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The History of the Mystery of Iniquity

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In the book of Job, we have the source of the Mystery of Iniquity. Without going into an indepth study, for there is much there that people don't realize (Paul's discourse in Rom 1 describes Job's three 'friends' - that should tell you something).

But we can start with this. At the end of the book, the Lord states twice that these three men had not spoken the truth "concerning Me" or of the Lord (that is they slandered God just like Satan in Gen 3:5). This is the Key to the whole book (and one should be extremely careful when they seek truth coming from these men). Somewhere there is an untruth concerning God encased in their words.

So, note that, Satan destroyed Job's world (Chaps 1-2) trying to get Job to curse God (1:11, 2:5), and then tried to get Job's wife to influence him to the same (2:9). Failing that, he looks about for some other hapless individual(s) that he can use to do the same, and thus the entrance of the three stooges. To show you who the leader is and what kind of a person we are dealing with, Eliphaz ("His God is Gold" - 22:24) insinuates that he had seen (4:8) Job plowing and sowing wickedness, so (5:3-4) he cursed Job (resulting in the death of Job's children), but that if Job would submit to him (5:27) he could bless him and restore his prosperity (5:18).

So, it is no surprise that this would be the tool Satan would use to try and get Job to curse God. You have the manifestation of Satan to Eliphaz recorded, while he was sleeping (4:13), that brought fear and trembling (4:14), the epiphany of Satan (4:15), which probably included a possession and certainly did include communication (4:16) and that of a Secret Thing (4:12, 15:8,11) or the Mystery of Iniquity.

We know it has something to do with slandering the Lord, and here it is, "Behold, he put not trust in his servants and his angels he charged with folly."

Notice, this is in the past tense, and describes Satan's reaction to God's curse on him at the time of the fall (Gen 3:14). This is proven by Eliphaz saying (22:16) that this secret mystery was preflood in origin (see also 15:18-19, 20:4, 8:8).

When we realize that "the same judgment you judge others with you are guilty of yourself" (Rom 2:1), then Eliphaz, as one of the wicked men, had "marked the old way" of the Mystery of Iniquity.

And thus they continue to condemn themselves in their attempt at the condemnation of Job. So, we see that Satan is now speaking through Eliphaz and slanders the Lord in the process. And he then continues to weave this web of deceit.

"Behold, he puts not trust in his saints," and here now Satan has brought the slander down from the angelic realm and into the human realm trying to get Job to give up, by stating that God does not trust the saints. And he continues with "Yea, the Heavens are not clear in his sight" and here we have the origins for the evilness of matter which worked its way into Gnosticism and, from their, into the whole Church even to this day (with some saying that God would have to destroy the entire universe at the end of the Millennium due to this, supposed, impurity).

Satan, cursed of God for his own sins, then slanders God's name by saying that he charged his servants (angels) with folly, that he does not trust the saints (men) and that the Heavens themselves are impure in God's sight, including, according to Bildad (for the "Love of Bel") the stars (25:5), which brings us full circle back to Satan, as the Stars are, of course, typical of the angels.

So, we see that the Gnostic element in the Church and world today have a much more ancient source, and that it can be traced, not only back to the flood, but, by his (Satan's) own admission, right back to the Garden itself. And this mystery has been working now for 6,000 years uninterrupted (only restrained by the Holy Spirit), and has now reached its fullness in these end times and will soon make one last attempt for the minds "and souls of men."

And by the way, God sent Elihu into the situation to prove that God does trust his servants and He allowed Elihu to introduce His presence (Chap 37), and that He has not charged all of them with folly (36:1-11), only the ones that have earned that epitaph.



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