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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(n.) A total desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party; as, Julian's apostasy from Christianity; An abandonment of what one has voluntarily professed;
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

a-pos'-ta-si, a-pos'-tat (he apostasia, "a standing away from"): I.e. a falling away, a withdrawal, a defection. Not found in the English Versions of the Bible, but used twice in the New Testament, in the Greek original, to express abandonment of the faith. Paul was falsely accused of teaching the Jews apostasy from Moses (Acts 21:21); he predicted the great apostasy from Christianity, foretold by Jesus (Matthew 24:10-12) which would precede "the day of the Lord" (2 Thessalonians 2:2). Apostasy, not in name but in fact, meets scathing rebuke in the Epistle of Jude, e.g. the apostasy of angels (Jude 1:6). Foretold, with warnings, as sure to abound in the latter days (1 Timothy 4:1-3 2 Thessalonians 2:3 2 Peter 3:17). Causes of: persecution (Matthew 24:9, 10); false teachers (Matthew 24:11); temptation (Luke 8:13); worldliness (2 Timothy 4:4); defective knowledge of Christ (1 John 2:19); moral lapse (Hebrews 6:4-6); forsaking worship and spiritual living (Hebrews 10:25-31); unbelief (Hebrews 3:12). Biblical examples: Saul (1 Samuel 15:11); Amaziah (2 Chronicles 25:14, 27); many disciples (John 6:66); Hymeneus and Alexander (1 Timothy 1:19, 20); Demas (2 Timothy 4:10). For further illustration see Deuteronomy 13:13; Ze 1:4-6; Galatians 5:4 2 Peter 2:20, 21.

"Forsaking Yahweh" was the characteristic and oft-recurring sin of the chosen people, especially in their contact with idolatrous nations. It constituted their supreme national peril. The tendency appeared in their earliest history, as abundantly seen in the warnings and prohibitions of the laws of Moses (Exodus 20:3, 4, 23 Deuteronomy 6:14; Deuteronomy 11:16). The fearful consequences of religious and moral apostasy appear in the curses pronounced against this sin, on Mount Ebal, by the representatives of six of the tribes of Israel, elected by Moses (Deuteronomy 27:13-26; Deuteronomy 28:15-68). So wayward was the heart of Israel, even in the years immediately following the national emancipation, in the wilderness, that Joshua found it necessary to re-pledge the entire nation to a new fidelity to Yahweh and to their original covenant before they were permitted to enter the Promised Land (Joshua 24:1-28). Infidelity to this covenant blighted the nation's prospects and growth during the time of the Judges (Judges 2:11-15; Judges 10:6, 10, 13 1 Samuel 12:10). It was the cause of prolific and ever-increasing evil, civic and moral, from Solomon's day to the Assyrian and Babylonian captivities. Many of the kings of the divided kingdom apostatized, leading the people, as in the case of Rehoboam, into the grossest forms of idolatry and immorality (1 Kings 14:22-24 2 Chronicles 12:1). Conspicuous examples of such royal apostasy are Jeroboam (1 Kings 12:28-32); Ahab (1 Kings 16:30-33); Ahaziah (1 Kings 22:51-53); Jehoram (2 Chronicles 21:6, 10, 12-15); Ahaz (2 Chronicles 28:1-4); Manasseh (2 Chronicles 33:1-9); Amen (2 Chronicles 33:22). See IDOLATRY.

Prophecy originated as a Divine and imperative protest against this historic tendency to defection from the religion of Yahweh. In classical Greek, apostasy signified revolt from a military commander. In the roman catholic church it denotes abandonment of religious orders; renunciation of ecclesiastical authority; defection from the faith. The persecutions of the early Christian centuries forced many to deny Christian discipleship and to signify their apostasy by offering incense to a heathen deity or blaspheming the name of Christ. The emperor Julian, who probably never vitally embraced the Christian faith, is known in history as "the Apostate," having renounced Christianity for paganism soon after his accession to the throne. An apostate's defection from the faith may be intellectual, as in the case of Ernst Haeckel, who, because of his materialistic philosophy, publicly and formally renounced Christianity and the church; or it may be moral and spiritual, as with Judas, who for filthy lucre's sake basely betrayed his Lord. See exhaustive articles on "Apostasy" in the Jewish Encyclopedia.

Dwight M. Pratt

646. apostasia -- defection, revolt
... Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: apostasia Phonetic Spelling:
(ap-os-tas-ee'-ah) Short Definition: defection, apostasy Definition: defection ...
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4348. proskomma -- a stumbling, an occasion of stumbling
... offense, stumbling block. From proskopto; a stub, ie (figuratively) occasion of
apostasy -- offence, stumbling(-block, (-stone)). see GREEK proskopto. ...
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4624. skandalizo -- to put a snare (in the way), hence to cause to ...
... to cause to stumble. From skandalon; to entrap, ie Trip up (figuratively, stumble
(transitively) or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure) -- (make to) offend. ...
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2692. katastrophe -- an overthrowing
... overthrow, subverting. From katastrepho; an overturn ("catastrophe"), ie Demolition;
figuratively, apostasy -- overthrow, subverting. see GREEK katastrepho. ...
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5289. hupostole -- a letting down, a shrinking back
... draw back. From hupostello; shrinkage (timidity), ie (by implication) apostasy --
draw back. see GREEK hupostello. (upostoles) -- 1 Occurrence. 5288, 5289. ...
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Topical Bible Verses
2 Thessalonians 2:3
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

John 6:66
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Luke 8:13
They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

Matthew 24:10
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

Hebrews 6:4-8
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

2 Timothy 4:10
For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed to Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia.

Strong's Hebrew
4878. meshubah -- turning back, apostasy
... meshubah or meshubah. 4879 . turning back, apostasy. Transliteration: meshubah
or meshubah Phonetic Spelling: (mesh-oo-baw') Short Definition: faithless. ...
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5627. sarah -- turning aside, defection, apostasy, withdrawal
... 5626, 5627. sarah. 5628 . turning aside, defection, apostasy, withdrawal.
Transliteration: sarah Phonetic Spelling: (saw-raw') Short Definition: rebellion. ...
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The Apostasy.
... 3. THE APOSTASY. [Illustration: Chapter header.] The apostle Paul, in his
second letter to the Thessalonians, foretold the great ...
/.../white/the great controversy between christ and satan /3 the apostasy.htm

Whether Apostasy Pertains to Unbelief?
... OF APOSTASY (TWO ARTICLES) Whether apostasy pertains to unbelief? Objection
1: It would seem that apostasy does not pertain to unbelief. ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether apostasy pertains to unbelief.htm

The Apostasy which Prepares the Way for the Antichrist.
... Chapter Six The Signs of the Redeemer's Return 2. The Apostasy which prepares
the way for the Antichrist. The question has often ...
/.../pink/the redeemers return/2 the apostasy which prepares.htm

National Apostasy
... From Strength to Weakness Chapter 8 National Apostasy. ... During the greater part of
this time of apostasy in Israel, Asa was ruling in the kingdom of Judah. ...
/.../white/the story of prophets and kings/chapter 8 national apostasy.htm

Of Apostasy (Two Articles)
... OF APOSTASY (TWO ARTICLES). We must now consider apostasy: about which there are
two points of inquiry: (1) Whether apostasy pertains to unbelief? ...
//christianbookshelf.org/aquinas/summa theologica/of apostasy two articles .htm

The Apostasy in Two Days.
... Chapter I. The Apostasy In Two Days. ... The apostasy or dark noonday being
under two forms is marked in Bible history as two days. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/orr/the gospel day /chapter i the apostasy in.htm

Of the Metropolis of Christian Apostasy, the Mystic Babylon.
... NOTE. Of the Metropolis of Christian Apostasy, the mystic Babylon. The
metropolis of the apostasy, Babylon the mystery, or the mystic ...
/.../mede/a key to the apocalypse/of the metropolis of christian.htm

Apostasy in Galatia
... Lesson 36 Apostasy in Galatia. [This chapter is based on the Epistle to
the Galatians.] While tarrying at Corinth, Paul had cause ...
/.../white/the acts of the apostles/lesson 36 apostasy in galatia.htm

False Teachings of the Apostasy.
... Chapter III. False Teachings Of The Apostasy. ... One command would be sufficient, but
we have none. Infant baptism originated in the confusions of the apostasy. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/orr/the gospel day /chapter iii false teachings of.htm

Scriptural Predictions of an Apostasy.
... Chapter II. Scriptural Predictions Of An Apostasy. Who ... 31. Paul saw the
awful apostasy from the simple faith of Christ arising. ...
/.../orr/the gospel day /chapter ii scriptural predictions of.htm

Apostasy (6 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (n.) A total desertion or departure from one's faith,
principles, or party; as, Julian's apostasy from Christianity ...APOSTASY; APOSTATE. ...
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Apostate (5 Occurrences)
... 3. (a.) Pertaining to, or characterized by, apostasy; faithless to moral allegiance;
renegade. 4. (vi) To apostatize. Int. ...APOSTASY; APOSTATE. ...
/a/apostate.htm - 14k

... 39). The apostasy may be both doctrinal and moral. Noah Webster's Dictionary.
(vi) To slide back; to fall away; esp. ... action. See APOSTASY. ...
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... He assures them that some things must precede that day, namely, "the falling away,"
or apostasy, and the appearing of a powerful adversary, whom he calls "the ...
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... He assures them that some things must precede that day, namely, "the falling away,"
or apostasy, and the appearing of a powerful adversary, whom he calls "the ...
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Fall (522 Occurrences)
... Specifically: The first apostasy; the act of our first parents in eating the
forbidden fruit; also, the apostasy of the rebellious angels. 40. ...
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Amaziah (41 Occurrences)
... Greek-Roman age. 4. Apostasy and Its Punishment: The campaign was thus entirely
successful, but had evil results. Flushed with victory ...
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Sin (782 Occurrences)
... All men are declared to be destitute of any principle of spiritual life; man's apostasy
from God is total and complete (Job 15:14-16; Genesis 6:5, 6). ...
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Jude (4 Occurrences)
... He furnishes a number of examples of apostates and of apostasy which disclose even
more strikingly the spirit and the doom of them that pervert the truth, that ...
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Man (26072 Occurrences)
... 2:2). That "day of the Lord," the apostle declares, will not come till, as he had
previously taught them (2:5), there has first been a great apostasy and the ...
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Bible Concordance
Apostasy (6 Occurrences)

Acts 21:21 And they have been informed concerning thee, that thou teachest all the Jews among the nations apostasy from Moses, saying that they should not circumcise their children, nor walk in the customs.

Hebrews 6:6 and then fell away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify the Son of God for themselves again, and put him to open shame.
(See RSV)

Jeremiah 2:19 The evil you yourselves have done will be your punishment, your errors will be your judge: be certain then, and see that it is an evil and a bitter thing to give up the Lord your God, and no longer to be moved by fear of me, says the Lord, the Lord of armies.
(See RSV)

Jeremiah 8:5 Why do these people of Jerusalem go back, for ever turning away? they will not give up their deceit, they will not come back.
(See NAS)

Hosea 5:2 And they have plunged themselves in the corruption of apostasy, but I will be a chastiser of them all.

Hosea 14:4 "I will heal their waywardness. I will love them freely; for my anger is turned away from him.
(See NAS)



Apostasy: Amaziah

Apostasy: Caused by Persecution

Apostasy: Caused by Worldliness

Apostasy: Cautions Against

Apostasy: Described

Apostasy: Disciples

Apostasy: Guilt and Punishment of

Apostasy: Hymenaeus and Alexander

Apostasy: Israelites

Apostasy: Judas

Apostasy: Phygellus and Hermogenes

Apostasy: Saul

Apostasy: Shall Abound in the Latter Days

Apostasy: Unclassified Scriptures Relating To

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