Sunday, February 7, 2016

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  1 (2 of 6)
EXPLANATIONS AND CAUSES 
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May 8, 1975 the Lord gave me a song titled "A Living Sacrifice", here are the words:

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Jesus gave His life for you and me
That from sin and bondage we could be free

Jesus gave Himself a living sacrifice

And for this reason Jesus gave His life

Chorus

There came a day I had to repent

And give my life to Jesus to live for Him

He spilt His blood so I could be cleansed

And from this time on I will live for Him

Chorus

I am weak but Jesus is strong

And by His grace through faith to Him I belong

I will give my life to Jesus a sacrifice

To dwell in His rest and have eternal life

Chorus

Listen my friend here what Jesus says to you

Just as he loves me, He loves you too

Give Jesus your life a living sacrifice
We must die to sin to have eternal life
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Thank you Jesus for saving my soul 
Thank you Jesus for making me whole  
My life I give to you a living sacrifice  
Jesus the anointed, the Son, the Holy Christ
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In 1981 I was given a book to read, authored by Loran Helm (A Voice In The Wilderness), an autobiography with the primary focus on the work God had done in him to bring him to a place of total obedience to God's expectations for him.  When God said it, he did it.  With God's help he was faithful to obey to the day of his departure from this life; preaching the message of obedience to God, and his prayer for revival. 

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In 1982 the Lord took me into a place of fellowship with Him that very few Christians throughout the ages have ever gone. In that nine month experience He showed me that 90 percent more or less of the true born again believers have no idea of what it is to walk in heavenly places in Christ (in the Holy Spirit).  With the help of the Holy Spirit we are given the power to overcome the sinful nature that is bound in our flesh that encourages us to disobey God.
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Satan found the Achilles’ heel of the Church, concerning obedience, and has been viciously beating it. The Achilles’ heel is ignorance concerning the life of Christ in the Holy Spirit that God requires us to live.  God has not left His church without a voice.  For, to those who seek to know Him more, "deep calling unto deep" for the place of fellowship and oneness with Him, He has taken us there, so that those who He has been able to take to that place of fellowship and oneness with Him could share it with others.

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As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth  my soul after thee, O God.  Psalms 42:1
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Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts:  Psalms 42:7a

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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.

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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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In Last week’s editorial had mentioned my conversation with Ahmed had ended and a new one started with Francisco. The amazing thing about Francisco is he had a negative impression of the New Testament because it was written in Greek instead of Hebrew, but kept quoting it as authoritative. Francisco believes the name Jesus Christ is a Catholic Church creation, and even rejects the name Yeshua, because in his blind accusation Yeshu and Yeshua mean “let his name be blotted out of the book of life.” A detailed theological discussion ensued to prove Yeshua, Iesous, and Jesus are defined the same “God our salvation,” but kept insisting they did not. Francisco kept pounding at the “Yeshu” definition.
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Another person name Frank got into the conversation; like Francisco, Frank rejected the virgin birth of Jesus and believed the “Yeshu” accusation also. Finding out what the origin of the “Yeshu” accusation became a necessity for me, but before I had a chance, Frank exposed a fact about “Yeshu” that Francisco was ignoring to claim “Yeshu” is a name; Yeshu is an ACRONYM … NOT … a Name; in my opinion they were being totally wicked to imply the name Yeshua means Jesus’ name is blotted out of the book of life. What follows is the response I posted for Francisco and Frank about the ACRONYM “Ye.sh.u.” and as best I remember our discussions ended.
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“Frank Shaw and Francisco Santos ... Yeshua is a NAME not an ACRONYM; Ye.sh.u. is not a name. Ye.sh.u. stands for Yemach Shemo Vezichro; therefore YOUR claim “The form "YESHUA" has been adapted to form the acronym "YESHU", is the FALSE Claim of LIARS AND DECEIVERS, the “camp” both of you are a part of. Ye.sh.u (Yemach Shemo Vezichro) is what would be SAID, by wicked Rabbis, as a reproach AGAINST Yeshua (Jesus) for claiming to be God. You all are so wicked it is astonishing.”
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The next discussion I responded to is with a Messianic Rabbi name Thomas and another person name Omega [the primary respondents in an extensive theological discussion) who believe Joseph is Jesus’ father and that the “virgin birth” is a Catholic Church corruption of the New Testament Scriptures, (like Francisco and Frank believe). Thomas claims there is no verse of Scripture in the Tanak (OT) that teaches a virgin birth, I posted Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14, Jeremiah 31:22; all three of these references are PROPHECIES. Anyone who rejects the virgin birth will interpreted the three prophecies differently than those who believe the virgin birth.
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Thomas’ first set of posts went into detail about the Hebrew word “alma” not meaning the Hebrew word “betulah” and the Greek word “Parthnos.” I posted for Thomas Genesis 24:16 which proves an alma can also be a betulah (young woman who is a virgin). Neos is the Greek word for “young woman” used in Titus 2:4 therefore if alma in Isaiah 7:14 meant “young woman” instead of “virgin” Neos would have been used in the Septuagint instead of Parthnos. It is my opinion the ISRAELIS who translated the Septuagint knew something about Isaiah 7:14 that is not known by Rabbis today who reject its use for Jesus’ virgin birth, and that Matthew used Isaiah 7:14 correctly for Jesus’ virgin birth.
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I also posted for Rabbi Thomas that I got the use of Jeremiah 31:22 to validate the virgin birth of Messiah from a Rabbi. The theological discussion covered many other facts contrary to Thomas and Omega’s false assertions, with Thomas more than once wanting to wield his creditionals for superior knowledge, NOT ALL PhDs agree; therefore this meant nothing to me. I turned Thomas’ attention to the fact that the Gospels are not the only books in the NT that teach a virgin birth of Jesus, and that for him to reject it makes him a false teacher and deceiver who is preaching a DIFFERENT Jesus than the one the Apostles preached, I will believe them not him. For Francisco, Frank, Thomas, and Omega to claim the NT is corrupted and quote only what they want to believe makes them deceivers and false teachers as well; either the WHOLE New Testament Canon is true or none of it is. God has given us the New Birth and Baptism with His Spirit to prove the WHOLE New Testament is true and NOT corrupted; the New Birth is after the similitude of Jesus’ virgin birth.  
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Samuel      2/7/2016