And other of their brethren, of the sons of the Kohathites, were over the shewbread, to prepare it every sabbath. The cut down “Christmas” tree thus symbolized Nimrod being killed and the decorations on the tree symbolized Tammuz being born as the “resurrection” of Nimrod. The New Testament, which is based on the Old Testament, would be the light to guide the church through the totally different conditions of the seven church ages. Reformers were trying to move the church back closer to the Bible beliefs of the first church age of the apostles. ... and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. Most scholars agree that the seven candlesticks carry a meaning beyond those seven Asiatic churches in John’s day, representing in some way the entire church of Jesus Christ. But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. This clash of spirits occurred within church circles and will continue to the end. The reformers formed the first blades and shoots. Then he became Pope when he accepted the title of Pontifex Maximus (Pontif) as High Priest of the Babylonian mysteries which gave him great authority over the pagan tribes that invaded and destroyed the Roman empire. The New Testament church is the model church that we should be restored back to. Martin Luther in Germany restored salvation by faith. Christmas on a made up date of 25 December that copied the birthday of the Roman sun god, was declared around AD 350 to be a church festival by Julius, the bishop of Rome. Ishtar became Easter. reveal a deeper meaning, a definite pattern in God's plan. "Good Friday" is a Roman Catholic invention, not found in Scripture. (Especially since there are 45000 different types of churches today, headed by tens of thousands of pastors with different beliefs. Why did he dress the women in bunny outfits? For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Though Scripture shows that there are several elders in each church, some began (Ignatius [from Antioch] among them) to teach that the idea of a bishop was one of preeminence or authority and control over the elders. The Council of Nicaea in AD 325 put the official church under the domination of a ruthless political tyrant, the emperor Constantine. God wanted to push His church through seven very different sets of circumstances. Bride – The spouse of Christ, the Church, the New Jerusalem. The opening of its seals is the revelation of future history. REVELATION 21:1   And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. The fourth sign is Michael who is symbolic of the angel Michael (Revelation 12:7-17). He had stopped persecuting the Christians in AD 312 and the grateful Christians now accepted this murderous semi-pagan politician as the head of the church. Then Christians became complacently asleep in a spiritual sense and error crept in because they did not insist on being strictly Scriptural. That is why they claimed the wise men followed the star to the stable. Rome introduced the laws of the Christmas festival as well as the Ishtar eggs and Ishtar bunnies for the spring festival or sex orgy in March-April. The important issue is not the thousands that were fed but rather how many baskets of rejected scraps were picked up by the disciples. The church has come a long way from the Dark Age but is still not back to the beliefs of the original apostles. Then God turns back to the Jews during the final three and a half years of the Tribulation. This was an outright denial of Scripture. It is as if the church of the New Testament was "good seed" of  Bible truth that was planted by the original apostles. Paul could have had a great time listing Nero’s faults but Paul just said that we must pray for the leaders. Bridegroom – Jesus Christ. These names refer back to periods in Jewish history when false leaders raised up to oppose God’s men of those time periods, who were Moses and Elijah, respectively. :30   Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. What should we learn from the letters to the seven churches in Revelation? They are happy to restore the Spirit of God but not the Truth of revealed Scripture. Candlestick charts display the high, low, open, and closing prices of a security for a specific period. Their argument is: "If Trinity is unscriptural and it is the truth, then any other unscriptural word like Christmas (for example) must also be the truth". THE SEVEN CANDLESTICKS. The seed of Truth was buried in the Dark Age of Europe’s history and then germinated back to life in the Reformation of Martin Luther. This section of Revelation frequently ignored despite a serious warning that Christ Himself sometimes … Standing before the Lord of the earth - Always waiting on God, without the help of man, and asserting his right over the earth and all things therein. God did not just want a restoration of the Holy Spirit power, He also wanted a full restoration of the Bible truth. Political power, church laws, and human greed dominated the church. These 12 loaves symbolize the 144000 from the 12 tribes of Israel, at the end of the 7 church ages (at the end of the 7-day week), who have to be back in their Promised Land (symbolized by the Holy Place) to meet Messiah. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks - These were the “first” things that met his eye. God commended this church age. Thus the church listened to him, not the Bible. Jesus referred to these two numbers from two of His greatest miracles. The church was on track to being restored to the beliefs of the apostolic church of the New Testament. It opens with an incredible encounter between Jesus and the apostle. The Bible never asked us to remember the birth of Jesus. This was supplied by the candlestick, which, however, served also as a symbol of the church or people of God, who are "the light of the world." Thus mid winter had to be the time of the birth of Jesus to keep the pagans happy. In Revelation 2 Revelation 2:1 Meaning “ 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 .” Again Rome dragged us into the orbit of her wrong dates. He turns around and sees a vision of the Lord Jesus in His glory. Jesus is the Head of the church and saved people form His spiritual Body. The Waldenses started in the city of Lyons but had to hide from the murderous Catholic armies in the mountains of the Alps that formed a protective wilderness for them. The Church is called a candlestick, in allusion to the candlestick in the ancient sanctuary-in allusion also to the exposition of the symbol given by the prophet (Zechariah 4:2-6); and on account of her own celestial light — she receives, resembles, embodies, and dispenses the light, glory, and gladness of heaven (Isaiah 60:1). A discussion of the candlesticks of the book of Revelation. . The New Testament is the way God wants the church to be. But also referring to future events. The Roman bishop invented Christmas. Constantine showered political authority, money, and buildings on the church. He did not want to use good works as the key to salvation to move further away from the New Testament Scriptures. (Revelation 1:12). REVELATION 13:2   ... and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. :11   I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Church ages 5 to 7 reveal a movement back to Scripture, on the left, that will only end when the last church is just like the first church. This third church age saw the spirit of paganism infiltrate the church, using Bible words for pagan practices. This extended the authority of the Pope over church festivals. They did not know it was a planet in those days. The concept of the “Candle Stick being Removed” comes from the letters to the seven churches in Revelations. So the lampstands (or "candlesticks" in some translations) represent seven churches. People were often killed just for owning a Bible or for disagreeing with the Roman Catholic church. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? You cannot find one name for three People. The first three Chapters of Revelation involve seven candlesticks. A bad mistake. The apostles never got involved in politics. Human leaders in this second church age were starting to mislead the churches and, sadly, the truth was shrinking. Church Age 1 began in AD 33 on the day of Pentecost. What does the Bible say about the mission of the church. The apostle Paul pens a similar greeting in II Corinthians 13:14, in which he writes of "the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit," meaning that God's Spirit is the means by which Christians can have a relationship with God. Elders had ruled the early church that were usually small local groups. This was the source or inspiration of our hot cross buns. This is how the seventh church should look as it seeks to be restored in both Spirit and Truth, to the New Testament church. The Pentecostal outpouring in Wales in 1904 and at the unknown downtown 312 Azusa street building in Los Angeles in 1906, restored the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. What does this tell us about the source of Easter bunnies? The meaning is, that the church gave light in Ephesus; and that what he would do in regard to that place would be like … because--Translate, "I have against thee (this) that," &c. It is not a mere somewhat"; it … Then It formed the backbone of the golden missionary age. Denomination is an unscriptural word that was taking over the church world. The first sign is a woman who represents the nation of Israel (Revelation 12:1-2). The stage is being prepared for the return of Messiah to Jerusalem. Their testimony would prove the falseness of those people who would claim that their circumstances were too tough for them to survive as Christians, which is why they abandoned the faith. There will be no trace left of all our technological and scientific “marvels” that did great things but also caused much damage and produced huge imbalances. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 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. We cannot improve on the teachings of Paul and the apostles. Now the truth of the matter is the word 'elder' signifies who the person is, while the word 'bishop' signifies the office of the same man. But church-goers prefer church-loyalty to Bible truth. Copyright 2011-2020 Got Questions Ministries - All Rights Reserved. This mixture of good and bad makes the church lukewarm. The Passover lamb was publically chosen on the 10th day and taken to the person's house and killed on the 14th day. Nine months after mid April, babies would be born in mid December, Yule time or the time of the child. Thus they have no Absolute to focus their attention on. As we get further away from the central lampstand, we are getting further away from the apostolic truth and into the Dark Ages. Eternity must be built on a much better foundation, which is Jesus Christ. When the Reformation started, Luther stood out like a solitary light in the darkness. Paul always boosted Christ as the fullness of the Godhead. So the fourth church age is known as the middle age or dark age, when the church ruled Europe. To be buried for three nights means that Jesus died on Thursday afternoon. So in the last church age of Laodicea (people’s rights) the church has lost direction. They represent the first four church ages. The tabernacle was a tent without windows, and thus artificial light was needed. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. And the two candlesticks - Burning and shining lights. The early church never had a bishop of a city. What are the seven lampstands / candlesticks of Revelation? The bishop of Rome was given vast wealth and the beautiful Lateran palace by the emperor to make sure he obeyed the emperor. There are no special days for annual festivals. And will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent - On the meaning of the word "candlestick" see the notes on Revelation 1:12. But sadly by 1917 Pentecost was denominating into factions just like the other churches had done. Jesus had warned, “Take heed that no man deceive you” in Matthew 24:4, but people preferred human wisdom instead of Scripture. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But then the church proceeds to lose direction, starting with the water baptism, in a money-driven age of competitive Christianity that has many unscriptural traditions and doctrines (which is bad). ACTS 20:29   For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. The book of Revelation describes a vision given to the apostle John. Revelation 2:5, KJV: "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." Rome changed the calendar by which we measure time. The church looked like it was still shining bright but some of that light was just human wisdom caused by human leaders thinking up their own ideas. Thus the third church age looked like the above candlestick, in terms of truth. Chapter 1: A Letter From the LORD of the Candlesticks "1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John:" The Greek word apokalupsis is translated as "revelation" or disclosure of the truth of things previously unknown. The meaning is, that the church gave light in Ephesus; and that what he would do in regard to that place would be like removing a lamp, and leaving a place in darkness. Thus shepherds could not be in the fields at night as winter is far too cold outside. Significantly, they are also the names of the two witnesses who will return to Israel in the Tribulation (Revelation Chapter 11) to turn the 144000 to Messiah. The church age of Sardis, the escaped ones. This was the golden church age of Philadelphia, brotherly love. And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and. The church was married to paganism, worldliness, wealth, and politics. So the second church age looked like this, in terms of truth, as the flame of Bible truth was shrinking. Today’s church world can get people saved (which is very good) and teach them many good truths about the Holy Spirit and how to live a good life. The Reformation made a new start from the other side of the candlestick. There were no denominations while the apostles lived. Thus they were reflecting events that will occur in the New Testament when the seven church ages unfold over 2000 years. Human traditions and church doctrines had moved away from the Bible truths of the New Testament. People's Bible Notes for Revelation 11:4. :10   Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. This must have been in “vision,” of course, and the meaning is, that there “seemed” to be there seven such lamps or candelabras. The third sign is a child who is symbolic of Christ or the Messiah (Revelation 12:5-6). . But in terms of Bible truth, this is how the fourth church age looked: Chapter 2 of the Book of Revelation lists four churches. Saved by faith alone. He wanted to restore the apostolic doctrine of salvation in Christ alone. The first church age was built on the New Testament and the doctrines of the apostles. The truth had steadily declined from the apostolic age to the brutal and superstitious dark age of churchianity which had effectively replaced Christianity. That's right, yes, sir, the sovereignty of the local church, each church in itself. This part of Revelation comprises the “what is now” section of Revelation (see Revelation 1:19). The previous verse had mentioned seven congregations located in Asia Minor. Jesus had a three and a half year ministry to the Jews. Such a concept was neither Scriptural nor historical, yet even a man of the stature of Polycarp leaned toward such organization. Revelation 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the … Here's a probable analysis of how the Hebrew Alphabet works with the Menorah the 7 branched candlestick. PERGAMOS. The official Roman church dominated Europe and truth died before the onslaught of unscriptural church traditions and doctrines. The church slowly struggled to get back closer to the original New Testament beliefs of the apostles. A cut-down and decorated tree and a star on the top of it were standard pagan mid-winter symbols. The number of baskets of rejected scraps of bread and meat were 12 and 7. :4     They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. It was together with the table of shewbread that held 12 loaves. :26   But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the. As such they are keen to reject the end-time revelations of Scripture. Listen to church preachers tell you about the mistakes, contradictions, myths, and faulty translations in the King James Version of the Bible. True believers had to flee to wilderness areas. 57-0908  HEBREWS  CHAPTER  FIVE  AND  SIX.1. Unscriptural words like Trinity, Christmas, and Pope became the focus of the church. This was a High Day or special Sabbath. But the pagan star was part of the mid winter festivals in December. 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