Book Of Revelation Chapter #7

Book Of Revelation Chapter #7

 

As we now start the 7th Chapter of Revelation I would have thought that it would have started off with Jesus breaking the 7th Seal, but that is not the case. The information about the 7th Seal does not start until the beginning of chapter #8. The 7th chapter is 17 verses long and is broken down into two sections. The first breakdown is chapters 1-8 then 9-17.  Verses 1-8 is dedicated to the 144,000 Jews, 12,000 from each of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Then the second subject matter in 9-17 which is about the ‘great multitude’ of the Gentiles (non-Jews) that are before the Throne of God. We will breakdown the meaning of both of these subject matters so that their definitions and truths will be obvious to everyone.

 

The first 3 verses of chapter 7 are quite self explanatory. Yet it seems that verses 3 through 8 dumbfound a lot of people so lets study these first 8 verses now. I pray that the Holy Spirit will open the eyes and minds of all who earnestly seek the Light of their meanings. 1.) “And after these things (the opening of the 6th Seal and the events thereof) I saw 4 Angels standing on the 4 corners of the Earth, holding the 4 winds of the Earth, so that the wind would not blow on the Earth, nor on the Sea, nor on any tree.” “And I saw another Angel ascending from the East, having the Seal of the living God: and He cried with a loud voice to the 4 Angels, to whom it was given to damage the Earth and the Sea.” “Saying, do not hurt the Earth, neither the Sea, nor the trees, until We have sealed the Servants of God in their foreheads.” “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed a hundred and forty-four thousand from all of the Tribes of the Children of Israel.”

 

Then starting with verse 5 through verse 8 the Scriptures name off each of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. From each of these twelve tribes there will come 12,000 Souls that must and will be Sealed, saved for Heavenly Service to God. Who these 144,000 people are is very simple, we have already been told. They are Jews with equal amounts from each of the 12 Tribes of Israel. 12 x 12,000= 144,000. Now if you would, for a moment, skip forward to 14:4. There we will learn more about them . It reads “the 144,000 which were redeemed from the Earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb (Jesus The Christ) wheresoever He goes. They were Redeemed (bought with the Blood of Christ) from among men, being the First Fruits unto God and to the Lamb.” I hope that this Scriptural explanation will lay to rest peoples wondering as to whom these 144,000 are and from where they will come from.

 

Now let us discuss the “Great Multitude” of verses 9-17. This “Great Multitude of Gentiles.” First we need to understand exactly what a “Gentile” is. Simply, a Gentile is any person who is not full blood of the House (Linage) of Israel. This definition also means that about 99.99% of the people of today that call themselves Jews are not of this ‘Pure’Bloodline. To be so, a person would have to be 100% of that pure bloodline. There is a small group of men and women that live in Israel that are set aside separate from the general population and these people do not work outside of their own Commune. These people are also exempt from Israels military service. These people are of the Bloodline of King David. It is this Bloodline that the Messiah (Christ) will come from. So, it is this Bloodline that the Nation of Israel is trying to keep pure and safe for the reason of the coming of The Christ through it.

 

The Jewish Nation has the right idea in what they are doing here, to safe guard the Holy Bloodline. But, it is also true that they have missed the proverbial boat. You see, the Jewish People deny that Jesus was/is The Christ. So, they are still looking for Christ to come for the first time. They are still looking for Christ to come for the first time and to set up His Kingdom and to rule the world from His Throne in Jerusalem from the Temple Mount. What they are seeking will come to pass but when this does happen it will be from the Lord’s Second Advent, not His first.

 

Now lets get back to the Redeemed Multitude of Gentiles. The Apostle John speaks of this crowd as being huge, more than a man could count. In Verse 9 John wrote “I beheld a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations and kindred’s and people and tongues, stood before the Throne and before the Lamb, clothed in White Robes, with palms in their hands.”

 

Now lets read through the last 5 verses of this chapter so that we can understand more clearly concerning these Gentiles. The Apostle John wrote “and one of the Elders said unto me, who are these who are arrayed in White Robes and where did they come from?”  “And I said unto Him, Sir, you know. And He said unto me, these are they which came out of the Great Tribulation and have washed their Robes and have made them White in the Blood of the Lamb.” “Therefor they are before the Throne of God and serve Him day and night in His Temple: and He that sits on the Throne shall dwell among them.” “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore. Neither shall the Sun light on them, nor any heat.” “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the Throne shall feed them and shall lead them unto Living Fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”

 

For the people who think it is okay to be prejudice all I can say is folks, you badly need to rethink your positions on the racism matter.  The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 10:32 “give no offence, neither to the Jews, the Gentiles, nor to the Church of God.” Paul also wrote in 1 Corinthians 12:13 “For by one Spirit we are all baptized into one Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be slaves or free, we have all been made to drink into one Spirit.” Then here the Apostle John said in verse 9 “The Holy Fathers children that stood redeemed before His Throne were people from every nation and of every tongue.” Friends, it is not okay to hate, Jesus Himself told us that if a man hates his brother (fellow person) without a cause (something that a person has/had no choice in the matter, like ones skin color or where they were born) that the hater is in danger of Hell’s Fire. When a person is filled with hate it is very often that they become a mirror image of the very thing that they hate. If a person is filled with hate they have no part of the Spirit of God.  And if we reject Jesus and His Teachings in this life Jesus has made it very plain that He will reject us before the Throne of God at our own Judgement. Friends, I do not wish such a horrible fate on anyone. I hope and I pray that we will all be dressed in White Robes before Jesus once this journey of life is over. I pray that the Lord will bless and protect you all everyday.

 

The Book Of Revelation Chapter #6 Part 2 of 2

The Book Of Revelation Chapter #6 Part 2 of 2

 

The opening of the Fifth Seal and the prayers of the martyred Saints is where we begin part #2 at. Please refer to part #1 for the information on the first Four Seals.  The Souls that are under the Alter in Heaven are the Souls of those that were murdered for their actions, sayings, and for living and following God’s Word, and these are those who lived during the time of the Old Testament Law. In the Book of Luke 11:50-51 our Lord Jesus spoke on this matter when He said the following. “the blood of all the Prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation. From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zachariah, which perished (was murdered) between the Alter and the Temple. Verily I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation.”

 

With the opening of the Sixth Seal, the Day of Wrath has come. This is the beginning of the end of the Great Tribulation Period. The events of this Sixth Seal are horrifying just to read them. Please reread chapter 6:12-14. Think about how terrifying to be living in this time. Please also refer to chapter 20:11 and to the Old Testament Prophet Nahum 1:5. It is easy to see how little man kind and our puny efforts are in comparison is to the Might of our own Creator. Satan and His Angels have already learned this lesson the hard way. But because of humans self induced blindness and cold hardheartedness toward God and His Word humankind is walking down the path to our own destruction and into the pit of Hell hand in hand with the Demons they so blindly worship and serve here in this life.

 

Folks, why is it that we humans so often choose to walk away from the Light and into darkness? In Matthew 11:28-29 the Lord gave all of us the invitation “come unto Me all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your Souls.” Friends, why do humans walk away from an invitation from our Creator such as this? Is it ego, arrogance, stupidity? There is no doubt that it is the most eternally ignorant thing a human can do yet billions of people do it still every single day. But folks, do not be angry at those around us who have turned their backs on God. Instead, love them, care about them, pray everyday for them. Try to help them see the Light and the Love of Jesus Christ through the examples that we ourselves portray from our own daily walk with God. For if we ourselves instead walk our daily lives in the Devils Darkness of hate, lies and greed then not only are we condemning our own selves to Hell once we have died but we have also helped lead others down that same pathway to Hell.

 

I do wish that all humans would open their eyes and understand and believe in the love, mercy and power of Jesus Christ. I do believe that the human race’s time left before the Rapture is quite short, and no, I do not know the date nor does anyone else know it.  I do believe that we all need to turn our lives over to our Creator and let Him have the controls of our personal operating systems. We are all known by our actions, our works, the way we choose to live everyday. The people around us, our family, friends, neighbors and coworkers notice what kind of examples we set each day whether they are good or bad and God notices these things also. Friends, the four Horsemen are coming, the end of each of our days here on this planet is coming and none of us know how many days we have remaining. When we are standing at the Judgement Seat of Christ and He asks us why we lived our lives the way we did, what will our answers be? There will be many who will try to lie their way out of damnation but even habitual liars like Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump are going to be able to lie their way out of their due rewards.

Revelation Chapter #6 Part 1 of 2

Revelation Chapter #6

Part 1 Of 2

 

For a lot of people it is chapter 6 where things start getting interesting for them. Chapter 6 is the beginning of the events of the Great Tribulation period here upon the Earth. This event is being shown to us through the eyes of the Apostle John. At this point in time John had gone to Heaven ‘in the Spirit’ and while he was there he beheld these events. This is where Jesus broke down each of the 7 Seals. This chapter has 17 verses within it so lets go through them and then break them down for easier understanding.

 

1.) “And I (John) saw when the Lamb (Jesus) opened one of the Seals and I heard what was like the noise of thunder and one of the Four Beasts said to me, come and see.” “And I saw and beheld a White Horse, and He that sat upon him had a Bow; and a Crown was given unto Him; and He went forth conquering, and to conquer.” “And when He had opened the Second Seal, I heard the Beast say to me, come and see.” “And there went out another Horse which was Red. And power was given to Him that sat upon the Horse to take peace from the Earth so that people would kill one another. And there was given unto Him a great sword.” “And when He had opened the Third Seal, I heard the Third Beast say to me, come and see. And I beheld, and lo there was a Black Horse. And He who sat upon him had a pair of scales in His hand.” “And I heard a voice in the midst of the Four Beasts say, a measure (1 quart) of wheat for a penny ( 1 days wages). And three measures (3 quarts) of barley for a penny (1 days wages). But, see that you do not hurt the oil or the wine.” “And when He had opened the Fourth Seal, I heard the voice of the Fourth Beast say to me, come and see.” “And I looked and beheld a Pale Horse: and His name that sat upon him was death, and Hell followed with Him. And power was given unto them over one-fourth part of the Earth to kill with the sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the wild beasts of the Earth.” “And when He had opened the Fifth Seal, I saw under the  Alter the Souls of them that were slain for the Word of God and for the Testimony which they held.” “And they cried with a loud voice, saying, how long, O Lord, Holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those that dwell on the Earth?” “And White Robes were given to everyone of them. And it was said unto them that they should rest (be quiet) yet for a little season (while), until their fellow Servants also and their Brethren, that would be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” “And I beheld when He opened the Sixth Seal, and lo, there was a great (violent) earthquake; and the Sun became black as sackcloth of hair and the Moon became as red as blood.” “And the Stars of Heaven fell onto the Earth, even as a fig tree casts away her untimely figs, when she is shaken from a mighty wind.” “And the Heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were removed out of their places.” “And the Kings of the Earth and the great men and the rich men and the Chief Captains (military leaders) and the mighty men and every bondman (slave) and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in (under) the rocks of the mountains.” “And (they) said to the mountains and to the rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the Face of Him that sits on the Throne (God the Father). And from the wrath of the Lamb (Jesus the Son of God).” #14.) For the Great Day of His Wrath has come; and who shall be able to stand?”

 

Now friends lets break down what we just finished reading. Chapter 6 is the great dividing point of the Book of Revelation. The Apostle Peter told us in 2 Peter 1:20-21 that is two fold and it is something I want us all to remember. He said “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but Holy Men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” The two things about which I hope you will remember are 1.) no  one line or bit of Prophecy should be interpreted as though it is an island unto itself. All Prophecy must be looked at as part of a book. It must first fit in with all of the other Prophecies. The Prophecies all form one play, one writing, one book. 2.) All Prophecy was written by the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Holy Spirit! But, the Holy Spirit also indwells millions of you. These things that I put on paper to you are not some kind of a secret, it is simply the Lord’s Truth being brought out into the light. We, the Lord’s people are all indwelled by the Spirit of God. We are members of the Lord’s Church which is the Body. All parts of the Body have different functions yet all parts of the Body, are one! Just as the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit are one.

 

Chapter 6 covers what will happen to the Earth once the Church leaves at the Rapture. The 7 Seals of the Sealed Book open up the Great Tribulation Period. We need to keep in mind that it is Jesus which is directing these Tribulation events. I do want to make it very clear that chapters 6-20 are events that are yet to happen.

 

Starting with the First Seal, the Rider of the White Horse, this person is the Antichrist, period! The Fake Savior who comes riding in on the White Horse. The world is already now in a lot of trouble as murder and corruption saturate every level of every government and throughout the business world. The Antichrist will be elected, the majority of the people will want Him to be their Leader or at least it will be done through the manipulation of the voting machines. Peace at any price is a very dangerous concept. The events going on right now in the Middle-East and within Israel is a major volley across the bow. This boat that the world is in is ripe for the Dictators who are already in place around the world. We the people of this world are very ‘set-up’ for the destruction that is very soon to come upon us all. When the Antichrist shall be put into place via He and his cohorts all Hell is going to break loose here upon the surface of the Earth. The wicked will never ever allow peace and as is said in the Old Testament Book of Isiah 57:21 “There is no peace, saith the Lord, to the wicked.” They do not bring peace, they bring blood!

 

Now, concerning the Second Seal, the Red Horse of War is unleashed upon the Earth. The counterfeit peace the Antichrist of the First Seal brought was just a ruse. Most Bible Scholars seem to believe that the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 A.D. fulfilled the Lord’s Prophecy of Matthew 24:2 but they are simply wrong on this matter if they think this. In this passage Jesus was talking to his disciples about the Temple buildings in Jerusalem when He said “Do you not see all of these things? I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.” But my friends consider the reality, this to this day has not yet happened. Please consider the West Wall of Solomon’s Temple, it stands yet today, most folks of today refer to it as the ‘Wailing Wall’. Friends, the Roman destruction of 70 A.D.  will be considered minute compared to the reality of what is yet to be. As a fellow human, this is very sad that this Prophesy is yet to be fulfilled but reality is that all prophesy must be and will be completely fulfilled.

 

Now, the Third of the Four Horsemen.  As Jesus broke the Third Seal the Rider of the Black Horse came forth. The color of the Black Horse represents mourning. Please see Jeremiah 4:28 and Malachi 3:14. After the arrival of the Black Horse there will be a world wide famine. Folks, please consider the Scripture of Lamentations 4:8-10. “Their appearance is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin clings to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick. Those that are killed with the sword are better off than those that will be slain with hunger. For those wither away, stricken through for the wants of the fruits of the field.” Folks, famine and disease will be common in these times yet the wealthy will still have their wine and there oil. This is always how it has been throughout human history, those who have a lot will be be last and the least affected. If you don’t think this is possible in this day and time please consider how painful life was in Europe, Russia, the Middle-East and Asia just after world war 2. History has a way of repeating itself except the events spoken of here will be much worse than the world has ever known and it will be on a totally global scale, no nation will escape it.

 

At the opening of the 4th Seal the Rider of the 4th Horse, the Pale Horse comes forth. The Pale Horse represents Plague and Pestilence.  When Jesus was at Mount Olivet He said what has become known as ‘The Olivet Discourse’ in Matthew 24:5-8, please take a moment to read His words. The Four Events are the Four Horsemen. These events that are to come about through the opening of the Fourth Seal will kill a full 1/4 of the world’s population. In Matthew 24:22 the Lord worded the results of the Fourth Seal this way. “And except those days should be shortened, there would be no flesh saved, but for the Elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.” The ‘Elect’ that the Lord is speaking of here are those who have been left on Earth after the Rapture who have decided to believe in and to follow after the Lord Jesus and His Teachings.

 

I am going to end Part #1 of this 2 part letter to you here at this point. Lord willing part #2 will follow within 24 hours. I have my notes all written out to finish this letter with but I feel that it is getting to long so I am going to divide it into two sections to hopefully make it an easier read. Lord willing I will speak with you very soon. Please leave me any questions or comments you have and I will get back with your answers as soon as I possibly can. Thank you for the kindness of your time, I hope that this material is being helpful to your understanding of this incredible Book of Prophecy.

A tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF INDIA’S HINDUSTAN TIMES)

 

Gandhi Jayanti: A tribute to Mahatma Gandhi by Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

On January 30, 1958, to mark the 10th anniversary of the Mahatma’s passing, a young clergyman who was using Gandhian methods in America wrote an article for Hindustan Times on why India’s Father of the Nation belonged ‘to the ages’.

INDIA Updated: Oct 02, 2019 13:11 IST

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr

Hindustan Times
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr stands next to a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in his office in 1966.
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr stands next to a portrait of Mahatma Gandhi in his office in 1966.(Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries)

Mahatma Gandhi has done more than any other person of history to reveal that social problems can be solved without resorting to primitive methods of violence. In this sense he is more than a saint of India. He belongs — as they said of Abraham Lincoln — to the ages. In our struggle against racial segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, I came to see at a very early stage that a synthesis of Gandhi’s method of non-violence and the Christian ethic of love is the best weapon available to Negroes for this struggle for freedom and human dignity. It may well be that the Gandhian approach will bring about a solution to the race problem in America. His spirit is a continual reminder to oppressed people that it is possible to resist evil and yet not resort to violence.

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The Gandhian influence in some way still speaks to the conscience of the world as nations grapple with international problems. If we fail, on an international scale, to follow the Gandhian principle of non-violence, we may end up by destroying ourselves through the misuse of our own instruments. The choice is no longer between violence and non-violence. It is now either non-violence or non-existence.

Oppressed people can deal with oppression in three ways. They can accept or acquiesce. Under segregation they can adjust to it. Yet non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good. The minute one accepts segregation, one cooperates with it. Oppressed people can, on the other hand, resort to physical violence, a method both whole nations and oppressed peoples have used. But violence merely brings about a temporary victory and not permanent peace. It creates ever new problems. Gandhi has come on the scene of history with still another way. He would resist evil as much as the man who uses violence, but he resists it without external violence or violence of the spirit. That is what Gandhism does. It is a method of the strong. If the only alternative is between cowardice and violence, it is better — as Gandhi said — to use violence, but there is another way.

Also read | A note from Pakistan: Why Gandhi matters beyond India’s borders

I myself gained this insight from Gandhi. When I was in theological school, I thought the only way we could solve our problem of segregation was an armed revolt. I felt that the Christian ethic of love was confined to individual relationships. I could not see how it could work in social conflict. Then I read Gandhi’s ethic of love as revealed in Jesus but raised to a social strategy for social transformation. This lifts love from individual relationships to the place of social transformation. This Gandhi helped us to understand and for this we are grateful a decade after his death.

Also read | Gandhiji’s name etched in the history of independent India, writes Mohan Bhagwat

First Published: Oct 02, 2019 04:01 IST

Revelation Chapter #5

Revelation Chapter #5

 

Chapter #5 is in the time frame that will be after ‘the Rapture’. During this chapter the Church is in Heaven with Jesus Christ. Also this is during the time of the very beginning of the ‘Great Tribulation’. Yet the Tribulation will be covered during chapters 6-18. Chapter 5 has a total of 14 verses in it. In verses 1-4 we will discuss the Book with Seven Seals. In verses 5-10 we will discuss Jesus Christ which is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and He is also the Lamb of God who was slain as the Blood Sacrifice for all of us. In verses 11-12 we find the Multitude of Angels who are singing songs of praise and redemption to the Lord. Then the last two verses 13-14, there is universal worship of the Savior of the universe.

 

Now if you will, lets go through these 14 verses of chapter #5 that the Apostle John wrote at the direction of Jesus Christ. “And I saw the right hand of Him that sat upon the Throne a Book written within and on its backside which was sealed with Seven Seals”. “And I saw a strong Angel proclaiming with a loud voice, who is worthy to open the Book and to undo the Seals thereof?” “And no man in Heaven nor in Earth, neither under the Earth was able to open the Book, nor to look thereon”. “And I (John) wept bitterly because no man was found worthy to open and to read the Book, nor to look upon it”. “And one of the Elders said unto me, weep not: behold. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome and can open the Book and is able to undo the Seven Seals thereof”. “And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the Throne and of the Four Beasts and in the midst of the Elders, stood a Lamb as if it had been slain, having Seven Horns and Seven Eyes, which are the Seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the Earth”. “And He came and took the Book out of the Right Hand of Him that sat upon the Throne”. “And when He had taken the Book, the Four Beasts and the Twenty-Four Elders fell down before the Lamb, everyone of them having harps and golden Bowls full of Incense which is the prayers of the Saints”. “And they sang a new song saying, You are worthy to take the Book and to open the Seals thereof. For You were slain and You have redeemed us to God by Your Blood out of every kindred and tongue and people and nation”. “And You have made us unto our God, Kings and Priests. And we shall reign on the Earth”. “And I beheld and I heard the voice of many Angels round about the Throne and the Beasts and the Elders. And the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands”. “They were saying with a loud voice, worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessings”. ” And every Creature that was in Heaven and on the Earth and under the Earth and those that were in the sea and all that are in them I heard saying, blessings and honor and glory and power, be unto Him that sits upon the Throne and unto the Lamb for ever and ever”. “And the Four Beasts said, Amen, and the 24 Elders fell down and worshiped Him that lives for ever and ever”.

 

This chapter is only 14 verses but it does tell us quite a lot of information. Now, lets break it down to help make sure that we are all on the same level of understanding. Here in chapter #5 Jesus Christ is The Lion and the Lamb of God the Father. We must not lose reality of the fact that Jesus is THE central figure of not just this chapter but also of this entire Book of Revelation.

 

In verses 1-4 the Book with 7 Seals is the subject matter of this discussion. “And I saw in the Right Hand of Him that sat on the Throne (this is God the Father) a Book written within and on the backside, Sealed with 7 Seals”.  At the time of this writing (Apr 95 A.D.) most all of the known world was under Roman domination. At that time, Roman law required a Will to also be sealed 7 times. Though it may be a bit interesting, that correlation, Scripture does not otherwise mention it. Scripture does not tell us exactly what the name of this Book is called I know that many Bible Scholars believe it to be the Book of Judgement. Many others also believe it to be like a ‘Title Deed’ to the Earth and that Jesus Christ is the owner of it. If you would, please read from the Book of Daniel in the Old Testament Chapter 7: 13-14. This Scripture strongly suggests that what is being handed over to Jesus from the Father is in deed the Title to this world we all live in.

 

In verses 2-4 it speaks of how no one is worthy to open this Book but in verse 5 we find that there is one, the Lamb of God, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Jesus Christ. In verse 6, Jesus is the Lamb of God, it is through His blood that we humans are redeemed, washed clean. Folks, we are all bought with a price and that price is the Blood that Jesus spilled to save us. When these passages speak of the four Beasts, Jesus is not the Beast but they portray the four characters of the Christ which is Jesus.

 

In verse 7 Jesus came and took the Book out of the Hand of the Father who sat upon the Throne. In verse 8 after Jesus had the Book the four Beasts and the 24 Elders fell down before the Lamb (Jesus). Also in verse 8 it is said that the Elders had Bowls full of Incense which are the prayers of the Saints. Before this time the Lord was the Intercessor for the Church. But now the Church is in Heaven with Him. It is at this time that the Lord changes from Intercessor to Judge. This transformation is important as the Tribulation Period begins.

 

For those here in this life who are prejudice/racists they need to take note of the following Scripture, 5:9. Simply put it reads, Jesus was killed and He redeemed us to His Father by His own blood. (Of every kindred, of all people, of all languages and from every nation) There is no one skin color nor any one nation on Earth that is exalted or excluded from being the ‘bought and paid for Children of God. Now, please take notice of verse 10. “And He (Jesus) has made us (everyone) to be unto our God Kings and Priests.”

 

Please also take notice of the last sentence in verse 10. “We shall reign On The Earth.” This seems to be something that Church Leaders just can’t seem to get through their brainwashed heads. From the first Book of the Bible (Genesis) through the Book of Revelation Scripture makes it very plain that Heaven is not the eternal home of humans. The eternal dwelling place for those who are faithful unto death (believers and doers of God’s will) will be here on God’s remade Earth. Not the Earth as we know it today. Nor will the Earth even be in this Galaxy as all things of this Earth will be melted away, cleansed. The “New Jerusalem” will come down from Heaven to “A New Earth” with Jesus Christ who will Rule all the world from His Throne upon the Temple Mount in this’New Jerusalem’.

 

In verses 11-12 it speaks of the multitude of Angels that John saw who were singing praise to the Lamb of God. John used terms of thousands of thousands and tens of thousands of Angels simply because there was an amount beyond his counting. In verses 13-14 John speaks of all the Creatures in Heaven, on Earth and under the Earth who were also singing praise to the Lamb of God who lives for ever and ever.

 

I hope that this break down was of some help to some of you for increasing your understanding of it. Hopefully, shortly we will be able to study chapter six together.

(Faith Poem) Out Side Looking In

Out Side Looking In

 

O that life that we think we used to have

Remembering like a kid how it used to be

Our memories remind us of the good times

Like Groundhog Day we see it again on our T.V.

Yet how much of it was really good as we believe

 

Do we ever envy over some old rich egotistical fool

Yet do we really know the life, that they have lived

Are we jealous of our neighbors wife, yard or their car

Like children is our nose against a store front pane

Wishing we could afford, those Chinese Walmart Diggs

 

Why waste our lives watching fake reality on our T.V.

Life is right outside our eyeballs, wishing to be set free

If we really see a Spiritual life there’s beauty all around

Beauty may not be in a man made concrete jail or jungle

For God didn’t paint those, but He did paint you and me

 

Revelation Chapter #4

Revelation Chapter #4

To me chapters #4 and 5 I find quite interesting and I hope that you will feel the same about them. Chapter #4 is a rather short one though having only 11 verses in it. This is the beginning of where the Church goes up to Heaven at the beginning of the Great Tribulation.  Chapters 6-18 covers the Great Tribulation in quite a bit of detail. Chapter 19 is about the ending of the Tribulation. Chapter 20 covers the 1,000 year reign of Christ upon the Earth while the Devil and His Angels (Demons) are locked away in Hell. Then the final two chapters of Revelation covers the rest of eternity. I hope that you will find this letter to you this evening to be of value to your understanding of the material.

 

There are three breakdowns within this chapter that I would like to talk with you about. This chapter starts with what many Theologians refer to as the ‘program of Christ,’ starting here with a scene in Heaven. In verses 1-3 is the material of the Throne of God. Verses 4-5 the subject matter is the 24 Elders then finally verses 6-11 discusses the four Living Creatures that surround the Throne of God. Lets now read these 11 verses then we can break them down for a better understanding. Remember, this Book was written by the Apostle John and he speaks of the things that he was shown and heard. “After this I looked and beheld a door open in Heaven. And the first Voice which I heard was as if it were a trumpet talking with me, which said, come up here and I will show you things which will be in the future.” “Then immediately I was in the Spirit and beheld a Throne which was set in Heaven and One sat on the Throne.” “He that sat on the Throne was like looking upon a Jasper and a Sardine Stone. And there was a rainbow round about the Throne, the color was like looking unto an Emerald.” “Round about the Throne were four and twenty Seats. Upon the Seats I saw 24 Elders sitting. They were clothed in White Raiment and upon their heads were Crowns of Gold.” “Then out of the Throne proceeded lightnings and thundering and voices. There were 7 Lamps of Fire burning before the Throne, which are the Seven Spirits of God.” (The 7 Arch Angels) “Before the Throne there was a Sea of Glass which was like unto Crystal. In the midst of the Throne and round about the Throne were 4 Beasts full of eyes in front and behind.” “The first Beast was like a Lion, the second Beast was like a Calf. The third Beast had the face of a man. The fourth Beast was like a flying Eagle.” “Each of the 4 Beasts had 6 wings about Him. Each of them were full of eyes within and they did not rest day or night. And they were saying holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, which was, which is , and is to come.” ” And then the Beast gave glory and honor and thanks to Him that sat on the Throne, who lives for ever and ever.” “And the 24 Elders fell down before Him that sat on the Throne and worshiped Him that lives for ever and ever, and they cast down their Crowns before the Throne.” “Saying Thou art worthy O Lord to receive glory and honor and power. For You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.”

 

Well friends that is it for the 11 verses of this chapter so now it is time to do a little bit more explaining to help in understanding.  Think back to chapter #1 what John saw and how things happened to him. After the Lord had given John His message to the 7 Churches in Asia Minor do you remember how that Voice sounded like a Trumpet? Next think of the sight that John was shown, not just a stairway to Heaven but an open door to Heaven itself. Notice that John was then called up to Heaven ‘in the Spirit.’ This is because there is no flesh in Heaven. God the Father the Son, the Holy Spirit and all of the Angels are Spirits, not flesh. Do you remember how verse one starts off with “after this”? “After this” in the Greek language in which the Book of Revelation was written, ‘after this’ is “meta tauta”. The definition is “after these things.” It is used two times here, at the beginning of the verse and at the end of it. The Meta tauta that John was referring to is The Rapture. The Rapture is when Christ comes back to Earth with His Angels. At that time the dead in Christ will rise first then those who are still alive who were faithful to Him will depart this Earth in the twinkling (blink) of an eye and will go up into the clouds to be with Christ forever more. (1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17). The word Rapture is not something that you will find in the English Bible but in the original Greek in which it was written the word “harpazo” is used. When this word is used in the Greek it means “to be caught up, rapture, or snatched up.”

 

Now lets explain verse #2 and John’s words. “And I beheld a Throne that was set in Heaven and One sitting on the Throne.” In the Book of  Psalms 11:4 it is written”The Lord is in His Holy Temple, the Lord’s Throne in Heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try the children of men.” In Psalms 110:1 it is written “The Lord said unto my Lord, sit thou down at My Right Hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.” This Throne of which John speaks is the Throne of God The Father and it is The Lord Jesus His Son who sits at The Fathers Right Hand.

 

In verse #3 John said “and He that sat upon the Throne was like looking upon a Jasper and a Sardine Stone and there was a rainbow round about The Throne, in sight like unto an emerald.” Our attention is directed to “He who is upon The Throne.” What John was seeing is believed to be the Triune (Trinity) God. The Three Persons which are the Trinity of God. The oneness of God are distinguished or ‘shown’ to us in the following Scriptures. In verses 2 and 5 shows shows us God The Holy Spirit. In verse #3 God The Father. In chapter 5 verse #5 is God The Son. What we are being shown here by John is the Trinity upon the Throne. John was not able to distinguish the Form of a person only the magnificent brilliance and brightness that was like unto light upon precious stones. Just for information’s sake, the Greek word for rainbow is ‘iris’ which means ‘halo’.

 

Verse #4 is where John spoke to us of the 24 Elders that sat around God’s Throne. In Greek the word Elder is Presbuteros, this word when translated into English is Presbyterian. It is the Elders who are responsible for the leaders and the overseers of Christ’s Church. The leadership of every congregation of The Lord’s Church are given a very serious requirement, to keep the Bride of Christ (The Church) pure for the return (Second Advent/coming) of the Groom/Christ. When a congregation errs and falls away from the teachings of Christ it is the duty of the leadership to correct the way of ‘the flock’. If they do not do so the blood of the lost will be laid upon those leaders who failed at their main job that they had been given. Here are just a few Scriptures you might wish to look up to help you understand. Titus 1:5, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 6:3, 2 Timothy 4:8, James 1:12 and I Peter 5:4.

 

When you get to verse #5 you read about lightning and thunder and voices coming from the Throne of God. If you have ever lived in what we here in the U.S. refer to as Tornado Alley you should be very well familiar with these signs of a bad storm getting ready to descend upon you. With much thundering and lightning (and I personally have been hit by that and it hurts, a lot) you know you need to take shelter or you could die in the storm. Do you see the correlation? All people of the Earth need to seek the shelter of The Lord Jesus Christ, as quickly as possible as there is a storm coming that no one can survive. The wrath of God is coming for all who have rejected The Lamb of God The Father, His Son, Jesus Christ. The Great Tribulation is coming to God’s Footstool, the Earth whether we want it to or not. When we each (and we will) stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ we will all stand or fall according to our faith and our love for Jesus Christ. The deeds that we have done will help prove the purity of our heart whether they were good or evil.

 

Now, lets get to verses 6-11. First lets discuss the 4 Living Creatures first mentioned in Revelation 4:6. But first lets touch on the “Sea of Glass” that is before the Throne of God. In the Book of Matthew 5:8 and Hebrews 12:14 you will see that the Sea represents the Righteousness and Holiness of God. The emphasis at this time is no longer on mercy, it is on judgement. This peaceful beautiful Sea represents the place of rest to which the Lord’s Church has come. After the Rapture the Lord’s Bride, The Church is no longer the victim of the rages and the storms that this world has to offer.

 

The four Beasts in verse 6 are four living creatures. The Greek word used here is Zoa, the English translation is Zoo. Yet the emphasis here is not upon the bestial but on the fact that they are living creatures. If you would please read Isaiah 6:2-3 and Ezekiel 1:5-10 and 10:20. As you can now see, these Creatures do sound a bit familiar, don’t they? In the Gospel of John he communicated to us the Deity of Jesus The Christ who is above all living things. If you will notice the 4 Creatures also represent the animal world. The Lion represents the worlds beasts. The Calf (Ox) represents the domesticated beasts. The Eagle represents the King of Birds. The Man is the head of all creation and the Lord is the Head of all of them.

 

There are two passages I will close with this evening from this Book that I hope you will consider. First is found at 1:8 where The Lord say plainly “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, Saith The Lord, which is , and which was and which is to come, The All Mighty.” The last passage is Rev 4:11 “You are worthy O Lord to receive glory and honor and power. For You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.” You see my friends, the world was created by God, for God, and it is His to do with as He wishes. But, God is fair, God is truthful, He can not lie. It is by His grace and love that He set forth a guidebook for all of His children to live by, it is called The Bible. The Lord gave all of mankind a free will. The Lord is a jealous God who wants to be loved and worshiped. But, He wants us to do these things of our won free will, because we want to, not because we have to.

 

If we love God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and live our lives the way He asks us to do then we do not have to fear the trials of this world. We need not fear a man who can only kill the body but we should fear the Devil who can kill both the body and the Soul, if we let Him. If we hold fast to the love and the promises of God the Evil One can not harm us and eternity with the Lord our God awaits each and everyone of us.

Obedience to God’s word is spirit filled

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE RICHMOND REGISTER NEWS PAPER)

 

Obedience to God’s word is spirit filled

  • Elder Anthony Phelps/Church & Community Focus

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Honor thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;

That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ.(Ephesians 6:1-6)

Upcoming community and church events

• 136th Church Anniversary, Sept. 22, Farristown Baptist Church. Church will be observing their 136th anniversary during Morning Service. The Guest Anniversary Preacher will be Rev. Alvin Farris of Shelbyville, Kentucky. You are invited to join with us in this celebration. Sister Sandra Price, Anniversary Chairman; Rev. Ray Reed, Pastor.

• Tates Creek Fifth Sunday Fellowship Service, Sept. 29, 3:30 p.m., Concord Predestinarian Baptist Church at 286 Charlie Norris Road. Host pastor Elder Anthony Phelps

• Free Lunch Ministry, every Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. at Saint Paul AME Church, 437 Francis St., Richmond.

• Richmond/ Madison County Branch of the NAACP meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 302 Francis St., Richmond.

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Send to Richmond Human Rights Commission, P.O. Box 1113, Richmond, KY 40476; or email [email protected].

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Until next week, may the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus stay fresh in your minds, and in all your hearts.

Until we meet again, may God bless you.

Revelation Chapter #3

Revelation Chapter #3

 

With this letter today I would like for us to discuss the third chapter of the Book of Revelation. Chapter #3 is a lot like chapter #2 was in that the main subject matter is three of the old churches in Asia Minor. In Rev. 22:10 John was told “do not seal the sayings of the Prophecy’s of this Book: for the time is at hand.”  Those that say the Book of Revelation is just a jumble of signs and symbols and is not meant to be understood is directly contradicting the Book and The Lord. The Lord Jesus dictated this information to the Apostle John. This Book is not a closed book that is suppose to be beyond human understanding. This Book is like all Scripture in that for you to really understand it you must read it, see it and understand it through the eyes of the Holy Spirit who indwells us. This is because it is He, The Holy Spirit who is the Author of all Scripture.

 

If a person only sees Scripture through the eyes of the flesh of this world then they will never fully see nor understand what the Truth is. Revelation does not begin anything. Revelation concludes those things which began within the other 65 Books of the Bible. If a person has not studied the rest of the Bible first then Revelation will be very difficult for a person to understand. This Book has 22 chapters and 404 verses. Of these 404 verses 278 of them contain references to the Old Testament.

 

After Chapter #3 the Church is not mentioned again within Revelation. This is because the Church which is the “Bride of Christ” is in Heaven with Him. Now, if you would, lets study what Jesus had to say about the other three Churches of the seven listed, these Churches were in Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. First let us look at the Lord’s words to the Church in Sardis which is in modern day Greece. “To the Angel of the Church in Sardis write: these things saith He that has the seven Spirits of God and the Seven Stars. I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are really dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things that you still have that are about to die. For I have not found your works complete before God. Remember therefore how that you received and heard, hold fast to that, and repent. For if you do not pay attention, I will come unto you as a thief in the night, and you shall not know what hour I will come unto you. There are a few among you even there in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcomes this world shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out their name out of The Book Of Life, but I will confess their name before My Father and before His Angels. He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

 

Friends, as you can see, there is not great mystery here in what The Lord is saying to the people of the Church at Sardis. He points out their good points and their bad points. On the things they are doing good on The Lord tells them to continue. But, on the things they are doing wrong in their lives on He tells them to correct those ways of He will remove their names from the Book of Life. My friends, if our name is not found in the Book of Life at our Judgement we will be cast into Hell at that time. How can things possibly be more plain than what The Lord has laid our to all of us in His own words?

 

Now let us go onto The Lords letter to the Church at Philadelphia. For those of you who are new to this information this letter is not to the people who live in southeast Pennsylvania, it was addressed to a Church in what is now western Turkey. “To the Angel of the Church in Philadelphia write; these things says He that is Holy, He that is True, He that has the Key of David. He that opens and no man can shut. He that shuts and no man can open. I know your works: behold, I have set before you and open door, and no man can shut it. For you have a little power and have obeyed my word and you have not denied My Name. Behold, I will make them of the Synagogue of Satan which say they are Jews and are not, for they lie. Behold I will make them come and worship before your feet. Then they will realize that I have loved you. Because you have kept the word of My patience, I will also keep you from the hour of temptation which shall come upon the whole world, to try them which dwell upon the Earth. Behold, I shall come quickly. Hold fast to that which you have so that no man can take your Crown. To he that overcomes I will make him a pillar in the Temple of God, he shall no more go out, and I will write upon him The Name of God. And the name of the City of God which is the New Jerusalem which shall down out of Heaven from God and I will write upon him My new name for him. He that has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

 

Philadelphia did not receive the condemnation that most of the seven Churches received because most of what they were doing was correct in God’s Eyes. Philadelphia was a Church that was getting out the Word of God. They were not just sitting on their hands and only giving lip service to God. Yet Jesus did still warn them about being complacent and not continuing in His Word. As you can see, in these warnings just as within many other places of Scripture it is possible to fall away from doing God’s Work and lose your Crown. Friends, there is no such thing as once saved always saved, friends please do not let the Devil fool you by such false teachings.

 

Now lets go to The Lord’s letter to the seventh Church of the seven listed, the last message was to the Church in Laodicea. “To the Angel of the Church in Laodicea write; these things saith The Amen, The Faithful and the True Witness, the beginning of the Creation of God. I know your works, that they are neither cold nor hot: because they are neither cold nor hot I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing. You do not know that you are really wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy from Me gold that is tried in the fire so that you may be rich and have white raiment so that you may be clothed so that the shame of your nakedness does not appear, and anoint your eyes with eye salve so that you might see. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears My Voice and opens the door I will come in to him and will eat with him and he with Me. To him that overcomes this world I will grant him to sit with Me in My Throne, even as I also overcame and have set down with My Father in His Throne. He that has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit is saying to the Churches.”

 

Well friends, that is it for chapter #3, as you can see this is not rocket science or brain surgery, it is quite possible for all of us to understand. Lord willing in the next day or two I will get my notes together on Chapter #4 and get it written up. I hope that you will join me then for that read as well. Good evening and I pray that God will bless and keep you all safe until we meet again.

Revelation Chapter #2

Revelation Chapter #2

 

Chapter #2 is about the Church on the Earth. The Church is the bought and paid for Bride of Christ. In the first 3 chapters of this Book the Church is mentioned 19 times. Yet from chapter 4 through chapter 20 it is not mentioned at all. The logical question at this point would be, why not. The Book of Revelation is about what was, what is, and what will be. So, chapters 2 and 3 are mostly focused on the now. You will see that after chapter 3 the Church leaves the Earth. This is the answer to why the Church is not spoken of in chapters 4-20. These chapters cover what will yet be, what will happen.

 

When Jesus addressed these 7 Churches in Asia Minor He had a three fold message for them. His 7 messages to these 7 Churches of the late first century were direct in their meaning. By the way, the ruins of these 7 Churches still exist today if you ever feel like taking yourself a modern day vacation to the area to visit them. In John’s writing it is also obvious that he knew these Churches personally as well as there local traditions and conditions and that they knew him. Each message to each of the Churches was also a composite picture of the individual Church. All Churches are made up of individual people and they, like people, will tend to have their own personalities about them. An example would be the Church in Philadelphia and it is easy to see within our own mind and heart that the Lord addresses each Church on these matters. You see, every Church then and now must be uniform in that Jesus Christ is The Head of The Church. We must all walk our lives individually by the examples that Jesus lived and spelled out for us, as the Churches that we attend must also do. The Church is the Body of Christ, Jesus is the Head of The Church, it is not the other way around. Chronologically a panoramic history of the Church is given within these 7 Church addresses beginning from the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem. If you will notice there are 7 periods of Church history written within these 7 addresses.

 

Ephesus represents the Apostolic Church and Laodicea represents the Apostate Church. The prophetic pictures John paint for us within these two addresses to these two Churches have for the most part been fulfilled. Partially this is what help in making these early chapters so interesting. John painted a well defined format that The Lord used in each of the letters to these 7 Churches. If you can remember from Chapter #1 there was some features from the Glorified Lord that was emphasized in the address to each Church, a particular thing that was emphasized for its own reason.

 

The Lord starts off His address to each Church with “I know your works.”  Then in most cases The Lord salutes each Church with a Commendation and then a Condemnation. But, in the cases of the Churches in Smyrna and Philadelphia He gave no condemnation. The reasons for this are simple, Smyrna was a martyr Church and Philadelphia was a missionary Church that was effectively getting out His Word. But it is also very noteworthy to notice that the Church in Laodicea received no commendation. This is because it was an apostate Church, a Church that had fallen away from the teachings of God in which it had been founded upon. Each of the 7 letters to the 7 Churches ends with the following warning, “he that has an ear let him hear what The Spirit says.” If you were wondering why these particular 7 Churches were chosen out of the hundreds that existed at that time, their location is something to consider. This area is where modern day Turkey and Greece are located. This area had a lot of importance within the Roman Empire as it is and was where the East meets the West, this is so in the case of trade, cultures and religion.

 

In chapter #2 you will find The Lords words to the first 4 Churches. In verses (1-7) to Ephesus. In verses (8-11) to Smyrna. In verses (12-17) to Pergamos. Then finally in verses (18-29) to the Church in Thyatira. The letters to the other three Churches you will find in chapter #3, these Churches are Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. Now, if you would please consider the words The Lord had to say to these first four Churches. “Unto the Angel of the Church of Ephesus write these things which The Lord Himself has to say to them.” “I know your works and your labor and your patience. How you can not tolerate them which are evil. And how you have tried them which say they are Apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars.  Also how you have borne burdens and have been persistent and for My Names sake have labored and have not become weak. Never the less I have something against you, because you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you are fallen and repent and practice your first works, or else I will come unto you quickly and will remove your Candlestick our of it’s place, unless you repent.” “But there is one thing that you hate. That is the deeds of make believe Christians, which I also hate. He that has an ear let him hear what The Spirit is saying unto the Churches. To him that overcomes this world I will give to eat of the Tree of Life which is in the midst of the presence of God.” You see my friends, there is such a thing as falling away from The Truth of God and there is no such thing as once saved always saved.

 

Now the message from Jesus to the Church at Smyrna. ” To the Angel of the Church in Smyrna write; these things The Lord has to say to you, He which is the first and the last, which was dead and is alive.” “I know your works and your tribulation (times of great affliction) and your poverty (but you are rich). I know the blasphemy of those which say they are Jews and are not, but are of the Synagogue of Satan, fear none of those things which you shall suffer. Behold, the Devil will cast some of you into prison that you may be tested and you shall have tribulation. But if you are faithful unto death I will give you a Crown of Life. He that has an ear to hear, let him hear what The Spirit says unto the Churches. He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the Second Death.” (Second death means the permanent separation from God). Again my friends, The Lord says very plainly that we must remain faithful until our death. These Churches that do not teach this are not teaching God’s Word.

 

Now lets read the letter to the Church at Pergamos. “To the Angel of the Church in Pergamos write these things say’s He which has the sharp sword with two edges. I know your works and where you live. I even know where Satan’s Seat is. I know that you fold fast to My Name. And that you have not abandoned My Faith. Even in those days when Antipas was My faithful martyr who was slain among you where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you because among you there are those that hold to the doctrine of Balaam who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel. To eat things which had been sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication. You also have among you those that follow the teachings of make believe Christians which is something I hate. Repent, or else I will come unto you quickly and will fight against you with the sword of My mouth. He that has an ear let him hear what The Spirit has to say to the Churches. To him that overcomes this world I will give them to eat of the hidden manna and will give them a White Stone. And in the Stone a new name written which no man will recognize except for he that receives it.” My friends, the same thing again and again, we must remain faithful through the time of our own death. Also, that it does matter very much what the Churches are teaching to their flock. Also, it is the duty of the Body of the Church to know what the Truth is by studying God’s Word daily. It is the duty of the Body of the Church to always insist that the Church Leadership is teaching God’s Word.

 

Now for the last of the 4 Churches of chapter #2, Thyatira. “Unto the Angel of the Church in Thyatira write, these things saith the Son of God who has His Eyes like unto a flame of fire and His Feet are like fine brass. I know your works and charity and service and faith and your patience. But I still have a few things against you because you allow that woman Jezebel which calls herself a Prophetess to teach and to mislead My Servants to commit fornication and to eat things that have been sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent of her fornication but she did not repent. Behold I will cast her into a bed and those that promote pagan religious ideas with her into great troubles, unless they repent of these deeds. I will kill her offspring with death and all the Churches shall realize that I am He which Judges the wills and the hearts. And I will give unto everyone of you according to your works. But to you I say and unto the rest in Thyatira and for those who do not practice pagan doctrine and have not experienced the depths of Satan as they speak; I will put upon you no other burden. But the faith and the doctrine which you already have, hold firmly until I come. He that overcomes and maintains My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. He that has an ear let him hear what The Spirit saith unto the Churches.” Friends, as you can easily see The Lord Jesus does have many things to say to the Churches then and to the Churches now, just as He has a lot to say to the individual person then and to you and I today.

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