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The Seven Ecclesias or Gatherings of Believers in the Book of Revelation Show us How to Overcome the Traps Satan Devised for us
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THE SEVEN ECCLESIAS OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION SHOW US HOW TO OVERCOME THE MANY SATANICALLY DEVISED DECEPTIONS AND AFFLICTIONS OF OUR TIME, WHICH JESUS DESCRIBED AS “DAYS THAT NEVER WERE BEFORE AND NEVER WILL BE AGAIN.”
To help us on our way to heaven, God showed us in Revelation Chapters 2 & 3 how deception and other unrepented sin affected the Body of Christ through different stages of history until now. Every time, God began by first addressing the good and bad beliefs and works of those seven ecclesias of Revelation. Originally, they were the real home gatherings of believers; not the cell church system of Yonggi Cho, (scroll down on the webpage,) or the Christian church system of Roman Catholicism and her Protestant and other denominations as we know it, (1 Cor. 12:2-31.) Note that in the formal Christian system of all denominations that sprouted from the ecclesias, sexual immorality formed much of the basis of their backslidings and other sin against God, just as it still does today, (Acts 11:26 )
Everything that entangles believers is still a combination of those factors – and the simplified cure of God still remains the same today. Churches taught believers to frantically grab hold of everything outside, inside, and around them to supposedly “deliver” themselves from the devil’s so-called "possession and bondage,” which, for believers, are actually afflictions allowed by God for character growth, (Romans Chapter 8; Heb. 5:8.)
Nevertheless, God still states that only One True Remedy for deliverance from sin exists: Jesus the Redeemer, Savior, and Blessor of all those who would sincerely believe and follow Him in His new life. This new life in Christ can still be summarized by three prominent words: ‘believe,’ ‘repent,’ and ‘overcome,’ (John 3:16; 8:12.) ‘Faith’ means to live by obedience to God’s Word not by sight. ‘Repentance’ means to fully turn away from and reject all sin, and everything and everyone attached to it. ‘Overcome’ means to persevere or decidedly follow Jesus no matter circumstances, feelings, weaknesses, failures, oppression, temptation, and the other obstacles the enemy might place in our way to heaven.
So, in Revelation 2:1-7, God began His commandment that we must “overcome” evil, by addressing the “persevering” [persisting] but brutally tortured and murdered, first ecclesia or assemblies of true believers, called “The Way” in Acts 9:2; 19:23; 22:4. He said, those Followers of The Way “could not bear those that are evil, and tested those who say they are apostles but are not, to find them liars,” (Acts 20:29.) They even “hated the deeds of the Nocolaitans,” who were setting up man made church clergies to rule the humble servants of Christ as their church members. Those clergies permitted idolatry and sexual and other immorality to gain favor with the people. Being constantly subjected to infiltrators that were secretly conforming them to Christian church religion, the Followers of The Way slowly succumbed to formalism “and left their first [fervent] love [for Jesus and His Truth,]” (Mt. 7:15; 2 Pt. 2:1-3; Acts 20:29; Jude 1:4.) The cure God prescribed for this deadly spiritual illness was, “[Obey Me,] repent and do the first works [after you personally accepted Jesus,] or else I will remove your lamp stand [or Godly testimony.] But to him who overcomes [this evil by doing what I command here,] I will give [eternal life.]”
In Revelation 2:8-11, God addressed the ecclesia that was poor and in terrible tribulation – mostly from economic and cultural oppression by those who “say they are [believing] Jews but are a synagogue of Satan,” (Rev. 2:9.) God commanded them not to fear any suffering that will test their faithfulness even unto death, and commanded them to “overcome” (not skip or magically dissolve) all this evil through bold faith in Christ so that they can inherit eternal life in heaven. One thing about unrepented sin: it always brings us down. But once it is sincerely confessed and repented, we are once again “washed by the blood of Jesus” or completely forgiven, (1 Jn. 1:8-10.) This is not a license to sin; this is a demonstration of the grace of God by which we “stand” or can "withstand" evil, (Jam. 4:7.)
In Revelation 2:12-17, God confronts the ecclesia “who dwells where Satan’s throne is.” Although those believers were willing to be martyred for Christ, they compromised their Godly integrity by exchanging God’s Truth and the Holy Spirit’s powerful, informal gatherings for man-made church life in a building under Christian church rule, (Acts 11:26.) They accepted the “doctrine of Balaam” or false prophets and turned to assist church persecution against those who chose to remain pure. Additionally, they “tolerated those who held to the doctrine of the Nocolaitans, to participate in idolatry and sexual and other immorality, which God hates.” They too, had to “quickly repent" or else God’s Word would judge them. But he who overcomes [this evil through persistent obedience to Jesus,] will receive [greater revelation of God’s will and Word,]” (v. 16-17.)
In Revelation 2:18-29, God warns the faithful part of the ecclesia that was also slowly being swallowed by the church system, that they were sinking “to the depths of Satan” by allowing “that [allegorical not literal] woman Jezebel, [not a female prophetess or a so-called controller of weak men, but false, manmade, hierarchical church clergies] to teach [idolatrous dogma and sexual and other immoralities to distribute their false beliefs, church norms, and religious forms, v. 20-21.]" As punishment, God "will throw her, [that symbolical woman, the entire church system, Revelation chapters 17-18,] on a [spiritual] sickbed as well as those who commit adultery with her [by sharing in her lies and other sin,] and do not repent. He will also kill her children, [or allow her Protestant church denominations and other followers to die in their sin with her, Revelation 17:4-6,] according to their own works. But he who overcomes [this evil by repenting and turning to obedience to Christ] and keeps His [Moral Law] works to the end, [will continue in the truth of the Holy Spirit to the end, Acts 5:32.]”
In Revelation 3:1-6 God speaks to the ecclesia “who has the name that she is alive, but is dead.” False church formalities have now spiritually executed nearly all the members of the original ecclesia. Hence, those that still call on the True God must also urgently “repent” and continue in obedience to Him, for while they are playing ‘church,’ “He will come upon them as [unexpectedly not ‘secretly’] as a thief. [Only those who repented in time and obeyed Him] will overcome [all this evil, Matthew 25:1-13,] and God will not blot out their names from the Book of Life…”
In Revelation 3:7-13, God declares, “[I] have set before you an open door which no one can shut, [to proclaim His Scriptural Truth in Biblical Holy-Spirit power – and this is a fulfilment of the end of the end-times as Jesus prophesied in Matthew 24:13-14, ‘He who endures to the end shall be saved. And [while deception rules the whole earth,] this [True] Gospel… will be preached in all the world… to all nations, [this is happening right now for the first time in all of history via the internet, etcetera,] and then the end will come.’ "[And because] you have kept My Word… I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, [the Christian church system opposed to the true body of Christ,] who say they are [believers] but are not, to… know that I have loved you. Because you have kept My command to persevere, [in righteousness and truth,] I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test [everyone…] I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown, [which is your eternal life.] He who overcomes [all this evil by Scriptural obedience — not perfection on a soulical or emotional level, but by remaining faithful to Christ through continued, sincere faith and genuine repentance,] I will make Him a pillar in [My Holy-Spirit] temple [of true believers...]”
Finally, in Revelation 14-22, God warns all believers who are “neither cold nor hot… Because you are lukewarm… I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich…’ and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, [what a perfect description of the church system and those who maybe left it already according to God’s commandment in Revelation 18:4, but are still not wholly committed to the truth of His Word to follow the Real Holy Spirit of the Bible,] I [command] you to buy from Me [meaning you must sacrifice yourself and everything that keeps you back,] gold refined in the fire, [and so pay the personal price of persecution and adversity to purity your faith,] that you may be rich [in spirit and controlled emotion,] and clothed in white garments, [which signify purifying our souls and lives to set our thoughts wholly on Jesus, Romans 12:1-2] …and salve to anoint your eyes that you may see [My Real Truth to obey Me.] As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. [We must not be surprised that God is teaching us obedience through affliction. Discipline is His great mercy for our haplessness and hard-headedness.] So, be zealous and repent [of all evil…] I stand at the door and I knock [because I desire a true relationship with My disciples..] To him that overcomes [all hardship in My leading, truth, power, and grace,] I will grant to sit with Me [in heaven] because I overcame [all the evil of the world for them…]”