KJV-1611 Authorized Version Topsites The Fundamental Top 500 Revelation 2 & 3: Seven Churches | the-real-gospel

CHAPTERS 2 & 3: Using the clues garnered from Chapter 1 *The beginning and the end:

 

1. Shows us the early churches' beginnings.

2. Shows us the apostasy of change influenced and caused by the Roman government “church”. Which “legalized” an apostate perversion of christianity.  The Mother of Harlots and Abominations is instituted by Constantine (circa 312-333AD) stopping the spread house to house, neighborhood to neighborhood, community to community of Biblical Christianity. The Christianity based solely on Christ's teachings in the Gospels and reiterated throughout the New Testament.

3. Shows their apostate endings and need to “come out” from her influence and doctrine (The Mother of harlots and abominations on the earth). God warns five of the seven to repent and turn back to Biblical, Christ-following Christianity and away from the false christ and christianity of the world-wide commercial, institutional apostasy of Rome and her protestant, emerging, progressive and charismatic denominations.

 

The seven angels of the churches are the Seven Spirits sent out throughout all the earth as indicated in Revelation 5:6. This is the clue that reveals the end of the age is met which little true faith because of the Mother of harlots and abominations on the earth.

Geographically all seven churches were originally located in Asia Minor in very close proximity to Byzantine, later renamed Constantinople. The Roman government church began in Constantinople and later it's headquarters or seat was moved to Rome.

 

Ephesus:  First believes and follows the Lord’s teachings up until the legalization of “Christianity” by Constantine circa 312-333 AD (vs. 6) then falls away. The Mother of Harlots and Abominations is instituted, stopping the spread house to house of Biblical Christianity.

[1] Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write (God instructed John to write this) ; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

Ephesus' beginning:

[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. This is how they were at the time of the writing (beginning).

 

[4] Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. This records their turn away from God's Truth over the 2000 year "Last TIME".

Ephesus' ending:

[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.

[6] But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

[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.

Ephesus in the end must repent and turn back to Biblical, Christ-following Christianity.

Smyrna: Remnant of real believers to be persecuted by the Catholic "church" or RCC and their protestant off shoots. Underground since the legalization and perversion of Christianity by Constantine and his succession of Popes.

Notice: Smyrna remains true believers from their beginning until their end, not accepting the apostasy of the commercialized "church" originating from Constantinople and later Rome.

[8] And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; Reminder from the Lord of Chapter one and the key to understanding of these churches.

[9] I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich in eternal reward) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. There are no racial "jews" in God's Eyes during this age; only believers on and followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Whom God only refers to as the Israel of God whether racial jew or gentile. All those racial "jews" who have rejected Jesus Christ as Messiah are under satan's control and are satan's synagogue. These will embrace the anti-christ as their messiah when the time comes.

 

Our Lord does reveal their persecutions throughout the 2000 year last "time" which intensifies in the end.

[10] 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.

[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.

 

NOTICE: There is no distinction between their beginning and their ending. There is no mention from God for them to repent. God tells them to be faithful unto death to receive the Crown of Life.

 

Pergamos:  Catholics & Protestant denominations out of the Roman state "church" who left pagan rituals (vs14) but retained nicolaitan doctrine.

[12] And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; Reference as you will see in this passage to their departure from Biblical Christianity.

Pergamos beginning:

[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. Slain by the Roman government who later created Catholicism.

Pergamos was the closest geographically of the original seven to CONSTANTINOPLE.

 

Just like Balaam who pretended to obey and follow God outwardly, Pergamos did the same but their true motivation was not of God being overcome by the Roman state "church" and their mammon of unrighteousness.

 

[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.

 

Balaam sold out God and Israel to mammon. King Balak wanted to pay Balaam to curse Israel outwardly but Balaam pretended to remain God's outward servant, foolishly thinking God would not see his adultery to God. Balaam secretly coached King Balak to tempt the Israelites into idol worship. JUST LIKE ROME has done since its inception. Pergamos started as true followers of Christ but turned apostate due to Catholicism.

 

[15] So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Pergamos' ending:

[16] Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Reference to Armageddon

[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.

 

Thyatira: Began as true followers of Christ; then fell under the “legal” influence of the Roman state Church until the reformation and now at the end of this time make up the Charismatic sects and denominations.

 

[18] And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

Thyatira's beginning:

[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.

[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.

[21] And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Thyatira's ending:

[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.

These have turned from God's Truth and committed adultery, idolizing their feelings and flesh and not the Spirit of God. God is referencing the works of the flesh so prevalent among charismatics exampled by their fake gifts, tongues, prophesies and fake healings.

 

[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. (The remnant of true believers).

 

[25] But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

 

[26] And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

[27] And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

[28] And I will give him the morning star.

[29] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

Chapter 3:

 

Sardis: Reformed sects which refuse to watch for His coming, only a small remnant of these will actually be saved. Verse 3 is the key.

 

[1] And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars;

Sardis' beginning:

I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

[2] Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. God references true belief which causes believers to be crucified with Christ in their flesh to the world.

[3] Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent.

Sardis' ending:

If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

[4] Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

[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] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

Philadelphia: Similar to Smyrna, the true underground churches in homes since the Roman state church beginning all the way until the end. These believers had to also hide from protestant persecution. These are the true believers to which all Israel will bow down to during the millennium. Most sects contain small fractions of this type of believer.

 

[7] And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

[8] I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

[9] Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Just as God mentioned with the Smyrna believers.

[10] Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. The word of the Lord's patience is enduring temptation from satan and the world during extreme persecution that will come to all who truly believe. In our patience, we possess our souls.

[11] Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

 

Notice: No mention from God of their need to repent!

 

Notice: God's mention of patience (enduring temptation) and a Crown.

Notice: God mentions the Synagogue of satan (Christ rejecting) as He did earlier with the Smyrna believers.

​​​​[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.

[13] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

NOTICE: As with Smyrna, there is no distinction between their beginning and their ending. There is no mention from God for them to repent. God tells them to be faithful unto death to receive the Crown of Life.

 

Laodicea: Perversion from all sects, denominations in the very last days within the industrialized world (western cultures). Include emerging, IFB “soulwinning” churches, etc. All tout a false and cheap “gospel” foreign to God’s Word. These serve mammon and not God's Truth.

 

[14] And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

[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.

They falsely believe that they were right in the Sight of God because of the abundance of things and riches (idolatry) they have thinking that gain is Godliness.

[19] As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

To chasten means to convict the heart showing us that we cannot please God in the flesh and that we must die to this temporary life and look only to Heaven and Eternity. We love Him because He first loved us. We die for Him in this physical life because He died for us. This is what overcoming the world is all about. Similar to our liberty in Christ, we are FREED from this world to look past it unto eternity.

Chasten Synonyms: purify, discipline, chastise, correct, castigate, improve, afflict, refine.

 

Opposites of these:

Chasten Antonyms: indulge, sensualize, corrupt, pamper, carnalize, spoil.

 

[20] Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

[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.

[22] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

 

Chapters 2&3 Closing thoughts:

 

All seven churches/types of believers follow the Lord Jesus Christ’s teachings in their beginnings. However 5 of the 7 abandon our Lord’s teachings for the pagan rituals cloaked in misused New Testament terms of the Roman Church. These five churches transformed into five “types” of apostate “believers” continuing empty “religion” even after the protestant reformation.

Forced government “religion” as Rome instituted in the 3rd century will be the only world-recognized “christian” religion once again in the end. True Christ following belief will once again be outlawed and severely persecuted at the end.

Ephesus, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis and Laodicea are wholly apostate due to the influenced traditions of the Roman Catholic Mother of Harlots and Abominations.

Notice however that the Lord provides us hints in his descriptions of these five types that there remains a remnant within each sect of true belief in the end. He reminds them that they must overcome the world as Christ did to be worthy, to eat of the Tree of Life; to eat of the hidden Manna; to have power over the nations; to walk with Him in White Raiment  and to sit with Him on His Throne and Rule with Him during His Millennial Reign

 

NOTICE: There is no mention of the churches after Chapter 3. This is not a hint of a pre-tribulation "rapture" but rather evidence that no true New Testament Church outwardly remains at the end of this age RESULTING IN THE TRIBULATION. All Christ-naming institutional, commercial denominations or independent sects are represented by these five apostate types of believers in the end. These are not New Testament Churches but Roman Catholic-influenced perversions.

Of the seven churches, only two avoided Roman governmental “religion”, rejected the apostate legal church and went underground and stayed underground even after the protestant reformation. God made no mention of the need to repent to both Smyrna and Philadelphia.

Of the seven only these two types of believers are mentioned to receive eternal reward or the Crown of Life: Smyrna and Philadelphia by holding fast in their patience and faith, overcoming this temporary life and enduring until the end.

Racial, Christ rejecting "jews" (synagogue of satan) are only mentioned to the Smyrna and Philadelphia types of believers in their ends. Indicating that true underground believers not perverted by institutional religion will be persecuted by the the synagogue of satan specifically in the end.

The most prominent of all warnings giving to us by God in these chapters is to Overcome the world as our Lord Jesus Christ did.

Hint for the coming chapters:

The Seven Spirits or Seven Stars are the SEVEN ANGELS OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES THAT ANNOUNCE THE TRUMPETS AND POUR OUT THE VIALS OF GOD’S WRATH. Check back soon for the next Chapters.

 

 

 

 

 

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