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Revelation how one concludes the book as a strict literalist.

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    Introduction. The revelation of Jesus not Jn. Revelation meaning a disclosure or unveiling. A revelation or unveiling of Jesus Christ. The origin was with God the Father to God the Son to an angel to John. Vs 3 a special promise given to those that will study this book (the only promise given for any book) but also that keep or watch for the events. Vs 1 “shortly come to pass” shortly simply means that once the day begins for the fulfillment of the prophecy, things will progress in quick progression.
     
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    Chapter 2:1

    Destination: Ephesus
    Name: means desirable
    Time: 30 - 100 A.D.
    Description of Christ walking in midst of candlesticks with the power to remove them.
    Commendation: (1) for resisting false teachers. In Acts 20 Paul warned the leaders of the church of Ephesus of false teachers. Later when Timothy was written, the false teachers arrived. By the time John is writing, the Ephesus church overcame the problem of false teachers. (2) they condemned to Nicolaitins who made a distinction between the clergy and the laity making the clergy the rulers.
    Condemnation: they left their first love. The insights into the truths of God that the writers of scripture had, the second generation lacked.
    Exhortation: remember (present tense, keep on remembering) their first love.
    Promise: fellowship, and a part in the eternal order.
     
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    Chapter 3:1
    Destination Sardis
    Name: means those escaping
    Date:1517 - 1700 A.D. Church of the Reformation
    Description: Christ has the fullness of the Holy Spirit
    Condemnation: they had a name that lives but we’re really dead. Because the reformation failed to rectify the problem of the church state which began with Pergamum and Thyatira. What they had were simply state churches with masses of people baptized into these churches without having to believe in Christ. The creeds are good and fundamental yet the people in these churches are dead without the Spirit.
    Exhortation: (1) Resurrect that which is about to die. In the beginning of the Reformation the people had the Spirit of God but the second generation who entered the church thru infant baptism didn’t, the churches were dying spiritually. (2) Remember how fervently the first generation was. (3) if they do not become spiritually alive the coming of Christ will catch them unworthy.
    Commendation: Those escaping. There are those in these state churches who moved beyond the church state and have implemented the creeds into their personal lives and are true believers.
    Promise: (1) receive white garments meaning those that escaped the dead churches and are saved. (2) they won’t be blotted our of the Book of Life.
     
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    3:7

    Philadelphia
    Name: Means brotherly love
    Date: 1700 to 1900 and up to the time of the rapture
    Description: Christ having the key opens doors for this church
    Condemnation: none
    Commendation: they are commended for making use of the open door. The period of the great missionary movement in the 1700’s were able to go anywhere in the world. They indeed were able to fulfill their particular function in their day. They were little in strength compared to the state churches.
    Promise: (1) they will have converts among Jews. During the late 1800’s separate Jewish missions were created. In Easter Europe many Jews including rabbis came to Christ. Most of the Hebrew Christian groups were destroyed by the Germans in the early 1900’s. (2) This church will be delivered from (not during) the Tribulation. (3) They will have a part in the DT order, as pillars in the Temple. By doing the work of evangelism they will have a part in the workforce the millennial temple. (4) Saints will have the name of God, in some way the name of God to be imbedded in us.
    Exhortation: Continue as they are going.
     
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    3:14

    Laodecea Continued
    Name: means people ruling over and against the scriptures or the Bible ruling
    Date: 1900 to present day
    Description: Christ faithful and true over against a church neither faithful or true
    Commendation: none
    Condemnation: characterized by lukewarm worldliness and wealth, spiritually blind. Totally apostate - apostasy means a departure from a truth that one had professed to have had. II Thess 2:1-3; Paul taught that the Tribulation had not started for two reasons (1) there must be an apostasy preceding the trib, and (2) the identity Antichrist must first be revealed. I Tim 4:1 again in the last days an apostasy must occur. Paul characterizes (1) demonic doctrines (2) lies (3) attack on Christian liberty forbidding to marry, no eating meat. II Tim 3:5 in the last days - hold form of godliness but denying power. Leaders of apostate churches have a form of godliness, in their basic creeds and fundamentals. But hypocrisy defines them.
    II Pet 2 portrayal of those leading the apostate church. One key characteristic is destructive denials. Denying the person and work of Jesus Christ. How can we define an apostate? (1) I Jn 2:22-23 they deny the Trinity, the equality of the Father and the Son. (2) I Jn 4:1,3 II Jn1:7 the denial of the incarnation a denial that Jesus is God, (3) II Pet 3 they deny the physical visible second coming. The mark of an apostate Trinity, Divinity, Return of Christ. The basis of all 3 is the denial of the authority of scripture, the denial of the inspiration of scripture by God. Jude 17:17-19 the dress of apostates. (1) mockery, poke fun at basic teachings of the Bible, and (2) they split churches, denominations, seminaries cause divisions.
    History of Apostasy in the Laodicean Age: 1/20/1891 Charles Augustus Briggs gives inaugural address at NY Theological Seminary. CAB became the director of Hebrew and Old Testament at Union Seminary. He made claim that the church and reason were equal to scripture, he said all OT prophecies were reversed, he claimed Moses did not author the 1st 5 books, he taught everyone will get a second chance after death.
    CAB was not the first modernest but this was the first public affirmation of modernest ideals by the church. CAB was put on trial but not convicted on the basis of trying to keep unity within the Presbyterian Church. 1/9/1893 he was tried again and case was thrown out. CAB left the Presbyterian Church and joined the Episcopal Church the Presbyterian Church continued producing pastors for the pulpits with modernest thought. After happening over and again the churches were filled with the false teachers. In 1908 an attempt to unify all churches into one super church was headed by the NY Presbytery. In 1910 3 ministers were ordained even though they publicly denied the virgin birth. But regardless they were ordained into the Presbyterian Church. As a result 5 points were issued (1) inspiration of scripture (2) virgin birth (3) substitute atonement of Christ (4) resurrection of Christ (5) miracles of Christ. Those that accepted the 5 were called fundamentals and they that rejected were called modernest. Unfortunately many additions were made to the five leading many to question fundamentalism.
    Harry Emerson Forstick, a Baptist in 1922 preached a sermon at the Presbyterian Church “shall the fundamentalists win?” His answer was they will not. He claimed that the resurrection of Jesus should be seen in the establishment of churches and hospitals and do gooders. A fundamental Presbyterian J Gresham Mecham countered him in his book “Christianity and Liberalism” claimed that liberalism was a different religion altogether. In 1924 Pearson Morrow countered with his book entitled “Liberal Christianity” saying that it was a better religion than fundamentalist Christianity.
    The general assembly warned Forstick to accept the five fundamentals of the faith or leave the Presbyterian Church. Forstick claimed that for him to accept the five fundamentals would go against his Baptist faith and left to return to the American Baptist Convention were he started the liberal wing of the Baptist Church.
    There was an attempt to reform the churches by changing them from within. By the end of the 20’s in all four of the main denominations the Presbyterians, Baptist, Methodists and Episcopalian the liberals were in firm control and it was impossible to root them out. Therefore the decade of the 30’s was characterized by separatist movements conservatives moved out from the main denominations. In the Presbyterian Church a group pulled out followed Mecham but he died within a year and the conservative wing of the Presbyterians split into four denominations which weakened them. The Baptist started the GARB, Episcopalian conservatives started the Reform Episcopal Group and the Methodist started the Evangelical Methodists so these groups started the fight against the Christian liberal movement.
    In the 50’s 60’s 70’s the ecumenical movement. In 1948 the World Counsel of Churches was started. In 1950 what was the Federal Counsel of Churches became the National Counsel of Churches also based on liberalism. The key denomination that has not given way to apostasy as a whole has been the Southern Baptist denomination but the trend towards liberal leadership has begun leading to the conservatives to eventually pull out.
    Also in the 60’s COCU attempted time unite all the major churches into one super church.
    Exhortation: to get saved, spiritual salvation, white garments represents salvation which they lacked. Christ is not inside this church he is outside, the invitation is for anyone inside these apostate churches to receive Christ and come out of there.
    Promise: they will receive a place in the kingdom if they receive Christ and leave the apostate church.
    In light of the fact that we are in the age of apostasy what is the believer’s obligation in the face of apostasy (1) do not fellowship with them as far as worship is concerned 2John 7-11, (2) casting out the apostates in the local church Gal 1:8-9, (3) suppose apostates are in control of the local church - separation 2Chor 6:14.
     
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    Chapter 18
    The destruction of political Babylon takes place 3.5 years after the destruction of ecclesiastical Babylon.
    Zac 5:5 an ephah stands for the true standard of weight but the talent of led (the woman) corrupted the balance.
    Vs 9: the false corrupted economy is what this ephah represents an economic system. It is removed from where it is now into Shinar or Babylon. It was in Babylon where empires first had their beginning with Nimrod. The center of economy shifted from Babylon but Zachariah says one day it will shift back to Babylon. One day the shift from Wall Street will happen.
    18:1, a declaration from heaven stating the fall of Babylon. Also says that the land of Babylon becomes a wasteland during the kingdom and is a habitation if demons.
    Vs 3: political and economical rulers.
    Vs 4: Jeremiah 50-51 the call to flee from Babylon. When her destruction comes it will be rapid.
    Vs 9-19 the lamenting by the 7 kings of the earth, vs 11 the merchants, vs 12 lists items of Babylon (1) luxury items, and (2) her marketing of slavery, (3) vs 17 the truckers. Kings merchants and transporters lament while in heaven rejoicing from (1) saints, (2) apostles, and (3) prophets.
    Vs 23-24: picture of the total destruction of Babylon. Two reasons for the necessity of Babylon’s destruction, (1) sorcery, (2) the blood of the saints.
     
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