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Prophecy vs Mystery

Prophecy: That which was spoken by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began. In addition, It pertains to specific promises of God to and through the nation of Israel. Moreover, all of those promises are in an earthly setting. They are both literal and visible.

Mystery: The preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery. Furthermore, it was kept secret since the world began. However, over time, the Lord gave to the Apostle Paul an abundance of visions and revelations about the heavenly aspects of God’s plan.​

Basic Distinctions Between Prophecy and The Mystery


1. Concerns a kingdom; a political organization
(Dan. 2:44; Matt. 6:10).

2. The kingdom to be established on earth (Jer.
23:5; Matt. 6:10).

3. Christ to be its King (Jer. 23:5; Isa. 9:6,7).

4. The kingdom prophesied “since the world began”
(Luke 1:68-70; Acts 3:21).

5. Israel to be given supremacy over the nations
(Isa. 60:10-12; 61:6).

6. The Gentiles to be blessed through Israel’s
(Gen. 22:17,18; Zech. 8:13).

7. The Gentiles to be blessed through Israel’s rise
(Isa. 60:1-3; Zech. 8:22,23).

8. Prophecy mainly concerns nations as such (Isa.
2:4; Ezek. 37:21,22).

9. Prophecy concerns blessings. Material and
spiritual, on earth
(Isa. 2:3,4; 11:1-9; etc.).

10. Prophecy concerns Christ’s coming to the earth
(Isa. 59:20; Zech. 14:4).

11. In prophecy salvation by grace through faith
alone is not contemplated.

12. The proclamation of the prophetic program, com-
mitted particularly to the twelve
(Matt. 10:5-7;
Acts 1:6-8; 3:19-26).

13. The prophetic program revealed through many
of God’s servants
(Luke 1:70; II Pet. 1:21).

14. Old testament writers frequently did not understand the prophecies made known through them
(Dan. 12:8-10; I Pet. 1:10-12).


1. Concerns a body (I Cor. 12:12,27; Eph. 4:12-16).

2. The body given a position in heaven (Eph. 1:3; 2:5-6; Col. 3:1-3).

3. Christ its living Head (Eph. 1:19-23; Col. 1:18).

4. The body chosen in Christ before the world began, but “kept secret since the world began” (Rom. 16:25; Eph. 1:4-11; 3:5-9).

5. Jew and Gentile placed on the same level before
(Rom. 10:12; 11:32; Eph. 2:16,17).

6. The Gentiles blessed through Israel’s obstinacy
(Acts 13:44-46; Rom. 11:28-32).

7. The Gentiles blessed through Israel’s fall
(Acts28:27,28; Rom. 11:11,12,15).

8. The mystery concerns individuals (Rom. 10:12,13;
II Cor. 5:14-17).

9. The mystery concerns “all spiritual blessings in
the heavenlies”
(Eph. 1:3; Col. 3:1-3).

10. The mystery explains Christ’s present absence
from the earth
(Eph. 1:20-23; Col. 3:1-3).

11. Salvation by grace through faith alone lies at
the very heart of the mystery
(Rom. 3:21-26; 4:5; Eph. 2:8,9).

12. The Mystery was revealed to Paul. In addition, it was committed to him. (Eph. 3:1-3,8,9; Col. 1:24-27).

​13. The mystery revealed through one man: Paul
(Gal. 1:1,11,12; 2:2,7,9; Eph. 3:2,3).

14. Paul both understood and longed that others
might understand the mystery revealed through
(Eph. 1:15-23; 3:14-21; Col. 1:9-10; 2:1-3).