Jovial (11 Mar 2013)

The Greek word "Apostacia" can mean "apostacy" in English, but has other synonyms including rebel, renig, revolt, betray, etc.  It can also mean to quarrel, argue, fight, divide into two opposing groups, etc.

There are a number of places where a great apostacy, and other forms of apostacy are predicted.  In fact Matt 24 tends to focus on various forms of apostacy that will occur in the future....

"ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars...For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom" (Matt 24:6-7)

While we tend to use the English word "apostacy" to refer to something faith-based, the Greek word "apostacia" can be used in more contexts that something theological, including something political as is used here.  In Greece, this term was used for the political events that occured during the Apostacia of 1965 when when the king replaced one Prime Minister with another, and members of the ruling party defected.

"Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake" (Matt 24:9)

Here you have those in human authority, rebelling against G-d.  That would be another form of apostacy. Here's another; 

"Then shall many be offended, and shall BETRAY one another.." (Matt 24:10)

Here again, the word "betray" indicates apostacia in another form - people rebelling against their friends - those who put their trust in one another.

"Many false prophets shall rise and deceive many " (Matt 24:11)

Here we have apostacy mentioned in the form of a false prophet. 

"because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved" (Matt 24:12-13)

Here widespread apostacy is discussed.  So how many different forms of apostacy are discussed  in Matt 24:6-13?  Let's recount

Matt 24:6-7 Nations fighting other nations
Matt 24:9 Authorities fighting against G-d by persecuting individuals
Matt 24:10 People fighting against other people
Matt 24:11 false prophets, who are fighting against G-d
Matt 24:12-13 individuals rebelling against G-d

Each of these is an example of "Apostacia", but in a different form.  But it doesn't stop here.  It continues....

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place" (Matt 24:15)

Again, this is apostacy.  This is the "One" , engaging in an ultimate act of apostacy towards G-d by defiling His Holy Place.

"Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains" (Matt 24:16)

So here, Yeshua is promoting rebelling against the Government that is rebelling against G-d.  Apostacy towards the apostate government.  To turn towards G-d is to apostate towards those apostacizing G-d.

"Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house" (Matt 24:17)

In otherwords, when you apostacize against the apostate government, don't apostacize against your own apostacy by backtracking against your own tracks. 

The overall theme of Mardut  (in Hebrew) or Apostacia (In Greek) is being developed all through this chapter, taking on one form, and then another, evolving as the story progresses.  Now Matt 24 quotes Daniel , which predicts an apostate ruler in Dan 11:36-37 when it says...

לו  וְעָשָׂה כִרְצֹנוֹ הַמֶּלֶךְ,
וְיִתְרוֹמֵם וְיִתְגַּדֵּל עַל-כָּל-אֵל, וְעַל אֵל אֵלִים, יְדַבֵּר נִפְלָאוֹת; וְהִצְלִיחַ עַד-כָּלָה זַעַם, כִּי נֶחֱרָצָה נֶעֱשָׂתָה.

36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak strange things against the God of gods; and he shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished; for that which is determined shall be done.

לז  וְעַל-אֱלֹהֵי אֲבֹתָיו לֹא יָבִין
, וְעַל-חֶמְדַּת נָשִׁים
וְעַל-כָּל-אֱלוֹהַּ לֹא יָבִין: 
כִּי עַל-כֹּל, יִתְגַּדָּל.

37 Neither shall he regard the gods of his fathers;
and neither the desire of women,
nor any god, shall he regard;
for he shall magnify himself above all.