By:Eric Turner Faith, Grace, and Torah
As we walk in this Faith we proclaim, one of the first things we run into is a topic that many, even still today within the Faith, completely misunderstand. One of the things that occur just prior to the return of our Messiah is the great rebellion, when Satan will lead one last final assault against YHVH and His People. This is not just a spiritual deception, no, this is an assault against the Kingdom of YHVH and the raping of the Bride of Yeshua. For many, this seems to be a basic and elementary precept, but nothing could be further from the Truth. The Apostle Paul calls it a mystery, and a mystery means there is a hidden element to it. The Apostle Paul calls this the mystery of lawlessness.
2Th 2:1 Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. FOR THAT DAY WILL NOT COME, unless >THE REBELLION< comes FIRST, and the man of LAWLESSNESS is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? 6 And you know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. 7 For the >MYSTERY< of LAWLESSNESS is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. 8 And then the LAWLESS ONE will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. 9 The coming of the LAWLESS ONE is by the activity of Satan with all power and FALSE SIGNS AND WONDERS, 10 and with all wicked DECEPTION for those who are perishing, because they REFUSED TO LOVE THE TRUTH and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a STRONG DELUSION, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who DID NOT BELIEVE THE TRUTH but had pleasure in UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.
Before we get into defining the words in these verses, I would like to say this will be lengthy, thorough, and deep, so please forgive me for such a long read, but this is one of the most important works I believe I have ever done, because this will expose many of the faulty precepts and theologies that keep YHVH’s People from the blessings and from the protection of YHVH. Most do not understand that sin gives Satan a legal right to torment us. Satan is YHVH’s agent of torment he uses to bring us into subjection to Him, and to teach us important lessons during our walk. He is the “electrical socket” we as children must stick our finger in to find out that the socket is dangerous and causes only pain, and if we continue to place our fingers in this socket, it could cause death both physically and spiritually. We tell our children don’t touch the socket but they continue anyway, and eventually, they get shocked. This is the way we learn by the chastisement of YHVH through the accuser HaSatan. So, let us get into defining these highlighted words beginning with rebellion. We will use both Biblical Dictionaries as well as other verses throughout the scriptures to define these words so that we will not read into these verses something that is not there. One last thing before we go on to defining the words is that Satan works through deception. He is not as easy to spot as many would like to think and he works in secrecy and darkness to accomplish His goals and even uses the Word of God to twist the scriptures into deceiving us into accepting quite damnable heresies as Truth. We must be diligent and not be lazy in our discernment process. On to the first word.
1) a falling away, defection, apostasy
Part of Speech: noun feminine
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: feminine of the same as G647
Citing in TDNT: 1:513, 88
As you can see, this word in the dictionaries is not exactly defined, so we will use the scriptures to interpret themselves in this case. Now, we all know that any Truth must be established on the testimony of two witnesses, so we must find a witness to what this word truly means considering there is a mystery involved here. The good thing is this word “apostasia” is only used twice in all of scripture.
Total KJV Occurrences: 3
So, we see the only other time this word is used is in Acts 21:21, so let us go see what this word means in the context of Acts 21:21. As Paul is meeting with the elders at Jerusalem, we see that there is an accusation that he is teaching against Moses. Let us see what the outcome and definition of “apostasia” is.
Act 21:18 On the following day Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were present. 19 After greeting them, he related one by one the things that God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. 20 And when they heard it, they glorified God. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many thousands there are among the Jews of those who have believed. They are all zealous for the law, 21 and they have been told about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake(apsotasia) Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or walk according to our customs. 22 What then is to be done? They will certainly hear that you have come. 23 Do therefore what we tell you. We have four men who are under a vow; 24 take these men and purify yourself along with them and pay their expenses, so that they may shave their heads. Thus all will know that there is nothing in what they have been told about you, but that you yourself also live in observance of the law.
This is the only other time that the word “apostasia” is used in the Greek New Testament verses, so, what we will do for the sake of making sure that turning away from Moses is the very definition of this word, we will go back in the Greek LXX Old Testament and see how they use this word “apostasia”. This word is used three times in the Greek Old Testament.
Total LXX Occurrences: 3
Jos_22:22, 2Ch_29:19, Jer_2:19
In the context of all three of these scriptures we see that the word “apostasia” is speaking of transgression against the law of YHVH.
Jos 22:22 God even God is the Lord, and God even God himself knows, and Israel he shall know; if we have transgressed before the Lord by apostasy(apostasia), let him not deliver us this day. 23 And if we have built to ourselves an altar, so as to apostasize(turn away) from the Lord our God, so as to offer upon it a sacrifice of whole-burnt-offerings, so as to offer upon it a sacrifice of peace-offering, — the Lord shall require it.
2Ch 29:19 and all the vessels which king Achaz polluted in his reign, in his apostasy(apostasia), we have prepared and purified: behold, they are before the altar of the Lord.
In the Hebrew version and in the English versions of this passage, the word is transgression.
2Ch 29:19 Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we prepared and sanctified, and, behold, they are before the altar of the LORD.
The Hebrew word is “ma’al” and it means sin, literally.
From H4608; treachery, that is, sin: – falsehood, grievously, sore, transgression, trespass, X very.
The next verse in where the word “apostasia” is used, we find the exact same thing.
Jer 2:18 And now what hast thou to do with the way of Egypt, to drink the water of Geon? and what hast thou to do with the way of the Assyrians, to drink the water of rivers? 19 Thine apostasy(apostasia) shall correct thee, and thy wickedness shall reprove thee: know then, and see, that thy forsaking me has been bitter to thee, saith the Lord thy God; and I have taken no pleasure in thee, saith the Lord thy God.
In the KJV, the word is “wickedness”
Jer 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
So, we see a common theme throughout all the times in both the Old and New Testaments that this Greek word “apostasia” means to transgress, sin, or turn away from the Torah, the laws of YHVH. Every time this word is used, it is ALWAYS talking about sin, or transgression against YHVH, so in the verses in 2 Thes. 2 the word rebellion(apostasia) means a rebellion against the laws of YHVH as well. Now, let us define the second word in these 2 Thesolonian scriptures, the word “lawlessness”.
The Greek word used is “anomia”. A, being a negative participle, meaning without, and nomia being a subject noun, meaning law.
1) the condition of without law
1a) because ignorant of it
1b) because of violating it
2) contempt and violation of law, iniquity, wickedness
Part of Speech: noun feminine
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G459
Citing in TDNT: 4:1085, 646
This word is translated in different English versions as iniquity, lawlessness, and wickedness. The word “anomia” means without law or without the Torah, without Moses, so in the context of these verses in 2 Thes., we see a constant theme of people rejecting the laws of God if read in it’s original Languages and context, and the theme carries the same without changing all throughout both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Now that we have defined these words, and found out what this rebellion is, let us look at some examples of scriptures describing this concept, because the theme literally never changes all throughout scripture. Rebellion means the same thing all throughout the Bible.
There are three types of sin, and the only one we will be discussing today is the sin of Pesha, a direct and high handed rebellion against YHVH with intent on being in a direct defiance of YHVH. Here are the three types of sin.
Pesha (deliberate sin; in modern Hebrew: crime) or Mered (lit.: rebellion) – An intentional sin; an action committed in deliberate defiance of God; (Strong’s Concordance :H6588 (פשע pesha’, peh’shah). According to Strong it comes from the root (:H6586); rebellion, transgression, trespass.
Avon (lit.: iniquity) – This is a sin of lust or uncontrollable emotion. It is a sin done knowingly, but not done to defy God; (Strong’s Concordance :H5771 (avon, aw-vone). According to Strong it comes from the root (:H5753); meaning perversity, moral evil:–fault, iniquity, mischief.
Cheit – This is an unintentional sin, crime or fault. (Strong’s Concordance :H2399 (חַטָּא chate). According to Strong it comes from the root khaw-taw (:H2398, H2403) meaning “to miss, to err from the mark (speaking of an archer), to sin, to stumble.”
Deu 13:1 “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. For the LORD your God is testing you, to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after the LORD your God and fear him and keep his commandments and obey his voice, and you shall serve him and hold fast to him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has TAUGHT REBELLION against the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you out of the house of slavery, to make you leave the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.
We see here that this theme of giving False signs and wonders is the same theme of the Satan led rebellion we saw in the 2 Thes. Scriptures. This particular set of scriptures is the base set of scriptures of testing a Prophet of YHVH, to see if he is truly a Prophet, and notice what it says in verse 3, it says that YHVH is TESTING YOU, to see if you love Him with all your heart and soul. We at FGT have done plenty of teachings on how to discern false Prophets, and on who these False Prophets are in today’s World, so please see the teaching “Discerning False Prophets”. On to more about examples of rebellion.
Jos 22:16 “Thus says the whole congregation of the LORD, ‘What is this breach of faith that you have committed against the God of Israel in turning away this day from following the LORD by building yourselves an altar this day in rebellion against the LORD? 17 Have we not had enough of the sin at Peor from which even yet we have not cleansed ourselves, and for which there came a plague upon the congregation of the LORD, 18 that you too must turn away this day from following the LORD? And if you too REBEL against the LORD today then tomorrow he will be angry with the whole congregation of Israel. 19 But now, if the land of your possession is unclean, pass over into the LORD’s land where the LORD’s tabernacle stands, and take for yourselves a possession among us. Only do not rebel against the LORD or make us as rebels by building for yourselves an altar other than the altar of the LORD our God.
1Sa 15:22 And Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has also rejected you from being king.”
1Ki 12:17 But Rehoboam reigned over the people of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah. 18 Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was taskmaster over the forced labor, and all Israel stoned him to death with stones. And King Rehoboam hurried to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem. 19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day.
Now, on these verses here in 1 Kings, we see that Israel had been in rebellion against the House of David. In the context of this civil war between the House of Israel and the House of David and Judah, the whole argument was started over where the place of worship was to be, where YHVH would build His House. After the Kingdom was split into Two Houses, consisting of the House of Israel, consisting of Ten Tribes, and the House of Judah consisting of Two Tribes, we see in the context of 1 Kings and 2 Kings that the House of Israel’s rebellion was changing and turning away from the way YHVH had commanded them to Worship Him, changing the times of Worship and adding Pagan customs of the Nation in with the worship of YHVH.
1Ki 12:28 So the king took counsel and made two calves of gold. And he said to the people, “You have gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Behold your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.” 29 And he set one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. 30 Then this thing became a sin, for the people went as far as Dan to be before one. 31 He also made temples on high places and appointed priests from among all the people, who were not of the Levites. 32 And Jeroboam appointed a feast on the fifteenth day of the eighth month like the feast that was in Judah, and he offered sacrifices on the altar. So he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he made. And he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places that he had made. 33 He went up to the altar that he had made in Bethel on the fifteenth day in the eighth month, in the month that he had devised from his own heart. And he instituted a feast for the people of Israel and went up to the altar to make offerings.
This is a historical example of the rebellion that is spoken of in the 2 Thes. verses. What I want to say is I am not talking to the leaders of Israel at this moment, because I have been shouting this same stuff to them for three years now and the leaders of Israel, the Pastors of the Churches, the Priests of the Churches, the Bishops, Shepherds, Apostles, or whatever title they wish to give themselves, and they have not listened but they have rejected the Words of YHVH in open rebellion, so I am now speaking to my Brothers and Sisters who may still be under the spiritual care of these False Prophets in whom the God of our Fathers, YHVH, has sent to test us, to see if we love YHVH with all our heart and soul. I am speaking to the Lost Sheep who are still sitting in the Churches who are teaching this rebellion against YHVH. Most of you are awaiting a future rebellion against Jesus, but I am here to tell you out of love that this rebellion has already occurred on a very large scale, and we are now coming to a point to where the rebellion is coming to a peak. Honestly look at these verses and definitions I am giving you, and look at the examples of rebellion we are already seeing in these scriptures, and tell me with honesty that it has not yet occurred. The Mainstream versions of Christianity in their 38,000 forms have done all of these same things that the ancient House of Israel did. They have forsaken Moses, they have changed the commanded times of worship, they have built Temples as High Places and idols sit within almost every one of them. Look at this with a truthful and honest heart and tell me we have not rebelled against YHVH already. On to more examples of rebellion in scripture.
Pro 17:10 A rebuke goes deeper into a man of understanding than a hundred blows into a fool. 11 An evil man seeks only rebellion, and a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
Jer 28:1 In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, Hananiah the son of Azzur, the prophet from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the LORD, in the presence of the priests and all the people, saying, 2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: I have broken the yoke of the king of Babylon. 3 Within two years I will bring back to this place all the vessels of the LORD’s house, which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took away from this place and carried to Babylon. 4 I will also bring back to this place Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the exiles from Judah who went to Babylon, declares the LORD, for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon.” 5 Then the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Hananiah the prophet in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the LORD, 6 and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the LORD do so; may the LORD make the words that you have prophesied come true, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the LORD, and all the exiles. 7 Yet hear now this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8 The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9 As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes to pass, then it will be known that the LORD has truly sent the prophet.” 10 Then the prophet Hananiah took the yoke-bars from the neck of Jeremiah the prophet and broke them. 11 And Hananiah spoke in the presence of all the people, saying, “Thus says the LORD: Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the neck of all the nations within two years.” But Jeremiah the prophet went his way. 12 Sometime after the prophet Hananiah had broken the yoke-bars from off the neck of Jeremiah the prophet, the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah: 13 “Go, tell Hananiah, ‘Thus says the LORD: You have broken wooden bars, but you have made in their place bars of iron. 14 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: I have put upon the neck of all these nations an iron yoke to serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and they shall serve him, for I have given to him even the beasts of the field.'” 15 And Jeremiah the prophet said to the prophet Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah, the LORD has not sent you, and you have made this people TRUST IN A LIE. 16 Therefore thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, I will remove you from the face of the earth. This year you shall die, because you have uttered REBELLION against the LORD.'” 17 In that same year, in the seventh month, the prophet Hananiah died.
In this particular account, the Prophet Hannaniah had given a false prophecy, one that was a message of hope, one that any man would want to hear, but one that was A LIE. YHVH then sent Jeremiah to deliver the Truth to the Prophet, and the Prophet was dead within the year because he had taught rebellion by telling the people what they wanted to hear instead of what the Truth was, he spoke in the name of YHVH and YHVH had not spoken. Soothsayers and the “greasy Grace” of Mainstream Christianity have done the same thing, they tell you what you want to hear so you will keep coming back for more, and you, YES YOU, O’ House of Israel listen to them and swallow their lies hook, line, and sinker, and as soon as a real gifted person declares repentance or coming judgment, you tell them they do not love, or that we are not to judge, or that we have no right to rebuke. You have become so soft that as soon as a man tells you the Truth he has now become your enemy!
Gal 4:16 Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?
On to more examples of rebellion.
Heb 3:7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says, “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, on the day of testing in the wilderness, 9 where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years. 10 Therefore I was provoked with that generation, and said, ‘They always go astray in their heart; they have not known my ways.’ 11 As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest.'” 12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief. Heb 4:1 Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. 2 For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, as he has said, “As I swore in my wrath, ‘They shall not enter my rest,'” although his works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For he has somewhere spoken of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all his works.” 5 And again in this passage he said, “They shall not enter my rest.” 6 Since therefore it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the good news failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 again he appoints a certain day, “Today,” saying through David so long afterward, in the words already quoted, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, would God not have spoken of another day later on. 9 So then, there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God, 10 for whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his. 11 Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of DISOBEDIENCE.
Brothers and Sisters, this example of rebellion was all about the Israelites who rebelled in the wilderness by forsaking the Sabbaths, in rebellion against Moses as stated yet again. Do we need to further continue all the examples? Is Mainstream Christianity not doing ALL of the same things the ancient House of Israel were chastised and destroyed for? Are we to assume that the same judgments that came to them will not come to us because not Yeshua/Jesus has come? The last part of defining and explaining the concept of the rebellion requires what Paul calls the MYSTERY of Lawlessness to be understood. We must define the word mystery, and then we will discuss how this has taken place.
1) hidden thing, secret, mystery
1a) generally mysteries, religious secrets, confided only to the initiated and not to ordinary mortals
1b) a hidden or secret thing, not obvious to the understanding
1c) a hidden purpose or counsel
1c1) secret will
1c1a) of men
1c1b) of God: the secret counsels which govern God in dealing with the righteous, which are hidden from ungodly and wicked men but plain to the godly
2) in rabbinic writings, it denotes the mystic or hidden sense
2a) of an OT saying
2b) of an image or form seen in a vision
2c) of a dream
Part of Speech: noun neuter
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from a derivative of muo (to shut the mouth)
Citing in TDNT: 4:802, 615
The Word mystery means exactly what it says, it is a hidden agenda of Satan, the hidden lawlessness doctrines that we hear preached from the Pulpits of all the High Places across the World. If it was easy to spot, it would not be a mystery. Satan works in the dark, and he works in places unseen in order to deceive, which also was a portion of the 2 Thes. verses. He works through deception. He uses his own ministers and guess what? They appear as Ministers of RIGHTEOUSNESS, which is defined as keeping the Torah/Law in Deut. 6:25. These Ministers and False Prophets can indeed teach people to observe Torah, but they themselves will not do so. The Pharisees taught people to observe Moses, yet they did not practice what they preached and Yeshua called them Sons of the Devil. They work in the name of Jesus, they work in the name of YHVH, and they look and appear righteous on the ouside and are usually very swell guys, but we are told to not judge by sight, but judge by righteous judgment, according to the Word.
Joh 7:24 Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.”
2Co 11:13 For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
Luk 6:26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
Again, False Prophets are usually highly respected and pretty swell guys. I will not teach on these men, we have a link for that already in this teaching, but I want to mention some of the reasons we have ended up in the situation we are in as a Body of Messiah, where every man is doing what is right in His own mind, just as they did in the rebellion. There are certain “pet doctrines” within mainstream Christianity that keep the people of YHVH blinded to the Truth of the scriptures, and I will discuss a few of them here, but first, I want to tell you how to stop being deceived and to stop having to rely on men to teach you the Truth, you must simply judge righteously according to scripture. Be a good Berean, and test everything to see if what these Pastors, Priests, Preachers, or Rabbis are teaching, to see if they are indeed Truth.
Act 17:10 The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. 12 Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.
If the Apostle Paul is humbled enough to be tested, no leader of Israel should think Himself above testing, nor should he consider himself above reproach. If your Pastor is not willing to be asked the tough questions I will tell you right now run and run fast, and then start the process of warning the people because when a man takes an unbiblical position of authority for himself what you will always get is traditions of men and not the Truth of YHVH. NO MAN IS ABOVE BEING TESTED AGAINST THE WORD OF YHVH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Some of the “pet doctrines” that keep our people blinded are the “once saved always saved doctrine”, the “predestination doctrine”, the “The Church replaced Israel doctrine”, and several others. I would like to discuss the “once saved always saved” doctrine first. This dangerous doctrine does one thing only, but the one thing it does is so damaging I am shocked that so many listen to it. We have all heard the Pastors after every sermon call people down to say the “sinner’s Prayer” every SUN-day, and tell people over and over again that if they simply accept Jesus into their heart, they will be saved for ever. Let us test this doctrine, because this one does the one thing it is designed to do very well, it teaches YHVH’s people that sin is ok, that we can now be lazy and believe we are going to “Go to Heaven” no matter what now that we have accepted Jesus in our hearts. This is the biggest lie a man could preach, and may everyone who preaches it have his eyes opened to the Truth, HaShem Yeshua Amein!
Mat 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
Well this scripture pretty much handles the “once saved always saved” idea, as well as not obeying the laws of YHVH. Let us look at more though, just to make sure, again, all Truth must be established on the testimony of two witnesses.
Heb 3:12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.
In order to fall away from YHVH, you must first be walking with him, so this scripture as well gives witness that one can indeed fall away, but what exactly are the consequences of falling away?
Heb 6:4 For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. 7 For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. 8 But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.
This says that there are indeed them who have been enlightened and even tasted of the Heavenly Gift, that will fall away and bring contempt on themselves and the end of them is to be burned. It says it is impossible to bring these people back into repentance once they have fallen away, because they would have to sacrifice Yeshua/Jesus all over again putting him to an open shame, this surely does not sound like a man once he has received the Holy Spirit can never fall away into perdition to me, it sounds like a warning to ensure it does not happen to us. Just in these few verses, we have shattered the faulty foundations of “once saved always saved”. The advocates of this doctrine when this is pointed out will reply, “ if a man rejects Jesus after he says he has been saved, he never was truly saved”. So, let me ask you a question for this reply. Can a man receive the Holy Spirit of YHVH without being “saved”? These scriptures say that after a man receives the HEAVENLY GIFT, the Holy Spirit, the FREE GIFT of Salvation, that if he falls away in rebellion he cannot be redeemed and is destined to be burned, so the idea that one who leaves the Faith was never “truly saved” is what I like to call non-sense. A man cannot receive the Spirit of God without TRULY repenting and accepting the Messiah Yeshua/Jesus as their Savior.
Another one people will use is the scriptures that say no one can take you ot of the Father’s hand(The Messiah).
Joh 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
I agree with this verse completely, what I do not agree with is the normal usage of this verse. To use this verse in the context of once you have been called, chosen, and anointed with the Holy Spirit, that you can’t remove YOURSELF from the Father’s Hand is in error. It says NO ONE can snatch you out of the Father’s Hand(Yeshua), but this is not saying that you cannot remove yourself. You see, our Father is a wonderful and mighty Father. He loves us and cares for His Children and only wants what is best for us, but he does indeed give us free will. He gives us the ability to choose between life and death, blessing or curse, and he is so loving, he even had men write down His instructions to us with all His statutes and judgments for us to follow and the judgments that come when we disobey Him. He is so loving he gave us His only Son as a Sacrifice to redeem us into Covenant as Adopted sons. If we are called, chosen, and anointed with the Holy Spirit and CHOOSE to rebel, we will receive nothing but judgment and are destined to be burned.
Deu 30:15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the LORD your God that I command you today, by loving the LORD your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore CHOOSE LIFE that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the LORD your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
2Pe 2:19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 20 For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, THE LAST STATE OF THEM HAS BECOME WORSE THAN THE FIRST. 21 For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. 22 What the true proverb says has happened to them: “The dog returns to its own vomit, and the sow, after washing herself, returns to wallow in the mire.”
The argument I get when this is brought to someone’s attention is that the Messiah’s blood covers their sin, but is this Truth? Does the Messiah’s blood cover willful and rebellious sin? Does his blood cover the sin when a man knows he is doing wrong but openly rebels and does what is not right in the sight of YHVH? Let us ask the scriptures.
Heb 10:26 For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28 Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
So, the Messiah’s Blood does NOT cover nor atone for willful and rebellious sin, and a man once enlightened, called, chosen, and anointed with the Holy Spirit who at the end turns away from His righteousness, none of his righteousness shall be counted for him.
Eze 18:20 The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer for the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. 21 “But if a wicked person turns away from all his sins that he has committed and keeps all my statutes and does what is just and right, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 22 None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. 23 Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? 24 But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die. 25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 26 When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. 27 Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. 28 Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin.
We see here that even if you live an entire lifetime of righteousness, but in the end turn from it, or rebel, then none of your righteousness will be counted for you and you will die along with the wicked. You indeed can be called, chosen, anointed with the Holy Spirit, and then cause YOURSELF the second death by rejecting the Messiah or openly rebelling after you have been redeemed, saved, or whatever you wish to call it. My view of Salvation is not as the standard, I view it as a process. You attain Salvation as a free gift, just as the Israelites did in Egypt, they were saved by Grace and the Blood of the Lamb, but they were AFTERWARDS given a set of instructions to live by that we call the Covenant. This is SANCTIFICATION, the setting apart of YHVH’s Bride. Yes, we live in a New Covenant, with a new Mediator, but the instructions are the same. We are warned by both Paul and Jude to not be destroyed AFTER we are saved because of rebellion and they both used the Israelites who perished in the wilderness after they were SAVED from Egypt for rebellion as an example for us to look at.
Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having SAVED the people out of the land of Egypt, AFTERWARD destroyed them that believed not.
1Co 10:1 For I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” 8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9 We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10 nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 11 Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
Predestination is another “pet doctrine” that men use to deceive God’s People into falsely assuring them a guaranteed pass straight into the Kingdom of YHVH and making His people lazy in their command to seek him and His truth. This doctrine is an in depth teaching in itself, so I will be writing a part 2 of this in the near future to explain predestination from the BIBLICAL context and also a few other “pet doctrines” that keep our people immersed in sin. The very last thing I want to do is define sin, so that there is no question for anyone that the words I presented here are Truth.
1Jn 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
I plea with my People, stop the rebellion and repent, and submit to the Torah/Laws of YHVH. Worship the Father in Spirit, and in Truth. Let us drop these foolish traditions of men and return back to the Way. Let us return back to the instructions of our Heavenly Father, and let us serve the Messiah, our High Priest as good, faithful, and humbled servants, not showing partiality with one another, but speaking the Truth in Love and helping our Brothers and Sisters who are still caught up in their ignorance. I pray that those who receive this message be comforted to know that our Father gave us specific instructions so that we may not be deceived and sent His only Son to show us how to walk in His Father’s law as an example to us, and then died to redeem us into Covenant to be prepared as a Bride acceptable and Holy to Yeshua our Bride-groome, may it be so, HaShem Yeshua.
For them who wish to continue in the rebellion and refuse to love your Brothers and correct them I say woe to you, because if a watchman does not sound the alarm, and the people are not warned, the blood of the ignorant will be upon your hands. I pray you receive this with humility, may it be so, HaShem Yeshua!