PROPHECY (1A) ISAIAH 4:1: CHURCH OF EPHESUS

LINKING ISAIAH 4:1 WITH REVELATION 2:1


Apostle John in the book of Revelation Chapters 2 and 3 reveals what is meant by the prophecy of Isaiah 4:1 when Isaiah wrote about "seven women and one man." John reveals Christ's message to the seven churches, namely, the churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. The seven churches represent all the churches, their different denominations, and their own weakness.

PROPHECY - ISAIAH 4:1

"And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, "We will eat our own bread and wear our own apparel Only let us be called by thy name To take away our reproach."


Explanation


The day will come when all the women (church, bride to be of Christ) will take hold of one man (Jesus Christ) saying, "We will eat our own bread (Manna, words of life, doctrine) and wear our own apparel (garments of salvation, robe of righteousness); only let us be called by thy name (Jesus, Christian) to take away our reproach (shame, scorn, disgrace).

The prophesy foretells the time when all the churches will call themselves Christians in name only because they will preach their own doctrine and explain their own interpretation of righteousness ignoring the commandments of God. They believe that in calling themselves Christians will take away their shame.


THE CHURCH IN EPHESUS Rev. 2:1-11

According to the apostle John in Revelation chapter 2:4, the church in Ephesus is active, sound in doctrine but deficient in love. Jesus Christ takes note of the labour and patience the church has but the church cannot bear those who are evil. However, Jesus has found that the church lacks love which is very essential in a true church of God.

"Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou has left thy first love (v.4). 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 candelstick out of his place, except thou repent" (v.5).

The Church in Ephesus, Turkey


ORIGIN OF THE CHURCH


PARABLE OF THE SOWER (Luke 8:5-15)

The parable of the sower shows which type of soil a church is sown There are four types of soil in which the farmer gets to sow his seeds, (1) the seed that fell on the way side (trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it),

(2) some fell upon a rock (as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away because it lacked moisture).

(3) some fell among thorns (and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it).

(4) And others fell on good ground (and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold).

The church of Ephesus could be sown in any of the first three types of soil. Love is missing from the relationship between the church in Ephesus and Jesus Christ because it has grown cold and turns to other gods.


THE FIRST LOVE


In the beginning, there was an intimate degree of love and loyalty between the church and Christ but love seems to have vanished. What is left is but just an empty, hollow shell. Earlier in history, the church in Ephesus was like a youth espoused as a bride to the Lord.

We love God because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). The love should be reciprocal. "Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying , Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, ..." (Jeremiah 2:2).

The church is often described figuratively as a "bride" waiting for the "Lamb". "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband" (Rev. 21:2).

I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ" (2 Co. 11:2).

Later the church in Ephesus forsook God and turned to "foreign gods."


THE TEN COMMANDMENTS


The ten commandments are given to mankind as a guide on how to love God and to love our fellow men. They can be divided into two sections. The first four commandments fall under "Love God" and the other six can be classified as "Love thy neighbour as thyself."

When the Ephesian church is chastised as "having left the first love", it means leaving God out of the equation, or not caring about God as important in their lives. The church would be careless in their worship for their hearts are turned to other things beside God.

The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength; this is the first commandment.


THE DOWNFALL OF THE CHURCH


The greatest downfall of the modern day Church of Ephesus is to disobey the first four commandments. They also refuse to obey the Sabbath Day (Saturday) and follow the festivals of pagan gods such as keeping Christmas and Easter. God chose the Sabbath in the book of Genesis, but the people prefer to follow the dictates of man. Emperor Constantine changed the day from Saturday to Sunday on March, 321 AD. In 336 AD. the Council of Laodicea formally did away with the Sabbath and instituted the Lord's day (Sunday).

http://sabbathtruths.yolasite.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas#Pre-Christian_origins http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter

How can one say that one is walking in truth when one follows the festivals inspired by pagan gods?

DOES GOD HAVE TWO DIFFERENT DAYS OF KEEPING THE SABBATH? IS OUR LORD GOD DOUBLE-MINDED?

Did God specify that He ordained one day for the Israelites and another day for the rest of the Gentile Christians who are grafted on the roots of the Israelites?

And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made" (Gen. 2:2-3).


WHY CHRISTIANS KEEP SUNDAY AS A DAY OF REST?

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (4th commandment - Exodus 20:8).


Two Main Claims

(1) Statement: Disciples were gathered together on the first day of the week (Sunday).

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, ...(John 20:19)


OBJECTION:

**The disciples gathered for fear of the Jews and not to observe the Sabbath. (John 20:19).

(1) We must remember the first day (Sunday) when Jesus rose from the dead..

"Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils" (Mark 16:9).

(2) We must remember the first day (Sunday) when Jesus returned from the dead.

"Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, ..."


OBJECTION:

** Though Jesus rose on the first day (Sunday) He gave no instructions to observe His resurrection on this day. Neither did any of His disciples say anything on the subject.


JESUS' Instruction on Remembering Him

Jesus instructed His disciples to partake of the Holy Communion to remember or commemorate His death till He returns again the second time and not His resurrection.

"And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also, he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me" (1 Co 11:24-25).


WE ARE TO REMEMBER HIS DEATH AND NOT HIS BIRTH. WE HONOUR HIM WHEN WE KEEP THE HOLY COMMUNION.


DEEDS OF THE NICOLAITANES

Jesus commended the church of Ephesus for hating the deeds of the Nicolaitans. They are compared to hold the teaching of Balaam. The Nicolaitans are accused of eating things offered to idols, mixing and encouraging idolatrous worship, and they are charged with denying God to be the creator of the world.


ADVICE TO EPHESUS CHURCH

"Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent" (Rev. 2:5).

"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 " (Rev.2:7).

Remember thy first love, to love God with all thy heart, soul and mind and not to follow any false gods (Exodus 20:1-5).


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Prophecy (1A) Isaiah 4:1: Church of Ephesus

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dlarson 8 years ago from Priest River, ID

Excellent study!  I agree with the analysis whole-heartedly and am a Sabbath Keeper myself, also rejecting pagan holidays.  This all came to my attention just over the past year and I'm glad to see that I'm not the only odd-ball Christian out here. I also believe that the seven churches also represent the seven time periods of the Christian church through history, which puts modern-day Christians in Revelation as the church of Laodicea.

I have read that the Nicolaitans had in their pagan beliefs the god now called Nicholas - as in Saint Nicholas, or Santa Claus... In their system, he would fly through the sky on a sleigh pulled by 8 goats on his birthday (December 25), giving out presents to all the good boys and girls.  This was blatant Baal worship and descended from older mystery religions of the ancient Babylonians and Egyptians.  Same rituals, same gods, different names only.  Odd that modern day Christianity looks almost identical?

Here is another quote I'd like to share with you as to why most Christians keep Sunday instead of the Sabbath. They're really Catholic!:

"Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (from Sabbath to Sunday) was her act ... And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters." - C.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons, 1895

"Sunday is our MARK of authority ... The Church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact." - Catholic Record, September 1, 1923


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dlarson 8 years ago from Priest River, ID

Excellent study!  I agree with the analysis whole-heartedly and am a Sabbath Keeper myself, also rejecting pagan holidays.  This all came to my attention just over the past year and I'm glad to see that I'm not the only odd-ball Christian out here...

I have read that the Nicolaitans had in their pagan beliefs the god now called Nicholas - as in Saint Nicholas, or Santa Claus... In their system, he would fly through the sky on a sleigh pulled by 8 goats on his birthday (December 25), giving out presents to all the good boys and girls.  This was blantant Baal worship from the ancient Babylon.  Same rituals, same gods, different names only.  Odd that modern day Christianity looks almost identical?

Here is another quote I'd like to share with you:

"Of course the Catholic Church claims that the change (from Sabbath to Sunday) was her act ... And the act is a MARK of her ecclesiastical power and authority in religious matters." - C.F. Thomas, Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons, 1895

"Sunday is our MARK of authority ... The Church is above the Bible, and this transference of Sabbath observance is proof of that fact." - Catholic Record, September 1, 1923

Compare that to the Mark or Seal of God and you begin to get a real clear picture of what the Mark of the Beast (Revelation 13) might really be....


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einron 8 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Thank you dlarson for agreeing with me wholeheartedly. Not so many people see the light unless their hearts are really towards God and not the world.

Christians are blind to the words of God in Revelation 22:18-19: "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: (v.18).

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book (v.19).

You cannot add or subtract words from the Bible.

Please read my hubs: Lifting Up Hands in Worship and Prayer, Tithes and Charity and God Has Absolute Power.

God bless.


johnny williams 6 years ago

My question is can churches have anniversaries on the

Sabbath Day. God is a jealous God and he shares his honor with know one.

God Bless You


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

johnny williams

True that God is a jealous God and He shares His honour with no one else.

Why not hold the anniversaries on the Sabbath after sunset so as to not conflict wtih the Sabbath?

Peace and blessings.


Makik 5 years ago

Sad you only read the Bible out of context, and worse yet only to attempt to prove a lame argument. Paul states that for Christians (Catholics) we have a Sabbath rest in Jesus Christ. Because He is the risen Jesus Christ is the first born of a new creation. Therefore all who have received His Holy Spirit are partaker of the new Creation commemorated on Sunday. This goes all the way back to St. Ignatius of Antioch a disciple of the Apostle John. Ignatius also followed the Apostle Peter who was the first Bishop of Antioch and later went to Rome. Also Sunday has never been viewed as a day of rest it is a feast day, a celebration. Jesus gave us a new commandment, that we are to love one another as He has loved us. Now if you are given a New Commandment, in any contract or covenant, it supersedes and eliminates all others. Love is the only commandment. As Ignatius pointed out Jews are now dependant on Christianity for salvation for it is the Lamb of God who is worthy to open the seventh seal. Each seal represented all covenants God made with the Jewish people and all covenants find their final culmination in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Allot of Protestant teaching is heretical, fortunately God will judge the heart, and not what is said.


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Makik

Believe in Jesus Christ and in the Sabbath rest are two enitrely different subjects. Sunday was never the Sabbath and there is no Bible verse to the effect. Sunday was changed from the Sabbath by Emperor Constantine in 321 AD.

See: GOD'S SABBATH OR MAN'S SABBATH

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/godormansa

Mat.5:17

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy or fulfil.

The Sabbath was not changed.


His Will not mine 5 years ago

Love is not the only commandment, in "Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

Why is it that so many either don't know this or choose to ignore this very last commandment given by the Lord?


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

True! However, love covers a multitude of sins.

Christians are trying to preach to the whole world.

Blessings!

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