The Joshua Stone

"See the stone that I have set before Joshua! On the one stone are seven eyes; and I am engraving an inscription on it,’ declares Jehovah of armies, ‘and I will take away the guilt of that land in one day." Zech 3:9

The Great Apostasy

Let's start by describing what "apostasy" means.

"a-pos'-ta-si, a-pos'-tat (he apostasia, "a standing away from"): I.e. a falling away, a withdrawal, a defection. Used twice in the New Testament, in the Greek original, to express abandonment of the faith." (Source)

From the WT I had always got the impression that an apostate was someone who spread teachings of demons, while in fact the word apostate means falling away from service to God, such as the fallen angels before the flood; "And the angels who did not keep their original position but forsook their own proper dwelling place, he has reserved with eternal bonds in dense darkness for the judgment of the great day." Jud 1:6

However, it's the apostasy to come that interests us, the great falling away...

2Th 2:3 "Let no one lead you astray in any way, because it will not come unless the apostasy comes first."

1Tim 4:1 "However, the inspired word clearly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to misleading inspired statements and teachings of demons,"

2Tim 4:4 "They will turn away from listening to the truth and give attention to false stories."

It's at this point I ask myself, what begins the moment of the great falling away, and with that said, is there a way to determine what starts it all, what those "false stories" are? Well, that's when I start walking the path of the text...

The time of the end begins with the hurling of denunciations toward the holy covenant, with fire from heaven and lying signs, with deception leading some away, fulfilling Rosh Hashanah. Can we determine what is said that leads 2/3 of Gods people to fall away? Let's dig in...

Dan 11:30 "He will go back and hurl denunciations against the holy covenant and act effectively; and he will go back and will give attention to those leaving the holy covenant."

Rev 13:5,6 "It was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and it was given authority to act for 42 months. And it opened its mouth in blasphemies against God to blaspheme his name and his dwelling place, even those residing in heaven."

Dan 7:25 "He will speak words against the Most High, and he will continually harass the holy ones of the Supreme One."

So what is it the KOTN/Little Horn/Lion is saying in blaspheme against God and the holy covenant? Well whatever it is, it starts a destructive course for the future of the constant feature.

Dan 8:12 "And an army was given over, together with the constant feature, because of transgression; and it kept throwing truth to the earth, and it acted and had success."

So by some transgression the constant feature is in trouble.

Dan 8:13 "How long will the vision of the constant feature and of the transgression causing desolation continue,"

Transgression = #6588 פֶּשַׁע pesha` {peh'-shah} / Rebellion / Sin

No doubt we are looking at the sin of the elders all throughout Ezekiel and their lack of concern for Jehovah's sheep, and it's because of this Jehovah allows the "established place of his sanctuary" to be removed.

So again, what are the words against the holy covenant used by the Northerner?

Dan 8:11 "It exalted itself even against the Prince of the army,"

Dan 8:25 "And by his cunning he will use deception to succeed; and in his heart he will exalt himself; and during a time of security he will bring many to ruin."

So he uses some kind of "deception" that's known as lying signs in Rev 13.

Rev 13:14 "It misleads those who dwell on the earth, because of the signs that it was permitted to perform in the sight of the wild beast."

The lying signs are the words against the holy covenant, which should be understood separate then the transgression, for that is the sin of the elders, and not the deception put out by the Northerner.

An interesting part of the blasphemous words from the Northerner is that he attempts to change laws.

Dan 7:25b "He will intend to change times and law."

This is tied into them setting up the image of the beast.

Rev 13:14 "while it tells those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the wild beast."

It's this "image" that refines true believers by fire when they do not follow it. Remember the image set up by Babylon measuring 60x6x6?

Dan 3:7 "all the peoples, nations, and language groups fell down and worshipped the image of gold that King Neb·u·chad·nezʹzar had set up."

While of course the buying and selling are spiritual.

Rev 3:18 "I advise you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich,"

And those who receive the mark are those that fall away from true worship, becoming apostate, just like Solomon.

1Kin 10:14 "And the weight of the gold that came to Solʹo·mon in one year amounted to 666 talents of gold,"

So then, the image of the beast is the laws they attempt to change, as they hurl lying allegations toward the holy covenant, and Gods name itself, drawing many of Gods people away in this great falling away, that great apostasy in the end.

Dan 11:32 "And those who act wickedly against the covenant, he will lead into apostasy by means of smooth words."

These "smooth" words, these "cunning, deceptions, lying signs" succeed in drawing away 2/3 of Gods people, and refining 1/3 by the fires of these denunciations from the Northerner, and they believe the "fake stories."

2Th 2:11 "That is why God lets a deluding influence mislead them so that they may come to believe the lie,"

What are the results of these public denunciations?

Mth 24:9-12 "Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name. Then, too, many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and mislead many; and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold."

This increasing of "lawlessness"... Definition = GRK: ἐργαζόμενοι τὴν ἀνομίαν / Inequity / Sin

These scriptures in Mth 9-12 are speaking of JW's, they are the ones that the greater number will cool off.

Remember these admonishments brothers and sisters!

2Pt 3:17 "You, therefore, beloved ones, having this advance knowledge, be on your guard so that you may not be led astray with them by the error of the lawless people and fall from your own steadfastness."

Mth 24:24 "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will perform great signs and wonders so as to mislead, if possible, even the chosen ones."

Where does this lawlessness come from?

2Th 2:9 "But the lawless one’s presence is by the operation of Satan with every powerful work and lying signs and wonder."

And those who receive the mark of the beast/fall into apostasy believe these lies by the northerner.

2Th 2:10 "and every unrighteous deception for those who are perishing, as a retribution because they did not accept the love of the truth in order that they might be saved."

And this influence is by Satan, and the words, lying signs, image.

2Th 2:11 "That is why God lets a deluding influence mislead them so that they may come to believe the lie,"

Unlike many believe, the apostasy/lie is not "the day of Jehovah is here", that is not the reason for loosing out on salvation, nor is it the reason for the mark of the beast. The lie is what is spoken by the beast of Rev 13, the deception that he announces while attempting to change laws. The deception is not 1914, it still lays before us, still yet future...

So I've run out of scriptures, and Jehovah doesn't tell me what the Northerner is going to say. So I guess I'll have to hurry up and wait...  

God bless...