A Mystery Revealed

The Word of God is filled with mysteries, not in order to keep us in the dark, but to give us something to search out. This to me is why the Bible is my favorite book to read, for the author is alive and speaking, every time we read it. Bill Johnson is quoted as saying, “I read my bible until God speaks, then I stop and listen to what He has to say.” This is the most practical, helpful advice we can be given as believers, for we have a God that speaks and He loves to share with us mysteries.

What is a mystery? Dictionary.com says, a mystery is something that is difficult or impossible to understand or explain; some synonyms are a puzzle, enigma, conundrum, riddle, secret. This is our working definition of mystery and when I asked my bible study group to define mystery, this is what they said as well. However, in the Greek, the word mystery means something that is not revealed here and actually holds a piece of the puzzle that unlocks the whole puzzle as it pertains to what Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2 calls the mystery of lawlessness.

Mystery in the Greek means to shut the mouth, silence imposed by initiation into religious rites, not obvious to the understanding, hidden purpose or counsel (Strong’s Dictionary). This definition of mystery gives us insight into what is happening in our world today. But to unlock it with great clarity, let’s define lawlessness according to Strong’s Dictionary. Lawlessness means, illegality, violations of law, wickedness, iniquity, unrighteousness, transgression of law. Therefore, based on these two definitions, the mystery of lawlessness is the illegal transgression of the law which silences people and they do not have a clear understanding of why they have been silenced or said another way, lawlessness silences the voice of righteousness.

Now do you understand why the Church is silent in the world today? Why the righteous voices are not being heard? Does this clarify for you, what has silenced the Pastors and Leaders and Lovers of God on earth and in the places of worship we call church? Lawlessness, which 1 John 4:3 says, was at work in the world when Jesus walked the earth and it is still at work today. Because those who are to be righteous (law abiding, both biblically and nationally) have entered into lawlessness, we have been silenced, for lawlessness silences the voices of righteousness.

Once the body of Christ repents of its lawlessness (2 Chronicles 7:14) and takes a stand for righteousness, among ourselves, in our churches, pulpits, conferences and denominations, then we will have a voice again in the earth. Once this return to righteousness happens, then we will hear a roar of righteousness that will rend the veil of deception. But right now, the body of Christ is living in 1 Kings 18:21, which says, “Elijah came near to all the people (of God) and said, how long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him. But the people did not answer him a word” (NKJV). The remnant has chosen righteousness, the world has chosen wickedness, but the majority of the body of Christ is not saying a word, for they have been silenced by lawlessness.

Proverbs 25:12 says, “It is God’s privilege to conceal things and the king’s privilege to discover them” (NLT). The mystery of lawlessness is that lawlessness silences the voices of righteousness. However, to break out of that silence, we must choose righteousness, no matter what the law of the land may say about marriage; what your friends may say about wickedness; nor what your Pastors and leaders may say about political correctness. Proverbs 28:1 says, the wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion” (NIV). If you want your voice back, you must repent of lawlessness and choose to live in righteousness.

The War We’re In

One moment on the news and you know we are in a war. One hour in church and you know we are in a war. One post on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ or Twitter and you know we are in a war. One statement that is not politically correct, no matter how truthful it is and you know we in a war. Very few people cannot recognize that we are in a war, but very few people are identifying what that war is accurately. Politicians believe we are in a political war between Democrats and Republicans. Hate groups believe we are in a war over freedom of speech. Terrorist groups believe we are in a war over religion. Other groups believe we are in a war over the color of our skin, the definition of marriage, or the status of your visa. 
Depending on the way you think, you may believe that one of the listed wars are the war we are in. Honestly, I can understand why you would think that, because on the surface that is what it looks like to the naked eye. However, as believers in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of God who was manifested in flesh on earth and is seated in heaven at the right hand of the Father, who have a Bible, we must remember 2 Corinthians 2:10-11 “Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes”; 1 John 2:18 “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour”; and 2 Thessalonians 2:7 “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work”. 
The war we are in is an age-old war that began when Lucifer was kicked out heaven (Isaiah 14) for seeking to exalt himself against the knowledge of God. The war has not changed, in the words of Bill Johnson, we were born into this war. Therefore, as believers we should not be alarmed when the anti-Christ spirit manifests in violence of its varying kinds, not just in America, but around the world. We should not be shocked that when law and order are restored, the spirit of lawlessness that has been at work silently in the hearts of men and women worldwide, would begin to put up a fight. The apostle Paul told us in Ephesians 6:10-18, that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against powers, principalities and rulers in the heavenly realms. He then went on in those verses to tell us how to dress so we are ready for the battle. None of this should surprise us. 
The war we’re in is a spiritual one that is manifesting physically. It is not the first time it has manifested on earth and unless Jesus comes back in this war, then it will not be the last time this spirit manifests on earth. The war we’re in right now is the same war, we see all throughout the Word of God. From Genesis to Revelation, we see this war and we see the strategies from heaven on how to win this war. The spirit of anti-Christ, the spirit of lawlessness and the spirit of deception are all three, one in the same spirits. They have the same father of lies as their commander and they seek to counter any activity the kingdom of God makes. When you see anti-Christ manifestations, take heart, for it is evidence of kingdom activity. 
The war we’re in is not one to be afraid of, for fear is a tool the enemy uses to paralyze the believer into inactivity. The way to win this war is to love deeply, forgive consistently, read the word daily, connect with others faithfully and worship unashamedly. The way to conquer the anti-Christ spirit is not to engage in tit for tat arguments, but to “praise until the spirit of worship comes, worship until the glory falls, then stand in the glory” – Ruth Heflin. Your greatest weapons are the word of God and the presence of God, for they protect you from deception. Once you are vaccinated by the presence of God and the word of God, then you can go out into the world and rescue those who are being held captive by the spirit of the world. In the words of the old hymn, they will know you are Christians by your love, by your love, they will know you are Christians by your love. 
The next thing we need to address in a future blog is, what is love? One hint, it is not unconditional.