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Apr-11-12

The Seven Churches Of Revelation

posted by PrayerWarrior

While doing this study and working hard at it, the Lord poured out an understanding on me I had not grasped before. There are seven churches and Jesus is addressing them all, all of these seven churches have different doctrines, He Jesus is calling out their doctrines not the children themselves. Then It came to me that we all have these different doctrines as well as these spiritual churches, further proving to us that we are all of us from one of these churches or another, according to the doctrines we believe. Also The trials and tribulations we will go through in the end times coming soon, will finally Unite us into the one Doctrine that is Christs full gospel. Nothing like people going through hell together to bring them to Unity and to bring them to truth!

Peter says in 1 Pet 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? So we see that judgment begins at the house of God and then we go to Revelation chapter one verse 20, The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Which begins the next chapter of the Lord calling out what He likes about these churches and then telling them what He has against them. But first He says to all who read and keep the prophecies of this book there is a blessing in reading this book. It is the only book of the bible with a promise of Blessings for reading it. So sad that so many do not find it worthy of reading,and worse that it scares them rather than blessing them as it is meant to do.

Church One, is the Church at Ephesus. The Lord begins by telling them what they are doing right. Let’s take a look. 1 To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: 2 I know thy works, and thy toil and patience, and that thou canst not bear evil men, and didst try them that call themselves apostles, and they are not, and didst find them false; 3 and thou hast patience and didst bear for my name’s sake, and hast not grown weary. 4 But I have this against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love. 5 Remember therefore whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou repent. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.

So what is it that they have against them? They gave up their first love. What does that mean exactly? We know that Jesus commandments, the two of them, were as follows. Matt 22:37 And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. So Jesus is telling them that they are not loving God as they once did, and to repent of this and to go back to it. Or He will remove their candle stand. This is really huge when you think about it! If your not loving God with all your might it is accounted as a sin that requires repentance.

Then He says That He likes that they hate the doctrines of the Nicolaitans, which He also hates. We will revisit this soon, because there is another Church that the Nicolaitans are mentioned in later too.

The second church is Smyrna. 8 And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These things saith the first and the last, who was dead, and lived again: 9 I know thy tribulation, and thy poverty (but thou art rich), and the blasphemy of them that say they are Jews, and they are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear not the things which thou art about to suffer: behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee the crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

There is nothing He dislikes about the church at Smyrna, He warns them that they will suffer some trials and persecution,and to be faithful even unto death, meaning some will be killed, but not to worry, the second death at the end of all things cannot hurt them. But there is something else I want to take a look at with this church. This tribulation and these trials have not as of yet happened. This is not a church of the past. This church still exists as do all the churches. The church age is not yet done and there were no different eras of the church age. The devil has not yet taken over the earth in it’s entirety. He has not yet been the one shown to have caused the persecution of the redeemed.

There may not any longer be a physical church at Smyrna, but it is the spirit of the church which still exists. As are all the churches mentioned. There weren’t exactly physical churches in all these places, they were just places, of worship. Not necessarily physical buildings. These places, (I need to point out) of worship were not located in Israel. They were all outside of Israel. Mostly these are areas near Turkey. These areas were all ruled by Rome. Another thing I think people fail to understand, is that Revelation was written (GET THIS) After the temple was destroyed! Therefore there is nothing in here (to the churches) that is speaking to Israel. So those who say that Revelation and the tribulation are for Israel need to take a better look at these prophecies.

The next church our Lord speaks to is the church at Pergamum. 12 and to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These things saith he that hath the sharp two-edged sword: 13 I know where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s throne is; and thou holdest fast my name, and didst not deny my faith, even in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwelleth. 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there some that hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblin gblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.15 So hast thou also some that hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans in like manner. 16 Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.

Yikes scary this one. These are the ones who hold to some of the teachings of the nicolaitans. Those teachings of Balaam and Balak. So they had not denied the teachings of Christ that He died to save them from their sins. So then why is he so angry with their doctrines. Because Balaam taught Balak to make the Israelites to sin against God and to think they were still being faithful to God. Meaning once saved always saved. You can according to them do these things and not lose your place with the Lord,in our day it is said because Jesus did it all. There is nothing for us to do. We can go ahead and commit fornication and acts of immorality because we are safe . As a matter of fact those who believe in once saved always saved, go so far as to say you can even tell God to take a hike and He will still not ever allow you to go to hell. Now that is some messed up teaching.

He tells us to be holy as He is Holy. To endure till the end and then shall we be saved. Ask yourself to the end of what? The end of all things as we know them, the end of the rule of satan, the end of the world as it is. This ends at the day of reckoning. At the day of the Lord all this will cease to be. Then Jesus sets up His kingdom on this earth for a thousand years. The kingdom of peace where He will rule with a rod of iron. Or till the end of your life. Most people I have cared for when doing hospice, did not turn away from God,they came closer to God when they were suffering. They endured and their faith was increased the more they suffered. 1Pet 4:1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin. Interesting no?

The next church is Thyatira 18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like unto burnished brass: 19 I know thy works, and thy love and faith and ministry and patience, and that thy last works are more than the first. 20 But I have this against thee, that thou sufferest the woman Jezebel, who calleth herself a prophetess; and she teacheth and seduceth my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time that she should repent; and she willeth not to repent of her fornication.22 Behold, I cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of her works.

23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto each one of you according to your works 24 But to you I say, to the rest that are in Thyatira, as many as have not this teaching, who know not the deep things of Satan, as they are wont to say; I cast upon you none other burden. 25 Nevertheless that which ye have, hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcometh, and he that keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give authority over the nations: 27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to shivers; as I also have received of my Father: 28 and I will give him the morning star.

David Wilkerson said of this church that was under Jezebels spell, I want to say, in no uncertain terms, that it is dangerous to sit under the wrong teaching. False doctrine can damn you more readily than all the lusts and sins of the flesh. False preachers and teachers are sending more people to hell than all the drug pushers, pimps and prostitutes combined. That is not an overstatement – I believe it. Multitudes of blind, misled Christians are singing and praising the Lord in churches enslaved by false doctrine. Thousands are sitting under teachers who are pouring out the doctrine of demons – and they come away saying, “Wasn’t that wonderful”?

Idolatry as we know makes the Lord call those who practice it whores. They have sold out truth for a lie. They do not endure sound teaching. They go where they will hear what they want to hear. There are so many false teachings out there and people will rip you apart for telling them their belief is wrong. That their pet doctrine is not sound according to the bible. When you show them the verses that prove their belief system is wrong they will fillet you and their favorite thing to say is that is not what it means this preacher or teacher said this is what it means. Then they go and twist the words and add or take away from it,so you cannot even recognize it as the word anymore.

The next church is Sardis. Revelation 3: 1 And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars: I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and thou art dead. 2 Be thou watchful, and establish the things that remain, which were ready to die: for I have found no works of thine perfected before my God. 3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and didst hear; and keep it, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. 4 But thou hast a few names in Sardis that did not defile their garments: and they shall walk with me in white; for they are worthy. 5 He that overcometh shall thus be arrayed in white garments; and I will in no wise blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches.

Wow these are dead. These are so spiritually dead as to almost not even be recognizable that they had ever heard the Lord’s call to their hearts. I would imagine, these are they which at one time heard and received with gladness the good news, but somewhere along the way said this is too hard for me, I am done. I have a friend who at one time received the Lord as her savior and then decided that everything that could go wrong in her life went wrong and she was just not into being a Christian due to the hardships she suffered. Personally I think she was being severely tested so that the blessings she would have received would have blown her away. But she gave up and gave in and walked away. This friend is who I think of when I read this.

I notice the theme in all of this, is repent or else you’ll be blotted out, or else you will not eat of the tree of life. Or else you will suffer and I will come and kill you with the sword of my mouth. In this whole thing these people who have made the mistakes of false doctrine of wrong beliefs, are told over and over to repent. How does this work for those out there who say that one can not ever, no matter what they do, lose their salvation? How can anyone read this and not see from our Lord’s mouth Himself, that yes salvation can and will be lost?

The next church is Philadelphia. 7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth and none shall shut, and that shutteth and none openeth: 8 I know thy works (behold, I have set before thee a door opened, which none can shut), that thou hast a little power, and didst keep my word, and didst not deny my name. 9 Behold, I give of the synagogue of Satan, of them that say they are Jews, and they are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou didst keep the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of trial, that hour which is to come upon the whole world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 11 I come quickly: hold fast that which thou hast, that no one take thy crown. 12 He that overcometh, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out thence no more: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God, and mine own new name.

13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. In all of these letters to the churches The Lord has said after each one (though I have not included these in most of the paragraphs) ,He that hath an ear let him hear what the spirit says to the churches. He that hath an ear means those who hear what the spirit says to them. Those who understand when the spirit is speaking to them. The church of Philadelphia holds to the patience of the Lord,there is no rebuke hidden here there is no rebuke to this church. As a matter of fact they are promised protection through the tribulation. He tells them to keep on holding their crown of life. These are they which follow after the Lord and do not deviate from that straight and narrow path. No false doctrines can pull them away. Nothing said to them that is not of the word, can change their mind from the truth that the Spirit leads them in.

The next church the final church is the church at Laodicea. 14 And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God: 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and have gotten riches, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art the wretched one and miserable and poor and blind and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold refined by fire, that thou mayest become rich; and white garments, that thou mayest clothe thyself, and that the shame of thy nakedness be not made manifest; and eyesalve to anoint thine eyes, that thou mayest see. 19 As many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 He that overcometh, I will give to him to sit down with me in my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. The Laodiceans to me sounds like the stupid prosperity preachings. They think that the Lord wants to make them rich. What I have found is that these teachings are so foolish and make those who would otherwise be good Christians to think that there is something wrong with their faith if they are not rich also. The ones who are rich sit there with their money and say I am rich I do not need to ask God for anything and they do not see they are so poor and in filthy worldy rags. They are neither hot nor cold for the Lord because why need they be? They have no needs they say the Lord has supplied all their needs and that is why they are rich.

They then lose their way they have a form of Godliness but deny the power thereof. Now do not get me wrong I know some very wealthy Christians who do not act or think this way. They are very giving of their time and their money. But they are very few and very far in between. Friends if you are not rich it is always a good thing. In need we always turn more to the Lord, who supplies abundantly above what we can think to ask for. Money cannot save anyones life. Only God can! Money does not buy happiness. Joy is our strength and comes only from the Lord. He is telling the laodiceans to buy their gold from Him, that has been tried in the fire. For their riches on earth, as He tells us elsewhere in the word, is temporary and it means nothing in eternity. Luke warm is not what we want to be. This also says to me that these whom He speaks of here have that one foot in the world one foot in Him kind of salvation and guess what? That is no salvation at all. With our precious Lord it is an all or nothing venture. Give Him your all, surrender totally, or just do not even bother. Being spit out of His mouth is worse than not ever having had Him.

The last thing I want to point out is this. These churches do have a spirit and an angel over them,they are real churches not in physical but in the spirit and most of them will lose their place with Him, for not repenting. These are going to be the apostates in the end time. See they were and are real churches real believers those who at one time or another have been saved and somehow lost their way. Do not be any of these churches except for two of them Smyrna,and Philadelphia. These two churches are His loves. These two churches had no rebuke from Him. The greatest of these is Love. Love the Lord your God with all your heart mind soul and body,and the second is like it,love your neighbor as yourself.

Love in Christ Jesus,Tammy


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