Revelation Chapter 3 Part (C)

It is now time to talk about the final church. This is church number seven, and it is the church of Laodicea.

  1. Laodicea – Things Jesus liked – Rev. 3:19 – As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Things Jesus did not like – Rev. 3:15-18 – 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Jesus said that I correct and discipline all who I love. So be diligent and repent. Jesus said that the thing He doesn’t like about the church of Laodicea is that based on their works they neither have complete love for The lord and they don’t have complete hate for The Lord. The church of Laodicea are in the middle of the love, hate spectrum. Jesus said I would prefer that you were either hot or cold, that you loved me with all of your heart or you hated Me, but because you are lukewarm I will spit you out of my mouth. The people of the church of Laodicea are physically rich they have a lot of money, a lot of possessions, and they like to think to themselves that they need nothing else. Jesus says, that because you are blinded by your wealth, you don’t see that you are miserable, spiritually poor, spiritually blind and spiritually naked. Jesus says that what you need to do is buy from me gold tried in the fire, so that you become spiritually rich. What happens to gold that is tried in the fire? It gets rid of all of the impuities/sin. Jesus added that the church of Laodicea needs to put on white raiment so they are not naked. The white raiment signifies this church going to heaven to be with the Lord forevermore. Jesus Christ continues and advises that this church also needs to get ointment and apply it to their eyes, so that they are no longer spiritually blind.

Jesus Christ was not very impressed with this church’s works. Jesus advised this church to repent and get back on track or He will spit them out. Yet, with all of the shortcomings Jesus still loves this church. That was the first thing Christ said to this church. I love you that’s why I rebuke/correct you. So, that you may spend eternity with Me. I am very excited  for my next post. I am going to discuss how the seven churches are important? Why they are important? And why we should be concerned? The title of the post will be Seven Churches Conclusion Part (A). Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter:

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Revelation Chapter 2 Part (C)

As promised I am going to talk about church number four. The church of Thyatira.

  1. Thyatira – Things Jesus liked Rev. 2:19 – I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Things Jesus did not like Rev. 2:20 – Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Jesus Christ also offered a warning to the church of Thyatira. The warning was issued in Revelation 2:21-25 – 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. 24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.


Jesus said to the church of Thyatira, that he knows their works also. He knows of their charity, service, their faith, and their patience. They are last, but they will be more than the first. Think of it like this, there is a race and some of the church members of Thyatira are in last place, but because of what they do and what they believe, they will finish ahead of other church members who are in first place. To become more than the first. Even though the church of Thyatira had many great qualities, Jesus still found things that He did not like. Jesus said that His servants are adhering to the teachings of Jezebel. Jezebel was a Phoenician princess turned “prophetess” who married Ahab a prince of Israel and as time passed, Jezebel and Ahab ruled as king and queen. During the rule, Jezebel did not accept Yahweh as God, but continued her practice of nature worship and sorcery (Satan worship). The spirit of Jezebel was allowed to endure and to corrupt some of the church of Thyatira. Not only did the servants of Christ commit physical fornication, but, my belief starts here → they also committed spiritual fornication. Spiritual fornication is as discussed in the post titled Revelation Chapter 2 Part (B). Spiritual fornication is the mixing of paganism into Christianity ← my belief stops here. The servants of Christ also ate food that was sacrificed to idols. Jesus, also issued a warning to the church of Thyatira, and He said, I have given you time to repent of your fornication, but you did not repent. Now, I am going to allow people who commit adultery with her to suffer greatly, unless they repent of their deeds.

My belief starts here → Revelation 2:22 states, that people who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly. I believe this is speaking about both physical and spiritual adultery and fornication as mentioned in Revelation 2:21. The interesting thing is that, Jesus commented on both fornication and adultery. Fornication is sexual intercourse between people not married to each other, and adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse. We, as Christians are called the bride of Christ according to Revelation 19:7 which states: Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Marriage spiritually means that we are in union with Christ Jesus, and not with another “spiritual” leader. All Christian people should believe that physical fornication and adultery are sins. Now, let’s focus on the spiritual fornication and spiritual adultery. Spiritual fornication is when a Christian (married to Christ) mingles his/her beliefs with pagan beliefs. The pagan who is (married to Christ or not married to Christ). As we well know, one can live a completely pagan lifestyle, and still call herself or himself Christian. Spiritual adultery is when a Christian (married to Christ) intentionally goes and mingles his or her beliefs, with pagan beliefs because the Christian wants to satisfy some urge that she or he knows is not allowed in the body of Christ. In both instances, fornication and adultery, the acts are intentional. The key difference being, that in spiritual fornication one is a nominal Christian; and does not really have a love for Jesus Christ. It’s just what she or he was raised to believe. In a sense if the nominal Christian finds another “partner” that appears more pleasing then he or she will not hesitate to pursue a relationship to see if there is something more there. In spiritual adultery, the Christian is married and loves Jesus Christ with all his heart. This Christian will not forsake the Lord Jesus Christ, but this Christian may sacrifice a belief because it does not agree with their morals. Also, in both instances of spiritual fornication and spiritual adultery it is mingling of the doctrine and testimony of Jesus Christ with pagan ideas and doctrines ← my belief stops here. The people committing this sin physically and spiritually will be punished, but they will be forgiven if they repent.

In Revelation 2:23 Jesus states, that He will kill her children with death, for He searches the reins and hearts. My belief starts here → When Jesus states that He will kill her children it does not actually mean children, what I believe it means is the followers of the teachings of Jezebel, and those who think it is okay to commit physical and spiritual adultery. The word children in this case would equal future followers of this “Christian” doctrine mingled with pagan beliefs, that have actually corrupted the teachings of Jesus Christ. In the same verse Jesus said that He searches reins and hearts, meaning that he knows what desires drive these individuals and He will give each according to his works. Revelation 2:24 is very important, as it states, that those who do not have this doctrine, and have not gone too deep into the so-called knowledge of Satan (Satan Worship) and still make their way to Christ and accept His sacrifice that He made for all. Jesus states, to these people I will put no other burden on you. Meaning that Christ is not going to expect these future followers to know everything there is to know about Christ or Christianity and how everything fits together like a jigsaw puzzle ← my belief stops here. Jesus said in Revelation 2:25, that you must hold onto what you have till I come. The next post I will discuss church number 5 which is the church of Sardis and the post will be titled Revelation Chapter 3 Part (A). Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter:

Revelation Chapter 2 Part (B)

We will continue discussing what Christ liked and did not like about each of the churches, and we will continue with the next church.

  1. Smyrna – Things Jesus liked – Rev. 2:9 – I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Interestingly enough Jesus never stated that He had anything against this church. However, Jesus Christ issued this warning in Revelation 2:10 which states: Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

To the church of Smyrna, Jesus said He knows their works and tribulation, and poverty. Jesus never stated that He did not like their works as He did for the church of Ephesus. Jesus said that He knows the blasphemy of them which claim they are Jews but are not, and that they are the synagogue of Satan. My belief starts here → If you look all over the world there are groups who claim that they are Jews, and they may very well be, but there is not 100% proof that they are. Only Jesus Christ knows if what they say is true in regards to their lineage. Here is one such group. Some of these people may actually have Jewish lineage, but I cannot with 100% certainty claim that this is fact. This is just one group, but there are others ← my belief stops here. Jesus did issue a warning to the church of Smyrna. Jesus said that the devil will cast some of you from the church of Smyrna into prison to be tried in the court of law. The people of the church of Smyrna will experience tribulation for a period of ten days. Jesus said, be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. This would mean that the people who are thrown in prison are going to have two choices: a) deny the testimony of Christ and live but later die the second death or b) be faithful unto death. It seems from these prophetic words that some of the people of the church of Smyrna will be executed for their testimony of Jesus Christ. On to church number three which is the church of Pergamos.

  1. Pergamos – Things Jesus liked – Rev. 2:13 – I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. Things Jesus did not like – Revelation 2:14-15 – 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.




To the church of Pergamos, Jesus said that I like the fact that you hold fast to my name even though you work out of a place where Satan’s seat is. Meaning a place where Satan’s power/influence is strongest. Jesus also liked the fact that the church of Pergamos kept their faith in Christ even amongst the persecution of Antipas. The people of the church of Pergamos did not abandon their faith in midst of the persecution of Christians. They held on to what they believe and they did not waver. They did not give in. There was a couple of things that Jesus did not like about the church of Pergamos. First, Jesus did not like the fact that some people of this church held to the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast stumblingblock before the children of Israel. The stumblingblock was to curse what God said not to curse and to make people believe that what is wrong is right. When in actuality it is very wrong. The other issue was eating food that was sacrificed to idols. Such as eating halal food, where the animal is slaughtered while the slaughterer utters the word bismillah, which means in the name of Allah. Lastly some of the people in the church of Pergamos were committing fornication. We know, as Christians that fornication is a sin and Christ is against this. My belief starts here → I believe that Christ was speaking about both actual physical fornication and spiritual fornication. The spiritual fornication was the mixing of paganism into Christianity, meaning that this “union” should not have happened, it is wrong, and it is sin. This “union” was rotting the teachings and doctrine of Jesus Christ ← my belief stops here. Now, the story of Balaam and Balac or Balak is found in Numbers chapter 22 to chapter 25 if you would like to read it. Essentially Balaam was a false prophet and a magician. He knew how to please God with sacrifices, but his power was not from God but from the devil. Second, Jesus did not like that the church of Pergamos was holding on to the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. Again, the Nicolaitans 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 of Jesus Christ became heretical because of the Nicolaitans. All is not lost Jesus states in Revelation 2:16 and it reads: Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Jesus simply says the church of Pergamos must repent and not do what they have been doing, and He will forgive them. I will discuss church number four which is Thyatira in my next post titled Revelation Chapter 2 Part (C). Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter:


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 (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: