Synagogue of Satan ********************

Scripture from Rev 2:9 and Rev 3:9 on the "Synagogue of Satan" is sometimes used to claim that Khazars are those who say they are Jews and are not but are of the Synagogue of Satan.

 

Khazars didn't exist until about 1,000 years after John wrote about those who say they are Jews and are not, in Rev 2 & 3, so John obviously wasn't writing about Khazars. Web searches on "Khazar Jews" give lots of info on that subject but this article will use the bible to define what a "real Jew" is and what those are who say they are Jews but are not. 


Romans 2:28-29 – Just because you live like a Jew and are circumcised doesn’t make you a real Jew. 29 To be a real Jew you must obey the Law. True circumcision is something that happens deep in your heart, not something done to your body. CEV

 

28 For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. 29 No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. NLT

 

The word Jew comes from Judah who was one of Jacob's 12 sons and the father of the tribe/nation of Judah/Judea.  The word Judah meant 'Praise' or 'Praise God' in ancient Hebrew according to Gen 29:35, its footnotes, and some references.

 

Genesis 29:35 - She had one more son and named him Judah, because she said, “I’ll praise the Lord!”

 

So the word Jew can mean not only someone from Judea but may also can mean 'praise the Lord' as used by Leah at Gen 29:35.

 

The term 'Synagogue of Satan" at Rev 2:9 and Rev 3:9 linked above is defined as a 'group that belongs' to Satan. The word 'assembly' is a common synonym for synagogue. So the synagogue of Satan is a group or assembly of Jews who belong to Satan instead of God.

 

Scripture cited above shows that 'real Jews' have had a change of heart produced by the Spirit, and they praise God, per Romans 2:28-29 and Gen 29:35 respectively.

 

That is what 'real Jews' are, as defined by scripture above, but who are those who say they are Jews and are not but belong to the group or synagogue of Satan ?

 

John 8:44 shows plainly who this group is that belongs to Satan –

You belong to your father the Devil, and you want to carry out the desires of your father. GNT


Notice in John 8 that Jesus is at the Temple talking to Pharisees and Jews who follow Judaism as he tells them they are the children of the devil.


At John 8:44, Jesus tells the Jews who reject him that they are the children of the devil. They are enemies of Christ, anti-christs, who persecute Jesus and his followers. They include those who had Jesus murdered.

 

The children of the devil are Jews who chose Satan and the synagogue instead of Christ and Christianity, Jews who chose Judaism instead of Jesus.

 

Jews who followed Jesus such as Peter, John, Lazarus, Mary, Martha, Paul, the apostles, broke away from Judaism, left the Synagogue of Satan, quit calling themselves Jews, quit identifying themselves as the enemies of Christ, and eventually began calling themselves Christians.

 

The Synagogue of Satan refers precisely to Jews who choose Judaism instead of Jesus.