In the Book of Revelation, before seventh seal is broken, God commands His servants to be sealed for their protection.
“Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, “Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads. And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed” – Rev. 7:1-4
This is the last letter out of seven that Jesus dictated and it is perhaps the saddest for it highlights how easy it is for all of us to get complacent and satisfied with the status quo. Hear the message –
(I would like to thank Day of Eternity for the background music used in this video)
I like to think of these seven letters as ‘love letters of Jesus‘ to me. He said, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.” Continue reading
Everyone who studies Scripture wants to be in the church of Philadelphia because it alone was promised protection from the Great Tribulation Jesus said was coming.
“Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.” – Rev. 3:10
It was also the church that Jesus gave an ‘open door‘ to. They were not wealthy and were not mighty in worldly power and influence but, they were rich in faithfulness. With this intro I give the video introduction to the church of Philadelphia. Continue reading
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
Remember, we will all face God’s Judgment
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