One sure sign of the end times is the turning away from true faith to follow deceptive spirits and teachings. As we examine our world today, we have to ask, “Has the apostasy (falling/turning away) come?” If it hasn’t, we are hurtling toward it at breakneck speed.
In light of that, let’s focus on two passages of Scripture that help us stand strong on the Word of God rather than fall away from its truth.
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command.~Hebrews 1:1-3
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.~John 1:1-3
God once spoke through prophets, but now speaks to us through His Son…the Word of God!
But from the beginning of time, God’s Word was questioned. In Genesis 3:1, the serpent tempted Eve with these words: “Did God really say?” Since then, major foundational principles, contained in Genesis, have been under attack. For example:
- Creation: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
- Male/Female: God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27)
- Work/Rest: By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. … Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. (Genesis 2:2, 15)
- Marriage: For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
Those Biblical principles are not only being questioned, but totally disregarded by large segments of today’s society. Sadly, it is not only the “secular world” disregarding God’s Word, but some churches disregard it by teaching false doctrine such the Old Testament being obsolete, the church is the “new Israel,” and calling evil good in the name of “tolerance.”
Despite God’s Word being questioned and disregarded, Bible prophecy is being fulfilled. Here is only one example, which tends to be overlooked: The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. (Isaiah 40:8) In a series of absolutely miraculous events, the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947. God had preserved His Word despite the dispersion of Jews and total destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem…and it was certainly no “accident” the sacred texts were found just in time for the rebirth of Israel in 1948! Only one way in which God’s Word was fulfilled.
God first spoke through prophets, then through His Word. Yet, Scripture is not simply a book of history or writings. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14) God’s Word is the person of Jesus, and it is being revealed to us every single day! God’s Word is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12), always revealing to us the character of Jesus!
Perhaps the apostasy has come, but if so, we can take heart as Christians. We serve the One who was, and who is, and who is to come. (Revelation 1:4) So now we go full circle, back to our key verse from John 1:1: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
- The God who was, was questioned.
- The God who is, is disregarded.
- The God who is to come, is being revealed to us!
Rather than falling away in these last days, cling tightly to the One who promises to reveal Himself to us! He is our Blessed Hope…and the only Hope we have in a very fallen world.