What is an apostate?
“A person who renounces a religious or political belief or principle.”
What is apostasy?
“The transferring of ones’ beliefs from one entity to another”.
We have seen, in chapter 30, how the Israelites' rejected our Father and His offer of protection. And they weren’t shy or timid about it; they told the prophet Isaiah to tell our Father to leave them alone, go away, and they would seek protection from Egypt.
As we approach the end of this Generation of the Fig tree, the final five months will see a condition of apostasy on a world-wide scale. Satan will appear in Jerusalem as the false or fake messiah and pretty much convince the world that he is the true Messiah.
This apostasy will involve the transfer of a belief in one entity to another. Those that love the Lord will, indeed, believe that Satan/Antichrist is actually the true Jesus Christ because he will act and speak exactly as we would expect the true Messiah to act and speak.
St. Paul explains it to us in very clear terms that this MUST be something that will happen before the true Christ returns to us:
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive 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;
This falling away IS the apostasy.
Don't be misled by the word man, as so many others have been. Remember, you cannot take every English word in the King James Bible literally. The use of it here is generic as man, in some cases, representing both men and women. it's the context of the usage that determines the meaning:
✡ Man--NT:444 anthropos (anth'-ro-pos); from NT:435 and ops (the countenance; from NT:3700); man-faced, i.e. a human being:
It's Satan/Antichrist LOOKING EXACTLY LIKE CHRIST, man-faced.
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:4 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.
Ref: 2nd Thessalonians 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? KJV
Which shoots all kinds of holes in the church's any-moment doctrine.
People remained ignorant, because they didn’t read for themselves, the things that Paul said would happen in these end-times. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things. He told us, he forewarned us, and all we had to do was read it for ourselves and people didn’t do it.
So, biblical illiteracy is no surprise. Most didn’t care to read His Word, which explains in explicit detail, how Satan/Antichrist would perform his deception. Sunday-morning Christians, too lazy or unconcerned to do anything about it themselves, depended on their preacher/pastor/priest or rabbi to explain the Scriptures to them and warn them about these coming critical times.
But the traditions of established religion prevented the people from being told about these important events from the pulpit, they were too lazy to read it for themselves and, therefore, the entire world will be deceived by Satan/Antichrist:
Ref: Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. KJV
Are you going to be one of them? Now’s the time to TAKE the time to read and study the Book for yourself and do it today and every day. MAKE the time available to do it. Don’t just say:
“Well, I’ll do it later.”
Most times, later never shows up. Do it the moment that you think about doing it. That thought didn't just pop into your head, your spirit is probably talking to you. Listen to that voice in your head. Train yourself to listen and then act on it. You’re going to feel really good about yourself if you do because the Holy Spirit will have entered that door that you just opened.
But for now, our Father focuses on His Chosen Children and He hopes that all who study and understand these chapters of the coming of the end time, will rely on His strength, His power and His love to get through those five months, unscathed and totally protected.
Everything that we learn in this great book applies to all of us today. It’s not that hard to take this information and make it work in our lives. So, place yourself in the same position as the Israelites and see how this can influence your life today.
This is the fourth of the six woes.
Isaiah 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!
Our Father’s anger is still on the children for ignoring Him and going to Egypt for their protection.
You may have noticed that the Israelites' never rode horses into battle. Ever. The reason is that our Father didn’t want them, the Israelites, nor the surrounding heathen nations, to think that they were successful in defeating this enemy or that enemy because of their powerful horses or their use of chariots or whatever.
Our Father also did not want others to think that the Israelites became so powerful because of their relationship with Egypt. Father wanted the world, at that time, to know that HE protected His own and not some horse, chariot or foreign power.
So the Israelites are irking our Father in two different ways: ignoring Him and going to human beings for their protection.
Isaiah 31:2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.
Who is this he? Our Father.
He’s talking about Egypt and He’s going to crush them. Our Father’s decisions are usually final and without recourse but there are times when mankind is allowed to speak their mind with Him and He will repent of His decision. As in a situation as this:
Abraham was concerned that when our Father destroyed Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim and Zoan, that there might be innocent and righteous people also killed. So the negotiations, back and forth between Abraham and our Father, began at 50. Abraham said that if there could be found 50 righteous, would He not destroy those cities. 50 could not be found.
And it went from 50 to 45 to 30 to 10 and still no righteous people were found and Father went ahead and destroyed all the cities on the plain. The point is that it's possible to talk to the Father and negotiate with Him, to some extent, but I sure would not push it too far. Even Abraham got a little nervous towards the end.
Isaiah 31:3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.
Now the Egyptians are men, and not God. They’re just a bunch of flesh and blood yahoo’s and they have no power that matches His. And the same goes for their horses. And when our Father stretches out His hand, some serious judgment is coming forthwith.
They’re not supernatural like our Father….they’re mortals.
Both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down. Going to the Strong’s Concordance we can see that both words have the same Hebrew root word: ‘azar but there is still a difference in how that word is used in that verse and it becomes clearer when we see that helpeth is owzeer while holpen is aazur.
But all becomes clear when we understand the context of the use of these two words in the English, in that verse, and it should read thus:
"Both he that helped shall fall, and he that IS helped shall fall down."
One is giving the help while the other is the receiver of the help.
✡ Helpeth-- OT:5826 `azar (aw-zar'); a primitive root; to surround, i.e. protect or aid:
✡ Holpen-- OT:5826 `azar (aw-zar'); a primitive root; to surround, i.e. protect or aid:
The Interlinear Hebrew Bible confirms the use of help and helped.
The Israelites may go to Egypt for help but if the Egyptians indeed help them, they both shall fail together. Both are complicit in our Father’s eyes.
When our Father points out that the Egyptians are not gods, they are not spiritual, and their horses are flesh and blood, and not spiritual, therefore, the Egyptians will fail because the spiritual is more powerful than flesh and blood.
You might remember back when Elisha and his servant awoke one morning on the outskirts of Jericho and the entire city was surrounded by the troops of the king of Syria and Elisha’s servant was scared to death because he feared that their own death was eminent
And Elisha prayed to the Father that He would open the eyes of his servant, and He did so and above them, in the sky and on that hilltiop, were millions of angels with chariots, ready to do battle to save the lives of Elisha and his servant.
Ref: 2nd Kings 6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
Ref: 2nd Kings 6:16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
Ref: 2nd Kings 6:17 And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. KJV
What our Father is saying in verse 3 is that the Egyptians and their horses are not spiritual, they’re flesh and blood, and it will be no contest for the spiritual to defeat the physical.
How special is that.
Isaiah 31:4 For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, Like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so shall the Lord of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion, and for the hill thereof.
When the mature and the young lion go hunting for sheep not even a bunch of shepherd’s hollering and shouting will scare them away. And when the lion sinks his teeth into the neck of the lamb, and he tastes the blood, no amount of shouting or hollering is going to make him drop that sheep and run away.
Father says that the same thing applies to Him. Even if the Israelites' and the Egyptians unite and cry aloud together, He will not be afraid of their voices and He will come down for the fight and no amount of shouting is going to deter Him.
The spiritual world around us cannot be seen unless our Father opens our eyes so that we can peek in and take a look. And it’s hidden from us for a very good reason: our Father doesn’t want that dimension to influence our decisions in this life.
That’s also the reason that we have no remembrance of the things that occurred in the first heaven/earth age.
Isaiah 31:5 As birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.
Like a mother bird fluttering over the nest. Stick your hand in there and see what happens. See how easy our Father makes it for us to understand what He’s feeling and describing? Horticulture and nature, used to help us understand.
And passing over he will preserve it. Much like He protected them when the blood of the lambs was placed on the door posts so that the angel of death would know which house to pass over.
Isaiah 31:6 Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.
Deeply revolted is right. They told Isaiah to tell the Father to go away! We don’t want you in our lives! And do you know what? He will go away and He won’t come back until you ask Him to.
And we’re talking about the city of Jerusalem, not the individuals in that city. Many of them, no doubt, continued to pray to Him and received His blessings.
Isaiah 31:7 For in that day every man shall cast away his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.
BUT, if you want to return to Him you must first get rid of all those idols that you pray to. Of course, you don’t have to go out and sell that bass boat or the Sony TV or whatever. Just don’t let the acquisition of those things dominate your life and keep you away from the Father.
There’s that ever important phrase again: in that day. Must I remind you what that day is again? It’s the Lord’s Day. The last day of this heaven/earth age. The day that all flesh will be done away with and our beautiful spiritual bodies will come forth and we will begin the first day of the Millennium.
And there won't be any gold or silver idols brought into the Millennium either.
Isaiah 31:8 Then shall the Assyrian fall with the sword, not of a mighty man; and the sword, not of a mean man, shall devour him: but he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall be discomfited.
Not of a mighty man. No mere mortal man is going to accomplish this. It will be the sword of our Lord that will do it and what is His sword? It's the words that come out of His mouth. They cut and destroy like a sword.
Of course, this is talking about king Sennacherib of Syria, who is the son of Sargon. There is an interesting book out there entitled Sargon the Magnificent, and it might be worth your time to read it. There is good evidence that Sargon and Cain may be one and the same.
The explosion of technology back then certainly could be attributed to an entity that was a hybrid; a half-flesh, half-spiritual body, as Cain certainly was being the son of the sexual relationship between Eve and the Serpent/Satan.
In the spiritual sense, the Assyrian, another name for Satan, WILL fall on that day, not with a physical sword but with the tongue of our Father, which is HIS sword, a two-edged sword.
The Assyrian will fall on that day because our Father will place him in the abyss for 1000 years, along with his 7000 angels.
Isaiah 31:9 And he shall pass over to his strong hold for fear, and his princes shall be afraid of the ensign, saith the Lord, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem. KJV
Back in chapter 29 we learned that Ariel could either mean the lion of God or the hearth of God and here the word furnace means the hearth of God.
And his princes shall be afraid of the ensign. That ensign is the banner of our Father.
Even the demonics of our Lord's day knew that ensign. They knew what it stood for and who carried it:
Ref: Mark 3:11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God. KJV
It’s a common trait among human beings to trust in themselves or other humans. The face-to-face contact is something that is real and tangible. On the other hand, dealing with something that cannot be seen with our eyes is less favorable to us. It’s like a crap-shoot into the unknown and it takes a strong belief to participate in something like that.
The Hebrew children had our Father as their king and, unlike us today, Father made Himself known to them from time to time in the form of a cloud or lightning within a cloud or a cloud inside the Temple. There was tangible evidence before them, to assure them, that He was real, not just a voice that spoke through Moses or the prophets.
But they wanted a king just like all the other countries around them, someone that was human, someone that they could see, someone to lead them into battle. So they told our Father that they didn’t want Him as their king, they wanted a human being, like the other countries, and Saul was that first king.
How that must have hurt Him. But, flesh and blood king or not, our Father remained in total control.
Here, in the last few chapters, they told Him that they didn’t want His help and did not want Him around them. Perhaps it made them self-conscious and uncomfortable, when they sinned, to have Him so near, so close, observing everything that they did, which is pretty stupid on their part, because He KNOWS everything that we do and think anyway!
We need to go to our Father FIRST whenever we need help with something and THEN go to other people, as He may use them as part of the solution to the prayer that we offered to Him. He doesn’t perform a miracle every time that we talk to Him but we have faith that He will or else what’s the point of even praying to begin with?
Make Him a part of your daily life. Talk to Him as though He were your earthly father and you called him up on the phone to talk about some problem you have.
Father has feelings just like we do. He loves, He gets jealous, He gets angry with us and He corrects us when we fall short. Talk to Him, tell Him how much you love Him, thank Him for all that He does for you.
He’s your Father; He’s your closest relative, He’s your kin.
And He loves you.
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—10 August 2016—
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