Messiah יהושע’s disciples asked him:
“Say to us, when shall this be (the destruction of the temple), and what is the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” ~Matthew 24:3b
SIGN OF HIS COMING AND THE END OF THE AGE…
And יהושע answering, said to them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray. “For many shall come in My Name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they shall lead many astray. ~Matthew 24:4, 5
Interestingly the “MANY” are professing believers in the Messiah and come in His Name, but shall lead many astray.
The Apostle Paul mentioned the same thing in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4:
“As to the coming of our Master יהושע Messiah and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as if the day of יהוה has come. Let no one deceive you in any way, because the falling away is to come first, and the man of lawlessness is to be revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called Elohim or that is worshipped, so that he sits as Elohim in the Dwelling Place of Elohim, showing himself that he is Elohim.”
Let’s focus in on:
“Let no one deceive you in any way, because THE FALLING AWAY IS TO COME FIRST,”
Let’s look closer at “THE FALLING AWAY”:
Strong’s G646 apostasia = forsake, falling away, defection, and apostasy!
What’s Interesting is that Strong’s G646 apostasia is only used twice in the Scriptures and the second usage is quite telling…
So what is the destiny of the MANY apostates, who forsake Moses (Torah), and lead many astray?
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Master, Master,’ shall enter into the reign of the heavens, but he who is doing the desire of My Father in the heavens.“MANY shall say to Me in that day, ‘Master, Master, have we not prophesied in Your Name, and cast out demons in Your Name, and done many mighty works in Your Name?’ “And then I shall declare to them, ‘I never knew you, depart from Me, you who work lawlessness!’