Twenty-two times the word mystery appears in the redacted 66-book Bible, and all of these are in the New Testament only. For those who think there are no mysteries in the Bible – well, it appears that such a belief is incorrect . . . twenty-two times!
Let’s take a look at each of these uses:
- Marqus (Mark) 4:11-13
And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the Kingdom of Yahuah: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should turn back, and their sins should be forgiven them. 13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?
We can determine immediately several things from this verse where Yahusha himself is speaking. First, unto his Talmidiym (disciples) it was given to know the mystery of the Kingdom of Yahuah. Second, there most assuredly is a mystery of the Kingdom of Yahuah. Third, to those who are without (in the Greek, ἔξω (éxō) meaning outside or strange) only parables are given.
Do you know the mystery of the Kingdom of Yahuah? What does your answer say?
- Timotheus Ri’shon (1 Timothy) 3:8-9
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9 Holding the mystery of the belief in a pure conscience.
So, what is this mystery of belief? First, we discuss the Greek found here. What is the word for mystery? In the Greek it is μυστήριον mystḗrion. Not much of an argument there. But what is the mystery of belief (μυστηριον της πιστεως)(mystirion tis pisteos)?
Mattithyahu (Matthew) 17:20
And Yahusha said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for amein I say unto you, If ye have belief as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
And further . . .
Ivriym (Hebrews) 11:1-6
NOW belief is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through belief we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of Yahuah, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 4 By belief H’avel offered unto Yahuah a more excellent sacrifice than Qayin, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, Yahuah testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaks. 5 By belief Chanoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because Yahuah had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased Yah. 6 But without belief it is impossible to please him: for he that comes to Yahuah must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
We see here some portion of the mystery of belief: that by believing that that the worlds were framed by the Word of Yahuah; and that Yahuah is; then 1) by that belief our offering is made excellent; 2) by belief Chanoch was translated that he should not see death; and 3) that Yah is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
The writer in Ivriym tells us that by belief Chanoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because Yahuah had translated him. What does it mean that Chanoch was translated? According to this very text, it means that Chanoch did not see death, and that he was not found. For those who say there are no mysteries in the New Testament, let the explanation begin; or do you not know the mystery of the Kingdom of Yahuah?
Let us then continue on our quest to discovery the twenty-two mysteries set forth in the Brit Chadasha (the New Testament):
- Timotheus Ri’shon (1 Timothy) 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of holiness: Yahuah was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Ruach, seen of angels, preached unto the other nations, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Again, we ask the question: What is the mystery of holiness? For those who have spent a lifetime in a “New Testament Church,” it should be well-rehearsed to describe “holiness”. But is it?
Kepha Ri’shon (1 Peter) 1:15-16
But as he which has called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Vayiqra (Leviticus) 19:1-2
AND Yahuah spoke unto Mosheh, saying, 2 Speak unto all the assembly of the children of Yashar’el, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I Yahuah Elohaykem am holy.
Holiness in the Ivriyt (Hebrew) is the word qadosh, which comes from root word qadash (קָדַשׁ) (Strong’s H6942). This primitive root is generally construed to mean to be clean (ceremonially or morally): to appoint, to bid, to consecrate, to dedicate, to hallow, to be or keep holy; to purify or sanctify.
To be holy, therefore, is to be clean, consecrated, purified, and sanctified.
But the mystery of holiness is that 1) Yahuah was manifest in the flesh; 2) justified (δικαιόω dikaióō – innocent or righteous) in the Ruach; 3) seen of angels; 4) preached unto the other nations; 5) believed on in the world; and 6) received up into glory.
Again we see yet another mystery readily explained. Let’s continue.
- Tasloniqiym Sheniy (2 Thessalonians) 2:6-7
And now ye know את eth what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way.
Again, we ask the simple question: What is the mystery of iniquity?
Let’s review the whole passage:
Tasloniqiym Sheniy (2 Thessalonians) 2:3-12
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called Yah, or that is worshipped; so that he as Yah sits in the Temple of Yahuah, showing himself that he is Yahuah. 5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 6 And now ye know את eth what withholds that he might be revealed in his time. 7 For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets will let, until he be taken out of the way. 8 And then shall that Torahless One be revealed, whom Yahuah shall consume with the Ruach of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 9 את eth Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the Truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause Yah shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the Truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Rather than answer the questions here, rather, let’s pose them:
What or who is it that withholds?
What is the mystery of iniquity?
Who is it that now lets?
Who is it that takes him out of the way?
Let this mystery be explained in you!
Maybe Pa’al can give us more information on these mysteries. Let’s take a look at a few passages from the Cepher Romayim (the Book of Romans):
- Romayim (Romans) 11:25-27
For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Yashar’el, until the fulness of the other nations come in. 26 And so all Yashar’el shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Tsiyon the Deliverer, and shall turn away wickedness from Ya`aqov: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
The answer to this mystery is then the answer to the question: who is all Yashar’el?
Does Pa’al continue? Yes.
- Romayim (Romans) 16:24-27
The grace of our Adonai Yahusha Ha’Mashiach be with you all. Amein. 25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my Besorah, and the preaching of Yahusha Ha’Mashiach, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting Yah, made known to all nations for the obedience of belief: 27 To Yahuah only wise, be glory through Yahusha Ha’Mashiach forever. Amein.
Again, we are discussing a mystery found in the Brit Chadasha (New Testament), not the Torah or the prophets. Let’s set forth the questions:
Which mystery was kept secret since the world began?
For me, there are too many to count, and the answer to this question is a lifetime of study, is it not? I speak of the mystery of the aleph-tav, and its placement twice in Bere’shiyth (Genesis) 1:1. I speak of the mystery found in Vayiqra (Leviticus) 17:11 For the soul of the flesh is in the blood: he and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood of him that makes an atonement in the soul. I speak of the mishqan meaning of the Tetragrammaton itself – behold the nail, behold the hand. I speak of the great eloquence of Yochanon (John) 1:1: IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with את eth Elohiym, and Elohiym was the Word. Whole doctrines have been formulated trying to understand this mystery: consubstantiation; transfiguration; translation; and ascendency.
- Qorintiym Ri’shon (1 Corinthians) 2:3-8
And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Ruach and of power: 5 That your belief should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of Yah. 6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught: 7 But we speak the wisdom of Yah in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which Yahuah ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified את eth-the Yah of glory.
Once again, Pa’al speaks of a mystery that was ordained before the world. This time, he refers to it as a mystery, and even the hidden wisdom. What is this hidden wisdom? Should we look for it? If we speak the wisdom of Yah in a mystery, then we are speaking in the hidden wisdom, are we not?
If we are wont to denigrate these mysteries, and to dismiss with opprobrium the hidden wisdom as somehow Satanic, do we not blaspheme the Ruach Ha’Qodesh?
Consider the following:
Devariym (Deuteronomy) 29:29
The secrets of Yahuah Elohaynu are given to his children and their sons forever and ever, that they may observe את eth-every word of the Torah.
Who then are those who do not have these secrets? Who then are those who do not and can not observe every word of the Torah?
Those who hide behind the pretext of complete knowledge based upon the denominational doctrine they have been fed should take the time to explain this verse, for many of the belief are interested in all points of such a discussion.
Let us continue:
- Qorintiym Ri’shon (1 Corinthians) 15:50-53
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit את eth-the Kingdom of Yahuah; neither does corruption את eth inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the shofar shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Pa’al recites to us yet another mystery. Many claim this verse in support of the doctrine of the rapture. Regardless of your preference, the verse nonetheless reveals the mystery – that not all of us shall sleep, be we shall all be changed. Several things will happen: 1) the shofar shall sound; 2) the dead shall be raised incorruptible; 3) we shall be changed; 4) corruptible will put on incorruption; and 5) mortal man will put on immortality.
A great mystery to be sure – and the greatest of all promises.
- Eph’siym (Ephesians) 1:8-10
Wherein he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself: 10 That in the stewardship of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Mashiach, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
The will of Yahuah is described in the Greek by the word θέλημα thelema (Strong's G2307),
construed as meaning a determination, a choice; inclination, desire, pleasure, or will.
Consider the Ivriyt in this regard: Rahtson (רָצוֹן) Strong's H7522, which is construed as meaning to delight in, to be acceptable; desire, favor, good pleasure, will, or as would.
What is it to make known to us the mystery of his will – in Ivriyt, the ta’alumah’ rahtson, according to his good pleasure – in the Ivriyt b’rahtson?
Tehilliym (Psalms) 40:6-10
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire; but a body you have prepared me: ascending smoke offering and sin offering have you not required. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the rolls of the cepher it is written of me, 8 I delight to do your will, O Elohai: yea, your Torah is within my heart. 9 I have preached righteousness in the great assembly: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Yahuah, you know. 10 I have not hid your righteousness within my heart; I have declared your faithfulness and your salvation: I have not concealed your lovingkindness and your Truth from the great assembly.
Daviyd tells us some of the things that are found within the will of Yahuah: 1) to have the Torah within the heart; 2) to preach righteousness in the great assembly; 3) to not hide righteousness within the heart – but to declare his faithfulness and his salvation; 4) to not conceal his lovingkindness and his Truth from the great assembly.
Romayim (Romans) 12:1-2
I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of Yah, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto Yahuah, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yah.
Tasloniqiym Ri’shon (1 Thessalonians) 4:3-12
For this is the will of Yahuah, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in passionate lust, even as the other nations which know not Yahuah: 6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that Yahuah is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For Yah has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despises, despises not man, but Yahuah, who has also given unto us his Ruach Ha’Qodesh. 9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of Yahuah to love one another. 10 And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Makedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; 11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
Pa’al tells us a few more things concerning the will of Yah; that we should 1) abstain from fornication; 2) possess our own vessel in sanctification and honor; 3) that we should not defraud our brother; 4) love one another; 5) study to be quiet; 6) do your own business; 7) work with your own hands; and 8) walk honestly.
Yet, even so, the complete will of Yah remains a mystery.
- Eph’siym (Ephesians) 3:1-3
FOR this cause I Pa’al, the prisoner of Yahusha Ha’Mashiach for you other nations, 2 If ye have heard of the stewardship of the grace of Yahuah which is given me to you-ward: 3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
- Eph’siym (Ephesians) 3:4-6
Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Mashiach) 5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Ruach; 6 That the other nations should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Yahusha Ha’Mashiach by the Besorah:
- Eph’siym (Ephesians) 3:8-9
Unto me, who am less than the least of all qodeshiym, is this grace given, that I should preach among the other nations the unsearchable riches of Mashiach; 9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hid in Yahuah, who created all things by Yahusha Ha’Mashiach:
- Eph’siym (Ephesians) 5:31-32
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his woman, and they two shall be one flesh. 32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Mashiach and the called out assembly.
- Eph’siym (Ephesians) 6:19-20
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the Besorah, 20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
- Qolasiym (Colossians) 1: 25-26
Whereof I am made a minister, according to the stewardship of Yah which is given to me for you, to fulfil the Word of Yahuah; 26 Even the mystery which has been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his qodeshiym:
- Qolasiym (Colossians) 1:27-28
To whom Yahuah would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the other nations; which is Mashiach in you, the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Mashiach Yahusha:
- Qolasiym (Colossians) 2:1-3
FOR I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodikeia, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of Yahuah, and of the Father, and of Mashiach; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
- Qolasiym (Colossians) 4:3 -4
Withal praying also for us, that Yahuah would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Mashiach, for which I am also in bonds: 4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
- Chizayon (Revelation) 1:19-20
Write the things את eth which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; 20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden menoroth. The seven stars are the angels of the seven called out assemblies: and the seven menoroth which you saw are the seven called out assemblies.
- Chizayon (Revelation) 10:5-7
And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And swore by him that lives forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: 7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of Yah should be finished, as he has declared to his את eth-servants the prophets.
- Chizayon (Revelation) 17:3-6
So he carried me away in the Ruach into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABEL THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. 6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the qodeshiym, and with the blood of the martyrs of Yahusha: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
- Chizayon (Revelation) 17:7-16
And the angel said unto me, Wherefore did you marvel? I will tell you the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carries her, which has the seven heads and ten horns. 8 The beast that you saw was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the cepher of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. 9 And here is the mind which has wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sits. 10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space. 11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goes into perdition. 12 And the ten horns which you saw are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. 13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Adonai ha’adoniym, and Melek ha’melekiym: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. 15 And he said unto me, The waters which you saw, where the whore sits, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. 16 And the ten horns which you saw upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.