Revelation 2 – YAHUSHUA Messiah unto The 7 Churches – 1/2
Written on the Shabbat.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8.
YAH is the beginning and ending. He who is, was, and is to come. He is Life. There is nothing before Him, and nothing after Him. This is the place He should occupy in our lives. GOD should be the first and the last, and everything in between. We are to begin with Him, live by Him, and End with Him. YAHUSHUA is to be in our present, past, and future. Amen.
Unto the Seven Churches
The entirety of Revelation Chapter 2 is YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH’s message to His Church. YAHUSHUA is in the midst of His Church.
The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches. Revelation 1:20.
…And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man. Rev 1:12-13
As such He rebukes to correct, and encourages and exhorts to prune His Church. We are to relate to these Churches. Which Church represents you? What is Almighty GOD asking to to change, better, or repent of?
The Church of Ephesus
“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; 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: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
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. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.” Revelation 2:1-6.
The Church of Ephesus. Works to expand the Kingdom of YAH, and endures the persecution that comes with professing YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH. They are zealous as they cannot “bear them which are evil,” and have tested and uncovered those who teach/preach lies in YAHUSHUA’s name.
The Church of Ephesus bears the name of YAH, they have endured, labored, and have not grown weary. The Lord commends them for this. Yet they have left their first love. YAHUSHUA does not state that they no longer love Him, but rather they have “left [their] first love.” The love for Christ and even for one another is not as it used to be. They do the works, but the love and zeal for YAH and each other has diminished. When first saved, they were passionate and zealous for YAHUSHUA, yet with time their love, zeal, and passion has decreased. As such they are no longer doing the things at the beginning.
This Word is to revive and warn them to: “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.”
But again, this they have, that “…thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.”
Nicolaitanes: A group within the churches that taught spiritual liberty and used that to practice idolatry and immorality. Resembling the “once saved always saved” doctrine in today’s churches.
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.
YAHUSHUA is speaking of Spiritual ears. Hearing and receiving the Word of YAH.
The Church of Smyrna
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, (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.
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.
The Church of Smyrna is unique as this is the first church without spot or wrinkle. This church has worked great works, they are persecuted, poor in the eyes of the world, yet rich in faith towards YAHUVEH GOD. This is the first church we encounter without spot or wrinkle.
Persecutions strengthens our faith, poverty forces us to depend on YAH, and as such GOD performs great works through us. The church of GOD is refined through hardships.
“…I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.”
The persecution will not only come from unbelievers, but also from those who pretend to be fellow servants of YAHUSHUA. They are satanist, wolves in sheep clothing pretending to be part of the Church GOD.
YAHUSHUA continues to encourage the Church saying:
…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.
Excerpt From Prophecy 86 – AWAY FROM ME, YOU DISOBEDIENT SO-CALLED BRIDE!
1 “…Oh, this is the life of the Bride of YAHUSHUA for the servant is not greater than the master. If it was easy for ME, it would be easy for you but on this earth it was not easy. If they all would have received ME, they all would have received you but I was rejected more than I was received just like now…” Prophecy 86 – AWAY FROM ME, YOU DISOBEDIENT SO-CALLED BRIDE!
If we are truly walking in the ways of Father YAHUVEH, Holiness, then the world will persecute, reject, and hate us. As YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH said:
The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil – John 7:7
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. – John 1:5
The Church of Pergamos
And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
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.
The church of Pergamos has endured, and has not denied YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH. Our Lord YAHUSHUA tells us that the Church of Pergamos dwells even where satan’s seat is.
Can you imagine the persecution that this church endures? Yet through the trials, perils, and tribulation they continue to hold fast to the name of YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH. They even in the midst of the enemie’s stronghold continue to hold on to their Blessed hope.
Even when Antipas, a faithful servant of YAH was maryred, they endured and did not lose faith. Notice the words used, “even in…,” even when a faithful servant of YAHUSHUA was slain amongst them they did not forsake the Lord – their faith, though shaken, was not destroyed, but strengthened and refined.
…be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. – Revelation 2:10
Excerpt from Prophecy 69 – “There Is A Coming Of The Changing Of The Guards!”
2 “…Yes, I will have martyrs for just as surely as Stephens blood spilled into the ground there stood a man named Saul, who I changed his name to Paul. As Stephen’s blood splattered on him, as he held his coat, the anointing on Stephen came upon Saul who became Paul. So what am I saying when I say this? A martyr’s blood is never wasted. It only raises up more Stephens, more Saul’s who became Paul’s. To MY beloved trusted ones filled with MY anointing who look to ME each day and pray, 2003 will hold blessings for you as I burn the dross away. For the trials of your faith MY children are more precious than any gold. Learn to praise ME MY children no matter what your life holds…” Prophecy 69 – “There Is A Coming Of The Changing Of The Guards!”
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Galations 5:9
Those who hold the doctrine of balaam are as leaven in the church. They are spots of sin and filth, and if not taken care of their filth will increase in the church. Just as Balak wanted the fall of YAH people Israel, so too do these who hold on the doctrine of balaam and the nicolaitanes corrupt the Church of YAHUVEH. They care not for holiness, they are led by the flesh.
YAHUSHUA is perfect and Holy in all things and His Churches must be Holy even as He is Holy. The Church of Pergamos is imperfect as they have those who hold on to false doctrine and teach the Church error. We may do great works for YAHUSHUA, teaching and preaching His Word world wide, yet that does not excuse us from error, sin, or rebuke. We must ensure that sin has absolutely no part of us.
Yes the Church of Pergamos has been through a lot, but that does not excuse them from rebuke.
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.
The Church of Thyatira
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.
Father YAHUVEH takes note of everything we do in service to His Son and Kingdom. The works, love, service, faith, and patience of the Church of Thyatira are all known by YAHUSHUA. One thing unique about the Church of Thyatira is the fact that “the last to be more than the first.” Their current works, faith, service is greater than their past.
Even so, because YAH chastises and prunes what He loves:
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.
The Church has a big problem. This woman Jezebel holds a high position in the church, and we know this to be true as she “calleth herself a prophetess” and uses that title lead the servants of YAH astray. As the nicolaitanes and those who hold on to the doctrine of balaam, this jezebel is leaven in the church and must be removed. She teaches and gives false words that draws men to sin.
The Church of Thyatira presents a problem that many churches face even now. False prophets, pastors, teachers, and evangelist. Church leaders that are demons, wolves in sheep clothing, claiming that they are sent from God, yet are not and lead souls away from YAHUSHUA and to the false christ.
As believers, we are to:
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15
Without knowledge of the word we are easily deceived, we are to study that we may be able to discern truth from lies.
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.
The below are all sources that add to the meaning of this post. I encourage you to visit them all and soak up the Good word of God.
1 – Prophecy 86 – AWAY FROM ME, YOU DISOBEDIENT SO-CALLED BRIDE!
2 – Prophecy 69 – “There Is A Coming Of The Changing Of The Guards!
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