Rick Warren Challenges Christians That They Are Not Fit For The Kingdom If They Study Bible Prophecy

Even Steven

I have no idea what additional proof one would need in order to discern that Rick Warren is a false prophet, pure and simple.  He has the audacity to believe that the Purpose Driven movement is bringing in a New Reformation, hence as we follow this track, his thinking is that he is a modern day Martin Luther.  To Rick, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ and the Millenium are small potatoes, because like Ford, he has a better idea.

Perhaps he envisions himself as a Protestant Pope of some sort, and when he speaks “ex cathedra,” his words supersede Holy Writ.  Rick’s time is spent hobnobbing with Muslim clerics, the Pope, various United Nations affiliates, involvement with a plethora of social concerns, meeting the leaders from all religions, and spending time with an additional assortment of political VIP’s throughout the world.  (This sounds like a purely social “gospel” to…

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2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 59

Doug & Joe Hagmann, Paul McGuire, Jerry Robinson – Panel Discussion

The floor was later opened up to the audience for a question and answer session.

The theme is Economic Armageddon:

Paul McGuire:  People intentionally try to confuse you about economics when what they say is not in your best interests.  We must understand the foundation of the national and global economic system.  The entire economic system is based upon an illusion.  The system does not exist.  The nature of the illusion is as magical as sorcery (as it says in the book of Revelation).  It is hard to understand.  The masses have always been controlled since the beginning of civilization, by a monetary and religious system.  The monetary system is a controlled system.  Paul has been on hundreds of economic debates on Fox News, CNN, etc.  Most people act like they do not know what the Federal Reserve System is.  The Federal Reserve System is built on a simple sorcery principle:  they print money from nothing.  There is no substance behind it.  They control the world and the global economy by printing money from nothing.  The economic system is spiritual – look at the dollar bill!  It has hundreds of occultic symbols all over it.  It screams at you in neon lights.  It is not hidden, it is in plain sight.  The incomplete pyramid has the all seeing eye of Lucifer, the New World Order or Order Of The Ages is written at the base of the pyramid, the Phoenix from Phoenicia is on the other side.  The Phoenix is replete with occult symbolism.  There are many more occult symbols there.  The people at the highest level who control the economy, are in the Illuminati, occult, and they are Luciferean believers.  The dollar is filled with spiritual symbols because the dollar is spiritual.  The dollar is worth something only under the illusion that it is worth something.  Mass events are scientifically engineered by an elite group in order to get people to act a certain way.  There is a fight over new international currency.  Who will control the world’s money?  The dollar, Euro or another?  This is an engineered crisis in order to bring a New World Order, and a new international currency.  Revelation 13 refers to this situation.

Jerry Robinson, author of Bankruptcy Of Our Nation:  We have a faith based monetary system.  We have a fiat currency.  There is nothing backing up the U.S. dollar.  The Bible says the dollar is corrupt – “unjust weights and false balances.”  When you print money out of thin air with no backing, you are printing “unjust weights and false balances.”  Our money is debt, without intrinsic value.  Our currency is an abomination and corrupt.  We are already under judgment.  The economy is going to implode and collapse.  Our economy is an abomination.  Our economy is being judged because it is an abomination, NOT because of the other sins of our nation.  A lot of nations now, are avoiding the dollar.  China is collecting gold for a gold backed currency.  We are going to see a reduction of dollars and their value.  We may see a Chinese Russian currency in the future, an Amero, or other regional currency.  They will eventually collude into a single global currency but it will not happen overnight.

Paul McGuire:  Mankind’s progress is based on occultic occurrences and events at incremental times in man’s history.  i.e. The Great Depression.  The economics in America are based on an illusion.  The illusion comes from the Federal Reserve and the Central Bank.  Our nation is being put into tremendous debt so the One World Government can control us – …”the borrower is slave to the lender.”  The Federal Reserve owns us.  “Debt” is the key to the economy control system.  Our media is corporate controlled.

Jerry Robinson:  Fox News is a part of the corporate controlled media.  Saudi Arabia is the second largest shareholder in Fox News.  The United States has no backing behind the dollar.  In the early 1970’s, we made an agreement with Saudi Arabia that we would continue to underwrite their oil industry if they would use the dollar as an international currency in their business dealings.  This illusion is all that is keeping us afloat.  The dollar is a house of cards and will collapse one day.  Free trade does not exist and cannot exist.

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Issues Brought Up By The Audience:

The Federal Reserve is a private cartel owned by banks.  G. Edward Griffin was one who exposed the Federal Reserve.

There is really only one party.  The Democrats and Republicans are basically the same.  There is not much truth to the right left paradigm. Two parties are an illusion.  Fox News tells partial truths and they are just as bad as NBC and CBS.  Paul McGuire no longer appeared on Fox News the minute he started telling the truth.  He also lost his syndicated radio show.

There is a Sharia court in Texas and seventy eight in England.  This was not related to the economy, but a very interesting point brought up by one in the audience.

 

When Satan Opposes The Will Of God In Your Life, Have Great Faith…

Mark 11:23 King James Version (KJV)
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

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Mountains are barriers to progress and must be seen here metaphorically as obstacles to the will of God.  Whenever we try to make forward progress with the gospel, all sorts of barriers seem to hinder.  The only way to remove them is through believing prayer.  So our daily challenge is to seriously pray for God’s work to prosper.  -Paul Young

Peter, though confined and chained, prayer prevailed and brought him out; When Elijah prayed, it rained, after three long years of drought.  -Newton  

The Lord Allows Us To Suffer So That We Can Grow In Faith And Provide Counsel To Others

Job 4:5  King James Version (KJV)
5 But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest; it toucheth thee, and thou art troubled.

Job was a good man who gave excellent advice but until he suffered himself, his advice was head knowledge only.  The Lord allows suffering and sorrow to befall his dear people at times so they have the moral right and authority to give authentic help and words of wisdom.  When they say “I know” they really mean it.  Never, if possible, minister beyond your experience.  -Brian Russell

Can we find a friend so faithful, Who will all our sorrows share?  Jesus knows our every weakness, Take it to the Lord in prayer.  -J. S. Scriven

Sword Of The Lord Newspaper / Dr. Shelton Smith, Editor / March 24, 2017

Amen Corner

We cannot always trace God’s hand, But we can always trust God’s heart.    -Charles Spurgeon

It is not mine to amend or adapt the Gospel.  What!  Shall we attempt to improve upon what God has revealed?  The Infinitely Wise-is He to be corrected by creatures of a day?  Is the infallible revelation of the infallible Jehovah to be shaped, moderated and toned down to the fashions and fancies of the hour?  God forgive us if we have ever altered His Word unwittingly; wittingly we have not done so, nor will we.   -Charles Spurgeon

There is a world of difference between…getting things off your chest and pouring out your heart.  -Vance Havner 

Something about us religious humans makes us want to add to the Gospel.  We want to help God with our salvation.  If we can’t help Him save us, we want to help keep ourselves saved.  -Curtis Hutson

It takes less time to do a thing right than to explain why you did it wrong.  -Henry W. Longfellow

“What Thou wilt, when Thou wilt, how Thou wilt”-I had rather speak these three phrases from my heart in my mother tongue than be master of all the languages in Europe.  -John Newton

Esau wept because he had lost the blessing, not because he had sold his birthright.  Men mourn for the evil that sin brings, not for the sin which brings the evil.  -D.L. Moody

The best medals are pinned on those who go beyond the call of duty.  -Robert E. Lee

Temptation is the Devil looking through the keyhole.  Yielding is opening the door and inviting him in.  -Billy Sunday

There was a man , though some did count him mad, The more he cast away, the more he had.  -John Bunyan

Sin is the greatest of all detectives; be sure it will find you out. 

Dangerous Trends 2017

NFL Now Has a Homosexual Ad

The ad “Fans of love/Love Has No Labels” relies on the kiss cam at the January 29 Pro Bowl to show various couples kissing each other or hugging, including two homosexual men and two lesbian women.  The ad also posts screen graphics informing people that “love has no gender,” among other slogans.  -WND.com

Editor’s Comments:  Since the flap over refusing to salute the American flag by Colin Kaepernick and the NFL’s positioning itself as an advocate of the homosexual lobby, viewership has dropped eight percent nationwide.  I know a lot of people seem pretty “crazy” about football, but I’m confident many fans are not going to support this “crazy” stuff.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Church:

A man who hadn’t lived the best kind of life passed away.  At the funeral, the preacher gave a flowery description of the man, telling what a good husband and father he had been.  Finally, the wife leaned over to her little boy and whispered, “Go up and see if that’s your daddy in that coffin.”

A homiletics student asked his professor if a good beginning and a good ending were the markings of a good sermon.  The professor replied, “Yes, if they come close enough together!”

The sermon had gone on a long, long time.  A visitor leaned over to the person next to him and whispered, “How long has he been preaching?”  The reply, “Almost thirty years.”  “Oh,” said the stranger, “I guess I’ll stay.  He ought to be through soon.”

 

2015 Second Orlando Prophecy Summit, Part 58

Jonathan Matusitz ~ Comparative Analysis Between Islam And Christianity

There are some similarities between Christianity and Islam but there are many differences between the two faiths.  Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the three Abrahamic faiths.  Islam is the youngest of all three religions.  When Mohammed was forty years old, he was hiding in a cave and the angel Gabriel came up to him and told him that Christianity and Judaism were corrupt religions.  They had to be replaced by a new movement, and that movement was one of submission, and Islam means submission in Arabic.  At this time, Mohammed was in Mecca.  In twelve years he had about one thousand followers.  People in Mecca wanted to kill him in Mecca, hence when he was fifty two, he fled to Medina in 622 A.D.  Mohammed was more peaceful in Mecca.  In Medina he started with new rules- anyone who does not convert to Islam will be killed.  In the Koran, later verses take priority over earlier verses.  Hence the violent theology from Medina prevailed.  The hateful verse takes priority over the peaceful verse.  This is called the principle of abrogation.  The Bible has 800,000 words.  The Koran has 80,000 words.  The Koran is one tenth the size of the Bible.  Isis and Al Qaeda focus on the hateful verses of the Koran.  Isis is a Muslim terrorist group, following the hateful verses of the Koran very literally.  Mohammed died in 632 A.D. at the age of 62.  The conflict between Sunni and Shiite Muslims started at this point in time.

Jesus said “love your enemy,” and “love your neighbor as thyself.”  Unlike Islam, Christians are not suppose to murder.  In the Koran- Sura 9:5 “Kill them wherever you find them.”  “Them” refers to non Muslims, i.e. Jews and Christians.  Women are subjugated in the Koran.  Suicide bombers will receive 72 virgins in paradise.  The best way to reach heaven is by being killed in a holy war or jihad, and killing infidels in the process.  Suicide attacks are increasing dramatically.  When you marry Allah, you join a suicide squad such as Hamas.  Jihad only exists in Islam.  Jihadists are global threats.  Islam is the fastest growing religion.  They want to return to the golden age of Islam from the days of Mohammed.  The Sunni followers of Isis, in order to reach their version of Armageddon, must obliterate all infidels and unfaithful Muslims.  This will pave the way for the Mahdi.  The Mahdi is their Messiah who will establish a global caliphate.  All nations will abide by sharia law.  Isa will accompany the Mahdi.  Isa is a false Christ, reducing our Lord to the status of a mere prophet.  Islam denies that Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross.  In Africa, 30 out of 56 countries have a Muslim majority.  Most Muslims live in southeast Asia and in Africa, followed by the Middle East and Europe.  According to Islam, Armageddon will take place in Dabiq, Syria.  Dabiq is where the Ottoman Empire won its best battle in 1516.  Isis wants to fight Armageddon in Dabiq.  The only commonality between Christianity and Islam are ways of cooking and methods of punishment.  Islam followers are not to be friends with Jews and Christians.  60% of global Muslims are cultural Muslims.  They are peaceful and nominal Muslims.  Sharia attempts to force their religion on people.  Christianity does not do this.  The notion of “convert or die” is unique to Islam.  Women are a field that men can plow.  Reformed Muslims feel they must follow the five pillars of Islam, but they will not force any religion on you.  These Muslims are few and far between.  When Muslims reach 10%, they demand for their religion to be adhered to (Sharia Law).  Civilization Jihad destroys the west through infiltrating education boards, federal agencies and local governments.  They want to use our own laws against us by imposing Sharia right under our nose.  They want to infiltrate our textbooks through lying about Islam and its violent history.  This is cultural infiltration.  This is called stealth jihad.  In the United States, we must be concerned about Muslims who desire to impose Sharia Law.  You cannot believe in Sharia and believe in the U.S. Constitution.  Sharia is mandated by Allah.  The Antichrist will be pro Islam and a globalist.  In Great Britain, 2,000 women were mutilated because of Muslim honor crimes, but British law could not intervene because of multiculturalism.  Political Correctness (PC) will bring down our culture.  The best way to convert a Muslim to Jesus, is by witnessing to them one on one.

 

[ON MISSION] ~ The Pulse

[ON MISSION] is a quarterly publication of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), representing the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the International Mission Board (IMB).  The following data comes from both the spring and summer editions of this seasonal publication:

The Pulse

3 million adolescents in the U.S. ages 12 to 17 are reported to have had a major depressive episode in the past year.

19.5% females experience depression, compared to 5.8% of males.

6.3 million youth ages 13 to 18 have an anxiety disorder, representing 25% of the adolescent population in 2015.

30.1% females have an anxiety disorder, while at 20.3%, males are more likely to deal with anxiety over depression.

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After-school Satan club

A school district in Portland, Oregon, approved an after-school “Satan Club” at a local elementary school this past September.  The Satanic Temple advocated for this club in response to a 2001 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Child Evangelism Fellowship could have access to school facilities to host their “Good News Club.”  -Source:  The Washington Post, An open letter from the Satanic Temple Los Angeles, August 1, 2016.

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From global to local

In 2015 the United States was home to 46.6 million people who were born in other countries.  More than 2 million of those immigrants were from China, and almost another 2 million from India – the two countries with the most unreached people groups.

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Baptist students provide aid

About 450 students from collegiate ministries spent their 2016 Labor Day weekend serving those affected by the Louisiana flooding.  Students pried up waterlogged wood flooring, tore out drywall and helped salvage homeowner’s precious mementos from the mold.

Source:  Baptist Press, September 6, 2016

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Supernatural healing

A recent Barna poll showed that the majority of American adults (66%) believe people can be physically healed by God, supernaturally.  The study also showed millennials are the more skeptical of this belief than elders, and evangelicals are the most likely to believe in supernatural healing.

Source:  Barna, September 29, 2016

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Dirty Mouths

Work place etiquette has undeniably taken an informal turn since millennials have entered the workforce.  A new survey reported that two-thirds of millennials swear at work and 40% even prefer working in an environment where there is cussing.  Furthermore, a third of those surveyed said the use of profanity strengthens the team.

Source:  The Week, October 21, 2016

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The Latino impact

The United States is now home to 55 million Hispanics – 17% of the nation’s population.  Hispanics are projected to account for 52% of new homeowners by 2030.  They have also contributed to 47% growth in small businesses between 2007 to 2012 – a rate 60 times higher than that of non-Latinos.

Source: TIME, September 26, 2016

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Moving home

According to the Census Bureau, Americans are on the move.  About one in eight Americans move each year, and many end up living close to mom.  The New York Times reported that 50% live within 18 miles of their mom.  Only 5% live over 1,400 miles away.

Source: Facts & Trends, Summer 2016

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Reasons they will come

In a survey by LifeWay Research of 2,000 Americans who do not attend church, several events were identified that may draw non-church attendees to participate in church-sponsored activities.

62%  Meeting about neighborhood safety

51%  Community service event

46%  Sports or exercise program

45%  Neighborhood get-together

35%  Worship service

25%  Recovery group

24%  Seminar on a spiritual topic

Source:  Christianity Today, September 2016

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Getting Social

For over a decade, social media has played a vital role in North American culture.  On average, U.S. adults spend about 10 hours and 39 minutes a day consuming social media.  Percentage of U.S. Internet users who access social networks weekly.

70% Facebook  (36% between the ages of 18-34)

32% Instagram  (46% between the ages of 18-34)

30% Twitter  (40% between the ages of 18-34)

25% Snapchat  (53% between the ages of 18-34)

25% Pinterest  (38% between the ages of 18-34)

Source: TIME, March 13, 2017, AdWeek.com, June 27, 2016

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America’s aging pastors

In partnership with Pepperdine University, Barna recently released a new study on the ages of American pastors.  The study found that the median age of pastors today is 54, while in 1992, the median age was only 44.  The study also found the percentage of pastors who are 65 and older has tripled since 1992, while only one in seven pastors today is under 40.

Source:  Barna.com, March 1, 2017

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Independent living?

Around 40% of recent college grads are receiving help from their parents to pay for rent.  On average, 22- to 24-year-olds receive about $3,000 a year from their parents to make ends meet.

Source:  The New York Times, February 9, 2017

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Losing the war on drugs

For the first time ever, 50,000 people died from overdose in one year in the U.S.  Seventy-three percent of overdose deaths in 2015 were from prescription opioids and heroin, up from 57% in 2010.

Source: The Week, March 10, 2017 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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A new normal

Cohabitation before marriage is now what the majority agrees is the best indicator for whether a couple is ready to get married.  Sixty-five percent agreed that cohabitation is a good idea, according to a recent survey by Barna.  Seventy-two percent of millennials agreed with the statement, compared to only 36% of elders.

Source: Barna.com, June 24, 2016

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What millennials want in a church

The Fuller Youth Institute has spent the last four years studying over 250 congregations of diverse sizes, ethnicities, denominations and geographic regions and found that one of the most compelling characteristics of a church for millennials is a church’s vision to be the best neighbors to their community.

Source: RelevantMagazine.com, November 16, 2016

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Women in power

Although most American adults would say they are comfortable with a female CEO, evangelicals show the lowest level of acceptance.  A recent Barna study showed the following results when they asked the question:  Are you comfortable with a female CEO?

94%  All adults

90%  Men

97%  Women

77%  Evangelicals

Source:  Barna.com, March 8, 2017

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The cost of parenting

On average, it will cost $233,610 for a middle-income family to raise a child born in 2015 through age 17.  According to a new government report, at 29%, housing is the biggest cost for parents.  Another major expense is childcare, which costs an average of $37,378 per child.

Source:  The Week, January 2017

 

 

 

Another Exciting Episode Of The Trump Russia Collusion Illusion And Delusion

Democrats are wandering the desert with their only hope of survival being some evidence of a Russia Trump collusion. Cartoon by A.F. Branco ©2017

Read more at http://comicallyincorrect.com/2017/07/17/illusive-dreams/#Kcf3ww8RlwqzhS3V.99

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The liberals have skated over Benghazi, Fast and Furious and Attorney General Eric Holder, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton meeting on the tarmac, the corrupt Clinton Foundation, tens of thousands of Hillary Clinton’s deleted e-mails, and on and on and on…  They even ignore the real Russian collusion when the Clinton foundation sold uranium to the Russians.  But leave it to the folks with the tin foil hats to feast on the above mirage.  That seems to be the centerpiece of their platform that they have camped out on for the past year.

It is truly hard to believe that this corruption is so “in your face” obvious with the double standard of injustice, yet nothing ever becomes of it.

Pastor Steve

Quotable Quotation

Two weeks before the 2016 election I had dinner with Lance Wallnau. He told me he believed he had heard the Lord say that Donald Trump would win the presidency-and that “Trump is a wrecking ball to the spirit of political correctness in America.”

David Lane   ~   American Renewal Conference

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Ironically, many of our nation’s leaders tell us that Political Correctness (PC) will lead to the downfall of our nation.  I have heard this statement from six or eight speakers at conferences that I have attended over the last several years.  I would not trust any man or woman from either side of the aisle (Republican or Democrat), to lead us away from the PC mentality.  Donald Trump is his own man and the man for the hour, who will circumnavigate the liberals who desire to destroy this country.  There is really no one else who I see, who could emulate him as he is.  I believe the Lord placed him in office as an answer to our prayers.    Pastor Steve

The Seven Churches Of Asia Minor (Revelation 2-3)

The seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation, chapters 2-3, reveal many characteristics of the church, both good and bad.  We can use these churches as a check against our own respective vineyards today, since our churches are similar to the early church.  You may see traits of your church in several of these examples.  Dr. Henry M. Morris III from the Institute For Creation Research (ICR) wrote the seven sketches of the churches below in the devotional “Days Of Praise.”  They are all listed below.  Afterwards, enjoy the superb video of The Seven Churches.  In Christ, Pastor Steve

Lukewarm Laodicea
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.                     Evidence for Creation

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; . . . I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:14-16)
The Lord Jesus used intense language to rebuke this church, the last of the seven He had John write to in the book of Revelation. Laodicea was dangerously near the brink of being disavowed by He who is the Head of the church.
Such churches believe they “have need of nothing” (Revelation 3:17). Worldly wealth, extensive property, and popular recognition blinded these members and their leaders to their true spiritual condition. They failed to understand that, from the Lord’s perspective, they are “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” (Revelation 3:17).
The cause of this terrible spiritual destitution is being spiritually tepid. It’s like expecting a glass of cold water or a cup of hot tea but finding everything at room temperature. This church “tasted” just like the world around them. They were neither godly nor in rebellion—just “nice people” who blended in well with the community. Their spiritual reputation did not smell either like life or death (2 Corinthians 2:16).
Despite the Lord’s distaste for such a condition, He loved and counseled them to “buy” from Him the gold of the Kingdom’s true wealth, righteous clothing that would cover their shameful exposure of worldly behavior, and to anoint their spiritual eyes so that they could see eternal values rather than temporal things.
As the Lord graciously closed His letter, He “stands at the door” of the church, waiting for anyone to open and let Him in (Revelation 3:20). Tepid spirituality keeps the Lord outside. What a shame that such could ever be said about any church. HMM III

Strong Philadelphia
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.      Evidence for Creation

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; . . . I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” (Revelation 3:7-8)
Philadelphia and Smryna are the only churches that did not receive warnings from the Lord in the seven letters recorded in Revelation. Philadelphia had “a little strength” because they had built their church on the two foundations of the Word of God and the name of the Lord Jesus.
The foundation of Jesus Christ Himself (1 Corinthians 3:11) and the foundation of the writings of the “apostles and prophets” (Ephesians 2:20) that are inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16) make the church “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). Philadelphia had faithfully held these eternal principles and was therefore given an “open door.”
The Lord’s introduction to Philadelphia cites the “Key of David,” suggesting a reference to the treasure house of the king (1 Kings 7:51) and to Christ’s authority as the heir to the kingdom (Isaiah 22:22). The treasure of the eternal Kingdom is not physical riches but the gold, silver, and precious stones of God-ordained work for the Kingdom (1 Corinthians 3:12-13).
But just as the talents and the pounds granted to the servants in the parables (Matthew 25; Luke 19), the open door is an opportunity to use the resources of the King for His benefit—not a guarantee of success. The Lord grants the resources, but the work and the use of those resources are our responsibility. We will be held accountable.
If we use those resources well, even those of the “synagogue of Satan” will “come and worship” (Revelation 3:9) and “every tongue [will] confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11). HMM III

Dead Sardis
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.                   Evidence for Creation

“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.” (Revelation 3:1)
The church at Sardis received the saddest of the Lord’s seven letters in Revelation. Sardis seemed to want to remain known as a “live” church, but the Lord saw their real testimony and reputation and concluded that they were “dead.” Many such places around the world today are enshrined with stained glass, statuary, crosses, and inscriptions that have the “name” of Christianity emblazoned throughout their property, yet they are dead spiritually. Such churches might be compared to the monuments and gravestones erected in cemeteries to honor the memories of faithful men and women of past generations who were alive for a time with a solid reputation for godliness yet whose families have drifted away from the Lord.
Yet, “even in Sardis” there was a small number who had remained faithful in spite of the drift of the church itself, as there are also in families now adrift but with a Christian heritage. The advice to Sardis (and certainly to families as well) is this: “Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent” (Revelation 3:3).
The Philippian church received the same counsel: “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you” (Philippians 4:9). The verb is “do.” Heritage is wonderful, but each church—and each of us—will be held accountable for what is actually done. HMM III

 

Tolerant Thyatira
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
Evidence for Creation

“And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; . . . 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. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee.” (Revelation 2:18-20)
The Lord Jesus’ letter to the church at Thyatira is the longest among the seven recorded in Revelation. Although they were faithful in their works to the city, had a strong charity among themselves, and were evidently growing in their reputation and perhaps even in number, the Lord Jesus used some very harsh language to rebuke their behavior.
Whether or not the woman who held influence in the church was actually named Jezebel, she had entrenched herself as a prophetess. Her namesake in the Old Testament (1 Kings) was the wicked queen and wife of King Ahab of Israel during the days of Elijah. Her evil deeds are recorded throughout seven chapters—more than any other woman in Israel’s history!
The Jezebel of Thyatira had been allowed “to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols” (Revelation 2:20). It is not clear if the Lord spoke of physical fornication among the church members, but the practice of sacrificing to idols was a serious rebellion against the second commandment and a clear violation of God’s Word (Exodus 20:4-5).
Those who were committing “adultery with her” (Revelation 2:22) had entered into “the depths of Satan” (Revelation 2:24). Whether this behavior was a physical practice or not (as was common among the pagan religions of the day), it is most certainly identified as spiritual adultery when those who name the name of Christ worship other gods (Jeremiah 3:1, 20; Hosea 9:1; etc.). May God protect us from such horrible leadership. HMM III

Permissive Pergamos
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
Evidence for Creation

“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; . . . 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 . . . . But I have a few things against thee.” (Revelation 2:12-14)
Retaining a clear identity as a church of the Lord Jesus in an evil environment is worthy of commendation. And indeed, this body of believers at Pergamos held fast to its Christian name—even in a city that was known (at least by God) as the place where Satan had his “seat.” One of their members, Antipas, was killed for his faith. Yet, the church at Pergamos remained faithful with a spiritual testimony, a small light in a sea of wickedness.
But perhaps because of the pressure surrounding them, the Lord warned them that they were allowing two destructive doctrines to flourish among them. The first was compromising with “wages of unrighteousness,” exemplified by Balaam, which had become entrenched among the church (2 Peter 2:15). The second was the “doctrine of the Nicolaitanes,” which their sister church in Ephesus also confronted (Revelation 2:15, 6).
Balaam was a well-known prophet who willingly accepted an assignment with an enemy of God’s people so that he could receive a large sum of money (Numbers 22). And, even though God would not permit Israel to be cursed, as the enemy wanted, Balaam continued to promote his “error,” and Israel lapsed into grave sin (Jude 1:11).
Not much is written in Scripture about the Nicolaitanes. The word basically means “conquer the people.” This early teaching developed into a strong hierarchy of church polity over the next decades, and by the end of the second century, it was well established in the major cities. Jesus taught against such leadership (Matthew 20:26-27) and clearly said that He hated it (Revelation 2:6). HMM III

Faithful Smyrna
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
Evidence for Creation

“And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; . . . I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) . . . . Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer . . . be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Revelation 2:8-10)
The Lord Jesus recognized this struggling church, which is not mentioned anywhere else in the New Testament, as one of only two churches mentioned in the book of Revelation that did not receive any warning or condemnation.
He saw them very differently than our “church growth” movement might today. Many tend to envy the churches with big auditoriums or grand building programs. Most of the world praises those churches that are “emerging” from the restraints of godliness and churches that are “driven” to attract and please the ungodly.
Smyrna was poor, troubled by those who hated God’s message, and suffered tribulation for their works. Some were thrown into prison for their willingness to be identified with the truth. Generations have passed since anything like that has happened to churches in the Western world. Those countries that persecute Christians today seem only like scattered incidents that have little bearing on the day-to-day life of “civilized” nations. May God protect us from such attitudes.
But the One who walks among the “candlestick” churches of Revelation (His churches) saw Smyrna as rich and worthy of a crown of life. He praised this little church and encouraged them to remain “faithful unto death” (Revelation 2:10). When the King gives out His rewards from the great judgment seat, these faithful, poor, persecuted, troubled, and imprisoned souls will enter eternity with great riches and joyful liberty in the “general assembly and church of the firstborn” (Hebrews 12:23). HMM III

 

Careful Ephesus
by Henry M. Morris III, D.Min.
Evidence for Creation

“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write;. . . 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 2:1-2)
This church, founded by the apostle Paul, had grown in its doctrinal precision and careful attention to the words of Scripture. They were intensely focused on purity of leadership and were vigilant against any form of false teaching. Most of us would find that kind of church a refreshing example to follow in these days of indifferent (and often heretical) theology.
They hated the “deeds of the Nicolaitanes,” which was a horrible practice that the Lord Himself hated (Revelation 2:6). Peter had warned against this domineering attitude in his first general letter to the churches when he insisted that the elders of the churches should not be “lords over God’s heritage, but [be] ensamples to the flock” (1 Peter 5:3).
Ephesus was a “good” church, but the risen Lord Jesus had “somewhat against” them. Apparently, amid all of their careful attention to doctrine and to purity of leadership lifestyle, they had “left [their] first love” (Revelation 2:4). They had fallen from the deep bond of love they had demonstrated years earlier when Paul called the elders to Miletus to encourage and exhort them to remain faithful to “all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). They were so much in tune with Paul’s heart for the gospel that they “all wept sore, and fell on Paul’s neck, and kissed him” (Acts 20:37).
The drift away from that “first love” was so serious that the Lord warned Ephesus to repent or He would take away their “candlestick” (Revelation 2:5)—their authority to represent Christ as one of His churches. Cold, precise doctrine must never take away our love for people or for the truth. HMM III

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