Revelation Made Simple Ch. 3 The 7 Churches

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The 7 churches of Revelation were set up by God as lampstands to the world. Through each of the 7 Christian eras Christ has had a message for His church. What is His message today?

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW CHAPTER 3:

Revelation Made Simple WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW CHAPTER 3

AGE OF THE NATIONS:

AGE OF THE NATIONS JUST PRIOR TO HIS DEATH, JESUS PRONOUNCED SEVERAL CURSES UPON THE JEWISH NATION. THEY’D HAD THEIR DAY, BUT NOW THEIR SUN WAS SETTING. LET NO ONE EAT FRUIT FROM YOU EVER AGAIN. THE KINGDOM OF GOD WILL BE TAKEN FROM YOU. YOUR HOUSE IS LEFT TO YOU DESOLATE. YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL . THERE SHALL BE GREAT…WRATH UPON THIS PEOPLE . EVERY TREE THAT DOES NOT PRO- DUCE GOOD FRUIT IS CUT DOWN . ON YOU WILL COME ALL THE RIGHT- EOUS BLOOD SHED UPON THE EARTH. JERUSALEM SHALL BE TRAMPLED BY THE NATIONS.

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As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one… that the world may believe. And I will pray The Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth. A S HE PREPARED TO LEAVE HIS DISCIPLES, JESUS PROMISED THAT THE SAME S PIRIT THAT HAD BEEN WITH THE NATION OF ISRAEL WOULD NOW RESIDE WITH HIS WORLD CHURCH .

THE 7 CHURCHES :

THE 7 CHURCHES THERE WERE SEVEN LITERAL CHURCHES LOCATED IN WHAT IS MODERN DAY TURKEY. JOHN, THE APOSTLE, MINISTERED TO THESE, HIS BELOVED CHURCHES. THEY ALSO REPRESENT THE TRUE CHURCH OF GOD SPANNING THE CENTURIES FROM CHRIST’S RESURRECTION UNTIL HIS GLORI- OUS RETURN AT THE END OF THIS WORLD. IT’S EASY TO SEE THIS, WHEN WE UNDER- STAND THE SYMBOLISM JESUS USES WHILE INTRODUCING THE 7 CHURCHES. 7 SPIRITS 7 STARS 7 LAMPSTANDS 7 LAMPS 7 ANGELS John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: MAIL ROUTE

7 SPIRITS :

7 SPIRITS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 JUST AS GOD’S SPIRIT FELL UPON THE DISCIPLES IN FULFILLMENT OF THE FEAST OF HARVEST ON THE DAY OF PENTE- COST, SO HIS SPIRIT IS FREELY GIVEN TO HIS PEOPLE IN EVERY ERA OF THE CHURCH. SUN 1 ST DAY PASSOVER UNLEAVENED BREAD FIRSTFRUITS 49 DAYS LATER FRI 6 TH DAY SAT 7 TH DAY PENTECOST SUN 1 ST DAY HERE WE SEE HOW JESUS USHERED IN THE NEW AGE OF THE CHURCH BY LITERALY FULFILLING ALL OF THE SPRING FESTIVALS. JESUS IS OUR PASOVER LAMB. HE USED THE UNLEAVENED BREAD TO REPRESENT HIS BROKEN LIFELESS BODY. WHEN JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD MANY WHO SLEPT IN THE GRAVE ROSE ALSO; WHEN HE ASCENDED, HE LED THESE CAPTIVES IN HIS TRAIN. AT PENTECOST THE OUTPOURING OF THE SPIRIT RESULTED IN THE HARVEST OF THOUSANDS; MARKING JUST THE BEGINNING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT’S WORK. 7 CHURCHES GOD’S WORD SAYS THERE IS ONLY ONE SPIRIT . (EPH.2:18; 4:4) THEN WHY DOES JOHN SAY, “Grace to you and peace…from the seven Spirits .”?

STARS, ANGELS, LAMPS, & LAMPSTANDS:

STARS, ANGELS, LAMPS, & LAMPSTANDS “IN THE MIDST OF THE GOLDEN LAMPSTANDS (WAS) ONE LIKE THE SON OF MAN.” IN ANCIENT TIMES AN OIL FILLED LAMP WAS LIT & SET ATOP A LAMPSTAND. STANDING IN THE FIRST ROOM OF THE TEMPLE IN HEAVEN, JESUS IS SUROUNDED BY THESE 7 LAMPS WHICH WERE TO BURN CONTINUOUSLY. JESUS IDENTIFIES THEIR LITERAL MEANING. “THE 7 LAMPSTANDS…ARE THE 7 CHURCHES.” “THE 7 STARS ARE THE ANGELS OF THE 7 CHURCHES.” “ THERE WERE 7 LAMPS OF FIRE… WHICH ARE THE 7 SPIRITS OF GOD.” ANGELS ARE “MINISTERING SPIRITS SENT FORTH TO MINISTER FOR THOSE WHO WILL INHERIT SALVATION.” A STAR IS A LUMINARY IN A DARK SKY. THE MESSAGES GIVEN TO THE ANGELS OF THE 7 CHURCHES ARE ENTRUSTED TO MINISTERS WHO ARE FAITHFULLY SHINING THE LIGHT OF TRUTH TO THE PEOPLE UNDER THEIR LEADERSHIP. “LIGHT A LAMP AND PUT IT…ON A LAMP- STAND, AND IT GIVES LIGHT TO ALL. LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE.” THE CHURCH IS TO LIFT THE LIGHT OF TRUTH THAT IT MAY SHINE TO ALL THE WORLD. WHEN WE LIFT UP THE LIGHT, GOD IS EXALTED. “THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH…WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH…HE WILL TELL YOU THINGS TO COME” “YOUR WORD IS A LAMP TO MY FEET, AND A LIGHT TO MY PATH.” THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE ONE WHO HELPS GOD’S WORD MAKE SENSE TO US. IN EVERY ERA OF THE CHURCH HE HAS KEPT THE LIGHT OF GOD’S WORD SHINING. = = =

EPHESUS:

EPHESUS THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH 31AD – 100AD 1 THE EPHESUS CHURCH WAS PRAISED FOR ITS REJEC-TION OF ERROR. BUT, WHILE HATING THE SIN THEY FORGOT THAT GOD PASSIONATELY LOVES THE SINNER. 31AD 100AD 34AD 70AD JESUS STEPHEN MARTYRED JERUSALEM DESTROYED JOHN’S DEATH THE 1 ST CHURCH QUICKLY GREW FROM A SMALL JEWISH SECT INTO A PERCEIVED THREAT TO THE EMPEROR AND THE NATION OF ROME. FREQUENT PERSECUTION OF HER LEADERS ONLY ENCOURAGED HONEST SEEKERS TO PRESS INTO THE RANKS OF THE EARLY CHURCH. SOME IMBALANCED MINDS ATTEMPTED TO PERVERT THE PURITY OF THE GOSPEL WITH TEACHINGS AND PRACTICES OPPOSED TO GOD’S MORAL LAW, THE 10 COMMANDMENTS.

SMYRNA:

SMYRNA THE PERSECUTED CHURCH 100AD – 313AD 2 APOSTLES HAVE DIED CONSTANTINE LEGALIZES CHRISTIANITY 10 YEARS OF MOST SEVERE PERSECUTION BY DIOCLETIAN 1OO AD 313AD 303AD PERSECUTION INTENSIFIED AS CHRISTIANITY SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE THROUGHOUT ROME AND BEYOND. ERRORS BEGAN TO SLIP INTO THE CHURCH IN THE MORE AFFLUENT AREAS OF THE EMPIRE, BUT THE VAST MAJORITY OF BELIEVERS CLUNG TO THEIR FAITH DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES. DURING THE END OF THE REIGN OF DIOCLETIAN, THERE WAS A CONCERTED EFFORT TO COMPLETELY ERADICATE THE CHRISTIAN SECT FROM ROME. THE CHURCH OF SMYRNA WAS WARNED THAT SEVERE PERSECUTION AND POVERTY WOULD TEST HER FAITH. JESUS HAD NO CRITICISM FOR THESE NOBLE FAITHFUL. JESUS CHRIST FIRST & LAST

PERGAMOUS:

PERGAMOUS THE COMPROMISING CHURCH 313AD – 538AD 3 313AD 321AD 538AD EDICT OF MILAN THE PERGAMOUS CHURCH WAS STERNLY REPROVED FOR ITS TOLERANCE OF FALSE DOCTRINE. THEY WERE WARNED ABOUT DWELLING IN THE HOUSE OF SATAN. PAPACY FULLY ESTABLISHED ANTIPAS = AGAINST FATHER (POPE) CONSTANTINE DECREES FIRST SUNDAY LAW 666 “He shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and the law.” JESUS IDENTIFIED THE FAITHFUL IN PERGAMOUS AS “ANTIPAS”, A MARTYR. THE BISHOP OF ROME DEMANDED THE TITLE PAPA (THUS POPE & PAPACY). THOSE WHO OBEYED JESUS BY REFUSING TO CALL ANY MAN FATHER WERE PERSECUTED BY THE CHURCHES IN ROME & CONSTANTINOPLE. STEADY GRADUAL DEPARTURE FROM THE WORD OF GOD ALLOWED PAGAN BELIEFS TO INFUSE THE CHURCH, REPLACING TRUTH WITH DAMNABLE HERESIES. SABBATH OBSERVANCE NEARLY STAMPED OUT

THYATIRA:

THYATIRA THE CORRUPTED CHURCH 538AD – 1517 4 538AD HUSS & JEROME BURNED AT STAKE FOR “HERESY” MARTIN LUTHER NAILS 95 THESIS TO CHURCH DOOR PAPAL REIGN OF TERROR BEGINS THE SPIRITUAL STATE OF THE CHURCH OF THYATIRA WAS BETTER TOWARD THE END THAN THE BEGINNING. YET, SHE WAS POLLUTED WITH PAGANISM AND VICE. FOR NEARLY 1000 YEARS THE PAPACY EXCERSIZED ABSOLUTE SWAY OVER THE TEEMING MASSES IN WESTERN EUROPE. INTOLERANCE TOWARDS ALL WHO REJECTED HER CLAIMS IS EVIDENCED BY HER HANDS STAINED WITH THE BLOOD OF UPWARDS OF 1OO MILLION LIVES. BY THE END, MOST IN THYATIRA WERE WEARY OF THE GALLING YOKE THEY’D BEEN FORCED TO BEAR. THE REFORMERS GAVE THEM RENEWED FAITH AND SPIRITUAL VIGOR. 1415, 1416 1517 WHAT DOES A MAN- EATING SERPENT EAT? WHO IS THE ALPHA- MALE IN ROME?

SARDIS:

SARDIS THE SPIRITUALY DEAD CHURCH 1517 – 1798 5 PROTESTANT REFORMATION 1517 THE FRENCH REVOLUTION & THE FIRST ATHEIST STATE THE CHURCH OF SARDIS HAD A REPUTATION OF SPIRI- TUAL VIGOR; IT WAS A FACADE FOR SPIRITUAL RIGOR. HER WORKS WERE INFERIOR TO HER GREAT LIGHT. 1789 1798 1572 ST. BARTHOLOMEW’S DAY MASSACRE PARIS, FRANCE SOLA SCRIPTURA THE PROTESTANT REFORMATION, ORDAINED BY GOD TO SHATTER PAPAL SLAVERY AND RESTORE FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE, WAS UNAPPRECIATED BY MANY, WHO BROUGHT BUT FEW REFORMS INTO THEIR LIVES. IN THE END THE MASSES EXCHANGED PAPAL ERROR FOR SECULAR ATHEISM, THE RELIGION OF MODERN MAN. YET, EVEN NOW GOD HAD HIS FAITH- FUL FEW WHO SUSTAINED REFORMATION IN THEIR LIVES, DISCERNING GOD’S TRUTH. POPE IMPRISONED (DEADLY WOUND) THE INQUISITION

PHILADELPHIA:

PHILADELPHIA THE REVIVAL CHURCH 1798 – 1844 6 1798 GREAT ADVENT AWAKENING (WILLIAM MILLER) MOST REFORMED CHURCHES WERE NOW DEAD, DESPITE THE REVIVAL PREACHING OF THE WESLEY BROTHERS AND WHITEFIELD. HONEST HEARTED FOLKS WERE SEEKING TRUTH. THE PROPHECIES OF DANIEL WERE REVIVED BY WILLIAM MILLER WHO GAVE SPECIAL FOCUS TO DANIEL 8:14. HIS TIME CALCULATIONS WERE CORRECT, BUT HE HAD THE WRONG EVENT. INSTEAD OF JESUS’ RETURN, IT FORETOLD THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY OF ATONEMENT. 1832 1844 END OF 2300 YEAR PROPHECY (OPEN DOOR) ROME UNDER FRENCH RULE CHARLES DARWIN BORN, PROPHET OF EVOLUTION 1809 THE PHILADELPHIA CHURCH WAS DESPISED BY THOSE WHO WERE NOMINAL CHRISTIANS. THE TRUE & FAITH- FUL HAD A DOOR IN HEAVEN OPENED BEFORE THEM.

THE OPEN DOOR WHAT DOES IT MEAN?:

THE OPEN DOOR WHAT DOES IT MEAN? “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, ‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts , and shuts and no one opens. I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door , and no one can shut it.’” (Rev.3:7,8) “After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven . And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, ‘Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this .’” (Rev.4:1) N E S W TABLE OF SHOWBREAD (Holy Place Throne) 7 LAMPSTANDS ALTAR OF INCENSE LAVER JESUS’ BAPTISM ALTAR OF BURNT OFFERING JESUS, THE CRUCIFIED LAMB ARK OF THE COVENANT (Throne of Judgment) 1 6 5 4 3 2 7 31AD 1844AD OPEN DOOR JESUS MINISTERED IN HOLY PLACE FOR OVER 1,800 YEARS. JESUS, HIGH PRIEST ON DAY OF ATONEMENT HEAVEN EARTH JESUS’ BECAME MESSIAH AT BAPTISM, PRIEST & KING UPON THE CROSS. 27AD PASSOVER 31AD

LAODICEA:

THE LUKEWARM CHURCH 1844 – JESUS 2 nd COMING 7 7th 7th THE APATHETIC CHURCH OF THE LAODICEANS RECEIVES APPROPRIATELY HARSH CRITICISM. AMAZINGLY, SHE IS THE ONLY CHURCH TO WHICH JESUS SAYS “ I LOVE .” 1844 2ND COMING 7 S A E L S “I COUNSEL YOU TO BUY FROM ME GOLD REFINED IN THE FIRE, THAT YOU MAY BE RICH; AND WHITE GARMENTS, THAT YOU MAY BE CLOTHED,THAT THE SHAME OF YOUR NAKED- NESS MAY NOT BE REVEALED; AND ANNOINT YOUR EYES WITH EYE SALVE, THAT YOU MAY SEE.” TO BE CONTINUED THIS IS OUR TIME!!! LAODICEA

CREDITS & APOLOGETICS:

CREDITS & APOLOGETICS Graphics: Yahoo Images Bible Verses: “Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.“ Design and Concept: Troy Biggs [email protected] Disclaimer: Some details will change over time as things become clearer and more truths come to light. I will disperse more chapters as the Lord permits.

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