There is reference in Scripture that the end-times body of believers will be in a state of apostasy. I have heard many pastors ponder this notion, saying, “I wonder what will cause the church to go astray?” Unfortunately, they believe the church, in all its religious pomp, is the perfection of God’s glory. I observe that the church has been apostate for at least 1700 years! “How can that be?”, you ask. Satan is clever and has used lies and misinformation to beguile man since the beginning of time. He also uses willing accomplices to carry out his deception in order to achieve his goals. Once the lie has been planted and swallowed hook, line and sinker, the delusion prevails and blinds the ones that find comfort in the lie rather than searching for the truth in Scripture. They believe the doctrines of men rather than the truth of Elohim’s word. And so it goes. From one generation to the next.
They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
There are many, many errors in the church today. To most Christians, the shear weight and magnitude of the delusion will be so overwhelming that they will find it difficult to stand up under the truth. Their comfortable little world will come crashing down around their shoulders. Therefore, we must go back to the beginning and fill in the background of events that have occurred in history so that we can uncover the treachery and begin to see where things went astray. Only then will we be able to see the need for restoration and begin to correct the errors that have been passed down to us from our forefathers.
What went wrong? How did we get into this mess? It was simply the passing down of the delusion from one generation to another. The theological cemeteries keep the lie going and unwitting pastors parrot the same misconceptions week after week from their pulpits. It is a case of the blind leading the blind.
O YHWH, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress, to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, “Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods,worthless idols that did them no good.” Jeremiah 16:19
How do we get out of this mess?
When you stand before Messiah, as King of kings, to be judged on your service, you will be all alone. You won’t have your “pastor” at your side to coach you. You are responsible individually for your life. YHWH has given us His word to instruct us as to righteous living. Have you diligently searched and studied His word for truth, or have you merely warmed a pew each Sun-day for some lukewarm mush? The solution is simple: Do not rely on doctrines of men fostered in religious systems, but rather do your own studying. The Sunday-go-to-meetin’ church has been lulled into a stupor by comfortable lies and complacency. It’s getting late and it is time to do something about it for your soul’s sake.
Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. Revelation 18:4-5
Satan had started his deception of mankind right in the beginning in the Garden of Eden when he beguiled Eve by misquoting YHWH’s command to Adam. Having found that to work well with man, he has been using those same techniques ever since.
Adam, by being disobedient to YHWH’s command, forfeited dominion over the earth to Satan, thereby making him the prince of this world. After about 1,000 years of his dirty work on this earth, it became so corrupted that YHWH had some remorse about His creation and decided to destroy all living beings on the face of the earth. If it weren’t for the righteousness of Noah and his family, who found favor in the eyes of YHWH, we might not be here to discuss this at all. But YHWH had a plan all along to legally depose Satan and to save all those who loved YHWH and His righteousness. His plan is still being carried out and Satan still has his legal rights as prince of the world and to enter into the throne room of the Almighty and accuse the saints. But let’s look at some major events in history to see where the forks in the road are.
NOW, let’s dig in and see where things got messed up so that we will know how to correct the errors. We will have to start way back in history for that’s when the mystery of iniquity started.