I have been dealing with the term of ’falling away’ for some time, about which the Word writes in 2Thess 2:3 (King James Version) and which will come before the Day of the Lord - just like the coming of the Antichrist. It is also mentioned as great rebellion by the New Living Translation and the Greek New Testament uses the term ’apostasy’ which means leaving faith.
I quote two articles from a Bible small lexicon (Gecse-Horvath). Apostasy (greek): before the second coming of Jesus Christ, ..., a "great apostasy” occurs, a mass falling away from Christian faith, which entails the worship of Antichrist. In the entry of Antichrist the following can be read: Jesus Christ's great enemy, who will appear as the messenger of Satan in the end-times, who will work wonders by his supernatural power and induce people to commit apostasy. His reign will come to an end by the coming of Christ (Jesus).
In Revelation 18:4, God warns his people with John’s revelation regarding the last times as follows: "Come out of her (Babylon), my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." And let us take a look at 2Cor 6:17-18: "come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters...", which seems to be a rhema confirming the word of Rev 18:4 and which wants to show a running away from the contemporary time-spirit. Is it therefore possible that the one who goes out is not the ’faller-away’, is not the apostate, since he/she just follows the instruction of God hoping for rescue?
Well, who has to fall away, who and where has to be fallen away from, this is a crucial question today.
From whichever side we approach the question of the ’falling away’, either from the perspective of the ’fallers-away’ or the ones from whom the ’falling away’ is realized, we can consider it as a fact during which the separation of two things takes place, which is a consequence, especially if we accept that good and evil exist and they form two different parties.
And here in the end let me ask one more question: is the true Church a part of the great majority (that of ’the great mass’) or is the minority role Her destiny in this world?