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Book of Revelation....Interpreted completely through types,                    shadows, symbols in biblical terminology, simply stated
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Introduction and The Seven Churches of Asia.
Setting of the earthly throne on earth for 1,000 years.

The Seven Sealed Book, to be opened in the Last Days.

The releasing of the Seven Seals...Last Day ministry goes forth...Peace being taken from the earth through warfare...
A Great Famine...Death and horror on earth...A Great 
Martyrdom...The earth shaken...The wrath of God released.
144,000 of Israel sealed in Their foreheads.
Seventh Seal Opened...Silence in Heaven..Anointed Fire of God falls from Heaven...Four of the Seven Angels pour out the Plagues of God.
Fifth and Sixth Angels pour out Their Woes Demons released on earth...The Four Wicked Angels released that were bound in the Euphrates...The Last World War to control the earth begins.

John Eats the Book,that He might Prophesy to Many Nations.

Measurement of the Temple, The Church..The Two Witnesses appear for 3 1/2 years to torment the Beast.

Woman taken into the Wilderness..Dragon takes over the earth..The Second Woe is Past and the Seventh angel sounds His Woe.

The Beast takes His throne..Ten Kingdom Empire..Another Beast rises up from the earth...The Anti-Christ and
False Prophet...The 
Mark 666, stamped upon His people.

144,000 Company Sealed with Their Father's Name in Their foreheads...Wrath of God released.

The Seven Angels with Their vials of the wrath of God prepared to be poured out upon the earth.

Seven Vials of God were poured out declaring the Battle of Armageddon and the destruction of Babylon.

John is shown Mystery Babylon the Great Whore.

The Great Whore Destroyed by the Ten Kings.

Marriage of the Lamb...Armies from Heaven to destroy all sinners from the earth...The Battle of Armageddon.

Satan is Bound for 1,000 years...Jesus sets upon the throne on earth...Wicked Dead raised...Battle of Gog and Magog...White throne Judgment of the Wicked.

New Jerusalem...The City Foursquare.

The New Heaven and Earth... The throne of God and the
Lamb set 
up in the City, New Jerusalem..The Trees of
Life and Their Fruit..
The River of Life in the midst of the city.


The Book of Revelation Explained

Revelation Chapter 1

The Introduction and The Seven Churches of Asia. 

The first verse of the Book of Revelation chapter 1 introduces Jesus Christ,God's Son. Who was given the Revelation to show to His servants on earth things which must shortly come to pass.

The Angelic Messenger was sent to communicate with the Apostle John to bring the divine mysteries into full view to His servants.

The mysteries of God recorded in His Word,have been only partially understood by the ecclesiastical world,and the time had come to bring the full revelation through the beloved John,which was written and recorded,so that those who seek to understand the consummation of these great mysteries,and the outcome of His purpose and plan of Salvation may be well informed.(Chapter 1 here)

Although the Book of Revelation appears to be the most mysterious of all sixty- six Books recorded, it is not written to deepen the mysteries, but to enlighten them.

The reason it becomes so mystical to the world and most Christians, is because it is written in the symbolic language of the Bible.

Biblical language is as hard to understand as a foreign language, and a Spiritual language is understood only when it is taught by the Holy Spirit, Who wrote the Bible through holy men of God under the inspiration of the Spirit of God.

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

Through symbols, types, shadows, and various other ways through the Prophets, and by the movements of the Holy Spirit through the past generations, the language of the Bible has been revealed.

Although it is written in the natural language, the Holy Spirit teaches the Spiritual language by likening the natural to the Spiritual. This is done in various ways throughout the Bible.

The Angelic Messenger is the Holy Spirit Who comes in Spiritual illumination and not in Person. The Book of Revelation is built around Jesus Christ Who is the Subject matter from the Beginning of the World.

The Book reveals Him as 
King of kings, and Lord of lords...The Lamb Slain...The First Begotten of the Dead....The High Priest...The Faithful Witness....The Lion of the Tribe of Judah....The Lord of Harvest....The Word of God....The Bridegroom of the Church....The Bright and Morning Star....The Eternal Judge....The Lamb as Part of the Temple....The Light....The Root and Offspring of David....The Alpha and the Omega.

Jesus declares Himself to be the Alpha and the Omega of the earth, the Beginning and the Ending. He still IS, and WAS, and IS yet to come, and HE is the Almighty of the earth.

It was HE Who created the earth and made all things therein. He was not God the Father, but He received all power from the Father Who commissioned Him to be God over all the earth in bringing salvation to the earth...

Revelation 1:8 
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

The Testimony is not through the Father of heaven, but through the Son Who IS the Begotten of the Father, and was WITH the Father in the BEGINNING.

John 1:1-3 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God..The same was in the beginning with GOD....All things were made by him and without him was not anything made that was made."

John 1:14 
“And the Word was made flesh,and dwelt among us,(and we beheld
  his glory,the glory as of the only begotten of the Father)full of grace and truth.”

The whole Bible is built around the Son. All Titles mentioned in the Book of Revelation starting in Revelation chapter 1 pertains to the Son, the LambWho was slain from the foundation of the world.

Revelation 13:8
 “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

The Word, is the name of the Father's Spiritual Son of the Family in heaven, and It was the Word that the Father used to create the earth before He made flesh.

Jesus, is the name of the Father’s earthly Son made flesh, and Who is spoken of as the “Son of man”. He was made God and King of the Father's Spiritual Kingdom on earth.

John 18:37 
“Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.”

Luke 23:2 
“And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.”

Thus, the Bible has described two Sons. Оne with a Spiritual nature in heaven, and the Other with a fleshly nature on earth, when the Father's plan is completed the earthly Son will turn back to God the heavenly Father, all power and authority given HIM while He was on earth.

1 Corinthians 15:24-25 
24. Then cometh the end,when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God,even the father: when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

25. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet."

Many do not think it is necessary to receive the revelation starting in Revelation chapter 1 which is sent directly from God through His Son to His servant John, and is to be delivered unto the churches.

But God deemed the revelation so important that He said in the last remarks in the 
Book, that if any man added to, or took away from the Words written in this prophecy, God would take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the Holy City, and from the things written in this Book.

Revelation 22:18-19
18. 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:

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.

Therefore, let us proceed with caution, and may our hearts be hungry for the revelation and message that God deemed so important for us to receive. Jesus the “FAITHFUL WITNESS", brought this revelation to John while he was in the Spirit on the Lord's day.

He was elevated on a Spiritual plane, losing all consciousness of things about him in the world.

Suddenly a voice from behind him spoke, and it sounded like a trumpet, the same voice that will sound at the resurrection of the dead... 

1 Corinthians 15:52
 "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound. and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

The voice presents a call to attention as did the trumpet to Israel at the feasts, and at the time of war, and at the mount when God spoke.

The sound of His voice caused all Israel who stood at the base of the mount to exceedingly tremble and fear, and they asked Moses to speak unto them henceforth, and not to let them hear the voice of God again....

Exodus 19:16-19
16. And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.

And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount.

And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly.

And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.

Exodus 20:18-19
18. And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off.

And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.

One can imagine how John felt when he turned to see the voice that spoke, and saw the Seven Golden Candlesticks, and One like unto the Son of man in all His glory, although John was in the Spirit, he was still flesh and bone when he turned about...

Revelation 1:17-19
17. And when I 
saw him, I fell at his feet as dead, and he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me. Fear not; for I am the first and the last:

18. I am he that liveth, and was dead:and, behold, I am 
alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

19. Write the things which 
thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter.

The number Seven is a Biblical number of divine completeness. 

The message to the Seven Churches signifies the complete Church worldwide.

The Seven Spirits which are before His 
throne is the completeness of God's Spirit.

Revelation 3:1,4,5
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."

4."Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy."

5."He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels."

Isaiah 11:1-2
1. And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

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 of the fear of the LORD;

Revelation 5:6 
“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”

Zechariah 3:9 
“For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day."

Revelation 3:9 
“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.”

In Revelation chapter 1, the Seven Golden Candlesticks are symbolic of the Seven Churches, or the Complete Church which bears the Light of the Gospel to the world.

They are fore-shadowed by the Seven Golden Candlesticks in the tabernacle and temple, which were the only light in the building.

The Son of Man in the midst is JESUS CHRIST as the HIGH PRIEST, standing in the midst of His Church.

He is dressed in the clothing of the High Priest, with a garment down to His feet, and girded about the chest with a golden girdle.

All this is made clear when we study the literal priesthood and their dress under the law.

Their duties were to minister to the people through the rituals and ceremonies of the natural law, and to keep the incense burning on the altar, and to keep the lamps filled with oil, and the wicks trimmed that the brightness of the lights might shine in full effect.

Revelation 1:14-15 
14. His head and his hairs were white like wool,as white as snow;and his eyes were as a flame of fire;..And his feet like unto fine brass,as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

15. His head and his hairs were white like wool,as white as snow;and his eyes were as a flame of fire;..And his feet like unto fine brass,as if they burned in a furnace;and his voice as the sound of many waters.

His hair was as the purity of the holiness of the Almighty, and His eyes as a flame of fire, and nothing could be withholden from His sight. They were as a piercing flame looking into the heart of the Churches.

His feet were as fine brass burned in a furnace. Brass speaks of judgment. He came to take inventory of the Last Day Church and to judge Their movements. 

Beginning in Revelation chapter 1 the Epistle to each church was written as an admonition to the One and Complete Church which He is preparing for Himself as the Bride.

The commendations, the faults, and reproofs of each church was declared to enlighten the True 
Church of the Way unto perfection. 

By using all Seven Churches, Jesus was opening the Way of understanding through the Seven Epistles of the One and Complete Church of the End Day.

The Seven Churches are the Seven Golden Candlesticks, which is the only means of shedding the Gospel Light to the world.

The Seven Golden Candlesticks were the only means of Light in the Holy Place. As the high priest ministered to, and inspected the candlelight, under the law, so Jesus walks in the midst of the Churches inspecting and trimming the wicks, filling the vessels with Oil and removing all defilement.

Herein brings the understanding of the rebukes and commendations in the Seven Epistles to Asia. These Epistles apply to the local church and every church in the world; to all believers, and for all times.

God's plan for this Age is to bring forth the 
perfected Church in fulfillment to the ministry of His will, and the defeat of Satan through the Church read: 
John 17:20-23 and Ephesians 4:11-16 below.....
JOHN 17:20-23
20. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me,and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

I in them,and thou in me,that they may be made perfect in one;and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them,as thou hast loved me.

Ephesians 4:11-16
11. And he gave some, apostles; and some,prophets;and some,evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

The inspection of the Churches was due to a great Event that was to take place at the End of the Age,(the wedding).

Remember that these Seven Churches are representative of the entire church age. Read the scriptures below.

Revelation 19:7-8
7. Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

29. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:

For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.

This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

The Seven Churches are prophetically shown in Their dispensational movements through a period of time,from the forming of the first church under the Apostolic ministry to the close of the Age.

They are recognized by their characteristical actions being judged by the Word of God, and are placed in their dispensational periods in the appropriate time.

How was He to perform this great mystery of perfection? 
By using the two-edged Sword that He had in His mouth. The two-edged Sword is the Word of God, and It is used by word of mouth.

Hence, the Word in the Epistle of John came as a two-edged Sword from the mouth of Jesus to be sent to the Churches, to cut away all imperfection in the Churches.


The introduction to the seven churches of Asia in Revelation chapter 1 finds the Son of Man standing in the midst of the Seven Golden Candlesticks, which is said to be the Seven Churches.

Revelation 1:20 
"The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks.The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches."

The seven Epistles to the Seven Churches are prophetic. They are Christ's own history of the church from Pentecost to the End of the Age.

Jesus standing in the midst is the High Priest commending and criticizing His Church.

John was given this revelation on the Lord's Day while he was exiled on the Isle of Patmos for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Patmos is a small island off the coast of Asia Minor. What he saw while in the Spirit, he was told to write and send to the Seven Churches of Asia.

Revelation 1:10-11
10. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

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.

Revelation 1:18 
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

The Son of Man presented Himself to John as the ”One Who liveth, and was dead; and behold, He is alive for evermore,” (Jesus the crucified One).

He appeared in the garb of the High Priest on a tour of inspection of His churches.

He declared the Seven Golden Candlesticks to be the Seven Churches, and the Seven Stars to be the Seven Angels or Messengers which is the head of each church. This signifies that they were the leaders or pastors of the churches.

In the Epistles to each church, Jesus has ordained them to act as a priest and shepherd to control the church in righteousness as they are moved upon by the divine High Priest.

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Seven Churches of Asia continued..

revelation chapter 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;

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:

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

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

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.

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

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.
(Chapter 2 here)

This, the first church or the beginning of church history, was founded by Apollos and Paul in the city of Ephesus,

Acts 18:24 
“And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.”

Acts 19:41
“And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.”

It is called the maiden church. Salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ was introduced by the early Apostles at Pentecost.

The infilling of the promised Holy Spirit took place and brought joy and blessing to the hearts of the people in that day, and developed in joining themselves together in the form of a church.

It became an authorized church of Christ, and Jesus stood in her midst holding her in the hollow of His right hand. Six other churches were also shown in His right hand, and the history of each church was to be written and sent to the pastors thereof.

Acts 2:1-4
1. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind,and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

The Book of Ephesians was written to the church at Ephesus and carries some of the greatest revelations of the church.

The church at
 Ephesus had experienced the great ministry of healing and miracles, and became a great missionary center, and was educated in the deepest Spiritual truths. Dispensationally we see the history of this church in the years from 70 A.D. to 170 A.D.

God dealt with her in many great signs and wonders in her missionary effort and commended her for her good works, her labors, her patience, her holiness, her sincerity and discernment, and her faithfulness and steadfastness.

Nevertheless, she was denounced because she had left her First Love. The love in the church became secondary because of their great Spiritual insight, and because they put knowledge before love.

This is very common in churches in this day. A lopsided church will bring denouncement from the Lord. The love of God is absolutely necessary for the Church to be wedded to Christ. Love is a fruit of the Spirit:

Galatians 5:22-23
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,goodness,faith...Meekness, temperance:against such there is no law.”

Matthew 24:12
“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”

Jesus said because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Love is something more than signing the church roll.

Love must be practical, and must actually be in our heart that we would lay down our lives for Jesus if need be.

Love is not just something in Our minds. So many Christians tell themselves that they love the Lord, but when it is put to the test they fail.

The Ephesus church was not ashamed of the Name of the Lord and upheld His Name at all times, and could not bear those who were evil, and tried those who came into the church professing that they were apostles, and they found them liars.

The church hated the evil deeds of the Nicolaitanes. The Nicolaitanes were bringing carnal practices into the church and were lifting themselves up in authority, justifying themselves and their deeds.

The promise to the church was conditional. If they took heed, if they had an ear to hear what the Spirit saith unto the CHURCHES, and repented and returned unto their First Love, and overcame their mistakes, then they would be given to eat of the Tree of Life which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.

They were not just to have enough to get through the pearly gates (figuratively speaking) but they were to have enough to take them into the midst, the very heart of Paradise, into the hundred-fold, the Bride of Christ. The 
“wedding” is near at hand.

THE SMYRNA CHURCH {Revelation 2:8-ll}

Revelation 2:8-ll

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;

I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not,but are the synagogue of Satan.

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.

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.

Prophetically from 170 A.D. to 312 A.D. 
In Revelation chapter 2 the church of Smyrna is known as the martyr church. Smyrna signifies suffering, the bitterness of death.

The Lord found no fault with the Smyrna church therefore there was no denunciation. Apparently they took advantage of the denouncement given to the Ephesus church.

Although they were not made perfect, they were pleasing in the eyes of the Lord in the progress they were making. 

The anointing of God upon this church was not all joy and blessing as far as the flesh is concerned, but they suffered happily the bitter herbs as did Jesus the Son of God.

One of the ingredients in the composition of the anointing oil under the Old Covenant was the bitter herb myrrh.

The anointing oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit. The anointing of the Holy Spirit brings bitterness as well as joy. Myrrh was one of the gifts presented to the Christ Child after He was born into this world...

Matthew 2:11
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit of God and suffered many heartaches and the bitterness of death.

They offered Him wine mixed with myrrh but He received it not...

Mark 15:23 
"And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not."

He was glad and rejoiced in His suffering, even the bitterness of death.

Psalms 45:7-8 
7. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness : therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

8. All thy garments smell of
 myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

The Smyrna church was poor in worldly goods but was rich in the heavenly blessing of God. She was persecuted beyond measure by the world on the outside, and from within by false brethren who proclaimed to be Jews but were of the synagogue of Satan.

These were of the same blood that crucified our Lord on Calvary. They may have been a natural Jew, and claimed their inheritance thereby. Yet they were of the synagogue of Satan. The real Jew is a born again believer.....

Romans 2:28-29
28. For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Romans 9:6-8
6. Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

That is,They which are the children of the flesh,these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Matthew 3:9
“And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.”

The church underwent a great persecution in their day, and was exhorted to fear none of those things which they were afraid to suffer.

The prophecy was that some would be put in prison, and there would be ten days of great tribulation...

Rev 2:10-11
10. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

11. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Those that overcome shall not be hurt of the second death, that is, their soul shall not die but will 
be resurrected unto life. Being faithful unto death signifies they would become martyrs for the Lord.

The church underwent a ten year persecution from 303 A.D. to 313 A.D. This could be the ten day tribulation period if the year for a day theory is used as it was in Joshua's day.

Numbers 14:34 
"After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise."

Ezekiel 4:6
"And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right 
side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year."

Many were put to death and received the reward of the crown of life, and will have no part in the second death, which is the death of the soul, and not of the flesh... 

Revelation 20:6
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection;on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."

Read Revelation 20:14 and 21:8 below.

Revelation 20:14 
“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.”

Revelation 21:8 
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Many more Christians will give their lives as martyrs in the Last Days, as we're told in 
Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

James tells us that if we endure
 temptations and are tried we shall receive the crown of life. It is said that Polycart was the pastor of the church at Smyrna, and became a martyr by being burned alive.

He told the heathen judge where he was tried, that he had served the Lord for 86 years and the Lord had never wronged him and he would not turn Him down even unto death.

 {Revelation Chapter 2:12-17}


Revelation 2:12-17

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

The name Pergamos signifies marriage or a "tower of things high or lofty. True to the Biblical form the name signifies the characteristics of the bearer.

The Pergamos church had broken the barrier of holiness, by permitting the high minded and lofty spirit of fleshly worldly men and women to enter into the church, with their teaching of Balaam, and fornication and idol worship.

The church at Ephesus held a closed door to all impure doctrine, because in their heart, they hated the carnality of the world.

However, they became so involved in the deeper things taught in the Christian faith, that they let down in the missionary spirit of love for the lost souls and were denounced by the Lord.

The church at Smyrna also upheld the spirit of holiness in their order and was persecuted even unto death by the Jews, who were not Christians but were of the synagogue of Satan.

The Church at Pergamos let down the barriers and permitted the worldly spirit and their teaching to join with them, thereby becoming engaged in marriage to the doctrine of man as is described in the Thyatira Church.

This declares the beginning of church apostasy developed by the letting down in holiness and compromising with the carnality of the world.

Prophetically it is shown in church history to have taken place approximately from 312A.D. and continued in mixing with the worldly practices until 606 A.D.

The introduction to the Pergamos church in Revelation chapter 2 presents the essence and purpose of the Epistle to the church, 
these things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges. 

He proposed to use the Sword in judgment unless They repented. Again following the Title given Himself,

He declares His knowledge of their sins. 
I KNOW THY WORKS, and the location where they dwell to be a territory of Satan's seat or throne.

Pergamos was the center of heathen idolatry: A Pagan university. It was the headquarters of Satan: therefore, the church was located on Satan's territory.

The persecution, tribulation, and martyrdom of the saints experienced in the Smyrna church, had calmed down since they had opened up to the world, however, it had not altogether ceased.

The church still held fast the name of Jesus, and did not deny the faith which they had followed so many years, although they were condemned for the mixture of the worldly fleshly members in the church, their faithful works were accepted if they repented of their wrong deeds.

Antipas was a faithful righteous servant of God, acting as the pastor of the church. Although he did not approve of the mixed congregation, he no doubt, was over-ruled by the members of the church.

He was considered a faithful martyr who was slain among them. History tells us that he was martyred by being placed in an iron image of a bull and heated red hot, and that he died praising and worshipping the Lord.

Although they were commended for their faith in Christ by not denying His name, they were condemned for permitting the doctrine of Balaam and the Nicolaitans to be taught in the church.

Balaam was a prophet who was hired by Balak the king of Moab, to pronounce a curse upon Israel. The Lord knowing what was in the mind of the king, and knowing the weakness of Balaam, tested him to see what he would do.

The servants that were sent to Balaam by king Balak, were invited to tarry overnight until Balaam heard again from the Lord.

That night the Lord appeared unto Balaam and said, 
"If the men come unto you again go with them" so the next morning Balaam rose and saddled his ass and went with them, and the anger of the Lord was kindled because he went with them. Read the story in the 22nd chapter of Numbers.

Although Balaam could not curse Israel, he did have counsel with Balak and showed him a way to weaken the hosts of Israel, through fornication and the worship of Idols...

Numbers 31:15-16
15. "And Moses said unto them,Have ye saved all the women alive?"

16. "Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord.”

Peor was the name of a mountain in Moab where Balak took Balaam, that he might see and curse Israel. It was a high peak, near the town of Baal-Peor, opposite the valley in which Israel camped, before entering into Canaan's Promised Land before the death of Moses. It is also referred to as mount Peor or mount of Baal.

2 Peter refers to Balaam as one who had gone astray, who loved the wages of unrighteousness..

2 Peter 2:14-16
14. Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

15. Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

16. But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

This counsel given by Balaam, was accepted as a doctrine by those who catered to the flesh, and was brought into the church of Pergamos. The Nicolaitans also taught this doctrine and other carnal practices. It was these doctrines of sin, that brought the twoedged Sword into the church.

Revelation 2:16
"Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against THEM (the sinners) with the Sword of my mouth.".....

It was the Spirit of Christ that 
brought the invitation to repent, and the promise to the overcomer, and this Spirit will be given only to those who have an ear to hear.

The promise of a white stone is an insignia of purity, holiness, and righteousness. And in the white stone is a new Name written. Not ON the stone, but engraved IN the stone.

The white Stone will not be given to one who has only a form of holiness, but to those who are deeply in love with the Lord; that righteousness and purity becomes a part of their very life instilled in their very being.

There were twelve stones on the breastplate which the high priest wore on his chest next to his heart. Those stones represent the twelve tribes in the purity of righteousness.

 Even so the Church is upon the heart of our 

Likewise, the new Name must be engraved in the purity of the white stone. No man can know the New Name saving he who actually receives it in the innermost part of his being.

Head knowledge will not be accepted by merely believing. One must be a partaker of His Spirit in righteousness. It takes the promised hidden Manna to bring one to the place where they are worthy and capable of accepting the White Stone.

The Manna was the food given of God to instill and maintain life in the natural body, Unless It was eaten and hidden away in the body the substance of the Manna would fade away.

 The hidden Manna spoken of in the Pergamos church, is the Word of God. Unless we eat thereof, our understanding will be void and the substance thereof will vanish away.

The Manna was so important when it was rained upon Israel, that God told Moses to hide away a portion in the Ark of the Covenant in a golden bowl, along with Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of stone. As long as It remained in the bowls of the Ark It maintained It's strength of life.

This was not done because the Lord wanted a keepsake, but rather, as an example to us under Grace, that in order to keep the Manna or Word, we must hide It away in our very bosom.

God's promise to the Church is the hidden Manna, which if we eat thereof, It will never spoil, but rather It will prepare us for the White Stone, which only he that receives It can know the value thereof and the Name thereof. The White Stone is the insignia of the wedding ring and the New Name is the 

The teaching of Balaam permitted fornication and the worship of idols in the church, and with the doctrine of the Nicolaitans the church became a mixture of heathen worship.

Such worldly carnality was an open invitation to the world, even as it is in this day in some churches.

The church at Pergamos, up to this time, was small and scattered. When Rome came in, she was no longer despised but became an honorable worldly possession of Rome, with only a few honorable Christians within.

From a little unorganized and persecuted institution, her boundary stretched throughout the Roman Empire. The Emperor himself, became a member and insisted all Rome should accept the church.

This the beginning of the Roman Catholic Church. It became quite popular and was looked upon by Rome as the first church.

The introduction of the Sword with the two edges in this Epistle was to fight against THEM, the sinners in the church, who accepted the doctrine of carnality.

The Sword is the 
Word of God and is used in judgment and also to cut asunder the soul and Spirit.

Hebrews 4:12
"For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

The call to repentance, to those who are not partakers of this doctrine clearly indicates that the Christians should separate themselves from the company of such evil doers or they too will face the Sword of Judgment.

The Word used as Manna brings life and understanding, but when It is used as a Sword, It brings judgment and death.


Revelation 2:18-29

18. And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

19. I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

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

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

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

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

But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

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

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

27. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

 And I will give him the morning star.

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

Prophetically this church is shown in its manifestation to be of a Jezebel character and it existed from about 606 A.D. to the period of 1500 A.D. It is known as the false prophetess church.

It was this period of the dispensation of time, that Jezebel held rule over the teaching in the church, in the period known as the middle of the dark ages.

Thyatira means a daughter of feminine oppressor, which bears out the characteristics of Jezebel and her teachings. Jezebel means unmarried.

She set herself up in the church as a teacher, declaring that the unmarried was justified in committing fornication, and that in doing so they legally wouldn't lose any virtue in the sight of God but would still remain in purity.

The Satanic progress which began in the Pergamos church, overcame and took complete authority and rulership of the church at Thyatira, and changed the name to the Roman Catholic Church.

The Roman Catholics today claim to be the mother church of all churches or the first established church descending from Peter, but the historical record denies this claim.

Rituals and ceremonies were set up in the church. Sprinkling was substituted for emersion, Infant baptism was ordained; the worship of the Virgin Mary; the burning of candles; the eating of fish on a specified day; purgatory teachings; and many more were added.

Thyatira has all the earmarks of the most contaminated church of evil and corruption of the Seven Churches. In the sight of God, the infestation of Satanic filth, was at the lowest ebb.

From this period of time, the remaining righteous of the church were seeking a way to separate themselves from the church.

This Epistle was written unto the pastor of the church, who had been robbed of his authority: nevertheless, the exhortation was to those who were holding true to the Lord.

The Title of JESUS, the Author, was His eyes of fire. Eyes that could burn into the deepest sin.Eyes that could see the corruption about them, and also the works of the righteous.

Revelation Chapter 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."

Revelation 1:14-15
14. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

15. And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Although corruption had entered into the church and they were surrounded with worldly filth, these few righteous were gaining in growth and were commended for their steadfastness.

Jesus not only declared His knowledge of their works of righteousness, but also could see the corruption of those who were dwelling among them, therefore He declared His feet like as fine brass, Brass is biblically declared as a symbol of judgment.

Jesus herein has declared He would bring judgment, in the day of His appearing, when He shall walk again upon the earth and judge both the righteous and the wicked. We can be sure our sins will find us out and we will be called upon to give account of all our deeds.

Although the righteous were commended for their works, Jesus was disappointed with them because they suffered the teaching of filth and corruption by that woman Jezebel. 

What He is saying to them is. If they can't control the leadership of the church, then they should remove 
themselves from the church lest the spirit of Jezebel should fall upon some of them.

This move 
was made in the developing of the Protestant movement, which is declared in church history.

Jezebel was a false prophetess who was corrupting the church. The characteristics of Jezebel is recorded in first and second Kings. Second Kings records her as being in whoredom and witchcraft.

She was brought up under the teachings of her father who worshipped Baal. She married Ahab the king who reigned over Israel for 22 years.

Becoming the wife of Ahab, and the queen of Israel, she not only followed her past teachings of Baal, but imposed it upon the people of Israel.

Ahab under her influence, built a temple and an altar to Baal in Samaria.
1 Kings 16:32 
"And he reared up an altar for Baal in the House of Baal, which he had built in Samaria”

This was the downfall of Ahab: being led by the desires of his wife brought a curse on him, and the nation that followed in his footsteps.

This fits the condition which 
Matthew 13:33 
speaks of in a parable.

Matthew 13:33
"The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a WOMAN took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the WHOLE was leavened."

While there is no harm in women having a part in the church, great harm can be done when they become the head of the church, as is shown in the case of Jezebel and Ahab. Ahab the king of all Israel, yielded to the teachings of Jezebel and was cursed by God.

It is for this reason that the church at Thyatira was denounced and that the Christian is exhorted not to marry one who is not of the household of faith.

One may be assured in themselves that it won't affect them, but sooner or later it becomes a drag on their Spiritual nature.

Jezebel gathered 450 prophets of Baal which ate at her table, and slew all the prophets of God that she could lay hands upon,
1 Kings 18:4-13

When she was told of the slaughter of the prophets of Baal by Elijah, she threatened his life and he was obliged to flee for his own safety.

1 Kings 18:4-13
4. For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.)

And Ahab said unto Obadiah, Go into the land, unto  all fountains of water, and unto all brooks:  peradventure we may find grass to save the horses and mules alive, that we lose not all the beasts.

So they divided the land between them to pass throughout it: Ahab went one way by himself, and Obadiah went another way by himself.

And as Obadiah was in the way, behold, Elijah met him: and he knew him, and fell on his face, and said, Art thou that my Lord Elijah?

And he answered him, I am: go, tell thy Lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

And he said, What have I sinned, that thou wouldest deliver thy servant into the hand of Ahab, to slay me?

As the LORD thy God liveth, there is no nation or kingdom, whither my Lord hath not sent to seek thee: and when they said, He is not here;he took an oath of the kingdom and nation, that they found thee not.

And now thou sayest, Go, tell thy Lord, Behold, Elijah is here.

And it shall come to pass, as soon as I am gone from thee, that the spirit of the LORD shall carry thee whither I know not; and so when I come and tell Ahab, and he cannot find thee, he shall slay me: but I thy servant fear the LORD from my youth.

Was it not told my Lord what I did when Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD's prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water?

Because of Áhab's sin in permitting Jezebel to turn Israel from God to Baal, and because he permitted the prophets of God to be slain, God slew all of Ahab's family...

2 Kings 9:7
"And thou shalt smite the house of a Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the Lord, at the hand of Jezebel."

Again later Jezebel schemed a way for Ahab to possess the land of Naboth by false accusation and he was stoned to death.

(Read 1 Kings 21st chapter See Scriptures Here)

When Elijah heard of this crime, he told Ahab that God's vengeance would fall upon him, and the dogs would eat Jezebel's body by the wall of property which he had stolen.

This prophecy was fulfilled 11 years after the death of Ahab. Jehu becoming king executed vengeance and moved to fulfill the judgment pronounced upon Jezebel.

Jezebel painted her face and tired her head and stood at an open window, but Jehu was not enticed by her appearance and cried. Who is on my side? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs, and he said, Throw her down.

 And Jehu drove over her with his chariot and her blood spattered the horses and the wall. Later he gave orders to bury her body, but they found that the dogs had eaten all but her skull, feet, and the palms of her hands.

2 Kings 9:7 
"And thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD,at the hand of Jezebel."

2 Kings 9:30-37
30. And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebelheard of it; and she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.

And as Jehu entered in at the gate, she said, Had  Zimri peace, who slew his master?

And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who 
is on my side? who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs.

And he said, Throw her down. So they threw her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the  horses: and he trode her under foot.

And when he was come in, he did eat and drink,  and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and  bury her: for she is a king's daughter. 

And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.

Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel:

And the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say, This is Jezebel.

She was a bitter enemy to God and His prophets. She supported the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of the groves. Under her influence Israel forsook the covenant of the Lord. She tore down His altars.

She slew His prophets by false witnesses. She killed righteous Naboth who desired to obey the Word of God in not selling his vineyard. She satisfied her own selfish desires at any cost, even to murder. She was an evil woman doing an evil work for Satan.

The Jezebel in the church at Thyatira proclaimed herself to be the voice of God, disregarding the Word of God and directly opposing It...

Revelation 2:20-21
20. Not withstanding I have a few
 things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess,to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

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

The mercy and longsuffering of God reaches unto the end, and then His wrath and judgments will be executed... 

Revelation 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."

 17th chapter of Revelation shows the Last Day condition of Jezebel and her destruction in the flesh, while her Spiritual judgment is yet to follow...

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

will search the deep desires of the heart in all churches.

Revelation 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."

Although some may have tasted of the sins of Jezebel, God leaves an open invitation to repent and come out from among them.

But they that have ventured into the depths thereof, will not repent, for they will have gone too far with no judgment upon them as yet, and will find it impossible to believe and repent, until it is too late.

The exhortation to those who have been steadfast, is to hold fast until He comes, or until the coming of Jesus in judgment at His coming.

He that holds true until the end, He will give them the same power that He received from the Father : the power to rule over sin and to be a conqueror over all nations of sin and corruption with a rod of iron(a rod of strength) that they may become as He Himself is, a Bright and Morning Star. Let the ear heed to what the Spirit saith and the promise shall be fulfilled.

In the church at Thyatira 
in Revelation chapter 2 the sin of fornication and adultery is outstanding: the breaking down of morality, which we see so widely manifested in the very nature of people today, is a part of that breaking down.

However, there is a greater sin exposed and it is of a Spiritual nature, but of the same source, and when it is revealed it should cause God's people to walk softly before the Lord.

The process of building the Church into a Spiritual creation while She is still here on earth, involves not only the action of the flesh but the very thoughts of the mind, and the condition of the heart unto a New Creation.

If the fleshly, sinful deeds will be judged, how much more the Spiritual?

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