Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
The Seven Churches of Revelation
"He who has ears to hear…"
"He who Overcomes…"
John the Baptist came preaching the Kingdom of God
After John Yeshua (Jesus) Preached the Kingdom of God
We are told to pray… "Thy Kingdom Come…"
Yeshua is the King of that Kingdom
Why do we have the Book of Revelation?
It is the book about Yeshua’s (Jesus’) Second Advent and the events preliminary to it.
It is a call for His Church to wake up - to Hear, to Repent, Overcome and endure.
Rev 1:7Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him…
Rev 1:1… to show to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place…
What value is this Book for us today?
Rev 1:3 NKJVBlessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
Rev 1:6and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father…
What is the key cry to all the churches?
Rev2:7 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes …" '
The Seven Churches represents one whole church body!
Rom 12:4For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
1Cor 10:17Since there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread.
1Cor 12:27Now you are Christ's body, and individually members of it.
What applies to these seven churches applies to each of us.
The Seven Churches - If they are the only churches that represent the whole body of Messiah to which one do you belong? Do we have the ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to all the churches? Are we listening? Are we using God’s grace (power) to prepare and overcome?
As the menorah (made as one piece of gold with seven golden candle sticks) is before the throne of God in heaven herein represents the whole church of God. We must remember there were many other church congregations when John wrote this revelation (as there are today), yet these seven represent all the churches combined; different characteristics but still God’s Light to the world.
Rev 1:4John to the seven churches that are in Asia …and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne; Rev 1:12 … And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; 13 and in the middle of the lampstands one like a son of man…
Rev 1:20"As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Hear what the Head of these seven churches says:
They have a Negative side - not a pretty picture - thus the call to repentance and overcoming that condition:
Rev 2:4'But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 'Remember therefore from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you, and will remove your lampstand out of its place -- unless you repent.
Rev 2:10'Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Rev 2:14'But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit acts of immorality. 'Thus you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.
'Repent therefore; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth.
Rev 2:20'But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray, so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 'And I gave her time to repent; and she does not want to repent of her immorality. 'Behold, I will cast her upon a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. 'And I will kill her children with pestilence; and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds.
Rev 3:2'Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 'Remember therefore what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. If therefore you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you.
Rev 3:8'…because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
Rev 3:11'I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, in order that no one take your crown.
Rev 3:15'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, "I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing," and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see.
This and the whole revelation are written to all the Church’s.
Rev 1:11saying, "Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches…"
- The call is clear; the warning can be devastating:
Even without a careful reading of these verses it is easily determined there is much to be corrected and worked on (repenting, enduring, waking up and overcoming) in order to reach our ultimate goal of being one with Christ and being with Him in His Kingdom, that is yet to come!
Despite all the problems these lampstands are still giving light - how much more if we can clean up our condition to be the light of the world we are called for?
We touched on the positive aspects of the Father and the Sons great love for us in part one. How they beseech us to turn to Him, to overcome and be a part of His family… The Kingdom of God. Now we have seen faults within each church that needs to be rectified. Next, we will look at some of the parables of Yeshua that reflect our need to obey His call and similar warnings.
For the Church of God - pay attention, repent, endure and overcome whatever is hindering us.
Diligently Seek God’s Kingdom
Proverbs 2:4If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures…
Proverbs 8:17"I love those who love me; And those who diligently seek me will find me.
Proverbs 28:5Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the LORD understand all things.
Proverbs 29:26Many seek the ruler's favor, but justice for man comes from the LORD.
"Jesus has now many lovers of the heavenly kingdom but few bearers of His cross."
"When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
"The smallest good deed is greater than the grandest intention."
Anytime you feel like God does not do everything good, try picking up an egg
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Understand the Kingdom
Are you reluctant to accept things you don't understand, and is this particularly true for matters of faith and doctrine, since they are so important? Do you think God is not involved in anything that doesn't make sense to you? For you know that He is infinite and omniscient, and you know that we are not. Doesn't simple logic make one suspicious of the first premise above? Wouldn't you expect that He is involved in things beyond our comprehension, and not involved in things we understand? Yet He reveals them to us by His Spirit. Jesus said if we ask, He would show us the mysteries of His Kingdom.
Be a Light
You are called to live a life of faith. This is based on the truth revealed to you, and your belief about what is to come. Incorporating this belief into your being affects your behavior now. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. These are not vague and abstract terms. They refer to a visible present reality. For your conduct according to your faith is a bright and shining light, a testimony to the glory of God’s kingdom not yet visible. Those around you cannot see afar off in the spirit to see His kingdom, but they can see you. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father.
(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)
The Hearing One will Trust in God
Psalm 14:2The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.
Psalm 24:6This is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Thy face -- …
Psalm 27:8When Thou didst say, "Seek My face," my heart said to Thee, "Thy face, O LORD, I shall seek."
Psalm 119:2How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart.
Psalm 119:45And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Thy precepts.
Psalm 122:9For the sake of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.
Psalm 27:4One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life…
Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)
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