The Mystery of God (Part 4)

This is a string of short post demonstrating that the Mystery of God spoken of in Revelation 10 is the fulfillment of out gospel.  It is revealed in chapter 10 that there will be no more delay and during the days when the last trumpet is to sound the mystery of God will be fulfilled.

But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.”[1]

This a the third post demonstrating from scripture that this portion in Revelation points to the day when our gospel will be accomplished.  Many think that are gospel is accomplished and this at the cross, but it isn’t.  For instance who has taken on their heavenly body and become like the man from heaven? 

I have been demonstrating that Paul clearly taught that this mystery was started before time began.  That it will be accomplished in the last days.  That it was preached by the prophets and of course it impacts us.

Below is a complete break down of Col 1:10-28 pertaining to the mystery.  Don’t forget to look at the other scripture in parts 1-3.

 #  Glorious riches of the saints (hope held out in the gospel)

a.  Inheritance

b.  Rescued

c.  Brought into His Kingdom

d.  Redemption and the forgiveness of sin

e.  The church is His body

f.  Christ first born from the dead

g.  In Christ the fullness of God dwells

h.  Through Christ to reconcile all things

i.  Made peace through His blood

j.  Reconciled to God through Christ

k.  Presented holy and blameless

  1. Paul commissioned to preach this mystery
  2. Mystery hidden in past ages
  3. Mystery know made know to the saints
  4. Made known to the gentiles
  5. Mystery summarized is Christ in us

(Col 1:10 NIV)  And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,(Col 1:11 NIV)  being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully(Col 1:12 NIV)  giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the a.  inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.(Col 1:13 NIV)  b.  For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and c.  brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,(Col 1:14 NIV)  in whom d.  we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.(Col 1:15 NIV)  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.(Col 1:16 NIV)  For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.(Col 1:17 NIV)  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.(Col 1:18 NIV)  And e.  he is the head of the body, the church; f.  he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.(Col 1:19 NIV)  g.  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,(Col 1:20 NIV)  and h.  through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by i.  making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.(Col 1:21 NIV)  Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.(Col 1:22 NIV)  j.  But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to k.  present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation–(Col 1:23 NIV)  if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.(Col 1:24 NIV)  Now I rejoice in what was suffered for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.(Col 1:25 NIV)  1.  I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness–(Col 1:26 NIV)  2.  the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations,3.  but is now disclosed to the saints.(Col 1:27 NIV)  4.  To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of 5.  this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.(Col 1:28 NIV)  We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.[2]

Paul list all these things that has been a mystery and is now revealed, which is Christ our hope.  He says to the believer that all this will apply to us if we hold firm and are not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.  This mystery is our hope as Christians.

Next week we will look at this hope and how it impacts what we read in Revelation 10.  You will see scripture clearly teaches our gospel is not accomplished at present, but it will be when the last trumpet sounds.


[1] Revelation 10:7

[2] Colossians 1:10-28

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The Mystery of God (Part 3)

We are continuing our search through scripture that supports the idea that the mystery of God in Revelation chapter 10 is the fulfillment of our gospel.  There are four questions that we are looking at that scripture over and over again answers.  These are those questions pertaining to the mystery of God.

  1. If it is to finally be finished, when was it started?
  2. Who knows about this so called mystery of God?
  3. What is this mystery of God?
  4. Does this mystery of God impact us?

Paul lets the church in Rome know that he preaches the gospel, the proclamation of Christ, according to opening up of the mystery that has been hidden.  His proclamation of Christ is the revelation of this mystery.  This mystery was spoken of by the prophets and was written down for us at God’s command so that all nations might believe and obey God.  Again in every way Paul has demonstrated that the mystery of God is our gospel.

Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, (which was kept secret since the world began) but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations might believe and obey him–to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.[1]

Paul elaborates on a new idea that has not been introduced yet in this study.  The mystery is the grafting in of the gentiles into the promises of Israel, though the hardening or their hearts.  To this all us gentiles say. Praise God.

I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.[2]

We will see that the more we look into the mystery of God the more and more scripture describes this mystery as our gospel.  Paul teaches us the mystery reveals we will be like the man from heaven, when we will be gathered at the last trumpet.  The mystery is we will no longer be cursed by sin and death.  We understand that when the last trumpet shall sound death will be swallowed up.

And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.  I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.  Listen, I tell you a mystery:  We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed–in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:  “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  “Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.[3]

God has made know to us the mystery of His will as it has pleased Him.  This mystery was purposed in Christ and will be put into effect at the time of the end.  The mystery of His will reveals that when it is put into effect all things will be under Christ.  By the purpose of His will we were chosen before the creation of the world for adoption.  The mystery of His will is done with all wisdom and understanding.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will–to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.  And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.[4]

In another place scripture talks in depth of this mystery.  This mystery was revealed to Paul, explaining why he wrote of it so much.  It was also made know to the Prophets and other Apostles.  It is confirmed that this great mystery includes us gentiles sharing in the promises of Christ and heirs with Israel.  And lastly, Paul’s purposes is to make plain the administration of this mystery which has been hidden from the beginning of the world.  Note how many times Paul uses the word mystery in this portion of his letter.

Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.  In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to men in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets.  This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.  I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power.  Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things.[5]

We have discovered that the more we look into the mystery of God we find our gospel.  We find Christ and gentiles who share in the blessings of Israel.  We find we will be like the man from heaven and the curse of death will be broken.  All of this will be accomplished when the death is swallowed up at the last trumpet.  All of this will take place when Jesus takes His kingdom at the last trumpet.

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”[6]

Again what does this mean for the debate over the pre-trib rapture?


[1] Romans 16:25-27

[2]Romans 11:25

[3] 1 Corinthians 15:49-57

[4] Ephesians 1:3-10

[5] Ephesians 3:2-9

[6] Revelation 11:15

The Mystery of God (Part 2)

In the Mystery of God (Part 1) we answered four questions about the mystery of God.

  1. If it is to finally be finished, when was it started?
  2. Who knows about this so called mystery of God?
  3. What is this mystery of God?
  4. Does this mystery of God impact us?

We discovered that this mystery was ordained before the world began.  This mystery was revealed to the prophets and Paul mentions it.  We learned this mystery does impact us because it is the completion of the gospel of God.

I am going to give more scriptural support for the conclusion that the mystery of God being accomplished in Revelation 10 is our gospel.  The understanding of this mystery being finished at the last of the seven trumpets has some very interesting implications for the debate over a pre- trib rapture.

Paul declares he was a minister of the mysteries of God.  Again this answers the question of who knows about this mystery. 

Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.[1]

Paul not only was one who new of such mystery and was willing to be accountable to it, he charges deacons to hold this mystery of the faith (our gospel) with a pure conscience.  So our church leadership should know what it is.

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongue, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.[2]

Paul lets us know that not only was he preacher of this mystery.  What did Paul preach, but our gospel.  He was also in chains because of this mystery (gospel).  Paul asked for prayer that he may declare this mystery (gospel) with out fear.

Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains.  Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.[3]

There is one source were we can find all the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge and this place is found in another mystery.  Paul wants believers to have a complete understanding of the mystery of Christ (who is our gospel) which is were we find all hidden treasures.

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.[4]

Paul again declares he is in chains but this time he doesn’t call it the mystery of the gospel but of Christ.  Again he wants prayer that he may boldly the mystery of Christ (our gospel) as he should.

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.  Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.[5]

Paul teaches us that Christ is the mystery of godliness (our gospel).  Our gospel is a mystery about God imputing us righteousness and our being dead to sin through the cross.

Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.[6]

Paul uses the example of marriage to describe to us the mystery of our being united to Christ (our gospel).  Our gospel is a profound mystery.

“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”  This is a profound mystery–but I am talking about Christ and the church.[7]

Tomorrow we will look at more scriptural support for the conclusion that the mystery of God that is accomplished in the days of the last trumpet.  Until then what implications do you think this has on the pre-trib rapture position?


[1] 1 Corinthians 4:1

[2] 1 Timothy 3:8-9

[3] Ephesians 6:19-20

[4] Colossians 2:2-3

[5] Colossians 4:3-4

[6] 1 Timothy 3:16

[7] Ephesians 5:31-32

The mystery of God (Part 1)

There is a future day when without delay the mystery of God will be finished.

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.[1]

Something takes place in the book of Revelation when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet.  Something is said by the seven thunders and John was not allowed to write it down.

And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.[2]

What ever was said by the seven thunders prompted an angel to sware by God there will be no more delay.  But no more delay for what?

And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:[3]

This is when it is announced the mystery of God will be accomplished.  For some reason we can not hear what the seven thunders spoke but we can know that what ever was said, it has made it so the mystery of God will be completed without any more delay.

There are some questions that need to be asked here.

  1. If it is to finally be finished, when was it started?
  2. Who knows about this so called mystery of God?
  3. What is this mystery of God?
  4. Does this mystery of God impact us?

The scripture in Revelation gives us a hint that the prophets had this mystery declared to them.  So we need to look at what the prophets knew or look to one who could tell us what this mystery is these servants knew.

Paul sounds like the kind of guy who would know about this mystery.  He too says it was ordained before the world.  This answers the question of when the mystery of God was started. 

Of course Paul speaking of the mystery answers the second question of who knew about this mystery of God.  He could give insight to what the prophets knew.

Paul also answers the third question when he alludes that the mystery does impact us.  Paul says this mystery is unto our glory.

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:[4]

The only question left to be answered is, what is this mystery?  It was ordained before the world for our glory and spoken of by the prophets.  Is there anything in scripture that we can find ordained before the word began for our glory?  Why yes there is, it is called the gospel.

We have a promise of salvation before the world began, a lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world, an inheritance prepared before the foundation of the world and our names written in the Lambs book of life before the world began, we hope.  It is our gospel that in every way was prepared in advance for us before time began and announced to the prophets. 

God during the blast of the seventh trumpet will without delay accomplish His gospel.


[1] Revelation 10:7

[2] Revelation 10:4

[3] Revelation 10:6

[4] 1 Corinthians 2:7

More than nothing left to do

 

What believer would deny what was done on the cross?  What believer would belittle what was accomplished for us on the tree that was a curse?  I would have to say, no true believer would.  Not one person who puts their hope in Christ would ever diminish the sacrifice made and the accomplishments made on our behalf by God.

Partly because we acknowledge the work that has been accomplished and mostly because Jesus said, “It is finished” we assume that there is nothing left to be done.  But there is more than just sitting on the porch swing drinking Country Time lemonade ahead when it comes to the finished work of God.

Since everyone has a reference of everything being finished at the cross, how many of us know of the scripture that speaks of a great work, that God has put in motion and know the day it will be finished?  There is something so long in the coming that the prophets talked of it.  To shock many of us, this was not finished at the cross.  It was determined to be accomplished at a future date. 

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.[1]

There is some great event that is still waiting to be accomplished.  Something that God has spoken to the prophets and it will be done just as He has revealed to His servants.  There is something held out in scripture that is not finished.  There is something spoken of in even the Old Testament that was not accomplished at the cross.

Somehow many of us have been a little short sighted in our understanding of the great work of God.  Does the fault fall on Jesus for misleading us at the cross?  Was He a little presumptuous of His own work on behalf of mankind?  After all it wasn’t all finished at the cross now was it not.

It is not Jesus who has mislead the congregation but we ourselves.  We fail to understand that Jesus work on the cross was not the entire work of God.  Just as we fail to understand the work in our lives is not finished until our race is done.  Just as we fail to understand that we who run the race have a hope of salvation.  Until we finish our race, His work in our lives is not finished.

Jesus did accomplish what He was supposed to do, but He did not accomplish all the work of God.  He did come to become the savior of the whole world, and this He accomplished.

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.[2]

Through Christ the work needed to bring us the forgiveness of our sins has been accomplished.  Not the full work of God.

Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.[3]

If all the work of God is not finished, even though Jesus has accomplished what He was sent to do, what do you think is the still yet unfinished work of God?  What is this mystery spoken of in Revelation?


[1] Revelations 10:7

[2] 1 John 4:14

[3] Acts 5:31