Jesus’ Revelations to John, chapter 1
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We don’t know a lot about God’s seven Asian churches, “Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” We know Jesus’ apostle Paul taught in the city of Ephesus and wrote that church a letter. At Colossians 4:16, Paul is asking them to share his letter with the Laodicea church. Some speculate these churches represent the Churches of God down through this current age. Laodicea being the end time church. There’s some logic in that assumption. Without revelations, I won’t go there. We teach God’s Church recognizes His laws, oracles and seasons as Judaism’s calendar sets them forth. Jesus’ apostle Paul was given revelations.
Romans 3:1-4; “Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”) “Quote from Psalms 51:4” Remember Jesus gave “understanding of scripture” to His apostles
As Jesus points out through John, the Ephesus church lost enthusiasm, “their first love.” Ephesus and Pergamum churches were plagued by the Nicolaitans. Sects holding to paganism to some degree. (Nicolaitans: a sect sometimes associated with Nicolas a Gentile convert to Judaism from Antioch. one of the seven original deacons in the Jerusalem church.) (See Acts 6:5) (Seemingly he taught Christians could engage in immoral behavior with impunity.) The temple of Diana, “Atriums” was at Ephesus and their worshipers gave Paul problems. See Acts 19:27)
(Rev 2:8-11; “To the angel of the church in Smyrna write the following: “This is the solemn pronouncement of the One who is the first and the last, the one who was dead, but came to life: ‘I know the distress you are suffering and your poverty (but you are rich). I also know the slander against you by those who call themselves Jews “Christian” and really are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not be afraid of the things you are about to suffer. The devil is about to have some of you, thrown into prison so you may be tested, “tempted-tried” and you will experience suffering for ten days. Remain faithful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown that is life itself. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will in no way be harmed by the second death.’”) (This is the first of four times, “second death” is referred to in “Revelation of Jesus to John.” (IN this age, “many professing Christians are serving the synagogues of Satan.)
Worldly religions, practice various forms of paganism, “Baal and other gods the Roman calendar weekdays are named for.” Sun worship is very much alive. (Our English dictionary defines worship as; “loving, respecting, greatly and perhaps unquestioningly.”) Christendom in general looks to the winter equinox season with unquestioning celebrations, much as the pagans were doing during the time Jesus gave Moses His calendar for His people. Jesus said, “follower’s of Satan are the many who say He’s is the Christ and deceive the many.” The many aren’t aware that a “second death” awaits those who refuse to believe IN Jesus when He’s revealed; “particularly in and during His millennial reign.”
(Rev 2:12-17; “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: “this is the solemn pronouncement of the One who has the sharp double-edged sword: ‘I know where you live – where Satan’s throne is. Yet you continue to cling to My name and you have not denied your faith in Me, even in the days of Antipas, My faithful witness, who was killed in your city where Satan lives. But I have a few things against you: You have some people there who follow the teaching of Balaam, who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block before the people of Israel so they would eat food sacrificed to idols and commit sexual immorality. (See Num 22-24; 31:16.” In the same way, there are also some among you who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Therefore, repent! (turn) If not, I will come against you quickly and make war against those people with the sword of My mouth. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, “overcomes” I will give him some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and on that stone will be written a new name that no one can understand except the one who receives it.’”)
Denominationalists don’t take Satan seriously, not aware that he’s in the business of putting stumbling blocks before those who would follow Jesus. (See Balaam’s cunning ways, led by Satan. (See Num, 22: - 31:)
(Rev 2:18-29; “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write the following: “This is the solemn pronouncement of the Son of God, the one who has eyes like a fiery flame and whose feet are like polished bronze: ‘I know your deeds: your love, faith, service, and steadfast endurance. In fact, your more recent deeds are greater than your earlier ones. But I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and by her teaching deceives My servants to commit sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent, but she is not willing to repent of her sexual immorality. Look! I am throwing her onto a bed of violent illness, and those who commit adultery with her into terrible suffering, unless they repent of her deeds. Furthermore, I will strike her followers with a deadly disease, and then all the churches will know that I am the One who searches minds and hearts. I will repay each one of you what your deeds deserve. But to the rest of you in Thyatira, all who do not hold to this teaching (who have not learned the so-called “deep secrets of Satan”) to you I say: I do not put any additional burden on you. However, hold on to what you have until I come. And to the one who conquers, (overcomes) and who continues in My deeds until the end, I will give him authority over the nations – he will rule them with an iron rod and like clay jars he will break them to pieces, just as I have received the right to rule from My Father – and I will give him the morning star. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”) (Jezebel’s characteristics were that of an adulterous person, physical and spiritually. Allowing herself to be Satan’s tool. The (deep secrets of Satan) have to do with his lie regarding immortality, deceptions about the grave, Hades and Shoel. God is allowing Satan temporary spiritual and physical powers, to do signs and wonders. He has temporary power over the nations as Jesus prophesied) (Revealing that His churches have varying characteristics, strengths and weaknesses. At a point of God’s choosing, every person will witness His return.)
(1Cor 15:22-24; “For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ, the first fruits; then when Christ comes, those who belong to Him. Then comes the, (millennial) end, when He, (Jesus) hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He has brought to an end all rule and all authority and power.”) (Jesus was the firstborn from among the dead, the ultimate ruler over the kings of the earth; He is the One who loves us, sets us free from our sins at the cost of His own blood and He has appointed us as a kingdom, as priests, serving His God and Father – to Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever.) (His church is in fact, a kingdom! The kingdom Jesus promised David that would be forever. Today its spiritual, when Jesus returns it will be both a physical and spiritual kingdom.)
Jesus reveals “He’s the same, yesterday, today and forever” as when He gave commandments to Moses, the frightened people ask that He not speak to them, but have Moses do the speaking. John being in the spirit on the Lord’s Day, doesn’t mean on the first day of the week. Put to the test, those who say they’re followers of Jesus, but are not and don’t do the deeds Jesus commands. Jesus hates the deeds of those who hold to practices designed to honor imaginary gods. Followers of Jesus will rule the nations with Him. People subjecting themselves to Balaam, Jezebel and manufactured god doctrines are Satan’s tools, (putting stumbling blocks before those who would follow Jesus.) Obey and repent are key words.
(Rev 3:1-6; “To the angel of the church in Sardis write the following: “This is the solemn pronouncement of the one who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: (angels) ‘I know your deeds, that you have a reputation that you are alive, but in reality you are dead. Wake up then, and strengthen what remains that was about to die, because I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of My God. Therefore, remember what you received and heard, obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will never know at what hour I will come against you. But you have a few individuals in Sardis who have not stained their clothes, and they will walk with Me dressed in white, because they are worthy. The one who conquers will be dressed like them in white clothing, and I will never erase his name from the book of life but will declare his name before My Father and before His angels. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”) (Know, God’s Word is true, though every person a liar.) (Review Romans 3:1-4) Popular folks the world looks to aren’t followers of Jesus.
(Rev 3:7-13; “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: “This is the solemn pronouncement of the Holy One, the True One, who holds the key of David, who opens doors no one can shut, and shuts doors no one can open: ‘I know your deeds. (Look! I have put in front of you an open door that no one can shut.) I know that you have little strength, but you have obeyed My word and have not denied My name. Listen! I am going to make those people from the synagogue of Satan – who say they are Jews (Christian) yet are not, but are lying – Look, I will make them come and bow down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Because you have kept My admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one can take away your crown. The one who conquers I will make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will never depart from it. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God (the new Jerusalem that comes down out of heaven from My God), and My new name as well. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”) (Terminology used to define His Philadelphia church, indicate it’s time is close to the tribulation period. A time of upheaval when plagues and Satan’s time is about up.) Perhaps the internet is providing the open door for God’s Word to go worldwide. Philadelphia characterized people have promised protection; “Because you’ve kept My admonition to endure steadfastly, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is about to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth.”) Indicating Philadelphian church may be in this near end age time period.
(Rev 3:14-22; “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write the following: “This is the solemn pronouncement of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the originator of God’s creation: ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either cold or hot! So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth! Because you say, “I am rich and have acquired great wealth, and need nothing,” but do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked, take my advice and buy gold from Me refined by fire so you can become rich! Buy from Me white clothing so you can be clothed and your shameful nakedness will not be exposed, and buy eye salve to put on your eyes so you can see! All those I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent! Listen! I am standing at the door and knocking! If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into his home and share a meal with him, and he with Me. I will grant the one who conquers permission to sit with Me on My throne, just as I too conquered and sat down with My Father on His throne. The one who has an ear had better hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”) (Jesus’ Laodicea church seems to assume much, (thinking themselves rich) indicates a yielding to worldly practices. Jesus suggest they get back to The Word, buy from Me that your nakedness not be seen.
Review these church characteristics, strengths, weaknesses and how Jesus reveals Himself: as the Son of God, originator of God’s creation, One who searches minds and hearts, one who was dead but now alive, One who was, is and is to come. He’s so much more. Blessed are the one’s who reads the words of this prophecy aloud and blessed are those who hear (understand) and obey the things written in it, because the time is near.)