Sunday, June 28, 2015

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER 5 (2 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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This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.   
 2 Timothy 3:1-12
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Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
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Just as Jannes and Jambres who stirred up rebellion against Moses to undermine his authority and effectiveness as a leader and to try to mar his reputation, it is the same with those who are living below what God requires of us as His children.  Allowing themselves to be plants of Satan, those who say they are Jews [no circumcision of the heart- Romans 2:28-29], but are of the synagogue of Satan, to add to the persecution that is going on outside of the church, to create distress within the church upon the faithful and true Christians.  God desires depth of character, and requires more than what we are giving Him in the area or total surrender of our will to do His will only.
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Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.  These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame, wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.  These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.    Jude 1:3, 4, 8, 10-13, 16-19
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It is God's desire that we be as the meaning of the name Smyrna, which is MYRRH.  Myrrh was a costly perfume, also used as an antiseptic for embalming, to mask odors, and relieve pain.  God desires us to be Saints, creating peace and consolation; not creating pain, strife, unrest, division, and any other fruit common to the sinful nature that abides in the flesh.
When we totally surrender our entire life to the dictates of the Holy Spirit, to please God instead of the sinful nature in our flesh, we are giving ourselves an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.  God wants to be the first and the last, and our Resurrection from death unto life, Rev. 2:8.  When people see us, they should see Jesus, the exact image, character and nature of our Father.  This is only possible with the anointing that is placed in and on us when we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the power to be witnesses not only in word but also in deed.  We are to crucify the deeds of the flesh, not indulge it.          
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And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  Galations 5:24
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 (savor).  Ephesians 5:2
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It is significant that in v.11 the second death is mentioned because of those who say they are Jews, and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan v.9.  The second death is their judgment, as well as for the Religious, Hypocrite, and Lukewarm.
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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. Revelation 21:8
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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 2:11
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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 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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This past week’s discussions were more in line with sharing with Muslims again, but deviations to Arians or any variant could not be so easily avoided, although I really do not care to have conversations with them anymore I feel compelled to respond when my name is used. There appears to not be a lot of activity sharing with Muslims the last few months that creates a need to converse with anyone who will have a conversation with me whoever they are. I tend to wonder if God is attempting to wean me away from all the forums I have been a part of for over seven years [AolAnswers and FB], but that has not been totally established yet.
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The main highlight of the week has been Revelation 1:8 when Jesus called Himself “the Almighty” creating a short post using a few other reference in an attempt to validate Jesus said it. A man name Riley chose to use Revelation chapter one verses against what I posted. Alpha and Omega is used four times throughout the Book of Revelation and appears to be tossed between the Father and Jesus; making it easy to claim the Father not Jesus is saying it but it turn having to ignore what gives the impression Jesus is saying it also. With the “Alpha and Omega” statement in mind since both the Father and Jesus is saying this, this would make BOTH the Father and the Son the ONE God Himself, which would make Jesus every bit as much Almighty God as the Father is [just not Jesus’ physical body], Unitarians refuse to agree. The following two responses are among the most resent posted to Riley:
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Riley ... red letters mean nothing to me. John lets us know the Alpha and Omega is Jesus in Rev 1:11-18, and what is written in 1:12-18 is what Jesus assigns to Himself when He speaks to the Seven Churches of Asia in chapter 2 and 3; therefore God being the Alpha and Omega makes Jesus God. Jesus is the one seated on the Throne and ALL authority has been given to Him in Heaven and Earth, and 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 validates it.
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Just like Muslims you all are so blinded by the information related to Jesus’ physical body you ignore HE is the FULNESS of God’s DEITY bodily; HE is God in a physical body called Jesus and His Son. Jesus WILL ALWAYS be God through HEREDITY by virtue of being His “ONLY BEGOTTEN SON.” When deceivers remove “begotten” from who Jesus is they remove His DEITY as well; this is why people like Westcott, Hort, Nestle, and Aland INITIALLY omitted the word in their corrupt Greek New Testament THAT WAS FOUND in the MAJORITY of the manuscripts and why the Unitarians favorite and corrupt GNT is classified as the MINORITY Text.  
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Riley ... I already posted a response to yours using Rev 1:11-18. Jesus is not only a witness He is also Alpha and Omega making Him as much God as His Father and it is clear to me HE was claiming to be Almighty in v8. Those of us who KNOW Jesus is God have NO problem with His claim; only Unitarians do. ONLY Jesus' physical body is less but HE is every bit GOD as His Father is because they are the ONE God Himself, God manifested in a human body HE named Jesus and calls His Son. No one will ever convince someone like me who is born again and Baptized with God’s Spirit to do miracles otherwise.
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Samuel   6/28/2015