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As you would travel from Ephesus to Laodicea; we will embark on a historical and prophetic
journey to see what we can learn as the end time \u201cchurch\u201d so that we can be found worthy at
the Coming of our Messiah. John recorded physical attributes of each church and YHVH gave
them feedback on where they stood and what they must do to rectify to be found worthy.
Within these seven churches we also found the hidden mysteries that unveil the history of the
church throughout generations until the Second Coming of Messiah. This is found by
analysing the Scripture with a Hebrew mind. Scripture can be interpreted in four ways from a
1.\ue000 \ue001\ue002 -P\u2019 sh at - literal meaning based on historical intent of author
2.\ue003\ue004\ue005 -R eme z - hint, allusion, allegory, connection, father-son verses
3.\ue001\ue005\ue006 -D \u2019ra sh - personal application, exposition
4.\ue006\ue007\ue008 -So d - mystery, \u201cdeep\u201d meaning, prophetic meaning.
may find yourself in one or more than one of them. The reason YHVH show us this is to help us as His Bride, to be ready for His Second Coming so that we can be ready. The reason for this wisdom is to apply it to your personal life and repent of the things that you can see in your life that are wrong.
the Seven Churches that started at the early Church and ends in the last days at the
Second Coming of Y\u2019shua. This is theSod or \u2018hidden mysteries\u2019 interpretation and
describes a 2000 year time period and we who believe that we are living in the end
times, should take note of the last Church.
We will look at each church and study it for it\u2019s historical and prophetic application and we will use each one as a \u201cmeasuring stick\u201d to compare our selves with to see where we stand and what we need to work on as a \u201cchurch\u201d or Assembly or Fellowship. This is not a personal examination as such, but a collative measure to see how we are doing in relation to the Body of Messiah.
to John, Ephesus was the chief capital of Proconsular Asia and its pride and glory. It
was also that country's chief mart of idolatry, containing, as it did, the magnificent
temple of Diana, which is reckoned as one of the seven wonders of the world. This
temple, according to the disclosures of modern excavations, was four hundred and
eighteen feet in length, and two hundred and thirty-nine in width, with one hundred
beautiful external pillars of Parian marble, each a single shaft about fifty-six feet high.
The city was proud of the title it had received, "Servant of the Goddess," and even the
Roman emperors competed with wealthy natives in lavishing gifts to her.
2.Prophetic Meaning - Ephesus represented the early church to about 100 AD and
the Apostolic Scriptures were written during this time. This was a prosperous time
with a lot of growth and the Gospel went out among the nations and the message of
Y\u2019shua spread like a forest fire. Peter worked among the Jews and Paul worked
among the Gentiles and YHVH poured out His Spirit on all believers and confirmed
His Word with signs and wonders. The believers were persecuted and there arose
false teachers who brought \u201canother gospel\u201d as Paul wrote in Rom 15 where Satan
tried to confuse the people and weaken the faith with lies. This was the first
generation of believers and they held fast to the truth and continue in the faith.
3.Com me ndation - The Church had a good character showing patience, they laboured
for the Gospel and tested people who claimed to be apostles and found them liars.
They hated the deeds of the Nicolaitans who were a Gnostic sect who believed that
your body is evil and the mind is holy and you are saved by the knowledge of YHVH
and not by doing the Commandments and doing good. Nicolas was the god of the
sea and he was he forerunner of St Nicolas who featured in the celebration of
Christmas. YHVH hates the works of the Nicolaitans; not doing the Commandments
and celebrating pagan festivals, and praised them for also hating it as well. This is
something that is evident in the modern Church today and they do not hate the works
of the Nicolaitans and have a Grace doctrine that teach that the Commandments are
legalism and they celebrate pagan rooted festivals like Christmas and Easter. They
should REPENT and turn back to their first love rooted in the faith of the first century
4.Re proof \u2013 YHVH reprimanded them for losing their first love, cooling down in their
relationship with YHVH even when they were doing good works, labouring in faith.
This is a dangerous place to be where you can have the knowledge of the truth but
your heart is far from YHVH. Messianic believers following the Commandments and
hating the works of the Nicolaitans normally fall into this trap; not having a real
intimate relationship with YHVH, only works. This is an important thing for us to
remember because when you start to obey His Instructions, you can fall into the trap
of doing things mechanically and not out of your personal relationship and love for
Him. Why do we fall into the same trap? We sit on the side looking at the people in
the modern church, how they follow the works of the Nicolaitans and because \u201cthey
are wrong and we are right\u201d, we loose our real focus and compare our selves with
them and not the Word like Lot did. He sat at the gates of Sodom and felt righteous
but he was not righteous compared to Abraham who compared himself with YHVH\u2019s
standards. If we do not repent, then YHVH will remove our Lampstand (anointing)
from us. The Lampstand represented YHVH\u2019s presence and anointing and if He
removes it, the He will not use you for His work any more. Examine yourself if you
perhaps have lost the \u201cspark\u201d in your walk with YHVH and lost your first love, Y\u2019shua.
The longer you are on the path, the most likely you would have fallen in this area, if
so, repent and go back to your first love, focus on YHVH and on your relationship with
Him. How do I restore my relationship with YHVH? Love YHVH with all your heart and
with your whole mind and with all your strength, which is the first step of true faith.
Think of the time when you just started your walk with YHVH, you were excited and
could not get enough of Him and His Word and you prayed spontaneously and would
spend hours studying His Word, learning about Him. Spend more time with Him,
every morning when you get up and every evening when you go to bed, read your
Scripture and pray and bless and praise Him daily.
5.Counse l \u2013 Repent and turn back and do your first works and first love; the works you
did out of love for Him, spontaneously, not mechanically. Search the Scripture and
find out what He wants from you and not what man prescribes. This is a warning to all
of us who know the truth and do it, but we neglect our relationship with YHVH and
with our fellow believers; \u201c\u2026\ue00d\ue00a\ue000\ue017\ue002\ue01d\ue000\ue010\ue002\ue000\ue00d\ue003\ue000\ue003\ue002\ue000\ue003\ue004\ue005\ue000\ue009\ue005\ue006\ue011\ue003\ue000\ue002\ue00a\ue000\ue003\ue004\ue005\ue011\ue005\ue000\ue015\ue017\ue000'\ue00c\ue005\ue003\ue004\ue00c\ue005\ue007\ue013\ue000\ue017\ue002\ue01d\ue000\ue004\ue006\ue012\ue005\ue000
6.Pro mi se \u2013 To him who overcomes, he will eat from the tree of life. If you repent and turn back to your first works and first love, then you will overcome and eat from the Tree of Life. This is a salvation issue; if you do not repent and restore your first love and your relationship with YHVH, you will not eat from the tree of life.
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