture of the church.
They were not told to "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Tim. 2:15)", but that going to church regularly and participating in church activities puts them in good standing.
Jesus said in Mat. 24 & Mark 13 that when you see this abomination, the "desolator", standing in the holy place where he ought not, then get away from him and stay away from him!
It doesn't matter if he can snap his fingers and call lightning down from the sky or "take people up" in his high-tech saucers, i.e. his "flying wheels" (See Ezek. chapters 1 & 10).
Are you beginning to get the picture of the magnitude of this event?
So let's recap once more: Satan, the son of perdition, is coming to this earth as Jesus Christ and he will have all power to perform signs and wonders and flashy miracles in the sight of men.
He will be spectacular to say the least and most people will not recognize him as Satan but will rather believe he is truly the Messiah returned.
The problem is he is the religious "beast" of Rev. 13 and in their ignorance Christians all over the world will forsake the true Christ and begin to worship him!
That is the great falling away, the great apostasy which occurs when the son of perdition make his appearance, i.e. is revealed.
You see, no one would worship the beast if they knew he was the beast, would they?
Of course not!
They will believe he is really Jesus because of his powers and miracles and because they do not know the scriptures and the fact there are two Christs, the real Jesus and His look alike, the false messiah!
They still perceive Satan as a bad dude with horns, a red suit with a tail, and a pitch fork in his hand!
Here is what Messiah says about that:
Matt. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
He warned us not to be among them!
Paul also warned us not to be deceived by any man!
2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
The reason Christ never knew them is because He never saw their faces in the pages of His Word wherein He dwelled all the time while they were busy doing other religious things.
They did not hunger and thirst for Him.
They did not "love the truth".
Therefore they did not really believe in Him, did they?
And for that reason God shall "prove them" and send Satan as Jesus Christ to teach them a big lesson.2 Thes. 2:11
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
Again, "the cause" is that they loved not the truth, i.e. His Word!
Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,)
Jesus meant that when Satan as the false-christ comes to earth before His own return and stands in the temple claiming he is the Christ many of our brothers and sisters and fathers and mothers and sons and daughters are going to believe Satan really is Christ Jesus and they will try to convince us to also believe he is.
Mark 13:21 And then if any man shall say to you, Lo, here is Christ; or, lo, he is there; believe him not:
Matthew24:13But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Mark13:13....;but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Luke 17:34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Make sure you are one left; the one who endures unto the end for than you shall be saved.
Even if you can not convince your mother, father, sister, brother, son, and/or daughter to also wait for the real Jesus!
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