Pop Quiz

Students, are you ready for today’s Pop Quiz in our School for Prophets? Let’s see how well prepared you are and how well you know your Bible.

Okay, here’s the question: “According to God’s Word, who will appear first to receive the adoration, praise and worship of untold millions? Will it be (A) the Antichrist or is it (B) The Christ, the Son of God?” Present two relevant Scripture passages that support your answer.

(This is not a trick question. God’s Word plainly states that in the last days the Antichrist will be revealed and Jesus will return, so who makes their presence known first? Considering the question’s significance, shouldn’t this be covered in “Basic Bible 101”? Still thinking?)

Write down your answer. The odds are 50-50. Is it (A), the Antichrist or (B) Jesus Christ? After we find out who arrives first, we’ll discuss the implications of a wrong answer.

Time’s up.

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Look at 2 Thessalonians 2:1

Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us, saying that the day of the Lord has already come. 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. (2:1-3 NIV) 

Upon close examination, it is clear the first verse offers indisputable proof the Lord’s coming and the rapture occur at the same time.

Next we read that there were deceivers and false prophets in Paul’s day just as there are in our day and the end times (cf. 2 Peter 2:1).

Finally, we see from the context, the man of lawlessness, the man doomed to destruction is referring to the Antichrist.

So, the short answer to our pop quiz is? Any reasonable person would agree it’s (A), the Antichrist. His evilness comes before Jesus’ appearance (Matthew 24:30-31).

From the passage we conclude that two events must precede Jesus’ return. According to Scripture, the rebellion occurs (also known as the apostasy or falling away) and, also happening simultaneously, we have the appearance of the Antichrist. They are pictured in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 and with the opening of the first seal in Revelation 6:1. Years prior to the Second Coming, the man of lawlessness, an impersonator of Jesus, will be greeted by worshipers from all nations (Revelation 13:7).

Want more evidence? Read Daniel 7:24-27, Matthew 24:15-31 also Revelation 13:5-10 and 13:16- 14:1. Perhaps you cited these Scriptures as proof. If so, you did well.

If you answered Jesus before the Antichrist, you have been set up. Which brings us to the implications of believing the lie that the Antichrist follows Christ: Those expecting another order of events will be deceived by false prophets, so there will be a great falling away. As prophesied, brother will betray brother to death and a son his father (cf. Matthew 24:9-11). False christs performing miraculous signs and wonders will easily fool those expecting Jesus, not the Antichrist. Faced with persecution for refusing to worship the deceiver who claims to be God, many will deny Jesus choosing instead to save their lives. All of the Antichrist’s worshipers will earn the Lord’s eternal condemnation (Revelation 13:8). Those are a few of the consequences for being wrong or even unsure about the most basic salvation question in the last days.

Study Bible prophecy. We’ll have another pop quiz later. 

2 Replies to “Pop Quiz

  1. I love the post. The irony is that PTR teachers use these same verses to support their position. It has been said to me by these “authorities” that the Greek word from which we derive apostasy can also mean “taking away.” They then use that phrase to support a Pre-tribulation rapture. The reasoning goes like this: “The 2nd coming of Jesus happens after the church is ‘taken away’ to Heaven.” Their assumption is based on the errant belief the Rapture is separate from the 2nd Coming.

    Understanding the original Koine Greek as well as the Scripture context is vital. As you observed, “Many false teachers were in the early church.” From Acts 17 we learn that the Thessalonians did not verify with the Scriptures to determine if a teaching was true or false. Therefore, they worried needlessly that they had missed Jesus’ return. They were also less noble than the Bereans whose searched the Scriptures (Acts 17:11).

    Paul wrote 2nd Thessalonians to refute that lie. In 2:1 Paul writes “Concerning the coming of our LORD JESUS and our being gathered to him” the apostle was referring to the event of which he wrote in 1st Thessalonians 4:13-17. Most prophecy teachers agree that those verses describe the RAPTURE or CATCHING AWAY of the saints. Thus, when Paul speaks of the Parousia (coming of Jesus) and our being gathered to Him, he is speaking about the gathering of the saints pictured in 1st Thessalonians 4.

    Logic then demands that the idea that the apostasy/rebellion cannot mean “taking away” into Heaven. In fact the Greek word “Parousia” means a “coming followed by a continual and abiding presence” such as Jesus first “Parousia.” Once Jesus returns to this dimension to rescue his people, He is here to stay and initiate the Day of the LORD JUDGMENT. LJ

    1. If there is biased news reporting, biased statistics, or biased polls, why should we not have biased lexicons or Bible dictionaries. Instead of relying on the classic Greek-English Dictionary of New Testament Words and others of that caliber for the accepted definition of “apostasia” in context, the Pre-tribulation Rapture authorities, as you call them, pick the one meaning conceived by one of their own “pseudo-scholar” ideological-mates who alters the definition to fit their false narrative. PTR experts are not to be trusted. If what they say sounds contrived, it probably is. God will not ignore their deception.

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