Revelation (Ch 1-2)

The book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John is clear not only from the express mention of his name, and from his office as a servant of Jesus Christ. He was an eyewitness of the Logos, the Word of God, and who bore a faithful record of him as such, as John did in his discipleship, in a very remarkable manner from this writer’s being in the isle of Patmos when he wrote and bore witness.

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass. And He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John, — the Revelation of Jesus Christ, not John; it was Christ who bids John write to the seven churches: “What thou seest, write in a book;”

— hence John maybe a witness or a writer ‘write what thou seest’ but he is not the Revelator! This is a revelation of Jesus Christ which the Father gave unto His Son to show unto an earthly servants, John, things which must shortly come to pass.

2 who bore record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. — who bore record of the word of God; of the eternal Word of God, of the Father and his only Son; as John the apostle did in his Gospel, and in his epistles, and also in this book.

3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand.

— and they that hear the words of this prophecy; that listen attentively to the reading and exposition of this book, and have ears to hear, so as to understand the prophecies contained in it: but some versions read it as either, “blessed is he that readeth and heareth” or “blessed are they that read and they that hear.”

4 John, To the seven churches in Asia: Grace be unto you and peace from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits which are before His throne; — John introducing himself similarly as others in the OT: “The word of the Lord came unto Ezekiel, the priest;

— and from “the seven spirits” which are before his throne; before the throne of God the Father; are meant the angels that stand before the throne of God, and are ready to do his will: this is also mentioned with reference to the seven angels of the churches;

— very often at other times, the hand of God is also the spirit of God; as in Ezekiel 3:14, “in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me; hence the spirit is the hand of the Lord and is not a person;

— hence the spirit of God could either be (a) an angel of God; or (b) a hand of God; (more at the end).

5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first-begotten of the dead, and the prince over the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, — and the prince of the kings of the earth: which is to be understood figuratively of the saints, who have power over the world, through Christ, and of whom he is the Prince; above whom there is a King, where the Prince asked us to address as the Father.

6 and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. — reference seems to be had to Exodus 19:6: “and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests”; which the Jerusalem Targum renders, “ye shall be unto me”, מלכין וכהנין, “kings and priests”; and so the Targum of Jonathan paraphrases it thus, “and ye shall be before me”, מלכין, “kings” crowned with a crown, “and priests” ministering;

— parallel Scriptures in Chapter 5:

9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof; for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood, from every kindred and tongue, and people and nation,

10 and hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth,” Revelation 5:9-10

7 Behold, He cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so. Amen. — every eye shall see him, and they (they were who = “whosoever”) also which pierced him; here again is a reference to the incident of the piercing of Christ’s side (John 19:34), recorded only by John.

— and also a reference to Zechariah 12:10; “and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for his only son.”

8 “I Am Alpha And Omega, the Beginning and the Ending,” saith the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty. — this is the Son, the Alpha and Omega; the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet; One who was pierced, referenced earlier in verse 7; he is alsdo the beginning and the ending; that is, as aleph is the beginning of the Hebrew alphabet; and cause of all things; as tau is the last.

9 I, John, who also am your brother and companion in tribulation and in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the isle that is called Patmos, for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. — early Christian writers said John “was banished to Patmos” by Domitian emperor of Rome, in about 94 AD;

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a great voice as of a trumpet, — I was in the Spirit; in a prophetic vision; this has many parallels in Ezekiel, “And the Spirit entered into me when He spoke unto me, and set me upon my feet, so that I heard Him who spoke unto me,” Ezekiel 2:2;

— also, “Then the Spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet, and spoke with me and said unto me, “Go, shut thyself within thine house,” Ezekiel 3:24;

— any person reading the book of Ezekiel would not say that was another person talking to Ezekiel, but why would Catholics and Protestants invent that this spirit is a personage in Revelation 1:10?; and if so, there (in verse 4 above) were seven spirits?

— on “the Lord’s Day” is actually the Day of God’s judgement; “the day of Judgement” (Encyclopedia Biblica, article “Lord’s Day”); in later years, when the Roman Church became getting more prominent this was reinterpreted to mean the day of Christ’s resurrection, Sunday; hence nowadays, “the Lord’s Day” has become a commemorative day for Sunday.

11 saying, “I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What thou seest, write in a book and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia: unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.” — “I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last,” this has the same expression as in verse 8 earlier: the “I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending.”

12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; — and I turned; for he had heard the voice behind him; this Being who spoke, from this verse aone, could either be the Father, or it could also be the Son to see the person from whom the voice came from.

13 and in the midst of the seven candlesticks One like unto the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the breast with a golden girdle. — like unto the Son of man; this is similar to Daniel 7:13;

— John now describes what he saw: And having turned around, I saw seven golden lamp-stands, and in the midst of the lamp-stands one similar to a Son of Man clothed in a long robe and girded across his breast with a golden belt. The prophet saw, not a single candlestick, but seven candlesticks with seven lamps, Exodus 25:37;

14 His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were as a flame of fire; — and his eyes were as a flame of fire: see Daniel 10:6; which is the omniscience of the Son of God;

— and (a) his presence, like flames of fire, melts their souls into a true and genuine repentance for sin: or else, (b) his eyes of wrath and vengeance, as set upon his enemies are meant: will be fierce and furious and bring swift and sudden destruction on them.

15 and His feet like unto fine brass, as though they burned in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters. — the sound of many waters; of a waterfall; or of a cataract; or as the roar of the ocean dashing upon a rock or the shore;

— this description “the sound of many waters” is found in Ezekiel 43:2, “the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east; and his voice was like the noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.”

16 And He had in His right hand seven stars, and out of His mouth went a sharp two edged sword, and His countenance shone as the sun shineth in his strength. — in his right hand seven stars; the stars are representing the seven angels, messengers, or the seven churches; their presence in the right hand of Christ shows that they are under his special care and protection;

— and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword; which designs the word of God; this comes out of the mouth of Christ, it is the word of God; and is a sharp sword, contains sharp reproofs for sin, severe threats of punishment against any disobediance;

17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, “Fear not; I am the First and the Last. — when John saw him, he fell at his feet as dead; the appearance of the glory of the Lord had the same effect upon Ezekiel, Ezekiel 1:28.

18 I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death. — I am he that liveth, and was dead; I am Christ the Savior, who had died for mankind; and being raised from the dead, has the keys of life and death; to destroy the living or raise the dead.

19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. — write the things which thou hast seen; these visions are for general instruction, and therefore every circumstance must be faithfully recorded. What John had seen was to be written; and what he was to see afterwards, must also be recorded.

20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

— the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches; that is, the seven stars which John saw in Christ’s right hand, represent the angels, or the seven churches of Asia, and in them all their pastors and ministers of the churches in all the periods of time until Christ’s second coming.

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Sometimes, the “hand of God” verses the “spirit of God” could be read interchangeably; and this is true in the following instance:

The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the River Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him. Ezekiel 1:3

So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me. Ezekiel 3:14

And the hand of the Lord was there upon me; and He said unto me, “Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.” Ezekiel 3:22

And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me. Ezekiel 8:1

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, Ezekiel 37:1

In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was smitten, on the selfsame day the hand of the Lord was upon me, and brought me thither. Ezekiel 40:1

In that day shall Egypt be like unto women; and it shall be afraid and fear, because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He shaketh over it. Isaiah 19:16

Lord, when Thy hand is lifted up, they will not see; but they shall see and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of Thine enemies shall devour them. Isaiah 26:11

I have made the earth and created man upon it; I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. Isaiah 45:12

And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb; and the hand of the Lord shall be known toward His servants, and His indignation toward His enemies. Isaiah 66:14

The “angel of God” verses the “spirit of God” could be read interchangeably; and spirits, as angels can speak too; this is true in the following instance:

Then the angel of the Lord went out and struck down one hundred eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians. When the people got up the next morning, there were all the dead bodies! Isaiah 37:36.

My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths; and they haven’t harmed me, for I was found innocent before him. And also before you, Your Majesty, I have not done harm,” Daniel 6:22.

I asked, “What are these, my lord?” The angel who was talking to me replied, “I will show you what they are,” Zechariah 1:9.

Then he showed me the high priest Joshua standing before the angel of the Lord, with Satan standing at his right side to accuse him, Zechariah 3:1

If the Spirit is a Being or an independent Personage by itself/himself; there would be seven Spirits (Revelation 3:1) before the heavenly Throne; and since the Spirit is inherently Holy, there should be seven Holy Spirits, as John saw them;

and with these John would add Jesus Christ the Son, and God the Father, then there would be nine Personage; this is just simple arithmetic. Therefore there couldn’t be a Trinity since there are Nine in the Godhead; we should have a Polygon (a nine sided shape) or a Nonagon (nine straight sides that meet at nine corners); so surely the Godhead would be a Polyty or a Nonaty, but certainly couldn’t be a Trinity?

Revelation 2

Seven Churches of Revelation

It’s important to note that beside the Churches as seen as historical may have metaphorical or allegorical meaning to these Churches, in term of eras, otherwise why took the time and trouble to write them down.

The Churches must be real; and that their spiritual state is pointed out; but they must have reference to the state of the Church in later stages of its history; and that the notion of what has been termed the Ephesian state, the Smyrnian state, the Pergamenian state . . . the Laodicean state, should be studied, analysed and such expositions should be internalized by anyone who wishes to arrive at a sober and rational knowledge and understanding of Scriptures.

The messenger, or the angel could well be giving the Church certain warnings pertaining to the era of their Church so as to teach and edify those concern.

It must be emphesized that the only sign God has given mankind being classified as his true Church is the Sabbath; it is a sign between God and man (Exodus 31:13) that keepers of the Sabbath are being santified to be God’s elect:

“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, ‘Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am the Lord who doth sanctify you,” Exodus 31:13. Hence all Sunday-keeping churches without exception disqualify themselves as being God’s church!

(1) The Ephesus Era

1 “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write: ‘These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks:

— the church at Ephesus, started on the day of Pentecost and being the original apostolic church; known originally as Nazarenes (Acts 24:5), a church whose records had been documented in the Acts of the Apostles, which patiently labored to spread the Gospel to the nations, the Gentiles; and were met with many obstacles but remained steadfast to the truth, though persecuted till the end;

2 I know thy works and thy labor and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them that are evil; and how thou hast tried them that say they are apostles and are not, and hast found them liars; — I know thy works; for the eyes of the Lord are throughout the earth, being omnipresent, beholding the evil and the good; and all things are continually open and naked before him;

— “apostles and are not, and hast found them liars” are false apostles, and they could be found right from the start, Simon Magus, from the Samaritans (Acts 8:9-25), who were famed for their worship of the Sun; but went on masquerading itself as the One True Church or the first church that ever existed.

3 and hast borne, and hast patience, and for My name’s sake hast labored and hast not fainted. — and hast not fainted; and hast persevered so as thou hast neither been seduced to other doctrine by false teachers, nor lost any integrity or thy character.

4 Nevertheless, I have something against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. — I have against thee that thou hast left thy first love, namely, the zeal and fervour of it,

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the works as at first; or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, unless thou repent. — remember therefore from whence thou art fallen; the eminence which you once occupied; this is a call to remembrance the state in which you once were.

6 But this thou hast: that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. — reference in Revelation 2:14-15 that is, corrupters of the people, the existence of a sect called Nicolaitanes in the second century “which I also hate.”

7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.’ — any man, whoever can hear at all, ought carefully to hear this;

— this Ephesus Church, headquartered at Jerusalem, fled to Pella in around 69 AD before the Romans razed the city and the Temple to the ground; until probably the time of Emperor Constantine;

— Paul, Barnabas; and later such men as Polycarp and Polycrates, they were called “Quartodecimani” because they kept the true Passover celebration the Jewish way on the fourteenth instead of Easter on a Sunday.

(2) The Smyrna Era

8 “And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘These things saith the First and the Last, who was dead and is alive: — and unto the angel of the church in Smyrna; “Smyrna was the nearest city to Ephesus, and for that reason probably was addressed in the second place.

9 I know thy works and tribulation and poverty (but thou art rich), and I know the blasphemy of them that say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. — they called themselves Jews but from God’s point of view they are of the assembly of Satan; this is a serious charge!

What happened was an attempt by the Catholics to stamp out the true scattered Church who observed the true Passover from the world?

Let the Catholic historian Eusebius, who lived in the time of Constantine, tell the story:

“But before this time another most virulent disorder had existed, and long afflicted the Church; I mean the difference respecting… Easter. For while one party asserted that the Jewish custom (as to time) should be adhered to, the other (did not).

“Accordingly, the people being thus in every place divided in this respect… no one appeared who was capable of devising a remedy…. Constantine appeared to be the only one on earth capable… He convoked a general council…”

After the Nicaean Council closed, Emperor Constantine sent the following letter to all the churches: “At this meeting the question concerning… Easter was discussed… First of all, it appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of this… feast we should follow the practice of the Jews…

Let us then have nothing in common with the Jews… It has been determined by the common judgement of all, that the… feast of Easter should be kept on one and the same day.” The Council of Nicea decided, under his authority, that Easter MUST be celebrated on Sunday and that the Passover must be forbidden!

— but are “the synagogue of Satan;” deserve rather to be called the synagogue of Satan? The synagogue was a Jewish place of worship, but the word originally denoted “the assembly” or “the congregation.”

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried, and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of Life.

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt by the second death.’ — the second death; this phrase is a new one in Bible language. It points to a death which is other than that of the body; one that stands in contrast to the crown of life.

(3) The Pergamos Era

12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write: ‘These things saith He that hath the sharp sword with two edges: — as a result of the Council of Nicaea (325 AD), the great false Church commenced 1260 years of persecution (Revelation 12:6) with full force. The true Church fled into the valleys and mountains in Asia Minor and Europe.

It was the close of the twelfth century. In Lyons, France, lived an astonishingly successful and wealthy merchant, Peter Waldo. “One day, while in the company of some of the leading citizens, one of his friends fell lifeless at his side. Terrified by the event, he said to himself: If death had stricken me, what would have become of my soul?”

Being a Catholic, Waldo asked one of these theologians what is the PERFECT way. ‘Ah!’ answered the theologian… ‘here is Christ’s precept’: ‘”If thou wilt be perfect, go, sell that thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come take up thy cross and follow me.”‘” (Comba, “History of the Waldenses,” p 21).

Waldo disposed of his property by distributing to the poor. But from his wealth he also had a translation of the Scriptures made. In this translation he noticed the command to the apostles to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God. His mind began to understand the Scriptures.

God was using Peter Waldo.

Comba says that “he brought to the study of the Scriptures that practical common sense which had guided him in his business transactions… The word of Christ was clear enough, for Waldo it was simply a question of furnishing a literal translation” (p 243 of Comba’s “History”).

The humble remnant of the Church of God listened to him. Soon many new disciples were coming to repentance. “His disciples became almost as many C0-workers for him” (p 26). The world called them Waldenses.

But in 1315 AD, long before the crusade against the Waldenses occurred, the truth of God was carried to England by a German Waldensian preacher, Walter Lollard. It took deep root for a while until the Protestant Reformation.

Through the preaching of Lollard and other helpers, hundreds were repenting. Thousands were learning for the first time that baptism means immersion — that the world’s religious holidays came from paganism and that Sunday was not the Sabbath.

It was not until about 1650 that there were again enough Sabbath keepers to establish local congregations. They often called themselves the Church of God, but the world termed them “Sabbatarians” and Sabbatarian Baptists.

From England the remnant Sabbath-keeping Church spread to America. In 1664, Stephen Mumford, sent to Newport, Rhode Island, raised up a small church mainly from Baptist converts. One by one new churches were established through continued help of the Seventh-day Baptists in England.

13 I know thy works and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is; and that thou holdest fast My name and hast not denied My faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

— Benson: that in the war with the Albigenses and Waldenses, there perished of these poor creatures in France alone a million! From the first institution of the Jesuits to AD 1480, that is, in little more than thirty years, nine hundred thousand orthodox Christians were slain; (for more, click here)

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

— the instruction Balaam gave to Balak, which is a doctrine, was that Balak should get some beautiful women in his kingdom to ply the men of Israel, and draw them into sins and impurity and so to idolatry;

— in today’s world, the pull of ecumenism is extremely strong; it is to be accepted by the world as a recognized religion, hence ecumenism as it is now commonly used refers to interdenominational cooperation between different Christian churches. These initiatives can range from local churches of different denominations operating a soup kitchen for the poor;

— hosting an ecumenical Bible study with participants from different Christian traditions, inviting all baptized Christians to partake in a Lovefeast when churches celebrate them, to holding an ecumenical Stations of the Cross service on Fridays during the Christian liturgical season of Lent with the service being held at a different local church each Friday. Many of these churches have, as a result of ecumenical dialogue, established full or partial communion agreements, so as to be considered to be within the realm of orthodox Christianity.

15 So thou also hast them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. — the natural meaning seems to suppose that the Nicolaitanes taught the same things which Balaam did; to wit, that they led the people into corrupt and licentious practices.

They called themselves by adopting the name “Seventh-day Baptists.” But as always happens, after several generations their children take truth for granted and slowly lost surrendering their wills and lives to God and soon they began teaching the false Trinity doctrine! In less than one hundred and fifty years, the English churches almost disappeared. 

Members of the Seventh-day Baptists migrated to America and the number of churches increased as the gospel was spread from state to state. But so nearly dead were these congregations that in 1802 many began to organise themselves together into a General Conference. At this serious juncture, most of the local churches joined together to form the Seventh-day Baptist General Conference where they still held these meetings today. 

16 Repent, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. — with the Sword of my mouth; and fight against them by his Word; whose true and doctrines shall be like a Sword to devour and to destroy all false ones.

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth save he that receiveth it.’

— a sign and testimony of newness of life in righteousness by putting on the new name, a fresh revelation of God’s name and nature whom no one inwardly knows, but only those who have received it can comprehend its full significance.

(4) The Thyatira Era

18 “And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘These things saith the Son of God, who hath His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass:

— during the 1800s various form of revivals were initiated, both in the Jewish world (witness Abraham Geiger in Germany who started Reform Judaism); and the Christian world under various personalities but mainly located in the United States.

— during this time William Miller also arrived, starting the advent movement among Sunday-observing churches. In 1843 several followers of Miller in Washington, New Hampshire, became reacquainted with the Sabbath as a sign between God and man (Exodus 31:13). It was not until after their miserable Great Disappointment of 1844 that the general body of Adventists had the Sabbath question called to their attention.

19 I know thy works, and charity and service, and faith and thy patience, and thy works, and the last to be more than the first. — a small number accepted the Sabbath and teamed up with the few others who refused to be affiliated with the Seventh-day Baptist Conference.

— they called themselves the “Church of God” and began publishing “The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald.” Their first songbook was dedicated to “The Church of God scattered abroad.”

Jezebel, along with her husband, instituted the worship of Baal and Asherah on a national scale

20 Notwithstanding, I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, who calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce My servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. — that woman Jezebel; the daughter of Ithobaal I of Tyre and the wife of Ahab, King of Israel, 1 Kings 16:31;

— Jezebel, a Phoenician princess who defiled Israel with her idolatrous practices, now calleth herself a prophetess; no other church group has a better fit than one among the Seventh-day Adventists, a Ellen G White, who fulfils this prophecy exactly to a T;

— with each passing year, new and different doctrines were being introduced by prophetess Ellen G White to explain away the Adventist failure of October 22, 1844. The original church members resisted initially but eventually went along with her fornication, with her “inspired testimony” from her Jezebelian goddess, now established as Sister Ellen G White;

— and finally, a meeting was held by some of the members in Battle Creek, Michigan, September 28 through October 1, 1860. And that is how the Seventh-Day Adventist began to regard her officially as a prophetess, and who was responsible for naming their organisation and the birth of her dreams;

Ellen G White, wrote of rays of lights from the throne in one of her “inspired” visions, or in one of her dreams, of “her revelation” about volcanoes, earthquakes and how the Flood was formed:

“At this time immense forests were buried. These have since been changed to coal, forming the extensive coal beds that now exist, and also yielding large quantities of oil. The coal and oil frequently ignite and burn beneath the surface of the earth. Thus rocks are heated, limestone is burned, and iron ore melted.

The action of the water upon the lime adds fury to the intense heat, and causes earthquakes, volcanoes, and fiery issues. As the fire and water come in contact with ledges of rock and ore, there are heavy explosions underground, which sound like muffled thunder.

The air is hot and suffocating. Volcanic eruptions follow; and these often failing to give sufficient vent to the heated elements, the earth itself is convulsed, the ground heaves and swells like the waves of the sea, great fissures appear, and sometimes cities, villages, and burning mountains are swallowed up.

These wonderful manifestations will be more and more frequent and terrible just before the second coming of Christ and the end of the world, as signs of its speedy destruction.” (Patriarchs and Prophets, Pacific Press, 1958, pg 108-109).

Full of hot air, and it’s suffocating; and that’s the substance of Ellen G White’s visions!

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication, but she repented not. — in fact, instead of the true Passover and feast days and prophecies of the Old Testament, especially of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, their ministers taught a “third angel’s message,” which they had accepted from Ellen G White; so much emphasis that it is as if it’s more important than the Word of God itself.

22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. — the Adventist movement didn’t regard themselves separate from the mainstream Protestants, but rather as one of them, and in doing so, took in Trinity in their false teachings along with their annual Christmas jinglebells celebrations.

23 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. — “I will kill her children with death” sounds serious, and this warning is from God, whom they were supposed to believe. There must be some serious abominations within the church, within their practices and doctrines;

— all the churches shall know; implying that these addresses are designed for the whole associated churches especially at the endtime; so shall God’s hand be seen in the judgement on Thyatira, that the whole churches shall recognize it as God’s doing.

24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine and who have not known the depths of Satan (as they say) I will put upon you no other burden. — there is great rewards for those who are judged faithful and true, avoiding false doctrines; yet penalties are great, too, for those who harbour many Jezebelian doctrines and teachings within.

25 But that which ye have already, hold fast till I come. — the weekly Sabbath and the food law are what they have, so hold fast to what they already have, but others need lots of work to do;

26 And he that overcometh and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations, — Jezebel and her idolatries, he that overcometh; means he that could tell the truth from their fallacies which they have so much ingrained into their doctrines; and only then could they qualify to have authority to rule the nations;

27 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 have received from My Father. — and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; there is an allusion in Psalm 2:9; “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 

28 And I will give him the morning star. — the morning star; that is, Christ will give unto him personally, who am “the morning star” (Revelation 22:16); thus reflecting Christ’s perfect brightness;

29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches!’

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One thing which is a serious charge is that Adventists put Ellen G White’s writings ahead of Moses and the Prophets, ahead of God’s Word in actual fact; hence they subbornly insist wine is grape juice; and Passover is observe quarterly, on every thirteenth sabbath, and not annually on the fourteenth of Nisan as the Scriptures say.

And even during the Millennium, Passover will be observed the same way as before:

“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the Passover, a feast of seven days. Unleavened bread shall be eaten,” Ezekiel 45:21

“Behold, I will cast . . . them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent” ~ unfortunately a great tribution await them (Revelation 2:22):

“And I will kill her children with death (Revelation 2:23)” perhaps this great tribulation should be tied in with a similar vision the prophet Ezekiel had: “Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” Then they began with the elder men who were before the house, Ezekiel 9:6. “Begin at My sanctuary” means his own righteous deserve to be offered as a sacrifice;

These same righteous to be slained together with the wicked could be better understood when tied in with Ezekiel 21:3, the Sword from the South! “and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth My Sword out of his sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.”

~ by Joel Huan on January 2, 2023.

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