Gods_willGod’s will was, and is, creation.  Being made in the image of God, we have the power to form a spiritual heaven and earth, which we have all done.  This creation is called the first heaven and the first earth.”  But this creation was not God’s will, as it was not made according to God’s instruction.  It was not formed in the light of truth, but in the darkness of naïveté.   “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness…”  Isaiah 5:20

“We have all called evil good, putting darkness for light by mistaking lies for truth, causing us to make wrong decisions throughout our life, which brought woe, meaning misery.  We have pushed the negative and destructive energy of painful memories down into the darkness of the subconscious mind.  It is time to bring that which is in darkness into the light, so the negative and destructive energy can be transformed into positive and constructive or creative energy.

THE BIBLE DECODED: breaking the ancient code; The Two Kingdoms”

Through a spiritual transformation, an overview of which is encoded in the creation story, we form a new heaven and a new earth,” through which our first heaven and earth passes away.  This is God’s Will!  While we are on the subject of God’s will, let’s talk about this God willing” expression we hear so often from those of religion.  Is this not saying that whatever happens, whatever the outcome, good or evil (desirable or undesirable, pleasant or unpleasant, joy or sorrow), is God’s will?  And what if what happens falls under the latter?  Are we not calling God, Who is good, evil?   According to the prophet Isaiah, the misery we bring into our life is the consequence of us calling evil good, mistaking lies for truth.  According to the prophet Jeremiah, our word (the sum or our false religious and personal beliefs) is our burden.   When we say, God willing,”  we place the burden on God.  If the outcome is one of pain and sorrow, it’s God’s fault, not ours.  This is a perversion of God’s Word, which teaches us that the burden is ours.   “And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What is the burden of the LORD? thou shalt then say unto them, What burden?  I will even forsake you, saith the LORD.  And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that man and his house… And the burden of the LORD shall ye mention no more: for every man’s word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God.Jeremiah 23:33,34,36

We are responsible for what we bring into our life.  As God’s word formed heaven and earth, which was good, our word formed our first heaven and earth, which was not so good.  But we have power to bring joy and peace into our life through a new creation.  This is God’s will!  “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away…   And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”  Revelation 21:1,4.  This is our reward for performing the spiritual (mental and emotional) works that result in the creation of a new heaven and a new earth,”  symbolizing a new mind and a new heart,” our thoughts, emotions, and actions, made pure.  Salvation through creation.  This is God’s will for us!

Written by Sandra L. Butler ©2022



cicadaThere are signs to indicate the times. The return of the 17 year cycle cicada in the United States in 2021 is a very important one!  The biblical word for cicada is “locust,” which goes back to the Hebrew prime root word, rabah, meaning increase, gather, store. The 17 year cicada is coming up out of the ground, as Joseph, who being 17 years of age, came up out of the ground, retrieved from the pit in which his brothers threw him, entering Egypt, symbolizing the World, where he would gather and store the increase of corn for the coming famine, the corn symbolizing the spiritual word of God, for which there is now a growing hunger, as was written by the prophet Amos: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the the words of the Lord.”  8:11.  The masses have been hearing the words of the Lord, but not through the orator of spiritual truth.  The only perspective with regard to the literal Word of God has been a religious one, which was established 17 hundred years ago by the Council of Nicea; a group of political and religious leaders that formed a government-sanctioned religion for the people to follow.

“Joseph, a parallel to Jesus— hated by his biological brothers, as Jesus was hated by his religious brothers. He was falsely accused and thrown into prison, as was Jesus. But in the end, both would bring salvation to the people. Joseph dwelt with his Hebrew brothers in the land of Canaan, as Jesus dwelt among his Jewish brothers in the land of Judea. And both entered Egypt in order to preserve their lives.” -THE BIBLE DECODED

Like the cicada, which disappears for 17 years, Jesus disappears from scripture between the ages of 13 and 30— for 17 years, spending time in that spiritual ground called the heart.  And what Jesus gave the World was spiritual corn; spiritual truth, the literal Word of God written in a symbolic language, which has preserved and protected this spiritual knowledge for over thirty-five hundred years.  It is a language that is foreign to the religious ear, which is why Joseph’s brothers did not understand his language, and why the multitudes did not understand Jesus’ parables.  When the famine waxed sore in all the land, the brothers of Joseph went down into Egypt to buy corn (Genesis 42:1,2), as many of those that proclaim to be God’s people will “buy in” to the spiritual knowledge and understanding that is appearing after 17 hundred years, which their religion has deprived them of, as was written by the prophet Hosea: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” referring to destruction on a spiritual level.  To preserve their spiritual life, they, like the brothers of Joseph, will have to eat of the spiritual corn, which is to accept this spiritual truth into their heart through spiritual obedience.  When Jesus said “believe the works” (John 10:38) he was referring to ones obedience to the spiritual works through which one obtains spiritual life, which is salvation of the soul.

The Bible takes place within us:

When I left behind what was quickly becoming a religious mindset back in 1997, it was said that I had gone into the World.  Yes, I had gone into Egypt, after being thrown into a metaphorical pit by the rejection of those I once considered friends (Zechariah 13:6).  Like Joseph, who spent time in prison, I spent time in solitude, quieting my mind, the spiritual or symbolic meaning of  “silence in heaven,” through which I too came in contact with the baker and the butler, symbolizing the spirit and the word of God, also symbolized by the “two olive trees” or “two olive branches” (Zechariah 4:11-14), the olive pressed to make the oil used in physical anointing.  But it is only through the spiritual anointing of God’s holy spirit, which delivers the word of truth to our heart that we gain spiritual life through the removal of the spiritual flesh formed by our false religious and personal beliefs, as the cicada sheds its skin.  Once free of its skin, the wings of the cicada are given power. It is time to shed our coat of skin, thereby restoring the spiritual power through which we are made free mentally, emotionally, and physically, which is salvation of the soul.

The return of the 17 year cycle cicada is a sign, one that points to the return of spiritual truth, which has been buried; hidden from the masses for 17 hundred years.



Historian’s Article for February 2006 by Alan M. Robinson, P.M., Historian

“… In 1783, General Washington resigned his commission and returned to his 8000 acre plantation. To help ensure that our fledgling government would hold together, George presided over the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787. The Framers of the Constitution are said to have had Bro. George in mind when they created the Office of the Presidency of the United States of America. Not surprisingly, he was unanimously elected by the Electoral College to this high office. In Federal Hall, New York City, on April 30, 1789, with his left hand placed on the Altar Bible belonging to St. John’s Lodge No. 1, New York City (opened to the 49th Chapter of the Book of Genesis), Bro. George Washington was inaugurated as our first President. How about that?”

Sandra’s comment: “The United States of America is called the land of the free.  The 49th Chapter of Genesis contains the spiritual healing process through which we are made free in every aspect of our life.  How about that?”

Sandra L. Butler © 2006


CoronavirusVIRUS: Any of various submicroscopic agents that infect living organisms, often causing disease.   A harmful or destructive influence.

In the year 2000, the world entered the third and final era of Jacob; a time of transition from carnal to spiritual, when that which is spiritual is being manifested in the physical, world-wide. It is imperative that we look for the spiritual cause of the destructive events taking place around us. The virus is the manifestation of man’s iniquity.

Some would say that the virus has been around since time began. Precisely.  Iniquity is sin, and sin brings death.  It was after Eve listened to the serpent, symbolizing iniquity, that time, which is necessary for death to occur, began. Iniquity causes confusion, which is why there is so much confusion with this 21st century virus, which like iniquity, has spread exponentially.  The source of the iniquity that has caused so much confusion, is the Church.  Babylon the Great. The word Babylon means confusion.  “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”  Revelation 17:5.  The Catholic Church is referred to as the Mother Church, the harlots being the Christian religions born of her, which is why it is written: “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Revelation 18:4

Those that consider themselves to be God’s people are among the super-spreaders, religion contributing greatly to the cause of the virus, the iniquity of the Christian Religion (founded upon the teachings of Paul, not Jesus,) spreading exponentially, which is now, in what is the spiritual era, the cause of the virus that plagues us.  Another biblical word used to symbolize iniquity, is leaven.  “Then Jesus said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.  Matthew 16:6.  The Pharisees and Sadducees were religious sects within Judaism during the time of Jesus.  Iniquity is not only being spread through Christianity.  It is being spread through Judaism. “Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.” Isaiah 1:13,14

We are to worship God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24), not through carnal teachings that have us waiting on a physical Jesus, or through carnal acts, which are now counted as iniquity, the spiritual cause of the virus.  Iniquity is lies, which include the lies we speak to ourselves, about ourselves, in our own mind, on a conscious and subconscious level.  We must repent when it comes to our religious and personal beliefs, which is to think differently about what we have been taught, replacing our iniquities with truth.  Until we do, we are counted among the spreaders of this deadly virus.  There must be a drastic change in the way we think, so it should come as no surprise that the Covid-19 variant is called Delta, the fourth letter of the Greek alphabet, the symbol an isosceles triangle (Δ), meaning change.  Omicron is the fifth variant and the fifteenth letter of the Greek alphabet.  Jesus, symbolizing truth, came in the fifth; in the beginning of the fifth thousandth year, and in the fifteenth (in God’s cycle of time), which we see when adding 1+2+3+4+5, which equals fifteen.  Jesus brought us truth, which was soon replaced with iniquity, the source of this iniquity found in the root meaning of Omicron, micron meaning little, or short, the literal description of Saul of Tarsus, whose name was changed to Paul, meaning little, a derivative of the primary verb meaning stop, come to an end.  Paul is the source of the religious iniquity of Christianity.  To stop the virus, we must stop the iniquity.  Iniquity is the spiritual cause.  Truth is the spiritual cure.

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2021


rapture-1The rapture is an eschatological theological position held by a few Christians, particularly those of American evangelicalism, consisting of an end-time event when all Christian believers who are alive, along with resurrected believers, will rise in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air.”  The origin of the term extends from Paul the Apostle’s First Epistle to the Thessalonians in the Bible, in which he uses the Greek word harpazo, meaning to snatch away” or “to seize,” and explains that believers in Jesus Christ would be snatched away from earth into the air.  Wikipedia

“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”  1 Thessalonians 4:17.  Paul teaches a physical return and ascension.  Jesus does not!  Paul was not a witness to the ascension that took place in Galilee.  “And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up: and a cloud received him out of their sight.”  Acts 1:9.  Jesus was taken up out of their sight, meaning, they did not see him taken.  “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel.”  Acts 1:10.  The two men in white apparel symbolize the two witnesses, who in that day were John the Baptist and Jesus the Christ; the embodiments of God’s Spirit and Word— the “spirit of truth,” which has come to teach us the truth regarding Jesus’ return, which Paul will turn into a lie.  “Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.”  Acts 1:11.  If the men of Galilee were doing right by gazing up into heaven, what need would there have been for the two men to question it?

The two witnesses of God have come to stop the iniquity that will soon spread regarding Jesus’ return, who will come in the same manner as he left, out of their sight— a return not seen through the physical eyes (plural), but through the spiritual eye (singular) the third eye, as it is written, Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him…”  Revelation 1:7.  The clouds [of heaven] symbolize the thoughts [of the mind]Truth comes with or through the thoughts of the mind (by way of the heart) when there is “silence in heaven,” which opens the “seventh seal” (Revelation 8:1) or seventh chakra.  Christians will have to silence their mind of the religious iniquity they have been taught if they want to open/activate this spiritual crown chakra, through which they will see the spiritual Jesus— the spiritual truth of God’s Word.  

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”  1 Thessalonians 4:16.  As the men of Galilee did not see the Lord ascend, Christians will not see him descend.   An angel is a messenger.  The voice of the archangel that Paul speaks of, is the truth that speaks to us through the holy spirit when we quiet our mind, bringing messages from our heart to our mind, and back again, illustrated by the angels that ascended and descended upon the ladder in Jacob’s dream, which was set up on earth, symbolizing the heart, and reached into heaven, symbolizing the mind.  The ladder symbolizes the process by which the painful emotions of our heart are transformed, through which we experience a spiritual rapture, referring to an elated (joyful) emotional state. Christians await Jesus’ second coming, which has already taken place.  His first coming was his birth.  His second was when he appeared to his Apostles in Jerusalem.  His third coming is spiritual, coinciding with the third and final spiritual era of Jacob, which began with the new millennium, in which Jesus returns to the individual in the form of truth, returning to that spiritual earth called the heart.

The children of Israel, chosen to represent us the people, were to ascend the mount on the third day at the sound of the shofar (trumpet), but they declined out of fear.  The third day began in the year 2000; the beginning of the third thousandth year (2 Peter 3:8) since the crucifixion of Jesus.  We have all crucified the truth from within our heart through false religious and personal beliefs.  The trumpet that Paul speaks of has already sounded.  The sound of the trumpet means prepare for battle.  The time to overcome our spiritual enemy of false beliefs, resurrecting truth within our heart, is now!

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2021 


downloadAmerica was founded upon spiritual principles or truths, our Founding Fathers divinely inspired by The Holy Bible.  

Principle: a basic truth, which applies to both the physical and the spiritual.
Foundation: the basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported.

The Declaration of Independence” proclaims as a self-evident truth the First Principle.  That “all men are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”  

We were all created in the image of God, as it is written, Let us make man in our image; after our likeness.”  The image of God is His Spirit and His word, truth, Jesus personified, through which we obtain life and liberty, as it is written, In him was life… the truth shall make you free.”  Spirit and truth, the two-fold power we have all have been endowed with by our Creator, through which we obtain true happiness, should we choose to pursue it.   The Founding Fathers formed the government of America, the land of the free,” after the likeness of God.  But to continue to be the land of freedom for the World, the people must be governed by God’s Spirit, and obedient to God’s word, the two divine attributes of the Creator.   

Christianity:  the religion derived from Jesus Christ.  Derived: of, or pertaining to.  The Christian religion was not derived from Jesus Christ.  It was derived from the teachings of Paul.   Apostle Peter wrote the following about Apostle Paul in his letter to Clement: “bad instruction, vain boasting, and other such evils have filled the whole house of this world like some enormous smoke preventing those who dwell in it from seeing the Founder aright.”  Peter goes on to say that Paul is the source of these errors, and that his visions deluded him. (Recognitions of Clement 1.15).  The following is a quote from one of the seven Founders pertaining to this man-made religion: Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man.  Rogueries, absurdities and untruths were perpetrated upon the teachings of Jesus by a large band of dupes and importers led by Paul, the first great corrupter of the teaching of Jesus. – Thomas Jefferson. 

It was most likely this insight that gave rise to Jefferson’s Wall of Separation between Church and State,” which Jesus spoke to, saying, Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”  The Founders saw the danger in mixing government with religion, symbolized by the iron and clay in the Book of Daniel: “… they shall not cleave one to another, even as the iron is not mixed with clay”   Daniel 2:43.  

Thomas Paine, considered by some to be a Founding Father, said this: All this [Paul’s writing] is nothing better than the jargon of a conjurer who picks up phrases he does not understand to confound the credulous people who come to have their fortune told.The Founders were deists: one who believes in the existence of a personal God, but in few or none of the doctrines of the Christian religion. Christianity was founded upon the conjured, carnal-minded teachings of Paul, not upon the spiritual teachings of Jesus.  In destroying the spiritual principles and truths upon which America was founded, Christians are unwittingly giving power to a government that will destroy what America stands for, which is FREEDOM! 

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2021





616E4896-7835-40E8-861C-3AA8C26A6873Two Paths.  Science and the Mind. Spirituality and the Heart.  Jesus advocated for the latter, the path through the heart. The narrow gate, which few have the courage to enter, fearing the experience, as the children of Israel, chosen to represent us the people, feared ascending the mount, which is to surmount the painful emotions of the heart.  Just as there is physical pain with physical birth, there is spiritual (emotional) pain with spiritual birth.  The busier we can keep our mind, the less time we have to think about how we feel, which is exactly what these new age Science-Mind pseudo-spiritual practices do.  They keep us distracted with their convoluted theories, taking us down the wrong path, but hopefully not so long as to keep us from entering the kingdom of God while we are still on this side on earth as it is in heaven. Contrary to popular belief, all paths do not lead to the same place! Wherever we are in the ascension, transformation, purification, or salvation process at the time we leave this earthly realm, is where we will be in the spiritual realm.  The Bible speaks of two kingdoms.  The kingdom of heaven, symbolizing the realm of the mind, and the kingdom of God, symbolizing the realm of the Heart.

These Science-Mind beliefs fall under the church of THYATIRA in the book of Revelation, the last of the four churches pertaining to religion, and to the religious, spiritual, and scientific beliefs that formed between the middle of the first century up until the twenty-first century, all of which have roots in Christianity.  Scientific Spirituality grew out of the Scientific Revolution that took place during the Renaissance Period (1400-1600), the word Renaissance meaning rebirththe birth of new ideas.  It took new scientific ideas of the revolution that occurred in the late seventeenth to eighteenth century, and combined them with elements of the Christian Religion.  Science is of the Mind.  Spirituality is of the Heart. Spirituality is the state, quality, or fact of being spiritual: of, concerned with, or affecting the soul.  It is  soul that is being adversely affected by the vast array of attempts at spirituality through science and the mind. There is no absolute truth in science. There is absolute truth in spirituality, which is of the heart. Truth dwells in the heart, which being the seat of the emotions, is the seat of the soul.  It is through the power of the heart, not the power of the mind, that we receive absolute truth, which is a processthe process of enlightenment.  Truth is light!

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:”  Matthew 7:13 KJV.  The destruction is spiritual, of the soul, because these scientific approaches to spirituality only serve to prevent us from entering that strait gate called the heart, where we will complete the works through which our soul reaches its fullest potential.  The scientific approach to spirituality is no different than the religious approach to spirituality, both of which bypass the heart.  THE GREAT SPIRITUAL-HEART-BYPASS the broad way that leads to destruction!

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2021


cancer_cellCancer: an abnormal growth of cells which tend to proliferate in an uncontrolled way and, in some cases, to metastasize (spread).  Cancer is a group of more than 100 different and distinctive diseases and can involve any tissue of the body and have many different forms in each body area. 

“ If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.”  Exodus 15:26.  Moses is speaking to the children of Israel (chosen to represent us the people), who have failed to put their trust in Moses, symbolizing the Spirit of God.  “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do ye.”  Acts 7:51.  If  We, the people, would have given ear (obeyed) the commandments, which contain the statutes, we would not be plagued with these diseases.  In truth, it is not God that puts these diseases upon us.  It is our spiritual disobedience.  Egypt symbolizes the World, the Egyptians the people of the World.  When the children of Israel disobeyed the 10 commandments, they were given the 613 commandments (Mitzvot), the 10 contained in the 613, which is found in the math: 6+1+3 = 10.  Disobeying the 10, which are spiritual commandments, gives power to the negative and destructive energy that causes the disease.

“The body’s ability to materialize the negative and destructive energy of the soul in the form of disease is a demonstration of God’s love and compassion. Cancer is sin materialized; one eating away at our physical life as the other eats away at our spiritual life.  It is no coincidence that laser light is being used in the treatment of cancer, as the word laser is compared with lazar, one afflicted with disease, from Lazarus.  Physical light has the power to restore the body, but the spiritual light of truth has the power to restore the body and the soul. The light of truth puts sin in remission by transforming its negative and destructive energy.  Now positive energy, it moves out, healing the body by changing its chemical composition, changing the physiology of our organs, tissues, cells, etc.  Disease is the result of a separation from God, a departure from God’s spiritual Law.”  

THE BIBLE DECODED: breaking the ancient code; “The Great Tribulation”  

To prevent this destructive spiritual (mental and emotional) energy from moving into the body, requires a remission: a lessening in the degree or intensity of this unhealthy energy.  “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins…”  Acts 2:38.  In the previous “era of Isaac,” being physically baptized in the literal name was obedience enough to put the sin in remission, which is the source of the negative and destructive energy that causes cancer, and all other diseases of the body.  But we are now in the spiritual “era of Jacob”  in which a spiritual immersion in the spiritual name is needed for the remission of sin.  The spiritual name is truth.

When tempted by the Pharisees as to which was the greatest commandment, Jesus brought them down to 1, found in the math, by adding the numbers: 6+1+3 = 10 = 1+0 = 1.   That one law is Love.  “ Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”  Matthew 22:37, 39.  Love has no power until it is directed toward someone or something.  How did God demonstrate His Love for us?  By giving us Jesus, the Truth personified.  How do we love ourselves?  By giving ourselves truth.   For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me…”   John 16:27.  God loves those who love truth.   God’s love has a condition— truth.  Only then can we truly say we love God.  Only then can we truly love our neighbor.  If we break one commandment, we are guilty of breaking them all.  It is also true that if we keep one commandment, we keep them all.  “ Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”  Exodus 20:3.  The other gods symbolize the false beliefs that generate the negative and destructive energy that cause the disease.  False beliefs are the cause.  Truth is the cure. 

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2020



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THE SEVEN CHURCHES mentioned in the book of Revelation were churches founded upon Paul’s teachings. But they also pertain to the religions or religious beliefs that grew out of those teachings, which were formed between the middle of the first century up until the twenty-first century.  The number seven pertains to the spiritual. An angel is a messenger.  We are to hear the message of the churches.  To hear is to believe, which is to obey or put action to these spiritual works.  

“ Unto the angel of the church of EPHESUS write… I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars… and for my name’s sake hast labored… Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou has left thy first love… repent and do the first works…” Revelation 2:1-5

The message of the first church is to begin the works of tearing down the false religious image or belief, which begins with identifying the lies in its doctrine, which is to labor for my name’s sake; for the sake of truth.  The first love we left when we unwittingly bought into the religious lie.  Now we must repent, which is to think differently about the Word of God, and do the first works, which is to seek the spiritual truth of God’s Word, through which we overcome the religious iniquity.  Ephesus is the first church, representing mainstream Christianity, which is made up of three main religions: Catholic, Trinity, and Pentecost, which takes us from the middle of the first century to the beginning of the twentieth century, the Pentecostal theology dating back to 1905.  All three built upon the teachings of the apostle Paul.  A doctrine of lies that will not stand in the face of truth.

“And unto the angel of the church in SMYRNA write…  I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews but are not, but are of the synagogue of Satan.  Fear none of those things which thou shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life… He that overcometh shall not be hurt by the second death.” Revelation 2:8-11

The works are the labor they have put into seeking truth, their tribulation being the rejection they feel from those they once considered friends. Those who have discovered the lies or iniquity in the doctrines of religion, and who are now seeking truth, were poor, but are now rich through the truth that is being revealed to them.  Those which say they are Jews but are not, are (in the spiritual sense) those which say they believe, but do not, because to believe is to put action to the spiritual works made known to us through these churches. The devil symbolizes the religious iniquity, which through their sincere desire to overcome, will cast some of them into prison, which is a good thing!  It was in the solitude of prison that Joseph became introspective, coming in contact with the baker and the butler, symbolizing the spirit and word of God.  The ten days is not about a literal period of time, but about what occurs during this time, which is a change in the way we think about God’s Word.  Those who stay faithful by completing the works of the first six churches experience the second death”— a spiritual death, through which they will receive a crown of life— spiritual life.  Those which say they are Jews but are not are (in the literal sense) Messianic Jews.  They are of the synagogue of Satan because the carnal traditions they observe are being counted as iniquity, which Satan symbolizes (Isaiah 1:13).   Messianic Judaism emerged in the 1960s, which combines Christianity with elements of Judaism and Jewish tradition. Jesus said, salvation is of the Jews. However, both the Jews of Jesus’ time and the Messianic Jews of our time, have rejected the salvation that comes with keeping the spiritual works that Messiah spoke of and demonstrated for us while he was on this earth.  The Jews that Jesus is speaking of, are those who become spiritual Jews through a spiritual circumcision.  Messianic Jews “blasphemy” by proclaiming they are Jews before they have experienced the spiritual circumcision that would mark them as true Jews.  The tribulation is the time of trouble the Prophet Daniel spoke of, which is already in progress.  Its purpose?   To bring on the spiritual birth.

“And to the angel of the church in PERGAMOS write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges. I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith… But I have a few things against thee, because thou has there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and commit fornication… To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”   Revelation 2:12-17

The sword with two edges symbolizes the word of God, which being truth, exposes the iniquity found in the beliefs that are associated with the first four churches.  The work of this church is to hold fast to the name, which is to hold fast to the truth through which Satan, symbolizing the iniquity in the doctrine of Balaam (The Church), is taken out of the way, which is a process.  Balac was the king of Moab, meaning inbred, referring to the inbred thoughts or iniquity that speaks for the false religious belief, the stumblingblock that was cast before the children of Israel; those that are unskilled in the spiritual word or works of God, causing them to commit spiritual fornication.  It is in overcoming the iniquity of this unholy intercourse, that one eats of the hidden manna, receiving a white stone, symbolizing a righteous truth, receiving a new name, symbolizing a new truth, written upon the heart of the one doing the works. 

The Messianic Jews movement of the 60s was followed by the New Age Christian movement of the 70s and 80’s.  Many Christians who became disillusioned with mainstream Christianity got caught up in this movement, not aware that the doctrine was actually no different then the one they thought they left behind.  It had just been cleverly repackaged in a new age wrapping by offering a spiritual or esoteric perspective on God’s Word.  But the basic principles were the same.  The term New Age can be applied to a range of religious and spiritual beliefs and practices that grew rapidly in the west during the 1970s.  The word Pergamos goes to the primary word pergos, meaning tower, as in the tower of Babel, meaning confusion, the spirit of which was carried over into the new age belief, causing them to fall prey to this new, yet old, religious belief, and to commit fornication. Fornication is intercourse, and spiritual intercourse is communication.  When we communicate these feel-good beliefs, which teach that we are already spirit and perfect, we just have to remember it, or that we can change our reality by changing our thoughts, we are committing spiritual fornication.  The seeds being sown through this spiritual intercourse are not of the holy kind, as they do not produce spiritual life.  They prevent it!  Those who overcome any of the many false new age beliefs that are out there, eat of the hidden manna, eating of the bread from heaven, the word bread meaning to overcome. 

“And unto the angel of the church in THYATIRA write; These things saith the Son of God… I know thy works…  Nothwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest  that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess to teach and seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols… 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 that searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.  But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you non other burden. 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.  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received my Father. And I will give him the morning star.”  Revelation 2:18-28

Jezebel was the wife of Ahab, king of Israel.  A king symbolizes a spirit, and Israel symbolizes the Mind.  It was Jezebel and her husband that instituted the worship of Baal, god of the gods, symbolizing the many false beliefs man gives reverence to.  It is the king of Israel, the spirit of the Mind, that empowers these beliefs, which have no power to heal or purify the heart.  The spirit of the Mind is the ego, which like confusion, can be attributed to Paul.  Thyatira is an extension of the third church, having grown out of the New Age movement.  I would call this new movement one of Science and the Mind, which emerged between the 90s and the new millennium.  It took new scientific ideas of the revolution that occurred in the late seventeenth to eighteenth century, and combined them with elements of the Christian religion of the west and elements of the traditions of the east, producing an amalgamated belief, like that of Christianity, the three main religions of which are symbolized by the gold, silver, and brass in the image associated with the king of Babylon, symbolizing the spirit of confusion.  Amalgamated: combined from two or more entities into one specific entity whilst retaining the defining characteristics of the original source.  Like the new age belief before it, which teaches that we are already in a spiritually perfect state, we just have to remember it, this new scientific belief teaches that the Mind is the way to reach spiritual perfection or enlightenment, incorporating the scriptures to support the belief.  The twelve tribes become the twelve cranial nerves.  Everything is possible through the power of the Mind.  The original source of this belief is the same as the three that came before it— Paul, who teaches salvation through the power of the Mind.  Just believe in Jesus and you’re saved.  The Heart never enters the equation.  The nations are spiritual/internal nations, which we overcome by keeping (obeying) the spiritual works outlined in these churches. The rod of iron symbolizes the power of the holy spirit, which delivers the truth through which the vessels of a potter, symbolizing the false beliefs we formed throughout our life, are destroyed. The morning star is the name given to the sun, homonym for son, symbolizing truth.  

And unto the angel of the church in SARDIS write … I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.  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… He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life…”   Revelation 3:1-5

The fifth church.  Jesus came in the fifth.  In the beginning of the fifth-thousandth year.  And what he taught was purification or salvation through the power of the Heart, by way of a spiritual judgment— the spiritual meaning of the twelve tribes.   Jesus’ focus was on the condition and healing of the Heart, as was David’s, a man after God’s own Heart (1 Samuel 13:14).  They have a name when they reach Sardis, which is truth, having overcome the iniquity associated with the false religious belief, which they are now dead to, receiving a degree of spiritual life.  They need to be watchful, looking out for the false personal or self beliefs that are ready to die, being strong in their determination to overcome them.  The white raiment, which they receive by overcoming these false beliefs, symbolizes their spiritual wedding garment, evidence that they have been compliant with God’s purification process.  By replacing the false word that has been inscribed upon the tablets of their heart with the word of truth, they receive spiritual life, their names written in the book of life.

“And unto the angel of the church in PHILADELPHIA write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David… I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name… hold fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”  Revelation 3:7-12

We are made holy through God’s spirit, and made true through God’s word, which we receive by doing the works of overcoming the false beliefs we accepted in our heart throughout our life.  The key of David is Love, the meaning of the word David.  Love of truth.  Desire directed toward seeking truth opens the door to our heart, bringing the light of truth that exposes the darkness formed by the many lies we spoke to ourselves in our mind.  The crown symbolizes the power and authority that comes with receiving the word or seed of truth in that spiritual temple or earth called the heart, through which one becomes a pillar of righteousness.  These six churches represent the six days of spiritual works that result in the creation of  a new heaven and earth, the new Jerusalem, symbolizing the new peaceful state we enter through the new name, symbolizing the new truth we have received.  

“And unto the angel of the church of LAODICIANS write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; … Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 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.  Revelation 3:14-18

The message of the angel of the seventh church is for those that have skipped over the works of the six churches.  They are at the beginning of the creation of God, having six days of works to perform, through which they too will form a new heaven and earth from within.  What they think they are in the delusion of their mind, is not what they are in the reality of their heart.  The fire symbolizes the spiritual or internal judgment (Matthew 19:28), through which their heart will be made pure, the gold symbolizing purity.  They will become spiritually rich— rich in spirit and in truth.  The white raiment symbolizes the spiritual wedding garment one receives through the completion of his spiritual works.  The eyesalve is truth, which through the power of the holy spirit, enables us to see our life, which is trans-formed through the light of truth. 

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2020