The MYSTERY of INIQUITY

Matter is the material substance that makes up the observable universe and, together with energy, forms the basis of all objective phenomena (what we can see with our eyes). Matter is defined as anything that has mass and takes up space. Antimatter is the opposite of matter. Antimatter has the same mass as matter and is identical in every way but has an opposite charge. Theoretically, there should be the same amount of matter and antimatter in the universe, but that is not the case.

Our physical universe consists of a massive imbalance between matter and antimatter. This has greatly perplexed scientists who seek to understand why the imbalance. However, for us regular folks, we should be very thankful that this imbalance exists because when matter and antimatter meet, they annihilate, and the result is light and nothing else. If antimatter were to come into contact with matter it would end up creating the world’s largest explosion.

Given equal amounts of matter and antimatter, nothing would remain once the reaction was completed. Because Scientists believe that both matter and antimatter were created at the time the Universe was “birthed”, the Universe should not actually exist. And yet it does.

“All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist,” explained Christian Smorra, member of the BASE collaboration at the CERN research center.”

Antimatter should NEVER come in contact with matter because it would destroy everything in its path.

In a similar manner, sin also destroys 💣everything in its path, although it is a slower, more erosive force whose power and punishment multiplies over time. Early Biblical sin rose in ominous crescendo culimating in the great flood of genesis 7. Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, the fruit of pride and “self”, pushing the God who created them out of the picture. They decided that they alone should be the master of their own fate. Sin may be “pleasurable for a short season” (Hebrews 11:25), but there are always consequences, UNPLEASANT, PAINFUL consequences. Adam and Eve (and their children) could no longer walk in the presence of YHWH (God) and they were banished from the Paradise that was the Garden of Eden. In time, sin on the earth multiplied, resulting in Adam and Eve’s devastating loss of a child when their son Cain killed his brother Abel in a jealous fit of rage. This was mankind’s first murder😈.

Cain had been a tiller of the ground. The punishment for Cain’s crime was that the earth would no longer yield its strength for him. Cain was to be a wanderer and a fugitive on the earth. Cain was also afraid that others would seek to kill him. With Abel’s death and Cain’s banishment, Adam and Eve lost not only one son, but two.

Genesis 4:13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is too great to endure! 14 Behold, You have driven me this day from the face of the ground; and I will be hidden from Your face, and I will be a wanderer and a drifter on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”

God then placed a mark on Cain to deter others from killing him. Not too many generations later we see that Cain’s descendant Lamech also committed murder. Lamech’s homicidal boast echoed through the air….“If Cain is avenged sevenfold, then Lamech seventy-seven-fold”. Lamech was saying that if seven lives were taken for Cain’s death, seventy-seven lives would be taken for Lamech’s. As human civilization grows, evil multiplies. 😈..

Genesis 4:23 Lamech said to his wives,

“Adah and Zillah,
Listen to my voice,
You wives of Lamech,
Pay attention to my words,
For I have killed a man for wounding me;
And a boy for striking me!

2If Cain is avenged seven times,
Then Lamech seventy-seven times!”

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Sin corrupts and puts asunder what God has joined together and joins together what God has put asunder. Like some devastating twister🌪️, corruption both explodes and implodes God’s creation pushing it back toward the formless void from which it came.

Cornelius PlantingA Jr.

The consequence of evil and sin multiplying on the earth is that by Genesis 6, the entire world was filled with nothing but evil😈. God washed the earth clean with a global flood 🌊whose floodgates were opened both above and below the earth, obliterating the created distinctions between the water and the dry ground. The great flood of Genesis 7 was the final stage in the disintegration of God’s Creation which had begun in Eden ultimately overwhelming the safe space that God had created for His creatures to pass over on dry land.

Humanity, made in the image of God, has been stripped of its powers by original sin. The Formula of Concord (Lutheran confessional document) compares the destructive force of the sin nature to the stripping of bark from a tree or the removal of hide from an animal. As the skin and hide holds the animal together, keeping its innards from spilling out, sin strips the creation of what holds it together, wrecking its integrity or wholeness, that which joins each to another in hospitality, justice and delight. St. Augustine shows in “The City of God” that sin despoils (corrupts) persons, groups, and whole societies, snapping the bonds that holds them together. Corruption isn’t just a particular sin, but the multiplying power of all sin to ruin a good creation and breach its defenses against foreign invaders.

Reformation documents describe corruption (the multiplying power of sin) as a “despoiled nature”, a “diseased root”, a “contaminated spring”, a “foul heart”. According to these documents, human beings are foul at the core. A bad strain has gotten into the stock so that we now sin with the ease of people who are born ready for the task. Sin is our second nature. Human beings are “born sinners” as some folks are born athletes. This is original sin.

Disintegration is the main event in corruption (the multiplying power of sin). Disintegration is the breakdown of personal and social integrity, the loss of shape, strength and purpose that makes some entity an entirety. Sin disintegrates both its victims and its perpetrators. Disintegration always leads to deterioration, which is the prelude to death💀.

The Reformers such as St. Augustine understood that human beings who were created from nothing, corrupt ourselves BACK into nothing through our rebellion. Deterioration has spread through the human soul like a cancer. Because of the multiplication of sin and deterioration that has spread throughout humanity, we now physically disintegrate and “ABIDE IN DEATH AND CORRUPTION”💀. What does corruption do to a society? “It numbs them and hollows them out. The disintegrated human spirit will move beyond numbness and lack of empathy to eventually settle on a demonic inversion of values, the sort of upside-down morality that we are seeing today where evil is called good and good is called evil.

DEMONIC INVERSION OF VALUES……

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Sin has ALWAYS tried to obtain either pleasure, wealth, SELF-esteem, or happiness in some type of hurtful or obsessive way. But as human life degenerates and as people explore the deeper and deeper recesses of evil😈, they seek pleasure not in such created goods as sex or material things or the exercise of power and dominion, but in the very dynamics of sin, the evil itself. This is the inevitable destination of uninterrupted human evil.

“Our nature was already present in the seed from which we were to spring. And because this nature has been soiled by sin and doomed to death 💀and justly condemned no man was to be born of man in any other condition. Thus, from a bad use of free choice, a sequence of misfortunes conducts the whole human race, excepting those redeemed by the Grace of God✝️, from the original canker in its root to the devastation from a second and endless death💀.

St. Augustine

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Like A cancer, sin kills because it reproduces AND DESTROYS EVERYTHING THAT IS GOOD. Sin and suffering are inextricably linked. This is why God shortened man’s life span at the time of the flood to a maximum of 120 years. If man had been permitted to have the longevity that we had in the beginning (Methuselah lived 969 years), mankind would have destroyed God’s creation a long time ago.

Lifespan of Patriarchs shortened because of the multiplication of sin and evil

Genesis 6: Now it came about, when mankind began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God (tfj: fallen angels) saw that the daughters of mankind were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. 

Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not remain with man forever, because he is also flesh; nevertheless his days shall be 120 years.

Sin has a horrific multiplying effect, like a devastating wildfire 🔥that grows bigger and bigger, moving faster and faster, ultimately consuming everything in its path. Sin attaches to intention, memory, thought, speech, intelligent action and to all the special features of personhood, transforming them into weapons. Thus, the same gift that enables a scientist to conquer a disease also enables him to manufacture one and sell it to terrorists.

1 Corinthians 5:6: Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven (tfj: sin) leavens the whole lump of dough?

James 1:14:  But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it has run its course, brings forth death. 💀

Paul calls this the “mystery of iniquity“, also translated “the secret power of lawlessness”. The word mystery denotes something hidden for a time before God chooses to reveal it.

2 Thessalonians 2:7: For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way. Then that lawless one (antichrist) will be revealed, whom the Lord will eliminate with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;

The Mystery of Iniquity is the unseen power, unknown except by its effects, which is ever working in the world for evil 😈— working against the law and will of God, corrupting what has been well done and well begun by man, causing misery in the natural world in all that man has to do with, through the mischief which it works in the moral and spiritual world, in the heart and soul of men.”

WG Humphry, BD

The mystery of iniquity has been at work for a VERY long time—and, when it finally erupts in all its hideousness, the world will be shaken to its core. The Antichrist, who leads the descent into lawlessness, will set a new standard of depravity. The enormity of the acts of moral monsters such as Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, Robespierre, and Caligula will pale in comparison to the evil of the Antichrist.

Sin does not belong in God’s world, but somehow it has gotten in. In-fact, sin has dug in like a blood-sucking tick that burrows in deeper and deeper.

The book of proverbs compares sin to foolishness or folly. Sin hurts other people and grieves the heart of God, but it also corrodes and disintegrates…us, the sinner. Sin is actually a form of self-abuse. For example, promiscuous people coarsen and disqualify themselves for the deepest forms of intimacy, the ones bonded by trust, and condemn themselves to social superficiality. Something is similar for liars and cheats. Envy traps and torments the envier, turning their life into a hell of resentment. Proud people isolate themselves, terminating the possibility of having any real friendship or relationship. Alcoholics and drug addicts cling to those substances as their lives, their relationships and their bodies literally unravel and disintegrate.

“Sin corrupts. Corruption spreads and kills. 💀 In the prophetic view, sin against God is outrageous folly, it’s like pulling the plug on your own resuscitator”.😱

Why is it not only wrong but also foolish to offend God? God is our final good, our Maker and Savior, the ONLY ONE in whom our restless hearts were created fo FIND REST💖. To rebel against God is to saw off the branch that supports us.” 😱

Cornelius PlantingA Jr.

God designed His Creation to be in perfect harmony and shalom (wholeness, wellness, peace). Sin disrupts the harmony and shalom that God designed. Sin multiplies and corrupts people and societies. Sin builds and multiplies over time and so does its destructive force. This is why Jesus told His Disciples that the Last Days, the time we are RAPIDLY moving into, would be THE worst time on earth — EVER.

Matthew 24:12:  And because lawlessness will aboundmost people’s love will become cold. 

2 Timothy 3:13: But evil people and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

2 Thessalonians 2:7: For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains (evil) will do so until he (the restrainer/holy spirit/church) is taken out of the way.

Matthew 24:21: For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened.

All of this would be incredibly depressing to read if it weren’t for God’s resolve to SAVE His Creation. Sin has a very powerful multiplying effect and, if left unchecked, would eventually destroy the entire creation. As we saw in Matthew 24, unrestrained sin and destruction at the time of the end will be the worst in global history and if God hadn’t shortened the days, no flesh would survive. Sin’s resolve to destroy is very powerful, but not nearly as powerful as God’s RESOLVE to SAVE. God was willing to go to any length, including His own death on the Cross✝️, to save His Creation. Where sin abounds, Grace abounds all the more (Romans 5:20). God has NO INTENTION of allowing the spiraling destruction of sin and corruption to wipe away everything GOOD that He has created. The story has been written. God’s Word is true.

God is only allowing this sin-sick world🤢 to spiral downhill long enough until all people have had the chance to make their choice from their FREE WILL. Jesus told us that He did not come to condemn the world, He came to save it. This is because the world ALREADY stood CONDEMNED. The first “son of God” (Adam) brought death 💀to all people because of his sin and DISOBEDIENCE. In contrast, the “second “Adam”, THE SON OF GOD (Jesus Christ) brings LIFE to all those who CHOOSE HIM because of HIS OBEDIENCE.

Romans 5:17: For if by the offense (sin) of the one (Adam), death reigned💀 through the one, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace✝️ and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

IT’S TIME ⌛TO CHOOSE God ✝️ or sin😈, Life ✝️or death💀.

Deuteronomy 30:19:  I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have placed before you life✝️ and death💀, the blessing and the curse. So choose life ✝️in order that you may live, you and your descendants,

Once our choice has been made, God will cleanse and purify the earth by fire, REWARD His people and DESTROY those who are DESTROYING THE EARTH.

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Revelation 11:18: The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come,
And the time of the dead, that they should be judged,
And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints💖,
And those who fear Your name, small and great,
And should destroy those who destroy the earth. 💀”

Time is short my friends. Evil has multiplied on this earth to the point that practically everything we see and hear from the media, from politicians, governments, entertainment industry, music, big pharma, and academia (and sadly, many churches) are twisted, wicked, perverted LIES, moving the souls on this earth to not only accept evil, but to embrace it. People’s MORAL COMPASSES are now WAY OFF. 🧭 The Creation is suffering and groaning under the weight of mankind’s sin (earthquakes, tsunamis, violent and extreme weather events, mass animal die-offs, tree apocalypse, wars and rumors of war). This world is RAPIDLY SPIRALING downhill to its ultimate conclusion…..the GREAT TRIBULATION and the WRATH OF GOD.

Sin causes suffering and death. Suffering comes because we are disconnected from Jesus Christ our CREATOR. Randy died and met Jesus in Heaven, and so his perspective on suffering is uniquely insightful.

What are you gonna do when your time has come, and your life is done…and there’s nothing you can stand on? What will you have to say at the Judgment Throne? Well I already know…The only thing that I CAN SAY is I TRUST IN JESUS, MY GREAT DELIVERER, MY STRONG DEFENDER, the SON OF GOD. I TRUST IN JESUS, BLESSED REDEEMER, MY LORD FOREVER, THE HOLY ONE.
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My name is TFJ, which stands for Thankful for Jesus. I'm a wife, a mom, and a grandma. I have a passion for Jesus because He literally drug me out of the pit, washed me clean, and made me new. I know He will do the same for you, if you let Him.