Sunday, August 24, 2014

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER 5  (1 of 2)
S M Y R N A
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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, 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.  Revelation 2:8-10
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God did not have a reprimand for the Christians of Smyrna.  In the midst of all of the false doctrines circulating throughout Asia Minor they had not found a foothold with these Christians, any more than they did in Ephesus.  This is not to say that the church did not have the Sinner, Religious, Hypocrite, and Lukewarm in their congregation.  It is to say that, just as with the Christians in the church of Ephesus, this body of Saints had not compromised their faith and the doctrine of Jesus, for the heresies that were being taught is some of the other churches, and circulating throughout Asia Minor.
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With this fact, God is pronouncing His "Favor" on them saying in v 9: I know thy...poverty, but thou art rich.  It is because of their passion and unwavering devotion that persecution is upon them, but with their passion is God's anointing, and a deep fellowship with Him, which causes God to say, thou art rich.  Those who are lukewarm in their walk with Christ are making the persecution the of true Saints worse.
It seems that the number one goal of some Believers is to destroy the faithfulness and loyalty of those Saints who are not walking in the same worldly and carnal lifestyle as they are.  Just as it was with the foolish virgins attempt against the wise virgins to try to get them to "fall" to their level of worldliness by asking for their oil; in essence the wise virgins said, Not so, but receive the gift of the Holy Spirit for yourselves and come up to our level of obedience and fellowship with God.  God has called us to strengthen each other’s faith and devotion to Christ not to destroy it.
Worldly and carnal attitudes toward other Christians are not to be a part of our walk with Christ.  They are not a fruit of the righteous nature of God.  I put a lot of emphasis on the "gift of the Holy Spirit", the indwelling of the power and the gifts, because of how I have seen those Believers who struggle with worldliness and carnality to be helped to overcome, if they obey the correction of the Holy Spirit as He shows them how to, and as
He generates the power to do it.  Those who have this greater anointing in their life excel in their walk with God.  Foolish virgins try to destroy the strength, fortitude, and resolve of wise virgins trying to get them to compromise their faith and doctrine, to descend to their level of worldliness, carnality, and blatant disobedience to the Holy Spirit.
Smyrna, just as in all the churches, had those who for lack of devotion to God were more like spies than Christians, being use of Satan to try to create division and discord, and add to the affliction and persecution that was already being waged against the Christians who were true examples of Christ.  These "false-Christians" who have a form of godliness are "wells without water, dried up, twice dead.  As the day of Jesus' coming and the unveiling of Antichrist draws near the chasm between the sincere and true Christian and those who are not, is growing wider, so that it is becoming more evident who is truthfully one of God's children, and who just have a religious intellectual experience concerning the salvation that is found in Christ.
The Holy Spirit teaches us to love one another unconditionally, not to be about looking for fault, nor holding onto unforgiveness and bitterness, and not to be a person who yields to wrath, anger, clamor, slander (evil speaking), and malice. (Ephesians 4:31, Colossians 3:8)
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled. Hebrew 12:14-15
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And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30
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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  meekness, temperance: against such there is no law, And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts (desires). If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth. (charity: unconditional love)   1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
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Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, of covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  Ephesians 5:1-11
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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 found in the "Notes" section on my FaceBook Wall [timeline]; which contains more than 450 notes.
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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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It is very difficult to stop sharing the Gospel with Israelis; despite that the ones I have been sharing with interpret the Scriptures differently than the ones the Apostles used to valid their report about Jesus, from His virgin birth to His death and resurrection. Context is not always a solid defense for misuse and misinterpretation; an example is Isaiah 7:14, it has nothing to do with the rest of what is written in chapter 7, but Rabbis interpret it does by coming up with something NOT IT THE CHAPTER to valid their claim; two examples is “a pregnant woman in the kings court” and “the name of an Assyrian king;” NEITHER can be proven true.
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I have been given links to Rabbis teaching on Isaiah 53; and heard enough ASSUMPTIONS to create holes in their theology that makes them guilty of “eisegesis” as much as THEY CLAIM the Apostles did. Everything written in Isaiah 53 can be applied to Jesus, EVERYTHING like for example “plunder” and “children.” One Rabbi went as far as to teach that we use Isaiah 53 as an “after the fact” use to support our claim it is talking about Jesus, no one before Jesus ever interpreted the chapter the way the Apostles did; the problem with the accusation is that EVERY prophesy is interpreted “after the fact” went they come to pass, to say what happened is a fulfillment of the prophecy they are referring to; this could explain why Peter wrote in 2 Peter 1:20 “ knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation.”
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Depending on the person doing the interpreting it could validate more than one interpretation. An example of Isaiah 53, is that most Rabbis interpret the chapter is talking about THE NATION of Israelis not ONE Israeli, but the words are used in the singular not the plural, and they will use the CHAPTERS before and after it to valid THEIR INTERPRETATION is “plural” and correct. Since the words are in the “singular” we can ASSERT we are using Isaiah 53 correctly and the Rabbis who teach “plural” are in error.
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The discussions this past week have been quite detailed. One of the tedious problems is that the discussions kept going “circular” more than once with no resolutions. More Israelis began telling me to leave the forum page, but others wanted to continue a discussion with me in an attempt to persuade me to agree with their INTERPRETATIONS, and me constantly affirming I have PROOFS they do not that how the Apostles interpreted the Tanak Scriptures, they used to validate who Jesus is, did so correctly.
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None of the Israelis, I was conversing with, would give up on the Atheist propaganda of “pagan origin” for Biblical Christianity, no matter how many times I proved “pagan origin” IS A LIE created by Atheists. Muslims use the same propaganda, and like the Israelis I conversed with, none of them wanted to do their own research to find what I did that disproves the atheist propaganda they chose to be in BONDAGE to. Apologetics [defense of the Scriptures] can be a very intense ministry and learning process, particularly with Israelis, Muslims, and Atheists. MOST of the responses I posted to the three groups can be found on my timeline are www.facebook.com/samuelsiders
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Samuel    8/24/2014