Friday, July 25, 2014

THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN - TRUE ENEMIES OF THE CHURCH


As an avid supporter of the nation of Israel’s right to exist and protect itself against all aggressors, and as a Messianic Jew by faith that is familiar with the Hebrew Roots Movement but not a true part of it by choice due to its heretical aspects, the following teaching about the meaning of the enigmatic term “Synagogue of Satan” has been very hard for me to complete. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit called me to undertake this task, and even though it is not going to be a popular teaching, especially among fellow Messianics and supporters of Israel like myself, it must be undertaken to instruct the True Church of born-again believers in Yahshua, and to help believers to understand Bible Prophecy and End Time events better.

The term “Synagogue of Satan” appears twice in the Book of Revelation - once in Revelation Chapter 2, verses 9 and 10, and once in Revelation, Chapter 3, verse 9 - in relation to the two godliest Churches of the Seven that Yahshua addresses in His letters to the Seven Churches. In fact, this group that claims to be Jewish is seen in the context of persecuting two of the spiritually strongest branches within the True Church, which consists of all born-again Gentile believers in Yahshua. This is a very important distinction that helps to clarify who these satanically-inspired people are, and who they are targeting.

In Chapter 2, it is the Church of Smyrna, or the Persecuted Church that is being afflicted by those who say they are Jews but are not, and who are identified as being in the Synagogue of Satan. Those in the Church of Smyrna are materially poor believers who are rich in the Spirit of God, but unable or unwilling to fight their persecutors due to Yahshua’s strong admonitions against hate and violence.  As a result, some of them are being imprisoned and killed by their unholy Jewish or would-be Jewish enemies.

These would-be Jews claim to be God's true Chosen People and blood descendants of Abraham, although they are not all Jewish. Some are, in fact, Arabic and Persian, and they worship a different god named Allah. Some of them are also avowed Christians, although they have bastardized and watered down the Gospel so much as to render it useless. Although Muslims claim Abraham as their blood ancestor and spiritual father, just as the Jews do, their claim contradicts the Bible's teaching, which is that the spiritual blessings of Abraham were passed down to his son Isaac and not Ishmael, and to his grandson Jacob and not Esau. Furthermore, although true Christians are the spiritual children of Abraham by adoption, those who fall into the category of "Synagogue of Satan" are working at cross-purposes to the True Church.

In Chapter 3, the Church of Philadelphia or Brotherly Love is identified as a materially poor but spiritually rich Church that is also under attack from the Synagogue of Satan. However, they have a little more religious and political strength than those in the Church of Smyrna, so they can manage to fight off many of the attacks of their persecutors in the Synagogue of Satan. In fact, Yahshua promises the Church of Philadelphia that He will subdue the Synagogue of Satan when He comes again and forces these misguided Gentile Christians, Jews, Muslim Arabs and Persians that have been working at cross-purposes to the True Church to bow down at the feet of the most faithful believers in Christ in a show of utmost respect and repentance.

It is the Church of Philadelphia that is also the only Church that is identified with the Bride of Christ by being connected to the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven “as a bride adorned for her husband” (See Rev. 3:12 and Rev. 21:2). It is also the only Church of the Seven that is given the blessed promise of deliverance from the “Hour of Trial” which is a reference to the Great Tribulation, or Time of Jacob’s Trouble (See Rev. 3:10). 

As a Messianic, I am quite familiar with the Jewish people and their religion, and where they have the most power and influence. Like it or not, this happens to be in the United States, and in the nation of Israel. So it is these Jews that have the most ability to persecute Gentile believers in Yahshua. In fact, there is a whole group of so-called Messianic Synagogues that have sprouted up in America and elsewhere, along with many Mosques. Some of these Synagogues and Mosques contain people that don’t love their Christian brethren, but treat them badly and think of them disdainfully.

These Mosques and false Messianic Synagogues spell trouble for America and Israel because the Mosques contain descendants of Abraham's son Ishmael that sometimes hate the descendants of Abraham's son Isaac. Furthermore, Messianic Synagogues and regular Synagogues contain some extremely legalistic or “Torah observant” Jews that - along with their Muslim brothers - may frown on, and openly bash all Christian religious customs and traditions, routinely call all Christians pagans and blasphemers, deny the full deity of Yahshua, and deny the power and purpose of the Holy Spirit. 

So not only do Christians and true Messianics that love their Christian brethren have to put up with the routine abuse leveled against them by the totally unrepentant and wicked Muslims and Jews that own the banks and control our monetary systems, but now they have to deal with the Antichristian Messianic Jews and Muslims that control ever-growing Cult-like communities across the largely Gentile West. Unfortunately, those who hate Christ are open to demonic possession and influence, and demons are none other than the spirits of the Nephilim or alien hybrids that existed in great numbers before Noah's Flood. Although born again believers can call on Yahshua, God the Father and the Holy Spirit in prayer to receive deliverance and protection from demonic power, many believers are unaware of their need to engage in Spiritual Warfare through intercessory prayers for themselves and their loved ones. For this reason, I wrote the following article linked to below, which links to several more articles that give good tips on how to wage war against evil, and win:

TO WIN AGAINST SATAN, STOP BEING A
WITCH-HUNTER, AND STRIVE TO BE A GOD-SEEKER!

Please read my article on spiritual warfare if you are suffering persecution. This article details some proven strategies that can offer some degree of hope, protection and deliverance for those who are being spiritually oppressed in this wicked and fallen world. For those who do not how to wage Spiritual Warfare, however, radical Antichristians are making it harder and harder for true believers in Yahshua to witness to others, and to teach them the Three Gospel Steps that need to be preached for people to enter the Kingdom of God, and to be fully equipped to serve God and His Son Yahshua. To learn more about the three distinct Gospel messages that every evangelist ought to be preaching frequently, read my article about them here:

ENTERING THE KINGDOM OF GOD - 
THE THREE GOSPEL STEPS

At this point, let me offer this warning. Let’s NOT jump to the conclusion that all Jews and Muslims hate Christians and are demonically possessed. This is absolutely NOT true. Although Terrorists that commit heinous crimes against humanity certainly act as demonically possessed people do, there are still many Muslims and Jews that are not possessed r oppressed, and who actually want to live in peace with their Christian and Non-Christian neighbors. These people of faith don’t actively try to cause trouble, and they also do their best to love God and their neighbors. It is important to remember that not all Mosques or Synagogues are breeding grounds of hatred toward Christians, and those of other faiths. Like many Christian pastors, there are likely plenty of Imams and Rabbis that avoid discussing religious prophecies and the End Times to keep the peace. Instead, they focus on teaching their congregations how to cope with life's problems using ideas derived from the interpretation of their own set of sacred writings.

Although Synagogues and Mosques do not often promote peace, brotherhood and understanding through community outreaches, or by holding festivals or carnivals to interact with their communities like many Catholic and Christian Churches do, many of them try to do good in their communities. Unfortunately, many Hebrew Roots Proponents and Muslims are also actively proselytizing their own faith and trying to convert nominal or poorly taught Christians with the same clever-sounding but lame arguments that Torah-observant Jews use to make Christianity appear to be paganistic, incorrect, sinful and unwholesome.

This is why my repeated reference to Muslims in regard to the Synagogue of Satan was not an accident, but was made to show that there is another element to the Synagogue of Satan that most miss. This lies in the fact that - as descendants of Abraham’s son Ishmael - many Muslims believe that they are the real Chosen People, which makes them would-be Jews in the Synagogue of Satan as well. Yahshua spoke about the nature of these descendants of Abraham that follow the Devil or Satan in the Gospel of John, Chapter 8, where He said:
~*~ John 8:39-44 ~*~ “If you were Abraham’s children, you would do the works of Abraham. 40 But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. 41 You do the deeds of your father.” Then they said to Him, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father - God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and came from God; nor have I come of Myself, but He sent Me. 43 Why do you not understand My speech? Because you are not able to listen to My word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”
According to this Scripture, the Jews and would-be Jews whose spiritual father is the Devil share the following characteristics:
1) They claim to be Abraham’s literal descendants, which Jews and Arabs do.

2) They hate Yahshua and seek to kill belief in Him and to destroy His followers. 
3) They are liars who do as their true father the Devil does as the father of lies.
Since they follow the Devil or Satan, these would be Jews must necessarily form satanically-inspired religious congregations that can be called Synagogues, although many of them are Mosques. Sadly, many Jews and Muslims that fit this negative list of criteria for being in the Synagogue of Satan or the Devil now live in secular Socialist states and Democracies that protect their right to spew ever-growing barrages of Antichristian rhetoric against every Christian holiday. As a result, these false Jews are gaining power and influence among the Jewish and Muslim populations of the world, which aid them in harassing and subjugating true believers. Many of these false Jews among the Middle-Eastern people groups that are descended from Abraham delight in confusing and deceiving those who want to love and follow Yahshua correctly, and they also treat them hatefully.

Despite this abuse, true believers put up with it as best they can while maintaining a spirit of peace, love, joy, kindness and brotherhood toward all people - no matter how hateful they are in return. Just as Yahshua asked, believers are learning to love one another and their enemies as they await Yahshua’s triumphant return. They are patient because they know that Yahshua will finally end the enmity between Jews, Gentiles and Muslims when He comes again. He will also offer salvation to all the surviving people of the East and West that did not go against both Houses of Israel, but have no love for or knowledge of Yahweh the God of Abraham, or the people who are called by His Name.

There are prophecies in Isaiah 19:18-25 and Isaiah 27:12-13 that specifically talk about the believers in Assyria (Persia) and Egypt that will be rescued in the Rapture when Yahshua comes for His Bride. Very soon now, a multitude of truly devoted born-again believers in Yahshua will be resurrected or transformed into an immortal state, and they will be taken up to Heaven in the Rapture. Once there in God’s loving embrace, they will be spared having to live through the worst part of the Great Tribulation,  and will live in the lovely mansions prepared for them in the New Jerusalem, which already exists in Heaven. The believers that will live there before returning to the Earth with Yahshua will be saints from every age, including those taken out of the Great Tribulation. These saints are seen in Heaven in Revelation Chapter 7, verses 9 through 17.

This is fitting, since it is at the opening of the Sixth Seal Judgment in Revelation, Chapter 6 that the Wrath of God will begin to be fully poured out on the whole Earth. So the deliverance of the Wise Virgins and the Bride of Christ must take place just before then, as they are not subject to God’s Wrath (1 Thess. 5:9). Sadly, those who are in the Synagogue of Satan, and those outside of it that hate both Houses of Israel - both Jew and Gentile - will be left behind to suffer God’s Wrath along with the many of the unrepentant wicked of all faiths. What a terrible day that will be for those in the world who recognize their plight after it is too late to escape it!

Your Sister in Yahshua,
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry
Ministry Web Site: http://pillar-of-enoch.com

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