The Greek economic crisis could
cause a chain effect on the entire European banking system. The current
Greek default is 1.6 billion Euros. By comparison, the US overall debt is
18 trillion(!) dollars. Recently, Chinese stocks lost more than one
third of their value over a three week period, despite government efforts
to halt this unprecedented slide. Eventually, all of these economic
problems could push for a unified world credit system.
The "pacifying" approach to militant Islam is encouraging more
terrorist attacks, destruction of Christian churches and communities, and
pressure in the UN to adopt anti-Israel measures. The number of
anti-Semitic incidents in Europe is increasing every year. The removal of
sanctions on Iran is not only an issue of potential nuclear weapons, but
the release of billions of dollars to Islamic radicals, sponsored by the
Many mainstream Christian denominations, both Catholic and Protestant,
are abandoning basic principles of the faith. The logical outcome of
denominations turning away from the faith would be a world-wide ecumenical
unity in which everyone can be in "unity" regardless of what one believes.
True believers will become an unwanted minority in most
The "Falling Away"
This ecumenical, religious, economic and moral decline may be what the
Scriptures refer to as the "falling away":
"For that Day will not come unless there will be first the falling away
and the man of evil is revealed ..." (II Thessalonians 2:3)
Other translations refer to this as the "apostasy" or the "rebellion". This
may also be what Yeshua called "lawlessness" increasing and the hearts of
many growing cold (Matthew 24:12). However, while religious institutions
may turn away from God, there will be a remnant of true faith and love in
every nation. The cumulative remnants of faith around the world will form
the true "Body of Messiah" in the end times.
This will demand a redefinition of everything that is known as the
"Church". If church institutions are ungodly, how can we define the
"true" church? This redefinition of the Church will be a major issue for
all believers, starting even now. The true community of faith is called
"ecclesia" in Greek and "kehila" in Hebrew. What is it? What will it look
like? What will be its characteristics?
Without religious institutions to give a good example of faith, true
believers will have to go back to Scriptures to find a correct
definition. This happens in every reformation movement. The Book of
Acts will become more of a model of ideal communities of faith. The Book of
Revelation will become a handbook of faith in the end times. The
international community of faith will see itself grafted into the nation of
Israel and covenantally connected to the Messianic remnant, according to
Romans 11. Israel and the Church will move toward unity.
There will be a wave of purity, humility and dedication in the light
of worldwide persecution and tribulation. Out of the common spiritual
experience of the remnants of every tribe nation and tongue will emerge a
supernatural and divine unity among true believers, according to John 17.
Leaders of this End Times church will be "organically" connected in loving
relationship, in submission to the Holy Spirit - rather than by
traditional, institutional structures.
In a world filled with moral darkness, this glorious body of people will
shine like light, and millions will be attracted to it (Isaiah 60:1-3).
This article was previously published 10Jul15
on the Revive Israel website