How Biblical Prophetic “Mysteries” are Revealed!

“And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all (these) things are done in parables:”

Mark 4:11

Many people who study the Holy Bible believe there are many mysteries included which still need to be revealed. But did you know the actual word “mystery” is only found in the New Testament (KJV) and then, it is only found 22 times? Why only in the New Testament and why only 22 times? If you think about this for a moment, I believe you will agree the Old Testament was written at the time primarily for the Jews. It proclaimed the history of mankind from Creation, the Laws of God’s Commandments, and the prophecies regarding the future coming of the Messiah by which the Jews could be saved from their sins.

When it is all said and done, Bible prophecy is viewed in many ways as that which is yet to come. We all know of the coming intensity and frequency of earthquakes, pestilences, famines, etc. Yes, there were prophecies made which have been already fulfilled but there are many, many more on which we await to prove the Divine accuracy of the Bible. As Jesus told Nicodemus, the number one Jewish scholar of His time, in John 3:12:

“If I (Jesus) have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things.”

In contrast, the New Testament was written for all, Jews and Gentiles alike. In fact, the New Testament starts out with the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Scholars agree the Book of Matthew was written primarily to the Jews; the Book of Mark was written for the Greeks; the Book of Luke was written for the Romans; and, the Book of John was written for all. Jesus has already come and been sacrificed for our sins and the New Testament was primarily written with that in mind, to give us a path towards eternal reconciliation with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for eternity. Afterall, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.” Proverbs 25:2

In order to achieve this, we needed to know what to expect in the future days, weeks, months and years.

“For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.”

Romans 11:25

“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began.”

Romans 16:25

“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, (even) the hidden (wisdom) which God ordained before the world unto our glory.”

1 Corinthians 2:7

“Behold, I shew you a mystery (Rapture); We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed.”

1 Corinthians 15:51

“Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:”

Ephesians 1:9

“How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)”

Ephesians 3:3-4

“To whom God would make known what (is) the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”

Colossians 1:27

“That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;”

Colossians 2:2

Basically, a review of the word “mystery” in the New Testament gives us eight things God wants us to know to help our faith in Him. So, what are the eight mysteries revealed in the New Testament?

The New Testament uses the word “mystery” in reference to eight concepts or spiritual truths that are mentioned but not fully previously disclosed in the Old Testament. These are comprised of five mysteries associated with the Church; one of Israel during the Church Age; one for the 7-year Tribulation period; and one of the 1,000 earthly Kingdom of Jesus.

To learn more about these mysteries they are named in the New Testament explicitly and explained as:

  • The mystery of the Kingdom, specifically, the development and timing (Matthew 13).
  • The mystery of the seven stars and seven golden lampstands (Revelation 1)
  • The mystery of the body of Christ dwelling in His believers (Ephesians 3)
  • The mystery of the indwelling of the Spirit in all who believe in Jesus (Colossians 1, Romans 8, Ephesians 1)
  • The mystery of the Bride of Christ, the church (Ephesians 5)
  • The mystery of the Rapture of believers (1Corinthians 15)
  • The mystery of Israel’s turning from their Messiah (Romans 11)
  • The mystery of God’s seven terrible judgments to end the current age (i.e., Tribulation) (Revelation 15-18)

While I received this information from a post online, in reviewing the Scriptures above, I believe it gives a very significant answer to all Christian believers as to what we need to be watching for in these Last Days. Not Last Days because I said it but because Jesus plainly told us what mysteries we need to be aware of so we are not caught off guard when they occur. Instead, we should be adamantly watching with fervent desire for His mysteries to be fulfilled exactly as He told us they would be. If you believe this, did you know He also told us to “…therefore comfort one another with these words.” We don’t need to scare them but need to make them aware so as they see fulfillment happening before their eyes, they might also come to believe in Him who told us beforehand.

May God Bless you as we ALL search out and recognize what is happening in these Last Days!

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