“New Testament Mysteries”

(previously unknown, but now revealed-truths)

 

What wonderful mysteries are revealed through, Jesus and the apostles in the New Testament.

 

“the Secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven”

 

Matthew 13:11

“Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

Commentary: First, He was communicating through parables in order to continue to reveal truth to His disciples (Matt. 13:11-12a). The Lord said He was making known to them the secrets of the kingdom of heaven. This term (secrets) in the New Testament referred to truths not revealed in the Old Testament but which now were made known to those instructed.

Second, Jesus spoke in parables to hide the truth from un-believers. The secrets of the kingdom would be given to the disciples, but would be hidden from the religious leaders who rejected Him (13:11b, but not to them). In fact, even what they had previously known would no longer be clear to them.

Third, He spoke in parables in order to fulfill Isaiah 6:9-10. As Isaiah began his ministry, God told him that people would not comprehend his message. Jesus experienced the same kind of response. He preached the Word of God and many people saw but they did not truly perceive; they heard but did not . . . understand (Matt. 13:13-15).

By contrast, the disciples were blessed because they were privileged to see (understand) and hear these truths, truths that people in Old Testament times longed to know (cf. 1 Peter 1:10-11). Jesus’ disciples heard the same truths as the national leaders, but their response was entirely different. The disciples saw and believed; the leaders saw and rejected. Since the leaders turned from the light they had been given, God gave them no additional light.

 

“The Secrets of the Kingdom of God”

 

Luke 8:10

“To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that

‘Seeing they may not see,

And hearing they may not understand.’

 

He explained why He used the parabolic form of teaching. People who were spiritually discerning, that is, were following Him and acknowledging His message as true (such as those in 7:36-8:3) would have the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God. But others who were not responding to Jesus’ message of the kingdom would not understand the parable (cf. 1 Cor. 2:14). In support of this Jesus quoted Isaiah 6:9—the people heard what He said but did not understand it. Jesus’ speaking in parables was actually an act of grace to those listening to Him. If they refused to acknowledge Him as Messiah, their judgment would be less severe than if they had understood more (cf. Luke 10:13-15).

 

“This mystery…Israel has experienced a hardening in part”

 

Romans 11:25

25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

Commentary: 11:25 Israel’s corporate stumbling, which is temporary, not permanent, is called a mystery. In Scripture a mystery is not a truth difficult to understand, but a truth previously unrevealed (and therefore unknown) which is now revealed and publicly proclaimed (cf. Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:26). Paul wanted to make sure his Gentile readers knew about the mystery concerning Israel in God’s sovereign choice. God’s purpose was so that you may not be conceited (lit. “wise in yourselves”). God’s sovereign plan to put Israel aside temporarily in order to show grace to Gentiles is no basis for conceit on the part of the Gentiles; it is designed to display further the glory of God.

God purposed that some from all nations should by faith receive the righteousness provided by grace. In order to achieve this goal Israel’s relationship as God’s Chosen People was rescinded for a time and Israel is now experiencing a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. There is a fullness for Israel (Rom. 11:12) and a fullness for the Gentiles. God is now “taking from the Gentiles a people for Himself” (Acts 15:14).

 

“the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed”

 

Romans 16:25-27

25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith— 27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.

Commentary: 16:25-27. The apostle finally came to his closing benediction. This letter to the Romans is Paul’s longest and most complete statement of the message he proclaimed, what he here called my gospel (cf. 2:16; 2 Tim. 2:8) and the proclamation of (i.e. concerning) Jesus Christ. The truth of this message is the means of spiritual life and stability, as Paul expressed his praise to God who is able to establish you (cf. 1 Peter 5:10).

Paul said that aspects of this message (e.g. Rom. 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:51; Eph. 5:32) and in a sense the total message (cf. Eph. 3:3-9; Col. 1:26-27) are the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known. The message of the gospel of Christ was “hidden” in the Old Testament, but is revealed in the New. In the prophetic writings (of the OT; cf. Rom. 1:2), given by the command of the eternal God (1 Tim. 1:17), Christ was referred to (Luke 24:44-45), but even the prophets themselves were not fully aware of all they wrote (1 Peter 1:10-12). But now in the Church Age their writings are understood.

The goal of this “revelation of the mystery” (Rom. 16:25) is that people of all nations might believe and obey Christ (cf. 1:5; 15:18; 1 Peter 1:2). Paul’s concern for the geographical spread of the gospel is evident here (cf. Matt. 28:19), appropriate in view of his writing to the believers at the empire’s capital city.

Paul then identified specifically the object of his benediction: To the only wise God. In the Greek this phrase is followed immediately by the words through Jesus Christ. This indicates that the wisdom of God is displayed supremely through Christ (cf. Col. 2:3). According to the Greek text the benediction then ends, to whom be glory forever! Amen (cf. Rom. 11:36). God the Father ultimately is the One to be praised and to whom glory belongs (cf. 1 Cor. 15:24-28).

 

“servants of Christ…entrusted with the secret things (mysteries of God)”

 

1 Corinthians 4:1

Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.

Commentary: 4:1. It follows then that all who minister for Christ are responsible to Him. The word translated servants (hypēretas) differs from that used in 3:5 (diakonoi) and stresses subordination and responsibility to a superior. The secret things of God refers to God’s wisdom, the message of the Cross known only by the Spirit’s revelation (2:7-10).

 

“the mystery of His will”

 

Ephesians 1:9

9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,

Commentary: This is accomplished because God made known to us the mystery of His will (cf. “will” in Eph.1:1, 5, 11). “Mystery” is a previously hidden truth unveiled by God’s revelation (cf. Rom. 16:25; see Matt. 13:11 for a list of “mysteries” in the NT).This mystery (unveiled truth) is God’s good pleasure (cf. Eph. 1:5) to purpose in Christ to bring all things in heaven and on earth under His headship in the consummation of time.

 

“the administration of God’s grace…the mystery made known to me by revelation”

 

Ephesians 3:1-7

For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles— 2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 3 how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, 4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), 5 which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: 6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, 7 of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.

Commentary: 3:2-3.  Having broken off in the middle of a sentence in verse 1, Paul began one new long sentence that ended with verse 13 (one of eight lengthy sentences in Eph.; see comments on 1:3-14). It is a conditional sentence with 3:2 serving as its introduction and verse 13 as its conclusion. Paul wrote of the administration of God’s grace that was given to him (v. 2) and concluded by asking them not to be discouraged over his imprisonment in Rome (v. 13). The details of his message and ministry are in verses 3-12. Probably the NIV used “surely” because the wording implies certainty that the Ephesians had heard of his responsibility. Now he spoke of it in greater detail. The word “administration” has the sense of stewardship or a trust to be dispensed (in 1 Cor. 9:17 oikonomia is trans. “trust” and in Col. 1:25 it is rendered “commission”). Paul was to administer “God’s grace” (cf. Eph. 3:7), which was given to him. He elaborated on this in verses 3-6. This grace was given to him to dispense to the Gentiles at Ephesus (for you), because he was an apostle to the Gentiles (Gal. 2:7; Eph. 3:8).

 The revelation of the mystery (3:3-5).

3:3. That is further explains that the mystery is the “grace” mentioned in verse 2. That mystery (a truth hitherto unknown) is not defined till verse 6. The mystery’s disclosure was given to Paul by revelation, which in fact he had already written briefly about, not in another epistle, but in this one (in 2:11-22).

3:4. The Ephesian Christians would be able to understand his insight (synesin; cf. Col. 1:9; 2:2) into the mystery of Christ (cf. Col. 1:27; 2:2) by reading what he had “already written.” Paul’s next words (Eph. 3:5-6) would further enhance their understanding of it. His “insight” was not his own discovery; it was revealed by God.

3:5. Paul then revealed the time when the mystery was disclosed. The mystery was not made known to men in other generations as it has . . . been revealed. This statement has caused some debate among Bible students. The problem hinges on the comparative adverb “as” (hōs). Some take this as restrictive (a comparison of degree), which would mean that the mystery was partially revealed in the Old Testament but is now fully revealed in the Church Age. The thought of the verse should be, God has not revealed this mystery in the past to the extent He has now. Others see the adverb “as” to be descriptive (a comparison of kind), which means that no revelation of this mystery was given in the Old Testament but that this mystery was revealed for the first time in the New Testament.

The second view is a better interpretation for five reasons: (1) Though the restrictive sense for “as” is more common, the descriptive sense is used sometimes (e.g., Peter said that the disciples were not drunk “as” the Jews thought [Acts 2:15]). (In fact, sometimes “as” could be trans. “because,” e.g., the second “as” in 2 Tim. 1:3.)

(2) The context supports this view for Paul wrote that this mystery was hidden in the past (Eph. 3:9).

(3) Colossians 1:26, parallel to Ephesians 3:5, does not use the comparative adverb “as,” but clearly states that the mystery was “kept hidden for ages . . . but is now” (nun de) made manifest to the saints.

(4) The position of the temporal adverb “now” (nun) agrees with Colossians 1:26 in marking the contrast between the two Ages. In the past the mystery was not known but “now” it is. This is substantiated by the same temporal adverb (nun) in Ephesians 3:10: “The manifold wisdom of God” (which is the mystery) is “now” to be made known to the heavenly hosts. If the heavenly hosts did not know of the mystery in the Old Testament, how would people have found out about it? Since the heavenly hosts learned of the mystery through the church (which did not exist before Pentecost) certainly people in the Old Testament did not know.

(5) “Revealed” means “to uncover or unveil” something that has previously been completely covered or hidden. Therefore it would be wrong to say the mystery was partially uncovered in the Old Testament.

Those who hold the first view (“as” is a comparison of degree) argue that passages such as Isaiah 2:1-4 and 61:5-6 indicate that Gentiles received God’s blessings along with Israel. However, these passages speak of the Millennium, not of the concept of Gentiles and Jews being in one body, the church.

This mystery was revealed by the Spirit (cf. Eph. 2:22), and its recipients were God’s holy apostles and prophets (cf. 2:20; 4:11). Some have promoted the idea that this revelation was given to Paul, but 3:5 explicitly states that it was given to the apostles and prophets and that Paul was one who was to disseminate it.

The constitution of the mystery (3:6).

3:6. Paul now defined the mystery. In three compound nouns he stated that the Gentile believers with the Jewish believers are (a) heirs together (i.e., “fellow heirs,” 2:19, kjv) of God’s riches (1:3-14), (b) are of the same body (cf. 2:16; syssōma occurs only in 3:6 in the NT) and (c) are sharers together in the promise (the messianic promise; cf. 2:12; Gal. 3:29) in Christ Jesus. (See comments on Eph. 2:19 and 3:5 regarding the relationship of the church and Israel.)

Thus the mystery is not something mysterious, but is a sacred secret hidden in Ages past but now revealed. This is made possible through the gospel: believing Jews and Gentiles are in one body. The mystery is not that Gentiles would be saved, for the Old Testament gave evidence of that, but rather that believing Jews and Gentiles are joined together. That was a revolutionary concept for Jews and Gentiles alike!

 

      the ministry (3:7-12).

Having described the mystery (vv. 2-6), Paul now discussed his ministry of dispensing this mystery to the Gentiles.

           The placement into the ministry (3:7-8a).

3:7-8a. I became a servant of this gospel (cf. “gospel” in v. 6) denotes Paul’s rendering of service (cf. Col. 1:23). The word “servant” (diakonos) stresses not the idea of subjection (as does doulos, “slave”) but the idea of service or serving, as one who is a waiter (John 2:5, 9). This service has its basis in the gift of God’s grace (cf. Eph. 3:2) given to Paul through the working of His power (cf. 1:19; Col. 1:29). The Greek more clearly implies that Paul’s service was initiated by “the gift of God’s grace” and continues by “the working (energeian) of His power” (dynameōs). Ministering this grace—by God’s strength, not his own—was Paul’s responsibility though he considered himself less than the least of all God’s people. (“God’s people” renders hagiōn, “saints”; cf. Eph. 1:1, 15). This denotes Paul’s deep humility in view of God’s incomparably generous grace.

 

“the mystery of Christ”

 

Ephesians 3:4

4 by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ),

Commentary: 3:4 The Ephesian Christians would be able to understand his insight (synesin; cf. Col. 1:9; 2:2) into the mystery of Christ (cf. Col. 1:27; 2:2) by reading what he had “already written.” Paul’s next words (Eph. 3:5-6) would further enhance their understanding of it. His “insight” was not his own discovery; it was revealed by God.

 

“the mystery, which for ages was kept hidden in God”

 

Ephesians 3:9

9 and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ;

Commentary: The Gentiles can know something of the riches of Christ’s blessings (cf. “the riches of God’s grace” in Eph. 1:7 and 2:7 and the richness of His mercy in 2:4). Yet Christ’s fathomless spiritual wealth can never be fully comprehended. Paul was to disclose publicly to everyone, not just the Ephesians (cf. Eph. 3:2) this stewardship of God’s sacred secret (vv. 3-4, 6). This secret had been hidden in God (cf. v. 5), the Creator of the universe. Even before creating all things God had in mind this wonderful truth as part of His eternal plan (cf. 1:4, 11).

 

“a profound mystery… Christ and the church”

 

Ephesians 5:32

32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

Commentary: Paul returned to mention the wonderful bond between Christ and the church, which illustrates the love of a husband for his wife.

 

“the mystery… kept hidden for ages and generations, but now disclosed”

 

Colossians 1:26

26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints.

Commentary: Soon Saul recognized that this mysterious body of Christ, the church, was in existence and that he was persecuting it (Acts 9:4; cf. Gal. 1:13).

The “mystery” of the church, however, does not mean that Gentile salvation and blessing was unforeseen before Christ (cf. Luke 2:29-32; Amos 9:11-12). The mystery was not that Gentiles would be saved but how they could be “fellow-heirs” (Eph. 3:6, kjv), on the same level with Jews, with no middle wall of partition between them (Eph. 2:12-14). In the Old Testament Gentiles who believed and became a part of Judaism were still considered lower than Jews. This special union in which there “is neither Jew nor Greek” (i.e., Gentile, Gal. 3:28) was nonexistent before Christ died and the Spirit descended to baptize all believers into this new body.

 

“this mystery, which is Christ in you”

 

Colossians 1:27

27To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Commentary: 1:27. God has chosen to make known this mystery to New Testament saints. He willed in His sovereign mercy to reveal His eternal purpose with all its glorious riches. The amazing thing is that this is now revealed among the Gentiles, whereas previously God’s special revelation was to the Jews (Rom. 2:17; 3:1-2; 9:4). Now those “who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ” (Eph. 2:13). Those “without hope and without God” (Eph. 2:12) have been given a glorious hope which is Christ in you (i.e., in you Gentiles; Col. 1:27). Because of “the glorious riches” (lit., “the riches of the glory”), believers are indwelt by Christ, the hope of glory. They are thus “in Christ” (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 1:4), and Christ is in them (cf. Rom. 8:10; 2 Cor. 13:5). Because of Christ, believers look forward to sharing His glory (Col. 3:4; Rom. 5:2; 8:18, 30).

 

“the mystery of God,namely, Christ”

 

Colossians 2:2

2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,

Commentary: 2:2 Paul’s stated purpose was that they might be encouraged in heart and united in love. Confidence and strength of conviction as well as cohesive unity yield a full understanding of the truth. There is no full knowledge apart from moral commitment. Complete understanding results from complete yielding. And this understanding is Christocentric. This insight into God’s ways enables believers to know Christ fully. Christ, as the true mystery of God, reveals God to man (cf. John 1:18; Heb. 1:2-3).

 

“the mystery of Christ”

 

Colossians 4:3

3 meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains,

Commentary: 4:3-4. Pray for us was a request Paul often made of his readers (Rom. 15:30; Eph. 6:19; 1 Thes. 5:25; 2 Thes. 3:1). His request was not selfish; it was for an open . . . door (cf. 1 Cor. 16:9; 2 Cor. 2:12) through which he could clearly minister the gospel message . . . the mystery of Christ (cf. Eph. 3:4; 6:19; Col. 1:26-27; 2:2), for which he was in chains (cf. Phil. 1:7, 13-14, 16; Col. 4:18; Phile. 1, 9-10, 13).

 

“the secret power (mystery) of lawlessness is already at work”

 

2 Thessalonians 2:7

7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.

Commentary: 2:7. This verse explains and expands on verse 6. Paul reminded his readers that the secret power of lawlessness was already at work. The “secret power” is one of the mysteries of the New Testament (Rom. 16:26; 1 Cor. 2:6-12; Eph. 1:9; 3:3-5; Col. 1:25-27). A mystery in the New Testament is a new truth previously unknown before its revelation in the present dispensation. In this case the mystery is the revelation of a future climax of lawlessness in the world. Then and now a movement against divine law directed by Satan was and is operative. But it is being restrained somewhat, and this restraining will continue until the time appointed for revealing the man of sin and the climax of lawlessness.

Who or what is restraining the satanically empowered movement against God’s law and is postponing the revelation of the man of sin? Some say it is the Roman Empire. But the empire has long vanished and “the holder back” is not yet revealed. Another suggestion is that this is Satan, but it is difficult to see why he would hold back sin. Others suggest that human governments are holding back sin and the revealing of the Antichrist. But human governments will not end prior to the Antichrist’s unveiling. Nor do all governments restrain sin; many encourage it!

The Holy Spirit of God is the only Person with sufficient (supernatural) power to do this restraining. Some object to this being the Holy Spirit on the grounds that to katechon in 2 Thessalonians 2:6 is neuter (“what is holding back”). But this is no problem for two reasons: (a) The neuter is sometimes used of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; 15:26; 16:13-14). (b) In 2 Thessalonians 2:7 the words are masculine: ho katechōn, the one who . . . holds it back. How does He do it? Through Christians, whom He indwells and through whom He works in society to hold back the swelling tide of lawless living. How will He be taken out of the way? When the church leaves the earth in the Rapture, the Holy Spirit will be taken out of the way in the sense that His unique lawlessness-restraining ministry through God’s people will be removed (cf. Gen. 6:3). The removal of the Restrainer at the time of the Rapture must obviously precede the day of the Lord. Paul’s reasoning is thus a strong argument for the pretribulational Rapture: the Thessalonians were not in the Great Tribulation because the Rapture had not yet occurred.

 

“keep hold of the deep truths (mysteries) of the faith”

 

1 Timothy 3:9

9 holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.

Commentary: 3:9. Most important of all, deacons must be men of spiritual depth (cf. Acts 6:3). Specifically they should be men who understand and hold fast the deep truths of the faith. By the phrase with a clear conscience Paul (cf. “good conscience” in 1 Tim. 1:5) meant that there must be nothing in the conduct of these men that was glaringly inconsistent with their professed beliefs. In other words they must not profess one thing but practice another.

 

“the mystery of godliness is great”

 

1 Timothy 3:16

16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:

God was manifested in the flesh,

Justified in the Spirit,

 Seen by angels,

 Preached among the Gentiles,

 Believed on in the world,

  Received up in glory.

 

“the mystery of the seven stars…is this: (they) are the angels”

 

Revelation 1:20

20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.

Commentary: In Revelation a symbol of vision is often presented first, and then its interpretation is given. So here the seven stars were declared to be the angels or messengers of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches themselves. The Book of Revelation, instead of being a hopeless jumble of symbolic vision, is a carefully written record of what John saw and heard, with frequent explanations of its theological and practical meanings.

Revelation, with assistance from such other symbolic books as Daniel and Ezekiel, was intended by God to be understood by careful students of the entire Word of God. Like the Book of Daniel, it will be better understood as history unfolds. Though timeless in its truth and application, it is a special comfort to those who need guidance in the days leading up to Christ’s second coming.

Before unfolding the tremendous prophetic scenes of chapters 4-22, Christ first gave a personal message to each of the seven churches with obvious practical applications to His church today.

 

“the mystery of God will be accomplished”

 

Revelation 10:7

7 but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.

Commentary: Announcement was made that the seventh . . . trumpet would bring about the accomplishment of the mystery of God. This mystery had been previously announced to God’s prophets. The reference, therefore, is not to hidden truth but to the fulfillment of many Old Testament passages which refer to the glorious return of the Son of God and the establishment of His kingdom of righteousness and peace on the earth. While God’s purposes are not necessarily revealed in current events where Satan is allowed power and manifestation, the time will come when Satan no longer will be in power and the predictions of the Old Testament prophets will be fulfilled. Then all will know the Lord and the truth about Him (Jer. 31:34). Here again is evidence that the seventh trumpet introduces the seven bowl judgments of God’s wrath described in Revelation 16.

 

“Mystery, Babylon the Great”

 

Revelation 17:5

5 And on her forehead a name was written:

MYSTERY,

BABYLON THE GREAT,

THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Commentary: This confirms previous indications that her character and life are symbolic of false religion, confirmed by the words written on her forehead: mystery babylon the great the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth. The NASB and NIV are probably right in separating the word “mystery” from the title which follows because the word “mystery” is not a part of the title itself; it describes the title.

The Bible is full of information about Babylon as the source of false religion, the record beginning with the building of the tower of Babel (Gen. 10-11). The name “Babel” suggests “confusion” (Gen. 11:9). Later the name was applied to the city of Babylon which itself has a long history dating back to as early as 3,000 years before Christ. One of its famous rulers was Hammurabi (1728-1686 b.c.). After a period of decline Babylon again rose to great heights under Nebuchadnezzar about 600 years before Christ. Nebuchadnezzar’s reign (605-562 b.c.) and the subsequent history of Babylon is the background of the Book of Daniel.

Babylon was important not only politically but also religiously. Nimrod, who founded Babylon (Gen. 10:8-12), had a wife known as Semiramis who founded the secret religious rites of the Babylonian mysteries, according to accounts outside the Bible. Semiramis had a son with an alleged miraculous conception who was given the name Tammuz and in effect was a false fulfillment of the promise of the seed of the woman given to Eve (Gen. 3:15).

Various religious practices were observed in connection with this false Babylonian religion, including recognition of the mother and child as God and of creating an order of virgins who became religious prostitutes. Tammuz, according to the tradition, was killed by a wild animal and then restored to life, a satanic anticipation and counterfeit of Christ’s resurrection. Scripture condemns this false religion repeatedly (Jer. 7:18; 44:17-19, 25; Ezek. 8:14). The worship of Baal is related to the worship of Tammuz.

After the Persians took over Babylon in 539 b.c., they discouraged the continuation of the mystery religions of Babylon. Subsequently the Babylonian cultists moved to Pergamum (or Pergamos) where one of the seven churches of Asia Minor was located (cf. Rev. 2:12-17). Crowns in the shape of a fish head were worn by the chief priests of the Babylonian cult to honor the fish god. The crowns bore the words “Keeper of the Bridge,” symbolic of the “bridge” between man and Satan. This handle was adopted by the Roman emperors, who used the Latin title Pontifex Maximus, which means “Major Keeper of the Bridge.” And the same title was later used by the bishop of Rome. The Pope today is often called the pontiff, which comes from pontifex. When the teachers of the Babylonian mystery religions later moved from Pergamum to Rome, they were influential in paganizing Christianity and were the source of many so-called religious rites which have crept into ritualistic churches. Babylon then is the symbol of apostasy and blasphemous substitution of idol-worship for the worship of God in Christ. In this passage Babylon comes to its final judgment.

 

One good thing about truth, the Gospel is God’s Truth, tell it and teach it to others and you will please God and build many rewards in heaven.

Always keep Jesus in your heart and on your mind.

God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?

Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.

 

Prayer:   Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit.  I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “New Testament Mysteries.”  Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding.

May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.

I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory and to the power of the Holy spirit,

Amen.

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