Matthew 24:8,10 (NIV2011) — 8 All these events are the beginning of birth pains. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other...
This mass apostasy happens because the survivors of Wormwood will struggle with the knowledge that God himself sent Wormwood, purging billions of lives. Maintaining belief in God's goodness (Heb 12:6) is challenging when he looks like a villain, yet your faith depends on it.
This is also warning for today when, even in normal times, in the face of personal challenges, Christians lose their faith and walk from serving God every day. This can be lethal if the end comes while you are cut off from God. I honestly believe we will need God's help to make it to safety.
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