The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 3:4-6 ~ The Doctrine of the Mystery

Vol. 15 No. 12

eph the mystery revealed

Vs. 4

Eph 3:4, “And by referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ.”

This passage needs a little cleaning up from the NASB translations. “And by referring to this” is more of a commentary, as the Greek reads, “by which,” with the Preposition PROS meaning, “face to face relationship, toward, or with” and the Relative Pronoun HOS meaning, “which.”

Next in the Greek is the Present, Middle Deponent, Indicative of DUNAMAI that means, “to be able, have power to do, or capacity for.” It is translated, “you can” in our passage, but should be, “you ought to be able to.”

So it should read, “With which, (the mystery doctrines), you ought to be able to.”

Next we have the Present, Active, Participle of ANAGINOSKO, ἀναγινώσκω that means, “read or to recognize.” Here it means to read Paul’s letter, as the Pastors were given this letter to read and understand and then teach to their congregations. We translate this, “by reading” referring to this letter to the churches in Asia Minor of the Roman Empire.

Then we have the Aorist, Active, Infinitive of NOEO, νοέω that means, “to perceive (with the eyes), understand, realize, think over, etc.” In Classical Greek it does not simply refer to someone’s physical sight, but meant the intellectual perception resulting from sight. So it is learning through the eye gate by means of GAP. Later in Greek literature it simply meant to “understand.” The infinitive denotes purpose; therefore, Paul desires that his readers “understand” his knowledge that he gained by revelation of the “mystery of Christ.”

Then we have, “my insight” which is TEN SUNESIS MOU for “the understanding of my” or “my understanding.” Here SUNESIS, σύνεσις means, “to understand, knowledge, comprehension, insight, or intelligence.” This is Paul’s knowledge that he received by direct revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ as to the mystery doctrines for the Church Age, which is “the mystery of Christ;” the Dative of Sphere case of EN HO MUSTERION HO CHRISTOS.

Our translation is: “With which, (Paul’s revelation of the mystery doctrines), you ought to be able to, by reading (this letter), perceive, (through the eye gate), my knowledge, (received by direct revelation), in the (sphere of the) mystery of the Christ.”

Principle:

Paul had the doctrine of the mystery in his frame of reference, in his memory center; it was a part of his own vocabulary, he had completely categorized it in his right lobe before he attempted to communicate any part of it. In other words, he had a complete saturation of this information. Now it becomes a case of face to face teaching, necessary for this doctrine to be communicated to the royal priesthood.

So this passage reminds of the importance of learning, storing, and applying God’s Word on a consistent basis. It reminds us of the Grace Apparatus for Perception, (GAP), which is the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit, whereby we perceive God’s Word, through either the ear gate or the eye gate, into the left lobe of our soul called the mind or NOUS in the Greek. When we mix what we have learned with faith, meaning we believe in what we have read or heard from the Bible, the Holy Spirit transfers that knowledge, called GNOSIS in the Greek, to our Human Spirit where it is stored as EPIGNOSIS Doctrine, (full or complete knowledge), within our soul. As we take in more and more Bible doctrine, it builds up our soul called the Edification Complex of the Soul. This is the beautification of the temple of God within us. Then when we need to apply God’s Word to life’s situations, the EPIGNOSIS doctrine in our soul is transferred by the OIDA (knowledge) pump, to the right lobe of our soul, called in the Bible the Heart, or KARDIA in the Greek. Once in the heart, EPIGNOSIS doctrine is on the Launching Pad of our soul to be applied through our thoughts, words, and actions to life’s situations.

This process begins with the Grace Apparatus for Perception, GAP, which is a ministry of God the Holy Spirit to teach us God’s Word, transfer and store that Word within our souls, and make it available for faith application from the launching pad/heart of our souls.

Human I.Q. is not an issue in the function of GAP. GAP is a grace system for perception, Col 1:9‑10; 1 Cor 3:16 (as the temple of God); 1 Thes 5:23 (part of your sanctification); 1 Cor 1:19‑2:16.

Ps 139:13-14 tells us, “You have formed my inner parts; I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully (awesomely) and wonderfully (separately/distinctly) made. Wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it very well.”This was Font/Pitch 2,12 – Off.Note:  The change to pitch (12) and font (1) must be converted manually.

Now, from the storage, recall, and application perspective of Bible Doctrine within your soul, your heart / KARDIA is like a filing cabinet for God’s Word. It’s the central resource center of your soul where you store, recall, and apply Bible doctrine. There are six compartments to this filing cabinet / the heart of your soul. (See: Doctrine of the Heart) http://gracedoctrine.org/heart-doctrine-of-the/

We now address the topic of the knowledge (SUNESIS) that Paul acquired by revelation from God that he wants us to have as well. He wants us to know his, “knowledge in the (sphere of the) mystery of the Christ.”

Therefore, we are going to note the Doctrine of the Mystery, the mystery doctrines for the Church Age. And in fact, (comma) vs. 5 and 6 give us some of the information related to the mystery doctrines.

Vs. 5

Eph 3:5, “Which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit.”

This verse tells us the means by which the mystery was revealed to the Church!

The first thing we note here is that this knowledge, “was not made known,” which is the Greek negative OUK, with the Aorist, Passive, Indicative of GNORIZO, γνωρίζω that means, “to make known, reveal, or declare.” In early Greek literature, it was used to mean, “make known or point out,” and sometimes, “to become acquainted with” and “to recognize.” So it had the resultant idea of causing someone to know something that he previously did not know, comprehend, or understand. In contrast, APOKALUPTO the root used in vs. 3, and later here in this verse, emphasizes a revelation of that which was previously hidden, but GNORIZO stresses the obtaining of new information or understanding, which is appropriate for the context of this statement. Because previously to the Church Age this information was not known, this is the emphasis of the beginning of this passage.

The Passive Voice with the negative OUK means, they did not receive this information.

The Aorist Tense views the entirety of the action that they did not know this information.

The Indicative Mood is for the dogmatic reality that they did not receive nor obtain this information.

The “they” we are talking about is noted in the phrase, “which in other Generations,” HO EN HETEROS GENEA. GENEA, γενεά is a noun in the Dative Plural that means “generations, offspring, family, race, or kind.” “Generations” typically means the “descendants,” although this can be temporally qualified as a “period” as it is here and in Mat1:17; Acts 13:36; 14:16. Given the context of vs. 2 and 9 with OIKONOMIA, we could also gloss this as “previous dispensations,” but “generations” gets it even more personal, speaking of the knowledge the ancient peoples did not have, i.e., “the sons of men,” the Dative of HO HIOS and the Genitive of HO ANTHROPOS.

Sons of men,” is a Hebraism common in the LXX, but occurring only once elsewhere in the NT, Mark 3:28. It is not intended as a contrast with “holy apostles and prophets,” as being men of God, but rather with “sons of Israel,” the normal designation of Jews.

Therefore, the first emphasis of this passage is that the people of the previous generations / dispensations, (i.e., mankind), did not receive, nor know the mystery doctrines for the Church Age.

Although the blessing of the Gentiles through the people of God was revealed in the OT from Gen 12:3 onward, it was not proclaimed so fully or so extensively as under the new Dispensation.

The second emphasis is then, “as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit.”

As now” is HOS NUN meaning, “now” is the time! Now is the greatest opportunity in history. You have been given more information and more invisible assets to become an invisible hero than has ever existed before!

Has been revealed,” is the Aorist, Passive, Indicative of APOKALUPTO, ἀποκαλύπτω, “To reveal, uncover, disclose.” It is a principal verbal bearer of the concept of “revelation” that emphasizes a revelation of that which was previously hidden, i.e., the mystery doctrines.

The Passive Voice means, they received this information that was previously hidden.

The Aorist Tense views the entirety of the action that this information was revealed to them.

The Indicative Mood is for the dogmatic reality that they did receive and obtain this information.

In the parallel passage found in Col 1:26, in the place of “as,” it uses the adversative Conjunction “but,” DE, to indicate a distinct contrast between the revelation given to the previous generations / dispensations, compared to the Church Age.

The “they” we are speaking about are those who received the revelation of the mystery doctrines for the first time.

First, they are classified as “His,” AUTOS, referring back to vs. 4 and Christ. They are “His” in the Genitive of Possession, meaning that Christ Jesus owns them, because He purchased them from the slave market of sin and they have dedicated their lives to serve and worship Him.

Secondly, they are classified as being “holy,” HAGIOS, speaking of the Positional Sanctification they have received at the moment of their salvation, and the Experiential Sanctification they walked in, in order to receive the Mystery Doctrines for the Church Age. This designation also signifies that the apostles and prophets were set apart for the special task of proclaiming Christ and the mystery doctrines.

Then we see who these holy servants of Christ are, “apostles and prophets,” APOSTOLOS, ἀπόστολος, KAI PROPHETES, προφήτης. These were two of the key communication spiritual gifts given in the early Church that no longer exist today in the Church Age. Some believe that “prophets” is an adjective describing or emphasizing the “apostles.” But as Daniel Wallace in, “Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics,” notes on pages 284-286, grammatically these are two groups of people who received the mystery doctrines in the early church to communicate them to the church. We will note both of these in more detail in Eph 4:11. But it is important to note here that men with these two key communication gifts were given the revelation of the mystery doctrines first, so that they could communicate them to the other believers in their current “generation.” These gifts were important then because they did not have the completed canon of Scripture. Once the N.T. was completed, these communication gifts ceased to be given, along with several others. Now it is up to “Pastor-Teachers” to communication the Mystery Doctrines to the Church, as found within the N.T., and for the “evangelists” to communicate the Gospel message with the name “Jesus Christ,” both of which being unrevealed in previous dispensations and now being fully made known.

A third classification for these communicators, who received the mystery doctrines, is that they were, “In the Spirit,” EN PNEUMA, in the Dative Case. This is an instrumental Dative and should be translated, “by means of the Spirit.” It was by the Holy Spirit’s revelation that these men received the mystery doctrines, and then had the spiritual power to communicate them. As a result, every believer was and is given the ability to learn, store, and apply the mystery doctrines through the filling of the Holy Spirit and the Grace Apparatus for Perception (GAP), and is given the complete canon as the information about which to think. In order to think, you must know the doctrine and be able to think in terms of its application.

Principles of the Mystery Doctrines from vs. 5:

  • In previous dispensations, believers, even the prophets, did not receive the complete revelation of the mystery doctrines for the Church Age.
  • Now, in our Dispensation, called the Church Age, the mystery doctrines have been fully revealed.
  • The Mystery doctrines were first revealed to the Apostles and Prophets to communicate to the early Church.
  • Now the Mystery doctrines are found solely in the Epistles of the N.T. and communicated by your right Pastor teacher.
  • Evangelists now use the revealed name, Jesus Christ, in the presentation of the Gospel message.
  • These apostles and prophets of the early church are, as are all believers, holy positionally and must walk experientially sanctified, to fulfill God’s plan for their lives.
  • These men are Christ’s, purchased from the slave market of sin and wholly dedicated to serve and worship Him, as we too are, and should be!
  • These men received the revelation of the mystery doctrines through the power of the filling and teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit.

Vs. 6

Eph 3:6, “To be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.”

This tells us of some of the content of the Mystery! This is not only a key verse, but the key theme of the entire letter, which is the mystery, unrevealed truth, of the Church. It relates us back to Eph 2:5-6, 12 and 1:3-6, 11.

It begins with the Present, Active, Infinitive of EIMI that means, “to be, exist, live, reside, am, etc.” It speaks of the new state or position the “Gentiles,” ETHNOS, are in. “That” is added to make the Infinitive of EIMI to be a purpose clause. So what follows is God’s Predesigned purpose for the Gentiles of the Church Age.

So what are the Gentiles now? Three things: Each of the following three Adjectives utilize the Preposition SUN meaning, “with,” as a prefix to the root, and are linked with the Conjunction KAI, “and” in between, to describe the mystery blessings of Church Age believers.

  • Fellow Heirs,” SUNKLERONOMOS, συγκληρονόμος that comes from KLEROO, “to make or obtain an inheritance” and NOMOS, “law.” So the compound word means, “with others made an heir by law,” and comes to mean, “Fellow or joint heir.” It suggests a joint or common eternal inheritance between two people or two groups of people, Jews and Gentiles. The inheritance is Christ in you and all that it entails, now and into eternity. It means you are entered into the Royal Family of God and will rule with Him for all of eternity. It tells us we are one with Him; our union with Christ. As such, it also means to have the same privilege and opportunity to fulfill God’s Plan for our lives. There is also an eschatological sense to the use of the word in the N.T.: the inheritance at stake is not material goods but the inheritance of God’s promises. So both Jews and Gentiles of the Church Age are noted as “fellow heirs.” Both share in the promise of Christ and as we see in the next point, we are therefore now “one body” in Christ.
  • Fellow members of the body,” SUSSOMOS, σύσσωμος from the root SOMA meaning, “body.” It is a term unique to Christian literature and used only once here in the N.T. It comes to mean, “Belonging to the same body.” Paul used the term to emphasize that Gentiles were of the same body as were the Jews, not attached nor distinguishable from the original members. Neither schism, nor national variety, nor previous condition, nor any lines of separation, exist in the Church, the body of Christ; Jew and Gentiles together make up the one body of Jesus Christ in the Church Age.

This also tells us that the first Adam was provided by Jesus Christ with a right woman. At the same time Jesus Christ said, “Not good that Adam should be alone.” The same principle applies to the last Adam, Jesus Christ. So God the Father provided for the last Adam, the Lord Jesus, a body, (i.e., a right woman). The Church is the right woman. Because we are Jesus’ right woman, just as He is royalty, so too is the Church Age believer. And so we are the body of Christ and therefore we are royalty. We will reign with Him forever as royalty. This is the concept of Eph 5:22-33.

Therefore, we are fellow heirs, which means we are heirs of royalty, but we are of the same body, which means we are members of the royal family of God.

  • Fellow partakers of the promise of Christ Jesus,” SUMMETOCHOS, συμμέτοχος from the root METECHO that means, “share, have a share, partake, or participate.” So SUMMETOCHOS comes to mean, “partaker, sharer, or joint possessor.” It is used only here and in Eph 5:7. Here it emphasizes that the Gentiles were partakers, or sharers with the Jews “of the promise of Christ,” HO EPANGELIA EN CHRISTOS. “Jesus” is added in the English translations; it is not in the Greek. Christ is where we entered into the Royal Family. It refers to positional truth, our union with the Lord Jesus Christ. And that salvation is only found through the name Jesus Christ.

Acts 4:12, “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.”

This blessing is further qualified with, “through the Gospel,” DIA HO EUANGELION. This is how we entered into the Royal Family. Good news started it, there is good news afterwards. The good news is that once we have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior, the next objective is spiritual adulthood and the super-grace life. Therefore, the blessing here is salvation by believing in the gospel of Jesus Christ, whether we are Jewish or Gentile, where the promise of Christ being in your life now and throughout eternity will be fulfilled. So this is the blessing of having an eternal relationship with Christ.

This means that every one of us has a joint account with God. This means that we can draw on Him for anything and everything, and also it means He has unlimited resources. The joint account of His promise means that we as believers should have in time: happiness, God’s happiness, blessings, prosperity, success, promotion, etc.

Principles of the Mystery Doctrines from vs. 6:

  • All believers in Jesus Christ during the Church Age are equal before the Lord as His children and as citizens of His eternal kingdom.
  • We are fellow heirs of the eternal inheritance waiting for Christ.
  • We are one Body in Christ. No distinction exists between Jewish believers and Gentile believers. Because of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the resultant positional sanctification, every Gentile believer in the Church Age is in union with Christ and coequal with all Jewish believers.
  • We all have salvation through one person, Jesus Christ, by believing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Our life as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ has meaning, purpose, and definition. We are not only priests, we are royal priests, and our objective is to reach the super-grace life.
  • Every believer, whatever he does in this life, is in full time Christian service. His full time Christian service is his job, his business, his profession, and his activities in life. He is a member of the Royal Priesthood.
  • It is God’s objective to bless him in these activities and to utilize these activities for his promotion, his happiness, and for his success in life.

Doctrine of the Mystery

1) Origin and meaning of the word “mystery.” The Greek word MUSTERION is derived from an Attic noun (the Classical Greek of the age of Pericles) MUSTES. The MUSTES is a person who has been initiated into a fraternity or club in the ancient world. These fraternities had doctrines and policies, and these policies are called doctrines or mysteries. Once a person had memorized these things and had passed all the tests, he is then a MUSTES, a member of the fraternity. It is also derived from a verb in the Classical Greek, MUEO, which means, “to initiate, or to instruct in the doctrines of the fraternity.” Therefore, the doctrines of the fraternity were only instructed to those who were in them. The people on the outside never knew what was taught, the doctrines of the fraternity were kept secret and they were called MUSTERION; hidden from the outside, but known to the members of the fraternity/club.

MUSTERION corresponds to the Aramaic RAZ meaning, “secret,” frequently found in the book of Daniel, Dan 2:18, 19, 27-30, 47, which denotes, “an eschatological mystery, a concealed intimation of Divinely ordained future events whose disclosure and interpretation is reserved for God alone.”

MUSTERION was especially significant in the religious sphere in antiquity. There were “mystery cults,” from around the 7th Century B.C. to the 4th Century A.D., which were typified by their secrecy; hence the term mystery.  These mystery cults gradually infiltrated philosophical circles with terminology, concepts, and speculation, e.g., Plato. Likewise, the Gnostics used “mysteries” those “secrets” that were disclosed to the Gnostic practitioner, where such knowledge was linked to redemption and to the power to escape the world.

The word “mystery” in the Bible is simply a series of doctrines hidden from the O.T. saints that are now revealed to the N.T. saints.

2) Definition: The word mystery in modern speech means a sublime or unclear truth that is marveled at but only partly understood. The Greek MUSTERION, however, describes any divine or heavenly reality, which is regarded as hidden or secret, and can be known only when revealed by the gods.

The Noun MUSTERION, μυστήριον means, “Secret, rite, secret teaching, mystery, or anything hidden or unrevealed.”  It meant “teachings” that the initiate knows but no one else knows. The precise origin of MUSTERION is disputed, but it suggests that a silence is to be kept, e.g., a “secret rite.” The root idea then is information known only to those on the inside, but hidden to those who are on the outside, Mark 4:11. It refers to information which has been kept secret, veiled, Rom 16:25-26.

It comes from the root verb MUO that means, “to shut the mouth, a secret or mystery through the idea of silence imposed by initiation into religious rites.” Another cognate is MUEO, that means, “Initiate into (the mysteries), learn a secret, instruct, teach, or to make known special secrets.”

3) The Biblical Significance and Use of the Word “Mystery”

In the Bible the word “mysteries” refers to truth that was not revealed in the O.T. but is revealed in the N.T. More than a dozen such truths are revealed in the N.T., all following the basic definition of Col 1:26, which defines a mystery as that “which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints.”

A mystery truth, accordingly, has two elements:  a) It has to be hidden in the O.T. and not revealed there; b) It has to be revealed in the N.T. It is not necessarily a reference to a truth difficult to understand, but rather to truths that can be understood only on the basis of Divine revelation.

The O.T. clearly reveals the earthly reign of Christ, when He comes as King to reign on the throne of David. Therefore, they are not a mystery. Yet, Mat 13 introduces a different form of the kingdom, namely the present spiritual reign of the King during the period He is physically absent from the earth, prior to His Second Coming. Accordingly, theses “mysteries of the kingdom,” deal with the period between the First and Second Advent of Christ and not the Millennial kingdom, which follows His Second Advent.

Jesus used the term once, as we will note below, to explain parables to the disciples. Paul used it 21 times, as we will also note below.

It refers to God’s secrets, His counsels and purposes which are not known to man apart from His special revelation in Scripture or by His prophets, Dan 2:18-23, 27-30. The secret thoughts, plans, and dispensations of God, which are hidden from human reason, as well as from all other comprehension below God’s level, await either fulfillment or revelation to those for whom they are intended.

In most cases in the N.T., it refers to Church truth, which was not known in the O.T., but has become revealed in the N.T. cf. Eph. 3:1-9. The O.T. revealed the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the salvation of the Gentiles, etc. But there was no mention of the Church and certain aspects of the Church Age. These things were mysteries, Rom 16: 25-26.

It is also used of spiritual-truth revealed in Scripture, Old or New Testament, but which remains a secret. It is veiled truth to the unbeliever, because he cannot fathom or spiritually understand it. It refers to truth which man cannot comprehend by experience, trial and error, testing, or by his own reason or human philosophy, 1 Cor 2:6 -14; Mark 4:11.

Through the Word of God, the new nature, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the believer becomes the initiate of God’s mysteries, cf. Phil 4:12, (where Paul uses the Greek word MUEO. For this more general use, compare also 1 Cor 4:1; Eph 6:19; Col. 4:3; 1 Tim 3:9.

4) Jesus used MUSTERION with the disciples in Mat 13:11; Mark 4:10-11, in regard to the mystery of the kingdom of heaven. This is the mystery of the interim program of God between Christ’s First and Second Advents.

5) In the epistles of the N.T., the word “mystery” refers to Church Age doctrine, either all of it or some specific part of it, e.g., Eph 3:2-6.

6) Mystery doctrine of the Church Age was not revealed to the O.T. prophets, Rom 16:25-26; Col 1:26-27.

7) The mystery as Church Age doctrine was a part of the Divine decrees in eternity past, 1 Cor 2:7.

1 Cor 2:7, “But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God predestined before the ages to our glory.”

8) The mystery included the indwelling of Christ as the hope of glory or spiritual deliverance by the power of the indwelling Christ, Col 1:26-27; 2:2.

9) Mystery is used for the blindness of Israel and God’s purpose with Israel’s blindness, Rom 11:1-25. So part of the Mystery Doctrine includes the blindness or hardness of Israel during the Church Age. It also includes part of the 5th cycle of discipline to Israel, Rom 11:25.

Rom 11:25, “For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.”

10) Mystery doctrine is understood through the function of GAP, Col 2:2; 1 Tim 3:9.

11) The Pastor/Teacher is responsible for communicating Church Age doctrine as his stewardship of the mysteries, 1 Cor 4:1. That means that he must be able to teach everything from the Baptism of the Spirit, to Ultimate Sanctification, to every detail of the road to super-grace, what the super-grace life is all about, the Rapture of the Church and how it is not in the Tribulation, what happens after the Rapture and what time the Church becomes the body of Christ and the bride of Christ at another time, and what the analogy is all about.

12)The mystery doctrine is always related to the dispensation of the Church, Eph 1:9; 3:2, and the mystery of the Church as the body of Christ, where Jew and Gentile become one new man in Christ, Eph 3:1-11; 2:11f.

13) It also includes the mystery of the Church as the bride of Christ, Eph 5:25-32, where the relation between Christ and the Christian community or Church is spoken of on the basis of Gen 2:24.

14) It includes the “mystery of godliness,” or the process by which man becomes God-like in character through the person, work, and life of Jesus Christ, as He is faithfully proclaimed and defended, 1 Tim 3:16.

15) There is also the mystery of the Church as the seven stars in Rev 1:20.

16) There is the mystery of lawlessness, the continuation and gradual buildup of the state of lawlessness, which will culminate in the man of lawlessness; the Antichrist of the Tribulation, 1 Thes 2:7.

17) There is the mystery of the departure of the Church at the end of this age. This is the Rapture of the Church, when we receive our final resurrection bodies, 1 Cor 15:51-57; 1 Thes 4:13f.

18) There is the mystery of God, the answer to the age old question, why has God allowed Satan and evil to continue to exist, Rev 10:7. Note that the answer to this is found in Scripture, it was preached to God’s prophets. There are two key parts to this answer:

  • To resolve the Angelic Conflict, to answer and demonstrate that Satan, the accuser and slanderer of God’s character, is wrong in his accusations and that he is worthy of God’s judgment for his sin.
  • To demonstrate God’s patience and love, and to provide ample opportunity for men to come to Christ, 2 Peter 3:7-8.

So when the angel of Rev 10:7 says, “time is up,” he means that once the 7th Trumpet is sounded, this time of demonstrating God’s character and of demonstrating man and Satan for what they are, this time of allowing Satan and rebellion to continue, will be over; God will act swiftly now to establish His rule of righteousness on earth. This period of the patience of God is over.

19) There is the mystery of Babylon, the truth regarding the source of the ancient and godless mother-child cult, Rev 17:5, 7.

20) And finally, the possession of all mysteries gives you great joy, 1 Cor 13:2.

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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life.

To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!

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