The Book of Revelation
Bible Study-REV-Chapter 2
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Revelation 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
Revelation 2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Revelation 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Revelation 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. KJV
1. The Temple of Diana, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was in Ephesus.
2. Paul taught there for three years.
To the church of Ephesus:
What are the stars and candlesticks again? 7 Candlesticks = 7 Churches. 7 Stars = 7 Angels.
He knows everything about this church. What they do, when they do it, what they teach and how much they love Him and try to do His work. Is it according to His instructions? Hopefully, yes.
As with most churches He finds a lot of good people with good intentions who really love Him. Why else would they come every Sunday morning? But He doesn’t like all that He sees here, He has “somewhat” against them. What would that be? They have left their first love, they seem to be leaving HIM out of the equation.
They have good intentions but they seem to be wrapped up in traditions and the ways of church systems. They “work hard” because they have all these various programs going on but they seem more intent on playing church rather than teaching His Word.
But if they will refocus on the primary reason that our Father had the church set up to begin with, back in the book of Acts, to teach the Word of God and repent of their sins, they can get back into His good graces.
The one thing that He liked about this church was that they preached against the Nicolaitans. The Nicolaitans were a heretical group who followed Nicolas and pretty much held with the doctrines of Baalam which taught the Israelites to eat of the things sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.
Our Father had instructed the Israelites that they should not eat of the meat sacrificed to Him on the altars. It was ok for the Levitical priests to eat this meat but not the people in general. The first and best parts of any sacrifice was to go to the priests because they were not to be burdened with daily routines, the people were to do that work. The Levitical priests were to be dedicated to our Father and their needs taken care of by others.
This led to a lot of problems down the road for these priests but that’s another story.
The thing about the Nicolaitans was that they were sacrificing to IDOLS and not our Father. And it goes without saying that sexual immorality within the church itself would not be tolerated by God.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Father says that they had better listen to Him or there was going to be more grief coming down the road.
To the church of Smyrna:
Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
Revelation 2:10 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.
Revelation 2:11 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. KJV
1. Smyrna is just north of the city of Ephesus in Asia Minor (Turkey).
2. They built a temple to the Roman emperor, Tiberius, and were involved in a religion of “emperor-worship”.
Smyrna, along with Philadelphia, were the only two churches of the seven of which our Father approved and we find out exactly why in
I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
This is a direct, recognizable reference to the Kenites, the sons of Cain, the offspring of Satan from the beguiling of Eve in Genesis. The meaning of the word Jews is also critical to the understanding of the verse.
Jews, in the Greek, is Ioudaios and it means someone who is born of the lineage of the Tribe of Judah OR, as in this particular case, it means someone who RESIDES or LIVES in the same area.
✡ Jews_NT:2453 Ioudaios (ee-oo-dah'-yos); from NT:2448 (in the sense of NT:2455 as a country); Judaean, i.e. belonging to Jehudah: KJV - Jew (-ess), of Judaea.
I.e. Someone who was born in Florida can be called a Floridian. By the same token, someone who was born in Pennsylvania and now LIVES or RESIDES in Florida can also be called a Floridian.
The Kenites, at one point, were in danger of being killed and in order to escape that predicament they moved in among the Jews in Jerusalem and while dressing and living like the Jews, made themselves pretty much invisible to those that wanted to take their life.
That’s why there is truth to the statement in verse 9 above. Christ said that it was blasphemy for the sons of Cain, the offspring of Satan, to disguise themselves as the true descendants of Him. Acting just like their father who will soon come disguised as the false messiah.
Have you ever been taught this in your church? There’s a lot of people and groups and organizations and churches that call this a heretical teaching. You’ve just read it, spoken from the mouth of our Lord, are His Words heretical? Are they a lie? Better be careful. It takes a lot to stir the wrath of our Father but this might be the one thing that really ticks Him off, calling the words of His Son heresy and lies.
Sure, they might suffer tribulation for teaching this but where does that tribulation come from? Satan. He doesn’t like it when you expose the truth on some of his lies. In verse 10 Christ tells you not to worry about the grief that some may give you over this, He’ll take care of you. Not them.
Verse 10 is not talking about a physical death but rather a spiritual death of the soul. That being said, during the last days some of you will be delivered up to Satan’s councils but only those that are a part of His Election. And even if that happens to you Christ has your back and your six.
The councils spoken of here are called sunedrion or a subordinate tribunal.
✡ Councils_NT:4892 sunedrion (soon-ed'-ree-on); neuter of a presumed derivative of a compound of NT:4862 and the base of NT:1476; a joint session, i.e. (specifically) the Jewish Sanhedrin; by analogy, a subordinate tribunal:
Our Father is going to take care of you and this is what He says He will do when these events happen:
Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. KJV
The words that will be spoken at that time will come from the Holy Spirit and not you. In fact, if you try to speak your own words, tell Satan/Antichrist what a so-and-so you think he is, you are just going to complicate the matter.
The ten days spoken of here is a time difference between solar time, the time of the children of light, and lunar time, the time of the children of darkness. Not to worry. Father will hold our hand through the entire process.
If all of this information is foreign to you that means that your preacher isn’t doing his job but then, maybe he is….maybe he’s employed by someone other than our Father. You can get over this by reading and studying the Scriptures for yourself. Don’t put the safety of your own soul in the hands of someone that doesn’t give a crap about it. Lots of these guys preach just for the money.
Christ closes by telling you that if you’re a smart person you will hear what He’s saying to this church and understand it.
To the church of Pergamos:
Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
Revelation 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
Revelation 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
Revelation 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Revelation 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. KJV
1. This city was also in northwest Asia Minor (Turkey), near the Caicus River.
2. It also had cults of emperor-worship abounding.
3. In the book of Acts is says that Paul taught there but only briefly on his way to Attalia.
Where Satan’s seat is and where Satan dwelleth! Maybe that’s not a church that we ought to go to!
Baal worshipping was worshipping false gods and again in this church Father speaks of them eating food sacrificed to idols and committing fornication. As with Ephesus, they were involved with the Nicolaitans. They also did not teach of the Kenites.
Throughout the Old Testament, one of the primary things that made our Father angry was when His people worshipped someone or something else other than Him. Baal was a favorite god of the Phoenicians.
Today, worshipping something other than the Father can cover a lot of territory. We, as a Christian people, normally don’t have some pagan idol in our house as they did in ancient times but idol worship can be anything that takes us away from focusing on God.
One’s career may consume not only time that should be spent with our Father but dedication to something of this world to that degree is something that Satan likes for us to do. Get our eyes off of the things of the spirit and onto the things and pleasures of the world. Make that money. Buy nice things. Shop, shop, shop.
It could be our boat, our home, it could be anything that takes our mind away from the ways of our Father. Ignore Him and Satan pretty much has us in his hip pocket.
This stumbling block in verse 14 is literally a part of a trap on which the bait was laid and when touched would snap shut, trapping the prey and disallowing any chance of escape. Who would lay a trap such as this? Satan. When your eyes are trained on worldly goods how easy it is for him to place that trap in our path.
Hidden manna, our Father’s food in contrast to eating food sacrificed to idols.
There are many good people in our churches and they come every week to have a spiritual hole filled and they want it filled with the Word of God but many churches have leaders, preachers, who would rather allow Satan to come in and be predominant rather than our Father or the Lord. These churches then become “Satan’s seat” or “Satan’s church”.
And preaching Satan’s doctrines include the rapture theory, the any-moment doctrine and speaking in tongues.
Sometimes it’s difficult to see this and people get tangled up in church activities to the point that they may ignore some things that don’t agree with our Father’s Word but they ignore them for the over-all good that can still be accomplished.
That’s not a good way to handle that kind of situation. The cancer needs to be removed or maybe you should be movin’ on.
To the church of Thyatira:
1. Situated on the road from Pergamos to Sardis.
2. Jezebel taught and beguiled Christians here.
3. The principal pagan god of this city was Appolo.
Revelation 2:18 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;
Revelation 2:19 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.
Revelation 2:20 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.
Revelation 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
Revelation 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
Revelation 2:23 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.
Revelation 2:24 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.
Revelation 2:25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
Revelation 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Revelation 2:27 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.
Revelation 2:28 And I will give him the morning star.
Revelation 2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. KJV
When you start messin’ 'round with our Father’s children you had better be ready for some kickback. Jezebel didn’t understand this even after our Father gave her “space” within which to ponder on her wicked ways.
Paganism, idol worship and loose morals continues to be prevalent among these churches. Do you think that it’s any different today? No it's not.
Father gives them a chance to get on the right track. If they repent He’ll forget about it and not put any further burdens on them but if not, a rod of iron is coming their way. Those who change their ways will have the “morning star”, the early morning light which comes from Christ.
However, you must be aware of two things: Apollo worship is not just paying homage and sacrificing to some mythical Greek god, Apollo is another of Satan’s names:
Ref: Revelation 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. KJV
I hope that you know who the angel of the bottomless pit is. If not, he’s coming up later in this book.
The second thing that you must be aware of is that there are two morning stars. One is Christ; the other is Satan. That name is applied to both. Be careful.
Ref: Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. KJV
Ref: Revelation 9:1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. KJV
Again, we have the admonition from Christ…if you have an ear for understanding you had better give heed to it.
We were introduced to three new churches: Ephesus, Pergamos and Thyatira. Of course, the purpose of all seven being presented to us is to show, by example, the things happening in these churches of which our Father disapproves.
And since humankind and human nature never changes we are to pick up on the wrong things that these churches are teaching and preaching and make sure that the churches we attend today are not making these same mistakes.
Now, most churches today are probably teaching and preaching the same things that they were back then, using a more modern, updated methodology. At that point, a wise person would go out and start looking for a church that was teaching and preaching what the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia were teaching and preaching. (A lot of teaching and preaching going on here!). So that we don’t keep making the same mistakes over and over.
All seven of these churches had the same thing wrong with them for He had somewhat against all of them and it no doubt included heretical teachings like the any-moment and the fly-away doctrines that our Father said He hated back in Ezekiel. These same doctrines that are taught to this day:
Ref: Ezekiel 13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly. KJV
The churches at Smyrna and Philadelphia were the only two that were teaching about who the Kenites were, the Sons of Cain. And if you don’t think that that’s important today, just look around at who is at the heart and head of terrorism. The overwhelming goal of terrorism is to kill Christians and Jews alike. Plain and simple.
Why does Christ keep talking about our eyes and ears? We all have at least two of each…what’s He trying to tell us? Our eyes and ears have to be opened up to see and hear the truth, the hidden truth, the inner truth of His Word and that can only be accomplished by being touched by the Holy Spirit.
You will never see a tongue of fire over your head as happened with the Apostles but SLOWLY and with much STUDYING and with MEDITATION and TALKING TO HIM on a one-on-one basis, the truth of the Scriptures will leak into your conscious brain.
It’s been said that St. Paul taught on three different levels. The level that most of us know about is just reading the Bible and seeing the words. The next two levels brings a deeper understanding of the words that we read but to get it you have to WORK at it. It’s not free.
The Apostles asked our Lord one time why He spoke in parables and He said that it was not for all to understand. Not initially. You have to work at it sometimes. And even at that, He always explained the meaning of each parable because even the Apostles didn’t understand them.
Matthew 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
See how it all fits together? SEEING (eyes) and HEARING (ears) equals UNDERSTANDING. How cool is that?
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14 January 2015