God's Message To The Churches of Revelation - Part 2
Revelation 3 and God's Churches Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea
This study is for those interested in where three of God's Churches, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea are today in history. Are you part of one of them or are you part of one of the dead Churches that still follow a counterfeit Christianity established in 325 A.D. by Constantine the Great. This false system led to another era of flawed false churches being raised during the start of Reformation in 1517 A.D., protesting the leadership and traditions of the Church at Rome. Did Martin Luther's 95 Thesis nailed to the door at the Church in Wittenburg Germany, begin a new revival for God's true church of God? Or did it just give birth to the daughters of Babylon and more confusion within 41,000 churches today with many conflicting doctines about Christ's teachings about what He and His disciples said, Revelation 17:5?
The first Church mentioned here in Chapter 3 is the Church at Sardis. This Church is described as a "dead church", Revelation 3:1. It later comes into being as a part of the Protestant Reformation in 1517 A.D.. this specific church Sardis was on the mail route in Greece south and east of Thyatira. Its characteristics seemed alive on the outside but dead on the inside because of its flawed Christian traditional teachings. Instead of keeping God's 7th Day Sabbath and Holy Days they kept Sunday, Easter and Christmas as part of their tradition instead of the teachings from the Bible alone. Its appearence was that of the perfect model of inoffensive Christianity by compromising with God's truths.
We see a large Roman Church now a with monoply over religious teachings in Europe during the Middle Ages after their annilhation of most of the Seventh Day Churches during the Inquisition years of the Dark Ages. This seemed to be a final death blow to God's 7th day Churches for awhile but when Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to the door of the Catholic Church in Wittenburg, Germany a new revival would be started to challenge the leadership of the Catholic Church. This was the start of the Protestant Reformation by other churches that wanted more of the Bible taught instead of Catholic tradition.
They became known as the Daughters of Babylon because they still keep a lot of Catholic traditions like Sunday worship, Easter and Christmas, Revelation 17:5. Humans were still allowed by God to experiment through their own efforts to bring peace on earth through the teachings of the Bible. The faulty traditions of Mother Rome have stayed with most Protestant Churches, including 1st Day Baptist , Lutherans and Calvinist even into our days but there would again be a new light for Seven Day churches to come on the worldly scene starting in the 17th century because of the Protestant Reformation, Reveation 3:4-5. However, Martin Luther consider himself a Catholic since he was a Augustian Monk. He had no love for 7th Day Jews or Christians who he considered heretics. He persecuted the small remnants of Waldensians who became the 7th Day Anabaptist and 7th day Mennonites in Europe. Luther even signed a memo in 1536 assessing the death penalty for all Anabaptists. This was a dead Sunday church who still followed Roman traditions even though it wanted to follow their own interpretations of the Bible, 2 Peter 1:21-22.
The Anabaptist and Mennonites would help the 7th Day English Pilgrims who moved to Holland to escape persecutions. The Pilgrims in England were persecuted by Queen Elizabeth's Sunday keeping State religion. There were three main Protestant groups in England in the 1600's. The Conformist that followed the Church of England, the Puritans who opposed the Church of England but kept Sunday. The Separatist who were founded by Robert Browne who kept the 7th Day Sabbath and Old Testament Laws. Robert Browne was the Father of the Separatist Movement in England. Francis Johnson became the Pastor of the Separatist Southwark Church in England, who with 35 members sailed to America on the Mayflower in 1620.
The Separatist - Anabaptist - Mennonites were the first 7th Day Church people to come to America in 1620. They settled at Plymouth, Massachusetts and lived peaceably with the American Indians for more than 50 years until the Puritan English arrived. The 7th Day Baptist Church was founded in England in 1650. John Dunham came to America and founded the first 7th Day Baptist church in America in 1705 at Piscataway, New Jersey. Later, more 7th Day Churches came about in America such as the 7th Day Adventist,1861 and The Church of God 7th Day (Adventist). Many more 7th Day churches would also be founded like the World Wide Church of God in 1934 and it's Splinter churches after, 1995, The Chinese True Church, and many more Churches and Independant House Churches were raised up who still kept the 7th Day Sabbath along with many Jewish Messianic Churches who also keep God's Sabbaths and Holy Days, Leviticus 23.
Most of the Mennonites seem to have become Sunday keepers instead of 7th Day Sabbath keepers today. Some Churches seem good because of their 7th Day Sabbath keeping on their outside appearences but really are dead on the inside because some of them fail to recognize Ruach Ha Kadosh the Holy Spirit as a Mother person because they are Gnostics or Binitarian Dualistic on their spiritual insides. Jesus said we must be born of the Holy Spirit Ruach HaKadosh, One of the Three members of the Elohim Godhead. Jesus some day may say to many of them when He returns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, to get away from Him because they are workers of iniquity, Revelation 19:16, Matthew 7:20-23
Some of these Churches would comprise and follow different teachings in what is known as the Sardis Church today who still keep God's Holy 7th Day Sabbath.They are a strange mixture of 7th Day Churches who have their own specific characteristics. The biggest one is the 7th Day Adventist with over 20 million members and is basically a Trinitarian, Gnostic church who's leadership is led by Freemasons. Both its founders Ellen and James White were Freemasons and it still is a Freemason Church today. It also has their followers believing that they are the Laodicean Church, Revelation 12:17.The Church of God 7th Day and the Remnant church of God broke from the 7th Day Adventist Church because of the Trinity. They teach that the Godhead is made up of only Two Beings the Father and Jesus Christ. The Worldwide Church of God who separated from the Church of God 7th Day are Semi-Arian Binitarians or Dualistic Gnostics as are most of their Splinter Churches. The Chinese True Church is Modelistic and believe there is only one God who plays three different roles. The 7th Day Baptist or Anabaptist are a Trinitarian church of choices that seems to have fallen asleep and needs to be stirred up to action to make better choices, Revelation 3:4.
Some of the Sardis Churches are very active and do preach a Gospel all over the world. Some have fallen asleep and exist as unprofitable dead churches. Most are deceived one way or the other by a clever Satan the Devil, and follow a different Jesus, Revelation 12:9, 2 Corinthians 11:4, and need to wake up and become Phladelphians, Revelation 3:7-13, Revelation 7:4-8 or end up Laodiceans, Revelation 3:14-21 or Revelation 12:17. They need to listen to what the Holy Spirit says to them, Revelation 3:6, Hebrews 10:15-16 and follow Jesus Christ's teachings from His Gospel messages instead of the gospels of mens philosophies. They need to become faithful Philadelphians with works of the righteous faith of Jesus Christ.and the faithful workings of the Spirit in them, Revelation 3:8, Hebrews 3:7-19, Ephesians 5:18. They need to come out of Satan's false teachings from the Jewish Kabbalah,Catholic Jesuits, Freemasons, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, and the New World Order which are all workers of iniquity. They do the works of their father Satan the devil, the prince of this world, John 8:44, Revelation 18:4-9, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
The Church At Philadelphia:
The Second Church Mentioned in Revelation 3 is the Philadelphia Church of God. It is called the Church of brotherly love or the Church with Christ's love for His faithful brothers and sisters that make up His Bride - Revelation 19:7-8. This City was built in 189 A.D.. It was on the church mail route in Greece and was located south and east of Sardis. It was a very beautiful city but was subject to earthquakes at times.
Philadelphia had a large Jewish population which contended with the converted Jews and Gentile Christians as to who was the right heirs to the Israel of God. The apostle Paul wrote that we must be one in Abraham's seed Jesus Christ, Galatians 3:28-29. It also had a large Roman population that was practicing Romes's Replacement Theology after the Nicean Council in 325 A.D.. This means that both converted Jews and Gentiles were under pressure and stress from unconverted Romans and Jews. Jesus Christ had John the apostle write them and tell them that they were the right heirs through Him, Revelation 3:7-13.
Jesus Christ is the one we need to go through in order to get close to our Heavenly Father, John 14:6. He is the one with the key of David to open the door to the Kingdom of Heaven or to shut it if it needs to be shut, Revelation 3:7. We are to ask, seek and knock through His name, Matthew 7:7-8, John14:13-14. This Philadelphia Church relies on Christ to open the door for them to preach the real Gospel message of the coming Kingdom of God to the nations before the end comes. This message is to the present House of Israel and the present House of Judah and all the Gentiles as many can be saved now and eventually in the future, Acts 1:8, Romans 9:22-30, Romans 11:25-26.
Jesus Christ loves this Church and only has good things to say about it. It is a faithful Church like the Church at Smyrna with patience and good works and preaches the true Gospel message. It is a small Church that doesn't deny His name or the Holy Spirit's work in them, Revelation 3:7-9., Hebrews 3:7-19. This Church is rewarded by Jesus in that it will not have to go through the Great Tribulation but it goes to a place of safety, Revelation 3:10, Revelation 12:6,14-16. Isaiah 16:3-5, Isaiah 26:1-5, 20-21, Isaiah 56:8, and Matthew 24:21-24, Galatians 4:25-26.
There are some churches that think that this Philadelphia Church is raptured to heaven but this is not true. Satan will try to destroy them by sending a flood or great army after it here on the earth, Revelation 12:14-16. Some Bible scholars seem unware of the other scriptures that show them as God's Outcast in other parts ofthe Bible as already mentioned. This Church will be on the earth with the, 144,000 who are sealed, but are left witnessing to the nations along withe Laodicean Church of God, when Philadelphia flees to a place of safety, Revelation 7:1-8, 3:10.
This Philadelphia Church is to hold unto their crowns during theTribulation, Revelation 3:11. Plus, Jesus Christ will reward them as pillars in the Temple of God and they will stay there and God will write His name on them and the name of the New Jerusalem and also Jesus will write His new name on them if they continue to be overcomers. They will be waiting in their place of safety with the Holy Spirit when Jesus Christ returns, Revelation 22:12-17. Jesus will come quickly to save them, Revelation 22:20-21, Matthew 24:21-22.
The Church at Laodicea - The Lukewarm Church:
Jesus Christ says of this Church that it is neither hot nor cold but lukewarm, Revelation 3:14-16. They seemed self satisfied with themselves and do not see that they are morally bankrupt and unaware of their spiritual needs.and the needs to do the work of Christ. Their attitude is being wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. They need to repent of their weaknesses. They need to let Christ stir them up and refine them as gold to receive Christ's grace to become faithful and righteous. The need their eyes washed with eye cleaner so they can see where their spiritually neglected and unholy behavior has left them naked and blind not doing the work of Jesus Christ, Revelation 3:17-19, Revelation 12:9.
Christ is shown knocking at their door of their church to open to him so that he can encourage them to repent of their worldliness. They need to open their hearts to Him, Revelation 3:19-20. It was evident that they had closed their minds to the Holy Spirit and were not listening to Her,just like ancient Israel John 16:13, Hebrews 3:7-12, 10:15-17. Christ was reassuring them that they can still make it into God's Kingdom if they will repent of their wrong lukewarm attitudes and get hot for His work, Revelation 3:21, John 3:3-8.
The people of this Church are 7th Day CHristians that do keep God's Commandments but have become lazy at preaching God's truths to the World, Revelation 12:17. These Christians are worst then the ones in the Sardis Church and Christ has nothing good to say to them. They need to repent of their complacent attitude and do God's work of warning all those humans who need a witness before they face the Great Tribulation. Many of these Christians will be martyred because they will refuse to worship the beast or take his mark on their foreheads or on their hands, Revelation 3:11-17. The false prophets of Satan's church will try to force them to worship the Beast and his image or be killed, Revelation 13:11-12, 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12.
Will you be among these Christians in the last days? Will you hear and listen then ask, knock and seek God's Ways, instead of waiting for Jesus Christ to have to come and knock personally on the door of your heart to encourage you to go and witness for him? Now is the time to study God's words of the Bible and renew your mine and become approved of God like the Bereans in Acts 17:10-12, 2 Timothy 2:15. We all need to be faithful in all these things as overcomers so we can sit with Christ on His throne and dine with him, Revelation 3:18-21. Will you listen to the Spirit, Revelation 3:22.
We all need to be faithful and hot for God and Christ's work. Don't be lukewarm or complacent be stirred up by the Spirit of God as the apostle Paul said we should be doing in, 1 Corinthians 2:1-16. Amen!
References to the 7 Churches of Revelation on www.youtube.com:
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Amazing Facts - Total Unslaught - The 7 churches of Revelation 2& 3 - by Walter Veith
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