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End Time Churches

 

The book of Revelation speaks of things to happen at the return of Christ, the 1000 year reign of Christ, and the eternity.  There are seven Christian churches given in the book of Revelations.  Some of these churches are better than others.  The names of the churches are not important.  What you want to get from this is what these churches teach, and compare them to your church today.  Which church would you want to be a member of?

 

7 Stars = 7 Angels of the Churches

7 Candlesticks = 7 Churches

 

Revelation 1:20.  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.

 

Revelation 2

 1.  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;

 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.

 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.

 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.

 

1> Ephesis tries hard to follow God with many good works.  However, this church is lead away from Christ.  This church must revert to the old ways and repent before Christ returns or be lost.  Nicolaitans were Baal worshipers, and the serpent was their symbol.

 

 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;

 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.

 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.

 

2> Smyrna suffers hardship, but is rich in knowledge because they understand those who say they are Jews, but are of Satan.  Its members are of the elect that will be persecuted (ten days) during the tribulation period.  IF faithful will be given eternal life.  The elect do not have to fear even during tribulation.

 

 12.  And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

 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.

 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.

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

 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.

 

3> Pergamos is gifted as a inspirational and motivational speakers.  This church is not afraid of evil and promotes Christianity faithfully. 

 

However, (Reference Numbers 22) Balac was a king of Moab who asked their false religious priest (Balaam) to curse Israel.  God forced Balaam (priest) to make Balac (king) understand that God protects his children. In others words, this church attempts to harm Gods elect.  If Pergamos does not accept the true Christ and stop persecuting Gods chosen people, it will receive Gods wrath. 

 

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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.

 

4>  Thyatira has works, charity, service, faith, and patience.  However, as a harlot they have turned away from Christ and followed Satan (death) during tribulation.  Thyatria is given time to accept the truth and repent but has not.  Those loyal to the true Christ within Thyatira will wait for his return and overcome with power during 1000 year reign of Christ.

 

Revelation 3:

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; 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.

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

 

5> Sardis thinks it is doing well, but is close to death.  It has no works.  This church will be given truth, and if it does not change its ways, Christ will return without warning and with wrath.  This church have a few worthy to walk with Christ and overcome the tribulation period.

 

 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.

 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.

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

 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.

 

6> Philadelphia has the "key of David" (understanding), works, some strength, and kept the word of God. They understand those who say they are Jews, but lie (Sons of Cain).  This church is told to stand firm; let no man rob them of their eternal life which they already have.  Philadelphia is patient and will not be tempted by Anti-Christ because of their understanding. 

 

 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.

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

 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.

 

7> Laodiceans.do not take a stand on anything, which God hates.  They believe they are doing well, but truly are not.  They have no works and do not see the truth.  God love these people and wants them to repent.

 

 

 

 

Key of David (Knowledge / Understanding)

 

 

The Key of David is the ability to understand who the true Christ is AND the ability to understand who the false Christ is (and his children). What do the church of Smyrna and Philadelphia have in common?They both understand those who say they are Jews, and are not but of the synagogue of Satan.

 

 

Psalms 22:1 To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David. My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

 

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 

Psalms 110

1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

2 The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

4 The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

5 The Lord at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.

6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.

7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.

 

Psalms 119

61 The bands of the wicked have robbed me: but I have not forgotten thy law.

62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

63 I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.

64 The earth, O LORD, is full of thy mercy: teach me thy statutes.

65 TETH. Thou hast dealt well with thy servant, O LORD, according unto thy word.

66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge: for I have believed thy commandments.

 

Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.

 

Isaiah 22

 1.  The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?

 2.  Thou that art full of stirs, a tumultuous city, a joyous city: thy slain men are not slain with the sword, nor dead in battle.

 3.  All thy rulers are fled together, they are bound by the archers: all that are found in thee are bound together, which have fled from far.

 4.  Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people.

 5.  For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.

 6.  And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.

 7.  And it shall come to pass, that thy choicest valleys shall be full of chariots, and the horsemen shall set themselves in array at the gate.

 8.  And he discovered the covering of Judah, and thou didst look in that day to the armour of the house of the forest.

 9.  Ye have seen also the breaches of the city of David, that they are many: and ye gathered together the waters of the lower pool.

 10.  And ye have numbered the houses of Jerusalem, and the houses have ye broken down to fortify the wall.

 11.  Ye made also a ditch between the two walls for the water of the old pool: but ye have not looked unto the maker thereof, neither had respect unto him that fashioned it long ago.

 12.  And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth:

 13.  And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.

 14.  And it was revealed in mine ears by the Lord of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord God of hosts.

 15.  Thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Go, get thee unto this treasurer, even unto Shebna, which is over the house, and say,

 16.  What hast thou here? and whom hast thou here, that thou hast hewed thee out a sepulchre here, as he that heweth him out a sepulchre on high, and that graveth an habitation for himself in a rock?

 17.  Behold, the Lord will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee.

 18.  He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord's house.

 19.  And I will drive thee from thy station, and from thy state shall he pull thee down.

 20.  And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah:

 21.  And I will clothe him with thy robe, and strengthen him with thy girdle, and I will commit thy government into his hand: and he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah.

 22.  And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.

 23.  And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.

 24.  And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.

 25.  In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the Lord hath spoken it.

 

Luke 11

37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat.

38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.

39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.

40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?

41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.

42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.

44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.

45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also.

46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.

48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.

49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;

51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:

54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.

 

1 John 2

21.  I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22.  Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

23.  Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

 

Ephesians 3

14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

 

2-Timothy 3

1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

2-Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.