I publish a monthly Prophetic Newsletter on a different website, which I felt led of the Lord to publish on this site, because it is timely. I will upload the newsletters for both February and March here today; and, in that this will likely be a three-month series, I will include April’s edition next month, when it is published, God willing. I hope these are a blessing to you:
“…To him who overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life…” Revelation 2:7
An angel appeared to John the Revelator on the Isle of Patmos, where he was banished for his testimony of Christ Jesus. Revelations were given to John about the great tribulation to come; yet, before those revelations were given, Jesus had a message for each of the seven churches that were in Asia at the time, messages that can also apply to us today. The messages were warnings to five of the seven churches, to either get right, or face exclusion from His Kingdom. 1) His message to the church at Ephesus: “I know your works, your labor and your patience, how you can’t bear those who are evil, and you have tried those who say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars. You have borne and have patience and, for My name’s sake, have labored and have not fainted. Nevertheless, I have somewhat against you, because you have left your first love. Remember, therefore, from whence you have fallen and repent, and do the first works (repent and start over), or else I will come unto you quickly and will remove your candlestick out of his place, except you repent. This you have, that you have hated the deeds of the Nicolaitanes (hypocrites), which I also hate. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches: To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” Revelation 2:1-7. The Lord commended the church at Ephesus in many respects, except that they left their “first love,” Jesus. Apparently other things were taking first place in their lives, and the Lord didn’t have first priority. God knows our hearts; we can’t hide anything from Him. If we want to overcome and make it to heaven, we must put God first in our lives; we must make it a priority to pray daily, to read God’s Word daily and we must always ask ourselves in every situation, “What would Jesus do?” 2) The church in Smyrna was commended: “Unto the church in Smyrna write: These things says the First and the Last, which was dead, and is alive; I know your works, tribulation and poverty (but you are rich) and I know the blasphemy of those who 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 shall cast some of you in prison, that you may be tried, and you shall have tribulation ten days. Be faithful unto death and I will give you a crown of life. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches: He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death (Revelation 20:14) Revelation 2:11. All was well with the church in Smyrna. Jesus encouraged them to be faithful even unto death, and He promised them a “crown of life.” 3) Pergamos: “And to the angel of the church of Pergamos write, These things saith He which has the sharp sword with two edges: I know your works and where you dwell, even where satan’s seat is, and you hold fast My name and have not denied My faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where satan dwells; but I have a few things against you, because you have there those that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and commit fornication. So have you also those that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. Repent, or else I will come unto you quickly and I will fight against them with the sword of My mouth” Revelation 2:12-16. The Lord commended the church of Pergamos for not denying the faith, even though they lived in an evil city, but He found among them the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to take of ungodly wealth and commit unlawful sexual sins. They also ate meat sacrificed to idols, which God forbids, and they had members who believed like the Nicolaitanes, those who compromised and had no problem intermingling with the world, while holding out that they were Christians at the same time. The overcoming saints will not love money (make use of it, yes, but not obsess over it), will not commit fornication (unlawful intimacy outside of a marriage relationship [man and woman]) and they will not partake of the sins of the world, but rather live holy unto God. The next warning will be given to the church in Thyatira, but that summary will have to wait until next month, as this study continues, God willing. The admonitions given to the churches in John’s day apply to us today, in that God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He didn’t require of those churches anything more than He requires of us today, to love Him first, with all of our hearts (Jeremiah 29:13) and keep His commandments. These teachings of Jesus certainly do not coincide with Calvinism.
“To him who overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life” Revelation 2:7 -Pt 2
I started a study in Revelation 2 last month, which includes revelations and admonitions given to the Apostle John for the seven churches in Asia, and for all saints thereafter, as they apply to us. We already covered what Jesus told John to write to the churches at Ephesus, Smyrna and Pergamos; and now we will continue with what He had to say to the remaining four churches: 4) Thyatira: “And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write, These things saith the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire and His feet are like fine brass: I know your works, charity, service, faith, patience and your works, and the last being more than the first. Notwithstanding, I have a few things against you, because you suffer that woman Jezebel, which calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit fornication and eat things sacrificed to idols. I gave her space to repent of her fornication, and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and those who commit adultery with her, into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. I will kill her children with death and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the reins and hearts, and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. But I say unto you, and to the rest at Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine and which have not known the depths of satan, as they speak, I will put no other burden upon you. But that which you have already, hold fast till I come” Revelation 2:18-25. Too many women today strut around, even in the churches, with low cut blouses, high cut skirts and wear makeup like clowns, decked out with ornaments. God resists the proud and instructs us to be clothed with humility (1 Peter 5:5). If we go back to the story of Jezebel, just before the dogs ate her in Jezreel, as God said they would because she slew the prophets of the Lord; Jehu was riding into Jezreel, and when Jezebel heard of it, “she painted her face and tired (arranged) her hair and looked out the window” 2 Kings 9:30. She had every intention of seducing Jehu, but he was there on God’s business, and one of the things he had to do was see that Jezebel was killed! He had a man toss her out of that high window she had been looking out of, and when she hit the ground, dogs ate her! Seductive women in the churches, like Jezebel, need to repent and live modestly (1 Timothy 2:9-15), or else God will cast them into tribulation, along with anyone else committing adultery with her (Jesus said to lust after a woman is to commit adultery with her Matthew 5:28). God even said he would kill her children! It seems He would rather take them, than have them grow up to be like her and end up in hell! 5) Sardis: “Unto the angel of the church in Sardis write, These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, I know your works, that you have a name, that you live, but you are dead (spiritually). Be watchful and strengthen the things that remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God. Remember, therefore, how you have received and heard, and hold fast and repent. If therefore you shall not watch (for the Lord’s return), I will come as a thief and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. You have a few names, even in Sardis, who have not defiled their garments and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My father and before the angels. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches” Revelation 3:1-6. This church has some members that have forgotten what they have learned and they are spiritually near death. The Lord said He found imperfections in them, but He didn’t elaborate. Only we ourselves know what stands between us and God, whether it be too much involvement in the world, with little to no time for God; whether it be a failure to perhaps give of our abundance, or increase; or if we have simply neglected to pray and communicate with God; only the Lord and that individual know for certain. The Lord said, “strengthen the things that remain, that are ready to die.” In other words, get right with God now, do whatever it is He wants us to do, and watch for His return, lest He “come as a thief” and leave us behind! There are two more churches remaining in this study that the Lord sent messages to. I have no doubt that what He said will apply to our self-examination, as well as the seven churches in Asia. These were among the last messages in the Word of God given directly from the Lord to the churches awaiting His return, which obviously apply to us today. If we are awaiting the Lord’s return, we should be very interested in some of the last Words He gave to us, as I believe they are critical in our preparedness, as we anxiously await His appearance. Next month, this study should conclude, God willing. God bless you.
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