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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  


 Renette Vermeulen




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All sincere believers, due to their spiritual, born again position in the spiritual Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, (Col. 1:13-14,) have already spiritually “overcome” the “wiles [or schemes] of the evil one” that manifest in lostness, bondage to Satan and sin, ungodliness, cursedness, fear, sorrow, etcetera, (Rev. 12:11; Col. 1:13-14; 2:9-15; Isa. 53:2-6.) But because our human spirits live in a physical body with a guiding “mind” or soul; (free will, intellect, and emotions, 1 Ths. 5:23,) our ongoing battle, (Jesus fully won the war, Col. 2:9-15,) is to not allow the evil one to control us through our thoughts and beliefs, so that we either stumble or choose to commit sin, (1 Ths. 5:23; 2 Cor. 10:3-6.) Left unrepented, the sin we accept in our thoughts will lead us to step out of the perfect spiritual position that true believers occupy in Christ, which we freely “inherited” at the moment of our rebirth, when we sincerely and completely surrendered to Him, (Eph. 1:7; 12-14; Jam. 1:12-18; Col. 2:9-10.)

To help us on our way, in Revelation Chapters 2 & 3, God showed us 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, (gatherings of believers,) which is not the church system of Catholicism and her Protestant and other denominations as we know it, (1 Cor. 12:2-31.)  Note that sexual immorality formed much of the basis of all these backslidings and other sin against God, just as it still does today.

Everything that entangles believers is still a combination of those original 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 true believers, are actually afflictions allowed by God, (Rom. Chapter 8; Heb. 5:8.) 

However, God still states that only One True Cure exists: Jesus the Redeemer, Savior, and Blessor of all those who would believe and follow Him in His new life.  And this new life in Christ can still be summarized by two prominent words: ‘repent’ and ‘overcome,’ (Jn. 3:16; 8:12.)  ‘Repentance’ means to fully turn away from and reject sin, and everything and everyone attached to it.  ‘Overcome’ means to persevere or decidedly continue to obey and follow Jesus no matter the circumstance, feelings, weaknesses, failures, oppression, temptation, and other obstacles the enemy might place in our way to heaven. 


So, in Rev. 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, (Acts 9:2; 19:23; 22:4…) He said, they “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 structuring the first humble servants of Christ into ruling church clergies that permitted idolatry and sexual and other immorality, to gain favor with the people.] Yet, being constantly subjected to infiltrators that were secretly conforming them to early Roman Catholic church religion, the believers 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 testimony.] But to him who overcomes [this evil by doing what I command here,] I will give [eternal life.]”


In Rev. 2:8-11, God addressed the ecclesia that were 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 Rev. 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 Roman Catholic rule, (Acts 11:26.) They accepted the “doctrine of Balaam” and turned to assist church persecution against those who chose to remain pure. They also “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 Rev. 2:18-29, God warns the faithful part of the ecclesia that was also 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 but manmade, hierarchical church clergies] to teach [idolatrous dogma and sexual and other immoralities to distribute their false beliefs, norms, and forms, v. 20-21.]" As punishment, God "will throw her, [that symbolical woman, the entire church system, Rev. 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 followers to die in their sin with her, Rev. 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, Acts 5:32.]”


In Rev. 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 to 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,] and God will not blot out their names from the Book of Life…”


In Rev. 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 Mt. 24:13-14, ‘He who endures [or persevere] 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 repentance,] I will make Him a pillar in [My Holy-Spirit] temple [of true believers...]”


Finally, in Rev. 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 Rev. 18:4, but are still not wholly committed to the truth of His Word to follow the Real 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 your soul and life to set your thoughts wholly on Jesus, Rom. 12:1-3] …and salve to anoint your [spiritual] 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.] 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, and grace,] I will grant to sit with Me [in heaven] because I also overcame [all the evil of the world…]”


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