"Let no one in any way deceive you, for it [Jesus' return] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction," (2 Thess. 2:3, NASB) Apostasy is a rebellion against the true God and His truth. In the Old Testament God warned the Jewish people about their idolatry and their lack of trust in Him. In the New Testament the epistles warn us about not falling away from the truth.
The verse at the top of the page tells us that there will be an apostasy that is associated with the appearance of the Antichrist. Even so, the focus of most Christians is on everything but the apostasy that must come first.
For instance, whereas the Western civilized world arose to greatness on the wings of Christian theism, the contemporary West is in rebellion against God. Having rejected the true God, false religions are springing up like toadstools all over the West.
The Baha'i faith and the Federation of Damanhur are but two of the many new 'science-based' religions that have moved into the void left by Christianity's eviction.
The Baha'i faith is particularly influential, is eagerly embraced by the United Nations and other interfaith organizations and is a growing humanist influence on our world. Contender Ministries reports that there are currently 17,148 Local Spiritual Assemblies of the Baha'i faith in the world and 4,515 in the United States alone:
"Members claim a presence in 235 countries and their literature is translated into 700 languages with a total world membership estimated at 5,000,000."
( http://contenderministries.org/bahai.php )
The Baha'i faith presents itself as forward looking, enlightened and in agreement with science. It has joined evolutionary thinking with the idea of highly evolved extraterrestrials on other planets. Its prophet Baha'u'llah (1817-1892) was an ardent believer in evolved extraterrestrials. In his work 'Gleanings' the prophet wrote:
"Know thou that every fixed star hath its own planets, and every planet its own creatures, whose number no man can compute."
In this view, as in evolutionary religions in general, evolution is God, but not the living, personal supernatural God but rather an immanentist, impersonal god-force. The eventual goal of the Baha'i god-force, that is 'evolution,' is planetary unity through the founding of a one-world civilization, culture, and religion.
The Federation Of Damanhur is a commune, sustainable ecovillage, and spiritual community situated in the Piedmont region of northern Italy about 30 miles (50 km) north of the city of Turin. It is located in the foothills of the Alps in the Valchiusella valley, bordering on the Gran Paradiso National Park. The community has its own constitution and currency, the Credito.
Damanhur was founded in 1975 by Oberto Airaudi with around 24 followers, and is named after the Egyptian city of Damanhur which was the site of a temple dedicated to Horus.
The Damahur Federation holds a mix of New Age and neopagan beliefs which like Baha'i agree with evolutionary science. Today it has centers in Europe, America, and Japan where worshippers meditate, that is, open their minds/souls to the god-force.
Oberto and his followers gained fame in 1992 through the disclosure of their secret subterranean underground temple complex, the Temples of Humankind. As with all shamans, Oberto interacts with fallen spirits and has the power of "remote viewing" - the ability to travel in his mind's eye to describe in detail the contents of any building. Oberto said, "My goal was to recreate the temples from my visions."
Today the temple complex is called the Eighth Wonder of the World. It can be seen here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-495538/Eighth-wonder-world-The-stunning-temples-secretly-carved-ground-paranormal-eccentric.html
In our age of apostasy millions of forward-thinking Westerners utterly reject the notion of a transcendent, personal, living God. They mock and ridicule the very idea of a "sky-God" and His timeless truth. Yet these utterly deceived ones do not find it at all strange or irrational to meditate to the god-force in the Temples of Humankind nor to consider revelations delivered by extraterrestrials to be true because they are supposedly scientific.
Apostates are desperately seeking some form of salvation apart from God the Father. But confidence in false hopes of man's own making is the most dangerous form of self-delusion.