The purpose of the revelation of Jesus Christ recorded by John in the book of Revelation was to expose the many false religious and spiritual beliefs that have been formed from Paul’s teachings over the past 1500 years, which have permeated the minds and hearts of those seeking truth.
EPHESUS: ” I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars… and for my name’s sake hast labored… Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou has left thy first love… repent and do the first works…”
These are those that are overcoming the false doctrine of the Christian church by finding Paul (upon whose doctrine Christianity was built) a liar. They labor for the name’s sake by separating out the truth from the lies. Jesus said he came in his Father’s name. Jesus came in the name of truth; for the sake of truth. Those of Ephesus have left their first love (truth) by buying into Paul’s false doctrine. They had a love for truth, which led them to the church to begin with. But they left that love for truth by unwittingly buying into the lies. Now they must repent (think differently) about God’s Word, and do the first works, which is the labor of seeking the spiritual truth of God’s Word, through which they will overcome the religious iniquity of the church.
SMYRNA: “I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews but are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life… He that overcometh shall not be hurt by the second death.”
The word Pergamos goes to the primary word pergos meaning tower, referring to the tower of Babel. We enter this world in accordance with God’s Creation— filled with God’s spirit of love and His word of truth. But in the process of time we separate ourselves from this pure spiritual state, building the spiritual tower of Babel (the carnal mind) brick by brick, lie by lie. An error in thinking that brings us into Babylon— into confusion. Paul’s spirit of confusion has been carried over into the new age belief— the doctrine of Balaam. Balac was the king of Moab, meaning inbred, referring to the iniquitous thoughts associated with these many false new age beliefs. The stumblingblock that those of Pergamos have cast before the children of Israel (those unskilled in the Word of God) is the false new age belief. So many sacrificing their time in order to support these false gods (idols). It is the act of fornication that causes the unskilled to eat of (accept) these false new age beliefs. In communicating to others these ‘feel-good’ beliefs that teach that we are already spirit and perfect, we just have to remember it, or that we can change our reality by changing our thoughts, one is committing spiritual fornication. The seeds being sown through this type of spiritual intercourse is not of the holy kind as they do not contribute to obtaining spiritual life! They prevent it!
THYATIRA: “And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These things saith the Son of God… I know thy works… Nothwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess to teach and seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols… Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death: and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you non other burden. But that which ye have already, hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received my Father. And I will give him the morning star.”
Jezebel was the wife of Ahab, king of Israel. A king symbolizes a spirit, and Israel (on the deepest level) symbolizes the Mind. Jezebel and her husband instituted the worship of Baal, the god of gods, representing the many false beliefs that man gives reverence to. What empowers these false religious or spiritual beliefs, disciplines, or practices is the spirit of the Mind— ego, which like confusion, is another aspect of Paul. Anyone that believes we can obtain perfection or salvation through the power of our mind is of Thyatira. They are responsible for committing the same fornication of those of Pergamos, sowing seeds by teaching others, seducing them with their ‘feel-good-bypass-the-heart’ doctrines. The tribulation they will experience is the same as that of Smyrna, the purpose of which is to bring on the birth in those who claim to have already given birth by saying they are born of the spirit or born again. To those who are being seduced by these adulterous beliefs, but have yet to take them to heart, “hold fast till I come,” which is to wait upon the Lord; to wait for the spiritual truth to come, which will reveal to you “the depths of Satan” that exist in these very alluring but very deceptive beliefs. We keep the works unto the end by completing the works of the first six churches, completing our six days of works. The nations we are given power over through these spiritual works are spiritual nations that rule us from within our own minds (reins) and hearts. The “vessels of a potter” refer to our false beliefs, the clay symbolizing our false religious beliefs, the instruction for their destruction encoded in the book of Daniel, revealed through his vision. The “morning star” is the name given to the planet Venus when it appears in the east just before the sun rises. Venus is associated with Love, the Spirit of God, which appears just before the sun; before the light of truth appears to us, as it is written— “And the Spirit of God moved… and God said, let there be light…”
The works of the first four churches serve to tear down the false religious image formed through Paul’s false doctrine, which has taken on many forms since its inception. The word Paul means come to an end. It is Paul’s spirit and word that must come to an end within us. Only then will the veil of religious iniquity be rent from within, allowing us to enter the holiest place of all to begin the works of the fifth church.
SARDIS: “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write… I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent… He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life…”
Those of Sardis have a name, which is truth, spiritual truth, through which they have overcome the religious iniquity of the previous churches, receiving a degree of spiritual life. The are dead because they no longer live to the false religious beliefs of the first four churches. Those of Sardis must be strong when it comes to overcoming the things that are ready to die, referring to the false personal beliefs that inhabit their heart— an impurity of the heart. The white raiment they receive by overcoming these false beliefs symbolizes their spiritual wedding garment, which is the evidence that they have been compliant with God’s purification process. By replacing the false word that has been inscribed upon the tablets of their heart with the word of truth, they receive the highest degree of spiritual life, their names written in the Lamb’s book of life.
PHILADELPHIA: “And unto the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David… I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name… hold fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”
We are made holy through God’s spirit, and true through God’s word, which we receive by doing the works of overcoming every false belief we have accepted into our heart throughout our life. The “key of David” is Love— Love of truth— the Spirit the truth, which opens the door to our heart, bringing the light of truth that exposes the darkness formed by the many lies we accepted as truth. The crown symbolizes the power and authority that comes with receiving the word of truth within that spiritual temple called the heart, through which one becomes a pillar of righteousness. These six churches represent six days of spiritual works, which result in the creation of a new heaven and a new earth, symbolizing a new mind and a new heart, through which we enter a new spiritual state— new Jerusalem. It comes down out of heaven revealing that it is a spiritual state of being— a peaceful state obtained through a new truth.
Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © 2020)