Sunday, December 10, 2017

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  1  (6 of 7)
EXPLANATIONS AND CAUSES

God's plan for this earth and humanity, as a whole, will be fulfilled despite our lack of obedience, but He does not want to leave any of us, who profess to "know" him, out of His eternal plan.  Although God is longsuffering not willing that any would perish, there is still a limitation to how long He will wait.  God's desires will be fulfilled despite us, even if it means removing us out of the way through death.  God said this to the church of Ephesus: [Rev 2:4] Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love:
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Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.  Revelation 2:5
It appears that these young Christian churches were being deceived in believing worldliness, carnality, and sexual immorality were acceptable for a Christian to practice, contradicting what "Thus says the Lord".  The Holy Spirit will not dwell in the church that teaches and practices worldliness, carnality, and sexual immorality, nor will He dwell in the individual Believer who does. The doctrine of the Nicolaitans [to be written about later] still exists today in the form of Liberalism. These are quotes from the section titled "Prophets":
"I am of the persuasion that a person who calls themselves a Christian and cusses like a sinner and behaves like one, if they truly are a Christian, does so because they are not filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to live and behave any other way; Without the power of the Holy Spirit we can never live the "Standard" that God desires for us. "
Without the power of the Holy Spirit we can never live the standard of holiness God requires and expects of us.  It is without His power to live according to His standard, that has caused doctrines [false doctrines found a place in some of the churches of Asia Minor] to arise that cause those who do not possess God's power, to create a standard of holiness that they can walk in, calling it "God's permissive will"; A standard of holiness that is according to a relaxed moral code which is far below what God requires, "His perfect will".  God calls those who live according to a "relaxed moral code", workers of iniquity (lawless).  The doctrine of Balaam, the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, and the doctrine of Jezebel fall into this category.  Heaven will not be their eternal home, living God's standard of holiness is required not an option. God's grace is not a virtue that causes Him to be blind to rebellion, and neither is His mercy and longsuffering.
Without the power of the Holy Spirit it is impossible to live God's standard of holiness.  Anyone who does not endeavor to live according to God's standard of holiness, are following the deeds and doctrine of the Nicolaitans, (Liberalism).  Teaching that worldliness is an acceptable lifestyle for a Christian is a doctrine Satan has used to cause many who have made a decision to serve the Lord, to be powerless against him.
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God gives the Holy Spirit to those who strongly desire to obey Him. Believers who live in worldliness are in disobedience, and therefore are not candidates to receive this baptism from God, but rather are subject to the judgment of God against them as were many of the churches.  If they do not repent, and serve God according to His standard of holiness, the judgment of God will be on them. The Lord has shown me that all of these churches had those who longed for revival, and that God was using John to let them know what was preventing revival along with the judgment if they did not repent of their disobedience and the blessing if they did repent.  God gives the Gift of the Holy Spirit to those who desire to please (obey) Him.
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.  Acts 5:32
I would tend to believe that 2 Peter 2:1 is a very good synoptic overview of the type of people who pedaled the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, the doctrine of Balaam, and the doctrine of Jezebel.
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But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Peter 2:1
It is asserted by researchers of these sects that the doctrines were similar. Here are key words: (a false freedom or licentiousness), (a disregard for holy living), (encouraged a return to pagan laxity of morals), (taught that Christian liberty meant license to commit sensual sins), (supported by a "doctrine," accompanied by the boast of a prophetic illumination, (Jezebel) [a word of prophecy, which was not from God.]).
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Faith to believe there is a God is not saving faith, (devils believe and tremble, James 2:19) this faith just acknowledges that there is a Creator; it does not make Him our Father.  This was the kind of faith Simon of Samaria Acts 8:9-24, and Jezebel of Thyatira Rev 2:20-22 had.  They went through the motion or ritual of repentance, but obviously did not have a true and sincere heart of repentance.  They did not experience the "new birth", the sinful nature being replaced by the righteous nature of God.                                                           
Simon and Jezebel believed the report about the true God, but only received a religious experience, not a true life changed born again experience with Christ, the Apostle acknowledged this concerning Simon (Acts 8:23).  Jesus said to the Pharisees and Sadducees that you are of your father the devil (John 8:44).  These were the "elite" religious leaders, "religious" being the key word.  They had a form of godliness, (do as they say not as they do, Matt. 23:3-5), but not the life changing experience that saving faith provides. Saving faith that not only acknowledges God is our Creator, but that makes Him our Father also.

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My FaceBook Timeline https://www.facebook.com/samuelsiders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over seven years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15), “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Jude 3, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
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Sharing the Theology I teach about Jesus’ virgin birth, Joseph not being His father, and Him being Deity like His Father is Deity, what I call BIBLICAL Trinity, were a topics of discussion this past week. Translations of the Bible and which ones to avoid was another topic, this topic included an individual who tried to past off a 1385 AD Hebrew translation of Matthew as the first century Gospel of Matthew, which off course he failed to mention the date of the copy, in an attempt to deceive people, which clearly proves that “copy” would have had to be translated from the GREEK copy of Matthew available at that time. Historically, there is …no infallible… proof a Hebrew copy of Matthew ever existed in the first century, but there is evidence an Aramaic/Syriac copy of many books of our present NT Canon could have existed in Antioch, called the Peshitta and possibly some other languages as the Apostles spread the Gospel to other countries.
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Attacks on celebrating Jesus’ birth, is a common discussion this time of year, because of some pagan Decorative ideas the RCC embraced to celebrate His birth. I always share that although some of the “decorative ideas” had origin in pagan religions, how they are used TODAY has evolved over the centuries from the pagan root to a BIBLICAL application contrary to those roots. Nonetheless, the naysayers will use Scripture OUT OF CONTEXT to support obvious foolish conclusions to win gullible, naive and unlearned people to their PERSONAL preferred resistance.
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Luke 2:13-14 is clear proof God has …NO… objection to our celebrating Jesus’ birth, because as written in Hebrews 1:6 God COMMANDED His holy angels to do it and they did. To claim celebrating Jesus’ birth is a PAGAN practice and not Christian is calling what GOD COMMANDED to be done “pagan” and thereby proving even more how foolish they are to speak against doing it. The “date” the RCC adopted to celebrate Jesus’ birth does not prevent God from using the occasion of the celebration to lead hundreds of souls to repentance; therefore a person would be “blaspheming” God to reproach what GOD has hallowed and exalted with His presence and anointing. I also like to share what John 10:22 says, for this time of year; “Based on John's Gospel, it is easy to assume Jesus celebrated Hanukkah John 10:22, He was in the Temple when it was being celebrated. Jesus is the Light of the World, and when He was there the Rabbis wanted to know "plainly" if HE is the Messiah.”
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Another discussion had to do with Biological Israelis, and those who FALSELY teach God has rejected them as His chosen people; the “stumbling stone” for these people is the word “chosen,” which they misuse to mean “salvation without the need of Jesus as Lord and Savior.” I am fully aware Apostle Paul’s defense against that TOTALLY Blind Conclusion, proves those who teach it ARE deceived to believe a Lie. Granted, when the Rabbis rejected Jesus as God’s Promised Messiah the Nation fell under a “temporal” curse, but not one that condemned ALL biological Israelis.
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Aside from this, BIBLICAL Fact teaches that God made Promises to the Israel’s Patriarchs that has “forever” attached to those promises, and one of them is why Israel is a restored nation today and will exist in the NEXT Creation after this one has been destroyed by fire. The word REMINANT is used for the Nation of Israel throughout the Bible; therefore a person would have to be total deceived to believe God has totally rejected the whole nation in His Plan of Salvation.  There are a few other topics that were discussed but to keep this editorial more synoptic than it is, I need to forgo sharing them; my FaceBook timeline contains responses to many different people I conversed with this past week, which you can read.
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Samuel Siders   12/10/2017 [Go deep in your relationship with God not shallow]