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The Great Apostasy (The Apostasy and Restoration Part 4)

The Great Apostasy
(The Apostasy and Restoration Part 4)
By
James Scott Trimm




Prologue: Biblical prophecy is being fulfilled among us.  The long night of the great apostasy is ending and the dawn of the restoration of the ancient sect of Nazarene Judaism is being fulfilled in our very days.  This is a restoration that will reunite the two houses of Israel and a restoration of the Word of YHWH to His people!  Do not just read this series, but share it with others.  In our days YHWH is performing a "marvelous work and a wonder" (Is. 29:14) among us!



1  Now the Spirit plainly says that in the last times some men shall depart from the faith and shall go after deceiving spirits and after teachings of shadim,
2  those who deceive by false appearance and are speaking a lie, and are seared in their conscience,
    (1Timothy 4:1-2)

What does it mean "depart from the faith"?  There is only one true  faith (Eph. 4:5) which was once and for all delivered (Jude 1:3).  In fact that faith is inseparable from Torah:

    Remove the false way from me,
    and graciously grant me your Torah.
    I have chosen the way of faith;
    I have placed your ordinances before me.
    (Psalm 119:29-30)

Now when he was on trial before Pilate Yeshua said:

37  Pilate said to him, Then are you a king?  Yeshua said to him, You have said that I am a king.  I was born for this, and for this I came into the world that I might testify concerning the truth .  Every man who is of the truth hears my voice.
38  Pilate said to him, What is truth?   And after he had said this he went out again to the Judeans and said to them, I do not find even one fault in him.
    (John 18:37-38)

To this Pilate asked the all important question:

    What is truth?
    (John. 18:38)

Let us look back to the Tanak to find the answer to Pilate's question:

    Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
    and your Torah is truth.
    (Psalm 119:142)

    You are near, O YHWH,
    and all your commandments are truth.
    (Psalm 119:151)

This definition explains many phrases in the New Testament:

    "Obey the truth" (Gal. 3:1)

    "But he that does truth..." (Jn. 3:20)

4  I rejoice greatly that I found some of your sons walking in truth,  as we have received commandment from the Father.
    (2Jn. 1:4)

Yeshua came to bear witness of the Torah, those who hear the Torah hear his voice.  This leads us to another important saying from Yeshua:

31  And Yeshua said to those Judeans who trusted in him, If you will remain in my word, you are truly my talmidim.
32  And you will know the truth,  and the truth will set you free.
(John 8:31-32)

Paul, however, speaks of those "who changed the truth of God into a lie" (Rom. 1:25)  Now if Messiah came to bear witness of the truth then what has HaSatan to bear witness to?  The scriptures tell us:

44  You are from your father, the ‘Akel Kartza.  And you want to do the lust of your father, who from the beginning killed men and did not stand in the truth because the truth was not in him.  When he speaks a lie, he speaks from himself because he is a liar, even its father.
    (John 8:44)
 

    ...HaSatan, who deceives the whole world...
    (Rev. 12:9)

When HaSatan speaks a lie, he is merely speaking his native language.  

Now if the Torah is truth, then what is HaSatan's lie?  His lie is that there is not a Torah, that the Torah has been done away with.

Now that we know what these terms "the faith" as opposed to "a lie" mean lets look again at 1Tim. 4:1-2:

1  Now the Spirit plainly says that in the last times some men shall depart from the faith and shall go after deceiving spirits and after teachings of shadim,
2  those who deceive by false appearance and are speaking a lie, and are seared in their conscience,
3  and forbid to marry, and require abstinence from foods which Eloah created for use and for thanksgiving for those who believe and know the truth;
4  because everything which was created by Eloah is good, and there is not a thing which should be rejected, if it is received with thanksgiving,
(1Timothy 4:1-2)

Now we can see that 1Timothy 4:1-2 refers to a departure from the Nazaerene faith of Torah to a new faith which is without the Torah.

Now lets look at 2Timothy 3:1-7:

1  But this know, that in the last days, difficult times will come.
2  And sons of men will be lovers of their nefeshot, and lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, those who are not obedient to their parents, ungrateful, wicked,
3  slanderers, slaves to lust, cruel, haters of good,
4  betrayers, unrestrained, proud, lovers of lusts more than the love of Eloah,
5  those who have the form of the awe of Eloah,  but are far removed from his power.  Those who are thus thrust them out from you.
6  For from them are those who creep from house to house and captivate women who are loaded down with sins and are led away by various lusts,
7  who always are learning and are not ever able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Once again Paul writes to Timothy about a great apostasy, which he associates with a lack of Torah observance by those "Who always are learning and are not ever able to come to the knowledge of the truth".  Remember, the Torah is truth (Ps. 119:142, 151).

A few verses down Paul writes:

3  For the time will come when they will not hear sound teaching, but according to their lusts, they will multiply teachers to their nefeshot with the itching of their hearing,
4  And they will turn their ear from the truth,  and they will turn aside to myths.
(2Tim. 4:3-4)

Once again he associates this great apostasy with a rejection of the Torah.

Kefa also speaks of this last days apostasy as follows:

1  But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive sects, even denying the Adon who redeemed them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.
2  And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth  will be blasphemed.
    (2Kefa 2:1-2)

Then a little further down he writes:

19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
(2Kefa 2:19)

Remember we learned that the Torah is Truth (Ps. 119:142) and that Yeshua said:
    
31  And Yeshua said to those Judeans who trusted in him, If you will remain in my word, you are truly my talmidim.
32  And you will know the truth,  and the truth will set you free.
    (John 8:31-32)

Therefore the Torah brings freedom.  This is completely contrary to what most people have been taught.  The common wisdom is that the Torah is bondage and that "freedom in Christ" means freedom from Torah.   However as we shall see the scriptures teach that exactly the opposite is true.

    The central story of Judaism  is that of the Exodus from Egypt.  The children of Israel were in bondage in Egypt.  Elohim promised to bring them out of bondage and give them freedom.  Upon leading the children of Israel out of Egypt, YHWH led them to Mt. Sinai where he delvered the Torah to them.  Note that the theme of this central story is that God promised freedom from bondage and gave the children of Israel Torah.  Now why would YHWH lead the people out of bondage in Egypt, lead them to Mt. Sinai, and deliver them right back into bondage again?  And why would he at the same time promise them freedom.  God is no liar.  He promised the people freedom and he gave them Torah because the Torah is freedom from bondage.  The Torah is truth (Ps. 119:142) and the truth will make you free (John 8:31-32).

This truth is proclaimed by the Psalmist:

    So shall I keep your Torah continually forever and ever,
    And I will walk in freedom: for I seek your precepts.
    (Psalm 119:44-45)

As well as by Ya'akov HaTzadik (James the Just) who called the Torah "the Torah of freedom" (James 1:25; 2:12).

 
So as we look once again at 2Kefa:

19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
    (2Kefa 2:19)

Two entire books of the New Scriptures, 2Peter and Jude, are dedicated to combating this apostate teaching.  These books warn us of men who will promise "freedom" but turn from the "holy commandment" (the Law) (2Pt. 2:18-21) turning "the grace of our God" into a license to sin (Jude 1:4, 14-18).

Now you may be saying to yourself: "Ok, so Christendom teaches lawlessness, but don't the lawless teachers of 2Peter & Jude go so far as to teach sexual immorality? Surely the lawless teachers of Christendom would never use their "the Law is not for today" teaching to promote sexual immorality." Wrong! Some of Christendom's teachers have already carried the "the Law is not for today" reasoning to its fullest and logical conclusion. In the 1980's a sect of Christendom known as "The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches" published a tract which does just that.  The nameless author of the tract writes:

    Another Scripture verse that is used
    to show that the Bible condemns the gay lifestyle
    is found in the Old Testament Book of Leviticus, 18:22,
    "Thou shalt not lie with a man as thou would with a
           woman." Anyone who is concerned about this prohibition
    should read the whole chapter or the whole Book of Leviticus:
    No pork, no lobster, no shrimp, no oysters, no intercourse
    during the menstrual period, no rare meats, no eating blood,
    no inter-breeding of cattle, and a whole host of other laws,
    including the law to kill all divorced people who remarry.

    As Christians, our law is from Christ. St. Paul
    clearly taught that Christians are no longer under the
    Old Law (for example in Galatians 3:23-24);
    that the Old Law is brought to an end in Christ
    (Romans10:4); and its fulfillment is in love
    (Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 5:14). The New Law
    of Christ is the Law of Love. Neither Jesus, nor Paul,
    nor any of the New Testament Scriptures implies that
    Christians are held to the cultic or ethical laws
    of the Mosaic Law.
    (Homosexuality; What the Bible Does and Does not Say;
    Universal Fellowship press, 1984, p. 3)

These arguments were largely restricted to the MCC in 1984, but today they are infecting major deonominations of Chritianity.  

Thus Christendom's teaching that "the Law is not for today" is already being used to "turn the grace of our God into perversion." (Jude 1:4; see also 2Pt. 2:18-21)

The Scriptures forewarn us about a coming "apostasy":

3  Do not let anyone deceive you in any way, because [it will not come] except an apostasy  should come first and the son of man of sin be revealed, the son of destruction,
    (2Thes. 2:3)

The scriptures abound with prophecies about this great apostasy.  We read in the Tanak:

11  Behold, the days come, says the Adonai YHWH, that I will send a famy in the land, not a famy of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of YHWH.
12  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they shall run to and fro to seek the word of YHWH, and shall not find it.
(Amos 8:11-12)

Now just what is "The Word of YHWH"?  In Isaiah we read:

    ...For the Torah will go out from Zion;
    and the word of YHWH from Jerusalem.
    (Isaiah 2:3)

Thus the "Word of YHWH" would seem to be the Torah.

 
Micah writes:

5  Thus says YHWH concerning the prophets that make my people to err; that cry: 'Peace', when their teeth have any thing to bite; and whoso puts not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him:
6  Therefore it shall be night unto you, that you shall have no vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that you shall not divine; and the sun shall go down upon the prophets, and the day shall be black over them.
7  And the seers shall be put to shame, and the diviners confounded; yes, they shall all cover their upper lips; for there shall be no answer of Elohim.
11  The heads thereof judge for reward, and the cohanim thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money; yet will they lean upon YHWH, and say: 'Is not YHWH in the midst of us? No evil shall come upon us'?
(Micah 3:5-7, 11)    

And Isaiah says:

1  Behold, YHWH makes the earth empty and makes it waste, and turns it upside down, and scatters abroad the inhabitants thereof.
2  And it shall be, as with the people, so with the cohen; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
3  The earth shall be utterly emptied, and clean despoiled; for YHWH has spoken this word.
4  The earth faints and fades away, the world fails and fades away, the lofty people of the earth do fail.
5  The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, violated the statute, broken the everlasting covenant.
6  Therefore has a curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are found guilty; therefore the inhabitants of the earth waste away, and men are left few.
(Is. 24:1-6)

The authors of the "New Testament" also refer to this great apostasy:


11 And many false prophets will arise,
and will lead many astray.
12 And because apostasy will abound,
the love of many will wax cold.
(Mt. 24:11-12 DuTillet Hebrew text)

Do not let anyone deceive you in any way,
because [it will not come] except
an apostasy should come first
and the son of man of Torah-less-ness be revealed,
the son of destruction ,
(2Thes. 2:3)

Now the spirit plainly says that in the last times
some men shall depart from the faith
and shall go after deceiving spirits
and after teachings of shadim,
Those who deceive by false appearance
and are speaking a lie,
and are seared in their conscience,
(1Timothy 4:1-2)

Paul also said to the Ephesians on his last visit to them:

I know that after I am gone fierce wolves will enter in among you without mercy upon the flock.
And also from among you there will rise up men speaking
perverse things, so that they might turn away the talmidim
to follow after them.
(Acts 20:29-30)

Paul seems to indicate that after his death leaders would begin to rise up from the overseers [Bishops] in his stead that would draw people to follow themselves and draw them away from Torah. In fact Paul died in 66 C.E. and the first overseer (Bishop) of Antioch to take office after his death was Ignatius in 98 C.E.. Ignatius fulfilled Paul's words precisely. After taking the office of Bishop over Antioch Ignatius sent out a series of epistles to other assemblies. His letters to the Ephesians, Magnesians, Trallianns, Romans, Philadelphians and Smyrnaeans as well as a personal letter to Polycarp overseer of Smyrnaea have survived to us.

The Ancient Nazarene Historian and commentator Hegesippus (c. 180 CE) writes of the time immediately following the death of Shim'on, who succeeded Ya'akov HaTzadik as Nasi of the Nazarene Sanhedrin and who died in 98 CE:

Up to that period (98 CE) the Assembly had remained like a virgin pure and uncorrupted: for, if there were any persons who were disposed to tamper with the wholesome rule of the proclaiming of salvation, they still lurked in some dark place of concealment or other. But, when the sacred band of Emissaries had in various ways closed their lives, and that generation of men to whom it had been vouchsafed to listen to the inspired Wisdom with their own ears had passed away, then did the confederacy of godless error take its rise through the treachery of false teachers, who, seeing that none of the emissaries any longer survived, at length attempted with bare and uplifted head to oppose the proclaiming of the truth by proclaiming "knowledge falsely so called."
(Hegesippus the Nazarene; c. 185 CE; quoted by Eusebius in Eccl. Hist. 3:32)

Hegisippus indicates the apostasy began the very same year that Ignatious became bishop of Antioch!

By the end of the first century Ignatius of Antioch had fulfilled Paul's warning. He seceded from Judaism and founded a new religion which he called "Christianity". A religion which rejected the Torah, and replaced the Seventh Day Sabbath with Sunday Worship. (As detailed in Part 3)

Now Paul's prophecy was being fulfilled. Gentile leaders were causing men to follow after themselves and drawing people away from Torah, and it was springing forth from the first Gentile assembly. The result was the birth of a new Gentile religion that had effectively rebelled against Torah based Judaism, a religion known as “Christianity”.

Thus the Ancient Nazarene Historian and commentator Hegesippus (c. 180 CE) writes of the time immediately following the death of Shim'on, who succeeded Ya'akov HaTzadik (James the Just) as Nasi of the Nazarene Sanhedrin and who died in 98 CE:

Up to that period (98 CE) the Assembly had remained like a virgin pure and uncorrupted: for, if there were any persons who were disposed to tamper with the wholesome rule of the preaching of salvation, they still lurked in some dark place of concealment or other. But, when the sacred band of Emissaries had in various ways closed their lives, and that generation of men to whom it had been vouchsafed to listen to the Godlike Wisdom with their own ears had passed away, then did the confederacy of godless error take its rise through the treachery of false teachers, who, seeing that none of the apostles any longer survived, at length attempted with bare and uplifted head to oppose the preaching of the truth by preaching "knowledge falsely so called."
(Hegesippus the Nazarene; c. 185 CE  Eusebius; Eccl. Hist.3:32)

Hegesippus indicates the apostasy began the very same year that Ignatious became bishop of Antioch!



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Comment by Lars on February 6, 2016 at 6:50pm

Quote: "...why would YHWH lead the people out of bondage in Egypt, lead them to Mt. Sinai, and deliver them right back into bondage again?  And why would he at the same time promise them freedom.  God is no liar.  He promised the people freedom and he gave them Torah because the Torah is freedom from bondage."

Such a strong argument James.

Personally I am still working on finding the right perspective so I can get a clear distinction between Tora practice and "legalism". At the moment I find it difficult not going into some kind of neurotic thought patterns when I see that I am not able to follow through. I guess this is where the problem lies for many "Christians", they can't distinguish between Tora and "legalism". So perceiving Tora as freedom becomes impossible. I am here disregarding the paradox with all kinds of crazy "legalism" being practiced in different "Christian" movements causing both exodus and nervous breakdowns.

I am aware that Love is an important guide here. Thinking Love sets free, and ego/control systems imprisons both one self and others.

It would have been great if you did a post on this. Like "freedom in Tora vs. "legalism".

Last I would like to thank you again James for your ability to bring the Scripture down to earth with sound logic and unknown history and facts. I have never encountered anyone else who has been "knitting" things together the way you do. Appreciate it big time.

Love from Europe :)

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