But this move was always opposed by other spirits in the church that focused on human leadership, unscriptural doctrines, political involvement, big-money, and pagan influences. Thus the church listened to him, not the Bible. The previous verse had mentioned seven congregations located in Asia Minor. Rome introduced the laws of the Christmas festival as well as the Ishtar eggs and Ishtar bunnies for the spring festival or sex orgy in March-April. DANIEL 7:25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: Eventually Pope Gregory 13 would finalize the changes to the calendar. There are no special days for annual festivals. They represent the first four church ages. The 12 tribes of Israel are returning to the Promised Land at the end of the 7 church ages. Reverend Isaac Owusu-Bempah of Glorious Word Power Ministries International has made a new shocking revelation about the December 7 polls. Four is the middle of seven. This extended the authority of the Pope over church festivals. Thus they would be unable to prove many of their beliefs from Scripture. The Roman emperor Constantine gave the Lateran palace to the Roman bishop and it still remains the official seat of the Roman Catholic church which the popes claim to be the seat of saint Peter. Rev 2:5 KJV – 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.. In part, John writes, "Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest" (Revelation 1:12–13). The second sign is the dragon which is symbolic of Satan (Revelation 12:3-4, 9). COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Unscriptural words like Trinity, Christmas, and Pope became the focus of the church. It opens with an incredible encounter between Jesus and the apostle. The seed of Truth was buried in the Dark Age of Europe’s history and then germinated back to life in the Reformation of Martin Luther. I CHRONICLES 9:32 And other of their brethren, of the sons of the Kohathites, were over the shewbread, to prepare it every sabbath. Most scholars agree that the seven candlesticks carry a meaning beyond those seven Asiatic churches in John’s day, representing in some way the entire church of Jesus Christ. There is no difference. Similarly, the Church era will be in total darkness without the Holy Spirit. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. These 12 loaves symbolize the 144000 from the 12 tribes of Israel, at the end of the 7 church ages (at the end of the 7-day week), who have to be back in their Promised Land (symbolized by the Holy Place) to meet Messiah. There was still much ignorance in the church but a new desire had been awakened to start getting back to the doctrine of the apostles in the New Testament. The reformers restored salvation by faith in Christ and not by works. :28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. As time moved on human leadership introduced error as different deviations from Scripture began. MATTHEW 12: 40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. :11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Thus unscriptural truth spreads like a virus. The third sign is a child who is symbolic of Christ or the Messiah (Revelation 12:5-6). The first sign is a woman who represents the nation of Israel (Revelation 12:1-2). Our best example of a Christian church. (Revelation 1:12). He turns around and sees a vision of the Lord Jesus in His glory. The Holy Ghost came down on the day of Pentecost to guide the church through 7 church ages and will leave the earth when the Holy Spirit catches the church up to meet the Lord in the air. By Nevin Bass “The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. :4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. A bishop is simply an alternative title for an elder. The meaning is, that the church gave light in Ephesus; and that what he would do in regard to that place would be like … The Jews will finally receive, from their two prophets, the scraps of New Testament doctrine that their ancestors rejected 2000 years ago. Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. Standing before the Lord of the earth - Always waiting on God, without the help of man, and asserting his right over the earth and all things therein. Ambitious leaders, ruthless to seize power and money, would dominate the church in later days. The first three Chapters of Revelation involve seven candlesticks. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images. Thus they have no Absolute to focus their attention on. Christian Truth. People's Bible Notes for Revelation 11:4. Moving away from the beliefs of the first church age can be described as EVIL. Smyrna means bitterness and death. The candlestick stands in the outer sanctuary, the type of the present dispensation on earth; but not in the inner holiest place, the type of the heavenly world wherein the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are both the temple and the light (Revelation 21:22-23). Wait, there’s more! According to Rome it must be a big festival on a pagan day in midwinter. God commended this church age. This was the source or inspiration of our hot cross buns. Pope, Cardinal, Metropolitan, Archbishop, and Archdeacon are all unscriptural titles but that is what ruled the church. This symbolized that the church age of Thyatira, the Dark Age, was the furthest that the church backslid away from the teachings and influence of the apostles. Now this doctrine actually started as a deed in the first age. The Bible never asked us to remember the birth of Jesus. Because the bishop of Rome was backed by the Roman emperor Constantine, this bishop ambitiously then wanted influence and control over other cities. Thus shepherds could not be in the fields at night as winter is far too cold outside. A bad mistake. The first four church ages had one thing in common, a movement away from the New Testament church. Hmm? Or, 2. the Church, from a comparison with Revelation 1:20 (Gomar, similarly Menochius, Durham). Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. Revelation 1:13 Context. Church Age 1 began in AD 33 on the day of Pentecost. Pergamos means thoroughly married. This was the church age of Thyatira, which means a dominating woman. The Lord uses seven golden candlesticks to represent these churches. They did not know it was a planet in those days. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. This gave Rome even more authority over other people. God turned from the Jews to the Gentiles during the 7 church ages. The murderous Nero was emperor in Paul’s day. Men began to call themselves by new unscriptural titles like “the bishop of Antioch”. Nine months after mid April, babies would be born in mid December, Yule time or the time of the child. This part of Revelation comprises the “what is now” section of Revelation (see Revelation 1:19). Revelation … For in him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. The Council of Nicaea in AD 325 put the official church under the domination of a ruthless political tyrant, the emperor Constantine. The removing of the candlestick is not the deposition of the bishop, but the dethroning of the Church, cancelling its claim to the kingdom, severing its union with Christ. The New Testament is the way God wants the church to be. He is more seasoned, trained, not a novice, reliable because of experience and long standing proof of his Christian experience. In the end God would be able to claim that whatever adverse conditions existed, and however Satan attacked the church in fiendishly different ways, there would always be those who are able to overcome. Feeding thousands of Jews from a schoolboy’s lunch of bread and fish. (Especially since there are 45000 different types of churches today, headed by tens of thousands of pastors with different beliefs. So the second church age looked like this, in terms of truth, as the flame of Bible truth was shrinking. A massive church hierarchy with unscriptural titles would grow to dominate the Dark Ages where the Bible was in Latin and not read by ordinary people. There was no “Balaam” nor “Jezebel” in these early churches. This is how the seventh church should look as it seeks to be restored in both Spirit and Truth, to the New Testament church. A '†' on the bun was the initial for her son Tammuz who would be born 9 months later. Thus the third church age looked like the above candlestick, in terms of truth. from whence then hath it tares? Revelation 2:5, KJV: "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." By believing in a seven year Tribulation the churches mess up the Book of Revelation. Jesus had warned, “Take heed that no man deceive you” in Matthew 24:4, but people preferred human wisdom instead of Scripture. The church of Christ is the candlestick to hold up the light in the midst of moral darkness. This was the husk that protects the seed. A real spiritual swamp). Thus the “mystery of the seven churches” means that each of the existing six churches and the soon-to-be-formed church of Thyatira had within them the characteristics of a future age that the Christian church would go through. Jesus referred to these two numbers from two of His greatest miracles. JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: Today the seed, which is the Word of God, has to ripen in the revealed truth of Scripture. Except for Venus the evening and morning star, Saturn was the next brightest star to be worshiped. The word Yule in the Chaldean (or Babylonian) language means child. Here's a probable analysis of how the Hebrew Alphabet works with the Menorah the 7 branched candlestick. Their argument is: "If Trinity is unscriptural and it is the truth, then any other unscriptural word like Christmas (for example) must also be the truth". We are supposed to become just like the early apostolic church of the New Testament. The reformers formed the first blades and shoots. The Church is called a candlestick, in allusion to the candlestick in the ancient sanctuary-in allusion also to the exposition of the symbol given by the prophet (Zechariah 4:2-6); and on account of her own celestial light — she receives, resembles, embodies, and dispenses the light, glory, and gladness of heaven (Isaiah 60:1). . For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. JEREMIAH 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven [signs of the Zodiac]; for the heathen are dismayed at them. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? MATTHEW 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother. The vessels in the tabernacle formed a cross. Constantine showered political authority, money, and buildings on the church. According to some historians there was no church in the city of Thyatira by the time John the Revelator died about the year AD 100. Around AD 100 the last apostle, John, died and ambitious human leaders began to rise in the church. Church ages 1 to 4 revealed a movement away from Scripture to the right. Rome changed the calendar by which we measure time. Little unscriptural errors began to creep in. The sea will explode and totally destroy the surface of the earth and burn up all the orbiting satellites. The disciples would pick up the rejected Gospel and make sure that they took these New Testament doctrines out to the Gentiles who would come in during the future seven church ages. The above verse is introduces us to a symbol the Lord used in a vision given to the aged apostle John. This candlestick represents the first church age of the New Testament. The old loaves were eaten by the priests in the Holy Place. Richard T. Ritenbaugh The All-Important Introduction to Revelation The church slowly struggled to get back closer to the original New Testament beliefs of the apostles. The awful Borgia popes represented a pit of depravity as truth was buried under dirt. The apostle Paul pens a similar greeting in II Corinthians 13:14, in which he writes of "the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit," meaning that God's Spirit is the means by which Christians can have a relationship with God. Their testimony would prove the falseness of those people who would claim that their circumstances were too tough for them to survive as Christians, which is why they abandoned the faith. To be buried for three nights means that Jesus died on Thursday afternoon. Then Christians became complacently asleep in a spiritual sense and error crept in because they did not insist on being strictly Scriptural. Here two witnesses prophesy 1,260 days. God did not just want a restoration of the Holy Spirit power, He also wanted a full restoration of the Bible truth. God wanted to push His church through seven very different sets of circumstances. REVELATION 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. The Waldenses started in the city of Lyons but had to hide from the murderous Catholic armies in the mountains of the Alps that formed a protective wilderness for them. These names refer back to periods in Jewish history when false leaders raised up to oppose God’s men of those time periods, who were Moses and Elijah, respectively. The New Testament church is the model church that we should be restored back to. The elder is the man. To them a bishop was now one with extended authority over many local leaders. Thus mid winter had to be the time of the birth of Jesus to keep the pagans happy. The shewbread lasted 7 days, before 12 new shewbread loaves were baked to replace the old loaves on the next Sabbath. Bridegroom – Jesus Christ. You cannot find one name for three People. Today’s church world can get people saved (which is very good) and teach them many good truths about the Holy Spirit and how to live a good life. He did not want to use good works as the key to salvation to move further away from the New Testament Scriptures. reveal a deeper meaning, a definite pattern in God's plan. NICOLAITANES. Again Rome dragged us into the orbit of her wrong dates. But the pagan star was part of the mid winter festivals in December. Human leaders in this second church age were starting to mislead the churches and, sadly, the truth was shrinking. The Reformation made a new start from the other side of the candlestick. Paul complained of their bondage to days (25th) months (December) times (Christmas time) years (every year). A woman symbolizes a church. 'Elder' always has and always will refer simply to a man's chronological age in the Lord. Thus all the churches that accepted Christmas fell under the influence of Rome. With the backing of the emperor, the Roman bishop would soon claim power over the other churches. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and, But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how, I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain, For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and.
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