The Old Testament says in 47 (!) different places that God would never leave or forsake anyone who was doing His will. Which one of those Scriptures have people believed? If they would have believed even one of them they would have known God did not, because He could not forsake Jesus on the cross.
They make God, who CANNOT lie, a liar in those Scriptures. If they would have believed Him, then they would have asked the real question; not why did God forsake Jesus, but rather, why did Jesus utter those words?
It is impossible for anyone to believe that God did forsake Jesus on the cross and still believe He wouldn’t forsake them, no matter what the reasons they have concocted. Then why did Jesus utter those words? If they would pay attention to what they themselves preach, then they would have known.
They preach that Jesus died for our sins, and true, He did. Since He died for you and me, then He was representing you and me on that cross, you and me, and the whole of humanity, but we were promised He wouldn't forsake anyone doing His will. Then just who thought God had forsaken them? The answer that ties this together is found in 2nd Corinthians 5:21 "For He hath MADE Him TO BE SIN for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.".
The collective sin of you, me, and all of mankind that Jesus momentarily became, that is what cried out on the cross and what God forsook, for God is sinless.
Now if that wasn't enough of a wake up call to believers that you've been duped by people who thought they knew what they were talking about, people who I doubt read the whole Bible front to back more than once...shucks I doubt EVEN once. Take into consideration if you will, what if satan, being the great deceiver that he is, could convince everyone in the world that:
1. Jesus is a liar
2. God contradicts Himself
3. All of His followers are going to be overtaken and rubbed out like a smudge on the earth.
So you, the reader, is repulsed by such an idea? No way could satan ever pull off that trick, especially not on you! Well people, he has done just that.
What does most every Christian believe is down the road in the world, in the not so distant future? The popularity of the "Left Behind" book series is enough to alarm anyone who truly believes everything Jesus said.
Why are we expecting our own obliteration? Why do so many Christians cower in thinking that some man, ( antichrist ) powered by satan or satan incarnate, is going to plant his butt in a chair in the middle-east and wipe out the believers?
But, but, but, but, but, but, but, but....ummm..Didn't Jesus Christ give you all power and authority over satan? Do you mean to tell me satan, with his armies, hordes, and influence, is more powerful than a single Christian uttering the name of the Only Begotten Son of The Most High God? What kind of Jesus do you believe in?
Did you ever read of Daniel in the lion's den? Or Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the furnace? Or how about Elijah with the 700 prophets of Baal, though later he ran from a single woman, which is a perfect example of believers today. King David trusted in God and said "though a thousand may fall at my side and ten-thousand at my right hand, it shall not come near me." What did you think he was talking about? Acorns?
And these were Old Testament examples, how many times do you think Paul or the Apostles faced death or danger? I could quote scriptures all day of everything God said He would do for you, and everything Jesus said YOU would and could do....not one of them speaks of sickness, death, or defeat.
In 2nd Thessalonians 2:3 it says that the ‘man of sin’ sets himself up in the temple of God. Everyone is expecting this antichrist character, but are you so hard of hearing you never heard in 1st Corinthians 3:16 that YOU are the temple of God, for the Spirit of God dwells in you? (also 2nd Cor. 6:16). This man of sin/son of perdition can be no other than the ego, the false self in each of us.
A literal reading of the book of Revelation is riddled with contradictions to what God says in the rest of the Bible. Taken spiritually however, it all fits into place. See the previous section on "Out of Context" and understand that it doesn't just apply to the Old Testament.