Rev. 3: 1-6 Message to Church in Sardis

Revelation 3: 1-6 the message to the church in Sardis. Verses 1-2, “you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die…”

Notice, Jesus announces Himself first as the One holding the 7 spirits of God and the 7 stars. He is the fullness of the Holy Spirit and holds those who are His messengers in His hand. He has come to rescue and save these church people from dying, from their light going out!

Again, these people look like good people, have some good deeds even if unfinished, and have a good reputation. But, their clothes are soiled. They do not take time to get them cleaned. They do not confess their sins or fellowship with Jesus personally. They are unresponsive in their relationship with Jesus, like sleeping, comatose, almost dead! They are not awake and living in His forgiveness and fellowship to be cleaned and enabled to change into His righteous ways. His Words of instructions are there to be heard and read, but they are sleeping, not hearing or paying attention, even when the Holy Spirit convicts them of their sin.

Verse 3 tells them to remember what they did hear…what brought them to faith in Jesus! Remember their repentance from sin and promise to love and follow Jesus! Hold fast to Jesus, His Word…He is the Word. Repent and change. Repentance is not a one time thing to get salvation. It is a lifelong process in our relationship with God that we might be trained to walk with Him in righteousness.

Remember this first step? Wake up! Remember the turning point for the prodigal son who was filthy in the world? He came to His senses and remembered his good father and what it was like in his father’s house! Wake up!

What happens if they do not wake up? They will be surprised when Jesus comes! This reminds me of 1 Thessalonians 5:2 where Paul tells us that the Day of the Lord will come like thief in the night for those who are asleep. But, verse 4 says that the children of light will not be in darkness so they will not be surprised. I can also see where those who are sleeping might be surprised in normal life with “visitations” of Jesus, especially when He is tryig to convict, rebuke, or correct them to bring them back to Himself. Flesh does not lie those “visitations” and would rather go back to sleep. But, that is very dangerous living, bordering on death!

What happens to those who wake up, repent, and change? They will begin to see and hear again! They will come to know Father, Son Jesus, and Holy Spirit more, and more intimately! They will hear His voice! They will be alive and walk with Jesus! He will give them clean white robes of righteousness. Jesus will acknowledge them before the Father and their name is permanently written in His Book of Life. In their close relationship with Jesus, they are victorious over evil!

Now, that should give great incentive to listen, wake up, come to our spiritual senses, repent, and really take time to live and walk with Jesus…giving priority attention to His Holy Spirit! His love shakes us awake so we do not miss His abundant life!

Rev. 2: 18-29 Message to Church at Thyatira

Revelation 2: 18-29 the message to the church at Thyatira. Jesus announces Himself as the Son of God with eyes blazing fire and burnished bronze feet. He is all authority with piercing, righteously angry eyes, who puts all sin and evil under His feet! These people are doing good deeds and seem like good people….BUT….

They have a big problem that Satan is keeping secret from them! They are really deceived! There are people, especially leaders, saying that they are telling the truth and speaking for God, but they are really misleading them to other loves, to be adulterous towards God, and to actually consume and internalize pagan doctrines, practices, and worship! This is also happening today under American leaders.

This has been happening in the Christian Church today also and has actually been happening since John wrote this letter! one example is saying that God’s love and grace is so great that living wrong does not really matter. Some believe truth and morals are relative. Some churches depart from God’s truth in His Word and mislead people to tolerate sexual immorality and abortion of babies. Another example is including satanic spiritual mysticism in worship services and claiming it is the work of the Holy Spirit. Some churches have special events scheduled for hypnotists and yoga instructors. Some churches have hard rock concerts to entertain youth with satanic lyrics and sounds. This is “followers” of Jesus tolerating evil as if it is OK!

Jezebel was a wicked Hebrew queen in the Old Testament. She was a political leader, as well as of great religious influence. She had converted to the paganism around her and had hundreds of pagan prophets at her disposal. She fed her Hebrew pagan prophets at her table and they ate food sacrificed to idols together! They led the people astray. She made sure to get her way and what she wanted. She persecuted and tried to kill Elijah because he continually told the truth of God and His true Word. She was supposed to be one of God’s chosen people, but se became adulterous, and she spread her adultery. Jezebel is considered by many to be the most wicked woman in the Bible.

In verse 21, Jesus says He gave her time to repent, but she was unwilling. If there is no repentance and change, then those adulterers and those who lie with them will get immense suffering…and their offspring will die also.

For all those who hold fast to truth and do God’s will, and not learn the adulterous ways and secrets, they will rule in righteousness and authority over nations in the Millenium. And Jesus will give them the Morning Star, which is an ever new and living relationship with Him! Hear what Jesus says!

Rev. 2: 12-17 To Church at Pergamum

Revelation 2:12-17….message to the church at Pergamum. There is so much here that the American Christian and American church needs to pay attention to in this message.

Pergamum was a very prominent city in the Mideast at this time. They were prosperous, powerful (in prestige alliance with Rome), and a city of magnificent temples to many pagan gods. One of these was a temple to the highest and most powerful god, Zeus. A second temple was to a pagan serpent/snake god of healing. There was also another temple there for the Roman Caesars wo considered themselves gods. We read in verse 13 that Antipas was martyred here. History says he refused to bow to and confess the Caesar as his god, so they sacrificed him on the bull alter to Zeus.

To the world and most citizens of Pergamum, this was a splendid place to live…with prosperity, education, and a fantastic library of over 200,000 documents, as well as a spectacular theatre for entertainment and civic events that could seat 10,000. What a beautiful, influential, powerful, civilized, magnificent place to live! BUT, God says it is the place where Satan lives and where he has his throne! Did the citizens of Pergamum know that?

Yeshua Jesus commends the Christians there for staying true to His name and not renouncing Him. In verse 12, Yeshua Jesus says the words of this message are from Him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. Hebrews 4:12 says His Word is the sharp double-edged sword that penetrates and divides soul from spirit, that judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. And He has some truth to tell in order to correct them.

There are some in their midst who are not in truth, but rather hypocrites working with the enemy…their hearts are not right. First, He warns about the false prophets like Balaam. Balak wanted to defeat God’s people, but God was bl4ssing and protecting them. Balak wanted their false prophet, Balaam, to curse them. Balaam advised Balak to entice them to sin by sexual immorality with pagan women and idolatrous feasting to idols. If the Israelites left God and chose sin, they would no longer be under God’s protection. Numbers 22-25. God’s people were enticed away from God by fleshly temptations of lust and pleasure.

Yeshua Jesus second warning was about hypocrite false religious leaders. The Nicolaitans were a religious cult whose purpose was to rule over and control people by religious law. (This reminds me of the Holy Roman Catholic Church of the Middle Ages.)

Yeshua Jesus ways He is going to fight against them with the sword of His mouth. He says they need to repent now lest they get struck by His sword too!

Does this speak to America? Are we powerful, educated, prosperous, magnificent, wealthy, equipped medically and pharmaceutically, influential, with many kinds of places of worship? Does it speak to American Christians? Can Yeshua Jesus commend us for staying true to His name and His ways, never renouncing them even when unpopular? Are we enticed away from close relationship with Him buy the enticing of our flesh to accepting and tolerating sin? Do we just follow religious leaders believing what they say to believe and doing what they say to do? Do we eve4n recognize false doctrine or false prophets? Yeshua Jesus is coming to fight with the sword of His mouth. Repent, or you too will be cut!

If you hear what the Spirit says, repent and stay faithful. He will give you hidden manna. Yeshua Jesus is the hidden manna, the Bread of Life, the Word made flesh, and our relationship with His is hidden in His heart! He will also give you a white stone with a new name written on it, and only the one who receives it knows that name. Yeshua Jesus is the stone, the rock, the cornerstone. He is the Rock we build our house on…Matthew 7:24-29. He is the Rock we enter into the cleft of for protection. Only the one who receives Him, this white stone, will know Him! Plus, when we receive Him, we are given a new name, His name to rule over us.

Another interesting fact is that a white stone was often used in Pergamum like a ticket to be able to attend an event. Sometimes people who won races were awarded these white stones to attend special events. Paul teaches us about running our race in Jesus until the end in victory. Yeshua Jesus is our ticket to admittance in His final victory and into His eter5nal kingdom! Hallelujah!

Exodus 34:29- 40:36 Exodus Ends

We come to the end of Exodus. So, we will now have completed Genesis and Exodus…the age of the patriarchs of the Lord. This will mainly be reading from the Bible with little comment from me.

The end of chapter 34 we see Moses face becomes radiant after he speaks with the Lord. This seems to be similar to the radiance of Jesus at His transfiguration in Matthew 17. That seems fitting when we think of all the foreshadowing of Jesus in Moses’ life.

The rest of Exodus tells us all the details of collecting materials and the building of the Tabernacle, its furnishings, and the priests garments, etc. So much detail! So much beauty! So much excellent skill being gifted by God. That should tell us something about God and where He dwells.

They had started counting their years based on when they were delivered and set free from Egypt. So, we read in Exodus 40: 17, that the finished Tabernacle and furnishings were set up and dedicated on the first day of the first month….of the second year. They had been in the wilderness 2 years now. They had demonstrated their faithfulness and devotion to God in building according to His instructions. Now, God came to inhabit the Tabernacle…to dwell with them, and to lead them! He came in the cloud and in the fire! Does that remind you of Jesus coming again in the clouds to dwell with us and the Holy Spirit coming in the fire at Pentecost to dwell in us? How amazing and wonderful! A new start with the Lord!!!

Exodus 34:1-28 Moses the Mediator

Exodus 34:1-28…After the adultery and repentance of God’s people, Moses goes back up the mountain alone with two new tablets to get God’s covenant laws. Moses is the mediator of the first old covenant, as Yeshua Jesus is the Mediator of the second New Covenant, the fulfillment of the old covenant.

Read what God says about Himself when He proclaims His name an who He is in verses 5-7. His love, compassion, forgiveness, faithfulness, and long suffering is over the top! BUT, He also punishes the guilty for their sin to straighten them out! Moses goes up and worships, repents, and asks for forgiveness.

In verses 10-27, the Lord tells about His covenant and His promises with His people. He will do awesome things for them and defeat their enemies to give them the Promised Land. BUT, the Lord warns them too! He warns them about what they must do to keep remembering Him. He haws specifications for Holy Feast Days and sacrifices to keep…because they all point to Jesus and will be fulfilled specifically. To the Lord, truth is of utmost importance. And He warns them about staying away from mixing with pagan people lest they get drawn away from Him by them…by making treaties, but also e3specially by intermarriage. (Do you see these same ways and warnings in the New Testament for today as well? God’s ways are consistent over time.)

Moses is there 40 days and 40 nights, without food or water. That long without water is humanly impossible! This is the foreshadow of Yeshua Jesus beginning His ministry alone with the Father God in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights without food or water. Yeshua Jesus was the Mediator and Advocate to administer the New Covenant through Himself…His own blood!

We should be so thankful that our Lord is awesome love, grace, compassion, faithfulness, forgiveness, and long suffering with us…even thankful for His correction. If sin went unpunished and uncorrected, then evil would triumph over good! God wants to bring us back into His goodness! He warns us to keep us close to Him. Repentance and changing to follow Him and His righteous ways is a precious gift of His love! His great love works to try to keep us away from evil! We need to listen to Him with thanksgiving and a humble heart with love!

Revelation 2:9 The Counterfeit Pattern

Revelation 2:9. the Counterfeit pattern. The bible reveals to us many consistent patterns of truth. One of these is warning us about the counterfeit of truth, used in deceiving people. This is how the devil tempted and defeated Adam and Eve. He mixed lies that sound good and desirable with a little truth so it sounds right. Counterfeit and deception are lies mixed in with truth…just a little lie, but looks and sounds good. That is the same as the hypocrite who looks good and right on the outside, but inside at heart is not true but rather corrupted. His heart and mind is truly set on himself or the world, not on God.

I am reminded of the parable of the wheat and the tares (Matthew 3:12, Matthew 13: 2-30). Tares look like wheat, but can be recognized when they do not bear good fruit. The tares are counterfeits. Jesus accused the Pharisees and Sadducees of being hypocrites and white washed tombs…counterfeit religious.

Jesus, the disciples, and Paul warn many times about false prophets and teachers, wrong doctrines and wolves in sheep’s clothing. It is all the Counterfeit Pattern in order for the enemy to infiltrate and defeat God’s true people and followers! Very dangerous because they look and sound good, even religious and moral! It leads people away from God, even good people! People who are not aware and diligent to find truth can easily be fooled/tricked, even if they have good intentions towards God. Hosea 4:6 says people are destroyed for lack of knowledge of Him and His ways.

We saw in Rev. 2:9, that there are Jews who claim to be Jews, but are not. There are also people who claim to be Christians (Christ followers), but are not! This is a huge problem in today’s church. God’s people have been immensely infiltrated by wrong religious doctrine, false prophets, false teachers, even false worshippers! They make claims to be Christian, but are not truly Christians at heart or in the way they live. Some are frauds with purposeful evil intent being led by Satan. Beware, many of today’s media preachers, prophets, evangelists, and authors are counterfeit.

There are also average church goers who think they are Christians by claiming it, but in truth have no personal relationship with God. Their motivations for religion can be varied from following learned traditions, socializing and fellowship, entertainment, to soothe their conscience, or just “fire insurance” from hell. They still want to live how they want or how the world lives. They have no intentions to really give their life to Jesus and earnestly strive to repent and change to know Him and follow Him.

How can we know who is and who is not deceived or a deceiver? First, we need to know Father, Son Yeshua Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in close personal relationship. We need to continue to grow to know God and His character and His ways more and more. He has given us the Word of God in written form to help us….and even more has given us the Holy Spirit to guide us and reveal things to us. We must read, meditate on His Words, pray, and listen to Him. It is not works based faith but just how we get to know Him more….spend time with Him.
The more we know Him, even in the details, the easier it will be to recognize a counterfeit of His truth. We will think, “this does not sound like or look like God’s character or the way He works.” The Holy Spirit might give us an uneasy thought or feeling when encountering counterfeit. Be aware, alert, responsive to His nudges and urgings.

Religious counterfeit and hypocrisy is not the only deception. There is deception in everything…education, politics, business, economic commerce, medicine and pharmaceuticals, governance, charity organizations, entertainment, music, all media forms, including new outlets, social media, movies, etc…..even down to someone saying they are your friend, but secretly back-stabbing or gossiping about you. Satan will work in every area of life in every opportunity given him. Satan is the great deceiver, the great counterfeiter. He possess the antichrist in the end times, who is so deceptive, looking good but being evil, so that even God’s elect might be deceived!

Thank you Lord Yeshua Jesus that you come to totally defeat this horrible deceiver and counterfeiter of truth! You are truth! And yours is the final victory!

Revelation 2:9 Hypocrites

Revelation 2:9, “those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan, they are Jews only by blood, and do not truly believe or honor God whom they claim to worship.” Amplified version.

Let’s look at some history concerning the pattern of claiming to be Jews, but are not. We read in the Old Testament, after the reign of King David, Israel and its kings become adulterous in paganism and rebel against God, yet at the same time still claim to be God’s people and religious ceremonial practices, sacrifices, and feast days in the temple. God sent the prophets to correct them, but they would not listen and change. They were Jews by blood line, but not God’s people in mind, heart, and behavior. They ended up defeated and captured by Babylon and Assyria.

If you recall, Daniel was a captive in Babylon. Daniel, as well as anyone else with wisdom, skills, or previous leadership who Babylon thought could be useful, was set up for conversion training. The Israelites religious leaders who were already tolerating paganism, learned about Babylonian religion and mysticism, and combined it with Jewish religion. The result was a cult of a Jewish Babylonian mystic religion often called Rabbinic Judaism, under a new book called the Talmud. (The first 5 books of the Old Testament are called the Torah.) Besides corrupted philosophy, the Talmud had many man-made religious laws. When the Jews finally went back to Jerusalem to rebuild, they brought back the corrupted religion and leaders with them. Do you remember the parable that informs us that the wheat and tares grow together? There were also some true faithful Jews like Daniel who were still striving to know and follow their One True God. Some who were rebuilding Jerusalem were also true faithful Jews.

After many years, we see the same pattern happening again. Remember how Jesus criticized and rebuked the religious leaders? They were still corrupted with Babylonian religious influence. Again, they claimed to be Jews, God’s people, but they did not know, honor, or follow God in mind, heart, or behavior. Jesus called them hypocrites,, snakes, blind, and white washed tombs. Again, the Jews are defeated and conquered. This time by the Roman Empire, and Jerusalem burns in 70AD….just as Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24. The people are scattered to all nations. (This pattern reminds me of the Tower of Babel. Nothing new under the sun. Right?) Therefore, all the Jewish Christians also scattered, creating church assemblies throughout the Mideast. Thus, we have Paul’s ministry journeys and letters in the Bible, as well as the letters to the 7 churches in Revelation.

Being the Promised Land connected the continents, it was an area big in trade routes and trade. While the Jews began as a nomadic people, once back in the Promised Land, they learned and took advantage of the trade opportunities. So, when they had to flee Jerusalem, they knew some people and places where they might be welcome.

Some of them went up to an area north by the Caucus Mountains. The people there were pagan, but successful traders. They accepted their Jewish friends into the kingdom. These people were masters at manipulating things to their advantage. They were running into problems being betwe4en enemies. The Muslims on their east side were at war with the Roman Empire and Catholics on their west side. The King demanded everyone become Jewish, like their friends, for the political advantage of not taking sides in war and economic advantage of trade with both sides.

Eventually, was caused most to leave that area, with many moving north into Eastern Europe, many in the areas of today’s Ukraine, Germany, and Poland. These people became known as Ashkenazi Jews. Again, many of these people were now claiming to be Jews, but were not really God’s people. By now, there were also those who were Jewish by religion and conformed to traditional religious law (often the Babylonian Judaism, but they did not know the One True God in truth. Others claimed to be Jewish, but had no real faith at all, more like atheists.

Satan used this situation and these people to continue his takeover plans for earth and its people. Satan has been working on stealing people and the earth from the Creator and making himself god since his own rebellion and fall, and has been working his plan through people since the Garden of Eden.

Back to the Ashkenazi Jews. After fleeing Jerusalem and becoming citizens of the new kingdom to their north, many who were Jews by blood intermarried with pagan women. So, some if these may have become atheist or only adapting to Jewish traditional religion. They claim to be Jews, possible by blood, but not by heart. They were Jews because it was convenient and advantageous.

The trading and money changer culture of the non-Jew was willing to manipulate things for their best monetary profit. God has rules about charging interest….read Exodus 22:25, Leviticus 25: 36-37, Deuteronomy 23: 19-20, Nehemiah 5: 7-10, Psalm 15:5, Ezekiel 18: 8-17. In God’s view, lending money, especially to a “brother”, is meant to be a help in time of need, it is not supposed to be an opportunity to gain wealth at the expense of the poor.

Yet, we find a family of Ashkanazi Jews in Germany who open a finance and money changing bank (against God’s Jewish Old Testament laws). The patriarchs of this family had been a trader and money changer, and passed those skills on to his son, Meyer. Meyer had been studying the Talmud (Babylonian mystic Judaism) until the age of 12, and then went to apprentice at the firm of Wolf Jacob Oppenheimer (Jewish name, who provided credit to royalty and worked international trade, especially in bullion. They used a red shield as their logo, in order to gain local customers, they decided to change their last name…so they changed their last name to match their logo…Rothschild…red shield in German. Do you recall how these people were willing to change their religion for profit of wealth? Here is the same pattern again in name change for profit.

Meyer Rothschild found favor with British Prince William and in 1769, he was granted the title of court agent. In 1770. he also gained great wealth by marrying the daughter of another court agent, including a very generous dowry. During the French Revolution, he profited from supplying the Austrian army with British currency. Through industrialization, he greatly expanded his operations in England and then throughout the world. Mayer had 5 sons. He set up each son with a bank in different major European cities (Frankfurt, Paris, London, Vienna, and Naples). This was the beginning of the Rothschild international banking control. The new Rothschild symbol was 5 arrows for the 5 sons. To promote the wealth staying in the family, he promoted inter marriage, marriage between cousins.

Meyer’s son, Nathan, became the most successful in England. He greatly increased his wealth through stock gains after the Battle of Waterloo. He manipulated his sale and purchase of stock by sending spies to learn the outcome of the battle before the markets heard the news. Seeing that tactic, he began , the strategy of lending to governments during war, in cooperation with his brothers’ international banks. The family wealth grew no matter who won the war. In 10 years, from 1818, their wealth grew from about 500,000 pounds to 4,330,333 pounds. As international bankers and entrepreneurs, the Rothschilds had great influence in the New World called America. That is another huge topic..anyway….back to our Jewish focus.

We come to 1917. With the British victory in WW1, they declare The Balfour Declaration. It is a letter/promissory note)from the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary, Author Balfour, to Lord Rothschild, the leader of the British Jewish community under the name of Zionists. This declaration gave Palestine as a nat6ional home for Jews under Zionism. Some say it was given to pay off Britain’s war debt to the Rothschilds.

Now that we have learned all this history, do we have a better understanding of Revelation 2:9? Who are those who say they are Jews, but are not? Is God pleased with these people? Is Jesus pleased with these people? Who are God’s chosen people? Are atheist Zionists who rule in today’s Israel really God’s chosen people? Are we saved by our genetic heritage? And look back at these verses in Revelation 2, it is these people who persecute and bring suffering to God’s true people! A thought concerning the past…..who persecuted and killed Jesus? A thought for the future…if we look at foreshadowing and pattern in scriptures, who persecuted Christians? Answer….corrupted false religion and atheistic governments of dictatorship. That is what we find again in Revelation prophesy! Ecclesiastes says nothing is new under the sun.

Romans 3:22, “The righteousness of God comes through faith in Jesus Christ for all those (Jew and Gentile) who believe and trust in Him and acknowledge Him as the God’s Son. There is no distinction.” Amplified version.

Follow Yeshua Jesus and His true followers, as God’s Anointed and His chosen people. Why should you show support and loyalty to traditional Judaism or Yes, we serve to evangelize and give testimony of Yeshua Jesus as the Son of God and Savior to them, as we do to all in the world! Be wise as a serpent and innocent as a dove. Know your enemy. Stay innocent (not guilty of evil) and free of deception, by knowing truth. Matthew 10:16

Revelation 2: 8-11 The Church at Smyrna

To the second church at Smyrna and to us today as well…..Yeshua Jesus reminds them that He is the First and Last, He died and came to life again. His people in Smyrna need this encouragement because they ar under great persecution and suffering, even unto death. This is the martyr church. They are also kept in worldly poverty, but Jesus tells them thy are actually rich in what really matters. (Matthew 5: 1-11 in the Beatitudes, Revelation 3:18-20 in the riches Jesus gives). Jesus identifies the devil as the real source of their imprisonment. John 10:10 tells us that the thief (satan) comes to steal, kill, and destroy.

Here is a riddle. They are particularly persecuted by those who say thy are Jews but are NOT. These persecutors are of the synagogue of Satan meaning they worship and serve Satan. These are people who are Jews by blood and claim they are God’s people, but they do not believe or truly honor God, and surely not Jesus, the Son of God.

Yeshua Jesus gives these persecuted believers in Smyrna instructions for their situation. They are NOT to fear. They are to remain faithful. 1 John 4: 15-18 tells us that if we have faith that Yeshua Jesus is the Son of God, then God abides in us and we abide in Him. We know God loves us perfectly, completely, and continually, never forsaking us. This gives us assurance of salvation even at the time of His final judgement…this takes away real eternal fear. Just hold fast in faith in Him, even unto death and into life eternal. We have the overcoming resurrection life in us and will not be hurt by the second death in the lake of fire! We have the final eternal victory!

They are encouraged that their testing trial will only be 10 days of tribulation…a limited time. But, 10 means more in Hebrew. It reminds them that God is ultimate authority. We see this in the 10 commandments as God’s rules to be obeyed. But more importantly, there are 10 days of awe before the Lord’s Day of Atonement, which is the day of God’s judgement. Previous to this day, the Feast of Trumpets has been announcing and calling people to worship God, repent, and change to follow His way. The last 10 days before God’s judgement are called the days of awe, and are the last chance to repent of sin and evil and be saved by God. Then, the Day of Atonement and the wrath of God come. The repentant are blessed, while the rebellious are judged as still under the curse and the wrath of God. (If you already know something about Revelatioun, you might see how this pattern follows the 7 trumpets, and then God’s judgment of evil by the 7 bowls of wrath.)

Do you hear and are you taking heed to what the Spirit is saying to His churches, His people? This is how to survive persecution and tribulation! Christians are now the most persecuted and martyred people group on the globe today. Those who are persecuted in the final huge persecution during the great tribulation need to know this! Now, go back and read this with that in mind. Are you prepared to endure and be faithful even under persecut8ion?

Also, who ar4 these worst persecutors of Christians…the ones who say they are Jews, but are not; those who are of the synagogue of Satan?

Revelation 2: 1-7 Church at Ephesus

Sorry that I did not get these posted online in a timely manner. Therefore, I am posting 4 at the same time. Just study them at your convenience. Thank you.

Revelation 2: 1-7…one more insight into history before we begin….why were the Christian Jews in churches scattered about the Mideast? It was because in 70AD Jerusalem was attacked by Rome and burned. Yeshua Jesus had warned the people prophetically about this in Matthew 24….huge temple stones had fallen. Trade was big in the previous nation of Israel because it was the hub between Europe, the Far East, Egypt, and Africa. So, many Jews fled to areas and people they knew, hoping to be welcome there.

Ephesus was modern day Turkey. Ephesus had the Temple of Artemis, the many breasted fertility goddess; this temple being one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Ephesus was prosperous and a major center of commerce and trade. It was one of the largest cities in the area. This is where the disciple John and Mary, the mother of Yeshua Jesus, lived and assembled together with other Christians. Ephesus was under Roman rule, so persecution of Christians came from government, traditional Jews, and local pagan Gentiles. Remember, John was exiled on Patmos for teaching about Yeshua Jesus. The church at Ephesus had both Jewish and Gentile Christians.

Yeshua Jesus introduces Himself to this church as the One who walks among the churches. He desires to live with them. He commends them for their hard work, good deeds, patient endurance, intolerance of evil, critical appraisal and recognition of false prophets and teachers (wolves in sheeps’ clothing), and bearing up in faith and truth. But, Yeshua has a warning for them. You have left your First Love, the depth of love they had at first for Him when they first believed. He says to remember and repent…change. If you do not, your light could go out, plus you will lose your impact. Relationship is more important than works. But, it is good that they hate the corrupt teachings and works of those who try to control people through deluding and misleading religion and laws (the Nicolaitans).

Hear and heed what the Spirit is saying to the churches.

Overcome the world by believing that Yeshua Jesus is the Son of God. He is to be our first love above anyone or anything in this world…even given more attention than the good works we do “for Him”….loving relationship first!

The promise and reward of relationship with Yeshua Jesus is the privilege to eat from the tree of life in the paradise of God. This is an amazing promise and reward for now and our eternal future. Yeshua Jesus is Himself our Tree of Life! We already eat of His body and His blood in our New Covenant relationship. That is why we overcome the world. We just need to really love Him first, above all, in close loving relationship of mind and heart…with intent to follow Him! Love God with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength…my primary bonded relationship, continually aware of His presence with me. Stay on track, on the straight narrow road…examine myself often…am I a faithful bride/spouse of Christ?

This is His message and warning to the church at Ephesus, and still is to us today.

Revelation 2-3 Intro

Revelation 2-3 Intro….John has been writing the vision of what he saw. Now, he is writing down what Yeshua Jesus earnestly wants him to write to the 7 churches. Remember in Rev. 1:19, Jesus tells John to write what he sees in visions, what is happening now, and what will happen. Jesus is now going to speak to John about what is happening now in the churches…as He walks in their midst.

These messages are not only for the 7 churches, but will get passed to other churches at that time, like Paul’s letters/epistles to the churches were passed along and shared. However, these messages are not only for the churches at John’s time, but they are for the whole church for the whole church age! These 7 messages apply to all churches where Jesus is Lord and Savior…..7 signifying complete righteousness. These messages also apply to us as individual Christians, followers of Yeshua Jesus! We must examine ourselves in these messages of truth. God’s character and ways never change. He is consistently right and true….always and forever. And we also see that in the whole scriptures our enemy satan, also uses his same ways over and over again.

Ecclesiastes 1:9, “That which has been is that which will be again, and that which has been done is that which will be done again. So, there is nothing new under the sun.”

The Bible is full of these unchanging patterns and ways! we are supposed to learn to know and live in God’s ways. Our enemy tries to get us to live outside God’s ways, often by ignorance or deception. So, we also need to know the trickes and schemes of our enemy. Yeshua Jesus gives us these messages to the churches to help us immensely in our learning. He speaks the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). He warns because He wants to protect us from danger, instruct us in His ways, and encourage us with the rewards of changing to follow His right ways.

Have you ever wondered what you need to do to prepare for the Lord’s coming for you…whether by your own personal death or by experiencing Yeshua Jesus second coming? Revelation 2-3 has preparation instruction! These chapters are immensely important to us as followers of Yeshua Jesus! Yet, many studies of Revelation run through them quickly to get to the drama of the end of the age events. We are going to take a close look and strive to apply them to our lives, repenting and changing as needed….the whole time being thankful that the Lord loves us so much to tell us the hard truth…in order to bless and save us….to prepare us!

The church at Ephesus is first. This is the same church that Paul wrote the book/letter to the Ephesians. This is also the church assembly of John, the apostle and Mary, the mother of Yeshua Jesus. I hope you are getting excited to study on in Revelation…..