When Apostasy Occurs...

“But the Spirit speaks expressly, that in latter times some shall apostatise from the faith, giving their mind to deceiving spirits and teachings of demons.” -- 1 Timothy 4:1

The Darby Translation

See also Matthew 24:12.

“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the MAN OF LAWLESSNESS is revealed, the son of destruction.”

-- 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ASV

...Where Should You Go???

Four Questions To Ask Yourself:

 

1)  Where did David go when King Saul turned apostate?

 

2)  Where was Elijah found when Israel went off into apostasy?

 

3)  Where was John the Baptist found when Israel fell into apostasy?

 

4)  Where did Paul say 1st century Christians could find Jesus,

when the nation of Israel fell into apostasy? (See

Hebrews 13:12,13)

 

They all went where Jehovah God was...

 

...to the place where God’s Law was first given to Israel...

 

    ...back into the wilderness, to Mount Horeb [Mount Sinai]...

...far away from the APOSTASY!

Mount  Horeb [aka “Mt. Sinai”]

 

 The Mountain of the True God,” spiritually-speaking “Mt. Zion,” formed in the “wilderness” miraculously,  in the “End Times.” The resting-place of Jehovah, Himself...far away from apostasy!

-- See Exodus 3:1, Exodus 3:12; Exodus 19:2; 1 Kings 19:8; Isaiah 2:3; Isaiah 41:18-20; Ezekiel 47:1-12; Zechariah 8:3; Zechariah 14:4-11; Hebrews 13:13, 14; Revelation 3:12a; Revelation  22:1, 2.

 

 

Question:

 

Where did Moses go when the Israelites

wickedly made the “Golden Calf”???

 

 

Answer:

 

“As for Moses, he proceeded to take his tent away

and he pitched it OUTSIDE THE CAMP, FAR AWAY FROM THE CAMP; and he called it a tent of meeting. And it occurred that everyone inquiring of Jehovah

would go out to the tent of meeting,

which was OUTSIDE THE CAMP.”

-- Exodus 33:7 New World Translation

 

 

“Therefore, my beloved ones, flee from idolatry.”

-- 1 Corinthians 10:14 New World Translation

 

 

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Matthew 7:15

Acts 20:29, 30

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35 And I will bring YOU into the WILDERNESS OF THE PEOPLES and put myself on judgment with YOU there face to face.

 

36 “‘Just as I put myself on judgment with YOUR forefathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I shall put myself on judgment with YOU,’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.

 

37 ‘And I will make YOU pass under the rod and bring YOU into the bond of the covenant.’

 

38 And I will clean out from YOU the revolters and the transgressors against me, for out of the land of their alien residence I shall bring them forth, but onto the soil of Israel they will not come; and YOU people will have to know that I am Jehovah.’”

(Ezekiel 20:35-38; Compare Revelation 12:6, 14)

 

Two Questions: Why Can’t The Watchtower Society Explain The Above

Prophecy In Their Literature? 

 

Could It Be Unknowingly, Jehovah’s Witnesses Are Going

To Fulfill This Prophecy?

 

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See Link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shavuot

Shavuot -- Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai, although the association between the giving of the Torah (Matan Torah) and Shavuot is not explicit in the Biblical text. *** [See footnote below.]

The holiday is one of the Shalosh Regalim, the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, and its date is directly linked to that of Passover. The Torah mandates the seven-week Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Passover, to be immediately followed by Shavuot. This counting of days and weeks is understood to express anticipation and desire for the giving of the Torah. On Passover, the people of Israel were freed from their enslavement to Pharaoh; on Shavuot they were given the Torah and became a nation committed to serving God. The word Shavuot means weeks, and the festival of Shavuot marks the completion of the seven-week counting period between Passover and Shavuot.

End of Article taken from Wikipedia.


***Footnote: Mt. Sinai or Mt. Horeb is known as the "Mountain of Jehovah" or the "Mountain of God," as shown at Exodus 3:1,Exodus 3:12Exodus 19:2, 3, and 1 Kings 19:8. Yes, it becomes the exact same place where the "laws of truth" [NWT], or "true laws" [KJV] from Jehovah Himself, was given to Moses and the people of Israel. -- See Nehemiah 9:13, 14.

We recall, Paul once referred to this most, fearsome, awesome mountain, and the awe inspiring "display" shown there, when he reminded Christians of this Holy Place. He stated:

 

 

 

For you have not approached that which can be felt and which has been set aflame with fire, and a dark cloud and thick darkness and a tempest, and the blare of a trumpet and the voice of words; on hearing which voice the people implored that no word should be added to them. For the command was not bearable to them: "And if a beast touches the mountain, it must be stoned." Also, the display was so fearsome that Moses said: "I am fearful and trembling." -- See Hebrews 12:18-21 New World Translation; Also compare Revelation 11:19.

Therefore this special place, represents the permanent residence or "resting-place" of Jehovah on earth, His Permanent Earthly Address in a spiritual sense if you will, and thus should be viewed as THE ...THE place, where Jehovah can always be found, especially when "National Apostasy" has occurred. ("National Apostasy" occurs when the entire Nation itself is found "guilty" of Breaking the Law Covenant. When the "Sin" or "Transgression,"  has been committed by Israel, God's People. For example, see Leviticus 4:13-21 where the entire nation's sin must be atoned for, according to the

Law of God.) It [Mt. Sinai/Mt. Horeb] is therefore, the place of origin where the "Law" of Jehovah was given to mankind, the "Holy Covenant of God," and the place all members of the "Holy Covenant" should go, in case for any reason the same-said nation should ever BREAK THAT COVENANT. (For example, this is the place the prophet "Elijah" went when the nation of Israel became an "apostate nation" [NWT] or "hypocritical nation" [KJV]

-- See 1 Kings 19:8Isaiah 10:6.)

All of this means of course, Apostasy in itself = the official DEPARTURE from that Law Covenant, forfeiting all of the blessings inherent in that Covenant also. (See Deuteronomy 28th Chapter for details.) Thus, Biblical "Apostasy" can be considered the OFFICIAL DEPARTURE from that same-said contract with God, or "Holy Covenant" with God, as well as the full departure from Divine "Truth" itself. Indeed, Mt. Horeb, Mt. Sinai, is that very special place, the only place in fact, where Jehovah God can always, always be found, because of National "Apostasy." -- See Daniel 11:30, for an example of this type of situation facing mankind, prophetically-speaking.

 

                       

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God's Earthly “Tent” or “Sanctuary”

Set Up For Escape from Apostasy!

-- Ezekiel 37:26-28; Revelation 21:3, 4

 

Ezekiel 47:1-12 gives us a beautiful picture of a Special Temple constructed by God, that provides for mankind amazingly, "living, healing waters" of nourishment and refreshment. These verses state in part,

"And he went on to say to me: This water is going forth to the eastern region and must go down through the Arabah. And it must come to the sea. It being brought forth into the sea itself, its water is also actually healed. And it must occur that every living soul that swarms, in every place to which the double-size torrent comes, will get life. And it must occur that there will be very many fish, because there is where this water will certainly come, and the seawater will be healed, and everything will be alive where the torrent comes...And alongside the torrent there will come up, along its bank on this side and on that side, all sorts of trees for food. Their leafage will not wither, nor will their fruitage be consumed. In their months they will bear new fruit, because the water for them -- it is coming forth from the VERY SANCTUARY. And their fruitage must prove to be for food and their leafage for healing." -- Ezekiel 47:8-12

Now, let's compare Revelation 22:1, 2 which also says:

"And he showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of its broad way. And on this side of the river and on that side there were trees of life producing twelve crops of fruit, yielding their fruits each month. And the leaves of the trees were for the curing of the nations."

Did you notice above the great similarities in both of these biblical descriptions of God's Wondrous Temple Arrangement that ultimately nourishes mankind and brings forth Godly Blessings to all mankind? Did you notice the striking similarity between these two biblical passages? Yes, the book of Ezekiel and the book of Revelation are really saying the same thing. They are describing the exact same situation, are they not? Yes, both are referring to an Earthly Temple Arrangement from God. Yes, both of these Temple Arrangements, are said to give forth "living, healing waters" from Jehovah, which ultimately provide "curing," yes "healing" for all the nations upon earth. Yes, "Living Waters," that come from God's Sanctuary, upon earth. Did you notice this? To gain more information of this unique concept, let's notice the following.

God's Sanctuary or Tent in this instance, pictures a Special "Arrangement" a Special Sanctuary, a Special Tabernacle or Temple set up miraculously, in the wilderness, to provide spiritual nourishment and refreshment for all repentant members of God's People today, that seek refuge away from National Apostasy. It becomes a Special "Tabernacle" of God provided for these most difficult times. -- 1 Corinthians 14:40; Matthew 11:28, 29

In this regard, it becomes like Leviticus 26:11, 12 says,

"And I shall certainly put MY TABERNACLE in the midst of you, and my soul will not abhor you. And I SHALL INDEED WALK IN THE MIDST OF YOU AND PROVE MYSELF YOUR GOD, and you, on your part, will prove yourselves my people."

Therefore, God's True "Tabernacle" for God's Name People, is thus set up in the wilderness, as a provision from Jehovah for His People who have escaped National Apostasy. It becomes the place that Jehovah truly resides with His People, away from National Apostasy. It becomes the place where Jehovah would indeed actually "WALK IN THE MIDST OF YOU," and "PROVE" Himself to be their "God" just as promised above.

Revelation 21:3 and 4 speaks of the same situation, this way:

"With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: Look! The Tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will morning nor outcry nor pain be anymore, The former things have passed away."

Notice how the prophet Ezekiel speaks of the very same situation by saying:

Ezekiel 37:26-28, speaks of this unique situation this way,

"And I will conclude with them a covenant of peace; and indefinitely lasting covenant is what they will come to be with them. And I will place them and multiply them and PLACE MY SANCTUARY in the midst of them to time indefinite. And MY TABERNACLE will actually prove to be over them, and I shall certainly become their God, and they themselves will become my people. And the nations will have to know that I, Jehovah, am sanctifying Israel when my sanctuary comes to be in the midst of them to time indefinite."

Clearly as we read the above prophecy, it shows without a doubt, this is an earthly scene. The above situation takes place on earth, after God People are willing to escape "apostasy" from their fellow believers.

To further this thought, we read in Isaiah 2:5-7, this bit of information:

"O men of the house of Jacob, come and let us walk in the light of Jehovah. For you have forsaken your people, the house of Jacob. For they have become full of what is from the East, and they are practicers of magic like the Philistines, and with the children of foreigners the abound. And their land is filled with silver and gold and there is no limit to their treasures. And their land is filled with horses, and there is no limit to their chariots."

As mentioned above, National Apostasy has occurred. And with this development, God People must escape, must flee, to the wilderness, for safety. This is because National Apostasy must be "atoned" for, in a special way, to satisfy God's System of Justice. This special "atonement" for the nation, must be done in the Holy Compartment of the "Tent" or "Sanctuary" of God, at the Golden Altar (instead of the Copper Altar), which is in front of the Holy Curtain that divides off the "Most Holy" Compartment from the Holy. -- Leviticus 4:17, 18; See also Leviticus 4:1-21.

Remarkably as noted above in the prophecy of Ezekiel 37:26, 27, and other original promises made by Jehovah under the Mosaic Law Arrangement, we notice they are almost identical to the one made in the book of Revelation where it says,

"With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: "Look! The TENT [Tabernacle, Sanctuary] of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them." -- Revelation 21:3

Thus, we can see this "Tent" or "Sanctuary" that bible prophecy speaks of then becomes the true realization of God's Kingdom upon earth. (Matthew 6:10) This special arrangement upon earth, thus becomes God's "Tent" on earth. It becomes God's "Sanctuary," God's "Tent" or His True “Temple” upon earth, where "living, healing waters" would flow for the full benefit of all mankind, earth wide to fulfill His Original Promise to Abraham. (Ezekiel 47:1-12; Matthew 6:10)

When Jesus was on earth, we remember he referred to the nation of Israel, while even in its apostate state, as being the "Kingdom of God" ... that would have to be replaced because of wickedness. -- Matthew 21:43; See also Matthew 13:47, 48.

Therefore, this Special Earthly Arrangement called God "Sanctuary," can also be called "God's Kingdom," which was formed in the “wilderness” as shown above, and will fulfill all such prophecies to the full glorification of God’s Great Name. (Ezekiel 17:22-24) And all of this, will be in fulfillment of this most wonderful Grand Promise, originally given in the Garden of Eden at Genesis 3:15, to produce a “seed” which would lead all mankind into righteousness. Yes, we recall Jehovah again reiterated His Grand Promise to Abraham, His trusted “friend,” at Genesis 22:18, where God Himself guaranteed one day, yes, "ALL NATIONS" … and that’s all nations, would finally be blessed by way of his coming “seed.” Yes, we recall Almighty God Himself promised Abraham:

"And by means of your seed ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH will certainly bless themselves due to the fact that you have listened to my voice." -- Genesis 22:18

 

(For more information on the National "Apostasy" spoken of above, see article: Jehovah's Witnesses, 8 Million in Apostasy!)

In addition when we consider the verse Ezekiel 37:23, we note the following in the New Living Translation:

“They will never again pollute themselves with their idolsb and vile images and rebellion, for I will save them from their sinful apostasy.c I will cleanse them. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.”

Therefore in context, ***Ezekiel 37:23 when compared with Ezekiel 37:26-28 shows this special "Sanctuary" is set up by God, to save God's People from Apostasy or sinful backsliding. And we remember, this particular prophecy of Ezekiel 37, is one that has never been fulfilled before. This prophecy states in the New Living Translation:

And I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give them their land and increase their numbers,d and I will put my Temple among them forever. I will make my home among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. And when my Temple is among them forever, the nations will know that I am the LORD, who makes Israel holy.” -- Ezekiel 37:26-28 (New Living Translation)

 

***Footnote for the verse Ezekiel 37:23 in the New World Translation (Large print) shows the expression "acts of lawlessness" or "apostasies" for the word translated "dwelling places."

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