The tabernacle was a tent without windows, and thus artificial light was needed. The first four church ages had one thing in common, a movement away from the New Testament church. In the end the plant will produce seed which is identical to the seed that was first planted. Wait, there’s more! But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Constantine showered political authority, money, and buildings on the church. Though Scripture shows that there are several elders in each church, some began (Ignatius [from Antioch] among them) to teach that the idea of a bishop was one of preeminence or authority and control over the elders. They claimed the wise men went to the stable which was another denial of Scripture. EPHESIANS 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: The head is connected to the body by means of the backbone. Then It formed the backbone of the golden missionary age. ACTS 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. This is described by the four churches in Revelation Chapter 2. So in the last church age of Laodicea (people’s rights) the church has lost direction. The church looked like it was still shining bright but some of that light was just human wisdom caused by human leaders thinking up their own ideas. The New Testament church is the model church that we should be restored back to. 2. The awful Borgia popes represented a pit of depravity as truth was buried under dirt. The bishop of Rome was given vast wealth and the beautiful Lateran palace by the emperor to make sure he obeyed the emperor. The stage is being prepared for the return of Messiah to Jerusalem. The only name that believers had was “Christian”. The sea will explode and totally destroy the surface of the earth and burn up all the orbiting satellites. Thus shepherds could not be in the fields at night as winter is far too cold outside. ACTS 20:17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. This would be the big failure of the future church. The Lord is standing in the midst of seven golden lampstands, and “in his right hand he held seven stars” (verse 16). MATTHEW 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: :25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. There were two vines in the church. PERGAMOS. By believing in a seven year Tribulation the churches mess up the Book of Revelation. The Roman bishop invented Christmas. I CHRONICLES 9:32 And other of their brethren, of the sons of the Kohathites, were over the shewbread, to prepare it every sabbath. Then Christians became complacently asleep in a spiritual sense and error crept in because they did not insist on being strictly Scriptural. Church Age 1 began in AD 33 on the day of Pentecost. Because the bishop of Rome was backed by the Roman emperor Constantine, this bishop ambitiously then wanted influence and control over other cities. The Rhine and Rhone rivers are shown on the next map. The above verse is introduces us to a symbol the Lord used in a vision given to the aged apostle John. There was still much ignorance in the church but a new desire had been awakened to start getting back to the doctrine of the apostles in the New Testament. What are the seven lampstands / candlesticks of Revelation? People's Bible Notes for Revelation 11:4. Denomination is an unscriptural word that was taking over the church world. The Pope declared that Jesus died on a Friday afternoon. Rome changed the calendar by which we measure time. If we reverse the direction, and move towards the first church age, then when EVIL is reversed it becomes LIVE. Church ages 5 to 7 reveal a movement back to Scripture, on the left, that will only end when the last church is just like the first church. Today’s church world can get people saved (which is very good) and teach them many good truths about the Holy Spirit and how to live a good life. Nero would die, so Paul ignored him, but Jesus would remain so Paul uplifted Him. because--Translate, "I have against thee (this) that," &c. It is not a mere somewhat"; it … The Reformation made a new start from the other side of the candlestick. Standing before the Lord of the earth - Always waiting on God, without the help of man, and asserting his right over the earth and all things therein. The truth had steadily declined from the apostolic age to the brutal and superstitious dark age of churchianity which had effectively replaced Christianity. MATTHEW 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother. To keep the made up Roman Catholic laws of Christmas, the people had to adopt the new Roman calendar. Persecution and poverty stopped the church straying too far. A round bun represented Semiramis or Ishtar as the moon or queen of heaven. The apostles never got involved in politics. Their testimony would prove the falseness of those people who would claim that their circumstances were too tough for them to survive as Christians, which is why they abandoned the faith. There were no denominations while the apostles lived. The central lampstand was the first church age. Jesus explains the opening scene of John's vision to him. John Wesley in England restored holiness and outreach which led to the missionary age. Significantly, they are also the names of the two witnesses who will return to Israel in the Tribulation (Revelation Chapter 11) to turn the 144000 to Messiah. To them a bishop was now one with extended authority over many local leaders. To be buried for three nights means that Jesus died on Thursday afternoon. If the 7th age produces a different seed to the first age, then the 7th age church is a man-made modified hybrid. God lost His name and they were reduced to baptizing in three titles instead of a name. Most of these deaths happened in the second church age from about AD 170 to AD 312. Candlestick charts display the high, low, open, and closing prices of a security for a specific period. :29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. A star must obviously be up in the air so the decorated pagan “Christmas tree” was adopted. Jesus referred to these two numbers from two of His greatest miracles. By Nevin Bass “The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. As time passed, the church began to drift away from strict New Testament standards. Thus they were reflecting events that will occur in the New Testament when the seven church ages unfold over 2000 years. Spreading this unscriptural Christmas as a major church doctrine and festival around the world helped to establish the authority of Rome over other churches. Or, 2. the Church, from a comparison with Revelation 1:20 (Gomar, similarly Menochius, Durham). :10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. The murderous Nero was emperor in Paul’s day. This gave Rome even more authority over other people. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks - These were the “first” things that met his eye. He turns around and sees a vision of the Lord Jesus in His glory. Why did he dress the women in bunny outfits? Then John would see future revelations about the church ages and then the Jews being restored in the Tribulation. Thus they have no Absolute to focus their attention on. The disciples would pick up the rejected Gospel and make sure that they took these New Testament doctrines out to the Gentiles who would come in during the future seven church ages. Then brave Martin Luther in Germany defied the murderous church system and the reformers of this age were the first leaves shooting up as the seed Word of God began to germinate. They got richer and more materialistic instead of more Biblical. And will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent - On the meaning of the word “candlestick” see the notes on Revelation 1:12. Jesus can help everybody through their particular fiery furnace if they are not prepared to bow down to what is false and unscriptural, despite severe and intense pressure to do so. There are no special days for annual festivals. Bridegroom – Jesus Christ. For in him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. This was the church age of Thyatira, which means a dominating woman. (Revelation 1:12). Then the Jews rejected Him. Thus the High Day of Friday 15th was a Sabbath day. The last church age is when the Bride has enough light from their oil lamps in order to read and understand Scripture. These names refer back to periods in Jewish history when false leaders raised up to oppose God’s men of those time periods, who were Moses and Elijah, respectively. Church Age 1 began in AD 33 on the day of Pentecost. Around AD 100 the last apostle, John, died and ambitious human leaders began to rise in the church. Rev 2:5 KJV – 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.. You cannot find one name for three People. Therefore this candlestick, or rather spiritual mind, is spiritually perfect. He did not want to use good works as the key to salvation to move further away from the New Testament Scriptures. Please note that there is great depth in the symbols of Revelation. The fourth lamp had little Bible truth compared to the first lamp. This was the husk that protects the seed. This candlestick represents the first church age of the New Testament. Here two witnesses prophesy 1,260 days. Revelation 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the … REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; REVELATION 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: The end-time church rejects Jesus, the written Word of God. This was the golden church age of Philadelphia, brotherly love. Our best example of a Christian church. What are these seven churches? Pope, Cardinal, Metropolitan, Archbishop, and Archdeacon are all unscriptural titles but that is what ruled the church. And these bishops, (no doubt political minded and anxious for power) insisted that Paul had given the meaning that 'overseers' were more than the local elder with official capacity only in his own church. Christian Truth. True believers had to flee to wilderness areas. As time moved on human leadership introduced error as different deviations from Scripture began. According to Rome it must be a big festival on a pagan day in midwinter. :27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? Jesus had a three and a half year ministry to the Jews. This clash of spirits occurred within church circles and will continue to the end. It is as if the church of the New Testament was "good seed" of Bible truth that was planted by the original apostles. There is no difference. Thus the restoration of Spirit and Truth, back to the example of the New Testament church, since the Reformation that started in 1520 looks like this: Thus looking at the full candlestick, in terms of the light of the Bible truth, reveals two trends. . God commended this church age. Soon he was joined by other reformers. As we get further away from the central lampstand, we are getting further away from the apostolic truth and into the Dark Ages. Before the throne of God in heaven he saw the seven lamps of fire, "which are the seven Spirits of God" (Revelation 4:2,5). A bad mistake. The New Testament is the way God wants the church to be. The Passover lamb was publically chosen on the 10th day and taken to the person's house and killed on the 14th day. She claimed that this child was the resurrection of her dead husband Nimrod. He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. A '†' on the bun was the initial for her son Tammuz who would be born 9 months later. Thus they would be unable to prove many of their beliefs from Scripture. This must have been in “vision,” of course, and the meaning is, that there “seemed” to be there seven such lamps or candelabras. Thus Jesus stands outside the door of the church. ACTS 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. This gave them the excuse to introduce presents and a star. This third church age saw the spirit of paganism infiltrate the church, using Bible words for pagan practices. But sadly by 1917 Pentecost was denominating into factions just like the other churches had done. This mixture of good and bad makes the church lukewarm. Candlesticks originated from Japanese rice merchants and traders to … Thus the “mystery of the seven churches” means that each of the existing six churches and the soon-to-be-formed church of Thyatira had within them the characteristics of a future age that the Christian church would go through. Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the. Such a concept was neither Scriptural nor historical, yet even a man of the stature of Polycarp leaned toward such organization. The removing of the candlestick is not the deposition of the bishop, but the dethroning of the Church, cancelling its claim to the kingdom, severing its union with Christ. Their argument is: "If Trinity is unscriptural and it is the truth, then any other unscriptural word like Christmas (for example) must also be the truth". The book of Revelation describes a vision given to the apostle John. The early church never had a bishop of a city. MATTHEW 16:10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? REVELATION 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. When the church from 7 ages is resurrected and leaves this world as they are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, then the Gospel will go to the Jews, the 12 tribes of Israel, during the Tribulation. The Holy Ghost came down on the day of Pentecost to guide the church through 7 church ages and will leave the earth when the Holy Spirit catches the church up to meet the Lord in the air. Unscriptural words like Trinity, Christmas, and Pope became the focus of the church. In verse 17 the record states, "elders" were called and then in verse 28 they are called overseers (bishops). Compare "The kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof" (Matthew 22:43). But this move was always opposed by other spirits in the church that focused on human leadership, unscriptural doctrines, political involvement, big-money, and pagan influences. But in terms of Bible truth, this is how the fourth church age looked: Chapter 2 of the Book of Revelation lists four churches. The elder is the man. By means of these clever and popular festivals, that were based on paganism, believers got taken away from the Bible to follow the laws of the Roman Catholic church. There will be no trace left of all our technological and scientific “marvels” that did great things but also caused much damage and produced huge imbalances. The 14th day would then be Thursday, when He was killed. People were often killed just for owning a Bible or for disagreeing with the Roman Catholic church. The number of baskets of rejected scraps of bread and meat were 12 and 7. Copyright 2011-2020 Got Questions Ministries - All Rights Reserved. GALATIANS 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Eternity must be built on a much better foundation, which is Jesus Christ. Today they use that as an excuse for any other unscriptural word. The King James Version of the Bible was born in 1611 to give the Scripture in English and checked and re-checked for over 150 years to be finalized in 1769. Political power, church laws, and human greed dominated the church. The cut down “Christmas” tree thus symbolized Nimrod being killed and the decorations on the tree symbolized Tammuz being born as the “resurrection” of Nimrod. The apostle Paul pens a similar greeting in II Corinthians 13:14, in which he writes of "the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit," meaning that God's Spirit is the means by which Christians can have a relationship with God. The church shone brightly with human opinions like the Trinity, that they argued about for centuries until they convinced almost everybody. He is an elder, not because he is elected or ordained, etc., but because he IS OLDER. These 12 loaves symbolize the 144000 from the 12 tribes of Israel, at the end of the 7 church ages (at the end of the 7-day week), who have to be back in their Promised Land (symbolized by the Holy Place) to meet Messiah. This was an outright denial of Scripture. The Saviour says, "Ye are the light of the world." He had stopped persecuting the Christians in AD 312 and the grateful Christians now accepted this murderous semi-pagan politician as the head of the church. That's right, yes, sir, the sovereignty of the local church, each church in itself. Pergamos means thoroughly married. The pagan Roman Caesar and the Roman Pope Gregory 13 combined to produce the best calendar. A bishop is simply an alternative title for an elder. Thus unscriptural truth spreads like a virus. Most scholars agree that the seven candlesticks carry a meaning beyond those seven Asiatic churches in John’s day, representing in some way the entire church of Jesus Christ. Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. Now the truth of the matter is the word 'elder' signifies who the person is, while the word 'bishop' signifies the office of the same man. Show me by the Bible what's greater, in the Bible, than a local elder to a local church? Paul always boosted Christ as the fullness of the Godhead. He is more seasoned, trained, not a novice, reliable because of experience and long standing proof of his Christian experience. This was a High Day or special Sabbath. “…or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelations 2:5) The removal refers to when a people become stubborn, sinful or who betray the truth in error. With the backing of the emperor, the Roman bishop would soon claim power over the other churches. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? The second church age would see much persecution of the Christians. Religious deception was creeping in. In Revelation 1, John is “in the Spirit” and hears “a loud voice like a trumpet” behind him (verse 10). And will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent - On the meaning of the word "candlestick" see the notes on Revelation 1:12. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. Each person only believes what his or her church preaches. Thus all the churches that accepted Christmas fell under the influence of Rome. The witnesses are described as fire-breathing olive trees and candlesticks. God wants every seed to bring forth of its own kind. The final seed that a plant produces is identical to the original seed that was planted. Chapter 3 of the Book of Revelations mentions three church ages where the opposite happened. So if we carefully consider what Bible truth was in the church in each age, and separate that from the human traditions and deceptions, then the true light in each age looks more like this: Let us consider the symbol of the seven-branched candlestick mentioned in the first three chapters of Revelation. Murdering heretics who disagreed with the Pope was regarded as normal. Christmas on a made up date of 25 December that copied the birthday of the Roman sun god, was declared around AD 350 to be a church festival by Julius, the bishop of Rome. God never ordained a hybrid seed. Paul could have had a great time listing Nero’s faults but Paul just said that we must pray for the leaders. It is a three day … The 12 tribes of Israel are returning to the Promised Land at the end of the 7 church ages. There is no Scriptural authority for a pastor being the head of the church. :4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. The meaning is, that the church gave light in Ephesus; and that what he would do in regard to that place would be like removing a lamp, and leaving a place in darkness. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images. A group of elders ruled each local church. God turned from the Jews to the Gentiles during the 7 church ages. At first sight it seemed that the church burned equally brightly in all seven church ages. Ambitious leaders, ruthless to seize power and money, would dominate the church in later days. Smyrna means bitterness and death. When we interpret scripture according to spiritual revelation, numbers are not for numerical understanding but for their spiritual meaning. Bride – The spouse of Christ, the Church, the New Jerusalem. Rome made the laws of Christmas. The opening of its seals is the revelation of future history. The reformers restored salvation by faith in Christ and not by works. The seed of Truth was buried in the Dark Age of Europe’s history and then germinated back to life in the Reformation of Martin Luther. That is why they claimed the wise men followed the star to the stable. Revelation 2:5, KJV: "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." To see the “voice” here means to see the “person” who spake. Re 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks. The fourth sign is Michael who is symbolic of the angel Michael (Revelation 12:7-17). Again Rome dragged us into the orbit of her wrong dates. The important issue is not the thousands that were fed but rather how many baskets of rejected scraps were picked up by the disciples. The Jews went astray when they introduced the star of their god. The shewbread had to stay in the Holy Place. The Waldenses started in the city of Lyons but had to hide from the murderous Catholic armies in the mountains of the Alps that formed a protective wilderness for them. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” Rev 1:20 The Book of Revelation is a base seven book.
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