This is the first phase of the seven churches. The Revelation begins by talking about those who leave the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Today’s churches have left the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Working Hard Against Wickedness
- The Gospel of Jesus Christ Discarded
- The Faithful are Given the Right to Eat from the Tree of Life
Working hard against injustices is enormously popular nowadays and many people persevere in their work against all types of wickedness. They are doing all that hard work without the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is nothing being said about the death of Christ on the Cross to atone for sin, nothing is being said about Him being raised from the dead after lying in a grave for three days, and nothing is being said about believers being resurrected to eternal life. The church has become secular. Those of us who remain faithful to God through Jesus Christ will eat from the Tree of Life in the paradise of God.
This message is from the one who holds the seven stars in His right hand and walks among the seven lampstands. God is walking around all the churches looking for the message of the Gospel of Christ, which is the light of the world.
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
These are the words of Him who holds the seven stars in His right hand
and walks among the seven golden lampstands.” Revelation 2:1
Working Hard Against Wicked People
A message for all churches would be to hang on to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Without Him there is no light to share to the world and the church becomes useless to God. Nowadays, there is a lot of hard work being done to rid the world of bad people. The government is routinely ridding the world of a notorious terrorist and it has been persevering at that for years. Social service agencies are persevering year after year to combat a multitude of wickedness such as addictions, social injustices, gender inequality, domestic abuses, and so many more. The church has become involved in the same train of thought of eliminating wickedness and have become more of a Goodwill agency than a Church. Every day, false church leaders are being arrested for financial fraud, sexual abuse, etc. The mainstream secular churches applaud that vigilance.
Those who combat wickedness seem godly but don’t have the Salvation power that is in Jesus Christ. They are following the agenda of the thing that sets itself up as God while discarding Jesus Christ and trampling on the Holy Spirit. They are living by the inner presence of the mark of the beast that forms thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. The church has become secularized.
I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you
cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles
but are not and have found them false.”
The Gospel of Jesus Christ Discarded
The Church has a very strong history of persevering through many types of hardships for the name of Jesus Christ. That is why the Bible, and the Church is established around the world. As a Baby Boomer, I know that the Gospel message has declined dramatically from the day when it had strong roots in America. Today, it is almost illegal to talk about Jesus to toddlers. There is a presence in the world that sets itself up as God and has no need for Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit. It is the mark of the beast and it has infiltrated the churches.
God calls us to repent of the sin of leaving the first love established through the Spirit of Jesus Christ. God calls us back to the message of the Cross, calls us to believe in the resurrection of Jesus, calls us to prepare for His return, and calls us to cling to the hope of eternal life. As the lampstand is removed from the Church, there is no longer a place for the Light of the world to exist. I believe God has already removed that lampstand from today’s churches and there is no longer any room for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Even though they do a great job at hating wickedness.
“You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name and have not grown weary.
Yet 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.
But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”
The Faithful are Given the Right to Eat from the Tree of Life
“Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life,
which is in the paradise of God.”
Phase One…..Gospel of Jesus Christ is Abandoned
Phase Two….Those Faithful to Christ are Slandered and Persecuted
Phase Three…Corruption sets In
Phase Four…..Learning to Live By the “Deep Secrets”
Phase Five…..Lively but Dead to Jesus Christ
Phase Six……Those Faithful to Jesus Christ have Little Strength
Phase 7………Wealthy but Wretched