The Apostle Paul wrote in his first letter to the Thessalonians, “For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work..” [2Thes.2:7 – NIV]. The King James has it: “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work…” The word, ‘iniquity’ [anomia] in the Greek means lawlessness or wickedness. It is the antithesis of the word ‘law’ [Gk.- noma]. The word, ‘mystery’ [Gk.-musterion] carried the idea that it is knowledge that is attainable only by being initiated into a cult or secret group.
SIMILARITIES APPLIED TO CHRISTIANITY
Before entering this exegesis of scripture, this author wishes to express to the reader, his earnest sadness concerning what the Jewish People have gone through. I am glad they have a Nation status at this time, but scripture says they will lose it again via a major invasion of troops lead by the Antichrist. What is said in these pages is a rendering of the facts of scripture, most of which is found in the Old Testament. This paper exists to educate Christians as to the Jewish people, and their place in the world, as God has determined it. What can be taken from this scriptural presentation is that Christians are not immune to the horror or machinations that have plagued the Hebrews and contemporary Jews. My examination of scripture and my direct experience demonstrates that whatever happens to the Jews eventually happens to the Christians, and as well, its reverse. Hitler’s purges of Roman Catholic Poles, and as well Eastern and Russian Orthodox Slavs and Hungarians, evinces this truth. I hope that those who read this, understand that as a teacher of the Bible I must not cover over what God has said, and what has occurred. My heart is with the Jewish people and their desire for peace in the world and their rightful place as ambassadors for the King of Kings. But we must not coddle or scrub out the truth of God’s word, just because it may be embarrassing or open a wound that only the Messiah of mankind can heal.
Christianity has its roots in the Hebrew religion given by Yehovah [YHWH or YHVH] to Moses. From the Jewish people we receive the Ten Commandments, the moral code, protocols of worship, and our Messiah. The Jewish people are one of the oldest cultures still existent – practicing many traditions over 4,000 years old.
Who are the Jewish people, is an interesting question? The chosen nation of God is a simple answer.
When there is some confusion, for centuries, about an important topic, it is best to lay the foundation for the correction in a terse manner, in order to build the premise. Otherwise, there will be immediate contentions from a myriad of secondary positions, and we will never get to the facts that support the truth of the matter.