Revelation of Jesus Christ

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 works are the labor they have put into seeking spiritual truth. The tribulation they suffer (in part) is being rejected by those they once considered friends because of the truth that is being revealed to them.
“And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands?  Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”  Zechariah 13:6

They were poor, but are [becoming] rich as a result of the truth that is being revealed to them.  They too know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews but are not, referring to those of Messianic Judaism, a religious movement that emerged in the 1960s and 1970s, which combines Christianity with elements of Judaism and Jewish tradition. These self-made Jews are “of the synagogue of Satan” because the carnal traditions they observe are counted as iniquity (Isaiah 1:13). Satan symbolizes iniquity. Jesus said, “salvation is of the Jews.”  However, both the Jews of Jesus’ time and the Messianic Jews of our time rejected the salvation that comes with obeying Messiah’s teachings.  So who are these Jews that receive salvation? They are the true Jews; spiritual Jews. These self-made Jews blasphemy by calling themselves Jews when they have yet to experience the spiritual circumcision that would mark them as true Jews.  The tribulation that those of Smyrna will experience is the time of trouble that brings on the birth (Daniel 12:1). The devil symbolizes iniquity, which (through their desire to overcome) will cast some of them into prison (a good thing), where they will come in contact with the spirit and word of God, as Joseph came in contact with the baker and the butler when he was cast into prison.  The ten days is not about a period of time, but about what occurs during this period of time, which is the process of overcoming the ten sons of Leah and the bondmaids, symbolizing flesh and bondage; overcoming the ten horns or kings that once gave strength to the beastly religious image (Rev. 17:12,13).  But now (having their eyes opened to spiritual truth) they hate the whore… make her desolate… and burn her with fire, symbolizing judgment, which the lake of fire (a good thing) symbolizes.  The spiritual death that occurs through this spiritual judgment is the death of our false beliefs (the beast within).  This is the second death (Rev.20:14,15).  Those that complete this spiritual judgment; completing their six (metaphorical) days of (spiritual) works receive a crown of life, as is written in the sixth church… “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” (Rev. 3:11).

PERGAMOS: “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write: These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges. I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith… But I have a few things against thee, because thou has there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and commit fornication… To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. “
The sword with two edges symbolizes the word of God, which being truth, exposes the iniquity found in the doctrines of these churches.  They hold fast to the name, which is to remain securely adhered to the truth that is being revealed to them.  They are still in the process of rejecting the iniquity that exists in the doctrine of the Christian church (Satan’s seat).  While they have been called out from this false doctrine, they are not yet aware that the emotional energy that gave power to that false belief has been carried over, giving power to what has become their new belief, which is actually no different than the old belief.  It’s just being spoken in a new language— new age, which can be applied to a range of spiritual or religious beliefs and practices that grew rapidly in the Western world during the 1970s.   Old Age & New Age Beliefs

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! 
Those that come out from these false new age beliefs (and there are many) will eat of the hidden manna, also referred to as the bread of heaven, the word bread meaning to overcome…  “The hidden manna is synonymous with the bread. It is hidden because it is not something you see, but rather something you think and feel. The white stone symbolizes the righteous word of God.  And like the new apparel, a new name symbolizes a new truth— one diametrically opposed to the error we empowered through our old untruthful thoughts and beliefs. Only he who receives this new truth knows it, experiencing it through the positive and constructive changes taking place in his life since accepting this new truth into his heart.”   -The Bible Decoded; “Zion” 

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)



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