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In the book of Revelation, Jesus tells of seven churches, of which, only two, He finds no fault with. That should send up some sort a flag. A signal. A notice or warning to us. What does this signify? What's the importance of this? In our cars, we pull up to a traffic signal, we'll see either a red, green, or amber color light. Sometimes we see amber or green arrows pointing left or right. Well most of us who drive have had driver's training and if not, it's still a simple thing to learn the meaning of the traffic signals. Just imagine if half the drivers had no idea what those traffic signals meant. Driving is something we all want to do. We just can't wait. We'll practice, practice, study, study, then practice and study some more. When we finally have the opportunity to take the driving test, it's easy for most everyone to pass. Once we've passed that test, boy we're overcomers. We go any and everywhere we want to go. Without those traffic signals, lots of us wouldn't make it safely home. Back in the early nineteen hundreds, when cars were just getting started, there was no need for those traffic lights, those warning signals. As congestion increased, so did the need for such. Instead of maps, we now have GPS. It works great. We now have to work hard in order to get lost.

Religiously speaking, it's the same. We need warning signals in order to make it safely home. In this age we're in, (the 21st. century), the religious congestion is so great, one hardly knows which way to turn. We need good clear instructions. Good clear signals to help us. Well, we've had them all the time, written just for this 21st. century. It's easy to learn the signals. Just pick up the Bible, dust it off, and do the same thing you did about driving. Practice, practice, study, study, then practice and study some more. Pretty soon you'll come across these verses.

2 Tim 2:15 Study to show thyself approved[1] unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing[2] the word of truth.

1 "APPROVED": 1384. dokimos, dok'-ee-mos; from G1380; prop. acceptable (current after assayal), i.e. approved:--approved, tried.

2 "DIVIDING": 3718. orthotomeo, or-thot-om-eh'-o; from a comp. of G3717 and the base of G5114; to make a straight cut, i.e. (fig.) to dissect (expound) correctly (the divine message):--rightly divide.

Isa 34:16 Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them.

2 Cor 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

1 Cor 11:28 But let a man examine[1] himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

EXAMINE 1381. dokimazo, dok-im-ad'-zo; from G1384; to test (lit. or fig.); by impl. to approve:--allow, discern, examine, X like, (ap-) prove, try.

1384. dokimos, dok'-ee-mos; from G1380; prop. acceptable (current after assayal), i.e. approved:--approved, tried.

One must stay current. I believe we are being checked, (or tested), constantly. If we weren't, how would God know when we repented or anything we thought, and things like that. Examine yourself. Can you pass the test? Sure you can.

Current? We're now in the 21st. century. Revelation is certainly end time prophecy. Most people agree that we're living in the end times. Certainly with each day that passes, we're closer to the end of time.

Paul, having trouble in Thessalonica, was sent to Berea. Note in the next verse, Acts 17:11, what those people did with what the apostle Paul told them.

Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Check your preacher out. Make sure what he says lines up with God's Word. If it don't, you're in the wrong church. This next verse gives some importance to reading.

1 Tim 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

Now to Revelation and the seven churches. Of which, only two did Jesus find no fault with.

Rev 1:1 The Revelation[1] of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

1 "REVELATION": 602. apokalupsis, ap-ok-al'-oop-sis; from G601; disclosure:--appearing, coming, lighten, manifestation, be revealed, revelation.

601. apokalupto, ap-ok-al-oop'-to; from G575 and G2572; to take off the cover, i.e. disclose:--reveal.

Rev 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

You wanta be happy? Well off? Supremely blessed?

Rev 1:3 Blessed[1] is he that readeth[2], and they that hear[3] the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

1 "BLESSED": 3107. makarios, mak-ar'-ee-os; a prol. form of the poetical makar (mean. the same); supremely blest; by extens. fortunate, well off:--blessed, happy (X -ier).

2 "READETH": 314. anaginosko, an-ag-in-oce'-ko; from G303 and G1097; to know again, i.e. (by extens.) to read:--read.

3 "HEAR": 191. akouo, ak-oo'-o; a prim. verb; to hear (in various senses):--give (in the) audience (of), come (to the ears), ([shall]) hear (-er, -ken), be noised, be reported, understand.

Read so we can understand. The word readeth means "To know again." Did we know this before? ........ ? ? ?

Rev 1:4 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;

The word seven appears in the New Testament 91 times in 65 verses. In Revelation alone it appears 54 times in 31 verses. This should bring to our attention that the number seven is very significant in God's Word. 59.3 percent of the time in Revelation. In Bible numerics, seven means "spiritual completeness".

There are some who claim these seven churches are seven church ages. Stages which Christianity has and is going through. Me, I think Jesus' statements concerning these seven churches represent the major differences in Christian churches of the end time, (this the 21st. century). I've been in lots of different churches, different denominations, etc. I check out what they say in God's Word. Quite frankly, it's rather disappointing to me. Don't get me wrong, I've heard some good sermons, but it seems, I generally come away lacking. It seems I'm continuously reminded of what E. W. Bullinger, a great Bible scholar, once said. "Never attend a church that you don't know more of God's Word when you leave, than when you entered."

Jesus describes these seven churches and what they teach. The two He found no fault with is Smyrna and Philadelphia. Let's see what they had in common. One should try and find a church that teaches what they do.

Rev 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Note, that it doesn't say on the Sabbath Day or the first day of the week, but the Lord's day. John does a little time travel. He was taken spiritually, not the flesh, to the most appropriate vantage point in time, to the Lord's Day. That one thousand year reign of Christ, where he could look in times past, times present, and beyond the great white throne judgment into all of eternity, with the most clear and understanding point of view. Keeping this in mind makes Revelation easier to understand.

I believe the Lord's Day to be that one thousand year reign of Christ. Research the following verses and surrounding ones. Isa 2:12, Isa 13:6, isa 13:9, Jer 46:10, Eze 13:5, Eze 30:3, Joe 1:15, Joe 2:1, Joe 2:11, Joe 2:31, Joe 3:14, Amo 5:18, Amo 5:20, Oba 1:15, Zep 1:7, Zep 1:14 Zec 14:1, Mal 4:5, Acts 2:20, 1Co 5:5, 2Ch 1:14, 1Th 5:2, and 2 Pet 3:10. See also the Day Of Vengeance. Pro 6:34, Isa 34:8, Isa 61:2, Isa 63:4, Jer 46:10, Jer 50:15, and Luk 21:22.

Zec 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

2 Pet 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

2 Pet 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

One day with the Lord is equal to a thousand years to us. So, when Jesus comes, known also as, the day of the Lord, it will last for one thousand years.

Rev 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

Smyrna:
Rev 2:8
And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

The church of Philadelphia and Smyrna are the only two that Jesus found no fault with. Which church would you, as an individual fall into? These two, or one of the other five.

Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

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[1] of Satan.

1 "SYNAGOGUE": 4864. sunagoge, soon-ag-o-gay'; from (the redupl. form of) G4863; an assemblage of persons; spec. a Jewish "synagogue" (the meeting or the place); by anal. a Christian church:--assembly, congregation, synagogue.

They claim to be Christian. They claim to be Jews.

1 Chr 2:55 And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites[1] that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab.

1 "KENITES": 7017. Qeyniy, kay-nee'; or Qiyniy (H1 Chron. 2 : 55), kee-nee'; patron. from H7014; a Kenite or member of the tribe of Kajin:--Kenite.

7014. Qayin, kah'-yin; the same as H7013 (with a play upon the affinity to H7069); Kajin, the name of the first child, also of a place in Pal., and of an Oriental tribe:--Cain, Kenite (-s).

The kenites, offspring of Cain, dwelling in Jerusalem. See Jeremiah 35:1 thru 35:10.

Jer 51:51 We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the LORD'S house.

John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Rev 2:10 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.

Don't think that God's people aren't going to have tribulation. It seems most Christian churches today teach that they're gonna be gone before any tribulation takes place. .... Raptured!!!!! Here in this verse, Jesus is telling His people, those in a church in which He finds not fault, that they're gonna have tribulation. He also states this in Matthew. There, He plainly states that He isn't coming till after the tribulation.

Mark 13:24 But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light,

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Kinda like the test given Daniel, Shadrach, and Abednego.

Dan 1:12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

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.

The death spoken of here is the death to a soul.

Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Philadelphia:
Rev 3:7
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;

The church of Philadelphia and Smyrna are the only two that Jesus found no fault with. Which church would you, as an individual fall into? These two, or one of the other five.

Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Isa 22:22 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.

Rev 3:8 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.

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue[1] 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.

1 "SYNAGOGUE": 4864. sunagoge, soon-ag-o-gay'; from (the redupl. form of) G4863; an assemblage of persons; spec. a Jewish "synagogue" (the meeting or the place); by anal. a Christian church:--assembly, congregation, synagogue.

Isa 60:14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

Prov 14:19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

1 Chr 2:55 And the families of the scribes which dwelt at Jabez; the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and Suchathites. These are the Kenites[1] that came of Hemath, the father of the house of Rechab.

1 "KENITES": 7017. Qeyniy, kay-nee'; or Qiyniy (H1 Chron. 2 : 55), kee-nee'; patron. from H7014; a Kenite or member of the tribe of Kajin:--Kenite.

7014. Qayin, kah'-yin; the same as H7013 (with a play upon the affinity to H7069); Kajin, the name of the first child, also of a place in Pal., and of an Oriental tribe:--Cain, Kenite (-s).

The kenites, offspring of Cain, dwelling in Jerusalem. See Jeremiah 35:1 thru 35:10.

Jer 51:51 We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the LORD'S house.

Mat 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.

Mat 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

Mat 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

Rev 3:10 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.

Some say that the church of Philadelphia is supposed to be raptured.

Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh[1] 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.

1 "OVERCOMETH": 3528. nikao, nik-ah'-o; from G3529; to subdue (lit. or fig.):--conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory.

To overcome something means you've met it and defeated it. If one has flew the coop, (or been raptured), he would've bypassed it.

What, or who, is the temple of God?
Rev 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

Rev 3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear[1] what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

1 "HEAR": 191. akouo, ak-oo'-o; a prim. verb; to hear (in various senses):--give (in the) audience (of), come (to the ears), ([shall]) hear (-er, -ken), be noised, be reported, understand.

He that hath an ear, let him hear with understanding.

Let's look at the similarities of what Jesus said of the the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia, The No Fault Churches.

Smyrna:
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[1] of Satan.

Philadelphia:
Rev 3:9
Behold, I will make them of the synagogue[1] of Satan, which say they are Jews[2], 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.

1 "SYNAGOGUE": 4864. sunagoge, soon-ag-o-gay'; from (the redupl. form of) G4863; an assemblage of persons; spec. a Jewish "synagogue" (the meeting or the place); by anal. a Christian church:--assembly, congregation, synagogue.

2 "JEWS": 2453. Ioudaios, ee-oo-dah'-yos; from G2448 (in the sense of G2455 as a country); Judaean, i.e. belonging to Jehudah:--Jew (-ess), of Judaea.

2455. Ioudas, ee-oo-das'; of Heb. or. [H3063]; Judas (i.e. Jehudah), the name of ten Isr.; also of the posterity of one of them and its region:--Juda (-h, -s); Jude.

These two churches know those who claim to be Jews, but actually are of the church of Satan. Today, 2009, the little nation called Israel, of the middle east, has a population of approximately seven million. That's 7,000,000. When the Israelites came out of Egypt with Moses, there were over two million. That's 2,000,000. Out of that 7,000,000 of today, only about 126,000 claim to be Christian. That's 1.8 percent. The rest don't believe Jesus is the Christ, (The anointed One, The Messiah). He was just a man that lived once upon a time.

Note the meaning of the word JEWS. It can mean, the descendant of Judah, (one of the sons of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel by God), or just a resident of Judaea. Could be a person who migrated there, took on citizenship, but is not an actual descendant of Judah. Not an Israelite, whose numbers are many many millions. Where are these millions of Israelites? All over the world, primarily the Christian nations of today, 2009. It's historical. You can check it out for yourself. The Bible states over and over, that God was going to, and did, scattered Israel. Judah was just one of twelve tribes of Israel. These are things that every Christian should know and understand.

Jesus born in Bethlehem Judaea:
Mat 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea[1] in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise[2] men from the east to Jerusalem,

1 "JUDAEA": 2449. Ioudaia, ee-oo-dah'-yah; fem. of G2453 (with G1093 impl.); the Judaean land (i.e. Judaea), a region of Pal.:--Judaea.

Jesus was not only a resident of Judaea, but His posterity was of the tribe of Levi and of the tribe of Judah. Both on His mother's side. His father was God.

The birth of Judah, from which Judaea is named:
Gen 29:35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah[1]; and left bearing.

She being Leah, one of the wives of Jacob.

1 "JUDAH": 3063. Yehuwdah, yeh-hoo-daw'; from H3034; celebrated; Jehudah (or Judah), the name of five Isr.; also of the tribe descended from the first, and of its territory:--Judah.

What's the importance of this? Those who claim to be Jews and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan? Well, if your religion isn't of Jesus, (Christian), what or who is it of? Jesus commanded us to learn the parable of the fig tree.

Mark 13:28 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near:

Mark 13:29 So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors.

Mark 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

This generation shall not pass. The fig tree generation is the final one. Time as we know it will be no more. When did this generation start? In the book of Jeremiah is the answer. As I stated earlier, Israel was divided and scattered throughout the world. The Northern kingdom, (ten of the 12 tribes), kept the name of Israel. The Southern kingdom, (two tribes), Judah and parts of Benjamin, were known as Judah, with it's capital at Jerusalem. Both the Northern kingdom, Israel, and the Southern kingdom, Judah, were taken captive and scattered throughout the world. This can be documented both Biblical and historical. Only a small number of the tribe of Judah, (the Southern kingdom), returned to Israel, the little nation in the middle east today. The rest of the tribes of Israel are still scattered among the world. Primarily the Christians nations of today. As I stated the book of Jeremiah contains the prophecy of this.

Jer 24:1 The LORD showed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.

Jer 24:2 One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

Jer 24:3 Then said the LORD unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

Jer 24:4 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Judah The Good figs:
Jer 24:5 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of
Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.

Jer 24:6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.

Here is the setting up of Judah, (what is called Israel today). It happened in 1948. Some claim 1967. This is part of the parable of the fig tree which Jesus referred to. Amos also mentioned this.

Amos 9:15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

Jer 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

The bad figs:
Jer 24:8 And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:

These evil figs are those of Judah who are not of the tribe of Judah, but claim to be. Remember Revelation 2:9 and 3:9. They are the residue that go with them. There are mixed peoples in Judah at this time. As I've stated before, Judah is better known today, as Israel. Those that claim to be of Judah and are not. Giving Judah, (the true descendants of Judah), lots and lots of trouble, just as the next verse prophesied they would.

Jer 24:9 And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.

There's not a day goes by that the world isn't bombarded with news from the nation Israel today. The trouble given to our brother Judah, by those who tag along, taunting and cursing him. To the point of stating they're gonna remove Israel from the map. In Jerusalem, some of them even have one of their most sacred temples, (Temple Mount), where the Christian temple should be. Lots of tension.

Ever wonder why they, (the evil figs), haven't wiped Israel off the map yet? God has plainly prophesied that once He planted them, they would not be pulled up out of their land anymore. Jeremiah 24:6 and Amos 9:15. God is in complete control. Those evil figs also know that Judah has some big brothers monitoring this situation. One of which is the United States.

Remember, this generation shall not pass:

Mark 13:30 Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.

This generation is getting up in age. ..................

Let's look at the other five churches and see how they differ from Smyrna and Philadelphia.

Ephesus:
Rev 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;

Rev 2:2 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:

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

Rev 2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Here's a church that seemed to have everything going for it. Until they left their first love. God is our first Love. Some will Leave God and go for the son of perdition. Right close to the very end.

2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling[1] away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

1 "FALLING": 646. apostasia, ap-os-tas-ee'-ah; fem. of the same as G647; defection from truth (prop. the state) ["apostasy"]:--falling away, forsake.

Jesus will not be coming until after Satan, the son of perdition. It seems lots of Christian churches teach something quite different. Remember this is end time prophecy.

The fallen angels in Jude left their first Love.

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Rev 2:5 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[1].

1 "REPENT": 3340. metanoeo, met-an-o-eh'-o; from G3326 and G3539; to think differently or afterwards, i.e. reconsider (mor. feel compunction):--repent.

Get away from that garbage teaching.

Rev 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

At least they hate one of the same things that Jesus hates.

Rev 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches[1]; 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 "CHURCHES": 1577. ekklesia, ek-klay-see'-ah; from a comp. of G1537 and a der. of G2564; a calling out, i.e. (concr.) a popular meeting, espec. a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Chr. community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both):--assembly, church.

These people, Christian church goers, here at the end are in eternal danger. If they can just recognize the problem, all will be OK. All they will have to do is come out of that teaching, and I believe lots will.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Pergamos:
Rev 2:12
And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

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.

Hey, Satan dwells among this bunch. Read Matthew chapter four and Luke chapter four. Both are the same story where Satan is tempting Jesus in the wilderness. There you'll find that he used scripture, changing it very little. Both adding to and taking away, just a little. You have to check out these ole boys in the pulpit. Use God's Word to do it. They'll stand up there and claim they're a man of God and probably don't really know they're not.

Rev 2:14 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.

Rev 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

Remember, another doctrine?

Rev 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

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.

Thyatira:
Rev 2:18
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;

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.

Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel[1], which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication[2], and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Spiritual fornication. End time spiritual fornication.

1 "JEZEBEL": 2403. Iezabel, ee-ed-zab-ale'; of Heb. or. [H348]; Jezabel (i.e. Jezebel), a Tyrian woman (used as a synonym of a termagant or false teacher):--Jezabel.

The word termagant, according to Webster's dictionary, means: A legendary Muslim deity represented in early English drama as a boisterous character. It also means: An overbearing or nagging woman. Remember, this is end time prophecy. Stay current! What's been happening this 21st. century? ............

2 "FORNICATION": 4203. porneuo, porn-yoo'-o; from G4204; to act the harlot, i.e. (lit.) indulge unlawful lust (of either sex), or (fig.) practise idolatry:--commit (fornication).

Rev 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Rev 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

Rev 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins[1] and hearts[2]: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

1 "REINS": 3510. nephros, nef-ros'; of uncert. affin.; a kidney (plur.), i.e. (fig.) the inmost mind:--reins.

2 "HEARTS": 2588. kardia, kar-dee'-ah; prol. from a prim. kar (Lat. cor, "heart"); the heart, i.e. (fig.) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by anal.) the middle:--(+ broken-) heart (-ed).

According to what? Your works.

James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Rev 2:24 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.

No doubt, some in this church, don't believe the garbage being taught there. I guess they attend just to have some place to go. Very dangerous.

Rev 2:25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Rev 2:27 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.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Rev 2:28 And I will give him the morning star.

Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Rev 2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Sardis:
Rev 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.

They're alive in the flesh, but spiritually they are dead.

Rev 3:2 Be watchful[1], and strengthen[2] the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect[3] before God.

1 "WATCHFUL": 1127. gregoreuo, gray-gor-yoo'-o; from G1453; to keep awake, i.e. watch (lit. or fig.):--be vigilant, wake, (be) watch (-ful).

2 "STRENGTHEN": 4741. sterizo, stay-rid'-zo; from a presumed der. of G2476 (like G4731); to set fast, i.e. (lit.) to turn resolutely in a certain direction, or (fig.) to confirm:--fix, (e-) stablish, stedfastly set, strengthen.

3 "PERFECT": 4137. pleroo, play-ro'-o; from G4134; to make replete, i.e. (lit.) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (fig.) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc.:--accomplish, X after, (be) complete, end, expire, fill (up), fulfil, (be, make) full (come), fully preach, perfect, supply.

Jesus asked his disciples to watch with him for one hour. See Mat. 26:38 Thru 26:40. He's asking these people to do likewise.

Rev 3:3 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.

These people have received and heard the True Word, yet they're spiritually dead. What happened? A falling away? ???

2 Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling[1] away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

1 "FALLING": 646. apostasia, ap-os-tas-ee'-ah; fem. of the same as G647; defection from truth (prop. the state) ["apostasy"]:--falling away, forsake.

Remember, this is end time prophecy. If you don't watch, Jesus will come as a thief in the night. If you study hard and do watch, you'll know what to look for. You'll also know what hour Jesus is coming. See Mark 13:35 thru 37.

Rev 3:4 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.

To me this verse indicates that God gets to the individual level even in the churches, or so called churches, of God. It's obvious that there are worthy and unworthy people going to the same church. God has the ability to and will sort them accordingly.

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.

Rev 3:6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Laodiceans:
Rev 3:14
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;

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue[1] thee out of my mouth.

1 "SPUE": 1692. emeo, em-eh'-o; of uncert. affin.; to vomit:--(will) spue.

How would you like to be treated as vomit?

Rev 3:17 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:

1 Tim 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Eccl 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

Rev 3:18 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.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

If you're not feeling a little rebuke and chastisement, you better start thinking.

Rev 3:20 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.

It's obvious that Jesus is on the outside of this church, for He's knocking on their door. He's supposed to be on the inside. Think maybe they'll invite Him in? ....... That little big word, .... if.

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh[1] 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.

1 "OVERCOMETH": 3528. nikao, nik-ah'-o; from G3529; to subdue (lit. or fig.):--conquer, overcome, prevail, get the victory.

In order to subdue and conquer, one has to take part in the battle, not fly the coop.

Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

There we have it. The seven typical Christian churches of the end time, of which, only two Jesus found no fault with. The No Fault Churches. Which one do you fit in? We're living in perilous times, (the early 21st. century, 2009). Two out of seven. That's 28.58 percent of Christian churches alone. This doesn't include other religions of the world, just Christians. Of course this doesn't mean they're dying and going to hell. Did you notice that in all the five churches, which Jesus found fault, all they have to do is repent. Jesus Himself said so. It's that simple. Get back on track and stay on track. If you fall off, get on ASAP, repent, and keep going.

Just as there are some who claim to be Jews and are not, there are some who claim to Christian and are not. the key, is REPENTANCE.

Speaking of repentance:
2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

The Lord is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Would you like to have understanding and knowledge of God's Word? The Bible tells us how you can. Tells us how to study and even to whom He will give it to.

To whom shall God give knowledge and understanding:
Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

How to study the Bible:
Isa 28:10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

Chapter by chapter and verse by verse. It'll come together, after much studying.

Lots of churches today are on the milk. Some are even on two percent and skim milk. If you're in a church like that and can't help improve it, get out. Do I have one to recommend? The only one that I feel I could add a link to this web-site is The Shepherd's Chapel. You can click on their name to go there if you like. They do teach the Bible chapter by chapter, verse by verse, and are certainly, far far beyond the milk.

Be sure, you're in one of the no fault churches.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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