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What is the "synagogue of Satan" spoken of in Revelation ?

I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them
which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
   Revelation 2.9
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 thy feet, and to know that I have loved
thee.
10.  Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of
temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
    Revelation  3.9
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First off it is clear this is not speaking of Jewish people - it very plainly says the people referred to are not Jewish, and the
Jewish people are Jewish
, contrary to the lies of the hatemongers. There is no other peoples who have fulfilled the many
prophecies regarding the people of Judah.

State of Israel Bible Code

Brit-Am page on prophecies fulfilled by Judah

And no one is going to be replacing Israel OR Judah:

35.  Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which
divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name:
36.  If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for
ever.
                                                                                                                                           Jeremiah 31.35+36

Through out the LORD's words to the seven churches in Revelation chapters 1-3 the enemy is the same - it is an enemy that every Spirit
Filled person must overcome:

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life,
which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
   Revelation 2.7

These are people who say they are "Christians" ("true Jews" -
Romans 2.28+29 - "But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is
that of the heart, in the spirit" -
here Paul is referring to the concept laid out in Deuteronomy 10.16 = "Circumcise therefore the foreskin of
your heart, and be no more stiffnecked.
" - being circumcised is of no benefit if your heart is not right with God - a true follower of YHVH is
one inwardly) but
they have gone the way of Balaam (name meaning "not of the people"), they are consorting with
"Jezebel", a name meaning "Baal exalts" or "Baal is husband to"
*   

(this is the Harlot that sits on the "city of seven hills" - she claims to be the bride of Christ but in reality she
serves and obeys Baal, who demands Sunday worship
), they have the beliefs of the "Nicolaitans" meaning "conquering
or destruction of the people"
* - referring to Nickolaus - good ol' St. Nick - the Satan Claus himself.

These infiltrators into The Church of God were claiming to be from God = "apostles"
(meaning "sent out ones"):

I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast
tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
 Revelation 2.2

In other places in the New Testament their teachings are called
"the mystery of iniquity",

For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the
way.
                                                                                                                                                                  2 Thessalonians 2.7

These "ungodly" infiltrators were teaching a different gospel:

3.  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you
that
ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
4.  
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning
the grace of our God into lasciviousness
, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.     Jude 1.3+4

Paul had to contend with them in Galatia:

6.  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7.  
Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8.  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be
accursed.
9.  As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
10.  For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
11.  But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
12.  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
        Galatians 1.6-12

The infiltrators were trying to lead the people back to paganism, back to serving the "weak and beggarly" demons:

9.  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and  beggarly elements, whereunto ye
desire again to be in bondage?
10.  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
          Galatians 4.9+10

They were going back to the pagan holidays, the "observing of times":

There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an
observer of times,
or an enchanter, or a witch.        Deuteronomy 18.10

An observer of times, as in "
Xmas Time".

They could not go back to God's Law as the false prophets claim, they were converted gentiles,
they could only go back to idolatry, the
serving of the demon gods of the gentiles.

Back into the bondage of sin, which is the transgression of God's Law:

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.       1 John 3.4

32.  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33.  They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never
in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34.  
Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of
sin.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 John 8.32-34

The same beguilers were attempting to infiltrate the Church of God in Colossae:

Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not
seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind
       Colossians 2.18

These gentile converts had repented of their idolatrous customs, but the "beguilers" were trying to get them to go back to serving the
demons, they were being judged for respecting God's Laws, which are a shadow of the future rule of The LORD:

16.  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17.  
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.                                      Colossians 2.16+17

The pagan customs commanded by Rome are not the shadow of the future - they are the worship of demons - as commanded BY MAN (v. 22)


They are the "workers of iniquity" that the LORD Jesus warned us about - this is how we are to recognize the "many false
prophets" that were to come saying "Jesus is the Christ" (Matthew 24.4+5) and they were to spread deception to the "many" who
are beguiled of their reward by being deceived into "the worship of angels" (
Colossians 2.18) (that is demons = fallen angels; like
Baal + Ishtar/Easter, for instance), they have taken the easy path:

13.  Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and
many there be which go in thereat:
14.  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15.  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16.  Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17.  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20.
 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21.  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father
which is in heaven.
22.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and
in thy name done many wonderful works?
23.  And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.   Matthew 7.13-23

What is the "fruit" of the false prophets??

It is "workers of iniquity".

The word "iniquity" means NO LAW *

These people who rise in the second resurrection will be absolutely amazed to learn that they were never Christians at all!!

They were totally deceived into thinking they were right with God, but they refused to obey His Law, they had no love of God:

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.  1 John 5.3

As prophesied by Jesus:

11.  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
12.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
13.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.    Matthew 24.11+13

The word "
iniquity" means "NO LAW".

They have been beguiled of their reward when they were deceived into the Babylonian pagan practises of the Harlot in Rome and her
whorish daughters - the Protestants - they claim to be the bride of Christ but they commit spiritual whoredom every Sunday, Xmas, Easter,
Lent, etc., when they obey the "man of sin" who sits in Rome, COMMANDING people to commit sin. Sentencing people to Hell if they dare to
obey the LORD God instead of the "Holy Father" (a blasphemous title
Revelation 17.3) sitting in Rome.

And yes, it true that the Catholic Church teaches that everyone who dares to obey God rather than the Pope is not only going to Hell they
are declared to be 'anathema' and are (in their erroneous minds) sentenced to the lowest recesses of Hell, below murders and idolaters
and of course child molesters (who are just sentenced to a different diocese).

Please see Cannon Law #29 of the Synod of Laodicea

This has not been rescinded and it is the foundation of the Catholic and Protestant Churches - if you obey God rather than the
Pope you are going to Hell -
they command disobedience to God's Law.

For 1260 years the Catholic Church enforced a death penalty for observing the Sabbath, this made it impossible for the saints (those who
hold fast to God's Law and have Jesus' faith through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit) to hold down jobs in the population centers, they
were forced to settle in the most remote parts of the world to escape the wrath of
the blood thirsty Sunday keepers.

16.  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
17.  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed,
which keep the
commandments of God
, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.                                                 Revelation 12.16+17

This counts out the Catholics and all the Protestants, who refuse to obey God's Commandments and instead obey the Pope.       

They are not of the saints:

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of
Jesus.                                                                                                                                                                     
Revelation 14.12

It was by scaring people ignorant of the word of God and killing those who did, that the
Catholic Church was able to deceive almost
everyone into accepting it's mark, which is customs from ancient Babylon, such as Sunday, Xmas, Easter, Lent, etc.

The LORD's people have God's Law in our hands (our actions) and in our foreheads (our thoughts), while those who serve the
image of the beast have the mark of the Beast (=Rome) in their thoughts (the forehead) and actions (in the hand).

The LORD Jesus told us that their man made worship was in "vain" = totally useless:

7.  Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
8.  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
9.  But
in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.     Matthew 15.7-9

These workers of NO LAW will be indignant that they did not rise in the first resurrection,
they have been totally deceived into
believing "the lie"
- the lie that there is such a thing as a Christian who would participate in their heathen practises, for THE WORSHIP
OF THE LORD CAN NOT BE MIXED WITH PAGANISM - this type of worship
is unacceptable to the LORD. Not only are these traditions man
made,
they are the literal worship of demons:

20.  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have
fellowship with devils.
21.  
Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of
devils.
   1 Corinthians 10.20+21

And let there be no mistake, people did and do sacrifice to Baal
(who demands Sunday worship) and Easter/Ishtar.

These are demons.

And the Catholics have introduced these pagan practises, there is no other group who has fulfilled the prophecy in 1 Timothy chapter 4,
they are teaching doctrines of demons:

1.  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils;
2.  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3.  Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which
believe and know the truth.
   1 Timothy 4.1-3

There is no other group of so-called Christians who have fulfilled Paul's prophecy for "the latter times" (NOW).

That is, they forbid the clergy to marry (this was the subject at hand, read chapter 3), and they forbid the eating of clean meats on Lent, and
on Fridays (they still do this in some Diocese).

Their "consciences" or 'minds' are branded with the mark of the 4th Beast of Daniel, the Roman Empire, and it has been this way for many,
many years.

Here we have the "synagogue of Satan" teaching their "doctrines of devils"!!

The fourth beast of Daniel chapter 7 is Rome.

23.  Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall
devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.
24.  And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the
first, and he shall subdue three kings.
25.  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and
laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.
26.  But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
27.  And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints
of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
    Daniel 7.23-27

The King of the North is the leader of this beast, it is his people who were destroy Jerusalem and the Temple, and it will be the leader of
this "beast" that will commit the abomination which causes desolation during The Day of the LORD:

26.  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come
shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;
and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are
determined.
27.  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to
cease, and
for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that
determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
   Daniel 9.26+27

It was the soldiers of Rome that destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple - it will be the leader of the EU who is the "King
of the North", who commits the abomination that causes desolation near the end.

The 'image' of the Roman Government is the Roman Catholic Church which started by the Roman Government apx. 300 AD
(established by the Edict of Toleration by
Galerius + and later solidified by the Edict of Toleration issued by Constantine), and
modeled after its self, with
the Pope in place of Caesar, the Synod in place of the Senate, and it's entire empire
divided into 'diocese'.

The Pope has assumed blasphemous titles such as "The Holy Father" which the LORD Jesus specifically said was reserved for
the Father in Heaven:

9.  And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
10.  Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
11.  But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12.  And
whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
                                                                                                                                                        
Matthew 23.9-12


The bottom line = the synagogue of Satan is the Catholics and the Protestants who are practising the paganism of ancient
Babylon. They claim to be God's people but they refuse to bear the eternal, perpetual sign of being the LORD's people, His
blessed, holy, commanded, Seventh Day Sabbath.

The "Synagogue of Satan" is easily recognizable -

They honor
Satan, the god of the 359th day, the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4.4)

3.  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4.  In whom
the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel
of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
                  2 Corinthians 4.4

Every Spirit Filled person must overcome the lies, deceptions, and idolatry of "The Synagogue of Satan".

There is no truth in the Synagogue of Satan.

3.  And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4.  
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
                                                                                                                
1 John 2.3+4
From David Bauscher's Interlinear Peshitta
From David Bauscher's Interlinear Peshitta