Today is September 3, 2018

Verse of the Day — 2 Thessalonians 2:3

Let no one in any way deceive you, for (the Day of the Lord) will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

If you learn the identity of the antichrist, you’ve missed the Rapture!


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

The Bible says both the “apostasy” and the revealing of the false messiah/antichrist must take place before the Second Coming of our Lord. We find it interesting to note that only in the last century have Bible scholars interpreted “apostasy” to mean “falling away.” The assumption is that the “apostasy” is referring to a spiritual apostasy in the latter days preceding the Second Coming of Christ.

However, the word “apostasy” is referring back to 2 Thessalonians 2:1: with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our gathering together to Him. Therefore, the “apostasy” could be referring to one of three possibilities: the Tribulation, the Second Coming, OR our gathering together to Him at Rapture.

Early Bible translators understood the meaning of “apostasy” to be the “earthly departing of the Church” rather than the “Church departing from the faith.” The old Wycliff Bible (1384) translates 2 Thessalonians 2:3 to read, Let no man deceyve you in any manner (for that will not come) but departynge awaye first come. The Coverdale Bible (1535) and the Geneva Bible (1560) have similar translations. Therefore, up until our more recent Bible translations, the verse was usually taken to mean: “the Day of the Lord will not come unless the Rapture comes first, and the antichrist revealed.”

Regardless, either way you translate “apostasy,” the order of end-time events remains unchanged. And with all the “tickling ears” coming out of so many churches today, “apostasy” could very well have a double meaning.

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QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

What do you think of the Harry Potter books? I know certain groups of Christians are up in the air over them, but I don’t really see the problem.


ANSWER:

There are more problems with the Potter books than you may see at first glance. British writer J. K. Rowling has stated that as a child she liked dressing up as wizards and witches and concocting fantasy potions. Now as an adult, her books seem to be opening the flood gates for children and youth to dabble in the occult. And the occult is extremely dangerous at any age because you are basically dealing directly in Satan’s realm.

In Deuteronomy 18, God explains in detail He doesn’t want us to have anything to do with witchcraft. God wants us to listen to Him through His prophets, not Satan’s underlings.

There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a spiritualist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord; . . . —Deuteronomy 18:10-12

The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet . . . you shall listen to him. —Deuteronomy 18:14

There are some Christian leaders who have stated they believe that Potter books are no big danger to Christians. Chuck Colson stated on the radio that “It’s not the kind of witchcraft that the Bible condemns.” But the Bible, as quoted above, condemns ALL witchcraft. There are NO “good witches.”

Understanding this, many Christian leaders and Christian magazines have advised against reading any of Potter’s books. Focus on the Family said, “. . . leave Harry Pottor on the shelf” and World Magazine (a Christian-type Newsweek) said, “A reader drawn in would find that the real world of witchcraft is not Harry Potter’s world. Neither attractive nor harmless, it is powerful and evil.” (Oct. 30, 1999)

. . . for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial (Satan)? —2 Corinthians 6:14

Finally, brethren, whatever is true . . . honorable . . . right . . . pure . . . lovely . . . good repute . . . let your mind dwell on these things. —Philippians 4:8

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