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The ‘Falling Away’ In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Is Not The Pretribulation Rapture Of The Church, It Is One Of The Two Stated Conditions Needed For It To Happen

Ironically, this false teaching that the ‘falling away’ is the Rapture of the Church is itself part of the apostasy of the last days.

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Ironically, this false teaching that the ‘falling away’ is the Rapture of the Church is itself part of the apostasy of the last days. Let that sink in for a moment.

It has recently come to my attention that there be some Bible teachers who are attempting to assert that the ‘falling away’ in 2 Thessalonians is in fact the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, but let me assure you that it is not. The falling away is one of the two conditions that must be present for the Pretrib to take place, according to Paul, but it is not the Rapture itself, let me show you why this is so.

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. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?” 2 Thessalonians 2:3-5 (KJB)

Paul tells us to rightly divide if we want to understand Bible doctrine correctly, and 2 Thessalonians is one of those places where rightly dividing is greatly needed because Paul switches back and forth between talking about the day of Christ, the Rapture of the Church, and the Day of the Lord, the Church returning with King Jesus at the Battle of Armageddon at the Second Coming. Without rightly dividing, you will wind up conflating the two events and end up in a theological mess. In verse 3, Paul tells us two conditions that must be present for the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church to take place. These are not signs, mind you, for we do not seek a sign, but these are conditions that will be present.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3,4 (KJB)

The Greek word used for ‘falling away’ is ‘apostasia’, G646 in your Strong’s Concordance, from which we get our English word for ‘apostasy’, meaning a ‘defection from’ or a ‘falling away’ from something. We are not left to wonder what this ‘something’ is, for Paul in 2 Timothy 4:1-4 gives it to us in great detail. The ‘falling away’ in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 is a reference to a time at the end of the Church Age when Bible doctrine will be abandoned in favor of the lukewarm Laodicean ear tickling warned of by Paul, John and Peter. We see great illustrations of this in the ‘ministries’ of people like Paula White, Kenneth Copeland, Beth Moore, Joel Osteen and others. So how is it that there are those who would pervert this simple Bible teaching and attempt to make it say that the ‘falling away’ is actually a ‘falling UP’ into the Rapture? Sheer nonsense.

Taken in its most basic meaning, something that ‘falls away’ is something that has lost strength, lost power, committed an error or misstep, it implies a weakness leading to misfortune. But the Pretribulation Rapture is none of those things, it is instead the ‘catching away’ by force of the Body of Christ on this Earth. We are not ‘falling up’, we are FLYING up! By making ‘apostasia’ a reference to the Rapture, you miss by a country mile what it is actually telling you, that the Church in its final days on Earth will “fall’ in apostasy by abandoning Bible doctrine. Ironically, this false teaching is itself part of the apostasy of the last days. Let that sink in for a moment.

I have always taught and stood for the major Bible doctrines taught in your King James Bible, like eternal security, the Pretribulation Rapture, justification, sanctification and all the rest. But it is grave error to teach that eternal security applies in any dispensation outside of the Church Age, for it does not. The Tribulation Saints have to ‘endure to the end’, they are not eternally secure and can ‘lose it’ by taking the Mark of the Beast. Likewise with the Pretrib, the Bible absolutely teaches that the Church will be removed prior to the start of the time of Jacob’s trouble, but when we attempt to insert that doctrine into places where scripture itself does not place it, we are in error. Paul is warning us about the ‘apostasy’ of the last days of the Church itself, and attempting to make the ‘falling away’ into the Rapture blinds you to that fact.

The ‘falling away’ is not the Rapture, it is one of the two conditions that will be present at the Rapture, but it is not the Rapture itself. Nothing falls up, it falls down, and what falls down is the Church when it left off teaching Bible doctrine. Sadly, this is where we find ourselves in the closing moments of the Church Age awaiting the Rapture.

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The Modern Versions Prevent A Black Man From Getting Saved In Acts 8 While Teaching The Heresy Of Water Baptism For Salvation In The Church Age

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Your King James Bible faithfully preserves doctrinal truth in Acts 8 that the modern versions seek to destroy

If you have a King James Bible, when you read Acts 8 you thrill to see the salvation of the very first Gentile in the Church Age, the Ethiopian Eunuch, and you marvel at the dispensational truth that’s revealed when you’re shown that baptism in now no longer necessary for salvation. But…if you have an NIV, an ESV, or John MacArthur’s terrible new Legacy Standard Bible, those scripture nuggets have either been removed outright, or cast to the phantom zone of the footnotes section. Why? I’ll tell you why.

“And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Acts 8:36,37 (KJB)

People who cannot see dispensations in the Bible will try and tell you that salvation is the same from Genesis to Revelation, but that’s a lie. Salvation isn’t even the same from Acts 2 to Acts 8. In Acts 2:38, Peter is preaching to an exclusively Jewish crowd, and telling them, as a nation, to get baptized for the remission of sins. Yet just 6 chapters later, Phillip assures the Ethiopian Eunuch that belief unto salvation comes before baptism. You are watching the rebirth of the Ethiopian Eunuch while at the same time watching God giving birth to a new dispensation that we call the Church Age. This is all so ground breaking and revelatory that Satan then comes along with his modern version magic eraser to wipe it clean where he can, and cast doubt on it everyplace else.

We live in a day and age where race and race relations are super-charged, and everyone is looking for racism in every cartoon bubble, and that can become weary and tiresome. But is it just a coincidence that the modern versions in Acts 8 swoop in like a seagull after popcorn to snatch up the exact moment that the Ethiopian Eunuch, a black man, gets saved? It kind of feels like it to me. So let’s do a simple bullet point demonstration of the damage done here by the modern versions, shall we?

  • THE DISAPPEARING SALVATION: In your King James Bible, you read that the Ethiopian Eunuch wants to know what’s stopping him from being baptized, and Phillip tells him he needs to get saved first, and baptized second. “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” The Eunuch gets saved in verse 37, which is then promptly removed by the Laodicean Bible correctors. This is criminal activity perpetrated by Christian criminals who call themselves doctors.
  • THE DISAPPEARING DISPENSATION: By removing verse 37, there is now no dispensational difference between this event in Acts 8 in the Church Age, and the water-based salvation of the Kingdom Age. “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” You are being duped, dumbed down and dumped into that whirling vortex known as the ‘Greek and Hebrew Scholars Union’. This is where true biblical scholarship goes to die, don’t let it kill you. NOTE: If you have an ESV, NIV or any of those other perverted ‘bibles’, we invite you to throw it in the trash, then click here and we will send you a brand new King James Study Bible at zero cost to you.

The Greek and Hebrew scholars love to tear down your faith in the King James Bible so they can replace it with your faith in their scholarship, this is a con game of the highest magnitude. We have dozens of books at the Bookstore that will reveal everything you need to know about Bible versions, and we invite you to purchase some of those books right now.

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Why The King James Bible Uses ‘Atonement’ In Romans 5:11 And All The Modern Versions Change It To ‘Reconciliation’ Will Dramatically Increase Your Faith

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In the Old Testament, sinners made the atonement to God for their sins, but in the New Testament, it is God that makes the atonement for sinners in Romans 5:11.

This is just a quick little Bible study that came to me today via an email question from NTEB’er Jill, who had had a lively discussion with her dad about the wording used by the King James in Romans 5:11. The crux of the conversation centered around why the King James is the only one to use the word ‘atonement’ when all the other version, no exceptions, used the word ‘reconciliation’. In fact, this is the one and only place in the entire New Testament that uses the word ‘atonement’. Certainly, the King James translators must have gotten it wrong if all 250+ other versions disagree. As it turns out yet again, the King James is right, and all the others are predictably wrong. Let’s see why this is.

“And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.” Romans 5:11 (KJB)

The word atonement appears 81 times in the Bible, 80 times in the Old Testament and 1 time in the New Testament. Here’s the breakdown. All 80 places in the Old Testament where ‘atonement’ is mentioned, an atonement is being made, it is being offered. In Romans 5:11, the atonement is being RECEIVED. Huge difference. In the Old Testament, the guilty party is atoning to the offended party, it’s an offering given by sinners to God. In Romans the atonement has been made for us, not by us, the innocent paying a debt He didn’t owe, to us the guilty who have a debt we cannot pay. It’s the exact opposite. What was the atonement in Romans 5:11? It was Jesus Christ Himself! And you want to change that to ‘reconciliation’? Not on my watch, mister.

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24 (KJB)

So Romans 5:11 is MUCH more than a mere reconciliation, we can reconcile lost sinners to Jesus Christ, and in fact we are commanded to. But when we reconcile lost sinners to God by Jesus Christ, we are only able to do that because God has already provided the atonement.

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;” 2 Corinthians 5:18 (KJB)

In the Old Testament, atonement was what the people had to do, in the New Testament, ‘do’ has become ‘done’ and now we are told to receive something, not offer something. Now, I wonder who would want you to not know that? Hmm🤔

What do you lose when you have a modern version that steals your ‘atonement’ and gives you ‘reconciliation’ instead? Why, only one of the greatest doctrines anywhere in the whole Bible, that’s all. The doctrine of God not only making an atonement for sins He did not commit, but God becoming the atonement for those sins He did not commit.

  • OLD TESTAMENT: “Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD.” Leviticus 23:27 (KJB)
  • NEW TESTAMENT: “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10 (KJB)

We are reconciled to God through Jesus Christ by the atonement that was made on the cross at Calvary. God’s blood shed to make a payment, an atonement, for the sin of the whole world. If you take out ‘atonement’ from Romans 5:11, you have done despite to the blood!

“Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” Hebrews 10:29 (KJB)

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The Incredible Events Of The Last Supper In The Upper Room Illustrates Perfectly The Revealing Of The Man Of Sin At The Pretribulation Rapture Of The Church

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At the exact moment Judas goes from being the man of sin to the son of perdition, the scripture sayeth that he immediately goes ‘down and out into darkness’, while the disciples are ‘up in the air’ with Jesus

Many people are puzzled, baffled and otherwise flummoxed when attempting to unravel the end times timeline for the Church given to us prophetically by our apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 in your King James Bible. Over the years, all sorts of crazy interpretations like the falling away is actually the Rapture, the Day of Christ and the Day of the Lord is talking about the same events, and every other type of Laodicean insanity have been put forth to try and make sense of these verses. Of course, you could always just compare scripture with scripture and rightly divide what you read, but that’s too much work, who wants to do that? We do!

“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.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4 (KJB)

Ok, Bible believers, let’s do this by the numbers. Verse 1 is showing you our ‘gathering together unto him‘, when you compare this to 1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 you see clearly this is a reference to the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church. This also defines the term the ‘day of Christ‘ that we see in verse 2 as also being a reference to the Rapture of the Church. Still with me? So far we haven’t done much interpretation, all we have done is compare scripture with scripture. Verse 3, however, is where most Christians throw up their hands and say “we’re not looking for Antichrist!!” and go back to watching cat videos on YouTube. Just what is Paul talking about when he says the ‘man of sin’ will be revealed just prior to the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church? To answer this perplexing (to some) question, the gospel of John has the answer. (Much of John is addressed to the Church Age, see for yourself here.)

He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly. He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.” John 13:26,27,30 (KJB)

If you haven’t read our article entitled ‘Does The King James Bible Reveal The Identity Of The Coming End Times Antichrist?’ you might want to take a moment and go read it before continuing with this article. Ok ready? Let’s proceed.

In John 13, always keep an eye out for the number 13 as it is associated with Antichrist almost as much as 666, we see the last supper in the upper room with Jesus, His disciples, and of course, Judas the betrayer. Up to this point in the three and one half year ministry of Jesus, Judas has distinguished himself as the devil that he always was. In fact, you could quite accurately say that Judas was the ‘man of sin’ from the very beginning. One such ‘highlight’ of this is found in the story of Mary of Bethany in John 12:1-8 where we see Judas, the scripture calls him a lying thief, mocking Mary’s incredible sacrifice of her alabaster box. Judas not only mocks it, he is showing unfiltered contempt for the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus as the passage clearly shows you. Judas was always the ‘man of sin’, he was never a good guy, and in the upper room he gets an dubious ‘promotion’ to becoming the Son of Perdition. Ever ask yourself why Jesus would purposely chose Judas as a disciple? One main reason would have to be so there was a type of the tares mixed in with the wheat, the ‘wolf lying down with the lamb’ from Isaiah 11:6. Get it? Good, now back to the events in the upper room as a type of the Rapture of the Church.

The disciples are all asking Jesus who the betrayer is, and Jesus tells them plainly to watch and see who dips the sop in the dish, because that’s the guy. At the moment Judas takes his sop from the dish (SOP is son of perdition, just coincidentally), Satan enters into him and he becomes the Son of Perdition, a type of Antichrist. But watch what happens next. At the exact moment Judas goes from being the man of sin to the son of perdition, the scripture sayeth that he immediately goes ‘down and out into darkness’. Darkness being a type of the time of Jacob’s trouble and the great tribulation. But where are the disciples? They are up in the air with Jesus Christ in the upper room! (if you’re looking for a sign, this is it!)

This is what Paul is talking about in 2 Thessalonians, when the man of sin is revealed, however that happens, the Church will be safely taken UP in the air to be with Jesus Christ. John shows us this in type, Paul shows us this in prophecy, and one day very soon we will live out those verses when our beautiful Saviour, Jesus of Nazareth, catches us up and away to be with Him forever. So where is the exact moment of the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church? It’s contained in the comma between ‘be revealed‘ and ‘the son of perdition‘ in 2 Thessalonians 2:3. There it is, you’re welcome!

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When you contribute to this fundraising effort, you are helping us to do what the Lord called us to do. The money you send in goes primarily to the overall daily operations of this site. When people ask for Bibles, we send them out at no charge. When people write in and say how much they would like gospel tracts but cannot afford them, we send them a box at no cost to them for either the tracts or the shipping, no matter where they are in the world. Even all the way to South Africa. We even restarted our weekly radio Bible study on Sunday nights again, thanks to your generous donations. All this is possible because YOU pray for us, YOU support us, and YOU give so we can continue growing.

But whatever you do, don’t do nothing. Time is short and we need your help right now. The Lord has given us an open door with a tremendous ‘course’ for us to fulfill that will create an excellent experience at the Judgement Seat of Christ. Please pray for our efforts, and if the Lord leads you to donate, be as generous as possible. The war is REAL, the battle HOT and the time is SHORTTO THE FIGHT!!!

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;” Titus 2:13 (KJB)

“Thank you very much!” – Geoffrey, editor-in-chief, NTEB

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