Four Churches

Revelation 2

I know that my humanness as well as the Spirit of Christ is on the chopping block these days. Globally, the term “human robot” is popular. There is no way that the Church could be healthy and thriving under present circumstances. This chapter verifies that. It reveals the secular church, the faithful but persecuted church, the dual personality church, and the church with “secret knowledge”. Revelation 2:4

The Secular
This is the church that has put aside the gospel message of the Cross of Christ, repentance, the resurrection, and eternal life. At the same time, they are working hard, they persevere in the works that they do, they are patient in the process, they are intolerant of inhumane or wicked people, they never give up, and they have an eye for preachers and teachers who are impostors. That describes just about any organization trying to improve the world. This Church is like the Red Cross, most politicians, Goodwill, and the list goes on. Nobody can be the light of the world unless they hang on to the basics of the Gospel Message.

“… I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” Revelation 2:4 To those who overcome that secular attitude will have the right to eat from the Tree of Life in the Paradise of God.
Revelation 2:2-7

The Faithful but Distressed
This is an example of a Church that is infested with human robots, “a synagogue of Satan”. I know their actions intend to eliminate the Spirit of Christ and to cause distress to humanness. Those faithful to Jesus are suffering afflictions of every type including mental afflictions, emotional afflictions, and physical afflictions. Added to those afflictions, they are living in poverty with very little resources to survive on. The only riches that they do have are found in Jesus Christ. The faithful ones can expect more sufferings, distresses and persecutions. I myself need to be brave and to endure until the end. The reward of those who are faithful is eternal life.

“I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not but are a synagogue of Satan.” Revelation 2:9

Revelation 2:8-11

The Dual Personality Church
This is the Church where I could see the faithful ones keeping to themselves and avoiding the un-Christlike behavior of the other church members. At the same time, if I talked to them, they would always have a verbal confirmation of their faith in Jesus Christ. I can see that for two reasons, 1) Because they are given an inner resource that no one knows about to comfort and reassure them. 2) They are given a self-assurance of who they are through the name that Jesus gives them. These quiet and self-assured ones are the victorious ones, “To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.” Revelation 2:17

The “shy” Christians had a very good reason to be that way. They lived in a city where a Christian was murdered for simply being a follower of Christ. That city is where “Satan has his throne”. The mayor, city council, police officers, human service agencies, and all things are governed by the new global government. The followers of Christ are boldly attacked, and their humanness is enflamed. The human robots control the city. “I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.” Revelation2:13

As some Church members possess a quiet and “backward” reassurance, other member’s behaviors are flagrantly avoiding the teachings of Christ and indulging in their human passions. Maybe they are trying to find a way to avoid the wrath of the city. They are not just indulging in their own human passions but teaching and enticing others to do the same. Those church members are doing everything they can to get others to forget about Christ and to indulge in the pleasures of their humanness. That would be self-destructive behavior. As some followers of Christ are murdered, others live lifestyles that jeopardize their longevity. They are being prohibited from integrating into the social structure of the city and consequently are choosing their own poison. “Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.” Revelation 2:14
Revelation 2:12-17

The Church with Secret Knowledge
This Church is welcoming “Satan’s so-called secrets” or the “knowledge of the depths of Satan”. These are the thoughts that enter the mind which are contrary to the teachings of Christ and do away with our humanness. It’s the making of a human robot. There are teachers in the Church who are teaching members to follow the direction of those secret thoughts. “Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’” Revelation 2:24

The willing members of this Church are taught to follow the deep secrets relating to secret knowledge. They were loving, believing, full of faith, willing to put themselves into service, they persevered in those good-hearted qualities, and they were doing more now than they had ever done. The false teacher was taking advantage of the good-natured willingness of Christ’s followers to please. She must have thought that they would be eager to adapt to her persuasion. She even uses the enticements of sexual pleasures and other human indulgences to get them to follow the deep secrets of their inner thoughts. “I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.” Revelation 2:19-20

“To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star.  Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 2:26-29

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