Sunday, October 19, 2014

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER 10 (part 2 of 2)
T H Y A T I R A

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; 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. 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. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 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. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 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. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 2:18-29
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The name Thyatira means "odor of affliction."  In v.23 the Lord makes something else clear about Himself, "and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts:" Whatever the significant reason for Thyatira being named, being a city occupied by the Roman military caused the population to know mental and emotional affliction even to the depths of their soul and spirit.  The people of the city were prime for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts  and reins.  Psalms 7:9
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I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. 
Jeremiah 17:10
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As Christians, those of us who are a threat to the kingdom of darkness by virtue of our having the righteous nature of God in us (being born-again), and even the more so those of us who are filled with His power and the gifts of the Holy Spirit (the greater anointing), we know what it is to be afflicted by those who dwell in the darkness, whether it is human or demon.  For, we are not of this world any longer although we are in it.  God's favor in on those who call themselves "Christian" obeying, yielding to His perfect will, but his wrath is on those who are Religious, Hypocrite, and Lukewarm. 
God is being longsuffering and merciful attempting to draw them to repentance.  God is calling to those of us who call ourselves "Christian," having some level of respect for the things of God, but not willing to totally repent of worldliness and carnal pursuits that bring dishonor and contempt on Him in the sight of those who do not know Him as Lord and Savior, to REPENT v.21.  We cannot live our life like that of Jezebel, doing the things of the occult, horoscopes, fortune telling, and the like, then expect God to grant us eternal life, He will not.  Instead of favor His judgment will be upon us. This is especially true for those who have a place of ministry in the church, whatever is that position.   For there are those who "idolize" ministry, and will be swayed to follow the example they see in us, whether it be poor or rich in total surrender to the perfect will of God.
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For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles  through you, as it is written. Romans 2:24
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:14-16
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The majority of the Believers, not the Saints, at Thyatira had become comfortable with living the life style of the surrounding community.  Satan found a helper in Sambatha who had the "demon of Jezebel, a killer of the prophets" in her, to cause those who had a willing heart to live according to a "relaxed moral code" rather than God's "standard of holiness," so that their names would be blotted out of the book of life.  We must be vigilant not to allow the sinful nature that is in our flesh, and any outside stimuli which call to us from unconverted souls and demonic forces, cause us to sleep, slumber, and walk in deadness of spirit (as do foolish virgins), otherwise the wrath of God will be against us.  If sincerely having given our heart to Christ, which would be the cause of our living in the Spirit, then let us also walk in the Spirit.  Obey Him, for in doing so the favor of God will be on us.
If ye love me, keep my commandments. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:15,21,23
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For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 1 John 5:3
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after  the Spirit. Romans 8:1
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That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Romans 8:4
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This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust (desires) of the flesh. Galatians 5:16
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If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25
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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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Not a lot of time was devoted this week to sharing with people on FaceBook related to apologetics, only to respond to a few comments information already shared with others over the years. Most of my responses where shared on the FB page devoted to sharing with Israelis; Leonard and Melanie seem to be the most vocal on the FB page against anything a Christian would post. There was an Israeli name Cindy that posted the “13 Principles of Jewish faith;” What will follow is the OP I created for other FB pages, having shared with Cindy that BIBLICAL Christians believe every one of them”
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The Thirteen Principles of Jewish faith is as follows:
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1. Belief in the existence of the Creator, who is perfect in every manner of existence and is the Primary Cause of all that exists.
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2. The belief in God's absolute and unparalleled unity.
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3. The belief in God's non-corporeality, nor that He will be affected by any physical occurrences, such as movement, or rest, or dwelling.
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4. The belief in God's eternity.
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5. The imperative to worship G-d exclusively and no foreign false gods.
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6. The belief that God communicates with man through prophecy.
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7. The belief in the primacy of the prophecy of Moses our teacher.
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8. The belief in the divine origin of the Torah.
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9. The belief in the immutability of the Torah.
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10. The belief in God's omniscience and providence.
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11. The belief in divine reward and retribution.
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12. The belief in the arrival of the Messiah and the messianic era.
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13. The belief in the resurrection of the dead.
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BIBLICAL CHRISTIANS believe EVERY ONE OF THESE. Number 12, Christians teach two “comings” of Messiah, FIRST to die and resurrect for the sins of the people to be forgiven and atoned for, and SECOND to establish the “messianic era. Zechariah 12:10 can be used to VALIDATE …two… “Comings;” the Apostles used it for Both. Apostle John referred to Zech 12:10 in Revelation 1:7 “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him; Even so, Amen.
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In Biblical Christianity there are a few more than 13, but what is shown here are what was given to me by Cindy to responds to.
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Samuel     10/19/2014