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The Revelation of Jesus Christ – Part 4

OpenBible4“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…”   The fifth church.  Jesus came in the fifth; in the beginning of the fifth-thousandth year.  And what he taught was salvation through the power of the Heart.  Jesus’ focus was on the condition and healing of the Heart (Matthew 15:10), as was David’s (Proverbs 26:25; Psalms 51:10,17); a man after God’s own Heart (1 Samuel 13:14).  They have a name when they reach Sardis, which is truth, spiritual truth, through which they have overcome the religious iniquity of the previous churches, receiving a degree of spiritual life.  They are dead, no longer living to the false belief.  Now is the time when they need to be strong so that they can complete their spiritual works, which is to start the process of tearing down their false personal beliefs; the things that are ready to die. The white raiment they receive by overcoming these false beliefs symbolizes their spiritual wedding garment, which is the 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 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.”  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 word David meaning to love; love that has been directed toward truth, a strong desire to obtain truth, which opens the door to our heart, bringing the light of truth that exposes the darkness formed by the many lies we accepted as truth.  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 our six days of spiritual works, which result in the creation of a new heaven and a new earth,” symbolizing “a new mind and a new heart©,” through which we enter a new state— new Jerusalem, “coming down out of heaven,” revealing that it is a spiritual state — a peaceful state obtained through a new truth.

“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.  

These are at the beginning of the creation process, having six days of works to perform, through which they too will form a new spiritual heaven and earth. What you think you are in the delusion of your mind is not what you are in the reality of your heart, a connection that can only be made by getting in touch with the hidden thoughts of your mind and the hidden emotions of your heart. The gold tried in the fire symbolizes the internal judgment through which the impurities of the heart (Matthew 15:19) are removed, leaving only gold, symbolizing purity.  Through this judgment we become spiritually rich; rich in spirit and in truth. The white raiment symbolizes the spiritual wedding garment, the evidence that one has been compliant with God’s salvation or purification process. The eyesalve is truth, giving us the ability to see our life, which is transformed by following the instruction provided through God’s ancient 12-step healing process.  –THE LITTLE BOOK for the soul

Written by Sandra L. Butler ©2020

The Revelation of Jesus Christ – Part 3

OpenBible4“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.”   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; the gods symbolizing the many false beliefs man gives reverence to.  It is the king of Israel, symbolizing the spirit of the Mind that is giving power to these beliefs, disciplines, or practices.  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 gown out of the New Age movement.  I would call this new movement the Science-Mind  or Science-Enlightenment movement, which emerged between the 90’s 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 religious Christianity; Catholic, Trinity, and Pentecost symbolized in scripture by the gold, silver, and brass in the image associated with the king of Babylon, symbolizing the spirit of confusion.  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 belief also teaches that the mind is the way to reach perfection, and to obtain salvation; everything is possible through the power of the Mind. The Christian element of this belief is the Bible, the interpretation of its symbolism used to support this mind-doctrine. The word amalgamated means combined from two or more entities into one specific entity whilst retaining the defining characteristics of the original source entities.  They all go back to the original source– to the doctrine of Christianity; to Paul’s doctrine.  The fornication of Thyatira is the same as that of Pergamos; the communicating of these ideas to others, seducing them with these feel-good-bypass-the-heart doctrines.  The tribulation they will experience is the same as that of Smyrna, which is to bring on the birth in those that are embroiled in beliefs and practices that are preventing it.  To those who are being seduced by these adulterous beliefs, but have not yet taken them to heart, “hold fast till I come,” which is to wait upon the Lord; wait for the spiritual truth to come, which will reveal to you the depths of Satan; the iniquity that is working through these very alluring, but very deceptive beliefs.  We keep the works unto the end by completing the works of the first six churches, completing our six days of works.  The nations we are given power over through these spiritual works are spiritual nations that rule us from within our own minds and hearts.  The vessels of a potter refer to the false beliefs we have molded throughout our life.  The morning star is the name given to the planet Venus when it appears in the east just before the sun rises.  Venus is associated with Love, the Spirit of God, which appears just before the sun; prior to the word or light of truth coming to us.  The works of the first four churches are the works of overcoming the false religious belief, which has taken on many forms since its inception in the first century, all of them founded upon the doctrine of Paul, which is to come to an end, the meaning of the word Paul.  Only then will the veil of religious iniquity be rent from within, allowing us to enter the holiest place of all to begin the works of the fifth church.

Up Next: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ – Part 4” Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2020  

The Revelation of Jesus Christ – Part 2

OpenBible4“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. ”  The sword with two edges symbolizes the word of God, which being truth, exposes the iniquity found in the doctrines of these churches. The spiritual work of this church is to hold fast to the name, which is to remain securely adhered to this new truth that is being revealed to you.  The churches represent the stages of tearing down the false religious belief.  At this stage in the process, one is still engaged in the works of renouncing the iniquity that exists in the doctrine of the Christian church— Satan’s seat— the doctrine of Balaam.  Balac was the king of Moab, meaning inbred; inbred thoughts— the iniquity of the many false religious beliefs that are out there, the stumblingblock that is being cast before the children of Israel; the children symbolizing those that are still unskilled in the spiritual word or works of God, which is causing them to commit spiritual fornication; an intercourse or communication taking place in their own mind and heart. If they do the works of overcoming the iniquity that is coming through an unholy intercourse, they will eat of the hidden manna, and receive a white stone with a new name written:

The hidden manna is synonymous with the bread.  It is hidden because it is not something you see, but rather something you think and feel. The white stone symbolizes the righteous word of God.  And like the new apparel, a new name symbolizes a new truth, one diametrically opposed to the error we empowered through our old untruthful thoughts and beliefs.  Only he who receives this new truth knows it, experiencing it through the positive and constructive changes taking place in his life since accepting this new truth into his heart.”   –The Bible Decoded

The Messianic Judaism movement of the 60’s was followed by the New Age Christian movement of the 70’s 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 from the one they thought they left behind.  But it had just been cleverly repackaged in a new age wrapping by offering a spiritual or esoteric perspective of God’s Word.  But the basic principles were the same.  The old age and new age belief are one and 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, which has been carried over into the new age belief, causing them to fall prey to this new, yet old religious belief, and to commit spiritual 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 contribute to spiritual life!  They prevent it!  Those that come out of one of the many false new age beliefs that are out there will eat of the hidden manna; eating of the bread from heaven by overcoming the false belief, as the word bread means to overcome. 

Up Next: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ – Part 3”

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2020

The Revelation of Jesus Christ – Part 1

THE SEVEN CHURCHES mentioned in the beginning of the book of Revelation were physical 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, the spiritual aspect of each church being the angel, which is a messenger.  We are to hear the spiritual message of each church. To hear is to believe, and to believe is to obey; to put action to the works, as Jesus said, “believe the 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…”  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 mainstream Christian religions have been built upon Paul’s false doctrine– a foundation of sand.

“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.”  The works are the labor they have put into seeking spiritual truth.  The tribulation of the one seeking truth might be in part, the rejection he feels from those religious brothers he once considered friends.  “And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands?  Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends”  Zechariah 13:6.  Those who have discovered the lies or iniquity in the doctrines of religion and who are now seeking spiritual truth, were poor, but are [becoming] rich through the truth that is being revealed to them.  Those “which say they are Jews but are not” (in the spiritual sense) are those which say they believe but do not because to believe is to put action to the spiritual works conveyed 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!  For it is in this solitary quiet “silence in heaven” place that we come in contact with the spirit and word of God, as Joseph came into contact with the baker and the butler during his time in prison.  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.  Repentance. Those that stay faithful by completing the spiritual works of the first six churches, which leads to a spiritual death in the good sense (“the second death”) receive a crown of life; spiritual life (Revelation 3:11).  Those “which say they are Jews but are not” (in the literal sense) are the Messianic Jews.  They “are of the synagogue of Satan” because the carnal traditions they observe are now, in this final “era of Jacob,” 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 through obedience to Messiah’s spiritual teachings.  The Jews that receive salvation are true Jews; those who have become spiritual Jews through a spiritual circumcision.  These Messianic Jews “blasphemy” by calling themselves Jews before they have experienced the spiritual circumcision that would mark them as true spiritual Jews.  The tribulation is the time of trouble the prophet Daniel spoke of, which is already in progress.  It’s purpose?  To bring on the spiritual birth.

Up Next: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ – Part 2”

Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2020