The Mystery of Lawlessness

Many today have unanimously agreed that “the Law done away with.” They go to many of Paul’s letters as their source of inspiration, claiming that Paul taught us not to keep and cherish God’s Torah, even though He stated in several places that it was to be an ordinance forever.

As Paul writes in 2nd Thessalonians 2:7-10, “For the mystery of lawlessness already works. Only there is one who restrains now, until he is taken out of the way. Then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will kill with the breath of his mouth, and destroy by the manifestation of his coming; even he whose coming is according to the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

Most will agree that Paul makes this prophetic statement concerning the coming of the Antichrist, or False Messiah. Why is it that Paul refers to him as not the Antichrist, and not the False Messiah, but as “the lawless one”? For those of you who do not know, this term “lawless” in Greek is “anomos”, meaning “lack of law”, or in the Hebraic understanding, “transgression of the Torah”. That’s right- Paul refers to the False Messiah as one who lives without the Torah.

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What is the Mystery of Lawlessness?

As Paul indicates in his writing to the Thessalonians, the Mystery of Lawlessness is the blatant rejection of the Torah by those who claim to be God’s own covenant people. The majority of today’s Christians will openly claim to keep His commandments, yet they refuse to keep the Sabbath, they reject a diet free from unclean foods, and some even go so far as to resent circumcision of the flesh (the sign of the Abrahamic covenant). Furthermore, they are hardhearted toward those who do hold fast to such things. Yeshua said concerning these things in Matthew 24:12, “Because lawlessness will be multiplied, the love of many will grow cold.”

Where lawlessness abounds, love grows cold. Why? Because love is at the very core of the Torah of God; i.e., to love God above all else, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. These two principles, though quoted by Yeshua in The entirety of the Torah depends on love.

Yeshua taught in John 14:15,21; “If you love me, keep my commandments… One who has My commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves Me. One who loves Me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal Myself to him.” As it is written, we show our love to God by keeping His commandments.

But did Yeshua speak of His own authority, issuing new commands, and perhaps repealing old ones? Certainly not! Yeshua only spoke as His Father taught Him, as is revealed in John 8:28, “Yeshua therefore said to them, ‘When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing of Myself, but as My Father taught Me, I say these things.’ ”

All things which Yeshua taught came directly from His Father. This can only mean that God, who by His own admission does not change, sent Yeshua to uphold His own commandments- the ones that He had already mediated through the mouth of Moses as contained in His Torah.

Now see 1st John 2:3-6, “This is how we know that we know Him: if we keep His commandments. One who says, ‘I know Him,’ and doesn’t keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth isn’t in Him. But whoever keeps His word, God’s love has most certainly been perfected in Him. This is how we know that we are in Him: he who says he remains in Him ought himself also to walk just like He walked.” How did Yeshua walk, that we may walk exactly as He walked? He kept the Torah perfectly, and taught others to do so.

He was certainly pious in His devotion to God, yet meek enough to reach out His hand in love to sinners. He never once taught against any commandment of the Torah, but rather upheld every observance thereof to the fullest extent. Though He was not without temptation, He surpassed them all. He is, therefore, the greatest in God’s kingdom. He was true and righteous altogether, an absolute testament to the way we should live. What made Him so? He kept every aspect of the Torah of His Father, which we too can keep to this day.

Now the Scriptures testify in Deuteronomy 30:11-14, “For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?’ But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.” And again in 1st John 5:2-3, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. His commandments are not grievous.”

It is my solemn prayer that this teaching turns hearts of many to reject the mystery of lawlessness that is alive and present in the world today. I pray to see lives and hearts softened toward the Torah, that the people may keep and cherish His commandments, as given by the mouth of Moses; for the “Mystery of Lawlessness” is already at hand, teaching many to refuse to keep the Sabbath, to reject a diet free from unclean foods, and to resent circumcision of the flesh. This is the apostasy that Paul warned us against.

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