Sunday, October 26, 2014

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  11 (1 of 3)
S A R D I S
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will ccome on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  Revelation 3:1-6
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Sardis means "Prince of Joy", but we can see from God's description of the church, that the church is far from it.  Not only had the joy of the Lord (".... For the joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10) departed from their life, so did the Holy Spirit and the ability to discern that He had (liken unto that of Samson, Judges 16:20).  The church had deceived them self in believing that all is well in their relationship with God.  When we choose to walk in worldliness and carnal pleasure, after having sincerely given our heart to Christ, not only will God's presence not be with us, neither will His joy.  Here is how God's joy was with Jesus and how His joy will be with us.  When we live our life as Jesus did, in full obedience to the perfect will of God, the same abundant joy that Jesus had will be ours also.
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Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;  therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1:9
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The distinction spoken of in v.1 "the seven Spirits of God," has to do with Jesus having the all-encompassing fullness of God's Spirit within Him.  Another interpretation of this is that this is referring to the personality and character of God.  With this second interpretation, Revelation 5:6 could imply that God's personality and character can be found in every cell and atom of creation.  What ever the exact meaning Jesus is describing Himself this way to Sardis, and it is likely that they understood the meaning.
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;  Revelation 1:4
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And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before  the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.   Revelation 4:5
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And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.  Revelation 5:6
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell. Colossians 1:19
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Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:  Colossians 2:8-10
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For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Romans 1:20


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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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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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I had another amazing week conversing with Israelis, the FaceBook page is found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/121332101340516/505175089622880/?notif_t=group_comment_reply.
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One Israeli posted a response using Greco-Roman Mysteries (pagan occults) in an effort to assert BIBLICAL Christianity has its birth from them; the Israel obviously did not correctly scrutinize the content of the article. The article was the result of two Catholic Priests research that implied the seven sacraments were influenced by the pagan occults, and that the RCC was against the pagan occults. I also shared that of the 7 sacraments the Bible only validates 2 of the 7 are sacraments, and that even those 2 are twisted a little. The article had one negative comment against the RCC, nothing in it against Biblical Christianity. History makes it clear that Catholicism contains pagan beliefs, practices, and liturgy.
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Another Israeli response to answer was when Jesus quoted the last 6 of the Ten Commandments instead of staying “you shall not covet” HE said “you shall not defraud; the Israeli implied Jesus needed to learn the Commandments. Having researched the word “defraud” information I found is that it means to take something from someone using deception. I shared with the Israeli that Jesus did not misquote the covet commandment HE DEFINED what the commandment meant. To desire something is not a sin, but to get it through deception and any illegal means is sin.
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For the most part the week was filled with constant negative against Jesus being the Messiah with the Israelis bombarding me with all the incorrect information they had in their arsenal of false facts, a number written by Atheists, and Rabbinic interpretations that had obvious holes; Muslims bring up a lot of the same material; therefore answering the Israelis is like answering Muslims. An Israeli name Cindy had what appears to be a book full of misinformation about what the New Testament teaches which enlisted my time to correct EVERYTHING she was posting. A few of Cindy’s responses claimed Matthew in his Gospel taught anti-Semiticism, something I KNOW is a total lie; but I also know there is a cult that believes the Scriptures teach anti-Semiticism and anti-Israel racism calling itself “Christian.” It is amazing the CENTURIES of lies and deceptions Apologists have to “weed through” to TRY and have an INTELLIGENT conversation with Israelis; a conversation that many do not want to learn any truth from, choosing to believe lying propaganda instead. Nonetheless, Jesus commissioned us to spread the Gospel, IT IS God’s responsibility to prove the information is TRUE.
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Samuel   10/27/2014