The answer is really simple, but unfortunately, the majority of churches today out of ignorance are teaching lies. Many churches even teach a secret rapture is the falling away. Because the world is so far from biblical truth the deception will be a cake walk for Satan to pull off. Only the elect will not be deceived when the strong delusion begins.
Let’s start with the strong delusion. God is going to step aside and allow Satan to deceive the whole world and this deception kicks off the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:2 Thessalonians. 2:11-12
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
The verses below are about the coming ‘Man of Sin’ or as the world knows him as the ‘Antichrist’. This ‘Man of Sin’ will be empowered by Satan. God is going to allow Satan his time on earth because the people on earth are ripe for judgment. Earth is full of violence and we have become like the days of Noah and Lot.
His power will be great, but it will not be his own. He will cause terrible destruction and succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men along with the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes, but he shall be broken without hand.Daniel 8-25
It’s very important to notice it says the Antichrist will destroy the mighty men and the holy people by peace. But, only until the real Jesus returns and then the Antichrist will be destroyed.
So, how does the man of sin whom the world knows as the Antichrist pull off destroying the world by peace?
- the man of sin will claim he is Jesus, he is also called the first beast.
- the false prophet who is also called the second beast, will preform miracles and he will deceive the whole world with his sorceries
- The second beast will also inform the world that the man of sin is actually Jesus who was crucified and yet he is alive.
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.Rev. 13:12-14
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.
Jesus gave us foreknowledge these men were coming for the great tribulation
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.Matthew 24:21-26
And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Behold, I have told you before.
Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
Most Christians today, along with the whole world, will believe Jesus has returned. Believing he is in Jerusalem performing miracles and the world will flock to him with open arms.
Even Paul had to send a second letter to the church of Thessalonica correcting them on how Jesus would return. Christians long ago heard a lie and believed it. So Paul sent them a letter explaining step by step how Jesus would return.
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,2 Thessalonians 2:1
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 exalts 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?
Notice how Paul basically said I have already told you before how the real Jesus is coming and you messed it up already? Paul made it crystal clear Jesus was not coming back until ‘the day of Christ” is at hand
The ‘day of Christ’ is the exact term the prophets use to describe the last day of tribulation when Jesus returns: The Day of the Lord
So what is the falling away?
- When the whole world leaves behind what they believe in to follow a false Jesus
- Christians and all other world faiths except the elect will believe and follow the strong delusion
So how does the real Jesus return?
There is only one way to know if the real Jesus has come.
- The dead saints will rise up out of their graves and meet Jesus in the air with their new bodies
- Any Christian still alive at the end of the great tribulation when Jesus returns will instantly change into their new body and will meet Jesus in the air