Biblical mysteries are not unexplained
detective stories, or even something mysterious.
A Biblical mystery (μυστήριον)
“hidden from the foundation of the world”
(Mat 13:35), something “kept secret
since the world began but now made manifest”
(Rom 16:25b), which
“in other ages was not made known to the
sons of men, as it has now been
revealed by the Spirit”
(Eph 3:5a) and
"which from the beginning of the ages
has been hidden in God”
In the Bible, a mystery is an important new truth
or aspect of
that He has revealed for the very
If God had not revealed a mystery,
no human being could have known about it.
New Testament mysteries therefore contain
new truths that God had not previously disclosed in
the Old Testament.
A Tale of Two Cities
Is the city that the Bible refers to most.
It is the city of peace, God’s temple
was there and in the
eternal order the river of God will
flow out of the city
(cf. Rev 22:1).
is the city that the Bible refers to second-most. Located near the
(recently dried up for the first time in history)
Babylon is the place where
man built his tower-temple
is the city of confusion, war, wickedness
and rebellion against God
(Gen 10:10; 11:9; Isa 13-14; Jer 25 & 50-51; Dan 2-7; Zech 5:5-11; Acts 2:9; 1 Pet 5:13).
The City in Revelation 17-18
In addition to 17:5,
Revelation also refers to Babylon- five other times:
14:8; 16:19; 18:2, 10 and 21.
The woman in Revelation 17 and 18 undoubtedly
refers to a city:
"The woman whom you saw is the great city,
which reigns over the kings of the earth”
Which city is this --
and what is the mystery that is revealed about her?
Revelation repeatedly refers to itself as prophecy
(1:3; 22:7, 10, 18, 19).
God delights in Mysteries- and revealing his Glorious Creation
Thanks to God's Design,
the notion of False Assumptions and slandering has been
a staple in human eco-systems-
It's Biblical, After All! God, ...Master Comedian!