By: Eric Turner
2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 3 LET NO MAN DECIEVE YOU BY ANY MEANS: for that day shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
Paul here instructs us first and foremost to not let any man deceive us about the coming of Yeshua/Jesus. He then explains that he will not return until a “falling away” comes first. What is this “falling away”?
The Greek word is;
Feminine of the same as G647; DEFECTION FROM >>>TRUTH<<< (properly the state), (“apostasy”): – falling away, forsake.
So, what does the Bible define as TRUTH?
Psa 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and THY LAW IS THE TRUTH.
Can we be sure that this “falling away” is a departure or defection from the Torah/Law of YHVH/God? The only other time the Greek word “apostasia” is used in scripture is in Acts 21. Let’s see what it says.
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 (apostasia) MOSES, TELLING THEM NOT TO HAVE THEIR CHILDREN CIRCUMCISED OR TO WALK ACCORDING TO THE CUSTOM. 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 ACCORDANCE TO THE LAW.
The only other time in scripture that the word “apostasia” is used is to describe the FALSE ACCUSATIONS that Paul is teaching people to FORSAKE MOSES and to not circumcise their Children. This matches perfectly what the definition of what “apostasia” means. Earlier, we learned that the definition in the Strong’s concordance is the defection from TRUTH. We learned from King David in the Psalms that the Torah/Law of YHVH/God is the TRUTH. We then see that the word “apostasia” is only used to describe the FALSE ACCUSATIONS that Paul was teaching people to FORSAKE(apostasia) MOSES, I.E. the Torah/Law of YHVH/God, and to describe what we will see before the coming of Yeshua/Jesus. So, can we be even more sure that the defining of this word is correct? Can we be even more sure that those who turn away from the Torah/Law have fallen away, and if they do not repent and return to the Torah/Law, they will NOT enter the Kingdom of Heaven, EVEN IF THEY BELIEVE IN YESHUA/JESUS? Sure we can.
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 >>>LAWLESSNES<<<.’
The Greek word for “lawlessness” here is;
From G459; ILLEGALITY, that is, VIOLATION OF LAW or (generally) wickedness: – iniquity, X transgress (-ion of) the law, unrighteousness.
My dear Brothers and Sisters, the great “falling away” has already occurred, and is getting worse by the day. More and more are turning away from the Torah/Law of YHVH/God, even the Ten Commandments, which would have been considered blasphemy just 20 years ago. The Body of Messiah MUST repent and return to the Torah/Law of YHVH/God if they want to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Believing is NOT ENOUGH, Yakkov/James tells us this, just as the Messiah Yeshua tells us in Mat. 7 as noted above.
Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, IS DEAD, BEING ALONE. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: THE DEVILS ALSO BELIEVE, AND TREMBLE. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father JUSTIFIED BY WORKS, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, AND BY WORKS WAS FAITH MADE PERFECT? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that BY WORKS A MAN IS JUSTIFIED, AND NOT BY FAITH ONLY. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot JUSTIFIED BY WORKS, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, SO FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD ALSO.
Can we be even more sure that this interpretation of the “falling away” is correct? Sure we can, Paul tells us the exact same thing, that a man is JUSTIFIED BY DOING THE LAW. This includes GENTILES according to Paul.
Rom 2:11 For GOD SHOWS NO PARTIALITY. 12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, BUT THE DOERS OF THE LAW WHO WILL BE JUSTIFIED. 14 For when >>>GENTILES<<<, who do not have the law, BY NATURE >>>DO WHAT THE LAW REQUIRES<<<, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 THEY SHOW THAT THE WORK OF THE LAW HAS BEEN WRITTEN ON THEIR HEARTS, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.
Paul explains first that the hearers of the Torah/Law will not be considered righteous before YHVH/God, but the DOERS OF THE LAW WILL BE JUSTIFIED. He then goes on to say that when GENTILES by nature DO WHAT THE LAW REQUIRES, they show that the Torah/Law has been WRITTEN ON THEIR HEARTS. In the New Covenant, in which the Messiah has made with us, the LAW would be WRITTEN ON OUR HEARTS. This means that those who accept this New Covenant will DO WHAT THE LAW REQUIRES.
Jer 31:31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAW WITHIN THEM, AND WRITE IT ON THEIR HEARTS. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Is it a new thing for the Torah/Law to be in our hearts? Has the meaning changed between the Old and New Covenant? ABSOLUTELY NOT!
Deu 30:11 “For THIS COMMANDMENT that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?‘ 14 But the word IS VERY NEAR YOU. It is in your mouth AND IN YOUR HEART, SO THAT YOU MAY DO IT.
Paul quotes these very verses. Ironically, these verses are used by today’s leaders of “Christianity” to say that Paul is teaching us that the Torah/Law no longer applies. Little do they know that Paul is quoting the very Torah/Law that they say is done away with, twisting His words as Peter warns us.
Rom 10:5 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that THE PERSON WHO DOES THE COMMANDMENTS SHALL >>>LIVE<<< BY THEM . 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?'” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 or “‘Who WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?'” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU,IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Here, Paul is quoting the Deut. 30 verses mentioned above. As stated earlier, I said that Peter warned us about twisting Paul’s words. He also says that this leads to “the error of lawless people”. This is exactly how the great “Falling Away” has happened. The words of Paul have been twisted, along with the other scriptures, and it has led to 38,000 “Christian” denominations that teach that the Torah/Law has been done away with, “forsaking Moses” as told in Acts 21 based on FALSE ACCUSATIONS that Paul was teaching people not to circumcise their children and to “forsake Moses”. It was determined by James and the elders that these accusations were FALSE, and that Paul himself walked in observance of the Torah/Law. Let us see what Peter warns us about these people who teach that Paul teaches against the law, the FALSE ACCUSATION that occurred two thousand years ago, and is still to this day being made against Paul.
2Pe 3:15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother PAUL also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, 16 as he does IN ALL HIS LETTERS when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are HARD TO UNDERSTAND, which THE IGNORANT AND UNSTABLE TWIST TO THEIR OWN DESTRUCTION, AS THEY DO THE OTHER SCRIPTURES. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, TAKE CARE THAT YOU ARE NOT CARRIED AWAY BY THE ERROR OF LAWLESS PEOPLE and lose your own stability.
The very same word used here for “lawlessness” in Greek means the same thingas the word used in Mat. 7 when the Messiah says that even them who do many mighty things IN HIS NAME, if they WORK LAWLESSNESS, they will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The Greek word is;
1) one who breaks through the restraint of law and gratifies his lusts
So, what we have learned here is that the great “Falling away” that most “Christians” are looking for has already happened, and little do they know that it is in their own “Churches” that this “falling away” is continuing to occur. Many doctrines of modern “Christian” assemblies teach would have been considered heresy just a couple of decades ago, but even then, the lawlessness was already at work. I call out to all the “Christian” people in the World to REPENT and RETURN to the Torah/Laws of your God, lest you be told, “I never knew you, depart from me, you workers of lawlessness”. Listen to the many warnings we are given in scripture, and DO what YHVH/God has COMMANDED to be done FOR EVER. May the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob open your blind eyes to the TRUTH, the Torah/Law, and let the LIGHT of the LAW shine on you, HaShem Yeshua/In the name of Jesus, Amein Amein.