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REVELATION CHAPTER 2

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1 "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this: 

 

Rev 2,1-29

(136h) Temple >> Your spirit is the temple of God >> The body of Christ >> Body of Christ consists of individual members >> We should live as Christ lived – These seven churches mentioned in chapters 1-3 existed in John’s time. They were real churches with real problems, but since this is a book of prophecy it holds significance with more than just these churches in their time. That is, these churches were simultaneously predicted to have problems similar to the last day church prior to Christ’s return. So, what do these churches represent for us in the last days? They are not single churches, but represent whole denominations, belief systems and mindsets that will exist within Christianity prior to Christ's return that the people will have to abandon if they want to participate in the Rapture.

Rev 2,1-8

(50ca) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Great endtime revival >> Church gets right with God -- These verses go with verses 11-29

Rev 2-1

(15d) Servant >> Ministering spirits >> Angels Perform certain duties

(112d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Jesus light in us overcomes darkness >> The light of His power – Jesus had seven stars in His right-hand, seven mighty angels that He intends to release to His Church in the last days, who will impart seven anointings to empower them to rise above their circumstances and live victoriously. In the last days a Christian who is not anointed is exposed as religious well enough but not serving the Lord in his heart. From this anointing God will expect His people to worship Him in Spirit and truth, and it will cause His Church to unite. There are seven angels, seven stars, seven churches and seven lampstands, but they all act as one, and Jesus walks in the midst of them, ensuring that every person’s light is shining brightly. The one who has a penchant for religion but no interest in a relationship with God, the last days will not work in his favor. We are currently living in days when religious people are happy, and those who desire a relationship with God are suffering, because there is no unity in the Church, and they’re trying to conduct a relationship with God alone, and it was never meant to be that way. There may be others who are serving the Lord, but the lack of unity causes them to serve Him privately. This word-picture that John writes, these seven lampstands are standing alone but in proximity to each other; that is the way it is with unity, separate but close enough that our light is shining on each other. When our light is shining on their lamps and their light is shining on our lamp, that is the whole definition of unity; but when our lamps are too distant from each other to be of any benefit, then there is no unity. The way the Church is today with people’s lampstands so distant that our light cannot reach each other, there is too much darkness between the saints, hence no unity. We don’t really know each other or trust each other. We may all be serving the Lord, but we don’t know that, because we are not close enough to each other to know that.

(228i) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God works in the new creation

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2 'I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;

 

Rev 2,2-5

(5g) Responsibility >> Discipleship tested >> God tests your motives – There are two ways to leave your first love: either through wrong motives or through sin that you have not uprooted from your life. Both have the same effect; they will slowly direct you away from your previous commitment to follow Christ – one like a fork in the road and the other like a blindfold.

(203h) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Back-slider >> Withdraw from obeying God >> Withdrawing from God

(206i) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to doing the works of Jesus

Rev 2,2-4 

(180d) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Be shrewd as wolves and more innocent than they appear >> Wolves in sheep’s clothing -- These verses go with verse 20

(194f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Hate evil >> Condemning sin >> Judging evil – The Ephesians had perseverance and could not tolerate evil men, but they left their first love.” To have certain desirable qualities but to leave their first love was like a trucker who made it safely to his destination but failed to bring the trailer full of goods with him that he was supposed to deliver. This was a very gentle rebuke from the Lord, compared to what He could have said. When a person leaves his first love, the first thing he does is become judgmental of others, like Paul said in Rom 2-1, “Therefore you have no excuse, everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.” We judge people for the very sins that we commit. It is a spiritual principle, rooted in the mystery of lawlessness. Nevertheless, Jesus actually commended them for being intolerant of evil men, having application, since these men were portraying themselves as apostles. They were no doubt embracing the Gnostic beliefs of the day that arose almost immediately in the first century. They considered themselves apostles, but they didn’t preach the gospel that Paul preached or any of the twelve apostles, but preached a different gospel, one that undoubtedly centered on works. The true gospel of Christ is just the opposite: God accepts us by faith and then gently leads us into His will. Everyone who is born of God met Him in a state of ignorance and darkness, and needed to be led from that darkness into the light.

Rev 2-2,3

(100c) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance >> Persevere in abiding in Christ

(156e) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their endurance – The Ephesians put these false apostles to the test; so what was their test of apostleship? We know that the test of Paul’s apostleship was a willingness to suffer persecution. If they abandoned the gospel to avoid persecution, or if they changed its teachings to appeal to a wider audience, they were not apostles, for a true apostle would not change their doctrines for any reason. The Ephesians were diligent in this respect, but they had left their first love. Of course there was a problem, all their striving to preserve the truth and all their efforts to expose the false brethren we in vain. However, it is just as pointless to maintain our love for God and be naïve about our faith, because the first thing false doctrine will do is lead us to abandon our first love. Jd-3 says, “I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” The Ephesians contended for the doctrines of the faith, protecting them and preserving them for their own sake and for the sake of the generations after them.

Rev 2-2

(68j) Authority >> Discernment >> Judging truth and error >> Perceiving a wicked heart

(69m) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Judging Those in the Church

(70c) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Being sensitive to the Spirit >> Test the spirits

(165k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Hardship >> Struggles of this life -- This verse goes with verse 9

(198i) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Ordained by man >> Ministries ordained by men will falter

(212j) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> God knows everything about you -- This verse goes with verse 9

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3&4 and you have perseverance and have endured for My name's sake, and have not grown weary. 4 'But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

 

Rev 2-3

(67h) Authority >> Jesus delegates authority >> Sacrificing your life for the name of Jesus -- This verse goes with verse 13

(102a) Thy kingdom come >> Ambitious to fulfill God’s calling >> To see God’s will in your life -- This verse goes with verse 19. It is a good quality to seek fulfillment of God’s will and calling in our lives, but not at the cost of leaving our first love. God would rather our purpose and calling was our first love, rather than pile things on top of it that we think are important. It is possible to leave our first love even when we have an ambitious desire to serve Him. What more does He want from us? There are two things happening at the same time, which is so often the case: there is our ministry toward God and our ministry toward people, and John is saying that the Ephesians did well in their ministry toward people but at the neglect of their ministry toward God as students of His word and disciples of prayer, not one or the other but both. The Ephesians did well to protect the gospel and defended the truth from lying deceivers and those who would try to corrupt the word of God, as it says in Jd-3, “Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints,” but they fell short in their personal relationship with God, which is actually more important than our relation to others. If our ministry toward God is lacking, it will seriously affect our ministry in the world and in the Church.

Rev 2-4,5

(45d) Judgment >> God judges our walk in the Spirit >> For not bearing fruit

(87j) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Being a slave to obedience

(134i) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Adultery >> Spiritual adultery -- These verses go with verse 14

(172e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Communion between the world and the Church >> The Church in the world -- These verses go with verses 14-16

(193f) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance >> Instruction to the Church – This exhortation to the Church in Ephesus speaks directly to the Evangelical community of our day. They consider themselves “keepers of the truth”. They think that if it weren’t for them the truth would have been lost long ago. Listen what he says in verses 2,3: “I know your deeds, your toil and perseverance and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; and you have perseverance and have endured for My name's sake, and have not grown weary.” That is a perfect description of the Baptist/Evangelical mindset of our time. They are always fighting someone who they think is trying to corrupt the doctrines of the Church, but then in verse 4 He says, “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” This also is highly descriptive of the Baptist/Evangelical community. We go to some of these churches and they are just about dead, and if we stay for at least six months, we discover that they are preaching reruns, because their sphere of truth is very small. Verse 5 says, “Remember from where you have fallen, and repent.” If we were to compare this to the Law, it says in Exodus 20 that we should put no other gods before Him; we should not commit murder or adultery or lie, etc. These are all the things that Evangelicals have made sure to include in their religion, but what is at the very top of God’s law? You shall “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6-5). Sometimes we get so busy trying not to offend God by our sins that we offend Him in the worst way, forgetting Him altogether by leaving our first love. They expelled God from their religion; all that remained were a set of rules. How then do we love God? We say we love Him by loving others. However, if we summarize the Law into two commandments: love God and love our fellow man. This means that loving God and loving our fellow man are two distinct things; that is, if we try to love God by loving our neighbor, we haven’t loved God yet; we have only loved our neighbor. So how do we love God? We spend time coming to know Him as students of His word and as disciples of prayer. This is what the Church in Ephesus forgot to do; they quit studying the word and they quit praying, and we could say the same about the Evangelical Church today. Much as they claim to be keepers of the truth they don’t read their Bibles. God said that if they didn’t repent, He would take their lampstand from its place, which would be fatal. Once we lose our light, we’re done, because that is what it makes us Christians, someone in whom God has illumined.

(203a) Denying Christ >> Running from God >> Wicked men cannot approach the throne of God >> God chases them away from His presence

(238h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachers "remind" their students >> Strong reminders – This is a strong reminder to repent. We are to remember where we once stood with God and the spiritual status we once enjoyed and the faithfulness we once showed Him and return to Him. He said they lost their first love. It has been said that when people fall in love for the first time, they cannot form emotional attachments closer to anyone else. Likewise, when a person gets saved, he becomes spiritually alive for the first time, suggesting before that he was dead; he was transferred from darkness and brought into God’s marvelous light (1Pet 2-9). The first moment of life that a Christian experiences from God is his first love, and God wants us to return to Him and to our first affections. Maybe we have been saved for forty years; God wants us to return to that time when we first believed when it was all brand new, a time whenever we opened the Bible and the words lifted off the page and leapt in our heart. We were so happy to believe in God and love our fellow man and serve the Lord in whatever capacity He desired. The temptations of the world became distant, and we could hardly remember what we saw in them, and then time slowly wore down our affections, things became old, faith and love began to wane, and our excitement for God we can hardly remember. God wants us to go back to that initial place, look for it until we find it and return to our first love. It is still possible to love God now as much as when we first believed. God doesn’t want our love for Him to grow mundane and moldy; He wants our faith to remain vital and strong and our joy to remain.

Rev 2-4

(74c) Thy kingdom come >> The heart >> God wants you to protect your heart – the Church in Ephesus represents the Evangelical denomination. Evangelicals are 30 million people strong in America; they are very dogmatic and doctrine oriented and very skeptical of other people’s beliefs. They consider themselves keepers of the faith, even though the Catholics believe the same about themselves, and there could be no two Christian faiths more opposite. The only doctrines they will accept are their own, considering everyone else to be wrong. Anyone with a different view is automatically wrong. They rarely take the time or the interest in discovering other people’s views, since they are automatically convinced they are right about everything just because they are Evangelicals. The Church at Ephesus sounds like the Evangelical persuasion in that they cannot tolerate evil men. They put them to the test, using all their energy maintaining their doctrines, but it says, “I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” Evangelicals are guilty of this: they are more concerned about their doctrines than they are about their relationship with Jesus. They will argue theology all day long, but when it comes to actually practicing their faith, like all men and women, denominations, colors and creeds, they tend to fall short. God threatens to take their lampstand out of its place, which represents the revelation of the truth, and their light will smolder. One revelation of the Evangelical Church is that we are saved by grace through faith. However, they are in danger of losing it if they don't repent of their apathy toward God.

(161d) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Wandering from the character of God >> Wandering from the love of God – God charges us with the responsibility of keeping the faith and fixing the problems associated with the heart. How easy is it to leave our first love? It is one of the easies things we can do. How hard is it to return? It takes every ounce of soul! How much pain is involved in both leaving our first love and returning? The pain is that of watching our loved ones die or even that of dying ourselves. How do we return to Christ after we have left Him? Since we are talking about issues of the heart, the first and foremost requirement is sincerity. The heart is like a sharpshooter, and the target is unmoving for the sharpshooter to hit it; the gun represents the heart. Whatever the bullet hits definitively proves the true direction that our heart is pointed. We try to hit the bullseye, which represents the truth; we want our heart to be in the center of the truth, but we don’t always hit it. We eye up the scope; we have a steady hand; we put the crosshairs in the middle of the bullseye and slowly squeeze the trigger; the bullet is released, but there is no guarantee we will hit the bullseye, because there are issues beyond our control. The heart of man is very complex. We think if the crosshairs were in the center of the bullseye when we pulled the trigger we would hit it, but some people can’t even hit the target; they are not in control of their heart. They zero in the bullseye, but they have other forces pulling on them, seeking their allegiance, and they just can’t find it in themselves to put all those influences aside, so they can focus on their one true interest: faith in Jesus Christ. Just when they think they have dedicated their heart to the Lord, they pull the trigger and the target is untouched, and they have no idea why. They don't know what they are doing wrong. God says that so long was we keep trying and never give up, eventually we will get it right, but there are many who just can’t put Jesus in their heart.

(178f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Hypocrisy of the Church is rebuked >> The Church is rebuked for sin -- This verse goes with verses 14-16

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5-7 'Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place -unless you repent. 6 'Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'

 

Rev 2-5,6

(42j) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Transformed >> Conform to the walk of Christ

Rev 2-5

(11o) Servant >> Example of God’s people >> The Church

(45g) Judgment >> Believer’s sin >> God will judge us with the world if we live like them -- This verse goes with verse 16

(87a) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word from the heart >> God blesses us for doing His word, not for knowing it

(105f) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart >> Lacking a pure heart – This is about leaving our first love; it says that it can result in the removal of our lampstand. Not too many people shudder over this, but they should; they don’t because they believe in eternal security and they shouldn’t. Removing our lampstand is tantamount to losing our salvation. Note that the Lord actively removed the lampstand, but in the parable of the Ten Virgins their flame extinguished from a lack of fuel, so the Lord was not involved in their flame dying. In the Bible God often claims credit for things He didn’t do. He claims credit for things He doesn’t even want to happen. God made the universe and mankind and the circumstances of our own salvation, and when our flame dies, it is because He made fire to burn with fuel, and when the fuel runs out, He made the fire to go out too, and so He caused the five foolish virgins’ flame to die, just like He removed the lampstand from its place. Whether our flame dies from a lack of fuel or the Lord removes our lampstand we have lost our light, and there is nowhere in Scripture that teaches that God will relight our flame or replace our lampstand. Once the light goes out we’re done. The objective of Christianity is to make sure our light keeps burning; that is all God really asks of us. These two things will douse our flame quicker than anything: failing to repent of the sins we have committed and failing to repent of the righteousness we have omitted. The sins we commit are based on the righteousness we omit. That is, we sin because we are not walking in righteousness, so we repent by restoring the righteousness, and that righteousness is summarized in our ministry toward God as students of the word and disciples of prayer, and then we repent of other sins we have committed.

(222b) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> God does not entrust his treasures to dogs >> God retrieves his treasures when sheep revert to dogs – The description that John gave of Jesus was that His voice was like the sound of a trumpet and like many waters (Rev 1-10). The trumpet represents angels that are calling man to repent. They can hear His voice, not based on cognitive understanding, but by a spiritual revelation from God. Removing the lampstand from its place was a very severe consequence, for the light of their truth would be doused. They might still have their Bible and can read the words, but the spiritual revelation that God gave them will no longer enlighten their understanding, making the Scriptures sound hollow. When our lampstand is taken from its place, it means we have lost our faith. Our spirit becomes silent; the revelation of the truth of God’s word becomes a distant memory; we remember feeling a certain way about God, but His word is no longer a reality in our lives after our lamp has been removed. Remember the parable of the Ten Virgins; the five foolish virgins who didn’t have enough oil in their lamps to last through the night, when they came banging on the door asking the Lord to open up for them, denied them and told them to go away, “you who practice lawlessness” (Mat 7-23), meaning they didn’t make it to heaven. The Ephesians were a strong church; Paul wrote some of his most beautiful words in this epistle and some of the deepest theological truths, possibly deeper than anything he wrote to any other church, yet Jesus found fault with them. How much more does He find fault with us who are more on par with Laodicea?

Rev 2-6

(194e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Hate evil >> Condemning sin >> Hate evil by being innocent of it -- This verse goes with verse 24. The doctrines and deeds of the Nicolaitans that Jesus hated were that of compromise with the evil practices of their surrounding culture and failure to separate oneself from the world. Jesus’ complaint against them was with their deeds and not their theology. However, Jesus condemned the Pharisees’ teachings because they were leading Israel astray. Otherwise, He never condemned anybody for their theology but maintained His criticism against their deeds. Theology has a direct link to our deeds, that what we believe determines what we do and how we live, so if we have sloppy theology, it will produce lousy works. Others know the truth yet don’t follow what is right, making them equal with their fellow pagans and heathens.

Rev 2-7

(39e) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Victory >> Jesus overcame the world -- This verse goes with verse 11

(79k) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word >> Listen to the word >> He who has ears to hear, let him hear -- This verse goes with verse 11. This statement is repeated seven times throughout chapters two and three of Revelation: “He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches,” then said, “To him who overcomes…” indicating their association, and then follows it with a promise. This is the only time the New Testament has so thoroughly implemented this teaching-by-rote technique. The Holy Spirit is John’s theme throughout all of his writings, emphasizing Him in his gospel. Also, he used the word “anointing” a couple times in his first epistle, accounting for the majority of times it was used throughout the New Testament, which is strange since the anointing was a big theme of the Old Testament. The anointing is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, being the terms of our relationship with Jesus. If our faith in God consists of mere words, then our anointing will be weak, but if those words are highlighted by the Holy Spirit as a revelation of Jesus Christ with a consummate love of the brethren, our anointing will be strong to ensure His will is fulfilled by the power of God. In other words, as often as the New Testament spoke about love is how often it referred to the anointing, the ultimate manifestation of God’s kingdom. The fact that Revelation is a prophetic book about the last days, suggests that reiterating this statement many times verbatim is a strong hint that it is extremely important we tune our ears to hear His voice as a primary means of spiritual survival. 

(98ka) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Endurance invites the Holy Spirit into your life >> The salvation of God >> Enduring the wicked is to overcome them -- This verse goes with verse 17

(106e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Having the ability to hear -- This verse goes with verse 11. Having an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying will be our greatest asset to getting through these arduous times. Those who have not turned their ear to the voice of the Spirit, to know the truth and to walk in love, will not survive, but will fall away from the faith and be a part of the apostate church. How do we define overcoming? He will grant us to eat in the paradise of God, which is in heaven, meaning if we don’t overcome, we won’t go to heaven, so the stakes are very high. In Mat 24-4 Jesus’ disciples asked Him, “What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” His reply: “Watch out that no one deceives you.” How are we supposed to “see to it” that no one misleads us. We develop the hearing ear? The ability to discern the truth will protect us from many who will come in Jesus name claiming to be Him. We may laugh now and say a lunatic could never mislead us, but desperate times are coming when we will wish for the day of the Lord to deliver us from our troubles; it will become incentive to trust the wrong people. The fact that people are coming, who will claim to be Jesus Christ and their claims will be hard to resist, is not telling about their level of deception so much as it tells about the desperation of those days. People will latch onto any hope they can find, so when someone says, ‘I am the answer to all your problems,’ what will be our tendency to believe him? The poison of these false prophets is deadly, and if we take it, we will die.

(109ha) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit the teacher >> Spirit interprets the word for us -- This verse goes with verse 29

(110h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Born of the Spirit by the truth >> Hearing the Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 11

(254i) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Holy Spirit >> Holy Spirit is life >> Spirit of Jesus

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8&9 "And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this: 9 'I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich ), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

 

Rev 2,8-11

(65i) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Satan Glorifies God

Rev 2-8

(39l) Judgment >> The essence of life defeated the essence of death

(56i) Paradox >> Opposites >> Last is first and the first is last – This phrase, “the first and the last” is a principle of Christ regarding His kingdom that whatever the Church experiences, Christ experiences first. That is, just as Jesus is the first fruits of the resurrection, so He put Himself last among the people He was saving. He humbled Himself and became servant of all, and as a result He received first place in everything.

(113l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Anointing establishes us in His will – John recorded that Jesus spoke to the angel and the angel relayed the message to the Church. The angel represents an anointing (Rev 1-4), and so the Church learns these things through an anointing. Therefore, if they come to an understanding of these things through an anointing, how much more must they perform them through an anointing?

(248f) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Jesus is first >> Jesus is first born of the Father

Rev 2-9,10

(50f) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> First half of the tribulation >> The seals of Satan's wrath >> Fifth seal - Mark of the beast -- Martyrdom – Jesus just promised martyrdom to the saints. Seems that people who are most interested in endtime prophecy are those who believe in the pre-tribulation Rapture, yet according to them, they will not even be here, so why do they care? They would say that the people that Jesus just mentioned do not pertain to them at all, but to those who are left behind. They had better be right; if they’re not, they have not prepared to suffer; they have not settled it in their hearts the willingness to pay the ultimate price for their faith. According to pre-tribulation Rapture advocates, none of endtime prophecy pertains to them. After the Rapture occurs, the tribulation of the saints will end, and by that definition we could say the Rapture is a post-tribulation event, but of course to say that is to speak of a teaching that is in error. Post-tribulation suggests that the Rapture occurs at the very end of Bible prophecy, and that is not the case either. After God raptures His people, he will then judge the earth for martyring His saints through the bowls of His fierce wrath. Therefore, we can say the Rapture is a mid-endtime-prophecy event. The first five Seals occur, and then the Trumpets sound until the seventh trumpet, that is the last trumpet (1Cor 15-52); then the Rapture will occur.

(172a) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Devils among the saints >> False brethren among the people of God >> Antichrists among Christians – The Church of Smyrna is one of two churches in this list of seven that are serving the lord, and the false brethren are persecuting both of them. No other denomination is actually serving the Lord. No denomination has a corner on the truth, but if we believe and walk by the truth, we are the true church.

Rev 2-9

(23f) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Rich are those who are poor in their own minds – This verse is best understood in the backdrop of Mat 5-3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven,” which is one of the most popular verses in the Bible, yet who knows what it really means to be poor in spirit? Paul spoke similarly in Rom 12-3, ‘Blessed are those who do not think more highly of themselves than they ought to think.’ Sound judgment should be a trait of those who belong to the Kingdom of God, meaning that the narcissist who is full of himself does not possess eternal life, unless of course he repents. However, people full of pride find it very difficult to repent, because how do they empty themselves of themselves? If they want to know God, they will need to seek humility in order to relate to Him, because God is not proud.

(94b) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective on wealth in this life

(165k) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Hardship >> Struggles of this life -- This verse goes with verse 2

(183b) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Witchcraft >> Sin is the incubator of witchcraft >> Through satanic influence -- This verse goes with verses 20-24

(186c) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Cursing the Holy Spirit >> Lying to the Holy Spirit

(212j) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> God knows everything about you -- This verse goes with verse 19

(249g) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> The infinite and eternal wealth of God >> God’s perception of wealth >> – God’s perspective on His people is that they can have nothing to their name regarding possessions, yet be rich, because they are on course with eternal life. Those who are fully committed to Him are rich in spirit; they are truly in possession of life indeed. One day they will possess all things. God will give them the entire universe. We can say that we already possess these things. Some people have stars named after them, and we can observe vast galaxies with our giant telescopes, but if we can’t go there, how do we possess them? Currently, most of us don’t even own a point on the map of our city, let alone the earth, far be it the universe. We usually have everything we need, and that is enough for now, but the Bible teaches that God will give us His creation, meaning we will have access to it. One day we will possess the universe in ways that will enable us to visit other planets that are being colonized by God’s growing kingdom. If we will one day own everything, it is no wonder God is on a campaign to perfect humility in us now; we are going to need it! the Church of Smyrna was in dire poverty; they may not have been dying from hunger and thirst, but they lived without many things, yet they received affirmation from Christ that they were rich, like Paul said in 2Cor 6-10, “As sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.” The people who have the affirmation of Christ truly possess all things.

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10 'Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

 

Rev 2-10,11

(207cb) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Eternal security? >> God will accept you into His heaven if you overcome >> Endure to the end

Rev 2-10 

(5f) Responsibility >> Discipleship tested >> God tests your faith through hardship – God severely criticized the Churches listed at the beginning of the book of Revelations, but Smyrna was blameless in His eyes. So, is this their reward from God for cleansing themselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, to be martyred? There may be some who will not see the justice in this. However, because Smyrna was unblemished, I am sure they understood the mind of God and His justice, that the reward of eternal life is worth a lifetime of adversity, and that nothing man nor the earth itself could do to them could make heaven too small a prize for their trouble.

(24a) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of hardship (punishment) – If we are the generation that sees the fulfillment of endtime prophecy, it says, “Do on fear what you are about to suffer.” If it just said, “Do not fear,” we might be cool with that, but “suffer” that is a scary word. We don’t have to fear suffering, though; it is not necessary; it doesn’t fix or change anything; it will not help us get through the tribulation. When we fear something, it influences the decisions we make as a means of trying to alleviate the problem, so when Jesus said, “do not fear,” He was saying, ‘Do not attempt to alleviate or fix the problem.’ Jesus has made us overcomers, but He doesn’t want us trying to overcome the circumstances of the last days tribulation, because we will not change anything. The last days’ tribulation was destined to happen, and endtime prophecy was predestined to be fulfilled, so we just have to go though it and not to fear, because He will be right beside us the whole time. However, if we fear, our ability to sense His presence will fade accordingly. In other words, fear diminishes our faith, because faith is how we detect His presence in our hearts, and at a time like that when all hell is breaking lose and the entire world is joining forces against us, we will need every ounce of faith that God avails to us.

(46j) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Demons are subject to Christ

(53b) Paradox >> Opposites >> Of life and death >> Death cannot hurt you

(57j) Paradox >> Opposites >> Crown of life is awarded to those who die to self

(102k) Thy kingdom come >> Loyalty (Faithfulness) >> Tried and true >> Loyal

(163b) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Prison – Prison takes away our rights and our options, and among other things it takes away our ability to make decisions to go and do what we want. We are held captive; does that refer to concentration camps? For some it most certainly does, but Jesus may not be talking about concentration camps per se in that this is a figurative prison, but for some it will be a literal prison. Every Christian on the planet will be in Satan’s prison in one form or another, and our right and ability to protect ourselves will be taken from us. It will not be the devil testing us, but God, who will ordain this satanic wickedness perpetrated against the saints that will come upon the Church to test His people in the last days as to who is worthy to partake of the Rapture. The reason for this is the terrible falling away of the saints that He has had to endure for nearly 2000 years. Those who have merely pretended Christianity will fall away almost immediately, leaving only the saints, who will then become concentrated and unified, and this is how this period of prison will end, through the unity of the saints. As Satan persecutes the saints, the Church will unify and break the power of Satan and set us free, and in this state of freedom Jesus will come for us. He will not come for a Church in bondage, but will come for a people who are free of Satan’s power and influence, a people tried and tested and have been found true.

(187g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Die to the flesh >> Dying to receive the glory of God >> Dying to self precedes the resurrection

(188e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering >> Suffering the will of God in your life

(189e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Tested for faithfulness to the death – The worst thing that could happen to a Christian is that the circumstances become more severe than the strength of his faith. The greatest act of endurance is to give our lives as martyrs for Jesus, after that we don’t need faith. Therefore, the question is: how much more faith do we need to be ready for martyrdom? This is a question each of us needs to ask ourselves. We know many stories about the saints in the past who were martyred for their faith. The stories are told that God gives them grace at the moment they need it to endure their circumstances. Our persecutors may come after us, and they will not stop until we make a decision about our faith; if we refuse to deny the Lord Jesus Christ, they will proceed from there.

(214dd) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time is none of our business – Jesus gave us a time period, ten days. How do we determine this length of time? We know that God is very conservative about time, but in this case He freely divulged a time period of ten days. The question is, how long is the day-unit? We are not talking about ten literal days, so is it ten weeks, ten months or ten years? Ten months would be less than a year, pretty unlikely; ten years is more likely the case. If this indicates a ten-year period, it will be a horrific decade for Christians as the length of time for the first five seals. When it comes to faith we need confidence in our knowledge, not conjecture, and if we don’t know the length of this ten-day period, we simply cannot apply our faith to it, and without faith it is meaningless.

(226b) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> God crowns us with glory for sharing our rewards >> The reward of a crown

(233a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Seeking the goals of the kingdom >> Seek the goal of the resurrection

(246b) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal bondage to Christ

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11-13 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.' 12 "And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this: 13 'I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.

 

Rev 2,11-29

(50ca) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> Great endtime revival >> Church gets right with God -- These verses go with verses 1-8

Rev 2-11

(39e) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Victory >> Jesus overcame the world -- This verse goes with verse 17

(47e) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of the dead – The second death refers to hell. We must all die once, but the second death will last forever. They will continuously die, similar to the person who is on his deathbed and worsens each day until he finally breathes his last, only the person in hell never dies because he is already dead. There is no further transition where he goes from that life to another. He is stuck in that condition, and his suffering never ends, for there is no other place for him to go. In the same way that those of us in heaven will go from glory to glory throughout the eons, each day being more wonderful than the next, so the person in hell will continuously discover new lows in his depression, new horrors in his terror and new sufferings in his torment. He didn't want anything to do with God, so God took him literally and removed everything about Himself from his presence and environment, and the result is hell. 

(79k) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word >> Listen to the word >> He who has ears to hear, let him hear -- This verse goes with verse 17; See Commentary at Rev 2-7

(106e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Having the ability to hear -- This verse goes with verse 17

(110h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Born of the Spirit by the truth >> Hearing the Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 17

(217d) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God gives up on you >> When you give yourself over to sin

Rev 2-12

(46b) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Preparing for battle -- This verse goes with verse 16

(111k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Living and active word of God

Rev 2-13

(67h) Authority >> Jesus delegates authority >> Sacrificing your life for the name of Jesus -- This verse goes with verse 3. We are an eternal soul and our life began at our birth. The Bible teaches that our life in eternity has already begun; the life we were given that we currently are living will continue in heaven. Therefore, what we learn in this life will directly translate to the life to come, and for this reason, God wants to fill us with experiences of triumphing over sin to teach us the meaning of evil and the importance of overcoming it and the value of righteousness and the freedom of truth. God plans on creating another people after us, and we will become as it were their spiritual fathers, and we will teach them right from wrong. If we are going to do this, then we need to know right from wrong ourselves, not on some theoretical level, but on a very practical basis, experientially. This is the kind of God we serve, one who values experience over theory, and this is why we have been forced to live in Satan's kingdom, where we are tempted every day and struggle every day and make decisions every day about what is right and wrong, ethical and unethical, moral and immoral. We not only have the circumstances against us that test us, we also have a spirit against us that tempts us to make wrong decisions, but God has given us His Spirit to help us make right decisions and strengthen us with His grace to maintain a life that has been fashioned on the basis of righteousness.

(97k) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> Standing firm together in the faith

(102m) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Loyalty is unswerving -- This verse goes with verse 26

(144b) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The Church bears witness of Jesus >> It bears witness of the cross

(147i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Evangelism >> Solemnly testify about Jesus

(150ca) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Confessing Jesus to be saved >> Confessing Jesus as the Son of God

(164c) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> The world system >> Satan rules the world >> The world is his kingdom – God has created the conditions to make us live with Satan. This has not been the result of bad judgment but was God’s design from the beginning that man should be tested in the Garden of Eden and fail, and then be pushed into Satan’s habitat. If Christ hadn’t come and saved us, we would have all perished in our sins, but God’s manner of forgiveness has been established, and then He gave us His Holy Spirit, empowering us to overcome Satan’s temptations, so we can do the will of God and be forgiven for our mistakes and go to heaven when we are finished in this life. Some people don’t understand why God left us here and arranged the circumstances that allowed mankind to suffer all these thousands of years. The answer to this is understood in the purpose of God in heaven. He simply could not have trusted us or prepared us for our eternal future without using Satan to test us.

(189g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Martyr >> Martyrs witness to the life of God

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14&15 'But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. 15 'So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.

 

Rev 2,14-16

(45b) Judgment >> God judges us for not judging ourselves >> Judged According to our deeds -- These verses go with verses 20-25. Not everyone was guilty of sin, only some who were sinning against their conscience, and He wanted them to quit. Note that He didn’t want the faithful to ostracize or shun those who were sinning, the problem wasn’t severe enough to require that. Instead, leaders should go to them and command them to repent. This is the purpose of those who are faithful in Christ; we are to help those who are weak, not to condemn them but to guide them into the ways of righteousness. If they have a heart for God, they will listen to us; but if they don’t, we should question their faith and wonder why they want to associate with the saints. Those who love the Lord will accept criticism and rebuke, but if they don’t, they are proving themselves to be false brethren. We should be wary of these kind of people, because their complacent attitude is a danger to the Church, not wanting their behaviors to become a contagion and start an epidemic of practicing sin. Sometimes when the sins are so grievous we excommunicate the offender, other times shunning them is sufficient, but the hope is always that they will return to their faith and be restored to fellowship. False brethren are one of a variation of reprobates, and those with a reprobate mind will never repent or get saved.

(161k) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Carried away by religion -- These verses go with verses 20-24

(163d) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Bondage makes you a victim of God’s judgment -- These verses go with verses 22&23. The things that were mentioned here were on the short list of things to avoid in Act 15-28,29, “It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay upon you no greater burden than these essentials: that you abstain from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication.” People were demanding that the new covenant had rules, so to appease the people the apostles established a short list, and these two things were on that list: eating things sacrificed to idols and fornication. We should remember that the apostles didn’t want any rules at all. In the new covenant there is no need for a list, because the Holy Spirit leads us into all the truth and into all the will of God and away from things that are displeasing to Him. We instinctively know the will of God through the new nature that God has given us, and so basically we have the list written in our hearts. Why then did these people who received such a good report from the Lord also receive this criticism? They did things they knew were wrong! God’s complaint was not so much that they were eating food sacrificed to idols and fornicating but that they were violating their conscience. They were denying Christ's lordship in their lives, overriding the Holy Spirit and just doing what they wanted. God wants His people to listen to their conscience and to be led by the Spirit into all the ways of God. The new covenant deals differently from the old covenant about eating things sacrificed to idols, that it was automatically wrong, virtually taking the sins of idolatry into their bodies, whereas the New Testament says this: “We know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one” (1Cor 8-4). Those of us who belong to Jesus are not constrained by these rules anymore, that the only reason we should not eat things sacrificed to idols is for the sake of the other person’s conscience who may be watching us, who would learn the unintended lesson as though worshipping other gods were acceptable to Him. So the Lord's message to Pergamum was to remain faithful and obey their conscience.

(172e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Communion between the world and the Church >> The Church in the world -- These verses go with verses 20-24

(178f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Hypocrisy of the Church is rebuked >> The Church is rebuked for sin -- These verses go with verses 20-25

(179f) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> False prophets >> False prophets preach works to deny Christ -- These verses go with verses 20-24

(180a) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Wolves lead people into a cult >> Leading people for sordid gain -- These verses go with verses 20-23

(181c) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebellion >> Rebelling against God >> Rebelling against the men of God Act 21-25 says, “As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.” God had a problem with these people dabbling in things that were included in this short list of restrictions the early apostles placed on the disciples to avoid, so what did the rebellious people of Pergamum do? They did exactly what they were told not to do. The early apostles were careful not to turn Christianity into a list of dos and don’ts, similar to what happened to the old covenant, and for this reason it was a short list, yet they couldn’t even do this without tempting the Church to sin. Note that the things on the list to avoid are for health reasons and for conscience sake (1Cor 10-28,29). It would seem logical, then, that these people who live entirely in the interest of their flesh would want to avoid them, but they are more interested in rebellion than they are in their physical health. This is unnatural.

(192j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Stop practicing sin >> Stop sinning

(202b) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Run from God by running to the world -- These verses go with verses 20-24. 

(241f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Obstacles that keep you from Jesus -- These verses go with verses 20-24

Rev 2-14,15 

(232j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Embrace (Jesus during the storm) >> Things not to embrace -- These verses go with verse 24

Rev 2-14

(134i) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Adultery >> Spiritual adultery -- This verse goes with verses 20-25

(151e) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> New Testament bears witness of the Old >> The Patriarchs >> The Old Testament prophets

(155d) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Conscience >> An evil conscience keeps us from believing God >> Knowledge of evil testifies against our deeds -- This verse goes with verse 20

(173h) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Offering sacrifice without God’s approval >> Sacrifice against the way of God -- This verse goes with verse 20

(195g) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Worshipping men >> Worshipping the idol of pleasure -- This verse goes with verse 20

(250hh) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> Believe the first message; all subsequent messages are meant to dissuade you Balak, king of Moab, hired Balaam the false prophet to curse the people and prophesy falsely against them, because Balak was afraid of them, and so Balaam climbed a high mountain where he could see the nation of Israel in the valley, and God commanded Balaam not to curse these people because they were blessed, but Balaam went with the enemies of Israel after God told him not to curse them, for Balaam had a dream that night to go with them but to speak only the word of the Lord, but the dream was not from God. Balaam's sin was that of the disobedient prophet in 1King 13,11-24. Gal 1-8 says, “Even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!”

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16-19 'Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth. 17 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.' 18 "And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this: 19 'I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first.

 

Rev 2-16

(45g) Judgment >> Believer’s sin >> God will judge us with the world if we live like them -- This verse goes with verse 5

(46b) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Preparing for battle -- This verse goes with verse 12

(150h) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness of Jesus >> Speak the word of the Spirit >> Speaking the words that God speaks

(215g) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> Suddenly >> The judgments of God come suddenly >> Without warning – The word “suddenly” frequently appears in the New Testament, most often in context with endtime prophecy, enough that it should catch someone’s attention. Suddenly, people will have to turn and run in the opposite direction, but many will run out of time, because the last day’s events will come fast and furious, like a locomotive barreling down the tracks. Consequently, many people who call themselves Christians today will not be part of the endtime revival that is coming.

Rev 2-17

(39e) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Victory >> Jesus overcame the world -- This verse goes with verses 26-29

(76n) Thy kingdom come >> Desires >> Word is food >> Bread of life is the word of God – The word “manna” is in reference to the spiritual revelation of God’s word, not the words written on a page, but those written in our hearts, the revelation of Jesus Christ. He illumines our spirit to understand the knowledge and wisdom of God through the Spirit. Anyone who overcomes, God will give him a spiritual revelation of His truth, but we must first believe, and through our convictions we must push through our fleshly hindrances, until God gives us an anointing to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil through His power. This is how John teaches us in the book of Revelation; we must demonstrate our will before God endows us with the power to believe with the faith of God.

(79k) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word >> Listen to the word >> He who has ears to hear, let him hear -- This verse goes with verse 29. See commentary at Rev 2-7

(98ka) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Endurance invites the Holy Spirit into your life >> The salvation of God >> Enduring the wicked is to overcome them -- This verse goes with verse 26

(106e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Having the ability to hear -- This verse goes with verse 29This statement was reiterated seven times in chapters two and three. Nowhere in Scripture was any message more obviously repeated than this statement, and of course the purpose was to indicates its significance in the last days. When we start to see endtime prophecy unfold, we need to understand foremostly that the one who has ears to hear will navigate through the tribulation like a walk in the park, compared to those who cannot hear the Spirit. For those who have not cultivated the hearing ear, they will never know what is happening, what to do or who they should follow. One person will say this and another person will say that, and there will be myriad thoughts and ideas and only a few will get them in the ballpark of God’s will. We need to have the hearing ear, so when we hear the truth, it will ring in our hearts, whereas all the other messages will sound like a thud, failing the test of the Spirit accentuating the will and purpose of God.

(110h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Born of the Spirit by the truth >> Hearing the Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 29. There are two things happening to the one who overcomes: God will give the hidden manna in the Ark of the Covenant located in the Most Holy Place, which means we will have to meet Him there, and He will also give us a white stone. In the last days God will call us into a Most Holy Place with Him, and the way we get there is by becoming a student of God’s word and a disciple of prayer. What does it say about this white stone? Written on it is a new name that God will give us that no one else will know. It is our new, hidden identity that we received from God through prayer, which no one else will know, nor can we explain it to anyone. Prayer causes a change in our innermost being to become a different person. We will still be ourselves with everyone else, but with God we will be able to relate to Him in ways we cannot even describe.

(208e) Personal Relationship (Key verse)

(208j) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> Knowing God >> Sharing intimacy with Him – No one else will know the meaning of our name except God, suggesting that we will share a special intimacy with Him that we can share with no one else. A transformation takes place in those who dedicate themselves to prayer, giving them a new identity that will be written on the white stone that will be unique to each person, involving their eternal relationship with God. Our inner self is indescribable; only God knows us; we try to explain what God has done for us and discover there are no words. There is a transformation in behavior that we can share with each other, but our inner person we can share only with God. This new name that God will give to those who overcome He will write in stone. Overcoming will redefine us, and our new name will be eternal.  God being the only person who will ever come to really know us, speaks volumes about our intimacy with God in heaven.

(221e) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides from the mind of man >> He hides the truth from man’s understanding

(227d) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards endurance >> Rewarded for overcoming sin -- This verse goes with verse 26

Rev 2-19

(81b) Thy kingdom come >> Prayer >> The priesthood >> Striving to please Christ

(99k) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance (Working to keep in motion) >> Persevere in doing good

(102a) Thy kingdom come >> Ambitious to fulfill God’s calling >> To see God’s will in your life -- This verse goes with verse 3

(125b) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Faith and love >> Faith toward God and love toward man

(137g) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Maturity >> Maturing in Jesus is hard work >> Maturity is the process of growing – After this commemoration we wouldn’t think the Lord would have anything negative to say to Thyatira, but He did; they tolerated the woman Jezebel. These are very serious charges that the Lord is leveling against them, and there was only one that dodged criticism, the church in Philadelphia (Rev 3,7-9). Christ had no complaints about her, but the rest he told the good things they were doing and then showed them places where they could improve, and those improvements would make them less vulnerable to the antichrist that was coming. Just the fact that their deeds of late were better than earlier indicates they were growing, and there can hardly be a better complement than that. Just the fact that we are growing means that no matter what the problem, we can rise above it, but if we are not growing, how can we conquer the one who is coming that is greater than us?

(155ka) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their fruits >> You will know them by their good deeds >> Good works that prove our faith

(212j) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> God knows everything about you -- This verse goes with verse 23

(236e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Invest your strength into the kingdom >> Invest your labors – This is the church of Thyatira, who persevered through their difficulties, whose faith did not stop short of faithfulness. We would think this would be enough, but the Lord critiqued them and said that they tolerated the woman Jezebel who called herself a prophetess, who teaches and leads His bondservants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. The Christians of Thyatira did these things, and the Lord doesn’t want us to partake of the wrong spirits, and if we do, our faith, love and service will be devoted to demons instead of to Christ. These were issues of the early church; how much more are they issues of the Church in the last days? Those who walk in faith and love and are increasing, are they serving Christ, or do they tolerate Jezebel who leads the prophets astray?

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20 'But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.

 

Rev 2,20-25

(45b) Judgment >> God judges us for not judging ourselves >> Judged According to our deeds -- These verses go with verses 14-16

(134i) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Adultery >> Spiritual adultery -- These verses go with verses 4&5. It says that they commit acts of immorality, which could be either adultery or fornication. Fornication was not actually prohibited in the Old Testament; in fact, you could have more than one wife, but adultery was always against the Law. They had to be faithful to their wives, and they couldn’t marry the same sex, and they couldn’t have sex with animals. All these things still apply in the new covenant, but now fornication is on the list of behaviors to avoid, and polygamy is also truncated. We have all heard of the Great Tribulation that Jesus mentioned in Matthew chapter 24, so we can’t realistically say it’s a different tribulation, and anybody who partakes of this woman will go through it. If we don’t have sex with a harlot, we won’t have to worry about her diseases, but if we do, we open ourselves to all the STDs of her many partners. We can’t tell what diseases she has by looking at her, only afterward will the consequences of our actions begin to exhibit symptoms of her diseases that we have now contracted. The Church in the last days is diseased with false doctrine, after committing adultery with Jezebel. She takes us back to the Old Testament with King Ahab who wielded the authority of the kingdom, while his wife, Jezebel, called the shots (1Kings chapters 18&19).

(178f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Hypocrisy of the Church is rebuked >> The Church is rebuked for sin -- These verses go with verse 4. This is not the gospel that people preach today; the Church warns the world of god's judgment, yet most Christians consider themselves exempt from judgment. It says here that God will give to each one of us according to our deeds. Repentance is relatively unmentioned in the Church today. Instead, all we hear is ‘love, love, love’ and ‘grace, grace, grace,’ but we never hear the other side of the gospel concerning repentance. It is absolutely necessary. Repentance is the new covenant version of the law. Just as God dictated the law to Moses and expected Israel to follow it, so repentance is expected in the new covenant. The only difference is that repentance is not an itemized list of dos and don’ts; instead, the Holy Spirit teaches us what is right and wrong. We don’t need a list anymore; God Himself teaches us what we can do to please Him, and isn’t that what we want? If it isn’t, then we have a problem with our faith. The problem is that it doesn’t exist.

(193j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Consequences for not repenting – God understands our disobedience, some of our doubts and most of our questions, but a blatant lack of repentance is unacceptable to Him. He understands when we fall flat on our faces and get up and keep walking with God, but the pretenders who make grandiose claims about an invisible faith, believe more in the world than they do in God. Those who have died without Christ in years-gone-by will meet Him at the White Throne Judgment as the worst misfortune of their existence, but in the last days some of the worst things will happen to people in this life in the manifestation of demons on the earth. They will wish they repented, but they just don’t believe in God, and so what can they do? God accepts repentance, not remorse. If we regret our life enough to change our ways, God accepts that, but if our remorse never transcends the emotional realm or materializes as a life change, God says that our hearts haven’t changed either. God knows our hearts; He doesn’t need our repentance; He demands repentance for our own good and for the good of those around us, for if we can’t manifest a change of heart, then how is it real?

Rev 2,20-24

(3j) Responsibility to the Family >> God addresses both genders >> Evil women – This woman Jezebel was the wife of an evil king back in the Old Testament (1 Kings chapters 16-21; 2 Kings chapter 9), but is referred to as a spirit in the book of Revelations. She is not the actual Jezebel, but is in fact the spirit of Satan influencing great masses of people on the earth to think and act like her. The sin of Jezebel can be compared to the sin of our generation in that the mystery of lawlessness is based on the same principles of greed, lust and pride.

(135h) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Abortion >> God’s judgment against abortion >> God kills that which is conceived by the Jezebel spirit

(161k) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Carried Away >> Carried away by religion -- These verses go with verses 14-16. The fact that the woman Jezebel fancies herself as a prophetess speaks of the Charismatic the Pentecostal denominations, who seek to operate in the gifts of the Spirit, and the fact that her name is Jezebel smacks of her rebellion. They are always looking after a more spiritual side to Christianity that they never attain, because they are unwilling to place love before the gifts. Most Charismatics don’t come any closer to genuine spirituality, being just as steeped in their flesh as other denominations that don’t seek the gifts. About this bed of sickness, the Charismatic faith has become so sick in their minds and sick in their souls that even their doctrines have become ill. Anybody that commits adultery with them and espouses to their beliefs God will cast into great tribulation, suggesting they will miss the Rapture, and He will kill her children with pestilence, suggesting all the fruit of their religion will die. 

(172e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Communion between the world and the Church >> The Church in the world -- These verses go with verses 4&5

(179f) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> False prophets >> False prophets preach works to deny Christ -- These verses go with verses 14-16

(183b) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Witchcraft >> Sin is the incubator of witchcraft >> Through satanic influence -- These verses go with verse 9

(202b) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Run from God by running to the world -- These verses go with verses 14-16. This is a really dark description of the Church in the last days. It knows the so-called deep things of Satan, when it should be exploring the deep things of God. The phrase, “as they call them,” suggests that there is really nothing deep about Satan. Those who obey Jesus Christ don’t have to worry about any criticisms of Thyatira; he was talking to many in the Church today who refuse to repent. In other words, they practice violating the law, only worse; they violate the Holy Spirit who is trying to steer them into repentance. Foremost of all they are idolaters; they love the world more than they love God.

(241f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Obstacles that keep you from Jesus -- These verses go with verses 14-16

Rev 2,20-23

(18l) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Evil is good >> Loving bondage

(180a) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Wolves lead people into a cult >> Leading people for sordid gain -- These verses go with verses 14-16

Rev 2,20-22

(156K) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Living an ungodly lifestyle >> Practicing sin

Rev 2-20

(155d) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Witness of the believer >> Conscience >> An evil conscience keeps us from believing God >> Knowledge of evil testifies against our deeds -- This verse goes with verse 14

(160e) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Led by the devil >> Led by the devil into sin

(161e) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Wander >> Following the wrong leader

(173h) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Offering sacrifice without God’s approval >> Sacrifice against the way of God -- This verse goes with verse 14

(180d) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Be shrewd as wolves and more innocent than they appear >> Wolves in sheep’s clothing -- This verse goes with verses 2-4

(195g) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Worshipping men >> Worshipping the idol of pleasure -- This verse goes with verse 14

(198h) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Ordained by man >> Having evil motives for seeking leadership positions >> Seeking to gratify their flesh through the ministry – Jezebel calls herself a prophetess, someone who billows out words like a smokestack, like toxic fumes that rain on people, giving them diseases and destroys the foliage, and the earth is damaged by her voice, saying things that are false. Is there anything like this happening in Christendom today? Jezebel is very much alive and well. Jezebel was King Ahab’s wife, and she was rebellious to the point of taking over her husband’s kingship without his consent. She just took control of his administration, and he was an evil man, not weak-willed, but Jezebel was stronger-willed and more zealous for her hatred of God, including and especially hating Elijah, God’s prophet. All these teachings are in the book of Revelation, and so they apply. This Jezebel spirit will attack Elijah in the last days, who represents a leader of the last days Great Endtime Revival that will appear as Satan is establishing his kingdom in the world at the very same time; how audacious is that? Of course there will be war, and there will also be a spiritual war, a catfight, the princess of the Lamb versus Jezebel the antichrist. Who is Jezebel but the Catholic Church, the false bride of Christ. Catholicism teaches and leads my bondservants astray, so that they commit acts if immorality and eat thing sacrificed to idols, referring to their form of communion, and immorality refers to worshipping another a god other than the God of heaven. She is an adulteress. Some people say this resembles Bill and Hillary Clinton, and they must be right, but whether they fulfill Bible prophecy is becoming less and less likely, but someone will come along who will act just like them, only far worse.

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21&22 'I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. 22 'Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. 

 

Rev 2,21-23

(48h) Judgment >> Levels of judgment >> Judged according to your type of sin

Rev 2-21

(8a) Responsibility >> Use time efficiently >> Use wisely what time you have – To repent

(154c) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> No excuse >> There is no excuse for sin

(201i) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Man’s will over God >> Man is unwilling to repent – Some of the most horrific wars and atrocities have occurred within the last century, yet repentance was never the result of World War I or II. Those responsible for the wars blame the soldiers for the atrocities that have occurred, but what would they have done if the soldiers didn’t go to war? They would have lined them before a firing squad and shot them for treason. No, it wasn’t the soldiers who are guilty of atrocity, but all of mankind. Everybody gets their hands dirty at wartime, both those who were sent and those who sent them. We are either one or the other, for the nation agreed that we should go to war. Therefore, whatever happens, we are all accountable.

(215b) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God Has Good Timing >> God’s time is sufficient

Rev 2-22,23

(104a) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Purified by circumstances >> Purified through judgment

(163d) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Bondage makes you a victim of God’s judgment -- These verses go with verses 14-16

(217l) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> You cannot control the judgment of God >> You cannot control how God responds to sin

Rev 2-22

(165i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Hardship >> Circumstances caused by the devil

(218e) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> We choose our actions, not their consequences >> Reaping the harvest of our works

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23-25 'And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24 'But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them-I place no other burden on you. 25 'Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come.

 

Rev 2-23

(51k) Judgment >> Judging the Church with the world >> No partiality with God’s justice – This statement, “according to your deeds,” is true in this life and the next. God intends to judge the world in the last days according to their deeds in this life through the apocalypse, and afterwards He will judge them according to their deeds at the White Throne Judgment and sentence them to eternal damnation in hell. The statement that God judges us according to our deeds, rebuffs the idea that God judges us according to our intensions or according to the doctrines we believe, or according to the accuracy of our theology. How does this fit into the many teachings of Paul regarding the righteousness of faith and the grace of God, if He intends to judge us according to our deeds? The way this verse is worded sounds as though John were discriminating between those who are faithful and those who are not, when it says, “All the Churches will know that I am He that searches the minds and hearts,” suggesting that there will be an audience who will not be part of this judgment, and that audience will be the true church. That is, the false brethren are those whom He will give to each according to their deeds. God will not include His faithful and true children in the judgment by which He will judge the world, not those who are enrolled in heaven, whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. Some of His people will certainly die in the tribulation, but it will not be by the hand of God.

(60f) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Killing the offspring of the Jezebel spirit / Abortion – This is in reference to the spirit of Jezebel, speaking to the Church of Thyatira. All these churches described in the Book of Revelation reflect attributes that the Church will have in the last days, and we are currently living in those days. According to the Revelation of John, the Church is prophesied to have a Jezebel spirit. That is not to say that every Christian or church has a Jezebel spirit, but such a spirit is lurking in the body of Christ on a global scale. It says that Jezebel has offspring through harlotry, and through her immorality she conceives and bears children, and they are children of a prostitute. When the Church leads people into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, they become children of a harlot, and we all know what kind of childhood they have and what kind of adults they become. They’re undisciplined; they learn from their mother how to turn a trick, and of course we know from the Old Testament that "harlotry" is another word for idolatry. So essentially John is saying that the Church in the last days will practice idolatry, and through its idolatry will proselyte those who will become Christianized and take on the attitudes and values of their mother, and become idolaters themselves. It says that God will kill her children with pestilence (He will abort the false church), which happens to be one of the plagues of the apocalypse, suggesting that many people of the last days who call themselves Christians will die from the seals of God’s judgment aimed against the world. This further suggests that many of the true Christians will find a way to survive, and the way they will survive is by listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit who dwells in them; this will be their main survival skill.

(74f) Thy kingdom come >> Heart is man’s central value system >> Where value interprets the man

(88g) Thy kingdom come >> Fear the judgment of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Fear the consequences of your disobedience

(212j) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> God is all knowing >> God knows everything about you -- This verse goes with verse 2

Rev 2-24

(55f) Paradox >> Opposites >> Deep things of Satan

(63l) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Sarcasm >> Scoffing at the wicked

(177g) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> False doctrine >> Doctrines of demons

(194e) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Hate evil >> Condemning sin >> Hate evil by being innocent of it -- This verse goes with verse 6

(232j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Embrace (Jesus during the storm) >> Things not to embrace -- This verse goes with verses 14&15

Rev 2-25

(98b) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Rooted deeply >> Plant the word deeply in your heart

(232g) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the kingdom >> Embrace (Jesus during the storm) >> Hold on to your faith – There are many incidences in Scripture where it speaks about the return of Christ, and this is one of them, and His mandate was to believe until He comes, though it has been 2000 years and He still hasn’t returned. He spoke this to the Church in Thyatira, and the word of God has spoken to every generation since then. The greatest blessing that God has given to man’s flesh is death, so that people have waited 70 or 80 years and then died and went to heaven so that nobody has waited 2000 years. God expects us to believe in Him, even if we never to see His return, die, and then meet the Lord where He lives in heaven, so all our turmoil and waiting will be rewarded. Those who faithfully waited and never saw Him are like Abraham, who was faithful and never received what was promised (Heb 11-39). We hope to see the day of Christ, but if we don’t, our body will fail and we will go to be with Him, and become just like the saints of old, who patiently waited for his promise, which was made for a specific people and for specific generation and for a specific time that He has prepared from the foundation of the world. Everything God said will come to pass and nobody will suffer loss. Those who waited and never saw His return have been with Christ, and those who see His return will be blessed indeed, just as the generation of Jesus’ day was blessed at His first coming. Long before Jesus came the promise was made through the prophets, and generations since then expected an age that we call the Millennium that is still to come. The age promised in the Old Testament is the same age promised in the New, and those who have patiently waited and never saw will be blessed.

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26-29 'He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; 27 AND HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON, AS THE VESSELS OF THE POTTER ARE BROKEN TO PIECES, as I also have received authority from My Father; 28 and I will give him the morning star. 29 'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'

 

Rev 2,26-29

(34d) Gift of God >> Believer owns everything >> New creation belongs to us – The Lord promises authority over the nations to those who overcome, and of course everyone’s mind goes directly to the Millennium, since that is the coming age. We should rule over the nations during that time and then after that time. The last chapters of the book of Revelation speak about a new heavens and a new earth, the creation that will support eternity. However, Christ's eternal kingdom will start before the Millennium, according to Rev 11-15, “Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.’” Christ’s reign will officially begin at the First Resurrection, at the last trumpet as it says in 1Cor 15-52. God will destroy this present universe, including the earth, and He will create a new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells, and the sin nature will no longer exist in His creation, upon which God will establish His kingdom and the creation will not crumble underneath His empire. God would not attempt to establish an eternal kingdom on a temporal universe. Currently, the mountains are eroding to sand, never to return to rock, except to sandstone, conglomerate rock and limestone, for there is no cycle like the seasons dictating that sand should return to granite. God will create a new heavens and a new earth and establish His eternal kingdom on the earth where it will remain forever and ever, built on principles that are different from this present creation, principles that are currently incomprehensible to us. Then God will create a new people, and He will command us to rule over them, just as we did in the Millennium.

(36h) Gift of God >> Inheritance >> We are heirs according to the will of God – When Satan rebelled in heaven, there was no one who could intercede for him, and therefore Satan was doomed. There was no option of redemption for him, but the creation God intends to establish and the people He will create in the future we will act as intercessors for them. In this way sin will never gain a foothold in His creation. The morning star once belonged to Lucifer (Isaiah 14-12), and now Christ is giving it to us, suggesting that Christ plans on giving us everything Lucifer once had; we will inherit what Satan lost. We will own far more than Lucifer ever dreamed of having. We have far more than what God gave to Adam. In the beginning He gave Adam and Eve the earth, and commanded them to be fruitful and multiply. The earth was the limitation of His inheritance, but God has given us the entire universe, for man will never stop reproducing (not us), and he will populate the new earth and spill to the next planet and so on throughout the universe over the course of eternity. There will be trillions of people alive in God’s creation and we will rule over them.

(39e) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Victory >> Jesus overcame the world -- These verses go with verse 7

(43b) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Conform to the character of Christ >> Conform to His nature

(70ja) Authority >> Believer’s authority >> We have been given authority over all creation >> We are the children of God >> We have a place on His throne – Jesus will rule the nations with a rod of iron (Rev 19-15), but here it says the same thing about us, that we will reign with Him. Jesus will make a decree and we will enforce it. If people will not stop rebelling, then it will come to blows, for Christ will not tolerate rebellion in His kingdom. There will be disobedience, mistakes and fleshly indulgence, because during the Millennium people will still have the sinful nature, but Satan will have been locked up, and so they won’t have a spiritual enemy prodding them to sin. Plus, they will have Christ guiding them, and so it will be a wonderful time of peace, until the end of the Millennium, when Satan will be released from His prison and he will rally the nations together again to make an assault on Christ’s throne as he did in the beginning, “And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them” (Rev 20-9).

(245i) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Manifestation of God’s righteous judgment >> Manifestation of Jesus’ victory over sin There are reasons God wants to have a Millennium; everything that God has ever done since He created man was for the sake of teaching His people about Himself. Therefore, He will give us a thousand-year reign when a number of things will happen: there will be a remnant on the earth from the tribulation, and they will repopulate the earth, and by the time the thousand years is complete, there will be billions of people alive on the earth again, just as it was before the tribulation. There won’t be any wars, and the Bible says that people will live longer, so they will populate very quickly, and we will rule over them.

Rev 2,26-28

(34g) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> He is generous with His spiritual blessings

(36e) Gift of God >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> The gift of authority

Rev 2-26,27

(70jb) Authority >> Believer’s authority >> We have been given authority over all creation >> We have authority over the elements

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Rev 2-26

(68d) Authority >> Jesus Delegates Authority to Execute Judgment >> Against sin – This verse corresponds with Mat 5-5, “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth,” which is actually something that the ungodly cannot believe, because they walk by the principles of their own kingdom: ‘survival of the fittest.’ Jesus, however, is speaking about a different set of principles. One of the great weapons that Christians will use to fight against this world in the last days will be gentleness. In fact, to the ungodly, these two passages are opposites of each other (Rev 2-26 and Mat 5-5), because they interpret “overcoming” in terms of taking up weapons. This is what armies do to overcome, shoot more of the enemy than the enemy shoots of them, but Jesus is saying that His saints will overcome primarily through the fruit of gentleness, being one of nine fruits of the Spirit. Whenever any fruit of the Spirit is mentioned, it implies them all. James gives the principle; whenever someone transgresses one of the commandments, he has broken the whole law, like poking a pin anywhere in a balloon pops the whole balloon. Therefore, if we use gentleness as one of the fruits of the Spirit to overcome in the last days, it means we use them all. Safely entering heaven is our goal in life, and the we will most use to get there is gentleness, because it is the one fruit that directly fights against the kind of opponent we will have in those days, the opposite of gentleness: violence, warfare, killing, martyrdom and mass genocide. Those who try to defend themselves from these things by the arm of the flesh won’t receive authority over the nations because they won’t be in heaven in the first place. He who keeps the faith and continuously repents and maintains the lordship of Jesus Christ in His heart until the end will be made a king of nations, for Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. The world sees us as small and minute and foolish, but if we keep the faith until the end, He will make us rulers of nations. Meanwhile, the world has no hope of this, not even the kings of this age can hope for a kingdom that has no end. Anyone who tries to steal our crown or mocks us for our faith, remember that we are to receive a nation, perhaps more than one, that our persecutors do not have imagination enough to even conceive.

(93a) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Keep yourself on the narrow way

(98ka) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Endurance invites the Holy Spirit into your life >> The salvation of God >> Enduring the wicked is to overcome them -- This verse goes with verse 7

(102m) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Loyalty is unswerving -- This verse goes with verse 13

(127j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Rewards for doing good >> Doing good is the prerequisite to going to heaven

(227d) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards endurance >> Rewarded for overcoming sin -- This verse goes with verse 17. God acknowledges overcoming to the end, not overcoming for a while, not later giving up and falling away. God has given us power to overcome to the end, even if we must be martyred for our faith, so if we give up, it is because of us and not Him. Those who are martyred will be resurrected and given authority over the nations during the millennium. It is possible that only the tribulation martyrs will be privileged to rule the earth during this time (Rev 20-4). Is that great enough reward for those who are martyred? 

Rev 2-27 

(253i) Jesus Is Subject to the Father (Key verse)

(253j) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is subject to the Father >> Jesus is under the authority of the Father >> Jesus obtained power through subjection to the Father

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Rev 2-29

(79k) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word >> Listen to the word >> He who has ears to hear, let him hear -- This verse goes with verse 7

(106e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> Having the ability to hear -- This verse goes with verse 7. Talk to people about the promises regarding the next life and they will say that it has no application to this life, and so they don’t concern themselves with it, but what did Christ say? “He who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” This means that the promises God intends to give us in the ages to come are relevant to us today. They are relevant to know, because they are our hope. The reason people don’t consider the eternal promises to be of any importance is that they don’t care about the life to come; they only care about this life. They are so entrenched in the issues of this life that they can’t stop for a minute to dwell on the hope we have in Christ. If they had an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying, they would know that engendering a hope in their eternal future is more important than focusing on the circumstances of this life, because everything about this life is coming to an end, except the lessons we have learned that pertain to eternity.

(109ha) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit the teacher >> Spirit interprets the word for us  -- This verse goes with verse 7

(110h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Born of the Spirit by the truth >> Hearing the Spirit -- This verse goes with verse 7

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