Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.
1 Timothy 4:1-2
We are given many hints in scripture for when we are coming close to the end of time. What I mean by the phrase “end of time” is the time frame when the world as we know it will end. This isn’t supposed to be a scary time for believers. In fact, when Jesus or the other apostles spoke of it; there was almost a giddy excitement attached to their voices. Anyway, back to my point. We are given signs to watch for throughout scripture. We are told to pay attention to Israel, wars, and many other things. One of the most talked about signs in the New Testament is the fact that as we approach the end, there would be a “great falling away.” In other words, there will be people who once appeared to believe in God and His Word that will actually turn away from God and His church and become an enemy to both. Paul explains this event to Timothy in chapter 4 of 1 Timothy. Paul says it like this: the group that will fall away will depart the faith, they will start giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, and they will speak lies in hypocrisy. In my honest opinion, we are at the beginning stage of this as we speak. I see so many that used to be labeled as part of the church that stand in complete opposition to God’s Word and God’s people (the church). This isn’t a time for panic for believers, but it is a time to pay attention. It is a time for great passion and a sense of urgency to rise up within us. It is a time for war, and it is a time for consistency. God has much for us to do, and we need to get really focused on Him in this moment. We need to read, pray, and worship like never before. Let’s not be caught off guard. We see the signs.