2Thes. 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except [b]there come a falling away first[/b], and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
I think this "falling away" Is Gods way of weeding out His Church.
here is an example of weeding...
Act 1:15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, [b](the number of names together were about an [u]hundred and twenty[/u],)[/b]
wasn't there about 500 that Jesus apeared to? what happend to them?
1Corinth. 15:6 After that, he was seen of above [b]five hundred[/b] brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
I think the reason is that, alot of them left because they got discouraged of waiting.
Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, [b]but [u]wait[/u] for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.[/b]
amagine, if you will, about 500 people waiting for the Promise and praying all the while. Six whole days of waiting and praying and nothing happening. But on the seventh day, for the faithful, came the promise.
The question remains, how long are you willing to wait, praying, when "nothing seems to be happening".
As I recall a time when My wife was in much pain, I prayed continualy for a long time and didn't let go until My wife was heald. I could have got discouraged, but I know when God Promises, He is faithful who promised.
Heb 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)