Sunday, February 18, 2018

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER 5 (2 of 2)
S M Y R N A
And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write;  These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye 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 hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.  Revelation 2:8-10

Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
Just as Jannes and Jambres who stirred up rebellion against Moses to undermine his authority and effectiveness as a leader and to try to mar his reputation, it is the same with those who are living below what God requires of us as His children.  Allowing themselves to be plants of Satan, those who say they are Jews [no circumcision of the heart- Romans 2:28-29], but are of the synagogue of Satan, to add to the persecution that is going on outside of the church, to create distress within the church upon the faithful and true Christians.  God desires depth of character, and requires more than what we are giving Him in the area or total surrender of our will to do His will only.
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. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.  Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.  These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame, wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speak great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage.  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;  How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. Jude 1:3, 4, 8, 10-13, 16-19
It is God's desire that we be as the meaning of the name Smyrna, which is MYRRH.  Myrrh was a costly perfume, also used as an antiseptic for embalming, to mask odors, and relieve pain.  God desires us to be Saints, creating peace and consolation; not creating pain, strife, unrest, division, and any other fruit common to the sinful nature that abides in the flesh.
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When we totally surrender our entire life to the dictates of the Holy Spirit, to please God instead of the sinful nature in our flesh, we are giving ourselves an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savor.  God wants to be the first and the last, and our Resurrection from death unto life, Rev. 2:8.  When people see us, they should see Jesus, the exact image, character and nature of our Father.  This is only possible with the anointing that is placed in and on us when we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the power to be witnesses not only in word but also in deed.  We are to crucify the deeds of the flesh, not indulge it.          
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.  
Galations 5:24
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour (savor).  Ephesians 5:2
It is significant that in v.11 the second death is mentioned because of those who say they are Jews, and are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan v.9.  The second death is their judgment, as well as for the Religious, Hypocrite, and Lukewarm.
But the fearful, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, whoremongers, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.  
Revelation 21:8
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.   Revelation 2:11
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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 FaceBook can be found on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over eight 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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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME” 
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Last weekend started with a response to the Hebrew word “tohu” found in Genesis 1:2 that can be translation “wasteland” or “laid waste.” A person asked, was the earth created in tohu or became tohu? When God told Adam and Eve to “replenish the earth;” it is easy to conclude the earth was at one time inhabited before this Creation was spoken into existence by God. Clearly the Earth was here before God said “let there be light.” Here is what I posted:
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“OP answer; BOTH. Clearly this Creation on this planet and the present cosmos will be destroyed by fire (laid waste), and a New Creation to take its place (new heaven and new earth) 2 Peter 3:12-13. It has been my opinion there were many Creations on this planet before ours, and for reasons of His own God laid waste [Strong’s #08414 Gen 1:2 “tohu” (without form, wasteland)] those as He will this one. With that conclusion, we do not know how many Creations were corrupted by Satan and the other fallen angels before ours, because we do not know when his "fall" happened, but this one thing is for certain, this Creation will be the LAST one he and they will ever be able to corrupt. Beyond this response trying to apply some kind of mystical mythology to Genesis 1:2, like any other verse of Scripture, has always been the cause for why pagan religions exist and biblical facts are corrupted into a lie.”
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Another discussion was about words and verses missing in many Modern Translations, which are found in Bibles like the KJV. Muslims always like to point out this problem to agree with the LIE they have been taught that “the Bible is corrupted and the Quran is this only reliable source for Truth.” TRANSMISSION Errors do not mean the Bible is corrupted. One person said when he found out 1 John 5:7 was missing, and reading the claims why, he renounced Christianity. 
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If he did not know ALL the facts related to why some translations are missing 1 John 5:7 as found in the KJV, I went into the details he was not telling others that he was having a conversation with in an attempt to promote a deception to cause others to apostate like he did. Simply, those translations missing words and verses are translated from KNOWN Corrupted Greek Manuscripts which are the Alexandrian Egypt Manuscripts from the second century. The most popular corrupted Greek New Testament from which most Bibles are being translated from today is the Nestle and Aland also known as the NU-text. The late first century and early second century Commentaries, written by those who had the First Century Originals, validate the Byzantine Greek Manuscripts from the third century are … not … corrupted, which is the reason why I will … NEVER … recommend a person purchase a Bible translated from the Westcott and Hort or the Nestle and Aland Greek New Testaments or any other Alex Text Type GNT that may exist.
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Water Baptism being required and the Biblical way to do it were responded to. The Majority of my time was devoted to Defending the Doctrine of Holiness and the necessity for Obedience to receive eternal life AFTER receiving Jesus’ Atonement. Grace and Faith ONLY Doctrine denies Obedience or not has any impact on receiving eternal life, some who believe this call Reformation Orthodoxy the “holy grail” (my words) of Biblical Christianity. I share with those who choose to be adamant about Reformation Orthodoxy that … IF … it contradicts what I know the Bible teaches I will reject it like I do Catholic Orthodoxy that contradicts the Bible.
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I learned years ago that NOT all “scholars with creditionals no matter how many they have” agree on Doctrine and Theology; therefore I refuse to be na├»ve and gullible to … not scrutinize … what any “scholar” teaches as Fact. God has given me an extensive enough knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures and Kingdom not to yield to just any “wind of doctrine” being spread throughout Christendom as being fact, and we are exhorted in the Scriptures to possess that “knowledge and understanding” to avoid being … easily … deceived.  Since the discussions about Grace Faith and Obedience take hours to be devoted to them, this blog would be too long for the synoptic purpose of it, but my FB timeline can be viewed to find the responses I posted about the three topics; therefore I will finish with what Revelation 20:12 says that I posted for one individual
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“WP …  your long response still confirms what you deny; you have white washed the ...depth... of what Jesus said to agree with a liberal conclusion about "works" having no impact; therefore to go circular with me again will not change what I ...know... you have done. Liberals deny works have any impact on receiving eternal life. Rev 20:12 aside from all the other verses I know says, we ... will ... be judged by our works (plural) ... not ... just one work.”
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The “one work” that is not enough to receive eternal life is to receive Jesus’ Atonement (Grace) through Faith. Those who embrace Grace and Faith ONLY Doctrine like to quote John 6:28-29 to the ignoring of many other verses that prove that “one work” is only the beginning  ... NOT … the final of what is required of us to receive eternal life. Jesus’ Atonement is only the beginning, which Hebrews 6:1-2 is one of the references that prove this.                   
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Samuel Siders   2/18/2018 [Go deep in your relationship with God not shallow]