‘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’ (2 Thess. 2:3)

If you have been told that this word REALLY means ‘catching away’, rather than ‘falling away’, you have been lied to.

1. The Greek word is ‘apostasia’ (you already know what ‘apostasy’ means in English, right?). This word is a compound word (which are common in Greek) and can be broken into two Greek words: ‘apo‘ and ‘stasis‘. ‘Apo’ means: away from. ‘Stasis’ means: standing. FALLING AWAY is the correct translation.  (Hence, Paul telling us to ‘stand fast’ in 1 Cor. 16:13, Gal. 5:1, Phil. 4:1, and 2 Thess. 2:15.)

Lest you doubt me, here are two other confirmations . . .

2. The same Greek word is used in another place in the Bible: Acts 21:21. Here it is translated as ‘forsake’.

‘And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to FORSAKE Moses . . . ‘

IF the word really means ‘catching away’, as some claim, then why is THIS utterly nonsensical?:

‘And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to CATCH AWAY Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.’

FORSAKE is the correct translation.

3. A related word is ‘apostasion‘. This means: divorce.  Again, this reflects the idea of forsaking.

There should be no doubt that ‘apostasia’, in 2 Thessalonians 2:3, is a FALLING AWAY or a FORSAKING of the faith.  Those who say it is proof of a Pretribulation Rapture are engaging in wishful thinking, and are not ‘properly dividing’ the word of God.

 

Related:

https://dontbefooled666.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/the-restrainer/

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