Unsealing the Seven Churches of the Book of Revelation: Part 2

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5. The Church in Sardis

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[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.

- This Church has a common denominator with the Church of Ephesus with God identifying Himself as the one holding the seven stars. And you will soon realize that it is because both of these Churches work desperately hard in search of and to prove God and His Truth.

Notice also the dead and alive which God also used in the Church in Smyrna implying that these 2 Churches are; alive - famous people controlling and influencing other people's lives yet are found wanting before God - dead.


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

- This Church pertains to specifically distinguishable people today who are doing service to God by prophesying and testifying of the events to come as it is written in the scriptures. People such as Jonathan Cahn, Trey Smith, LA Marzulli, Perry Marshall, Hugh Ross, Josh Tolley, Steve Quayle, Timothy Alberino, Sid Roth, and the likes of them.


- This also refers to Protestant leaders and pastors like Paul Godfrey who were given by God specific knowledge, wisdom and talent to disseminate partially the Word of God.

God said of these people that you are alive because of the gifts I have given you that you may prophesy to the people to raise their awareness of the Divine nature. However, you are dead in that your works in the first place are not meant to save the people but merely to increase awareness. That job is reserved for my Son. The things which are bound to come will still soon come as I have appointed and there is nothing you can do to stop it or save yourself or save the people. You are alive but you are dead. However, be watchful and strengthen that gift I have given you for truly I will come and check if you are doing well and if you are walking the talk.

[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.

- The emphasis is already strong: "Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent." Walk the talk if you are for real and you will see the people start following you. You are leaders, as I have made you, remember that. Do not lead the people in blindness and apathy. I have appointed you to lighten the burden of the people and to give them hope but If I find them all the more suffering, I will come anytime and put the blame on you and I myself am going to blow the Trumpet in front of you to terrify you and to shaken your very core.


[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.

- Some of you, I acknowledge, are working very hard to become my true friend and servant. When the hour of my arrival comes, I shall walk with you in inspiring, educating, and giving hope to the people for your character and nature has been cleansed already through your righteous acts and deeds. Thou art worthy before me...

[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.

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6. Church in Philadelphia

[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;

- This is probably one of the boldest claims I am going to do in this hub. This church has not yet existed today but is just about to be established by God through the Son of Man right after He comes on the latter days which is very much near already. The context is very much suggesting that at this time, evidences of His existence has already been unveiled and no mortal could deny it.

The authoritative power of the Son is heavily manifested silencing all tongues and carnal powers. He shuts and He unshuts with none to contradict. All world rulers and intellectuals will shy away and give way to the Authority of the Son and the Son will call out limited number of People who are always faithful to the Lamb, who follow Him wherever He goes, and who overcame worldliness despite their very minimal strength. He will mark each of them and exempt them from the coming tribulation reserved for the rest of materialistic mankind.

[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.

- The anointed of God is going to provide clear evidences of His Father's authority which is information exclusive to those few enduring people who hunger for God's truth and who thirst for love and righteousness for all mankind. This will largely increase their belief and rejuvenate their faith towards God.

[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.

- This is the end of debate as we knew it. Because this information and evidences carried by this church, when argued with the Intellectuals, Atheists and Clergies, are going to stupefy them, and make them dumb. They will become sorrowful for not being able to see for a long time and they will fold their knees on the ground and beg this church for enlightenment and for spiritual guidance.


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[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.

- The Period through which this event is going to happen is during the coming prosperous 7-year reign of the Son of God who is going to rule the whole world with a rod of iron and with authority and rectification right after the falling away of the first five Churches due to the combination of excessive sinning, violence, lawlessness and all out attack of the evil forces. This church that will be called as "the little flock" will be personally nurtured by God through Christ during that 7-year period but right after that period expires, a tribulation that is appointed to happen for the rest of uncaring and indifferent humanity will not befall them.

I also believe that these Church, symbolically 144,000 in number, will come out from the first five Churches. These are those who will respond to the calling and warning of God and remain to be until Christ comes to rule the world and to cut short the tribulation. After that, Christ will leave and put this Church into a place of safety and to nurture them spiritually in preparation of the coming Kingdom of God. This is the first fruits of God. Meanwhile, the rest of the world who did not heeded the warning will be tried with the plagues of the Angels. Many of them will be saved through repentance as well. This time, it will be a baptism by fire.

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

- Slots in the office are very limited so do not waste your opportunity and be found wanting. Others more spiritually qualified than you might come and steal the scarce position you applied for.

[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.

- Over-comers will live inside and serve as a pillar in the temple of God, which is the new Jerusalem, which comes down from heaven.

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

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7. Church of the Laodiceans - The Final Church

[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;

- The Amen here implies the end of the physical phase of Human existence. All of us are Dead in Spirit before God. We are that dry bones in Ezekiel 37. Only Christ is alive in Spirit because He is the firstborn and the only Son of God now.

The spiritual works of God for the rest of mankind has not yet begun. It is just about to. It is funny how the clergies claim to know and to have association with God and yet when you look around, you will only see rampant violence and ignorance from the People. All that we're experiencing now here on earth are the effects of our own works, whether evil or not. It is called reaping what you sow. We are all under the Law. What makes this life difficult is that the Human Potential to live peacefully and harmoniously has been ransacked by the Devil. God will soon imprison the Devil and will start creating the Spiritual Humanity. This will mark the beginning of His Creation.

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

- This is referring to the whole world in General during the 7-year reign of Christ and specially after He leaves and placed the Church of Philadelphia into safety. According to prophecies, Christ will initially restore everything and common people will be given enough resources to start anew. Christ who then sits in power, coming in clouds (figuratively), will cause unrepentant elites to hide from the mountains (bunkers) and will cause world leaders to withdrew their worldly agendas. "The Sun will be darkened, the moon will not give it's light and the Stars of Heaven will fall from the sky".

However, this is going to compromise the spirits of most people. The absence of Heat will result into the absence of refinement as well. The result, a lukewarm church comfortable and have no need of a savior. This kind of test is even harder and thus, people who can overcome this materialistic abundance will even outshine the Church of Philadelphia in the coming establishment of God's Kingdom.

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

- Lukewarm people who do not have passion for Christ or servitude towards God do not belong in His Kingdom.

[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:

- In this life, money matters, but in the coming life with Christ, nothing matters apart from your genuine loving heart concerned towards the goodwill of others. People who love only self and do not look at what is beyond to make the world a much better place to live in, are ... "wretched, and miserable,...... 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.

- Listen, listen, listen! Examine thyself and hearken unto the voice of God. Meditate on His words, live by it and apply it on your daily life. Stop offending the poor and start caring for the others. I cannot stress this much further. Be found unblemished and guiltless before God. The Son will soon come but it will be much easier for you at that time if you start doing it now. Remember, you can fool yourself but not God.

[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.

- It doesn't need to be the hard way. Behold, I am God, is there anything to hard for me? If only you can listen now, what further need have we of punishment and tribulation?

[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.

- This is the ultimate prize of those who will overcome, Christ will allow them to sit with Him in His very throne that His Father gave.

[22] He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

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Norine Williams 4 weeks ago

I haven't finished your HUBS yet but the one thing that caught my attention was "The Seven Spirits of God" (Revelation 3:3) because I didn't know what they were!

I found that the Prophets Isaiah prophesied them in Isaiah 11:2-5 "And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD; and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of "his" eyes, neither reprove the hearing of "his" ears: But with righteousness (WORD) shall he judge the poor (of spirit), and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. And righteousness shall be the girdle of his lions, and faithfulness of the girdle of his reins."

Isaiah was prophesying the coming of Christ with "The Seven Spirits of God!" Don't you think we should be portraying the same Spirits IF Disciples of Christ?


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bdn9385 4 weeks ago Author

Norine, when I saw your name prompted on my notification I was terrified initially thinking of the possibility of endless argument. I thank God I am wrong. :)

That prophecy of Isaiah I think is no less than perfect as soon as I have finished reading it in your comment. And I am with you when you said we should resemble the attributes of these 7 Spirits if we are to be called a true Disciples of Christ.

Thank you for sharing me that comment. Isaiah's message is very comforting. :)


Norine Williams 4 weeks ago

Dear heart; my intent is not to "argue" but to be "Christ-like" which one can ONLY BE if speaking according to HIS WORD (not "arguing")!

Now look at "The Seven Spirits of GOD" mentioned in Isaiah: (v3-5) "...and he shall not judge after the sight of "his" (our) eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of "his" (our) ears: But with righteousness (WORD) shall he judge the poor (of spirit; of understanding), and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth (wrong understanding) with the rod of his mouth (WORD), and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked (with WORD). And righteousness (WORD) shall be the girdle of his lions, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins."

We should be doing this IF we proclaim to be "Disciples" of Christ! Now people might "see" as "arguing," but Isaiah said we are "Christ-like" and possess "The Seven Spirits of GOD" mentioned in Isaiah 11:2-5!

Blessings


Norine Williams 4 weeks ago

Dear heart; my intent is not to "argue" but to be "Christ-like" which one can ONLY BE if speaking according to HIS WORD (not "arguing")!

Now look at "The Seven Spirits of GOD" mentioned in Isaiah: (v3-5) "...and he shall not judge after the sight of "his" (our) eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of "his" (our) ears: But with righteousness (WORD) shall he judge the poor (of spirit; of understanding), and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth (wrong understanding) with the rod of his mouth (WORD), and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked (with WORD). And righteousness (WORD) shall be the girdle of his lions, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins."

We should be doing this IF we proclaim to be "Disciples" of Christ! Now people might "see" as "arguing," but Isaiah said we are "Christ-like" and possess "The Seven Spirits of GOD" mentioned in Isaiah 11:2-5!

Blessings


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bdn9385 4 weeks ago Author

Norine. I have no doubt in your faith. In fact, you are one of the very faithful person I have encountered in HP when it comes to dividing the Word of God and I must admit, I find your faith very hard to sway. Such tenacity can only come as a gift from God. As for me, I am only trying my best to help people based on what God poured within me. I hope that we are aligned with this objective and I will appreciate if we could work in harmony in God's name. God Bless! :)


Norine Williams 4 weeks ago

I agree we have "different gifts" but GOD places another in one's life to show we must be "With One Accord!" GOD works in ALL who "seek" HIM and "sees" the heart, then places another in his life to move in THE DIRECTION HE wishes (aka "With One Accord")!

We have to "work out our own salvation" (Philippians 2:12) by "STUDYING" (II Timothy 2:15) WORD given to "see if these things are so" (Acts 17:11) to become "With One Accord!"

Hebrews 6:1-3 tells us that we have to be in agreement with "the principles of the doctrine of Christ" before we can "go on unto perfection!"

"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permits."

Now doesn't that tell you that we are to come to an agreement to become "With One Accord" in HIS WORD before we can "go on unto perfection?" People see as "arguing" but GOD SAID "smite the earth with the rod of HIS mouth" (WORD); "correct" with HIS WORD (II Timothy 2:15); and "REBUKE" your neighbor (with HIS WORD) and not suffer sin upon him" (Leviticus 19:17)!

THEN and ONLY THEN are we portraying "The Seven Spirits of GOD!"

Blessings


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bdn9385 4 weeks ago Author

I agree with you Norine. The only problem left for us to do is how to make the world come into consensus with regards to their belief. So that we can start going unto perfection. God Bless!


Norine Williams 4 weeks ago

It's not for ALL to "hear" with their spiritual "ears!" What we do is "plant the seed" (I Corinthians 3:7) or tell them and they can accept by "STUDYING" (II Timothy 2:15) HIS WORD or "throw in the trash can!" lol

I was playing "Sugar Crush" until you commented which reminded me of "The Church in Sardis!" They didn't "watch!" How would I look if JESUS returned and I was playing "Sugar Crush?" You see? I'm not "perfect" but "I press!" I confess, I'm human and that's not what GOD wants of us and for that I ask HIS forgiveness but "the flesh" is weak!

Who said "I'm perfect" and the ONLY ONE filled with HIS Holy Spirit? Not I; but I BELIEVE HIS "...GRACE is sufficient for me" (II Corinthians 12:9) and "I am righteous by "FAITH" (Romans 3:22)!

GOD wants us to continuously "Walk in the Spirit and not mind the things of the flesh" (Galatians 5:16)!

Again, we have to "preach the WORD be instant in season and out of season" (II Timothy 4:2). GOD SAID in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:4-9 "And when he sowed (preached the WORD), some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up (others telling them not to listen to "stupidity"), Some fell upon stony places (complacent heart) where they had not much earth (little knowledge of WORD): and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth (little knowledge of WORD): And when the sun was up, they were scorched (when Religion comes along; they go along); and because they had no root (no knowledge of WORD to grow), they withered away. And some fell among thorns (Believing Religion); and the thorns sprung up (Belief in man's "interpretation" of WORD), and choked them: But other fell into good ground (Open minded, "STUDIED" to "See if those things were so") and brought forth fruit (righteousness), some an hundredfold, some sixty-fold, some thirty fold (depending on one's level of "FAITH;" Romans 1:17; and we know "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the WORD of GOD;" Romans 10:17). Who hath ears to hear, let him ear!"

So you see? It's not for ALL to "hear" but as "Disciples" of Christ, it's our job to "plant the seed" which seems to man "argumentative!"

That's why GOD SAID in Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it."

I had a dream that the wind was blowing profusely which caused "trees" to pop midway their trunks but their "roots remained embedded in the soil" (Daniel 7:14)! GOD was showing me before I started "preaching HIS WORD" MOST were going to remain "embedded in their twisted beliefs" but told me to "be not discouraged" (Joshua 1:9) just "preach the WORD!"

Blessings


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bdn9385 4 weeks ago Author

Norine, you probably are a rich person for being able to manage to stay at HP or perhaps somebody is providing for you. In my case, God caused me to quit my Job because of my unwillingness to write what He wants me too. For this, I am using the money I set aside from my previous job. How long am I going to last like this before I totally burn my resources is uncertain. My lot is totally in the hands of God now.

This is probably the case for us, obtaining mercy from God.

But, do you realize how hard is it for the rest of the world to earn for a living? Do you think God would condemn these people the way He did to me simply because they are very busy with their work so that tomorrow morning their loved ones would have something to put into their mouth to see the light of the next day?

If we cannot empathize with these people and give them what they deserve for working with such heart and compassion, then what kind of person are we in the Kingdom of God? Are not our tribulations for the sake of these kind of people?

Therefore, let those who are not able to observe the commandments of God for these reasons be not condemned. For me this is the true righteousness. - God Bless!


Norine Williams 4 weeks ago

GOD SAID "Be not concerned with what you eat for HE cares for the birds; how much more for you" (Matthew 6:25-34)? Now that doesn't mean we just wait for something to just "fall from the sky," because Scripture says "If one doesn't work, they don't eat" (II Thessalonians 2:10)! Therefore, continue to pursue employment to be in accordance with WORD!

Here is where our "FAITH" in GOD comes in! We must find Scripture for each situation and BELIEVE!

I am now 66 years old, worked for the Federal Government for 25 years and also on social security. I've done my time in the secular world! Am currently a real estate agent as I work for the LORD (without pay)!

I am married to a retired Vietnam Vet but on a fixed income which is limited since both "retired!"

GOD provides as HE will for you but "be not discouraged" and continue to "press" and "BELIEVE HE WILL DO what HE SAID HE WOULD DO!"

Blessings


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bdn9385 4 weeks ago Author

I apologized for my arrogance earlier. I didn't realized you are much older and more experienced than me. I have to thank you for that encouragement. I have already learned to surrender my life to God. Whether He wants me to seek employment again or not is totally up to Him. I do not see my plans greater than His anymore. God Bless! :)

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