The church of Sardis presents us with the dilemma Jesus warned about in the parable of the tares (in Matt. 13:24-43): There will be true and false Christians in the church right up to the 2nd coming of Christ when the angels will gather out the tares and burn them in the fire. The message of repent and watch for the Lord’s coming is given to all but, only the faithful will hear it. The following video explains the church of Sardis –
The church in Thyatira had many good qualities and works, and their works were increasing. But, they had the cart before the horse, so to speak. Right relationship with the Son and Father will lead to good works, but works alone can never lead to right relationship with the Son and the Father. Jesus told a story that has always put the fear of God into me –
“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done wonders in Your name? And then I will declare to them, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” – Matthew 7:21-23
Who then can be saved? Those who are not lawless and obey Him. God told King Saul, through Samuel, “Obedience is better than sacrifice.”
While Thyatira was doing many good things, they were allowing disobedience to God’s word in their midst. They were allowing women to usurp the authority God placed in men. I know many today will disagree with my interpretation of this but, I must be faithful to declare the truth that God has revealed, not what a politically correct culture declares. Continue reading
The Church of Pergamum was known as the ‘compromising church’ because it tried to mix worldliness with righteousness. It can’t be done – in the end they would lose both! I begin this article with the video on Pergamum –
When the Greek successor of Alexander the Great, Antiochus IV Epiphanes, invaded Israel he took over the Temple and desecrated it by erecting an altar to Zeus. He even sacrificed a pig on the altar. It was forever after referred to as the “abomination of desolation”. Continue reading
As we proceed through Jesus’ letters to the seven churches we come to the second church which is often known as the suffering church – Smyrna. Jesus wants to prepare His Church for facing persecution. That is what this letter is about because Jesus knows that all who will live godly will suffer persecution and we must be strong enough to go through it. We will begin with a video on the church of Smyrna.
One of the phrases used in this letter is “I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan”. Jesus dealt with this problem often during His ministry. Continue reading
As we approach the end of the age there are some very important truths Christians need to bear in mind and they are highlighted in three Scripture passages:
- Isaiah 60:1-3 “Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.” This is a message to God’s people. Some will go into deep darkness and some will grow brighter with the glory of the Lord. At the end of the age the Lord will arise and shine on His faithful people and they will be shining brighter and brighter. Sadly, the darkness will also be increasing until it becomes “deep darkness”.
- Matthew 13:1-9, 36-43 This is the parable of the wheat and the tares. It is spoken to the church. Both wheat and tares will be there side by side until the very end when the angels will gather out the tares and throw them into the fire. The tares look like the wheat but, they do not bear good fruit.
- Revelation 22:10-12 “And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still. And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.” This is a message from God saying, ‘If you want to be unjust, go on, live it up, you don’t have long! If you want to be filthy, be still more filthy. But, if you are righteous, be still more righteous and if you are holy, be more holy.’ In other words it is the parting of the ways. It also points out that righteousness cannot be static – you cannot stand still, you are either becoming more righteous or you are slipping backward. There can be no accommodation with wickedness, you must overcome it.
Since 2010 there have been strange and never before seen signs happening, both on earth and in the heavens. Turtles and fish washing up on beaches dead for no apparent reason. Birds in droves dropping from the sky and cattle and buffalo dropping dead overnight. These events happened all over the earth and they continue to happen, even though the news media has grown tired of covering them. Then there are the strange booms coming from the ground and eerie sounds in the sky. All of which science seems to have no answer, so they conveniently forget about them. No one now can deny the Continue reading
As many of the end-time events are described in the Book of Revelation, I put forth this series, named Revelation for Beginners. In this series, I only attempt to present an outline of the events described. I hope and pray it is enough to encourage you to continue studying the Book of Revelation. Many, over the years, have presented their theories and understandings about these events and I do not wish to prove or disprove any of them but instead present a straightforward outline of events described. Before beginning this article, I will present a movie of basic comparisons between the Seals, the Trumps, and the Bowls of Wrath which Revelation presents. In this article, I have not included the letters to the seven churches Jesus dictated or the judgment on the great whore of Babylon, which I have covered in other Revelation postings. After the movie I will give more information I hope will be helpful. Continue reading