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THE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN
In our deep examination of the letter of Rabbi Yeshua to the Church in Philadelphia, verse by verse, we learned the true interpretation of Revelation 3:9. Many bible commentators and Christian Church leaders have erroneously interpreted this verse without the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They often spiritualize many literal and prophetic verses that simply state what is very obvious to those that can see and understand clearly.
It is written, “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee” (Revelation 3:9, KJV).
The wicked leaders and members of the Churches of God frequently label and slander the former members of their Church as belonging to the prophesied ‘synagogue of Satan.’ They do that to psyche out the members of their Church from fellowshipping with the brethren that are no longer with their Church. For instance, in the Philadelphia Church of God, Gerald Flurry taught the delusional members of his own Christian Church organization that all the members and ex-members of the defunct Worldwide Church of God that are not part of their Church belong to the prophesied ‘synagogue of Satan.’ He told them to avoid the ‘others’ at all cost for they are spiritually leprous. The truth is Gerald Flurry has transformed his Church organization into a satanic cult, which is the reason why many of its members have already left.
On the other hand, the born-again Christians believe the people that say they are Jews but are not physically born Jews are the ‘synagogue of Satan.’ Many religious people presumably thought all the Jewish people are white in the color of their skin. It was Paul that taught us a physically born Jew who is Jewish in his or her outward appearance does not have a birthright access to the Kingdom of God if their inner faith is not right.
Lots of Christian people have assumed today that Paul hated the Jews because of what he had written in his letter. Many wicked Christians believe a Gentile can become a Jew spiritually if he or she believes in Rabbi Yeshua.
“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God” (Romans 2:28-29, NKJV).
Consider this. If an unbelieving Jews who keeps Torah is being called by Paul as a non-Jew, how can a moronic Christian who despises the true teachings of God in the Torah can receive praise from God at all. There were many Jews in Rome during the days of Paul that rejected Yeshua as their Promised Messiah. Paul was involved in a controversy with the believing Jews that keep the Torah when he wrote the preceding verses.
No one should accept and take the letters of Paul as an established doctrine in the New Testament Church of God. Paul belonged to the Pharisees Party and his teachings and writings reflect the faith and doctrinal belief of the Pharisees, known today as the Orthodox Jewish rabbis.
You would not be able to find an Orthodox Jewish rabbi who would teach that God had given the Law of Moses for the Gentile people to keep. Paul said in his letters that the Gentile converts are not under the Law of Moses for that same reason. Paul had the mindset of the members of the Pharisees’ party.
Isn’t it Paul who taught us that women should keep quiet and not speak in the place of worship on Sabbath day?
Yeshua did not start the new religion known as Christianity today so the women and the homosexuals can serve as Church Ministers and Pastors, even as Jewish rabbis, before the members of the congregation. Yeshua ben-Yosef ve-Miryam remains a Jew up to this time, and so were Paul and the rest of the apostles and disciples of Rabbi Yeshua.
Who are the people on earth today that Yeshua is calling and regarding as the synagogue of Satan in Revelation?
Are they as evil as Satan the Devil or is the term ‘synagogue of Satan’ only a prophetic term or a means of identification?
Didn’t Yeshua call Peter His chief apostle, Satan, when Peter said something contrary to the purpose of God?
“From that time on, Yeshua began making it clear to his talmidim that he had to go to Yerushalayim and endure much suffering at the hands of the elders, the head cohanim and the Torah-teachers; and that he had to be put to death; but that on the third day, he had to be raised to life. Kefa took him aside and began rebuk ing him, "Heaven be merciful, Lord! By no means will this happen to you!" But Yeshua turned his back on Kefa, saying, "Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle in my path, because your thinking is from a human perspective, not from God's perspective"” (Matthew 16:21-23, CJB)!
An idiot can use the verses above to show that Peter is Satan or an adversary of God. But that is not really the case here.
Peter was not really Satan the Adversary of God. But Peter had become an adversary of God when he tried at that time to hinder and stop Yeshua from fulfilling His mission on earth. In Matthew 16:23, the word ‘Satan’ is translated from the Greek word ‘satanas’, which is # 4567 in Strong’s Concordance. Though 4567 (also #4566) means the ‘accuser’ or the Devil, it is also defined as the adversary of both God and men (ISBE).
When men hinder and obstruct the great plan of salvation of God on the whole of mankind, not only on the people of Israel, they become little ‘satan’ or the human adversaries of God under the influence and possession of the biggest Satan the Devil, that old and ancient Serpent (Revelation 12:9).
John the beloved had shown us how some people can become the adversary of God like Satan the Devil who is the father of all the liars on earth. Men have the proclivity to act contrary to God’s plan.
“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us: for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
“I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also” (1 John 2:18-23, KJV).
It is written that whoever does not accept today that Yeshua is the Promised Messiah of God has the spirit of an antichrist (1 John 4:3). Based on what John the Beloved had written, the Jewish people who say that Yeshua is not the Messiah of God are the children of Satan the Devil even if they are keeping the Law of Moses, even if they are Jews.
Moreover the religious but very wicked people on earth that are saying they are Jews, like the Messianic Jews, but they are not really Jewish in the religious sense of the word can also be considered as the ‘synagogue of Satan.’ The Messianic Jews are the prophesied ‘synagogue of Satan’ in Revelation 3:9 in contrast to the ‘synagogue of Satan’ in Revelation 2:9, which happens to be the ultra-orthodox Jews in Eretz Yisrael. Most of the congregations belonging to the Messianic Jewish movement worship the Trinitarian-concept of God just like the God of the Roman Catholic Church and majority of the Christian Churches all over the world.
The prophesied ‘synagogue of Satan’ in Revelation 3:9 has the name of Satan for they worship a different God than what the Holy Bible really describes as one God. God is one and He is not composed of three persons like the three hypostases of God known as the Trinity. The Messianic Jews worship God on Sabbath Day like the Jewish people but they are not keeping the commandments of God written in the Law of Moses. They also have mistaken the God of Israel as a Trinity. Most of them are formerly born-again Christians that worship Jesus Christ with a rock band on Sunday. When they adopted the Hebrew religion, the concept of the God of the Christian people known as Trinity remains well-integrated in their concept of the God of the Bible.
Trinity is one of the doctrinal teachings of Satan the Devil and most of the Messianic Jewish congregations on earth worship God as a Trinity. They called themselves Jews but they are also saying and claiming they are not really Jews but goyim or Gentiles. They have no sense of history when it comes to the Jewish people and the religion of Judaism.
The Messianic Jewish movement has gone Jewish or Hebrew only when it comes to language or words. Physically and spiritually speaking, their religion or faith is similar to the religion of ‘born-again’ Christianity. Messianic Jews also hate the word ‘church’ because that is how the Jews regard the word ‘church.’ Apparently they used the term synagogue when it comes to their place of worship. They use the word ‘assembly’ or ‘congregation’ when they refer to their group for that is what the Jewish people also believe.
But according to Smith’s Bible Dictionary the word ‘church’, ‘is generally said to be from the Greek kuriakon, "belonging to the Lord". But the derivation has been too hastily assumed. It is probably connected with kirk, the Latin circus, circulus, the Greek kuklos, (kuklos), because the congregations were gathered in circles’ (from the word ‘church’, Smith’s Bible Dictionary).
During New Testament times, the Jewish people were seated in the synagogues in a circular manner. There are still many Jewish synagogues today whose seats are arranged in a circular manner. The Messianic Jews before they changed the Greek word ‘Christian’ to the Hebrew word ‘messianic’ grew up worshiping in Christian Church buildings whose seats are arranged differently. Also most of the large Jewish synagogues today have a seating arrangement similar to that of the Christian Church buildings, which is the reason why Messianic Judaism has no idea of the origin of the word ‘church.’
The Messianic Jewish congregations are truly the prophesied ‘synagogue of Satan’ of Revelation 3:9 for most of the members of Messianic Jewish groups are non-Jews or goyim. Notice what Rabbi Yeshua said, “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee” (Revelation 3:9, KJV). In the letter of Yeshua HaMashiach to the Church in Philadelphia, He can only be referring to the Messianic Jews of Messianic Judaism, who are mostly goyim or Gentiles.
Now, consider and analyze well what Rabbi Yeshua had said to the ‘synagogue of Satan’ in his letter to the Church in Smyrna.
“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan” (Revelation 2:9).
The two preceding verses that prophetically speak of the ‘synagogue of Satan’ are referring to two different groups. Notice that the first ‘synagogue of Satan’ is slandering and blaspheming the identity and personality of Yeshua Hamashich while the latter are not really physically Jews and do not blaspheme the personality of Yeshua. The Messianic Jews also worship the promised Messiah of Israel whose true name is Yeshua but their work is against God like the work of Satan the Devil. The Messianic Jews are subtlety converting the Jewish people to the religion of Christianity and turning them against the Torah of Moses. Messianic Judaism is like Christianity that comes in Jewish clothing and speaking in Hebrew language. As it is written, “they are Jews, and are not, but do lie …” (Revelation 3:9.).
If you would like to know clearly the identity of the first ‘synagogue of Satan’ you should read the true interpretation of the prophetic letter of Rabbi Yeshua to the prophesied Church in Sardis. That ‘synagogue of Satan’ is truly blaspheming the promised Messiah of Israel by accusing Yeshua with many false things they invented to malign Christianity or anyone who worship Jesus Christ whose true name is Yeshua HaMashiach.
Briefly, let me discuss here the first ‘synagogue of Satan’ for it refers to the Jewish people who continue to deny and reject Yeshua as their Promised Messiah. Definitely, this ‘synagogue’ are people that are claiming they are Jews but in the eyes of Adonai Eloheinu (Lord our God) they are not really Jews. Most of these Jews are ‘liars’ and they continue to slander Rabbi Yeshua with their many slanderous accusations. It is only the unbelieving Jews of Rabbinical Judaism that have a record to this present time of blasphemy and slander against Rabbi Yeshua.
Remember always that the Jewish people of Rabbinical Judaism are all liars. They erroneous thought they have the right to lie. They believe they can bear false witnesses to other people as long their intention is good. But what they are doing is striving against God for those Jewish rabbis are blind or leaders of the blind that lead the ordinary Jews to the road of perdition.
The people who are part of the synagogue of Satan in the letter to the Church in Smyrna are the unbelieving Jewish people of Rabbinical Judaism. They are still in a state of denial when it comes to Yeshua the Promised Messiah of God. They are the only part of the ‘synagogue of Satan’ that the members of the prophesied remnant of the Church in Smyrna are coming in contact directly now. The prophesied remnant Church of Smyrna is known today as Evangelical Christians or Evangelicals.
The Babylonian Talmud, which happens to be the unspoken Messiah of Rabbinical Judaism, has a content that tells the story of Jesus Christ or Rabbi Yeshua, according to the Jewish sages, in a very bad and negative way. Most of the unbelieving Jewish rabbis today continue to subscribe to the idea that Yeshua is the son of an immoral woman, if they are not claiming there is really no historical evidence that Yeshua HaMashiach exists.
In his letter to the Philadelphians, Rabbi Yeshua had foretold that people who belong to ‘synagogue of Satan’ shall be worshipping with the New Jerusalem congregation when He returns on earth. Yeshua said, “’I will make them come and worship before’ the Philadelphians for the sin or error of the synagogue of Satan can easily be forgiven.” The ‘synagogue of Satan’ that the New Jerusalem congregation has come into contact can repent easily for they are almost Jewish. The synagogue of Satan in the letter of Rabbi Yeshua to the Church or Congregation in Philadelphia is known as the Messianic Jews of Messianic Judaism.
Do you know that it is so hard to worship God on Sabbath in the Jewish synagogues especially when you are clearly a non-Jew or a Gentile?
Revelation 3:9 is not saying at all that there is a group of people that call themselves Jewish, who will come and worship with the members of the true Church in Philadelphia during their worship. The members of the prophesied remnant of the Church in Philadelphia are going to be composed soon of firstborn children of Israel. The firstborn children of Israel, like the 144,000 first fruits of Mt. Zion, shall become the priests of our Lord God in the Temple of God when Yeshua HaMashiach comes again. So, Yeshua is merely informing us that the Philadelphians are going to serve as the priests of God in the Temple when it is built again.
God and Jesus love the remnant of the Church in Philadelphia, no matter who they are. God through Jesus has made the priests and kings in the Temple of God (Revelation 1:6). All the inhabitants on earth, not only the synagogue of Satan, shall come and worship before the feet of the Philadelphians once Jesus has returned. The possibility that the 144,000 firstfruits or firstborn sons of Mt. Zion is so great for the end-time work of God could suddenly focus upon the Jewish people in Israel.
We must understand the fact that the prophesied Church in Philadelphia is Jewish in faith and religion. That could merely be the reason why all the people that are claiming they are Jewish shall come and worship with them in the Temple. All the Jewish people on earth will become one people again and they will worship God together in the Temple of God as it is prophesied in our Holy Bible.
However there is another explanation to why Yeshua had mentioned the synagogue of Satan in his letter to the Philadelphians.
When the apostasy occurred in the Worldwide Church of God, there are members that sought out the Hebrew roots of our faith in Yeshua HaMashiach and they came in contact with Messianic Jewish groups. It appears to the story related by some people in the way that the followers of Herbert W. Armstrong were being treated disdainfully by the Messianic Jewish group in the diaspora that the ex-members of the Worldwide Church of God are not truly welcome there. They are not being received well by the Messianic Jews in worship especially when it becomes clear that they do not believe in the Trinity besides the other doctrinal beliefs that Herbert W. Armstrong had taught them.
Could that be the reason why Yeshua said in his letter to the Philadelphians that the Messianic Jews shall come in worship later on with the true remnant of the Church in Philadelphia?
“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee” (emphasis mine, Revelation 3:9, KJV).
There are many religious groups today that welcome a Jew, a Messianic Jew or someone who thinks of himself as Jew, in their worship so they can consider and think of their group as the true remnant of Philadelphia era. In contrast, the members of the New Jerusalem congregation do not welcome the synagogue of Satan in their worship earlier in 2003, for the members of The New Jerusalem congregation were the one who came in worship with the synagogue of Satan.
Most of us live in isolation and there are many born-again Christian groups that are becoming Messianic in their beliefs. Giving a choice between the first and the latter group of synagogue of Satan, an ex-member of the Worldwide Church of God would opt for the Messianic Jewish group until he or she is told not to come back anymore.