The Mystery Iniquity

2Th 2:7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

The Mystery of Iniquity (lawlessness/sin) started in the garden of Eden when Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God. This act of iniquity was not a surprise because God is all knowing and knew that Adam and Eve would choose to sin because God has created mankind “good” but have given them the freedom to choose who they will serve.

Gen 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. – This was after God had earlier that day created Adam. Meaning Adam was created without sin.

Also, God gave Adam (mankind) the ability to choose to obey or disobey, to have faith/trust in God, or lack of faith/trust in God. This is many times stated as “chose life or death” as God reveals His covenant at different times in Biblical History.

Also, remember what Joshua told the nation of Israel as they were about to cross the Jordon.

Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.

This verse implies that each person had the choice of who they would serve, but Joshua had already decided who he would serve Jehovah God (the Lord) and that he would do everything possible to ensure his family did as well.

Have you made this decision for yourself and are you trying to ensure that your extended family are doing likewise?

The Bible tells us that since Adam all humans have chosen to sin, exercising the freedom that God has granted each of us.

Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The reason all mankind has sinned is not because they were made that way, but because they chose to sin. That is also the reason for the Mystery of God. Before creation God had planned a way of restoration.

1 Cor 2:7-8 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:[8] Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The verses above speak both to God’s foreknowledge and man’s freedom to choose sin as well as the ability to have chosen not to crucify Christ if they had known that was His plan.

As we have study all the verses that mention God’s “Mystery” we have seen that they all are about different aspects of this (secret) mystery. There are a number of verses that relate to the Mystery of Inequity. The “Mystery of the Woman” (Rev 17:7) and the Mystery of Babylon (Rev 17:5) are about ininquenty.

Rev 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Rev 17:7 And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.

In the 2nd Thessalonians, Paul assures the church that they were not yet living in the Day of the Lord, that is, the end times’ judgment had not yet begun. In 2 Thessalonians 2:3 he says, “Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the man doomed to destruction.” Paul goes on to say in verse 2:27, this will not happen until God removes the Restrainer. Many Bible scholars say this is the Holy Spirit. Yet the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless (antichrist) one will be revealed” (verses 6–8).

There are many verses in the Bible that relates to God’s foreknowledge of future events, yet the exact timetable is not defined, but man must make certain decisions (choices) that initiate actions foreordained.

Gen 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

Rom 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

2Pe 3:9 -10 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.[10] But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Jesus Himself speaks of the future events in a number of places such as Matthew chapter 24 below.

Mat 24:36-38 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.[37] But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.[38]For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Mat 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Mat 24:44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

If something happens in the twinkling of an eye below, it happens very quickly:

1Co 15:51-52 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,[52] In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed

At this point in the study of God’s Mystery we have looked at most of the 22 verses that contain this word. The sequence of events is mostly sequential defined by the Redemptive Theology events of Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Also, the concepts of Biblical Theology that develop the concepts of a progressive revelation through scripture’s account of creation, fall, the promise of Christ, the development and history of Israel, Christ & Cross, the church and ending in the 2nd coming and a New Heaven & New Earth.

We also have the concept of typology where God using events, people, places, etc in the Old Testament to picture (types of) events, people, places, etc. in the New Testament (anti-types).

In all of the above (Redemptive & Biblical Theology, and Typology) ends with the Mystery of the Seventh Trumpet! This is our next and last topic.

God’s Mystery


Mystery of God Intro

God’s Mystery Paradox

God’s Plan a Mystery

Mystery of the Kingdom

Mystery of Christ

Mystery of Resurrection 

Mystery Christ in You

Mystery of Church

Mystery of God’s Will

Mystery of the Seven Churches

Mystery of Iniquity

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