To understand what the mystery of iniquity is then it is best to look into the words themselves and particularly the words “mystery” and “iniquity.” Looking into these words can be like looking into a crystal ball or it can be like looking through a periscope and your periscope here has a way of looking from one dimension into another and the dimension we are a looking into here is the spiritual dimension and so St Paul used the word “mystery.” The word mystery also has its association with the word mystical so when we are talking mystery in the Bible then we are talking spiritual and so we are looking into the spiritual meaning of the word “mystery.”
The word “mystical” has its association with the word “spiritual” but as a rule, the word mystical tends to have a lot of negative connotations to it, usually because it lacks the heart, and true spirituality always has to come from the heart and not the mind, and so if you’re not careful with the word mystical, then you can find yourself tripping off into the mind and into a form of spirituality which has its roots more in the mind than in the heart and so a good way to detect true spirituality is first to see if it has a sense of the heart in it. The Devil himself, you would say, doesn’t come from the heart, he comes more from the mind, the Devil operates more like a computer that has no heart and no love and no conscience and so the word mystical usually has its roots in a negative form of spirituality because at its very root would be the Devil himself and so St Paul coined the phrase “the mystery” or in other words, “the spiritual mystery of iniquity.”
The word iniquity also has its roots in the spiritual and in a lot of ways the Bible is its own dictionary. A lot of dictionaries tend to differ on what words mean so your best definition has to come from the Bible itself and so the prophet Samuel in the Old Testament tells us what iniquity means when he said, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” (1 Samuel 15:23) So iniquity here means rebellion against God. Stubbornness is another word for rebellion against God because as soon as a person rebels against God then they are getting into the sin of witchcraft and so iniquity has its roots in total rebellion against God and therefore witchcraft and that form of spirituality which again has its roots in the Devil himself and so we have the mystery of iniquity, or in other words, we have spiritual rebellion against God that has its roots in witchcraft and the Devil.
And again here, the Bible is its own dictionary because in the book of Daniel it talks about a king of fierce countenance and understanding dark sentences which will one day stand up and his power shall be mighty but not by his own power. And it also talks of this same king in the sense that he is going to prosper and practice so by these words (Daniel 8:23,24) we gather that this king that will one day stand up will understand dark sentences, so in other words, he will be into what you might call the mystery religions or as we said earlier, he’ll be into the negative form of spirituality that has its roots in the negative form of mysticism which of course has its roots in the Devil himself and so it says, “his power will be mighty but not by his own power.” So this king’s power is coming from the Devil himself and he understands dark sentences and he prospers and practices, or in other words, he prospers by practicing witchcraft, he also of course has a fierce countenance because he is heartless and has no conscience so he’s coming from the head and not the heart so he looks fierce and so all of this ties in with the mystery of iniquity and St Paul said that the mystery of iniquity doth already work. So what St Paul was saying was that even in his day the Devil and witchcraft was at work from behind the scenes, he could see that the Devil was manipulating events with the sole objective of one-day stepping onto the world stage and then declaring himself as the saviour of the whole world.
And so we look at our world today and we see this mystery of iniquity at work. There are many many evils in the world as we all know and in the wider wider picture it is a mystery to us all as to where this is all coming from, so again you could say that the Bible has its own way of being a dictionary, or better said, an interpreter of what exactly is going on and so we read that “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) And so the mystery of iniquity is better understood if we see this as a kind of “who done it?” mystery of iniquity. In a “who done it?” murder mystery suspense thriller you have the intriguing ingredients of “Who? What? Where? Why? When? How? And so we are all left mystified and left guessing as to who done it and why and when and how etc. and perhaps even with whom did they do it? And so when we look at the world today and all of its evils, a lot of us tend to question just what is going on and we look into all of these mysteries and even into the word “mystery” as St Paul tells us to do and we see that there is a spiritual reality to this very word mystery and therefore to a lot of the evils that are in the world today. And so we live in a world where many great nations borrow billions and even trillions of Dollars and it’s a “mystery” as to just who we owe the money to! We see world conferences where they talk about climate change and where they talk of reducing pollution to combat this, we see many great world leaders gathered together and not one of them dare talk about the aerosol spraying (chem-trails) that they are spraying in the skies above our very heads which are clearly there for all to see and so you ask yourself, if they are talking about pollution then why don’t they talk about this great pollution that’s going on over our heads in our very skies?! And so you see another great “mystery” here. And then you see yet another great “mystery” when you consider all of these so-called terrorist attacks. In a terrorist attack we either have a staged event or a real event or a scripted event and what’s even called a false flag and the mystery here is always, who done it? Where? (this time Manchester) Why? What? When? How? And of course when you consider the twin towers the mystery is always, how did those towers just fall straight down as if it was a controlled demolition? And the big big mystery of building seven which wasn’t even hit by a plane!
What you have to remember with every good, or better said, evil who done it murder mystery suspense thriller, is that the very clever person who wrote the script has a very very clever way of misleading the audience into thinking that this person did it or that person or these persons and everybody but the right person who actually did it and at the very end of the film the person who did actually do it is revealed! And so St Paul was telling us that there is a kind of a who done it mystery of iniquity that would be going on in the world until one day the mystery will no longer be a mystery when the person behind it all and who is doing it all and who is the guilty one is finally revealed! And so he says at the end of the film here (our day), “And then shall that Wicked be revealed…Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved (didn’t want Jesus!).” (2 Thessalonians 2:8-10) The love of the truth at the end of this verse is the Love of God in sending His Only Son into the world that the world by Him might be saved…
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”