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More the Seven Churches of Asia 25 Jul 2014
All those who "let the Saviour in" during this, our time of apostasy will one day hear His voice, saying, "Come up hither." ( Rev 4:1) In that Moment, "in the twinkling of an eye" (1 Cor. 15:52), the dead in Christ shall rise first, and which are a live and remain unto till coming of the Lord" (1 Thee 4:15) shall be translated, forever to be with Him. The will come to pass "the things which shall be hereafter. " are revealed to John on Patmos many centuries ago, (Rev. 4:1) It is important that we get a bird's eye view of this present church age, as out line in Rev. chapter 2 & 3, before we make an analytical study of this division of the book, in order to find the details concerning these seven periods of church history. And as we consider the significance of the seven messages as a whole, let us not also four facts that are characteristic of all seven. 1. Christ begins each message with a reference to Himself, to some attribute of His Person or some phrase of His work that apply meets the particular need of local church, symbolic of a specific period of all church history. 2. He closes each message with a promise "to him that overcometh." 3. He makes a special appeal or sounds a warning that fits the need of each local church-again,, symbolic of the respective periods of church history. 4. He utters the same striking exhortation to all seven' "He that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Do you see how remarkably these seven messages gave to John a prophetic view of the whole church age, from Pentecost to the rapture? For unity accuracy, and comprehensiveness, we repeat, they are as perfect as all in the word of God. For their heart-searching truth, we only need to read them over and over, "to hear what the Spirit said to the churches." And remember as we read the Risen Christ and Great High Priest is "standing in the midst" of His blood bought church, interceding her, cleansing from sin and empowering for service, even as her light shines in a sin-darkened world. Were it not for these reassuring words, we might well become discouraged as the age of apostasy brings ever increasing spiritual darkness. (Same sex marriage, Drugs, etc). Seeing "the wheat and tares' growing together, as it were, we should be in utter confusion, but for this prophecy concerning, "the things which are." I refer especially to the efforts of many professing Christendom toward the union of all churches, regardless of their belief or creed-Unitarian or Trinitarian-Catholic or Protestant-orthodox or apostate. Priding themselves on their broad-mindedness so called, they rob Christ of His deity and trample under foot the atoning blood of Calvary's cross. Some would like to unite Christians and Jews in one vast religious organization regardless of their respective attitudes toward Jesus, the eternal Son of God. Christ Said " I have one fold, the ones not of this fold I will bring in." The questions was ask of me one time. What doctrine would I give to for the sake of a union in the churches?. How easily I would have been led away, deceived by a false"brotherhood," but for the prophecy God gave John, saying these things would surely come to pass in the closing days of the dispensation of grace! Truly Gods wants a real union of all born again Christian (one fold concept), but it must be based on the shed blood on Calvary's Lamb. Any other union is an abomination to our Holy God..Next writing we will consider the message to each local church
The Message to the Seven Churches. (Jul 17 2014)
We have observed in our former writings that these two chapters record the message of the risen Christ to the seven churches in Asia: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodica I:11) We have seen that the local churches were chose because of the conditions existing within them apply represented the seven periods of church history, From Pentecost to the rapture. So we have in these two chapters which we are to consider today, the history of the church here on earth as our The Lord saw it from the beginning. I believe that we are living near the end of the church age, so most of chapter two and thee, practically all of which were prophecy in the days of John, are now history: for nearly two thousand years have passed since "this prophecy" (!:3) was uttered by Jesus to His exiled apostle on the Isle of Patmos. This is not speculation of fanciful interpretation, for no summary of church history that has ever been written by man can compare with these divinely inspired words in accuracy or comprehensiveness> This is all the more remarkable when we remember that God wrote them before they came to pass. But so also is all prophecy; for "known unto God are all His works form the beginning of the world' (Acts 15:18)
Let us read these two chapters. not so much to note the details, just her to observe the remarkable way in which they outline for us all church history, form the days of the apostles even until the end of this age, as described for us repeatedly in other portions of the Word of God.
!. The Message to Ephesus-The apostolic church-2. The message to Smyrna-The persecuted church-3. The message to Pergamos-The church linked with the world," Where Satan's throne is "2:12-17).4-The message to Thyatira-The church in the Dark Ages. Filled with corruption. (2:18-29)-5. The message to Sardis-The church of the protestant Reformation. (3:7-13). 6. The message to Philadelphia-The missionary church without professing Christendom. 93:7-13). &-The message to Laodicea- The apostate church,with the risen Lord on the outside, entering into the hearts of individuals who will "open the door " to Him." (3:14-22) Next writing Warning to the Churches
His Name Shall Be Called "Wonderful" (11 July 2011)
When the Revelation of Jesus Christ take place, when this sick-sick, war weary world behold the Prince of Peace. then men and angels will acknowledge Him as the fulness of His person as eternal God and perfect man. The He will be known in His true character set forth for us, a little her and a little there, in the names by which He is called. Let me take a backward glance over the first chapter of Revelation to see a few of the many names ascribed to Jesus Christ. Jesus (verses 1,2,5,9). The beautiful name means "Saviour." To Joseph the angels said :Thou shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins (Matt 1:2) "Christ" (verses 1,2,5,9) This is the Greek word for Hebrew "Messiah," Israel's promised Lord. You will note also that these two names linked together four times in this chapter: For Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah of Israel-eternal God. "The Faithful Witness" (verse 5)-faithful in His earthly ministry as our Prophet from heaven, declaring the will of the Triune God. 'The First Begotten of the dead" (verse 5) none other than the rises Lord, our Great High Priest! "The Prince of the Kings of the Earth" (Verse 5) King of kings and Lord of lords. "The one Who Loved us, and Washed, Us from our Sins in His Own Blood (verse 5) He is the Lamb of Calvary, our Redeemer. The One Who "Cometh with Clouds: (Verse 7) Our coming King. The one Who was "Pierced" for us on the cross (Verse 7) "Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, the first and the last' (Verses 8,11.17) These are names that can only be applied to an eternal God 'The Lord'" (verse 8) Jehovah, "The self-existent One who reveals Himself." Moreover. He is "the Lord which is, which was, and which is to come"-another way of saying that he is the eternal God. "The Almighty (Verse 8)-ominpotent God. "The Son of God (verse 13 ) -the God man-our perfect Priest. "He that Liveth, and Was Dead" and "Is Alive for evermore" (verse 18) our crucified and risen Lord Jesus.
As we add to these references to God the Father, and God the Son and God the Holy Ghost, already mentioned in the message, we see a graphic picture of what "the Revelation of Jesus Christ" will be; for "in him dwelleth all the fulness of the God head bodily (Col. 2:9) When we see Him coming in glory, we shall be reminded of Calvary-note how often throughout the book, He is called. "The Lamb", or The lamb that was slain." We shall be reminded of Calvary and the empty tomb. "This same Jesus" who died for us is the eternal God who will be revealed in power and great glory when he comes again to reign. ' Behold he cometh with clouds." My friend, have you by faith, beheld the vision of the son of God, crucified, risen, interceding for His own, and coming again in glory? What will you do with Jesus who is called Christ? Upon your answer to this question rests you destiny-for time and time for eternity