Revelation 2-3: God’s showing the future of His people

John is then given an insight as to what would happen to the Jewish-Christian people until Christ second coming and the congregations
biggest challenges along the way. Again He uses code language which
is very familiar for those who know the scripture and are acquainted
with Gods value system in the past. He calls them the seventh churches and we learn something about each one of them. The names of the
churches is Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia
and Laodicea. These seven churches existed in the time of John, not far
from the island Patmos where he was at the time. Notice that God is not
mentioning all the other churches that we know from the new testament
excised. If these churches names aren’t symbolic it means these were the
only churches Christ ministered in the sanctuary to, considering that
all these physical cities along with it’s churches has been in ruins for a
long time it leaves Christ without any church for over a thousand years.
For this is the churches we see Christ ministering to from the temple.
They are a complete number, there are no other candlesticks then these
seven. It is clear that the expressions used to the churches is symbolic.
This is why the names also are symbolic. We see God uses this pattern
many times in the Bible. God took the characteristics of these seven
churches to explain seven different time periods that God’s people would
go through up until Christ second coming. A continues lineage of His
people. This doesn’t mean we will see other converts and churches, but
it means they are supposed to receive an in-depth understanding from
this lineage and not the other way around. These churches are the ones
carrying the torch or light from ages to ages. So other converts must
be grafted alongside them. This lineage, as previously explained, was the continuation of the remnant. And because God keeps His promises
and His people and so He chosen light bearers has to be a remnant of
the remnant of this people. Jesus also uses names and characteristics
from the challenges of God’s people in the past to explain these churches situation. The number seven in the Bible is a continues time cycle.
It was used at creation where each day came after the other. It was also
used in the feast days where they came in sequence over seven months.
It was also used in the rituals of cleansing were the priest were to count
seven days. And we will see the number seven repeating in Revelation.
Seven churches, seven stars, seven seals, seven trumpets and even seven
plagues.
So to summaries: The churches, like the pattern in the rest of Revelation,
starts with the time of John and continues till Christ second coming.
God uses characteristics from existing churches to forewarn the future of the church as a whole

The seven churches represented the seven churches in time. God uses seven churches in Asia as a parable.

Ephesos

The first pruning of Gods Christian followers is seen already in the first
church. It says:

“and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles,
and are not, and hast found them liars».

This shows that the first church
has managed to keep their doctrines clean and that they themselves have
separated from those who were preaching falsehood. But it also shows
another lineage emerging, a lineage of false apostles. But this church is
keeping separate from them. An apostle was a name for the followers
of Christ. Jesus shows with this message that He does not recognize the
ones who have an outward profession to be Christ followers, but isn’t
lead by God, as part of His church. Just as Jesus had warned, people
would do mighty works in His name but He doesn’t know them, they
are not of Him. False Christianity would exist from the very beginning.
Christ also commends them for not accepting the teachings of the Nicolaitans. This was most likely tied to the Christians who added Roman feasts and practices into the congregation. It was

not uncommon
in Roman times
to add gods and
mythologies to the
Roman religion,
many religions
from the Roman
districts were
added to Roman
religion. Recognizing their gods helped bring the smaller districts of the empire together under loyalty to the emperor. However, the first Christian church
taught there was no salvation apart from Christ. That there was no room
for other gods, and that they would not accept the Romans in return for
them accepting Christ. And so their religion, as well as the Jewish, was
considered obstinate and disturbance to peace and the unity of the empire. Some wanted to be bridge builders and convince the first church to
be united with them in return for acceptance, however, they refused and
was therefore considered an enemy of the State.
The first congregation is faithful but God warns them that they have
started to lose their first love. This is tied to their focus and eagerness
which characterizes anyone in their beginning of a love phase.
This is interesting because this is just what Paul warned them against
when he said that those who do not have the love for the truth will be
deceived. (2.Thess.2:10) He said that if they followed this path then
someone would end up sitting as a deceptive god or judge among them.
(2.Tess. 2:4) Christ warning to this congregation is therefore of uttermost importance. And we already know what happens to a people that
go astray and are not faithful, they are cut off from His people and God
will only continue with a faithful remnant of them. This is exactly Christ
warning to this church:

«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.» (Rev.2:5)

So not even this people who are called His new priests
will keep their position and title no matter what.

Smyrna

In the church that comes next, we see another division emerging. God
has, as He always has done, pruning His people and Church. Some
claim to serve God but doesn’t really and the church has exposed them,
and God awards them for it. God calls them the synagogue of Satan.

“I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but
are the synagogue of Satan.»

Jesus had already explained this to us. He said:

«they answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works
of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the
truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. …Ye are of
your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a
murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there
is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for
he is a liar, and the father of it.» (Joh.8:39-40 & 44)

And so these words were uttered by Jesus to those who claimed they were of the chosen lineage but didn’t have the right behavior. They are not chosen. Also, Jesus spoke this way about those who claimed to serve His Father while they were ready to kill the one who told them the truth. And this is just what the church will have to face from now on, that those claiming to be followers of Christ are prepared to kill the other followers just because they preached the importance to be true to the truth. They who does this, lineage or not, is not considered Christ true church. The same with the Jews.
The second church has again separated themselves from the false believers. But this church also has to suffer a lot of persecution and martyrdom. We read:

“ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto
death, and I will give thee a crown of life.»

In Bible prophecy, a prophetical day is a physical year. Although the Christian church suffered
greatly during the Roman empire, they had 10 years of, especially terrible persecution. The last and most bloody of the persecutions lasted ten
years beginning under Diocletian from A.D.303 to A.D.313. This helps
us understand what time period we are in and what time period the next
church exist. For we know historically a lot of several dramatic changes
that happen to the church in the next years.
Although many of the second church lose their lives, they are considered
spiritually victorious. Christ has no bad things to say about this church.
Only two churches out of the seven do not receive reproof. The second
and the sixth.

Pergamum

In the third church, the persecuted church have gotten new challenges. They live in the midst of a lot of evil but stand fast on God’s side. It
speaks of Antipas, a martyr. However, we already know from the symbolic language in the message to this same church and the others, that a
name can represent an ideology or a group of people.
The word Antipas consists of two Greek words, the first meaning “anti”
or against, and the second “pas” means father. The name, therefore,
refers to a faithful group who is against a father-figure to rule over them.
Since they are God’s faithful this is the rejection of an earthly father, not
God the Father. Jesus had warned against this too:

“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.» (Mat 23:9)

We know from history that this is a time in the Churches
history where they start getting powerful leaders among them. Laodicea
is also the city where they first started to worship the Roman leaders.
We learn from the message to this church that deceptive teachings had
started to enter the church. God says they have to repent or turn from their ways. He calls the false teachings that of Balaam. Balaam was a
prophet in the Old Testament that tried to bring a curse over God’s people but was unsuccessful as long as God’s people were faithful. Balaam
had been a prophet of the Lord but when a king offered him money and
status he was willing to give up on godly principles and help bring a
curse over those that remained true.

“Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have
exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken
the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son
of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness» (2Pe 2:14-15)

Peter here explains that those who follow the way of Balaam have gone away from Christ path of righteousness. Christ righteousness was that he
remained loyal to God’s commandments, had He not He would not have
been righteous.

“Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and
thy law is the truth.” (Psa 119:142)

“My tongue shall speak of thy word:for all thy commandments are righteousness.” (Psa 119:172)

“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” (Joh 15:10)

John also explains that sin is the breaking of the law.

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins, and in him is no sin.” (1Jn 3:4-5)

Balaam literally was disobedient to God’s word. (Num 22:12)
«And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honourable than
they. And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the
son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto
me: For I will promote thee unto very great honour, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this
people.» (Num.22:15-17)

In the same way the christian union with the
emperor of Rome were to be a curse to God’s people. Only those who
remain obedient to God wasn’t swept away by the deceptions that followed.
We learn that a part of the church has forsaken God’s way, Christ righteousness, that they chose sin over obedience and that they are selling
obedience to God for the sake of a position and influence from a pagan king.

Judas also mention Balaam:

«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.» (Jud 1:11)

Cain also abandoned God’s truth for the sake of his own invented righteousness.
Instead of bringing a blood sacrifice to the altar, he brought something
he had come up with himself. A religion based on own ideas rather the
word of God. Cain wanted to worship God but by his own rules. God
did not accept this kind of worship and so he got angry with both God and his brother who was obedient, and he persecuted his brother.
In the beginning the heathen had been instructed by the chosen Jewish
line, however now pagans were only converting halfheartedly and dragging the church in their direction rather turning from their ways.
This is just what happened to the church according to historical records.
From heavy persecution in the Roman empire, they now had to face flattery and seduction from Roman leaders and this is when the church is
seduced to make a compromise and a new pagan-Christian religion surface. The Roman emperor brought the two religions into one. He turned
pagan temples to Christians, but many of the practices and traditions
remained. Many Roman gods were now called Christian saints, and they
prayed to them. Again God warns them in this message to the church
that if they don’t repent they will be separated from His true people.
This mixture of religion actually removed Christianity from its Jewish
roots and to the Roman understanding of worship and spirituality. Many
Christian fought all they could for the truth, but the pagan-influenced
line of Christians got power and honor from the Roman emperor and
their influence grew. The church was now at a breaking point.

Thyatira

In the fourth church, Jesus brings up the name Jezebel. Another character from the Old Testament. The king of Israel marries a pagan royal and
she brings corrupted idol worship into the land. Remember Jesus started
calling His people kings in Revelation 1? Now God is asking His church
why they are letting her rule over them. At this time in history, the
pagan Roman religion emerging with Christianity has gotten its leader,
the Pope. The word Pope means Papa or Father. And he has been given,
by the Roman emperor, the right to be the leader of the Christian church
and judge what is true and what isn’t and to judge heretics. The pope
can now punish heretics and any Christian who won’t subdue under the
Christian roman appointed leader and his doctrines. Jezebel comes into
the history after God has split the kingdoms of Judah and Israel. Israel
had rejected God’s laws and now they were married into paganism by
their union with Jezebel. And Judah was not uninfected by the unfaithfulness of the other tribes. God explains in his message to the

third church that
he will separate or cut away they who follow her. Meaning God’s chosen line doesn’t let her control them. If they do, they are no longer God’s chosen people.
Those who remain
faithful in this time are the ones God will continue with. He tells them to
’hold fast’.

It says:

“Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou
sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach
and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.» (Rev.2:20)

Again, as before, we notice the symbolic language. To eat something
other places in the Bible is a symbol of taking part in it’s meaning. For
instance, eating bread was a symbol of taking part of Christ death. Other
places we see them eating a book which means they are receiving the
content of the book. Ezekiel eats a scroll of lamentations. And Moses
let the Israelites drink gold-powder from the Golden Calf they made.
All full of symbolism. The symbolic for eating things sacrificed to idols
literally means to take part in things dedicated to pagan gods or to take
part in pagan rituals. We are again told that God’s servants are seduced
to add pagan practices into their worship.
In the message, we see a time prophecy.

“And I gave her space to repent of her fornication, and she repented not.» (Rev 2:21)

This time prophecy is given to the corrupted Jezebel, the people who had mixed paganism and Christianity, to the Christian movement that had united with the Roman state and now sat as a ruler there. Although she wasn’t part of God’s chosen lineage and truthbearer, God did try and reach her to cause her to repent, however without success.
We know God still have his faithful who won’t let Jezebel deceive
them. To them, He says:

«But that which ye have already hold fast till I
come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to
him will I give power over the nations:» (Rev 2:25-26)

Jesus here clearly says that He will continue with the remnant that «keepeth my works», that is staying true to God’s truth and obedience to His laws. It’s clear that neither Jezabel, or anyone that follows her is regarded as God’s children:

«Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery
with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. ..And
I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that
I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every
one of you according to your works.»

Again we are instructed that it’s
not about the name professed, is someone calling themselves a follower
of Christ, it’s not about powerful positions and range of influence. it’s
about the works. Same as it has always been. God says to His faithful
«the rest in Thyatira», meaning a large part of God’s church is cut off at
this point. The Greek word means the «remaining ones» or the «remnant».
A large part of God’s church has at this point been seduced by the other
so-called Christians who are in power. The power and influence of the
corrupted Church have affected God’s true Church, Thyatira, and God is
only left with a remnant who stays true to His teachings and commandments. All the others have for the sake of peace and prosperity abandoned the truth.
Historically we know this is the next phase the Christian church experienced. During the middle ages the Roman Catholicism was the ruling
power in the former Roman empire. They replaced God’s truth and
commandments with their own truth and their own version of God’s
commandments. The co-operated with Kings and Queens all over Europe and usually got what they wanted. And what they wanted was to be
the only known Church. All those Christians that would not subdue the
Papal authority were hunted down and fined, prisoned, persecuted and
murdered. Large groups of Christians trying to follow the uncorrupted word his in deserted areas in Italy, France, Ireland and many other places. They had to spread the gospel and Bibles in hiding, while the
Catholic Church could do their work in the open. This resulted of course
in the worldwide growth of Catholicism and the decline in other biblical
founded churches. Because of the sometimes grotesque murders done
on those who would not follow Roman Catholicism many started to give
up on principles to stay alive and have a chance at a life. Many made
compromises to make the church happy. The Church argued that they
were the chosen lineage and truth-bearers, because of their great power
many were also deceived to believe that God had given them the power.
But the Book of Revelation will later reveal who gave them the power.
We are also told in both Daniel and Revelation that God’s true people
would be subdued for a long time period and not be the ruling people.
However those who gave in to the currupted church was cut off from
God’s chosen linage. Only repenting could craft them back.

Sardis.

In the message to the fifth church, Jesus tells us His people are about
to give up. He tells them to wake up.

“Be watchful, and strengthen the
things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy
works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received
and heard, and hold fast, and repent.»

Only love for the truth will keep them going. Jesus tells them to stay true to the true teachings they once received. But the church struggled heavenly during the dark middle ages. Many give up on the principles and can’t hold fast. True biblical principles and truths are given up one by one. Jesus tells them to wake up. In the gospel, Jesus had explained that when God’s people sleep the devil will plant weeds among them. The true church had now lost
many of its important doctrines and many had also given up obedience
to God’s law. God’s church in this time is dependent on waking up and
finding their way back to the truth and the true doctrines. This is just
what we see taking place looking at our history. More and more are
woke up and received this calling, and they started to copy and spread
the Bible and reforming away from false teachings. But the weed had
already been planted and they didn’t realize all of the corruption that was still in their practice. They didn’t know they were now holding on to
several pagan origin practices instituted by the pagan-Christian church.
There had been churches that had been faithful and always resisted the
papal authority, but when the Protestant movement became strong they
found spiritual shelter among them. Unfortunately, the reformers still
were deeply rooted in Catholic dogmas that had nothing to do with the
biblical religion. Many of those who had resisted papacy the whole time
started compromising and leaning on the Protestant movement. In the
message to Sardis are several re-proof. The new movement or awakening
that together with those who had resisted papal authority was in great
want. Many were arrogant in their belief failing to see the many faults
in their teachings. Some even persecuted other reformers because they
feared it was “going too far”.
However the more the Bible was spread the more knowledge people got
of its content and more chose to go all the way back to the pure teachings of the Bible. Especially in the areas that for a long time had held
firm until they were completely subdued by the men of the Church. Now
they started to reject the doctrines of the pagan-Christian church and go
all the way back to Gods commandments and ordinances.

was still in their practice. They didn’t know they were now holding on to
several pagan origin practices instituted by the pagan-Christian church.
There had been churches that had been faithful and always resisted the
papal authority, but when the Protestant movement became strong they
found spiritual shelter among them. Unfortunately, the reformers still
were deeply rooted in Catholic dogmas that had nothing to do with the
biblical religion. Many of those who had resisted papacy the whole time
started compromising and leaning on the Protestant movement. In the
message to Sardis are several re-proof. The new movement or awakening
that together with those who had resisted papal authority was in great
want. Many were arrogant in their belief failing to see the many faults
in their teachings. Some even persecuted other reformers because they
feared it was “going too far”.
However the more the Bible was spread the more knowledge people got
of its content and more chose to go all the way back to the pure teachings of the Bible. Especially in the areas that for a long time had held
firm until they were completely subdued by the men of the Church. Now
they started to reject the doctrines of the pagan-Christian church and go
all the way back to Gods commandments and ordinances. God’s church that had fallen asleep, are now waking up. And Jesus continues with those who hear His calling for reform and cuts off those who do not heed his call. As we see in the past, God doesn’t reject His chosen people even when they fail as long as they allow themselves to be instructed by Him when He confronts them. And so God’s people are never instantly cut off the moment they fail, God warns them and if they still fail, He then calls for them to turn back to Him. If they reject this calling they are cut off. Jesus explains that He still has some faithful:

“Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.»

But to those within this reform movement that won’t listen to His reproof,
He will cut off and continue with those who are obedient. Those who
stop midway in the reformation back to God’s ways are pruned. Only a
remnant of also this Church or movement continues being His church
or light-bearers. Those who do not receive the light can’t be responsible

Philedelphia

In the sixth church, we see the effect of the awakening. Jesus commends
them, spite them having little strength, they have received the word of
God and again made it its’ guideline. Bear in mind the reform movement had become great and influential in many places. But this remnant
that has continued the Reformation all the way back to God’s ordinances
and laws have little strength.
Again we see that this church has gone through a division and He
commends them for having separated from the unclean congregations.
Both the second and the sixth church has separated themselves from
the corrupted congregations in their time. Both cases God rejects those
who have not taken heed of His call to reform and call them the synagogue of Satan as they follow his belief system before God’s. The name
Satan literally means “opponent”. What was Satan an opponent of? God’s
govern God’s rules, God’s law. It was the rebellion against these institutions that inspired God’s new name for him. He wanted to Himself be
God and to be God means to be the one who sets the rules. Satan wants
to replace God’s rule with his own. This is what made him a rebellion.
In the Church of Philadelphia, we see that they have separated themselves from the synagogue of Satan. This is a group claiming to be Christ
followers but like Satan, they have continued to replace God’s law and
order with their own traditions. To believe yourself in a position to do
this is the mindset of Satan. The fifth church had received full knowledge
of the truth: ”Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard»
(3,3)
They were the church that again got full access to the Bible while it
had been forbidden for common people for so long. God expected them
to act on what they had received and heard, and reject the traditions of
the corrupted churches. Yet many did not. They dared not replace their
traditions with God’s commandments. But the sixth church has separated from this part of the church. God has again pruned His people and
left those behind.

God says that this sixth church will be spared the great tribulation that
is going to come on the earth. God has nothing to warn this church
about other than to encourage them to stay firm. Just as it was with the
second church, neither does the sixth receive any reproof. And so this is
the evidence that this church has in fact already reformed back to God’s
pure truth and commandments. In Deuteronomy, we learn that if His
people keep His commandments and are true to them, He will protect
them. But if they don’t, he will allow them to enter a tribulation:

“Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to
possess it. Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your
understanding …When thou art in tribulation and all these things are
come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy
God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a
merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget
the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.» (Deu 4:5-6 &
30-31)

When we hear God saying he will spare the sixth church from the tribulation that will come upon the earth it’s a clear sign that they have not
just received Christ as their High Priest, Christ as their savior, but also
that they have reformed all the way back to God’s commandments. But
it’s worth questioning what has happened between this church and the
last.

Laodicea.

The last church before Christ second coming is also the seventh. Jesus
has nothing positive to say about them like he did many of the other
churches. Some were told where they were doing good and where they
were doing bad. But this last church receives no praise. They are in a
terrible state. They are neither cold or worm. They think they have the
truth, that they are spiritually rich, but they don’t live out the truth. They
lack a saving relationship with God. Jesus has even ended up outside his
own congregation knocking on their door. He is hoping they are going to realize they have shut out their own savior so that He cannot do
His works within them. This church is in a critical state. They are God’s
chosen people, His people, but they are fallen. And as we see in the past
and in God’s lineage, God’s people aren’t rejected the moment they fall
away, they are still regarded His people until His call for repentance
has been rejected. Now they are given instruction and a call to repent.
How they respond to this call will determine if they will be lost or enter
into God’s kingdom as His faithful. This is the last church, there will be
no other chosen church. This is the end of the lineage of truth-bearers
going all the way back to Abraham. Only the part that will receive God’s
warning will be saved and the rest will be rejected when Christ returns.
After them, there is no remnant, no more church. This is it. The last

of God’s chosen line. Notice that the church has a history behind it. In
God’s system, you cannot suddenly remove Gods truth-bearers from
His chosen line and give the title to a group who hasn’t this history. The
history is part of the instruction, part of God’s people’s experience, and
it belongs together with God’s present truth. Other groups of believers
will be grafted unto this line, not this group on the others line. A newly
converted Jew, for instance, have to take part in Gods chosen line’s experience. It cannot ignore 2000 years of leading to start a new. Then they
will miss out on a lot of truth that God has given along the way. And
so they will benefit to listen to the other group in order to understand
everything completely and the enlightenment gave them to understand
prophecy and scripture and not make the other group convert to them.
This is the last church, God will not start a new with a new movement.
No matter how petty they are, they are the last of the seven candlesticks,
their star is the last church leader in Christ’s hand. If the church does not
repent and follow Christ instructions, only a remnant of them will be
saved. But still, God continues with the remnant. Not to make them into
an eight church but to give them to sit with Him on His throne:

“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (3:21)

Christ advice to this church is to repent and:

“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.» (3,18)

Gold tried in fire are a faith that is tested and come out strong.
White raiment symbolized to be clothed in righteousness, Christ Righteousness. And eyesalve is to open their eyes to a true understanding of
their own situation and to give them discernment.
Jesus also says they need to let Him in so they can sup with Him. This
is symbolic of a renewal of His covenant with Him. Only if this church
receives this message and does what Christ says, will they be saved.
This last church fits very well with our own time. Among God’s commandment-keeping people who believe in Christ, there has come a great fall. While claiming to have the law they break it along with the rest of
the world. A world full of impressions, sin, and pleasures. They have a
taken part in pagan customs with Christian names, they take part in
the ways of the world while they think of themselves as spiritual. They
follow their lusts just as they do in the world. Paul described Christians
in our time perfectly:

“This know also, that in the last days perilous
times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous,
boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent,
fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded,
lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness,
but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” (2Ti 3:1-5)

You would not think of this as a description of Christians before you see it in
the last words: “lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” A “form of
godliness but denying the power”. This is exactly what we see in the last
church. Christ on the outside knocking.
As we will soon see, God will make a final separation before His second
coming. All men and women on earth will receive one last warning and
chance to choose salvation.













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