“I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,” (Revelations 1:10) “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day…” John was in the Spirit of worship in spite of being persecuted, because he felt privileged to suffer persecution for the Savior whom he … Read more Warned By the Great Gospel Trumpet that is Behind Us
“And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.” (Revelations 2:3) Twice he emphasizes their labour and patience: here and in the prior verse. The church in the beginning was a hard laboring people who also had the ability to endure patiently the hardships and persecutions. “For … Read more Without Love – Our Labor is Vain!
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” (Revelations 2:4) To sum up the problem: they were doing all the right things, but no longer for the right reason. Their first love, the motivating force behind doing the right things, had changed. It had shifted to something, or someone else. … Read more Have You Left Your First Love?
“Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works…” (Revelations 2:5) Jesus told them they needed to think back to the point from where they had fallen – and he had already told them in the verse 4 where that place was: “thou hast left thy first love” (see the … Read more Are You Fallen from Your "First Love"?
“…or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelations 2:5) As stated in earlier posts, the candlestick represents the light of the church, which is her burning love for the true light, Jesus Christ (see “Turn to See the Light of the Seven … Read more Has the Candlestick Been Removed From Your Heart?
“But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.” (Revelations 2:6) Who were the Nicolaitanes? Historians describe them as a short lived sect in the early days of Christianity that promoted promiscuous sexual relationships among its believers – in other words, a “free-love” spirit. But Revelations is a … Read more Only True Love Will Keep You Away From "Free-Love"
“I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.” (Revelation 2:19) As stated in my previous post “Jesus has Eyes and Feet Like Fire” the Thyatira church Age approximates the time of 1530 to 1730 (although the spiritual condition … Read more Can Jesus Approve Your Works?
“Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.” (Revelation 3:2) What “works” is he exactly talking about that are not “perfect”? In Revelation 2:5 Jesus spoke of those at Ephesus as needing to “repent, and do the first works” and … Read more Can Your Works Be Found Perfect Before God?
Finally in Revelation 3:12 Jesus promises that “I will write upon him my new name.” Where does Jesus write this “new name”? He writes it in the heart of those who are faithful and true, and that love and adore him. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat … Read more Is the Name "Jesus King and Lord" Written in Your Heart?
People become lukewarm because they mix their love for God and his word with their love and desire towards the world and what the world has to offer. “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. … Read more How People Become "Spewed Out"
“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” (Revelation 3:17) Now being “Rich and increased with goods” can be a physical thing that could have an impact on your spiritual life – and … Read more How Are Your Spiritual Riches?
“Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” (Revelation 3:17) Do you know the love that produces true devoted love and divine unity among God’s people. It is not accomplished by human religious … Read more Your Spiritual Riches – Do They Include Love?
Finally, Jesus instructs the lukewarm to: “anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” (Revelation 3:18) “Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: … Read more Anoint Your Eyes
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Revelation 3:19) “Be zealous!” the definition of zealous: “Warmly engaged or ardent in the pursuit of an object.” But what he wants the church to be zealous about is repenting under the strong rebuke, because he is correcting them in love. … Read more Be Zealous and Repent!
The Lord recently burdened my heart to bring a message on this. You can listen to it here: Is Your Heart an Open Door? (Note: keep clicking on the subsequent links from Google to download it.) Is Jesus’ heart an open door to us? “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These … Read more Is Your Heart an Open Door?
“…and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.” ~ Revelation 4:5 Here we see that it takes the Spirit of God to have the lamps of the candlestick give their light, which is the light of the church. This light illuminates where the throne of … Read more Is the Holy Spirit of God Revealing Jesus to Your Heart?
“And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, LORD God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” ~ Revelation 4:8 As has been noted before in previous posts, these creatures represent … Read more True Ministers Have Spiritual Wings
“And the four beasts (from a word meaning “living creatures”) had each of them six wings about him ; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” ~ Revelation 4:8 These winged creatures represent … Read more Minister, Are You Attached at the Wings?
“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” ~ Revelation 5:6 Jesus is … Read more Only the Lamb of God Can Open Understanding to the Love in Revelation
Many are getting an understanding of the meaning and the need to “come out of Babylon” (see Revelation 18:4-5). But there still seems to be a lot of confusion concerning “where do I go?” “Come out of Babylon” in a “nut shell” means to forsake being just a nominal Christian. Quit playing the social religious … Read more Come Out of Babylon – But Where Do I Go?