Dear Church Of Ephesus

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Revelation 2:1-7 KJV
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;
2  I know thy works, and thy labour, 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:
3  And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, 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.

The first church that is mentioned by Christ to the Apostle John.  Notice how Christ spoke about the traits that was good about the Church at Ephesus.

  • Works and labour
  • Patience
  • Able to bear those who are evil
  • Tried those who called themselves apostles and found them to be liars
  • Did not faint

After that we hear from Christ what he did not favour the one thing about the Church of Ephesus.

Revelation 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Just what was the cause for the Ephesian people to leave their first love, Christ Jesus?  Did they become complacent in their Christian walk, or thought they were secure in their own salvation?

I am not sure what the root cause of the situation in the church of Ephesus, but we see that Christ gives them the solution to their spiritual problem.

Revelation 2:5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Now we know because of the writings of Paul, the apostle that we are not saved by works alone. 

Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV
8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

So, putting these portions of Scripture side by side it would seem there is a confliction between the two.  I feel there is not any confliction, but, rather an admonishment that we have to be ever on guard for the one who is at warfare for our spiritual well being.  

Also, this would seem that the argument of “once saved, always saved” is at err with the very Scripture as it is written.  For if we had a secure “salvation” that we could never lose then why is there an admonishment from Christ to the church at Ephesus to repent.

Our personal salvation is not dependant on our parents, spouse, or even a sibling.  Each of us must surrender to Christ, washed in His blood, and seek His face on our own accord.

Philippians 2:12-16 KJV
12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
16  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

At the judgment seat of Christ all will stand alone, absence will be those within our family, friends, and fellow Christians who we worshipped with and broke bread with.

As the old hymn declares we all must give an account of our lives.

The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago
Well, there was a time on Earth when in the books of Heaven
That an Old Account was standin’ for sins yet unforgiven
My name was at the top there were many things below
But I went unto the keeper and I settled it long ago
Long ago, yes long ago (I settled it all)
I said the Old Account was settled long ago
And my record’s clear today, he washed my sins away
And the Old Account was settled long ago (tell em about it)
Well the Old Account was large and growin’ everyday
I was always sinnin’ and I never tried to pray
But when I looked ahead and saw such pain and woe
Well I thought I’d better get it settled, so I settled it long ago
Long ago, yes long ago (I settled it all)
I said the Old Account was settled long ago
And my record’s clear today, he done washed my sins away
And the Old Account was settled long ago (tell em about it)
Now sinner seek the Lord, and repent of all your sins
‘Cause this He commanded if we’re gonna make it in
And then if you should live one hundred years below
You gonna know you got it settled ’cause you settled it long ago
Long ago, yes long ago (I settled it all)
I said the Old Account was settled long ago
And my record’s clear today, he done washed my sins away
And the Old Account was settled long ago (tell em about it)
We are all tasked with keeping our account short and cleared daily!
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Prophecy Alert: 1.11.2019

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The Bear – Russia

 

Daniel 7:5 MSG  “Then I saw a second animal that looked like a bear. It lurched from side to side, holding three ribs in its jaws. It was told, ‘Attack! Devour! Fill your belly!’

 

 

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Ezekiel 38:1-19 MSG
1  GOD’s Message came to me:
2  “Son of man, confront Gog from the country of Magog, head of Meshech and Tubal. Prophesy against him.
3  Say, ‘GOD, the Master, says: Be warned, Gog. I am against you, head of Meshech and Tubal.
4  I’m going to turn you around, put hooks in your jaws, and drag you off with your whole army, your horses and riders in full armor—all those shields and bucklers and swords—fighting men armed to the teeth!
5  Persia and Cush and Put will be in the ranks, also well-armed, as will
6  Gomer and its army and Beth-togarmah out of the north with its army. Many nations will be with you!
7  “‘Get ready to fight, you and the whole company that’s been called out. Take charge and wait for orders.
8  After a long time, you’ll be given your orders. In the distant future you’ll arrive at a country that has recovered from a devastating war. People from many nations will be gathered there on the mountains of Israel, for a long time now a wasteland. These people have been brought back from many countries and now live safe and secure.
9  You’ll rise like a thunderstorm and roll in like clouds and cover the land, you and the massed troops with you.
10  “‘Message of GOD, the Master: At that time you’ll start thinking things over and cook up an evil plot.
11  You’ll say, “I’m going to invade a country without defenses, attack an unsuspecting, carefree people going about their business—no gates to their cities, no locks on their doors.
12  And I’m going to plunder the place, march right in and clean them out, this rebuilt country risen from the ashes, these returned exiles and their booming economy centered down at the navel of the earth.”
13  “‘Sheba and Dedan and Tarshish, traders all out to make a fast buck, will say, “So! You’ve opened a new market for plunder! You’ve brought in your troops to get rich quick!”‘
14  “Therefore, son of man, prophesy! Tell Gog, ‘A Message from GOD, the Master: When my people Israel are established securely, will you make your move?
15  Will you come down out of the far north, you and that mob of armies, charging out on your horses like a tidal wave across the land,
16  and invade my people Israel, covering the country like a cloud? When the time’s ripe, I’ll unleash you against my land in such a way that the nations will recognize me, realize that through you, Gog, in full view of the nations, I am putting my holiness on display.
17  “‘A Message of GOD, the Master: Years ago when I spoke through my servants, the prophets of Israel, wasn’t it you I was talking about? Year after year they prophesied that I would bring you against them.
18  And when the day comes, Gog, you will attack that land of Israel. Decree of GOD, the Master. My raging anger will erupt.
19  Fueled by blazing jealousy, I tell you that then there will be an earthquake that rocks the land of Israel.

In the headlines every day for the past several weeks has been the country which is referred to in the above portions of Scripture, Russia.

Governments would be wise not to under estimate the “bear”, for it is a carnivore looking for prey.

I began teaching and preaching about Russia over thirty plus years ago.  And I am still studying the subject and watching the headlines closely.

I have written in past articles that I do not find America in end-time Biblical prophecy and yet we see Russia as an intregal part of Bible prophecy.

Students of Bible prophecy are very seldom surprised by headlines in the news.  Headlines concerning Russia, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, China.  These are all mentioned throughout Bible prophecy concerning the end-times.

The chess pieces are all set up for the final march toward Israel.  The culmination will be the greatest war in history, the battle of Armageddon.

To those who are busy building kingdoms, self-interest of accumulating mass wealth will be overtaken suddenly by the events which are about to take center stage on the world.  For them it will utter destruction as cash societies fail, and the son of perdition setups his triad of evil.

Only those who have their lamps trimmed and burning will be watching for the groom to arrive and claim His bride, the church, body of Christ.