The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
                                                          CHAPTER 2 & 3

“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.  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.  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.   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.

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:  These are the words of him who is the First and the Last,
who died and came to life again.  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.  Do not
be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you,
and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you
life as your victor’s crown.   Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The
one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.

“To the angel of the church in Pergamum write:  These are the words of him who has the sharp,
double-edged sword.  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.   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.  Likewise, you also have
those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.  Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to
you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.   Whoever has ears, let them hear what
the Spirit says to the churches. 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.

“To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:  These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are
like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.  I know your deeds, your love and faith, your
service and perseverance, 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.  I have given her time to repent of her immorality,
but she is unwilling.  So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit
adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.  I will strike her children dead. Then
all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you
according to your deeds.  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.’  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.

“To the angel of the church in Sardis write:  These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of
God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.  
Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the
sight of my God.  Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But
if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.  
Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed
in white, for they are worthy.  The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never
blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my
Father and his angels.  Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true,
who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.  I
know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you
have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.  I will make those who
are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make
them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. I will also keep you from
the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.   I am
coming soon.  Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.  The one who is
victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them
the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down
out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.  Whoever has ears, let them
hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true
witness, the ruler of God’s creation.  I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you
were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit
you out of my mouth.  You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do
not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.  I counsel you to buy from me gold
refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful
nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.  Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.
So be earnest and repent.  Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and
opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.   To the one who is
victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with
my Father on his throne.  Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

In the letters to the seven churches, Jesus tells them of the good and bad things about each of
them.  He ends each letter with a similar statement.  The emphasis is that we should all take heed of
what the Spirit is saying to the churches, because that is still true today.   Along with that comes a
promise.

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.  The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.  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.  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.  The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will
never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my
Father and his angels.  The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never
again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God,
the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them
my new name.  To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I
was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.  

In the letter to the church of Laodicea Jesus warns them of being lukewarm.  Many have related this
church to the current last days church.  Eventhough there are lessons to be learned from all the
letters to the churches, the Laodicean church most closely resembles the churches in the world
today.   Most are lukewarm, many are asleep, most don’t teach or preach from the Book of
Revelation, many are worldly, and many don’t teach or believe that the Bible is the absolute true
word of God anymore.    Jesus sharply rebukes them for their worldliness and gives them a stern
warning.  This is something that we should take heed of as it is a lesson for those who think they can
live in sin and for God at the same time.

I truly believe that this is a message for the end times church.  And this is why I believe that God put
the economic collapse before the rapture.  Many Christians are still so worldly that money and
possessions are their “god”.   The Bible says that
“judgment will start with the house of the Lord”.  
(1 Peter 4:17)  God will bring all Christians to their knees when the economic collapse happens and
give them all an opportunity to repent and put Jesus first in their lives.
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