The Wandering Mind

The Great Apostasy

Posted in Dictionary,Dispensationalism,Mormonism,New Testament by wandren on 4 September 2007

The Great Apostasy is a term “used by some religious groups to allege a general fallen state of traditional Christianity, or especially of Catholicism, magisterial Protestantism and Eastern Orthodoxy, that it is not representative of the faith founded by Jesus and promulgated through his twelve Apostles: in short, that these churches have fallen into apostasy.”

Matthew 24:10-14
At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.


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  1. Glenn Moorcroft said,

    There is a strong case for the prophecy made by the Lord in Matthew 24 being fulfilled at the events surrounding AD70 and the fall of Jerusalem. Google “preterism” or better “partial preterism”.

  2. wandren said,

    Interesting… This must be the name of the theory I heard about a few years ago, in which some people believe that Armageddon is not the name of a future catastrophic event, but rather the name of a battle that occurred at a place called Armageddon; that the revelatory message about Armageddon was indeed prophetic, but that it has already occurred. It seems to me that I watched a television program in which archaeologists excavated the remains of an ancient town named Armageddon.

    According to Wikipedia, Preterism holds that some or all of the biblical prophecies concerning the Last Days (or End Times) refer to events which actually happened in the first century after Christ’s birth. Adherents of Preterism are known as Preterists.

    Partial Preterism places most events of the Book of Revelation as occurring during the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD (and/or the Fall of Rome several centuries later) yet still affirms an orthodox future bodily return of Christ to earth at an unknown day and hour. Partial preterism sees Matthew 24, Matthew 25:31-46, the Book of Daniel and most of the Book of Revelation (besides its last 2 or 3 chapters) as speaking about events no later than the first century AD, and about a coming of Christ in judgement, not the (second, final and bodily) coming of Christ and Last judgement.

    Most (but not all) Partial Preterists also believe the term Last Days refers not to the last days of planet Earth or the last days of humankind, but rather to the last days of the Mosaic covenant which God had exclusively with national Israel until the year AD 70, see also Supersessionism.

  3. Glenn Moorcroft said,

    Hebrews 1 – “God spoke in time past… but in these last days by Son.
    Last days here might be the last days of the old covenant – which was terminated at the cross and finally wound up at the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. Or it could refer to the last days that are entered upon – that is, the now gospel age.

    The Matthew 24 ‘coming’ of Christ can refer to His coming in destruction on the people – which ties in with OT usage of ‘moon to blood, stars falling etc’ – this is descriptive of judgement on Babylon, Assyria, Idumea etc.

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