This week I find myself back into Revelation and I want to point out some things I am hearing within.
They may not be too popular, but I believe the Lord wants us to hear them so we can properly discern the truth. Ultimately, these words are very good news. But, we may have to first change our minds (repent) and agree with God’s very Word and die to ourselves. Once we die to the false self of the outer man, the very Word will feed us life and rivers of living water inside.
First, please know that God means exactly what he says and doesn’t play games with his Word. If he says something, he means it just as it is stated. If what we believe about him is contrary, we have to repent not God. We have to change our mind each and every time this happens. If we are not that flexible, we are in for more “hell” and in need of more “salting” with his Holy Fire. He will continue to “salt” and purify us until we agree 100% with his Word and this is the true repentance he grants us.
Isn’t it time we stop skipping over large portions of the Bible that we don’t understand or don’t want to accept because they don’t fit into our own beliefs? I pray your mind is open to whatever and wherever the Lord takes you even if it destroys ALL that you know about him.
Do you think he would like it if we woke each and every day with a totally open heart and put all we think we know about him on the altar for him to either keep or toss?
With that in mind, have you ever asked the Lord and then was open to his internal response on the question “What is the synagogue of Satan” in Revelation?
Let’s look at the verse:
I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Revelation 2:9
Powerful and scary words, huh?
So, who are these people who “say they are jews but are not”? Where is this synagogue of Satan? Isn’t it interesting it starts with “syn”?
I believe there are NO coincidences with God. He is at work in all ages, spaces and times. Everything comes together in his Son and nothing is wasted. Let’s get a further clue in this next verse:
‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. Revelation 2:13
Well, this is pretty specific my friend. Satan’s dwells and his throne is located in the same place where “Antipas” was killed. Well, who s this?
Some of us already know it is Steven in Acts 6-7.
And when the blood of Your witness Stephen was being shed, I also was standing by approving, and watching out for the coats of those who were slaying him.’ Acts 22:20
Stephen was called as a Martyr. This was more than a single man, this was a “calling” or a spiritual “name” given to the first group of God’s witnesses. They were called to speak against the Jews who killed Christ and thus, they would kill “him”. If the Lord will allow it, he can reveal that “Steven” is the faithful witness that began appearing “under the altar” in Revelation 5.
When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. Revelation 6:9-11
These are the first to appear in Heaven in Revelation. God’s first witness always gets the harshest treatment and persecution. We can read all about him and how he spoke against the Jewish leaders in Acts 6-7 and how they killed him. What angered them so much?
“You men who are stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears are always resisting the Holy Spirit; you are doing just as your fathers did. 52 Which one of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They killed those who had previously announced the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become; 53 you who received the law as ordained by angels, and yet did not keep it.” Acts 7:51-53
They would NOT repent and change their minds with what the Holy Spirit was doing.
“Stephen” spoke very bluntly and boldly to them. They couldn’t handle the truth and rather than look inward at themselves, they looked outward and toward the one who was revealing truth to them. Instead of listening to his Words and pondering them for truth like a righteous person would do, they couldn’t stand the truth and killed him. Did you see who ordained the law and gave it to them?
Who are they and where are they?
The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith. Acts 6:7
In Jerusalem. This is spiritual Jerusalem, not the physical earthly city. The spiritual city that is also called “Sodom” and “Egypt”. Rev 11:8
Who specifically is Stephen answering to?
The high priest said, “Are these things so?” Acts 7
The High priest.
Pretty bold, huh?
Yes. And on that day a great persecution of the Church began.
Saul was in hearty agreement with putting him to death.
And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Acts 8:1-2
Again, where did this persecution start?
Now, who were the ones who persecuted the Church?
Answer: The high priest
There were others involved too, but it was led by the Jews who tried to live under the Law of Moses. Sadly, they were blinded by the law and actually thought they could fulfill its perfect requirements. They were self-righteous as a result because they were not honest with themselves that they could NOT fulfill the laws demands. Instead of repenting and crying out to God and accepting God’s perfect sacrifice on their behalf, they clung to their self-righteousness that the Law produces. They were the blind leaders that Jesus spoke the strong woes against. They actually lived in the flesh because that is what the external Law (of Moses) does. It gets you to (try to) follow an external set of rules and commands instead of Christ within. Thus, they persecuted and attempted to KILL the TRUE Church who are those who live by the Spirit of Jesus inside.
So, where is the Synagogue of Satan?
on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Friend, I am going to be very bold here.
It is time we WAKE UP. It is time we stop trying to live under our self-made religion created at the “synagogue of Satan” under the Law of Moses and Ten commandments.
Did you know that every time that Moses is read, a VEIL remains over our hearts and we can’t see the truth?
But their minds were hardened. For to this day, when they read the old covenant, that same veil remains unlifted, because only through Christ is it taken away 2 Cor 3:14
A person who lives under the law of Moses and Ten Commandments has their MINDS HARDENED! Even the very reading of the old covenant, the veil remains unlifted.
We will stay blind and our minds veiled as long as we keep teaching and living under the old covenant. This is why TRUE SPIRITUAL words are total nonsense to a person who lives under the external law of Moses. Their minds are dull! It is only in Christ who IS the new covenant that the veil is removed.
Ponder this verse:
But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart 2 Cor 3:15
Do you see what this means Bible teachers?
Every time you even read from the book of Moses or teach from the old covenant in ANY way without also teaching that Christ is the total fulfillment of the law, a veil is not only over your heart, but you are putting a veil over the hearts of those you are teaching. You and they are becoming blind!
Who is causing this blindness?
in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Cor 4:4
Who is the god of this world? Are you putting ALL this together?
If we try to live under ourselves or teach any of the old covenant of law including the commandments without knowing or ALSO teaching that Christ fulfilled ALL the law, you are living in and teaching out of the Synagogue of Satan! He, my dear friend, is the very minister of the Law and death. He is the very angel who was up on the mountain giving the living oracles to Moses and the elders. He is God’s servant tasked to carry out the law and feed death to all those trying to live under it and fulfill it’s requirements.
Please ponder these verses mightily today.
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law 1 Cor 15:56
Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin Romans 3:20
because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression Romans 4:15
Friend, there is NO doubt the law is the very power of SIN itself and sin is the sting of death. Through the law we become conscious of our sin because the law brings God’s wrath!
So, how much sin, death and wrath do you want?
Bible pastors and teachers: When will you believe these very Words of God? When will we finally “connect the dots” and see who the “God of Israel” was in the Old Testament UNDER LAW?
“This Moses whom they disowned, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’ is the one whom God sent to be both a ruler and a deliverer with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the thorn bush. 36 This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren.’ 38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you. Acts 7:35-38
What are the “living oracles”?
The law and commandments. BOTH versions of them!
That’s right, if you study it closely, you will see there are TWO VERSIONS of the commandments. One for those under law, condemnation and death in Deuteronomy 5:1-21. We have to do all these perfectly forever to live. However, the TRUE copy of the commandments is for those under grace that you NEVER hear taught. You can find these in Exodus 34:11-26. This is what GOD HIMSELF will do IN and THROUGH US!
We are so blind under law as that is what the law does. We don’t even see what this clearly says. We want our self-made religion instead of the truth found in God’s word both written and LIVING. We need to be in control instead of allow God to lead. We can’t see that the Words of Jesus were TRUE when he said “no one has seen the father except the one who came from God” in John 6:46.
No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father. John 6:46
So, if no one has seen the father then who was it up on Mt. Sinai with Moses and the elders in Exodus 24:9-11? Who is the “God of Israel” that was with them?
Please know that this is the very god who gave Moses the old covenant law and commandments. This god is the one who is charged with enforcing and carrying them out.
Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear like the sky itself. 11 But he did not lay a hand on the leaders of the Israelites, so they saw God, and they ate and they drank. Exod 24:9-11
Since when is God a BULLY?
When are we going to WAKE UP and actually BELIEVE GOD’S WORD?
The “God of Israel” in the old testament was NOT the one who came from God nor his father. He told us so because he also told us that “he who has seen me has seen the father”. So, it wasn’t Jesus or his father on the mountain with the 70 elders.
Here is more proof that it was NOT GOD himself that the Israelites worshipped and gave sacrifices to during that time.
But God turned away and delivered them up to serve the host of heaven; as it is written in the book of the prophets, ‘It was not to Me that you offered victims and sacrifices forty years in the wilderness, was it, O house of Israel? 43 You also took along the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of the god Rompha, the images which you made to worship. I also will remove you beyond Babylon.’ Acts 7:42-43
Friends, do you know that whenever you come under and try to live under the external written law, any set of rules or commandments or the “old covenant” you are worshipping this very same god?
Well, who is this “angel” who was the one on the mountain who give the old covenant law and commandments to Moses?
Well, who is the “god of this world”? Is not this current world in its current form under law and dying?
Again, the devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Matt 4:9
in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 2 Cor 4:4
in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience Eph 2:2
Did Jesus disputed the devil in Matt 4:9 when the devil offered him all the “Kingdoms of the World”?
No. They were his to give. He was and still is the god of this world.
Satan as God’s minister of the law, death and condemnation is very clever. He is the spirit that is at work in all who don’t believe the TRUE Gospel. He even appears as an angel of light.
No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 2 Cor 11:14
Do you still want to live under law and the old covenant? Do you still want to live under the minister of death and condemnation?
The good news!
Why the Law then? It was added because of transgressions, having been ordained through angels by the agency of a mediator, until the seed would come to whom the promise had been made. Galatians 3:19 (NASB)
The law is only in place UNTIL the seed would come to which the promise has been made. Then, the law would die itself and pass away.
Who is this “seed” of God?
He is the seed and he HAS COME and IS COMING NOW in these very words. He is truth and he is appearing all over in these last days! He is the very WORD OF GOD in LIVING FORM who reveals ALL TRUTH to us from within. Ponder these words and ask him to show you the truth! Only he can reveal the TRUE meaning of the written Word and remove us from under The law and death. The law is passing away and DEATH itself is passing. The Son of God is appearing to those with hearts open to him.
He doesn’t require anything except an open heart to sit at his feet and listen. You don’t have to change your behavior or ANYTHING about you. HE WILL DO THAT if he desires it. He just wants you to sit and listen.
Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
According to the Lord above, how many things are necessary?
What is that “one thing”?
Friend, no matter what you struggle with in your life, God already knows it. It was actually part of his plan for the suffering that you would share with the Lord so you could also be revealed with his glory! This suffering is what eventually causes us to repent. Those who don’t suffer won’t repent and believe the truth. They still believe they can fulfill the law themselves by something they “do”. They are self-righteous. They believe they can “Read more Bible”, “pray more” , “volunteer more”, “try harder” or whatever! How many times have you been told to “do something” (about your sin) or “try harder” on Sunday? None of that will do ANYTHING to please God. He wants you to “listen to my Son” as you “sit at his feet”.
That is the GOOD PART according to the Lord. Listen and the Words themselves will work inside you and DO what needs to be done. This, my friend is the very power of God working. He does it. You rest and listen. His very Word will compel you to act when it’s time. It will CA– USE you to do and say things you could never imagine possible. You will be in awe of him working inside you and how powerful he is.
But, first we must repent of our self-made religion from being under law. We must stick ONLY with his Word and believe exactly what his Word says.
If we are willing to turn to the Lord and believe him AT HIS WORD and repent of our false, self-made religion a powerful thing will occur.
But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away 2 Cor 3:16
When we turn away from the lies we believe and admit the truth found in his Word and turn to him for truth, the veil will be removed. We will see powerful spiritual truths for the VERY FIRST TIME!
It doesn’t matter if we have been a “Christian” all our lives. If we are trying to live under the old covenant of law, we are following the “minister of death” and living out of the “Synagogue of Satan”. This is why the truth and Christ is so offensive to those under law. It destroys their self-righteousness. The truth who IS Jesus Christ destroys all “self” as only Jesus is left when the law has completed it’s work.
All things under law that is not God himself will be destroyed. This is the TRUE death. It will only be God himself who is left. In the end, we will find that we are and WERE all part of God himself. It’s only a matter of how much death and pain we want to go through to get there.
God is very patient and will wait until the very last person who wants to live under law, gives up in the Lake of (refining) fire. Eventually, he will destroy the veil that is over all natural minds under law.
On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations Is 25:7
This is even happening right now in these very words.
This is the great news for all in the end. Eventually, God will destroy the very veil of the law for EVERYONE!
But, why wait that long.
Let’s change our minds (repent) NOW and begin LIVING NOW! The truth will hurt and be very painful in the beginning. This is the “two-edged sword” that comes out of his “mouth” and kills all falsehoods and lies. But, as it circumcises our “flesh” or self-will and strips away the law, we will begin to experience more and more FREEDOM and LIFE from within.
Do you want that? I do.
This is the True freedom Jesus told us about that comes from WITHIN when your true being or your “heart” or “inner man” is “circumcised” or cut away from your false outer man called “the flesh”.
Are you a “true Jew” who is circumcised inwardly in your heart or a false Jew who is only circumcised outwardly in the flesh?
Are you a “false Jew” of the outer man or are you a true spiritual Jew who is circumcised by the very Spirit of God inside you? Do you live inwardly by his leading or do you live outwardly by a set of rules of the outer man? One is life and freedom. One is death.
Who is your god? The God of the inner man or the god of the outer man?
For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. 29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. Romans 2:28-29
Is your praise from men or God?
Do you worship the ONE TRUE God as found in his written and LIVING Word inside you or do you worship the “Synagogue of Satan” under law of the outer man?
I pray it’s the one true God because he has a time of serious testing for those who insist living under law in the “Synagogue of Satan”.
Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. Revelation 3:9-11
Friend, Jesus is the complete fulfillment of the law for all of us. If you believe that, then the Bible says you are WITHOUT sin. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. You are one of God’s very children. That will offend the religious Pharisee who wants to keep you under sin, condemnation, and death.
For this reason therefore the Jews were seeking all the more to kill Him, because He not only was breaking the Sabbath, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God John 5:18
If God is your father, you are without sin! You have the very righteousness of Jesus. Those who insist on being under law are worshipping at the Synagogue of Satan according to Jesus. You don’t have to follow them.