Sunday, April 12, 2015

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER 1 (3 of 7)
Explanations and Causes
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My disappointment has been that this message is so far above the majority in the church that they struggle to comprehend the simplicity of it.  I have heard this statement, "ignorance is bliss", spoken by a person who was about to betray his friends. With spiritual truth, ignorance can cost us the salvation of our soul.  Jesus said, if I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin (John 15:22).   He who hungers and thirst after righteousness will be filled; this is true for those who hunger to know ALL about Him.  He will reveal Himself, even His secrets to those who hunger.  If we are not hungry He will not reveal Himself to us. GET HUNGRY!!

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One constant in all of the seven churches of Asia Minor is the false and true believers.  Each church has the spectators and the participators.  The spectators of God's perfect will create trouble; the doers of God's perfect will do not.  It is because of the true believers, that God is sending a message that encompasses God's reward and judgment.  He has heard their prayers for revival, a voice against sin, for righteousness, and of judgment to come.  Though the ministry of most of these churches had a shady existence, there were those in these churches who were true in heart about their walk with God and He addressed that fact with each church.  God's call to the churches, and more specifically the individual, is REVIVAL!!

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By 95 AD Jerusalem had already been devastated for 25 years, and many of the biological Jews scattered among the nations. False doctrine was increasingly taking a foothold in the Christian church. (This problem existed almost from the very beginning of the New Testament church; Acts through Jude gives testimony to this fact).  Those who were maintaining a true uncompromising walk with Christ were travailing in prayer for REVIVAL. 

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God has always had a remnant of Spirit filled uncompromising Christians and Intercessors in every generation, even in the (dark) Middle Ages.  Those who tried to reform the Catholic doctrine back to biblical truth were murdered as heretics, until Martin Luther of the 16th century.  Although the Catholic Church tried to quiet him they were unable to, and God's attempted renewal of the Biblical church of the book of Acts.

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Although the move to a full blown church Revival worldwide has been slow and arduous, near 500 years in coming, the past 100 years plus has been used of God to build to it, with the renewal of the power and gifts of His Holy Spirit filling increasing numbers of those accepting Him as Lord and Savior of their life throughout the world, with an insatiable hunger to know Him in the depth of His personality and character, intimacy with God.  With this being true, there is still the existence of those who have only a religious experience with Christ, being fueled by the preaching of those who do not have the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through the veins of their own spirit and soul.  These preachers are among those for whom the scripture 2 Timothy 3:5 is written: "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away."
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The reason God begins Revelation with His exhortation to these seven churches is the impact that the spiritual condition of "God's people", play in the fulfillment of prophecy.  It is obvious that God's word to the seven churches, at the beginning of the book of Revelation, is not just a word from God to these seven churches of that era, but to all churches transcending all generations from the first word to the final word of God's revelation to Jesus, given to the Apostle John to write, being fulfilled.  The warnings and praise, blessings and judgment to the churches of Asia Minor are a word for all generations.
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All of the words of "the Revelation to Jesus Christ given to him by God" for His church is to all churches who profess to be Christian, and are as relevant for us today as they were for John's day, and not just to a congregation, but also to the very heart and spirit of each individual in any congregation.  What was the significance of God exhorting these churches and not all of the churches of that era?   I would say partly, because these seven churches are our example of what is an approved Christian lifestyle before God and what is not approved; that, along with repentance from sin, will make us worthy of eternal life (God's standard).  The Religious, Hypocrite, and Lukewarm, will be cast out. It is those who obey God who will be accepted.



I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.   Romans 12:1-2

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Although we are saved by grace and faith, true faith compels us to obey God.  Holiness in the sight of God is not obeying a set of written laws, legalistic DOs and DO NOTs, it is obeying the dictates of His Holy Spirit.  For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the Sons and Daughters of God (Romans 8:14), but not without the instruction the bible gives to keep us on the right path to His perfect will for us.  God does not have a "permissive will".   If we are not obeying his "perfect will" we are in disobedience, and the rod of correction is forth coming.

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For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. Romans 8:14
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As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.   Revelation 3:19
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For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  Hebrews 12:6

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But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.  1 Corinthians 11:32 -
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My FaceBook Timeline http://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over seven years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME” http://www.scribd.com/doc/76537136/A-Definite-Appraisal-of-the-ArchkoVolume-Hubert-Luns...and http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/minister/MahanWilliamDennes.htm
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There is a Muslim name Mohamed that I spent a lot of time with during the first part of this past week who made me feel like I was talking to an Israeli instead of a Muslim. Mohamed let me know he had friends that are Israeli who obviously gave him information on how the Rabbis interpret Scripture. Since non-Christian Israelis believe similar about Jesus as Muslims do, because of the Quran teaching, it is easy for Muslims to embrace non-Christian Israeli doctrine and theology on a number of topics, outside of the common unbelief about Jesus they both embrace. Isaiah 53 and Jeremiah 31:31-34 with Ezekiel 36:26; Jesus dying for our sins, the New Birth, and New Covenant dominated our discussion.
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Rashi interpreted Isaiah 53 saying the Nation of Israel is the “suffering servant;”  therefore not ONE Israeli, using chapters before and after Isaiah 53 to validate his theology, which I share is not always a valid means of interpreting. Rashi’s interpretation is that Israel’s SUFFERING ATONES for the sins of the world; BIBLICALLY the claim of “suffering atones for sin” IS FALSE doctrine; the proof for this is the sacrificial laws, if suffering atones there would be no need for the Laws. When the Temple was destroyed in 70 CE the sacrificial laws ceased to be obeyed, and a Rabbi around 90 CE created a doctrine that PIETY ALONE is all that is needed to receive eternal life; Muslims believe this as well.
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Since most Israelis and Muslims are being taught that Piety and the Nation of Israel’s generations of suffering atones for sin it is plain to see Jesus’ dying and blood atonement for sin is rejected.  Mohamed accused that Gentiles were responsible for how Christians interpret Isaiah 53 which is TOTALLY erroneous; as shared with him, Jesus and the Apostles are Israelis and what Gentiles believe about Isaiah 53 being Jesus we learned it from Israelis NOT Gentiles, and Jesus is the one who taught the Apostles Isaiah 53 was talking about Him based on Luke 24:44. Acts chapter 8 is the first record of an Apostle interpreting Isaiah 53 as talking about Jesus; Philip instructed the Ethiopian Eunuch. Many other comments posted for Mohamed can be found on my FB Timeline.
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 A person claiming to be Muslim name Asaduzzaman had his own belief called “self-religion” that bordered Humanism, we are God and treating others like you want to be treated [golden rule]. Asaduzzaman’s self religion was like pseudo- Islam and pseudo- humanism; after a number of responses he posted “I do not know if Jesus is the Son of God or not,” I saw this is a soul close to receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior; therefore hear is the response I posted for him:
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“Asaduzzaman ... All you need to do is ask Yehweh Elohiym to prove to you Jesus is His Son and HE will. Some Muslims have received dreams that prove what the Bible says about Jesus is TRUE, and have given their heart to Him.
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One of the first steps to receiving the “New Birth” [that ONLY God can do, NOT religious dogma]  is KNOWING Jesus is God's Son, the next is for GOD to persuade you Jesus DIED for your sins to be forgiven, and RESURRECTED for you to be cleansed from all sin and guilt. When GOD has persuaded you of these things all you need to do is ask GOD to “forgive you of all yours sin,” and then say “I receive Jesus as Lord and Savior of my life;” when you do this from a TRUE AND SINCERE heart of faith believing, GOD WILL GIVE you the New Birth.
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Romans 10:9-10 “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
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Samuel Siders     4/12/2015