Revelation 6: The Second Seal

Revelation 6

2nd Seal: Conflict on Earth

When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come and see.”  Another horse, fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. Revelation 6:3-4

The seals of the scroll match the events Jesus described in Matthew 24.

In Matthew 24 Jesus said, “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” Matthew 24:6-7

I’ve never known war but my husband has, his father was a pilot for a civilian airline called Air America during the Vietnam War. As civilians the families could accompany them.

My husband remembers his fifth birthday in 1967 living in Saigon, when a mortar partially destroyed a building just 400 metres from him. At the age of twelve they moved to my country, New Zealand, an insular young nation untouched by war on its own shores.

Jesus said there’d be wars but prior to the 20th century they did not involve the whole world, with nation rising against nation. The two world wars of the 20th century have been the bloodiest the world has ever seen – the beginning of sorrows.

Now in this century we’re staring down the barrel of economic collapse, and the greedy globalists who caused it will take us to war. Bankers finance both sides and both they and the military industrial complex profit enormously from it. Also if resources become scarce nations will fight each other for them.

Soon we’ll hear the hoofbeats of this rider. Will there be a third world war? How will it be different from the previous wars? Will it involve Israel? What will we see emerge from the ashes?

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

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Revelation 6: The First Seal

Revelation 6

1st Seal

The Rider on the White Horse

Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.”  And I looked, and behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-2

Watch out. The one with the bow on the white horse is not Jesus. He’s an imposter.

The seals of the scroll match the events Jesus described in Matthew 24. The first thing Jesus warns of is false Christs.

In Matthew 24 when Jesus was asked “And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” Matthew 24:4

Many will be deceived. When Jesus came the first time, he was rejected by Israel because they wanted a conqueror on a white horse, not a saviour on a donkey.

Jesus told the Jews, “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.” John 5:41-43

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “be careful of what you wish for.” Here comes the guy on the white horse. Can you hear the hoofbeats?

Will this false christ be some sort of Greek or Roman god?

Let’s look at what the rider is wearing and wielding, using the original Greek words.

Toxon

In Greek the word for bow is toxon. The word is only mentioned once in the Bible. The normal word in the bible for bow is qesheth. Why wasn’t qesheth used here? Because it isn’t that kind of bow.

Toxon has its origins in the Greek “toxikon pharmakon” – the lethal poison that the ancient Greeks would smear on the points of their arrows.  Toxicon was the arrow and pharmacon, poison.  In today’s usage pharmacon is defined as a medicine or drug; also, a poison.

Do you remember what I wrote in my post The Letter From Jesus to Compromising Pergamos about the merchants from great Babylon who enriched themselves at our expense? “For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived.” Revelation 18:23

If you look the word sorcery up in a Greek lexicon you’ll find it means pharmakeia. By their pharmakeia all the nations were deceived.

Pharmakon, in philosophy and critical theory, is a composite of three meanings: remedy, poison, and scapegoat.  The first and second senses refer to the everyday meaning of pharmacology (and to its sub-field, toxicology), deriving from the Greek source term φάρμακον (phármakon), denoting any drug, while the third sense refers to the pharmakos ritual of human sacrifice.

Apollo

In Greek the word for crown is stephanos. In Latin the word for crown is corona. Rome’s use of crowns was unique in that far more than kings could receive and wear crowns. Some Roman uses likely originated with Greek practices and mythology. Apollo, a god worshiped by both the Greeks and Romans, wore a laurel wreath on his head.

Do the great men of the earth worship Apollo?

Here’s exhibits A,B,C and D. You decide.

Exhibit A , an article by the Centre for Disease Control. Why did the CDC write an article on Coronavirus and Greek gods ?

Exhibit B, the Sun King

Louis XIV ruled with complete control over France and was known as The Sun King. He comissioned the The Fountain of Apollo at the Palace of Versailles, France in 1668. It depicts the Greek god Apollo rising from the sea in a four-horse chariot.

In 2017 the president of France and World Economic Forum member Emmanuel Macron summoned over 900 politicians from both houses of the French parliament to a rare Congress at the palace of Versailles. “I will govern like a Roman God,” he announced, much to France’s derision. He’s a wannabe but someone is going to. At some point in the future ten kings will jostle for power.

The Apollo Fountain at the Palace of Versailles depicts the Greek god Apollo rising from the sea

Macron is not the only one inspired by Louis XIV.

Exhibit C, Donald Trump

US president Donald Trump’s apartment is furnished in Louis XIV style with Apollo featured in the artwork and on the ceiling. Trump launched Operation Warp Speed, a public–private partnership initiated by the Federal Government of the United States, to facilitate and accelerate the development of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.

Exhibit D, the WHO and Shiva

Both Shiva and Apollo are known as the Destroyer. In Revelation 9:11 his name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).

In 2019 a photo surfaced of World Health Organisation officials meeting with a statue of the Hindu god Shiva in the background. Both Cern and the WHO are based at Geneva. Cern state they’re employing their vast global computing resources and collaborations in the fight against COVID-19. Cern, the Council of European Research Nuclear is the home of particle physics. Cern also has a statue of Shiva doing his dance of destruction. Cern is located on an ancient temple site dedicated to Apollo. Coincidence?

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Crowns The Greek word for crown, as used in the Bible, is Stephanos. Rome used both Greek and Latin, the latter especially for military purposes. The Latin equivalent to Stephanos is Corona.

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Revelation 5: The Seven Sealed Scroll

Revelation 5

God held in his hand a scroll. It was written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Who on earth could take it and open it? No-one.

“Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” proclaimed a strong angel in a loud voice. The silence was deafening. All that could be heard was the weeping of a man.

John wept much, because no one was found worthy to open the scroll. “Do not weep,” said one of the elders as Jesus stepped forward.

Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals. Revelation 5:5

John dried his tears.

Standing at the centre of the throne, in the midst of the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders, was the dual natured Lamb of God, His body bearing the marks of the crucifixion.

Approaching the throne, the Lamb took the scroll as Lion of God.

A new song resounded from Heaven all the way to Earth, when, falling down before Jesus, the Cherubim and Twenty-four Elders sang:

“You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for you were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood. Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10

Planet earth’s redemption was about to begin.

Angels numbering thousands upon thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand joined in, encircling the throne, the Cherubim and the elders, singing;

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing!” Revelation 5:12

Hearing it, all the creatures in heaven and on earth joined the thunderous praise;

“Blessing and honour and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!” Rev 5:13

“Amen,” said the four living creatures, and the elders fell down and worshipped.

The Scroll

The scroll in Jesus’ hands is a title deed. The Cherubim and the Twenty-four elders also mention a purchase when they said in Revelation 5:9 that Jesus purchased the earth with His blood.

According to Jeremiah the purchase deed was both open and sealed according to the law and custom. The details are written on the inside of the scroll and the summary of the document is written on the outside.

There’s an example in Jeremiah 32:6-15 where the prophet Jeremiah bought a field from his nearest relative for seventeen shekels of silver;

So I bought the field from Hanamel, the son of my uncle who was in Anathoth, and weighed out to him the money—seventeen shekels of silver. And I signed the deed and sealed it, took witnesses, and weighed the money on the scales. So I took the purchase deed, both that which was sealed according to the law and custom, and that which was open…”

This property law is like a lease.

In Leviticus 25:23-28 the land returned into the owner’s possession in the year of Jubilee, the fiftieth year: The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me. And in all the land of your possession you shall grant redemption of the land. If one of your brethren becomes poor, and has sold some of his possession, and if his redeeming relative comes to redeem it, then he may redeem what his brother sold…

God intended the nation of Israel to understand that the Promised Land was His property, and if the land goes out of a family, the closest male relative can redeem the land. So in God’s eyes, Jesus must be Israel’s closest male relative.

The gift of the use of the land was established by the Covenant of Abraham. The land granted to the various tribes was intended to remain under their stewardship, so genealogies were essential for maintaining their property rights.

But it has a much wider application than Israel. Jesus has purchased the whole earth as ‘the Son of Man.’

And Jesus is about to open the sealed deed!

The seals must be broken in order to set in motion the events that must take place and the conditions that must be met in order for Jesus to reclaim the earth.

The Lion and the Lamb

The gentle lamb and fierce lion represent Jesus’ dual nature. His role as high priest dealing with us is going to change to that of an avenger dealing with Satan.

There’s going to be a war. And when Jesus returns to earth, it will be as King.

From the prey, my son, you have gone up.
He bows down, he lies down as a lion;
And as a lion, who shall rouse him?

From Jacob’s blessing to Judah – “the lion’s whelp.”
Genesis 49:8-12

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The return of the King

The Gate

There is a gate in the old walls of Jerusalem that is known as the Lion Gate, also known as the Sheep Gate.  It is one of seven gates located in the Old City Walls of Jerusalem.

Five hundred years ago a Moslem ruler named Selim 1 captured Jerusalem and all of Israel.  He had plans to level the city of Jerusalem but changed his mind after dreaming of lions coming to devour him.  To be spared he promised to protect Jerusalem by building a wall around the city.

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Revelation 4: The Throne of God

Revelation 4

Jesus has just given the letters to the messengers of the seven churches, and now John is summoned.

“Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this,” John heard.

Accepting the angel’s invitation, John stepped through the open door. Instantly he found himself in the Spirit, before the throne of God.

The scene is described in my book ‘The End, the Wayfarer’s Guide to the Apocalypse’;

God sat on a massive throne in the midst of some kind of electrical storm, His presence generating so much power that the air cracked with flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. A rainbow shining like an emerald encircled the throne, while seven lamps blazed in front of it.  The throne overlooked a crystal clear sea of glass.

Kingly men dressed in white, wearing crowns of gold sat on thrones surrounding God. They were the twenty-four elders and they totally worshipped him.

In the centre, around the throne were four living creatures. They were covered with eyes, front and back, even under their wings. The first living creature was like a lion, the second an ox, the third had a face like a man and the fourth was like an eagle.  Each had six wings.

They worship God as much as the elders.

The seven lamps blazing in front of the throne are the seven spirits of God, the angels that sent their greetings in the first chapter (Rev 1:4). Jesus explains who they are in Rev 1:20. We know they’re before the throne of God but we only get to see them in their symbolic form. They’re messengers.

The twenty-four elders are men, the first to be made kings and priests to God, and they shall reign on the earth. They’ll play a part in the events that unfold.

The Cherubim

The four beings with different faces and six wings are Cherubim, a rank of angels. After the fall of man, Cherubim were posted to guard the Tree of Life.

As well as being guards, the Cherubim are used by God for travel; Psalm 18:9-10.

The prophet Ezekiel described them as having human hands under their wings. Each of the cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. Ezekiel 10:14

John saw them with a face and Ezekiel saw then with four faces.

They struggled to explain what they saw as their vision was off world and in a different dimension.

Cherubim

If our pets could describe us getting into our cars, what would they say? I can just imagine it! “The humans got into a beast with round legs that moved without walking. It made strange noises and had smoke coming from its tail. It had four eyes, the top two were bigger than the bottom two. And it blinked orange while the eyes flashed white.”

Now imagine if the pets were two dimensional beings trying to describe it, they’d have no concept of width! How would they explain that? It’s the same with John and Ezekiel trying to describe the throne of God.

Signs and Symbols

It’s possible the four living creatures were represented by the lead tribes in Israel’s desert wandering.

Each of the twelve tribes bore a sign on its standard when they were travelling through the wilderness; Numbers 2:2

Four tribes were camped around the tabernacle at the cardinal points with two tribes behind them, forming a square. East was Judah-The Lion (Leo), West was Ephraim-The Bull (Taurus), South was Reuben-The Man (Aquarius) and North was Dan-The Serpent replaced by an Eagle (Scorpio).

The four great signs which thus marked the four sides of the camp, and the four quarters of the Zodiac, are the same four which form the Cherubim (the Eagle, the Scorpion’s enemy, being substituted for the Scorpion / Serpent).

The Witness of the Stars, EW Bullinger

Bullinger believes that if you match the blessings of Jacob and Moses with the signs the connection will be clearly seen. I don’t know, it’s only a two out of four from me as I’m not too sure about Reuben or Dan. Here are the relevant verses. You decide.

Perhaps the four living creatures represent God’s creation.

The number four is an earth number – there are four seasons, four points of the compass, four phases of the moon, four winds, four sides of a square, four elements (earth, wind, fire and water) and four corners of the earth.

If only we could ask the earth, ask the beasts.

Once you start noticing the four, you’ll notice it everywhere. The twenty-four elders are a multiple of four (four times six, the number of man), and this is the fourth chapter of Revelation.

Getting back to John, here’s a clip and an anointed song by the band Kutless.


Notes

Isaiah saw Seraphim, another rank of angels. You can read more about the Cherubim and Seraphim in Ezekiel chapters 1 and 10 and Isaiah chapter 6.

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Revelation 3, The Letter From Jesus To Lukewarm Laodicea

Revelation 3:14-22

Jesus addressed himself to the Church at Laodicea as the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God.

Like dead Sardis, there is no commendation for this lukewarm church.

The problem: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.  So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.  Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked.Rev 3:14-16

Laodicea had an aqueduct that carried water from hot mineral springs some five miles south of the city, which became tepid before entering the city. The city was a place of banking and finance, but Jesus saw it as poor.

Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.Rev 3:17-18

Laodicea also lay within the boundaries of ancient Phrygia from whence an ingredient of eye-lotions, the so-called ‘Phrygian powder’ originated. But Jesus wasn’t speaking of the eye-salve, he was speaking of the need for the Laodicean congregation to see.

There are none as blind as those who cannot see. Such is the danger of materialism. Look at Jesus, standing at the door of His own congregation, knocking to be let in!

It isn’t good to be spiritually blind and complacent and self-sufficient in wealth. Jesus can’t stand a lukewarm faith. He wants Laodicea to be zealous and repent, and get white clothes to wear. In Revelation 19:8 ’fine linen’ stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.

The reward: To him who overcomes, I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” Revelation 3:20-21.

I see that those who overcome from Laodicea will sit with Jesus on His throne, just as the disciples were promised in Matthew 19:28 that in the regeneration they’d sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. To sit with Jesus on His throne means to reign with Him. There seems to be a price to pay for that. Will those from the congregation of Laodicea be martyred?

I believe the answer to that is in Revelation 20:4, where the Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years.

And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. Rev 20:4

These are saints from the Great Tribulation.

Revelation 3, Letters From Jesus, to Dead Sardis and Faithful Philadelphia

Here are letters five and six. One church has nothing to commend it and the other has no problem.

Sardis, the Dead Church

Jesus introduced himself to Sardis in the same way that he did at Ephesus; as He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars. It means having authority over the seven congregations.

Sardis has nothing to be commended for.

The problem: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.  Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.  Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent.” Rev 3:1-2

Have you ever been inside a dead church? I have, it had statues on the walls and it was deadly dull. I considered it to be an hour or two I’d never get back.

The church of Sardis is like a lamp that’s going out. They’re in danger of being caught by surprise at Christ’s second coming; “Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.” Revelation 3:3.

They’ve stopped working for the master, that’s what Jesus means by “not finding their works perfect before God.

They’ve got a new master – Mammon. Have you heard the saying; “As rich as Croesus?” It goes all the way back to a king called Croesus who reigned at Sardis before the time of Christ. The gold and silver in the region made him very rich. Sardis is recorded in history as the place where modern currency was invented.

Jesus said you cannot serve God and riches, he added; “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon.” Matthew 6:24

We’ve all heard the saying, “The love of money is the root of all evil.” It’s not the money that’s the problem per se – it’s the love of money, and Sardis had lots of it.

There’s a proverb in Proverbs 10:15 that says; “The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.” Sardis must come out of its fortified city in order to enter the Kingdom of God.

That does not mean becoming poor so that everyone is equal. Not everyone is equal! The strong should use their wealth to build the Kingdom of God, to build things that last and lift people up. For instance, they could build ethical businesses where the wealth benefits all in terms of the skills learned, the goods and services produced and the money multiplier effect.

Jesus said, “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” Revelation 3:4-5

The Book of Life

It’s scary to think that Jesus could blot out a name from the Book of Life. The names in the Book of Life have been written before the foundation of the world. You will find that in Revelation 13:8, where John says that those who worship the Beast have not been written in the Book of Life.

But it’s up to people to accept their citizenship. When Jesus sent out the twelve in Matthew 10, he said, “Whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 10:32

God loves His city, Zion. In Psalm 87:1-6, The Lord will record when He registers the peoples: “This one was born there.

New Jerusalem is described at the end of the Book of Revelation. “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Rev 21:27

To get our passports if you will, we need to make that all-important confession that Jesus spoke of when he asked Peter “Who do you say I AM?”
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10

All men need to do it – confess Jesus’ name before the ink fades from the Book of Life.

In fact, we know that the person who refuses to acknowledge this truth is refusing to be saved! Jesus said, “If you do not believe that I am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”  John 8:24.

I hope you have made this confession.  They are the most important words you will ever speak.

Philadelphia, the Faithful Church

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.Revelation 3:7

The key of David is the key of a trusted servant, as portrayed by Eliakim in Isaiah 20:21-22. Twice an ancestor of Jesus, Eliakim is descended from King David through Zerubbabel, who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem, and he is descended from Nathan the prophet. Eliakim as a holder of the Key of the house of David is a forerunner of Jesus.

A trusted servant to the king wore the key to the king’s house on a hook on his shoulder. Therefore, he had the authority to open or close the king’s house, and usher people before the King.

So Jesus is the trusted servant, the intermediary between God and mankind, and He has placed before Philadelphia an open door that no one can shut.

The commendation: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.  Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.” Rev 3:8-10

This congregation kept His command to endure all the way through. Their love has not grown cold, they’ve not given in to the allure of money, and they’ve not been compromised by false teachers. They’ve kept the faith, even through persecution.

Despite being surrounded by the Ottoman Empire, the congregations of Philadelphia and Smyrna lasted until they were destroyed in the Greco-Turkish War in 1922, the year the Jewish homeland was to be re-established in the land of Israel.

The Hour of Trial

Since you have kept My command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one will take your crown.’ Revelation 3:7-11

The hour of trial is the time of the Antichrist and it relates to religious persecution. Jesus said; “A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” John 15:18-20

The Synagogue of Satan

Philadelphia and the persecuted church of Smyrna both had to deal with the Synagogue of Satan.

In the Jewish Talmud those who believed the Gospels were heretics. Followers of Jesus were slandered and had blasphemous labels applied to them. They were called heretics, idol worshippers, servers of idols, worshippers of stars and planets, amongst other things.

Jesus said, “They will put you out of the synagogues. Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.” John 16:1-4

When Jesus returns, those in the Synagogue of Satan will fall down at the feet of this congregation, acknowledging he has loved them.

Jesus has no problem with the Church of Philadelphia.

The reward

“Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.” Rev 3:11-12

‘Being made a pillar’ relates to belonging to the city of New Jerusalem.

Would you ever want to leave your home? We loved our house by the sea that God provided and considered ourselves fortunate to live so well in a country that has the most expensive housing market in the world.

Other people have been forced from their homes because of a greedy neo-liberal economic regime that allowed foreign speculation in our housing market, which in turn led to sky-high mortgages and rents. We’ve been turned into a nation of renters. Morally it’s wrong but there’s no law or political will to protect us from exploitation.

But people in war zones are far worse off than us. Many in the congregation of Philadelphia had to leave their homes because of war and religious persecution.

In 2014 the elders of the Assyrian Church in New Zealand came to our community, accompanied by an Aramaic speaking priest – an exile from Saint Matthews monastery near Mosul in ancient Nineveh.

He came dressed in the clothes from his monastery, a black cassock with a black and silver cloth cap called a skufia. Their ancient church, established by Jesus’ apostles Thomas and Bartholomew, had been torn out of the land by Isis.

Speaking the language of Jesus, he wanted us to know there was a church in Iraq and he told us through an interpreter how Isis soldiers marked the Christians’ doors with a spray can and told them to leave. To stay meant making the stark choice to convert to Islam or die.

The dispossessed Iraqi Christians ended up homeless, wandering in the desert, sheltering under bridges and highway overpasses. There were 100,000 of them, a scattered flock with nowhere to go.

In New Jerusalem, never again will they have to leave their homes. The city will be Philadelphia’s place of belonging and they will have a new name for themselves.

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Revelation 2, The Letter from Jesus to Corrupt Thyatira

This is the fourth Church that Jesus addresses. Here, just as John saw in the last chapter, (Rev 1:14-15) he has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass. Are the flames from the candles reflected in eyes watching all the corruption on earth?

The commendation: “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.” Revelation 2:19

The problem: Jezebel.

“Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.  

And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.  

I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.” Revelation 2:20-23

Jezebel was a real person, the daughter of a Phoenician king who married Ahab, a king of Israel. She was the wickedest woman in the Bible. You can read about her actions in 1 Kings 18 and 1 Kings 21. As well as being a historical figure, Jezebel is also a spirit, and very active in the world.

I’ll give you a type. She’s at demonstrations as a social justice warrior, posing as a modern-day suffragette or a civil rights campaigner – but her cause is not legitimate, moral or just.

She’s a ‘progressive’ whose aim is to take down ‘the patriarchy.’

Our established order wasn’t perfect, but it did provide a workable family unit until it was taken apart. Now men and boys are emasculated by her. After being ground down under her heel, they end up confused and hurt and scared. She causes gender confusion and other madness and mischief.

She degrades women. She’s the one behind affirmative action and those ridiculous pussy hats the feminists wore after President Trump was elected. I am neither for nor against Trump, but the feminists were rabid in their hatred for him, probably because to them he screamed ‘patriarchy.’ They won’t like God either – since God is a ‘He.’

She is not submissive. She advocates for choices but sneers at women who stay at home to raise their children, and God help the children and the unborn! ‘It’s my body!’ she screams while claiming the right to an abortion. Unborn children are being murdered in the name of ‘women’s rights’ and ‘population control.’

As for entertainment, I’ve seen her type dance in a sleazy way while flashing occult symbols at the audience, for those ‘in the know.’ Her entertainers prance around either wearing or flashing the eye of Horus. They’re promoted as idols for young girls to follow.

If challenged, she acts like a victim. She insists on political correctness, but free speech is not allowed unless you agree with her. Those who do not agree are accused of hate speech and called all sorts of nasty names ending in ‘-ists’ or ‘-phobes.’

She’s often a diversity hire with a short haircut who disdains traditional femininity. She’s got herself into leadership positions in liberal churches, governments, schools, campuses, colleges and businesses – all institutions preaching tolerance and diversity.

I think the whole feminist movement is a belief system and a revolt against the established order.

Jezebel has been busy, accomplishing on a global scale what she accomplished two and a half millennia ago in the northern Kingdom of Israel. As I look around, I see women like that are now in key positions in every level of society.

Jezebel’s Servants

Here’s how it’s playing out in my country.

In March 2020, while other nations were busy with the so-called pandemic, NZ prime minister Jacinda Adern introduced full term abortion into NZ. She probably got a big fat tick on her sustainable development report card from the UN for doing it.

Was the NZ abortion law changed to meet a UN sustainable goal?

Three months later, a late-term abortion was performed on a completely healthy baby – so instead of using an infanticide injection to stop the heart from beating before expelling the baby from the womb, the mother was just induced. The newborn infant was left struggling to breath for two hours before finally passing away. We only heard about it because a nurse was left traumatised. How many other cases have we not heard about?

The result: June 2021, Legal in NZ, aborted baby born live but left to die

In late 2021 / 2022, New Zealanders were mandated to have the Covid vaccine. People from all walks of life protested on parliament’s lawn. Jacinda Adern treated them like dirt and would not go out to see them. The day after after the NZ citizens were swept off the grounds by the police, she went onto parliament’s grounds flashing the devil’s horns to those in the know.

Witching hour: 24th June 2022. It’s the mid-winter solstice, a good time to come out and attack Christians. This time it’s a Christian school: Jacinda Ardern says New Zealand schools must be safe, inclusive environments as Tauranga’s Bethlehem College’s gender stance under fire

Jezebel and Islam

I’ve noted that Jezebel’s servants cover their heads for Allah, even though Islam bellows misogyny! Why promote and protect something that is so oppressive to women?

Is it because it’s the same spirit? Wicca and Islam both use the crescent moon and star.

Of course, Jacinda donning the hijab after the Christchuch Mosque attacks would be seen as comforting the Muslims. But why have other leaders like Angela Merkel and Helen Clark and worn it? Helen Clark refused to wear a dress for the Queen on a state visit but it was fine to don a hijab on another occasion.

I believe Jacinda Adern went a step too far the week after the mosque attacks when the Islamic call to prayer was broadcast throughout New Zealand from Christchurch. We had the radio off that day and at 1pm when the Islamic call to prayer went out we stood and prayed against it.

There’s more but I think these examples are enough. The end-times church has to hold the fort against Jezebel. Those who follow her teaching will go into the Great Tribulation, but those who keep Jesus’ work to the end will be given power over the nations.

The reward

Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—

‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron;
They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—

as I also have received from My Father;  and I will give him the morning star. Rev 2:24-28

Topheth

The part about being ‘dashed to pieces’ sounds horrible. Jesus wrote this part in shorthand because he wants us to know and understand why they’ll be dashed to pieces.

In Jerusalem the potters used to dispose of their broken pottery at the Potsherd Gate, the gate that opened into the Hinnom Valley in Jerusalem. It was also called Topheth – a place renowned for child sacrifice. Parents took their children there to offer them to Baal.

They have built the high places of Baal to burn their children in the fire as offerings to Baal—something I did not command or mention, nor did it enter my mind. So beware, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when people will no longer call this place Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter.’ Jeremiah 19:1-6

So God told the prophet Jeremiah to buy a jar from a potter and go out to the Valley of Ben Hinnom, near the entrance of the Potsherd Gate.

Smashing the clay jar as God told him to, Jeremiah pronounced judgement; ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says: I will smash this nation and this city just as this potter’s jar is smashed and cannot be repaired. They will bury the dead in Topheth until there is no more room.’ Jeremiah 19:10-13

Topheth has long been prepared, according to Isaiah 30:33. This judgement will be executed on those who have sacrificed children to Baal.

The Morning Star

What did Jesus mean by saying He’d give the one who overcomes the Morning Star?

Venus is typically called the Morning Star. From a fixed location over an eight-year period the planet Venus travels a unique celestial pathway that exactly describes a pentagram. It takes Venus eight years and one day to make this circuit.

The pentagram, the five-pointed star is yet another symbol stolen by Lucifer. The star and crescent moon on mosques, minarets, and flags is used by the Muslims as a symbol of identity. In Arabic, ‘Hilal’ and ‘Sahar’ mean the crescent moon over the star. In Hebrew, the title of ‘Morning Star, Son of the Dawn’ is ‘Heilel Ben Shachar.’

The Morning Stars are angels and Jesus is their rightful King. In Job 38:7, when the world was created, Job was asked; ‘Who laid the (Earth’s) cornerstone when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?’

Lucifer is sarcastically referred to as ‘the Morning Star.’ But the title will be taken back by Jesus to whom it belongs at the end of the book. Jesus identifies himself as the ‘bright Morning Star’ in Revelation 22.16: “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

Revelation 2: The Letter From Jesus to Compromising Pergamos

Revelation 2:12-17

The third letter that Jesus wrote to the congregations on earth was Pergamos, also known as Pergamum. In the previous chapter, Revelation 1:16, John saw Jesus holding the seven stars in his right hand with a sharp two-edged sword in his mouth. Jesus introduces himself to this church as “He who has the sharp two-edged sword.”

The two-edged sword is Jesus’ word. He can create or kill by speaking. All he has to do is open his mouth and utter the sentence. The prophet Isaiah foretold that He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Isaiah 11:4

The commendation:  “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.Rev 2:13

Satan’s Throne

In John’s day Satan’s throne was at Pergamum in what is now Turkey. At that time, Pergamum was the capital of the Roman province of Asia. It was here that the Olympic Games were started. It’s also where we get the medical symbol of the snake wrapped around Asclepius’ staff – the symbol on the World Health Organisation logo.

Satan moves from empire to empire. He’ll go wherever the power base is. So his throne moved from Babylon to Pergamum. In this empire, Satan was known as Zeus.

Zeus’s altar stood 800 feet up the 1000 foot mountain overlooking the city. All day long this altar smoked with the smoke of endless sacrifices. It dominated the city, like a pillar of cloud by day and a column of fire by night.

Antipas, Jesus’ faithful martyr, was roasted to death on this altar inside a bronze bull in AD 92. The evil thing was designed in such a manner that the victim’s screams made the bull bellow, but Antipas died praying for his church.

Berlin

In 1898 the throne was dismantled and taken to Germany. It’s now housed in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. Using the altar as his model, Albert Speer created a colossal grandstand for Hitler at the rally grounds in Nuremberg, putting Hitler’s podium in the middle of the grandstand, in the place where the bronze Altar of Zeus stood in ancient Pergamum.

In 1939 Hitler would commence World War II from this podium. It was also where Hitler announced his ‘Final Solution’ to the world – the burnt sacrifice of millions of Europe’s Jews.

The altar has been closed to all visitors since 2014 while the Pergamon Museum building is being renovated. At the time of writing it’s been eight years. They could have built a whole new building by now. It makes me wonder if the throne is still secretly in use? I’m probably not the only one asking that question!

Has it inspired world leaders? Hitler and Obama both modelled their stages on this throne. Obama has been back to the throne of Satan several times and Angela Merkel lives across the road from it.

Pergamos Altar, Berlin

The Bible speaks of principalities and powers. Berlin is a power base. Has the power behind the throne influenced affairs in Germany?

The coat of arms of Berlin

Have a look at Berlin’s coat of arms. The beast with the feet like those of a bear is in Berlin. There could be more bears, but this one has come out of hibernation after World War 2 and it’s hungry.

In Revelation chapter 13:2, John saw a beast resembling Daniel’s beast – but he saw the entity as composite, and concurrent instead of sequential. He wrote, “The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion.” Revelation 13:2

So the fourth beast is sequentially a fourth empire and it will be dictatorship with foundations from Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece. Of the Greek gods, Zeus was the most important and highest ‘god.’

Satan’s plans for the third reich were frustrated but he’s on track for the fourth reich. This fourth beast is the empire about to be set up by the great reset and the fourth industrial revolution, where Klaus Schwab promised “you will own nothing but be happy.”

The WHO Hub

Did you know that in 2021 the World Health Organisation and Germany launched a new global hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence? The hub is based in Berlin.

We know that the World Heath Organisation is trying to form itself into a World Government. I’m sure you’re putting it all together. They can go on declaring pandemics and force us to get vaccinated.

I’d already smelled “something rotten in the state of Denmark,” but the clincher for me was hearing that Babylon would deceive the nations with pharmakeia.

Pharmakeia

The Book of Revelation puts Babylon together with sorcery. If you look the word sorcery up in a Greek lexicon you’ll find it means pharmakeia. All nations would be deceived by Babylon’s merchants and Babylon’s sorcery. All the nations.

For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery (pharmakeia) all the nations were deceived. Revelation 18:23

What Jesus Christ said to the church of Pergamos applies to us all.

The problem: “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.  Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.  Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. Rev 2:14-16

The Nicolaitans have already been covered. Jesus commended the Church at Ephesus for combating them, see Letters From Jesus, to Loveless Ephesus and Persecuted Smyrna.

The Doctrine of Balaam

Balaam was freely given a prophetic gift from God, which he used for profit. Balak the king of Moab hired Balaam to curse Israel. Balaam found he couldn’t curse Israel directly. So Balak came up with a plan for Israel to bring a curse upon themselves by luring them into sexual sin with the Midianite women. The plan was successful.

What do Balaam’s prophets look like nowadays? Technocrats prophesying pulmonary death and Monkey pox? Klaus and his gene-genie billionaire friends worship their technology, their Artificial Intelligence, their immunisations and their gene therapy, which the whole world has been forced to take “for our health.”

Do you think vaccines are an idol? And compromising churches have gone along with it, saying we should keep each other safe and love our neighbour by taking the needle. Some compromise because they’re well intentioned but naive. Some because they run their churches as businesses and they’ll conform to keep them running.

They’ll tell us it’s biblical to submit to the authorities. No, NOT if it’s disobeying Christ! I wonder what Jesus would have said hearing he’d need a vaccine pass to attend church.

Balaam’s Servants

Balaam’s servants are described as having left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness, 2 Peter chapter 2.

In the Book of Jude they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error, Jude 1:11.

Jude is the smallest book of the Bible, there’s only one chapter. You’ll find it immediately before the book of Revelation.

Jude spoke of the need to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints; For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude verse 4

The gay rainbow and all it stands for is another idol that some churches have fallen for. There have been warnings in the past, particularly with the 2013 Jude storm. That year, Britain celebrated the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. At the same time Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron introduced the same-sex marriage bill which the Queen signed. In giving it her royal approval, she broke her coronation oath. Queen Elizabeth bears the title ‘Defender of the Faith.’ In her coronation oath of 1953, she swore to maintain the laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel.

The Lord’s response to Britain’s leaders soon came as the Saint Jude storm, nicknamed ‘Christian’ roared in the month of October 2013. The storm was so named because it happened on the feast of Saint Jude the Apostle.

The storm caused at least seventeen deaths. During the storm, a crane collapsed on top of the Cabinet Office in London, the office of the Prime Minister and cabinet of the United Kingdom.

‘Biblical’ floods in UK, unbiblical laws, and Acts of God

So watch out, Balaam’s servants are apostates who can lead a whole nation into sin. I’m not saying the Queen is apostate, but David Cameron introduced the same-sex marriage bill, which she signed and then he had the temerity to read from the Bible at Westminster Abbey while the bill was going through parliament next door. He described the subsequent storms as ‘biblical.’ I wonder why. If the storm was biblical, did he not realise that God had sent a message from the Book of Jude?

The reward:

There’s a lot to overcome.

Here’s Jesus’ promise; “To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” Rev 2:17

The reward for Pergamum isn’t mirrored back to us at the end of Revelation and the rewards for those who have overcome are somewhat mysterious. Jesus can be enigmatic.

What is this hidden manna? Manna tastes a bit like a honey wafer and it’s the food of angels. The Hebrew word manna literally means “what is it?” So we’ll have to wait and see.

As for the white stone reward, the Olympic games began at Pergamum. It hearkens back to the ancient Roman custom of awarding a white stone to the victors in athletic games with their name inscribed on it. This served as their ‘ticket’ to a special awards banquet.

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Revelation 2: Letters From Jesus, to Loveless Ephesus and Persecuted Smyrna

Revelation 2:1-7

Here’s the first two letters that Jesus wrote to the congregations on earth, starting with Ephesus.

Ephesus, the Loveless Church

Jesus introduced himself to the church at Ephesus as ‘He who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.’

In other words, Jesus has authority over the seven congregations.

The commendation: “And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary.”   Rev 2:2-3

The problem:Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”

The Nicolaitans are false apostles. That much we can gather. Jesus hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans. It’s uncertain what they were teaching. The word ‘Nico’ means ‘rule’ or ‘conquer’ and ‘laity’ means ‘non-ordained members of the church or religious community.’

Together the words mean ‘rule or conquer by clergy.’ If they were lording it over the people it would have been against Christ as he was a servant leader. He never intended His followers to be cogs in the wheel of an authoritarian man-made power structure, a structure which totally misrepresents him and his rule.

To combat false teachers you have to know your Bible. They profit from those who don’t. We thought we knew our Bible and even we nearly got taken for a ride, when the church we were attending at the time merged with a big, flashy mega church.

Crying wolf

Don’t be exploited.

2 Peter 2 False Teachers and Their Destruction

Combating power structures is never going to stop as long as the devil remains. Ephesus was so worn out from battling false teachers and false apostles that they became dogmatic and unloving.

Love is not a romantic feeling, it’s an action. Jesus gave two commandments, which pretty much sum up the ten commandments; ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:34-40

The reward: To him who overcomes, I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” Rev 2:7

We know Paradise was lost when Adam and Eve were deceived by Satan. They gained the knowledge of good and evil and became sinners. God in His mercy could not permit them to live forever in that fallen condition so he put cherubim on the east side of the Garden to bar the way to the Tree of Life.

For those who overcome, access to Paradise and the Tree of Life is granted.

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the Tree of Life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. Revelation 22:1-2

Smyrna, the Persecuted Church

Jesus addressed the Church at Smyrna, referring to himself as ‘The First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life.’ Rev 2:8

He identified himself as such to John in the last chapter, who’d fainted after seeing him; “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.  I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” Rev 1:17

The commendation: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Rev 2:9-10

Jesus finds no fault with this church.

The Crown of Life is mentioned in James 1:12; “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Smyrna is associated with persecution as Jewish hatred for the early Christians was particularly fierce there. It’s the city where Polycarp, an early disciple of John was martyred. Smyrna hung on through the Ottoman Empire until 1922, when it was crushed by the Muslim ruler Mustapha Kemal Ataturk.

The Synagogue of Satan

Sabbatai Zevi, a Jewish mystic who was born in Smyrna followed the Kabbalah and claimed to be Messiah. In 1666, upon arriving in Constantinople (now Istanbul) Sabbatai was imprisoned and given the choice of death or converting to Islam. He and some 300 of his followers converted and became known as the Donmeh which is Turkish for ‘convert.’ They went underground. Not much is known about them but various groups called Donmeh continue to follow Sabbatai Zevi, mostly in Turkey. Nowadays they are Jews who follow the Kabbalah. They say they’re Jews, but they’re not.

The meaning of Smyrna

Smyrna means Myrrh which means bitterness, but it’s also associated with the oil of joy. When crushed and mixed with oil, it emits a beautiful fragrance. God anoints Jesus to give beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning.

The reward, besides the Crown of Life: He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.

The Second Death

Those born once will die twice. Those born twice (born again) will die once. Jesus said in John 3:3 that we must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God. Then our names will go into the Book of Life.

Those not in the Book of Life will be consigned to the Lake of Fire. This is the second death and it will happen at the Great White Throne judgement. Rev 20:11-15

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

Please, hell is no joke. The unbelieving will end up in the Lake of Fire. If you believe and you’re wrong what have you lost? Nothing. If you go to hell because of unbelief, what have you lost? Everything! Choose life.

Revelation 2, The Greek Chi – X is shorthand for Jesus Christ

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” is written seven times to the congregations in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. The Book of Revelation is full of sevens. There are seven congregations, seven angels, seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls.

We’ll be reading the seven letters Jesus wrote to the churches, the congregations. After these letters, the congregations are not seen again until the wedding in chapter 19. You’ll see the fulfilment of the promises Jesus made to the churches from that chapter on, but we’ll get to that later.

The promises to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 are matched with the outcomes at the end of the book in Revelation 20, 21 and 22. All except for Pergamum. We’ll get to that when we get to Pergamum.

The Greek Chi

Can you see the pattern? The first promise was mirrored in the last outcome, the second in the second to last, and so on. In my book ‘The End, the Wayfarer’s Guide to the Apocalypse,” I saw it as a seven layered angel cake in the shape of an X with a surprise in the middle. Wisdom baked it.

The X is also a chiasm, a literary device in which a sequence of ideas is presented and then repeated in reverse order. The word chiasm comes from the Greek letter chi which looks like the letter X.

A simple chiasm in the Bible from the Bible is, “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first,”referring to Jesus’ words in Matthew 19:30.

There are also chiasms in common wisdom; for instance: ‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going’ and Benjamin Franklin’s axiom “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

X Marks the Spot

The Greek letter X is shorthand for ‘Jesus Christ.’

I’m going to explain in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 each congregation’s inheritance – and the things they have to overcome in order to obtain it.