Revelation 2: The Letter From Jesus to Compromising Pergamos

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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, 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.

Revelation 1: The Congregations

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The Book of Revelation begins with a greeting to seven churches;

Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. Revelation 1:4-5

We can see Jesus in the greeting but the others are a bit mysterious.

God, the great I AM is He “who is and who was and who is to come.” He occupies the present, the past and the future;

  • who is – I exist
  • who was – I have always existed
  • who is to come – I will continue to exist.

If the seven Spirits before God’s throne are able to send greetings, who are they? They are angels who represent congregations.

Jesus gives us the key to that in the last verse, Revelation 1:20. And that’s the only clue we get! We know they’re before the throne of God but we don’t get to see them.

“What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Revelation 1:11.

Asia is not in the east in this case – it’s the old Roman provinces straddling Europe and the Middle East. The seven churches lay in front of the Taurus mountain range, a great mountain chain running parallel to the Mediterranean coast in what is now Turkey.

Why did the Lord write the letter to these churches? The seven churches include two comparatively small towns, Thyatira and Philadelphia, while larger churches are passed by.

The seven lampstands are the earthly congregations; “Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.

His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire;  His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;  

Jesus is wearing a garment down to the feet and is girded about the chest with a golden band. He’s dressed as the high priest. Below, under related posts, are his letters to the congregations on earth.

The stars Jesus holds in his right hand are the heavenly congregations; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. Revelation1:12-16

The Pleiades and Orion are mentioned three times in the Bible – in Job 9:9, Job 38:31, and Amos 5:8. If they’re mentioned three times, it’s meant to get our attention.

The seven stars are represented by the Pleiades, a gravitationally bound star system within the constellation of Taurus. It means “the congregation of the Judge or ruler.” They roughly correspond to the shape of the seven churches which lay in front of the Taurus mountain range in Turkey.

Taurus is one of 88 constellations.

Each constellation tells a story.

Do you know the meaning of the word astrology? Astro means stars and Logos means the word of God.

ASTRO : There are 12 astrological signs with 3 Decans (36 groups of stars), and 88 Constellations. The signs contain a truth which in the ages after the flood, lost its meaning and became corrupted into what we have today, the zodiac.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Silently, the night sky pours forth speech; night after night the constellations and stars reveal knowledge.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4

Although much meaning has been lost, the ancient language of the stars and constellations is still there, buried and fragmented in the legends of the world, like an ancient song forgotten voices still sing.

LOGOS :

Logos means the Word of God. Jesus is the Logos. As I explained the name of Jesus in Greek is IHSOUS. Greek letters have number values and the numbers of these letters add to 888. The Book of Revelation that Jesus gave the apostle John has 22 chapters of 404 verses, and 22 multiplied by 404 equals 8888. So he’s stamped it, signed it, sealed it, and delivered it through his servant John.

Forever, O Lord, Your word is fixed in heaven. Psalm 119:89

Jesus is holding the seven stars, and God tells us in Amos 5:8 to seek Him; “Seek him that made the seven stars and Orion, and turned the shadow of death into the morning, and made the day dark with night: that called for the waters of the sea, and poured them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name …”  Amos 5:8 KJV


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The Light of the Heavens

The mystery of the seven stars

Winter in New Zealand heralds the arrival of Matariki, the Maori New Year.  Matariki is marked by the appearance of the Pleiades Star Cluster.  In the night sky, the Pleiades can be spotted with the naked eye as a dim cluster of stars above Orion’s left shoulder.

Stars in their eyes

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For the Maori, Matariki literally means “eyes of God” (Mata Ariki) or “little eyes” (Matariki.)  After the languages were mixed up at the Tower of Babel, each ethnic group was dispersed with a piece of the story. The seven eyes represent angels. The prophet Zechariah, writing about his vision of a lampstand with seven lamps, tells of the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth.

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Revelation 1:1, What does 8,88,888, and 8888 Signify?

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Revelation is the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:2) and the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Rev 19:10)

There’s a blessing for those who read, hear and keep the words of the prophecy. You can’t just read the book, you have to hear and keep the words. Who better to explain it than the author? He has the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2

The first verse of Revelation begins with Jesus and God. God wants to show His servants things that must happen at the time of the end and he gave the Revelation to Jesus, to give to John through an angel.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, Revelation 1:1

Did you notice that Jesus not only sent it, he signified it? How does one signify something? In years past, a letter would be sealed with hot wax and the seal imprinted with the person’s signet ring.

There’s an example of this in the Book of Esther, chapter 8 verse 8. Note the eights.

You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.” Esther 8:8

8

The Bible does have some significant numbers. Six is the number of man and seven is the number of God. We always hear about 666 when it comes to the Book of Revelation, but never 888. The number eight is Jesus’ number.

In Greek, the name of Jesus is spelled I H S O U S. Each Greek letter has a numerical value and so if we then take each letter in Jesus’ name and add them up, the total comes to 888.

I H S O U S (Jesus) = 10 + 8 + 200 + 70 + 400 + 200 = 888.

NameGreek letterValue
Iiota10
Heta8
Ssigma200
Oomicron70
Uupsilon400
Ssigma200
TOTAL888
Above: The name of Jesus in Greek, I H S O U S

8 is the same, up or down.

Sideways it’s the symbol of infinity, represented by an 8 laid down.

Eight is the number of resurrection and the resurrection is the eighth ‘great sign’ recorded in John’s Gospel.

God has left us with some signs to see. Here is a cosmic wonder from heaven; the Infinity Symbol discovered at the heart of the Milky Way in 2011, and a thing of beauty from the earth – a butterfly called “Anna’s 88.” Butterflies are used as a symbol of new life and the resurrection.

Jesus is referred to as the ‘Son of Man’ 88 times in the New Testament.

The Book of Revelation has Jesus’ number stamped on it. There are 22 chapters of 404 verses, and 22 multiplied by 404 equals 8888.

Signed, sealed, signified and delivered – that’s his book.

We’re not used to seeing Jesus as a king, but we will be soon.

Judah’s signet and cord

Judah and Tamar were ancestors of Jesus Christ. The royal line began with Judah;

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
Genesis 49:10

In Genesis 38 Judah gave Tamar his signet and cord, and staff as a pledge before he lay with her. When confronted she produced them asking, “Please determine whose these are—the signet and cord, and staff,” Genesis 38:25. It was an awkward question for Judah but not for God. Whose signet was it? The message is there in a hidden equidistant letter sequence which spells out “God encoded, God is truth.”

Related post: Through the Word: Tamar

Jesus as King

Jesus is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Joshua. The meaning of the name Jesus is ‘Yah Will Save, Yah Saves.’ Salvation is to be found under no other name.

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

God said through the prophet Isaiah;

“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.
 By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.
Isaiah 45:22-23

Every knee will bow before Jesus.

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

Related post:The Great Sign in Heaven.’

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The name Jesus: Summary

Anna’s 88

Is the butterfly with 88 on it’s wings a sign, or a coincidence?

Jesus brought to the temple after his eighth day and greeted by a prophetess named Anna, a widow in her 80’s.

Luke 2:21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Luke 2:21-24 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Luke 2:36-38 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;  and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.  And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

The LORD’s signet ring

Ancient kings used signet rings to designate authority, honor, or ownership. A signet contained an emblem unique to the king. Official documents were sealed with a dollop of soft wax impressed with the king’s signet, usually kept on a ring on his finger. Such a seal certified the document as genuine, much like a notary public’s stamp today. In 1 Kings 21:8, the evil Queen Jezebel took King Ahab’s signet ring and “wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal.” The ring’s stamp gave her letters the king’s authority. In Daniel 6:17, a signet ring was used to seal a stone covering a lions’ den: “A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.” A royal signet ring is also featured in Genesis 41:41-43 and Esther 8:8.

Got Questions: What does it mean that Zerubbabel was the LORD’s signet ring (Haggai 2:23)?

The Book that’s Signed, Sealed and Hyperlinked

I mentioned that in a lifetime of reading the Bible, I’ve noticed some passages almost seem designed to fit together. I’ve noted them in my Bible, but it seems I haven’t seen all of them, or my Bible would have fallen apart.

Humanity’s First Hyperlinked Book

Here, Jordan Peterson explains the hyperlinks.

Jordan Peterson shows humanity’s first hyperlinked book having 65000 cross references through a map!

No Ordinary Book

The late Chuck Missler, noted American Bible teacher author and engineer, described the Bible as “an integrated message system from beyond our time domain.”

The Word has a seal

Now I’m going to talk about the Bible’s authenticity. We know how do you prove that something is genuine and not counterfeit from a watermark.

The Bible has strings of hidden text within the surface text, no doubt used as a seal or mark of authenticity. The hidden text is called equidistant letter sequences. The codes have been locked away for the generation that would have the technology to discover them. The Jewish sages knew they were there, but couldn’t prove it until computers were invented.

An example of hidden text is where five generations of the family tree of Jesus are hidden within the text of Genesis 38. The names Boaz, Ruth, Obed, Jesse, and David are placed in chronological order at 49-letter intervals.

And here we have the text from Genesis 38:25,
“Discern, I pray thee, whose sign this is.”
The hidden text spells out, “God encoded, God is truth.

Those running the Hebrew text through a computer program can’t use it to predict events although they’ve tried. Unfortunately, this has led to sensationalism and caused many conservative scholars and unbelieving sceptics to turn away from this study. How many authentic treasures hidden beneath the Biblical text have been discounted because of this? How sad. What a lost opportunity to dig for buried treasure.

Related post: Through the Word, Tamar

If you want to read more about the Bible codes, I recommend a book called The Truth Behind the Bible Codes by Dr Jeffrey Santinover.

The Author is present

The Author knows when you’re reading his book, and the Holy Spirit will guide you if you take Jesus at his word, make him your Lord and ask him to send the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth. He is called ‘the Spirit of Truth.’

Jesus said, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.  He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.  All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.John 16:13-15

The Word can be LOGOS for knowledge, where it’s used for teaching, or RHEMA where the Holy Spirit can deliver a message as a personal revelation from God – just for you, if you have the faith to receive it.

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The heart of the matter

Have you ever heard the noise of the heart?  I’ve heard it on a fetal heart monitor when I was pregnant.  It makes a noise like “Leb-bab, Leb-bab, Leb-bab.”  Leb and lebab is the Hebrew word for “heart.” 

Did you know the Throne of God has aspects of the human heart?

Twenty-four ribs guard the heart – twelve on each side, and in Revelation 4, twenty-four elders surround the throne of God along with the four cherubim.

The heart has to be guarded.  Proverbs 4:23 states,  “Above all else, guard the heart, for it is the well-spring of life.”

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Because the heart is the throne of our conscience, the seat of our decision making.  We need the cleansing of Christ’s blood.

1 John 7 states “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

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Source: Knowing Jesus

The heart removes the C02 and pumps blood around the body.  Jesus’ AB negative blood is used for universal blood transfusions.   I’ve written about it on my Red Sky blog:

AB-solute proof, the blood that speaks

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Laminin

In our cells we have laminin, the cell scaffolding protein foundation structure for most cells and organs.  Laminin is vital for the maintenance and survival of tissues.  Does laminin remind you of anything?

Colossians 1:17 states that Jesus “is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

As Romans 1:20 states, these are some of God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—to be clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.

Great designers always leave their mark.

My thanks to Carrie for providing the inspiration for this article.

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Hebrew word study: Lebab (03824) means heart, mind or the inner man, contrasted to the outer man (See Dt. 30:14Joel 2:13;1Sa 16:7). Lebab is often compounded with “soul” for emphasis, as in 2Chr 15:12 (cf. 2 Chr 15:15).

Heart – Leb, Lebab (Hebrew Word Study)

Body codes

The mystery of the seven stars

It’s winter here in New Zealand and Matariki, the Maori New Year.  Matariki is marked by the appearance of the Pleiades Star Cluster.  In the night sky, the Pleiades can be spotted with the naked eye as a dim cluster of stars above Orion’s left shoulder.

Matariki-southernFor the Maori, Matariki literally means “eyes of God” (Mata Ariki) or “little eyes” (Matariki.)

They’re not far wrong, for the prophet Zechariah, writing about his vision of a lampstand with seven lamps, tells of the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth.

“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?” Zechariah 4:10

The eyes represent angels.

The Pleiades are gravitationally bound together in a cluster and it’s mentioned in the Book of Job in the Bible.  How did Job know that?

“Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades?  Can you loosen Orion’s belt? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs? Job 38:31-32 

The Pleiades star cluster means ‘the congregation of the judge or ruler’ and its symbolic of the seven churches of Revelation.

In the first chapter of Revelation, the Pleiades are not mentioned – but Jesus reveals himself holding seven stars in His right hand whilst standing amongst seven churches, which are portrayed as the seven lampstands.

 “He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.” Revelation 1:16

He explains the seven stars represent the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands represent the seven churches.

The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” Revelation 1:20

One star in the Pleiades is sometimes not visible leaving only six to be seen by the naked eye.  Another interesting thing is that the Lord threatened to remove the Church of Ephesus’s lampstand from it’s place if it didn’t repent and do the things it did at first. Revelation 2:5

The seven stars are in the constellation of Taurus.  They roughly correspond to the shape of the seven churches which lay in front of the Taurus mountain range, a great mountain chain running parallel to the Mediterranean coast in what is now Turkey.

That might explain why the Lord wrote the letter to those churches and not the others.  The seven churches include two comparatively small towns, Thyatira and Philadelphia, while larger churches are passed by.

Like the sanctuary Moses made, are the seven stars and seven churches a type and shadow of the congregations in heaven?

Reflection Nebula, Pleiades

Reflection Nebula in Pleiades

The stars are there to reveal light, to give knowledge.  Each constellation tells us a story.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Silently, the night sky pours forth speech; night after night the constellations and stars reveal knowledge.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4

Although much meaning has been lost, the ancient language of the stars and constellations is still there, buried and fragmented in the legends of the world.  It’s like a forgotten song which far off voices still sing.

The Pleiades and Orion are mentioned three times in the Bible – in Job 9:9, Job 38:31, and Amos 5:8.  If they’re mentioned three times, it’s meant to get our attention.

Jesus is holding the seven stars, and God tells us in Amos 5:8 to seek Him.

“Seek him that made the seven stars and Orion, and turned the shadow of death into the morning, and made the day dark with night: that called for the waters of the sea, and poured them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name …”  Amos 5:8 KJV

Seek and you will find.

Do you want to find out more about the congregations on earth and in heaven?

Here’s a related post.

Revelation 1: The Congregations

Happy Matariki.  Please contact me if you have any questions.


Links:

The Pleiades: Seven Sisters | David Rives
Notes on Revelation, Seven Stars
Astronomy, the Heavens Declare His Glory
THE 7 CHURCHES OF ASIA
The Congregation, The Pleiades, Our Hope Hidden in Christ
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The mystery of the Kingdom of God

OnionWhat makes your eyes fill with tears, without feeling sad?  You’ve probably guessed it – an onion. 

Like an onion, the Word of God has many layers.  Christ told many parables. His parables are the top layer, with many layers of meaning underneath.

Some of his parables were about the land owner, sabbaths, festivals and harvests.  The first parable Jesus told in Mark chapter 4  was the Parable of the Sower.  To the disciples and those with the twelve it was given them to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God.

“When He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable. And He said to them, To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables …”  Mark 4:10

I’d like to share some of the layers I’ve peeled back over the 25 years of reading the Bible, and show you patterns I’ve discovered in the word.  I’d love to hear your insights as well.

Here’s some insight on the number fifty: Number fifty, what does it signify?

 

Mark 4:26

 

Great and unsearchable things

Google can’t give us an answer for everything. 

Einstein said The most beautiful and deepest experience a man can have is the sense of the mysterious. It is the underlying principle of religion as well as all serious endeavour in art and science. He who never had this experience seems to me, if not dead, then at least blind.”

So who do we call when we want to delve into mysteries?

God says “Call on me, and I will show you great and unsearchable things.”  Jeremiah 33:3

“It’s the glory of God to conceal a matter, to search a matter is the glory of Kings.”  Proverbs 25:2

The joy is in arriving at the answers.


The Lord loves a mystery!

Reblogged from https://simpletruth4today.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/the-lord-loves-a-mystery/

 

Mystery

Birds sing hymns and crickets form choirs

Did you know birds, insects and fish form choirs?  Ask the animals, how great is God?

Birds

Songbirds ‘sing from hymn sheet’

Crickets

God’s Cricket Chorus 

When the song of the crickets is recorded and slowed down, they sing in perfect harmony like an angelic choir. The song pattern of each cricket species is stored in its genes. The sound has a four-part harmony.

They even have an area on the wings known as the harp. A cricket song is distinct for each species and when you get to know them, you can tell how many different species of crickets there are in an area simply by listening.

Fish

Fish recorded singing dawn chorus on reefs just like birds

“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.” 
Job 12:7-10

“Every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine. Psalm 50:11

Humans, Home Free – How Great Thou Art


Links

The song pattern of each cricket species is stored In its genes.  The songs are thus clues to the links among genetic information, development, the organization of the nervous system and behavior.

Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/author/david-bentley/

House cricket: https://crawford.tardigrade.net/bugs/BugofMonth31.html