Continuing on the thought of the Hebrew Roots Movement, picking up from the end of Part 1, after many hours of lengthy study, I believe that after the institutionalization of the church, the body was weakened and began to be filled with male dominance once again. It was largely impacted by Greek thought, too. Some poor theology has been passed down through the ages spanning across more than a millennium.
After careful research, contemplation and meditation, I must agree that the celebrations of the Holy Week and Christmastime are based on, not only pagan tradition, but a wholly wicked one. You can read my thoughts on that in my blog Thoughts on the Cross: The Meaning Behind Easter. The adoration of Mary holding her son is replacing the worship of Ishtar and her son, Nimrod. The early church fathers, knowingly or otherwise, brought forth such traditions within the church and they “appear” good. They were trying to please and unify two sects of people, those following Baal and those following Christ. These two bodies must never be united! There is only one God.
What is Christ talking about in Revelation 3:9, “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 your feet, and to know that I have loved you…”? Who might this synagogue of Satan be, and to whom is Christ speaking?
Christ is addressing the church of Philadelphia. To understand the beautiful metaphors presented, we must understand what the church was going through. For in each of the seven churches Christ is weaving through, He speaks to them clearly, yet cleverly and quite specifically.
Here, in the address to the church of Philadelphia, Jesus uses metaphors of doors and keys and David. David is the pillar of fathers and kings for Jews. Jesus is addressing the “Jewishness” of the church, the body of Christ. He calls Himself the holder of the “key of David.” Why? And why does He go on to speak of the synagogue of Satan?
These metaphors and titles relate to Judaism, not contemporary Christianity. But the church of Philadelphia were Christians. What might the connection be? Christ is holding the key to the household of royalty, full of his brothers and sisters. This royal household is under full control of the key holder, and He opens and shuts the entrance as He pleases. No one else can operate this door or change what He has done.
Do we as believers understand that both Jews and Christians will enter through it? Have you ever wondered who from the era of Mosaic Law will come into His kingdom? Well, they would be Jews, basically anyone who was anticipating the coming of Elijah, and believed in the Messiah.
Watch this space…
By Jori Sams