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.

The Book that Scared the Hell out of me

Trembling and white faced, I put the book called “The Good News” back on my father’s bookshelf.  It was a rainy day and I was a bored 12 year old in the early 1970’s.  Growing up before the age of computers I read a lot of books, especially on wet days like this.  Most of the books were war stories, biographies and thrillers.  I’d read everything else and wanted to know why this book was called “The Good News.” 

Not all of the books ended well and I’d got into the habit of flicking through to the end chapter to make sure the book had a happy ending before committing to it.  So I unwittingly immersed myself into the last book of the Bible, the Book of Revelation … the Apocalypse.

Skip to the End

I couldn’t put it down.  The book had a strange compelling power that pulled me in and no-one prepared me for what I was about to read. We never covered it in religious instruction.

What a wild literary ride that was.  It had to be the scariest book I ever read!  I put the book back on the shelf, failing to see how it could possibly be called “the Good News.”

If you don’t know the Bible my advice is start reading at Matthew instead!

Revelation 6

There’s a proverb that says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.  I tell you, at the tender age of 12, that book really did put the fear of God into me.   

Now that I know the Lord, I can read the Book of Revelation without fear, but I can tell you this is no ordinary book.  It’s the only book in the Bible that promises a special blessing if you read it.  But you can’t just read it – you have to hear and keep the words. Revelation 1:3

But how do you do that?  In 2019 I was back in the Book of Revelation. On my umpteenth time through the Bible, I was still finding this last book a majestic but enigmatic end times puzzle.

“Lord, how can I understand this book?” I asked, scratching my head. 

“People reading the prophecy for knowledge will read but not hear.  They remain untouched.  They think, they reason, they conclude – but they do not understand, or tremble, or marvel,” the Lord replied.

Opening his book, he continued; “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.

Wise counsel is is needed to understand a puzzle. A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, to understand a proverb and an enigma, the words of the wise and their riddles.

Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom.  And in all your getting, get understanding.  Eat the bread and drink the wine Wisdom has mixed, and you will understand.  Exalt Wisdom, keep what you have learned and you will be blessed.”

I sought Wisdom and my book “The End, the Wayfarer’s Guide to the Apocalypse” came out of that journey.  I haven’t marketed the book, the day I received my first small commission payment I also received my breast cancer diagnosis.  That was a shot over the bow if there ever was one.  Thanks to God, I’ve come through that valley.

Now I am back and I am seeking readers who will take a trip with me through the Book of Revelation.  I invite you, if I may, on a strange journey …

 


Links / Verses

But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word.

Isaiah 66:1-2

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10

Wise counsel is is needed to understand a puzzle

A wise man will hear and increase learning,
And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,
To understand a proverb and an enigma,
The words of the wise and their riddles.

Proverbs chapter 1:5-6

When you find Wisdom, cherish her. Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.  Exalt her, and she will promote you;
She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.  She will place on your head an ornament of grace;
A crown of glory she will deliver to you.

Proverbs 4:7-9

Wisdom:

Now then, my children, listen to me; blessed are those who keep my ways.
Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it.
Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.
For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.
But those who fail to find me harm themselves; all who hate me love death.”

Proverbs 8:32-36

How is the fear of the Lord the beginning of wisdom?

Beware Apollo’s Priests

What strange days we’re in. Who would have thought 18 months ago we’d be facing these trials?

This year, 2021, is “the year of the vaccine.” I warn you not to take it. The reasons based on science and data are on my other blog. I recommend you read the testimony from Dr Sucharit Bhakdi and Dr Michael Yeadon. I’ve spent months looking into the heart of darkness to get the information out to people. Fortunately, or unfortunately I’ve had the time to do this evidence based study while I’ve been going through cancer treatment.

Recently I learned of the sad death of my healthy, 36 year old dentist from a massive brain haemorrhage after taking the vaccine. He died on the 23rd June 2021. The worst part is it was a needless waste of life. There’s no Covid in my country and the so-called vaccine doesn’t prevent you from catching or spreading it.

Be aware, this is not a conventional vaccine – mRNA is injected into the human body to tell the cells to create spike proteins, and it’s competing with the immune systems that God gave us. The spikes are not staying in the arm, they’re getting into the bloodstream creating things like blood clots, strokes, uncontrolled shaking, bleeding under the skin, and myocarditis.

This is genetic manipulation and it’s going to become the norm for vaccines. I did wonder why some people are fine after having the shots and others like my dentist not?

Dr Michael Yeadon explains the process. It’s a multi-step thing like an Apollo rocket. There’s four or five steps involved. Some will not be affected very much, but some may get loads of the vaccine taken up in large quantities, expressed at high amounts, in dangerous parts of the body. And he thinks that’s why some people are fine, and other people get blood clots.

As for our governments, they are appointed by God and they’re supposed to be God’s ministers to us for good. This genetic manipulation was presented to us as a vaccine with the words “safe and effective.” We weren’t given an informed choice by our leaders. It’s their crime. Those who have sinned are the ones with the agenda who knowingly put us in harm’s way.

If you’ve had the vaccines, just be thankful you haven’t been harmed. Dr Sucharit Bhakdi warned against booster shots. He said if you get a third shot, write your will.

I believe in medicine. Chemo was used in my cancer treatment and it didn’t do me any harm, apart from losing my hair. People everywhere prayed for me. But this gene editing is playing God, and we’re not being warned about their practices. Right now the whole world is undergoing an mRNA experiment and no-one knows how it’s going to end up.

Will those who refuse the vaccine be persecuted for their choice?

I was praying about what to do if the Covid vax becomes mandatory and God replied with this Bible verse; “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

The temptation which is common to man is to follow the crowd, to fit in, to be a team player. Our prime minister even mistakenly calls us New Zealanders her “team of 5,000,000.”

The temptation with the Covid vax is to take it so we can be free to travel again. We may be required to take it for work. We’re promised that if we take it life will go back to normal.

Do you really think we’ll be going back to normal?

Let’s turn our TVs off and look at this thing. Do you see the serpent that’s wrapped itself around the pole? Thanks to globalism, the World Health Organisation and GAVI (the powerful Global Vaccine Alliance), that serpent is now wrapped around the world, choking the life out of our freedoms, our economies and our livelihoods.

Do you feel constricted yet?

The name Satan is written with three Hebrew letters: The letter Shin, which means to consume or destroy, the letter Tet which means a snake, or to surround, twist, entwine and ensnare, and the letter Nun, which means life. So Satan means ‘the snake which surrounds, ensnares, consumes and destroys life.’

In Revelation 12:9 the snake is defined as “that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.”

Yes the snake on the pole is a medical symbol. It’s commonplace, we’re used to seeing it. It relates to Asclepius, a son of Apollo. Medicine and healing are associated with Apollo, whether it’s from him or mediated through his son Asclepius. The mother of Asclepius is Coronis.

Apollo is a god of plagues. He delivered people from epidemics, yet he is also a god who caused them. Apollo could bring ill-health and deadly plague with his arrows. The invention of archery itself is credited to Apollo. He’s usually described as carrying a bow and a quiver of silver arrows.

He is a high ranking demonic prince.

In Revelation 6:2 we see the first horsemen to ride out in the seal judgements. He’s carrying a bow and it’s unusual – in that the Greek word for bow is ‘toxon’ and it’s only mentioned once in the Bible. The word 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.

Does this signify the beginning of the apocalypse? No I don’t believe so, but we can hear the hoof beats.

Second Thessalonians 2:3 warns: “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition [Apoleia; Apollyon, Apollo]”

Beware of Apollo’s priests. I believe this so-called pandemic was caused by people in league with the devil, and they promise to deliver us from it. They created the problem, caused a reaction, and now they’re offering a solution. Are they into the occult? In the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of the word occult means to shut off from view or exposure : cover, eclipse. It’s not revealed, it’s secret, hidden from view. There’s a hidden agenda.

Jesus said, “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master.  It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!  Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:24-29

I wish people had a fear of God rather Covid. The fear of the Lord leads to wisdom. That’s what we need right now with this so-called vaccine. Who are you going to put your trust in?

The devil has a counterfeit for everything that God has provided for us. Before the invention of Asclepius, God provided the symbol of the snake on the pole for the Israelites in the desert who were bitten by the serpents sent among them. If they looked at this symbol, they would live. Numbers 21:8-9

After the Israelites reached the promised land, it became an idol called ‘Nehustan,’ meaning “a worthless thing.”

Jesus referred to it when He said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:14

In the face of temptation, remain faithful. This is a test.

James the brother of Jesus wrote, “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.” James 1:12

Jesus wrote to the church of Smyrna saying, “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.” Revelation 2:10

To the church of Philadelphia He wrote, “Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.” Revelation 3:10

So hold on tight to your genes. And keep the faith.


Notes / Links

Apollo, Apollyon, Abaddon is a high-ranking Satanic prince. His name means “to destroy.” The Greeks most often associated Apollo’s name with the Greek verb ἀπόλλυμι (apollymi), ‘to destroy’.” And “Apollyon is the active participle of apollymi (ἀπόλλυμι, ‘to destroy’)”.

Dr Michael Yeadon, former chief scientist of Pfizer research division speaks out : “I’m not a religious person, but I decided I was looking into the face of evil.

Dr Sucharit Bhakdi, Blood Clots and Beyond : “What is happening now, I fear is the immune system is being trained to do something that it would do very well on it’s own – and now if the real virus comes in, or a virus that is related, it is ready to attack.”