Weekly Sabbath Survey
Mystery of Iniquity — 5-17-2014
The Holy Spirit is speaking to the watchers among us concerning a deception going out over the congregation of the Lord. The teaching is that Believers are not obligated to the Law of Moses, that we are strictly New Testament people. Along with that, it is being said that Believers cannot sin — it is impossible for them to sin, therefore we have no need of continually repenting and being forgiven. These teachings are only possible because we separated ourselves from the Jewishness of our faith when it was first started. We are a cut branch that isn’t grafted into the host tree. We measure time BC and AD, before Christ and after His birth. We refuse to see one continuous ‘thing’ with God from Genesis through Revelation. Many false doctrines are successful in deceiving us because we think ourselves “better” than Jews who ‘rejected Jesus and are no longer in God’s favor.’ If you think that, please consider that it is just WRONG.
This mystery we look into today is defined as “something undisclosed due to initiations into religious rites.” So only those who are part of God’s people, who have His Spirit can understand the Mystery of Iniquity, which is the devil at work among us. (The opposite of this Mystery of Iniquity is the Hope of Glory which is Messiah, not just among us, but IN us.)
Sin means “to fall short.” An arrow that falls short of the target. Sinners are trying to do right but come up short at times. (All have sinned and come short of God’s glory.) Iniquity is running amok, destruction, rioting, killing sprees, indecency, looting, burning, raping. In the context of Judaism, iniquity or lawlessness means injustice, unrighteousness, not subject to Law, without Torah, or more succinctly: a Gentile. There are other words — pagan, heathen, savage. But whatever we might think of people who are wild and uncivilized, for the Jews, it all boils down to those “without Torah.” It doesn’t matter what country club or ‘high’ church we belong to, or how civilized we have become.
When the word ‘law’ appears in Scripture it means Torah: the first five Books of the Bible, also called The Law of Moses. The Jews referred to all Gentiles as ‘without Torah.’ Gentiles are foreigners, not part of the People or the Covenant of God. There is nothing worse than being without The Law. In the Old Testament, when the word ‘nations’ appears, it refers to everyone on Earth that is NOT Jewish. When the term “the law” appears it refers to the Torah.
Coming to the conclusion that iniquity and lawlessness is for people who do not believe, I am more certain than ever that we are very mistaken in thinking we can do away with the Book of the Law. We are wrong to think God’s grace through Jesus gives us a pass on obeying and honoring His commandments. We are NOT like those godless peoples who don’t know Yahweh or His Law or His Son.
To explore these thoughts further, 2 Thessalonians, chapter 2 would be a good place to begin.
Now, contemplate the extreme meaning and significance of the troublesome verse below.
Many will say to me in that Day, ‘Lord, Lord! Did we not prophesy in Your name? And we cast out demons in Your name, and we did many miracles in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you: you must go away (depart) from me; you work without Torah. You are lawless, workers of iniquity.’ Matthew 7:22-23
Charlene Reams Manning