We are going to talk about the Apostasy Cycle. The apostasy cycle started with Cain and Abel. Cain wanted to worship God the way he wanted. Abel wanted to do it the right way. The first apostasy took place right there. An apostate is not necessary a sinner.
An apostate is someone that has heard and after receiving all the facts decided to turn it down for something that was more into his fashion and rejected the very truth he once believed. That’s an apostate. It has nothing to do with sinners out there. They have a better chance.
The Bible said in Hebrew 6:4-6, “For it’s impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost….If they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh and put him to an open shame.” It’s exactly right. Sinners can repent and come to God, but not the apostate.
The next thing the Lord told me, He said, “Now, the first of all the apostates was satan. Satan was the very first apostate.” He said Satan had all the facts, the Word was standing right in front of him, the pure word, saith the Lord. Satan had all the facts. At one time, he accepted the Lord. He had once worked for the living God. But like Cain, he said, “I will do it my way. I want this kind of belief.” He said, “I want to be above God.” He was the first apostate that departed from the truth that was in front of him. How many of you believe that? Satan wanted to argue with God, but God burned his tail and cast him down to earth. Jesus said, “Get thee behind me, Satan, you apostate.” In other words, “Shut up, Satan.”
The Laodiceans apostatized after knowing the truth and turn it down. You cannot argue with them. Their minds are seared and they are blind. Don’t ever argue with them. It will never work. That’s what they want. They want an argument. But God has already argued our case well and without an argument, saith the Lord. If you love God and if you have salvation in your heart, this message will mean something to you. If it doesn’t, you may be crossing the borderline into apostasy.
Jude said, contend for the faith that was once delivered to the church. Apostasy sweeps it away but he said contend for the faith. The apostasy is self-willed and determined in the wrong direction. Elijah told the Baal worshippers, “Call on your god, Baal. Call on your gods…
You’ve got 500 of them and I will call upon my God.” Thus saith the Lord, why don’t you just say as it is said in the book of James, Satan knows there are one God and he trembles?” Satan saw there was one God. He left the throne/heaven, came down here and told them there are three gods and even more gods in order to block the true God. Remember you’re in the minority when you have the One God, that’s the way the Lord like it. He only needs one to put 10,000 to flight. Satan needs millions to put them to flight. God is God.
These are the last days. We find out there is a satanic infiltration: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils” (1Timothy4:1). We see the infiltration of Satan in all the churches he can get into; some of our Pentecostal churches are teaching false doctrine. So, watch!
I will keep the pure word here; let the preachers out there howl and bark; I don’t care anything about that. What happens is, I stay clear out of their way. “Why doesn’t he come to our breakfast over here? Why doesn’t come and meet us over here? I don’t know; ask the Lord. I don’t know why I don’t go there, except that God is me and I do what I do here. I believe in unity and fellowship, but I don’t believe in apostates.
I will tell you another thing, the Lord revealed this to me too: I believe a person can have a personality, that’s right. But they are trying to build their churches on personalities. Not one devil is cast out, not one miracle is taking place, not one true word is being spoken and three gods are being taught. There is only one true God and He manifests Himself in three ways. He has control of those three ways. Nothing ever broke from Him but satan. Satan and demons know and believe that God is one and they tremble (James 2:19). You can’t make Satan and demons tremble with three gods. They (satan and demons) have control of them.
The sign of humanism: materialism is creeping in (Revelation 3:17). “I am rich and have need of nothing…” That is your humanism at the end of the age and the materialism that is coming into that. Great Babylon is arriving soon upon the earth. Before Jesus returns, there will be a huge super-church worldwide.
The church will have the power to kill anyone that disagrees with them and anyone that does not acknowledge the antichrist. I heard people say, “I will never take the mark of the beast.” One night the Lord definitely revealed to me there will be a delusion-He said he will laugh at them in derision in heaven—many will give their lives. It’s a different order of people ordained of the Lord. These other ones that are apostates in Pentecostal churches, that delusion will come; they will believe lie and deny the word of God.
The deceivableness about it is that they claimed, “I will never believe it.” “You will, ” saith the Lord. “I will make you.” saith the Lord. You remember satan looked right at God and turned Him down. Judas looked right at God and turned Him down as the Messiah. He was an apostate. He had all the facts. “He sat down with me and talked with me. He heard my voice and saw the miracles.” Yet, he apostatized with the Pharisees in falsehood and turned me down. You will say you will not be deceived. You are already deceived, saith the Lord. I am speaking of those that have apostatized.
Apostasy is going to sweep the churches together and God’s Holy Spirit will sweep the Lord’s people together. One vine is going to the antichrist. One vine is going to the Lord Jesus Christ. After the whole world has turned down the Lord Jesus Christ, they will go down and commit suicide at Armageddon.