Revelation Chapter 2 Part (A)

Now, it is time to have a look at chapter 2. In this chapter it is a discussion of the 7 churches in Asia. The seven churches are as follows and if they overcome what the reward is:

  1. Ephesus – Rev. 2:7 – He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
  2. Smyrna – Rev. 2:11 – He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
  3. Pergamos – Rev. 2:17 – He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
  4. Thyatira – Rev. 2:26 – And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over nations.
  5. Sardis – Rev. 3:5 – He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
  6. Philadelphia – Rev. 3:12 – Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
  7. Laodicea – Rev. 3:21 – To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

The interesting part is that to each one of these churches Jesus Christ states that to him who overcometh will He reward and the ones that do not overcome, they do not receive a reward. Revelation 2:1 it states: Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. We know from this verse that Jesus Christ walks in the midst all churches. There are two verses in The Book of Revelation that lets us know that, this not only applies to the seven churches that were in Asia, but also to Christians today. The first verse is Revelation 1:3 which states: Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. This verse lets us know that the things contained in this book are prophecy, meaning they will happen in the future. The second verse is, Revelation 1:18 which states: Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. Jesus Christ Himself said this, and it is plainly and clearly telling us that these things are, and things that will be.

Next, we will see what it was that the churches were doing that Jesus Christ liked and didn’t like.

  1. Ephesus – Things Jesus liked –  Rev. 2:2-3 – 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Rev. 2:6 – But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Things Jesus did not like – Rev. 2:4-5 – 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Jesus tells the church of Ephesus that you are very patient, and that you hate evil works, and you know the difference between true apostles and false apostles because you have tried them and found them to be liars. Jesus also tells them that, you have also suffered for my name’s sake. But, you continued to work and did not stop. The other thing that Christ liked was that this church hated the works of the Nicolaitans which Christ also hated. Nicolaitans, essentially went against the testimony/teachings of Jesus Christ. They brought their pagan traditions in and mixed it with Christ’s teachings to the point that the testimony/teachings became heretical because of the Nicolaitans. Jesus told the church of Ephesus that they must start doing the things that He liked, or else He will destroy the church of Ephesus. Discussion of one church is completed only 6 more to go. The next church we will discuss is the church of Smyrna. After discussion of the churches I will write why it is very important for us to know about these churches. Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter:


Revelation Chapter 1 Part (B)

We will now discuss the significance of Revelation 1:7 which states: Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. What does this verse mean? What time is this verse speaking of? First we have to understand that the The Book of Revelation is not written in chronological order. The events described in The Book of Revelation happen at certain times. The events that do take place are not unorganized. The events are timed perfectly. God is order and not confusion. The order the events happen is also very important. That is one of the keys to understanding The Book of Revelation. As mentioned earlier, all of the events happen at certain times and for certain reasons. None of the major events in The Book of Revelation happen without reason.

Revelation 1:7 is speaking about the time of the Great White Throne Judgment. How do we know that this is true? We know that this is true, because the verse states that every eye shall see Him, and they which pierced Him. The ones that pierced Him were the Roman soldiers who nailed Christ to the cross. We know that this is the White Throne Judgement because of Revelation 20:11-13 which states: 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. We can clearly see from the preceding verses that all of the dead were brought back to life to answer for the works that they did in their life. This is how, and why the ones that pierced Christ that were mentioned in Revelation 1:7 will see Him. Jesus Christ tells all of the dead who He is before The White Throne Judgment begins. Just in case anyone was wondering.

Jesus states in Revelation 1:8 – I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Now everyone knows who He is. Revelation 1:12 states: And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks. The seven candlesticks are the seven churches, and the seven stars in the Son of Man’s hand are the seven angels of the seven churches. This is according to Revelation 1:20 which reads: The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Who is the Son of Man that is mentioned in Revelation 1:13? Which reads: And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. We know the Son of Man is Jesus Christ because of what He says in Revelation 1:17-18 and it reads: 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Next, we will examine Revelation chapter 2, and try to figure out exactly what the seven churches are? How are they important for us? And, why are they important for us? Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter:

Revelation Chapter 1 Part (A)

This Revelation of Jesus Christ was given to John by an angel. This is according to Revelation 1:1 and it states: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John. Revelation 1:4 states: John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne. From this verse most people ask the question what are the seven spirits of God? To find what the seven spirits of God are we have to go to Isaiah 11:2 which states: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. According to this verse the seven spirits are:

  1. The Spirit of The Lord
  2. Spirit of Wisdom
  3. Spirit of Understanding
  4. The Spirit of Counsel
  5. The Spirit of Might
  6. The Spirit of Knowledge
  7. The Spirit of the fear of The Lord

This is what is commonly told when people ask what the seven spirits of God are. This is list is partially correct. The actual list of the seven spirits of God are:

  1. Spirit of Wisdom
  2. Spirit of Understanding
  3. The Spirit of Counsel
  4. The Spirit of Might
  5. The Spirit of Knowledge
  6. The Spirit of Judgement
  7. The Spirit of Burning

The Spirit of judgement and the spirit of burning are from Isaiah 4:4 which reads: When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. The reason I have left out The Spirit of The Lord from this list is because, The Spirit of The Lord does not stand in front of Christ. According to John 10:30 it states: I and my Father are one. If Jesus and The Father are one, how can The Spirit of The Lord stand in front of Christ? The reason I have left out The Spirit of the Fear of The Lord from this list is because, according to Proverbs 9:10 it reads: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. According to this verse the beginning of wisdom is the fear of The Lord, and to know God is understanding. The spirit of wisdom is on the list which is fear of The Lord, so it would be redundant to add The fear of the Lord as another spirit. The next question would be, what do these seven spirits represent?

My belief starts here →  I believe that the seven spirits of God represent the characteristics of God. We have to remember God is perfect in His mercy and justice. God loves all sinners with a perfect love, yet He executes perfect judgement and does not let sin go unpunished. Look at how God created this entire universe and you will see how the seven spirits of God reflect His characteristics in His creation ← My belief ends here.

Next, we read Revelation 1:7 which states: Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I will try to explain by the grace of The Lord Jesus Christ, what this verse is actually referring to in my next blog post titled Revelation Chapter 1 Part (B). Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter:

The Book of Revelation

I am preparing to write about the Book of Revelation. I have prayed to Jesus Christ to help guide me in searching out the truth in this book. This is one of the most difficult books in the Bible to understand. I do not claim to know it all, no one does. I will be writing about The Book of Revelation from the very first chapter to the very last chapter. I have decided to make this the main topic of my blog for the next considerable while, as this will no doubt, take quite a bit of time. I firmly believe that the investment of time is sorely needed, especially given the time that we live in. Also, I believe that Christian brothers and sisters in Christ need to know about the Book of Revelation. We need to know what is going to happen? Why it is going to happen? There are reasons that these two questions are very important and they will be answered for you, but all in due time. As I mentioned earlier another reason this topic is important is because we are living in the final days. Jesus said in Matthew 24:32 : Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh. In the Bible the fig tree represents Israel. Jesus essentially said, when the fig tree is blossoming (Israel becoming a country on May 14, 1948) know that summer is nigh (the end is near). Jesus made this prophecy 2000 years ago and it was fulfilled in 1948. From 1948 the clock started ticking according to Jesus Christ. I ask all of you that read my blog to please pass this on to your friends and urge them to follow, and read. I believe that this is what the Lord Jesus Christ has commissioned me to do. I will as always make the Bible as my main reference. I humbly request your prayer and support. As always, you can follow me on twitter:

Water Baptism

Matthew 28:19 states: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Does this verse state, that we should be baptizing people in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Is this the proper way to baptize people or isn’t it? You may also be thinking why does it even matter? Let me put it to you this way; if you are looking to bake a cake, are you going to be looking at a recipe of beef stew? Now, one of the best ways to learn is to follow another’s example. Let us have a look at how Peter the apostle baptized people? After all Peter would have been present when Christ spoke in Matthew 28:19. So, in Acts 2:38 it states: Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  According to Acts 8:15-16 it states: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) This of course was speaking about the Samaritans. Then in Acts 10:47-48 it states: Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days. It seems that Peter in Acts chapters 2 and 10 was baptizing people in the name of Jesus Christ, and people were receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. A question you may be asking yourself is why is Peter going against the instructions of Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19? Is that what he in fact is doing? Let’s have a closer look. Would the name of the Father be Jesus according to John 1:3 which states: all things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. If all things were created by Him, including Adam and Eve and not just their flesh it would also include their spirits. Wouldn’t this make Jesus the Father? The name of the Son is Jesus according 1 John 4:15 and it states: Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. If Jesus claimed to be the Holy Spirit would the Holy Spirit’s name also be Jesus? According to John 14:17-20 which states: the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. So, here Jesus it seems Jesus is claiming to be the Spirit of truth, and He says that the world does not know him. Jesus said but you know him because he lives with you. Jesus is talking about Himself. Jesus also claims that He will be in His disciples. How will Jesus Christ be in His disciples? He will dwell in His disciples as the Holy Spirit. Jesus also claims to be The Father in these verses did you miss it? Read John 14:18 again it states: I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Orphans? That’s right, Jesus said that He will not leave His disciples orphans. One is considered to be an orphan if both parents are dead. Jesus said He will come, and not someone else. If Jesus comes back like this His disciples will no longer be orphans because their father will live in them. Matthew 28:19 states: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Notice, this verse states to baptize in the name and not names. After looking at the scriptures, it seems that Peter was not going against Jesus Christ, but he was doing exactly what Christ commanded. I personally would follow the example of Peter as he lived alongside Christ. I have again tried my best to present the evidence, but as always I will leave it in your capable hands to make the final decision.