Revelation 2:8-11

We continue in Revelation Chapter 2 as we come to our second church(gathering).

Rev 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; 
This assembly of believers is at Smyrna, which was about 40 miles north of Ephesus. The city was established by Alexander the Great many years before Jesus walked the earth. It was also a place where Olympic games were held and so at the time it was a bustling city. It is still a busy port city, renamed Izmir after the Turks took it over sometime in the 14th century.
Of significance is the name Smyrna, which is believed to have come from the Greek word, “myrrh”.  Myrrh is most known for is aromatic smell and often a term used for perfume. It is used as incense as well. For our understanding Myrrh is used in healing salves, in liniments to this day.  It has healing properties, as an antiseptic for cleansing and as analgesic for aches and pains. It is perfumed oil. Oil being very significant of “truth”.
Of course, we know it was one of the three gifts given to the baby Jesus by the magi, the wise men. It was also used in the burial of Christ. And that has spiritual significance as well.
So this gathering is a gathering in healing, very special spiritual healing through Christ Jesus.
Jesus identifies Himself to let them know the message is legit! Once again, he is the first and the last, Alpha and Omega. He is the One who was dead but is alive!
Rev 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. 
Jesus first acknowledges this group at Smyrna and what they face. He knows their works in Him. They weren’t lazy. He mentions their tribulations as well. I am sure they faced as much if not more persecution being in the “jewel” of Asia Minor. The Romans abounded in that city. He also mentions their poverty.  This is moreso self-induced poverty as the generous heart gave to those who needed. But as Jesus says, “but you are rich”! Rich in love and mercy. That is true wealth. Then he says something that a lot of bible teachers just pass over, explaining that it is spiritual and speaking of circumcision of the heart. Those who “say they are Jews, but are not” is not to be taken spiritually here. Of course there are fake Christians.  But Jesus wouldn’t refer to only Jews if that is what He were talking about. This is much deeper than that simple explanation.
We see this as Jesus speaks to the church in Philadelphia as well. Smyrna and Philadelphia are the only two churches who understand this. And it is this church and Philadelphia in which he does not address any faults. He only speaks blessings on these two. Here we have the second candlestick, a light of healing and they know who those are that say they are Jews, but are not Jews. These are those who killed the prophets, slaying priests on the altar, and ultimately caused Jesus to be put to death.
Jesus taught us of these he is referring to. I will go into detail further when  we reach the church at Philadelphia. For now, I want you to look and ponder Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Matthew 23:29-36, John 8:31-47.  It is a very deep subject for another time. But I hope you will study those scriptures and I may speak more on this subject when we get to Philadelphia.
Rev 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. 
Do  not fear anything you might suffer, the Lord is with us. The devil, the son of perdition, may cast some into prison for ten days. There is a reference in Jeremiah about a ten day period of prayer. Jeremiah had been asked to pray for the remnant left in the land(Related to those who are left and not worshiping the Antichrist.), because they were deciding whether to enter Egypt. After the ten days, the Word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, “(10)If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.  (11)Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. (12) And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land. ” – Jeremiah 42:10-12
I encourage you to read that whole chapter. The king of Babylon has symbolic significance here as this is a spiritual reference to the devil, Babylon is “city of confusion” from the word Babel, “confusion”.
Also look at Daniel chapter 1.  Daniel would not defile himself with unclean meats and drink . He had favor with the chief eunuch of Nebuchadnezzar and asked that they not have to eat and drink the unclean things but given water and pulse(vegetables only and no meat offered to idols). At first the eunuch was concerned that the King would see their appearance as weak and sickly, having not had much food. But Daniel asked him to do so and then he could look on Daniel and his friends and deal with him accordingly. So the eunuch agreed, and after ten days, they were fatter, their health was better,  and fairer than the other servants who ate the king’s meat.
What does that have to do with this verse in Revelation?
Father God has said that He will never leave us or forsake us. He will sustain us in times of need. Especially as the “tribulation” takes place and the Antichrist comes. Father will keep us in good health, in strength through the Holy Spirit, through His power we will overcome antichrist if we are faithful, knowing he will take care of us during those times as he took care of Elijah, sending crows with food to Elijah to sustain Him. (1st Kings 17:6) God owns it all! Do not worry for how you will be provided for, because Father God owns it all and will bless those who stay true to Him.
Be faithful even to death and you will receive that crown of life, eternal life. Don’t give in to the false shepherd, hold firm in the Lord Jesus!

Rev 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. 
We see again, those with an ear, listen! Hear what the Spirit of God is saying to the gathering, the assemblies, the churches. Whoever overcomes will not be hurt by the second death!
What is this second death?
There are two deaths and two resurrections. The first death, is death of the flesh. The second death is death of the soul.

Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. 

The second death occurs as one is cast into the lake of fire. That fire is our Father God who is a consuming fire. (Deuteronomy 4:24, 9:3, Hebrews 12:29) He who destroys both body and soul in “gehenna”, the lake of fire. (Matthew 10:28) That is not kill, not apoktieno, to slay, but “appolumi” in the Greek, completely destroy. You want to know why there is no pain, or tears, or suffering? Why there is no evil, no wickedness? Because it no longer exists. It is wiped out! The former things are passed away, behold all things have become new!
The first resurrection, is the resurrection of the just. The ones who believe upon the Lord are resurrected with immortal bodies. Bodies that cannot die or catch disease. (1st Corinthians 15:52-55) At that resurrection, the gift of eternal life is realized.
The second resurrection is the resurrection of the unjust. Not as we who are believers but called to the throne to be judged as they are already condemned. We all will face the throne and give account of our deeds. Those who have not received Christ are brought forward to face the second death. Wiped from existence. Yes I teach the doctrine of annihilation. Because it is the truth. Truth doesn’t seek to be acknowledged, either you do or don’t. And if you disagree with me, then you are disagreeing with what the Word of Truth teaches concerning that topic. I have shown you scriptures, will you receive it? I hope you will.

Alright! There is the church of Smyrna. A lot to take in for this one and we will continue with Pergamum next time. I hope this is a blessing to you. I know that if you study and take in His Word everyday, you will draw closer to Him and have a more intimate relationship with your Father. As it is written, “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.”
Peace, and Maranatha!

Revelation 2:1-7

We begin chapter two as Jesus continues speaking and giving John the message to each church. He begins with the church at Ephesus.
Ephesus was the capital of Asia Minor. As I mentioned before, Asia Minor was a large province of Roman rule that covered a large area and these churches(gatherings) were in what is now, modern day Turkey.
Before we continue, I should explain that the word “church” is not necessarily a building at that time. In modern times we use “church” to describe a particular place of worship. But the word itself in the NT is actually the Greek word “ekklesia”, ek-lay-see-ah. And it simply means a gathering, an assembly. So when we see “church” in the following, do not pciture it as a building, but a gathering of people who believe upon the Lord Jesus. They may have gathered in secret in their houses or underneath the earth in catacombs or caves. At the time the Revelation was written, there were no mile-high cathedrals or small buildings built especially for Christian worship. As I said, they gathered in private houses in most cases. So Jesus is going to speak to the gathering at Ephesus. Speaking to the believers at Ephesus.
Rev 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; 
Rev 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: 
Rev 2:3  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 
Jesus tells John to write the message to church situated at Ephesus. A messge from the one who holds those seven stars and walks in the middle of the seven golden candlesticks. He has those messengers in his right hand, the hand of power, having dominion over them and what they do and say. Jesus is in the midst, the middle of the churches. He walks in them, as it is written, “Where two or three gather…”(Matthew 18:20)
We see that these people laboured hard, worked in the Lord with patience and would not stand evil in their midst and they had tried some who pretended to be apostles, but found them liars. These believers at Epehsus withstood much but did not faint in their work. However…

Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 
Rev 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. 
This one thing the Lord had against them, they had left their first love. Jesus sends them the message to remember where they came from and repent and do the first works again. Otherwise, He would remove their candlestick. That’s not a good thing. If that candlestick is removed, it is no longer a church and is fallen forever. But what is this first works, this first love he mentions?
They had been very good about doing for the Lord, good stewards, working to weed out the evil, working to keep the gathering free of fake christians. But because they began focusing on this, they had truly forgotten how to love one another. Everyone was suspect. They had forgotten to Love God with all their being. Instead, they were swallowing camels and choking on gnats. (Matthew 23:24) They let their disdain for evildoers overshadow their love of God and his Christ and the love that he had for everyone. They had left the fundamentals almost completely. The first works, are those seven “oracles of God” as shown by brother Paul in Hebrews 5:12-6:3.
These are the first principles, the first teachings of the Word of God that all Christians should be taught and have solid foundation befor they get into more meatier teachings. (Please check out the Basic Training series on the website for more information on those. Beginning with Repentance from Dead Works.
So they had left these to focus on being judges and became hardened, stiff-necked. We are all sometimes guilty of this, and none are without fault concerning some of these things, but if we repent, he will continue with us and not blot us out.
Rev 2:6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 
This is a good thing that Christ points out. They hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which He hates. The Nicolaitans were basically a cult who followed a man named Nicolas. He had brought some heresies into the trueness of the Word and so taught people that he was OK to have sex openly with one another as part of the worship and they used their gatherings as orgies and often idol worship was rampant. Some churches allowed them to remain in the congregation instead of separating themselves as is written to do. But not the christians at Ephesus. They were just a little off but they had good points as well and Jesus commends them for it.

Rev 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. 
He that has an ear, let him hear. This is a common phrase encountered in Revelation and in other scriptures. Jesus said that not everyone could hear, or see these things. It is not given for man to understand these things. He told the disciples, but it is for you to know these things that are being fulfilled and will happen. (Matthew 13:10-17)
Overcomers. Those who make it over trials and tribulations. Jesus didn’t say don’t worry, you won’t have to overcome anything. I’ll let you escape the trial that is to come. No, here and throughout scripture He teaches that he will be with us in tribulations and trials and that we who remain to watch and be sober will be rewarded.
Those who overcome will be able to eat of the tree of life in the middle of paradise. The tree is Jesus of course, and that reward is eternal life. Praise the Lord!
Did you see similarities in a church you may have attended or read about? These are not church “ages” as some try to teach. As I said, these were actual gatherings, examples for our teaching. There is a church on every corner in the southern part of America and you will, more than likely, see familiar things within these churches as we continue. That will cover Ephesus pretty well. We will continue next time with Smyrna and something very interesting.
May the Lord bless and keep you. Maranatha!

Revelation 1:9-20

Rev 1:9  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 
This is that same John that was imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos. It is an island south of mainland Greece. Dr. Smith explains it wonderfully,

“A rugged and bare island in the Aegean Sea, 20 miles south of Samos, and 24 miles west of Asia Minor. It was the scene of the banishment of St. John, in the reign of Domitian, A.D. 95. Patmos is divided into two nearly equal parts, a northern and a southern, by a very narrow isthmus where, on the east side, are the harbor and the town.
On the hill, to the south, crowning a commanding height, is the celebrated monastery, which bears the name of, “John the Divine.” Halfway up the descent is the cave, or grotto, where tradition says that St. John received the Revelation.” Smith’s Bible Dictionary, Patmos

John identifies himself further by declaring that he was there “for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ”, meaning because of his witness of Jesus, they had removed him, banished him to this island. Through historical documentation and of course, the Word of God, we can be sure, unlike some “scholars” who stumble over this fact, that this is that same John “whom Jesus loved”, the same John who wrote that Gospel according to John and the same John who wrote three small but very powerful letters to the church.

Rev 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 
Rev 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. 
John was “in the Spirit” meaning the Holy Spirit came over him on the Sabbath as he prayed. The message which Christ had for John to give to us was about to be spoken and shown as the “great voice” like a trumpet spoke. This implies that the voice of Christ was very loud to John’s ears as Jesus began speaking.
He identifies himself, Alpha, Omega, first and last. As I mentioned earlier, Alpha and Omega is Greek, being the first and last letter of the Greek Alphabet.
Jesus says to him, “What you are seeing, write in a book and send it to the seven churches that are in Asia Minor. Send it Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphis and Laodicea.”
These seven real churches that existed at that time, were to be given what he would write. That writing became what we are studying, the Book of Revelation.
As far as the churches, we will get into more detail about them as the next chapters will have messages for each individual church.

Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 
Rev 1:13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 
Rev 1:14  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 
Rev 1:15  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 
Rev 1:16  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 
John heard that voice behind him and turned to see who the voice belonged to. He first notices seven golden candlesticks. These candlesticks were the kind that have a tall stand and a single candle. Seven of these with their lights shining and in the middle like the Son of man.
Of course, this “Son of man”, is a title of Jesus Christ. Son of man is a title given to prophets in the old testament, and Jesus was the epitome of the Prophet. The ultimate Prophet. So here he appears as that prophet. You will notice his appearance, is not as he appeared in flesh on earth. It is because of his office here as the glorified Son of man. And it is more than that…
He was in “a garment down to the foot”. This entire phrase is one Greek word G4158, poderos. It is a robe, the traditional dress of men. Around his waist all the way up to his chest is a “girdle” made of gold. Girdles were worn by men and women in those days. These were wide belts also used as armor. And more than just a belt, it is a protector of the torso and also was used to carry a weapon and/or money. This particular girdle
Now we see Jesus in a white robe and this very fine girdle. John describes Him as having white hair like wool. A lamb’s wool, being white as snow. His eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were strong as brass, firey as if in a furnace. And his voice like rushing waters. IF you’ve ever listened to a sea with the tide rushing in and out. You get the picture. This vision, this appearance of Christ is very important. If you have looked at times when God appeared, this is much of what he appeared as. That “ancient of days” of Daniel 7.

Dan 7:9-10  I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.  (10)  A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.
Those books are the Book of Life and the Book of “Deeds”, as I call it, seen in Revelation 20. The book of Daniel and Revelation are very complimentary.
Continuing in Revelation chapter one, we see in verse 16 that Jesus is holding seven stars in his right hand. (The right hand being the hand of power in most cases) And out of His mouth comes a sharp two-edged sword. If you have studied at all the Word, you know this sword represents the Word of God. And not just the Word, but the truth within the Word. It is the Sword of the Spirit. One or two scriptures come to mind. (Hebrews 4:12, Revelation 19:15)
Rev 1:17  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 
Rev 1:18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. 
Praise God. The first and the last, the one who was raised from the dead to live forevermore! And yes, he has the keys of hell and death. He can shut them up, or open them up wide. And will in fact, empty those prisons and destroy them forever. (Revelation 20:13-14)

Rev 1:19  Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; 
Rev 1:20  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. 
John is instructed to write everything up to this point and all things he would be shown after. Jesus then explains what John just saw.
I want you to know, the Word can teach itself, if you will allow. There are two or more witnesses to things in most cases that are written in the word of God. Especially in prophetic texts, there will be other examples to help understand what those “symbols” mean. Here Christ gives them directly to us.
The seven stars in his right hand, are the seven angels of the churches. The word “angel” is the Greek word aggelo.
G32-From ἀγγέλλω aggellō (probably derived from G71; compare G34; to bring tidings); a messenger
And as Thayer(Another concordance and dictionary of the Bible) defines: 1) a messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God
Simply a messenger. Angels in the bible are not some winged, mysterious, glorious being whoa re to be awed at and worshipped. In fact we will see in Revelation, one of them telling John that he is just a fellow servant. They are created beings just as we, but in spiritual bodies. And are often sent by Father to deliver a message, a whisper. So here Jesus has given power to seven messengers to send the specific message to the seen churches mentioned before. And that is what these candlesticks represent here in Revelation.

Candlesticks = churches. Stars = Messengers aka Angels.
Keep that in your head as we will encounter these again. Don’t worry I will remind you. 🙂
Jesus is about to give the message for each church and we will go into detail about these churches and the messages as we continue into this book of revealings!
Father God keep you. Maranatha!

Revelation 1:4-8

I trust you all had a great Christmas and are looking forward to what the Lord will do in this coming year. It is an exciting time to be living and seeing what is going to happen as the months go by. That is why I decided to teach Revelation, and I am going to try to do more than one teaching per week, to move along. But please, if you have questions concerning these teachings, please ask, whether on the post or in private. So let’s continue, last time we learned that Revelation means to be revealed and that what we were about to see was given to John by the Holy Spirit through Jesus from our Father God. It is things we were to understand that will happen soon. And I also said to keep in mind, that these things are being shown, some that were hidden, others are previously revealed in a different light. Once again, keep that in mind as we continue.

Rev 1:4  John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
This prophecy is written to the “seven churches which are in Asia” and it is important to understand that this is not the “Asia” that is China, Japan, etc. This is what was known as “Asia Minor” back in that time. This region was a province of Rome, and included places north and west of Israel. Ephesus was its capital. These are areas that were witnessed to by the apostles, they are actual churches(gatherings of Christians) that existed and some still do, and were Ephesus, Thyatira, Smyrna, Philadelphia, Pergamos, Sardis and Laodicea. We will learn more about these churches in the following verses and chapters, but for now, understand these are not “church ages” as some teach, these were actual churches and types for us today. As we will learn, their faults and successes might seem familiar. John is writing to these churches, which includes us, and sends this message to them from Him “who is, was and will come”. This, of course, is Father God and His seven spirits about the throne. These seven spirits will be seen again in Revelation so I will take time to teach you what they are, and for the simple fact that you should know what they are, because having these seven “spirits” is having fullness of understanding. Jesus was the fullness of the Godhead(Col 2:9), and so He embodied all of them.
You will find in the Word, that He teaches of Himself. The Word is the best resource to understand what other things mean and to give witness, examples of what we are to know. We go to Isaiah for that understanding in this case.
Isa 11:1  And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: 
Isa 11:2  And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;
This is speaking of our Lord Jesus the Christ. He came through the lineage of Jesse, father of King David. And the seven spirits will “rest upon him”, or “settle on him” just as the Holy Spirit fell on the apostles on Pentecost. These seven spirits are the spirits that dance before the throne, which means, they go out from the one sitting on the throne. “Spirit” in the Hebrew of the OT, is “Ruach” and often translated as “breath” or “wind”. As in, “The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2) And with our Father breaths upon you with His Holy Spirit, amazing things happen! The seven spirits are:
1. Spirit of the Lord – The Holy Spirit, our Father’s spirit.
2. Wisdom = “to be wise”
3. Understanding = Having Discernment
4. Counsel = Able to give Advice
5. Might = Force of will, power.
6. Knowledge = Intellectual Cunning aka skill,
7. Fear = Reverence, aka respect.
All seven spirits proceed from our Father and embrace certain people according to his purpose for our lives. I think only Jesus ever had all seven while in the flesh. At any rate, those are the seven and so now you know, and can hopefully move on without question, tho if you have questions, please ask and I will clarify.
This message that John is sending is from God and His seven spirits. It’s an important message. Not one to be hid from his children.

Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 
Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 
And Amen. As we learned last time, it is from Jesus Christ, the first resurrected from the dead. The son of man, walking in the flesh, a King who made himself lower than the angels for our sake, becoming a prince among kings of the earth. He who washed us clean as the blood flowed that day. He, and He alone, could make us kings and priests to our Father God! So it is He, who alone, deserves glory and his domain!!

Rev 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. 
It’s important to understand. He comes with clouds, this is an atmospheric event, tho it also refers to that “cloud of witnesses” that will return with Him. (1st Thessalonians 4:14, Revelation 19:11-14) His full presence in the physical realm will cause a great visual impact on the atmosphere. As the elements(molecules) melt away with fervent heat(2nd Peter 3:10) caused by the Shekinah Glory.
Every eye in existence will see Him that day, it’s no secret. No silent snatching away, but he will receive us by force! Even those who pierced Him will see him coming. That is to say that all who lived on that day of crucifixion will see this event, and all people on the earth will wail(beat the chest) because of his coming. That means all who are alive and have not believed upon him. They are people of the earth who loved the ways of the world, more than the ways of God.
How is it that those who killed him, can see him? They are only dead in flesh. Their soul still exists at this time in hades(that prison of souls). When he splits the sky, the barrier between physical and spiritual is dissolved and all will see him on this great, and terrible day!
This is the day of the Lord, the second advent(coming), the parousia that I teach about frequently. As Revelation 20 will show, we are kings and priests with Him on that day and will be given a special authority on that day. (Revelation 20:4-6) We are part of the first resurrection(The resurrection of the just), because he made us worthy, not because we did anything ourselves. Glory to God!

Rev 1:8  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. 
Praise His holy name! Yeshua ha’Maschiach, Jesus the Christ. He is the beginning and the ending. He is Alpha and Omega. As we learn in v.17 soon, He is first and last. And these are reference to the Greek language. Alpha is the first letter, and Omega is the last letter. He is the fulness, the whole of it all. He is the Word of God, and that Word was God(John 1:1) and became flesh(John 1:14) to make a new covenant with his children. That if they would love him, they would receive eternal life. Life everlasting. He is the Holy one of Israel, who was, is and always will be!
We will continue this further soon, as we see John give more detail about his predicament when he received this Word. And also hear from Jesus himself. Father God Bless and keep you!

Israel to leave UNESCO

As reported by Fox News, Israel will leave the United Nations Eductional, Scientific, and Cultural Organization(UNESCO). The U.S. left earlier in 2017.
As I often state, we are to watch Israel as it is the focus of the events which will take place soon. Jesus spoke of the “abomination of desolation” which would take place. It is the sixth sign of seven he gave to us as he and the disciples were on the temple mount. This desolation will be near when we see Jerusalem surrounded by armies(Luke 21:20). So this is our next major move, which will give us the marker to know the season we are in.
Ever since President Trump declared Jerusalem as the “capital of Israel”, I have been warning people to watch events that are going to transpire within the next year.
Leaving UNESCO means leaving behind global organization of those three major areas in policing the world. Global adherence in education, science and culture  is the UN’s goal to create the world the way they want it, removing sovereignty from nations. This is that first beast of Revelation 13. And this seemingly small act by Israel, will set in place the path to fulfill the sixth sign/seal shown to us by Yeshua. Keep watch fellow servants!

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