The Great Apostasy of Unrighteousness

by John Greene

Bible knowledgeWhatever you’ve heard about Biblical last days prophecy, sooner or later you will hear about 2 Thessalonians in the second chapter. It speaks of an apostasy of delusion, a separation of unrighteousness before YHWH. This is an apostasy that many professed Christians are involved in. When you evaluate the original text directly, you become more fully aware of how far from righteousness the world of this day and time truly is. Those that have not been deluded and distracted from the world are keenly aware of this reality. (1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:1-9; 1 John 1:5-6, 2:15-17; 2 Peter 2:20-22; Galatians 1:8-9; “Direct Translation of 2 Thessalonians 2“)

“And then, the lawless will be revealed – whom the Master will consume, whose spirit His mouth even put away by the appearance of His Presence. (*) The presence of the lawless has been [whose presence] according to the effective operation of Satan through all power and signs, even lying wonders (**) and from all deceit, unrighteousness with the perishing; because they did not receive the love of the truth or salvation. And in this way Elohim sends them the effective operation of error. They believe the lie so that all are judged that do not believe truth, but pleased through unrighteousness. (***)” – 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12, direct translation

rule of law in man's systemLawlessness is not focused on the laws of men, but about the righteousness of Elohim [‘God’, YHWH] – in other words, the absence of His righteousness. It is a prevalent mindset of error that most of mankind has come to possess. The lawlessness of men and their worldly leaders rises and falls like the tide. They change their morality to fit the need. They make laws and break them. This is not so with the Almighty. His sons and daughters know how He feels about matters of righteousness. He sent His Son to complete disciples, to set right in His Presence those that love Him and what He stands for. (2 Peter 3:17; Hebrews 10:26-29; “YHWH’s Track of Righteousness“; “YHWH: The Choice to Stay Loyal“; “Set Apart to His Purpose“)

Contrary to the western idea of practicing until you have it ‘perfect’ (which never can happen), in scripture you learn by doing, by living or walking your trust out (this is something many do). As you live in the present, you are creating a new you – whether that is better or worse is largely up to you. Regretfully, many teachers speak out of both sides of their mouths, even as they claim to speak “godly wisdom.” (John 14:6; James 1:6-8, 22-254:8; Colossians 3:1, 10; Ezekiel 34:1-31; “Justice & Righteousness“; “Blind to Righteousness“; “Pursue Righteousness“)

For example:

“God has given us the power of choice, it is ours to exercise. We cannot change our hearts, we cannot control our thoughts, our impulses, our affections…”

dirty ragI’ll stop the quote there because it just gets further away from Bible truth, as if seeking to live out His righteousness can only be dirty rags. Your acts of love towards others are not dirty rags, but a white prayer shawl of praise, love and commitment, bought with the blood of Yahshua [Jesus]. What a strange delusion, and yet this author is not alone in this kind of thinking. The author of that quote has the boldness to inform hundreds of thousands of professing Christians that they have the power of choice and that they should exercise that choice. Yet, what immediately follows is counter to what was initially said, even as he tries to qualify his statement later. (2 Corinthians 7:1, 11:3; Deuteronomy 30:19; “Breaking Free from Dirty Rags“; “Spiritual Filth and How Worthless It Is“; “The Need to Keep Spiritually Clean“; “YHWH’s Prayer Shawl of Protection“)

legal churchYou can have a positive effect on yourself in the flesh. Many Christians are doing this right now in their church buildings and in the world, even as they reject the ‘Holy Spirit’ [Dedicated, Set Apart Spirit] and what He stands for. To have a positive effect in your flesh is not necessarily effective, nor does it complete you in the eyes of your Heavenly Father. What is positive in the eyes of the world is not always righteous. What is positive is not your salvation, nor is this necessarily the righteousness of your Heavenly Father. Yes, people are deeply flawed, but this does not mean that change is not possible. (Romans 3:9-20; Psalm 14:1-3, 53:1-3) Rather, conforming your life with His righteousness is a matter between each disciple and the Set Apart Spirit [‘Holy Spirit’] – your willingness to agree with Elohim and to hold fast to that agreement. Just as you become new and cleansed in His righteousness, you can also allow yourself to fall back into the corruption of sin. In the sense of the fallen flesh:

“Accordingly, it is written: nobody is righteous, not even one.” – Romans 3:10, direct translation

Babylon-justiceThe sacrifice of Messiah sets you right before Elohim so that you abide in Him. It’s about relationship, not punishment or what passes for justice in the world. The reality is that you need continual help to successfully walk in full agreement with Him in righteousness. That is the purpose of the Counselor, what many call the Holy Spirit. It is the Set Apart Spirit that sets you apart to Him and the sacrifice of Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah that makes a way around death and the permanent sinfulness of mankind. (“Set Apart to His Purpose“; “Recognizing the Counterfeit“; “Following the Right Jesus“)

walking into the desertYour walk of trust is the active demonstration of your love and obedience, as well as evidence of your agreement. This isn’t about the righteousness, justice or morality that the world preaches, but the track of righteousness that YHWH has set out for His people to live. Yahshua [Jesus] completes His people. His people also need the Counselor, the Set Apart Spirit [‘Holy Spirit’]. Yes, every human on this planet that lives today is far from ‘perfect’. Without Yahshua [Jesus], each one is incomplete and doomed. He is the Way! (“Which Shepherd Do You Believe?“; “The False Shepherd and the True Shepherd“; “Disciples & the Occult of the World“; “Keeping Your Mind on What is Above“)

Man’s definition of perfection is not a real measure, nor is a declared level of purity the ultimate measure. The righteousness of YHWH set out in scripture is the measure and the goal of every disciple of the Messiah is to agree with Him all the time, abiding through the Spirit. Elohim’s definition of sin is the measuring stick. (“Understanding Sin“; “Replacing Sin and Becoming Set Apart“; “Being Set Apart Makes You Aware of Sin“)

agreement with YHWHYou cannot change what you do not know or are unwilling to measure. Yes, you decide to love and serve your Elohim. Through the Set Apart Spirit as your personal Counselor, with the priceless guidance of the Bible, you are able to grow as a new man or woman through the Messiah. You are fit for His service because Yahshua made it so. He literally made a way around. Yahshua [Jesus] made it possible for you and everyone that desires it, to be set right before the Father. Crawling on glass isn’t needed. Salvation is a gift. Obedience is a sign of that gift. (“Explore: The Miracle of the New Man“; “Foundation of Salvation“: “Your Master & Your Obedience“)

“Let nothing deceive you according to any other way – that except apostasy comes first and the son of destruction that is set over and proudly exalted over all named gods or objects of honor; so that he is as Elohim, set in the temple of Elohim, exhibiting himself as though he is Elohim.” – 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4, direct translation

false-teacherThose that don’t believe or choose to live in unrighteousness reside in what is false. They don’t love truth (which is YHWH’s righteousness). Those that prefer the doctrine and traditions of men leave out the only Way of salvation, which is Yahshua [Jesus] the Messiah. Any man or woman of lawlessness follows after Satan, the original son of destruction. Satan established the first recorded idolatry in his lust to have Elohim’s authority. Those that do not believe the righteousness of Elohim, He will allow or cause to be blinded, fully deluded into greater darkness and confusion, with the idea to spur them to seek Him. YHWH has promised the freedom of choice to men and women, willingly giving them over to a reprobate mind, to whatever idolatry they want to follow after when they reject His righteousness. The blind do see when they seek and find YHWH. (Romans 1:28; 1 Thessalonians 2:3; 2 Timothy 4:4; Isaiah 44:8-20; Jeremiah 4:10; “The Power of the Right Hand“; “Roots of Salvation“; “Spiritual Disease that Eats at Your Salvation“)

“Feeding on ashes, a deceived heart turns him aside, and he does not deliver his being, nor says, ‘Is there not a lie in my right hand?’” – Isaiah 44:20, ISR98

(*) Acts 2:22, 5:12, 6:8, 7:36, 14:3, 15:12; Romans 15:19; 2 Corinthians 12:12
(**) Matthew 24:24, Mark 13:22; John 4:48, 8:44; Romans 1:25; 1 John 2:21, 27; Revelation 21:27, 22:15; Ephesians 4:25
(***) Ezekiel 20:25; John 9:39, 12:40; Acts 7:42; Romans 1:24-28

“For YAHWEH so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16, HRB
Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending the Messiah, your only begotten Son to be my Savior. I believe in Him and have made this belief the center of my life. Because of this, by faith I have everlasting life! Thank you! I repent of my sins and of my past, freely admitting that I have fallen short of Your righteousness. I look fully forward to you in my life and commit my life to You. Thank You YHWH, my Heavenly Father for setting me free in the name of your Son Yahshua [Jesus]. May it be as you have promised!
genuine-articleYou will never enjoy true freedom through the Messiah and power of the Holy Spirit unless you read and absorb the Bible in prayer and trust. You will never know this freedom until you experience it for yourself. Get to know your Heavenly Father, His Son and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life. The Holy Spirit is your teacher, your Holy Counselor that lives in you to help you learn about the truth of YHWH and His spiritual gifts.
Satan does not want you to have the excellence of YHWH in your life. People pray for protection and want to be taken care of, but often do little in growing close to Him. The world, your husband, your wife, your family, your government do not build your trust in YHWH or free you from spiritual bondage. Your church or your pastor cannot save you. Education, power and money will not free you, but only the Word of your Heavenly Father. Salvation is a daily walk, an act of love for yourself and for those around you, not a one-time event that centers only on you. Make the Word of YHWH your own, your very life!
YHWH is Yahweh, the covenant name of your Heavenly Father.
The name Yahshua [Y’shua] is an original language name for Jesus.
He is often referred to simply as the Messiah or Master.
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