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Judaism and the Synagogue of Satan

Judaism and the Synagogue of Satan

Imagine that your family and friends are gathered together on a Saturday morning to worship and study the Torah. Or just looking forward to enjoying the night when you would come together to fast during the season of Passover. Can you imagine losing eleven relatives to a murderous man going on a shooting rampage? Or sitting at home alone?

One of the most common stereotypical qualities I have seen being spread around among Jewish families is the tendency for Jews to be morally corrupt and evil. Two of the most common justifications for this claim originate from John 8:44 and Revelation 2:9.

Today, we will look at Revelations 2:9. What could be the true meaning behind a phrase that is explicitly mentioned at the end of the verse?

Bible Verse: Revelation 2:9

“I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.”

Seven months into a global pandemic that has changed the way we live our lives. Suddenly, your computer screen is filled with antisemitic threats and violent images of the Holocaust, just for expressing your faith. Since the clash between Israel and Gaza in late April of 2021, our nation has witnessed a dramatic spike in incidents of hatred and bigotry. What is more disheartening is that this happened within the Judeo-Christian communities.

Unfortunately, these antisemitic conspiracy theories continue to foster a hostile environment for so many families. It is so sad to see how the Bible is used to satisfy one’s wicked agendas against their neighbors because of their faith.

Anti-Semitism

As a young Christian teenager, I firmly believe that God has created us in His image. He gave us unique gifts, talents, characteristics, appearances, and styles of living life. My goal in writing this essay is to not only expose and deter the evil that is being done in this world. I also would like to encourage every one of you to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to not judge one another based on their outward appearance.

I pray that this essay will inspire you, and will convict you of any flaw, misunderstanding, or deception that we have all experienced in these dark days.

A Message to the Church

So, the question is: What is this “synagogue” that is being referenced in this passage? To fully understand this analogy requires an analysis of the context and the meaning behind the phrases used.

How are Jesus and the Holy Spirit described? Who is the regenerated “Jew?” What are the standard Jewish traditions, and the nature of Satan?

The first three chapters of the book of Revelation contain a series of letters addressed to the Seven Churches. The phrase “synagogue of Satan” is written twice (once in chapter 2 and then in chapter 3). These two chapters are specifically being addressed to the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia. This was during the time of the Apostle John, whose descendants (daughter churches) are described in detail later in Revelations chapter 17.

Now, the term “Jew” in this context is rather spiritual in nature (rather than a physical trait). Paul describes a “Jew” as a man whose “circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter. It refers to those whose praise is not from men, but from God” (Romans 2:19). The term “Jew” can also extend to the nature and qualities of a true Christian.

A true “Jew” [Christian] exhibits an ongoing inward regeneration through the working of the Holy Spirit, and does not focus solely on the outward appearance of being “righteous.”

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Satan’s Strategy: Deception

Now, look at this passage from 2 Corinthians 11:13-15. “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.”

One of Satan’s most common strategies he uses against us is to disguise his servants as agents of God. They appear holy, upright, and moral when inwardly, they are ravenous wolves consumed with iniquity.

And Satan achieves his goal through the use of Scriptures. Therefore, there is the possibility that this verse has been used for deception and condemnation. Now, what does a person who practices the Jewish faith do regularly? They attend synagogues every Saturday for praise and worship. But the problem is the HEART.

If anyone practices a certain tradition or ritual but does not show genuine spiritual maturity and moral development, then their label is useless! (Ouch!) We can attend ten services a week, but our hearts can be corrupt and filled with hatred against one another. Doesn’t that sound just like the very people spreading this conspiracy theory?

Surprisingly, most of these people who cite this passage are professed Christians (what a shocker!) News flash: Deception is NEVER original. Congratulations, Satan! You’ve been exposed to the core!

Satan's Deception

What is the Synagogue of Satan?

The “synagogue of Satan” is an analogy referring to the spiritual condition of a congregation, and the heart of the professed believer.

In other words, they may outwardly appear holy and righteous. But in their hearts, they are working for Satan, sowing deceit, division, and discord among the body of Christ. The main takeaway is to understand that this passage is not referring to all Jews and all synagogues in a literal sense. Rather, it refers to those who are hypocrites and do not practice what they profess to the public.

Closing Words

If you would like any more resources on the rise of antisemitism and this deception, I will be happy to provide you with additional links to some articles and videos from news outlets and Christian communities, and forums.

Just reach out to me, and I will be happy to provide you with any more insight after conducting further study and spiritual revelations.

Also, feel free to show your support for our final series of this virtual movement. You can send me any additional ways to incorporate inclusion in our new program embedded into this movement. I pray that we will continue to seek the Holy Spirit for wisdom, knowledge, and insight on these moral issues affecting our generation.

I also pray that we will continue to guide each other in love, patience, and gentleness. I, in turn, will continue to use my positive, loving heart to encourage others, to pray for others, and to expose all of the workings of Satan!

As always, I am open and willing to uplift you and give you hope in these dark times. I am patiently waiting for you to contact me at any time, ready to shine in love, grace, and humility. I love you, and I wish you the best in everything!

Salute!☺


Recommended Resource:

Revelation (The John Walvoord Prophecy Commentaries) by John F Walvoord, edited by Mark Hitchcock

What's the Book of Revelation About?The book of Revelation has long fascinated and even confused readers and students of the Bible.

Yet the Bible is written to be understood, and Revelation is no exception. Who better to help you understand the seals, trumpets, vials, woes, and plagues than John F. Walvoord, one of evangelicalism’s most prominent leaders, and Mark Hitchcock, today’s leading Bible prophecy expert?

In this first in a renewed series of commentaries from Dr. Walvoord, he points out that much of the book’s symbolism can be interpreted literally. At key points, different views and approaches to interpretation are explored. Walvoord devotes special attention to textual and doctrinal issues while avoiding technical language.

Refined, updated with the English Standard Version (ESV), and streamlined, this classic text is set to help you interpret the last book of the Bible and gain a better grasp of current trends and the climax of history!