What Is the ‘Synagogue of Satan’ (Revelation 2:9; 3:9)?
The word synagogue comes from a Greek word meaning “assembly of men” or “congregation,” and it was used much like the English word “church.” The “synagogue of Satan,” then, is an assembly or congregation—a church—made up of the individuals who “say they are Jews, and are not.” The term “Jew” is used here in a spiritual sense.
Notice the apostle Paul’s definition of a spiritual Jew in Romans 2:29: “He is a Jew who is one inwardly, and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.” In this case, it is not one’s physical race that counts, but his spiritual condition (Galatians 3:27-29; Romans 4:16). True Christians are spiritual Jews because Jesus says in John 4:22, “Salvation is of the Jews.”
Those in the “synagogue of Satan” say they are spiritual Jews—pretend to be real Christians—but are not. This false church was already developing in the days of the apostle John, masquerading as God’s true church. It had congregations in the cities of Smyrna and Philadelphia in Asia Minor even at that early time. It and its daughter churches are further described in Revelation 17.
One of the hallmarks of Satan’s activities is deception, particularly counterfeiting the things of God. “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers [servants] transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works” (II Corinthians 11:13-15). Jesus says we will know such false ministers by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-20). Thus, we should make sure that the church we attend and its ministers are following biblical doctrines and producing the fruit of righteousness. Otherwise, it may well be a “synagogue of Satan.”
Pamela JoyousNJesus McDonald the following are my thoughts.
I personally believe the synagogue of Satan is the Roman Catholic “MOTHER” Church and is also described as the WHORE OF BABYLON!
The Roman Catholic “Church” WAS NOT FOUNDED ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST and is ABSOLUTELTY 100% PAGAN! It is demonic in nature at it’s the roots of it! They are not an APOSTATE CHURCH BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT FOUNDED ON THE TRUTH!
Come out from among it!
There have been a few that have found the TRUE LORD JESUS CHRIST while in this institution it is NOT IMMPOSSIBLE! Alberto Riverea, Edmund Paris, Charles Chiniquy just to name a few!
Roman Catholicism is the WHORE OF BABYLON that will be riding on the beast! She has children and those children are returning to her! Those children are those who are called Protestant Churches! And they are embracing that false religion it started with BILLY GRAHAM, since then, many think of Catholics as their brother and sisters in Christ, how is this possible? They pray to Mary and other “saints”, they think that Jesus is constantly dying again and again on the Cross and suffering, they believe that the wafer and wine is literally Jesus Christ! They confess their sins to a man and not GOD, they do “penance” for their sin instead of REPENTING! They do “good works” to be saved rather than call upon the Name of the LORD JESUS CHRIST and believe and repent! They have done away with by grace are you saved through faith! They bow down to IDOLS! They have an abundant of IDOLS in the Vatican!
I HAVE BEEN THERE JUST OVER A YEAR AGO I KNOW WHAT I SAW! IT IS REAL AND IT IS DEMONIC!
THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS ARE JUST A FEW OF WHAT I HAD TAKEN WHILE THERE, AFTER GOING THERE THAT I DAY I WAS SO TROUBLED IN MY SPIRIT I REMAINED IN MY ROOM THE REST OF THE TRIP. I HATED IT THERE!