6th Message from Jesus – How to Be THE CLOSEST to God the Father!

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6th Message: How to Be THE CLOSEST to God the Father!
A Message from Jesus to Patient Christians
(Philadelphia) Revelation 3:7-13

Jesus describes Himself:
1. He that is Holy – transcendently beautiful, perfect, and separate
2. He that is True – no lie in Him
3. He that has the Key of David – Has authority as King of Jerusalem, spiritually and naturally.
4. The exclusively opens and shuts doors – Is in control of all opportunities. “I’m heaven’s bouncer, booking agent, manager, HR, connecter, rainmaker, etc…”

Why does Jesus describe Himself this way to this Church? Jesus is speaking a message of encouragement and assurance to a patient group of Christians; He is telling them that He is Trustworthy, In TOTAL Control, and Has no bad motives towards them in keeping them waiting.

Jesus Knows and is INTIMATELY acquainted with:
– their works. So He gives them an Open Door. NO Man can shut it, or take this opportunity away from them.
 – they have a little strength
 – they kept His Word
 – they have not denied His name.

He will make fake artificial Christians:
1. Come and worship God before the Patient Christian’s feet.
2. Know how much God loves the Patient Christians in this church.

Because you kept the Word of God’s patience:
– God will keep them from the tribulation.

Instructions: Hold TIGHTLY to what you already have!
1. Word- The Words of Jesus.
2. Name – the Name and authority of Jesus. Commitment to Him.
3. Patience.
Hold on to these things so no one takes your crown (reward).

Promises if you Overcome:
1. I will make you a pillar in God’s temple, you will stay there.
2. I will write God’s name on you.
3. I will write the name of God’s city on You.
4. I (Jesus) will write my Brand New Exclusive name on you.

The patient Christian that overcomes (maintains and hold’s on to the patience of Christ, trust in God’s Word, and trust in God’s name); will be built into God’s temple (be closest to God. They will also be branded with:
God’s name.
God’s city.
Jesus’s brand new name.

Name stands for authority and identity.

So over and above being a member of heaven:
 You will be build into part of the temple- be closer to God.
 You will have God’s name, and the name of God’s city.
 And Jesus’s new name as your “name brand.”

That’s sweet! You get to represent God more than anyone else in heaven!

Obviously patience is very important to the heart of the Son of God.

1. Notice that Jesus said NOTHING BAD about this patient group of Christians.
2. Notice how many good things he gave them:
– An Open door. Exclusive opportunities that nobody can take away.
– Fake Jews bowing down
– Being vindicated by God’s love before fake Jews
– Being protected from the greatest tribulation to come on the whole world
– A CROWN
3. On top of all that, if they overcome (and keep Jesus’ Patience, Word, and Name), they get to be closest to God, be branded with His names, and represent God more than anyone in heaven.

PATIENCE & Faith in God’s Word and Name – VERY IMPORTANT.

If you have a heart that can hear and understand spiritual things, please PAY attention to what the Spirit is saying to the Churches- this is Deep and Important.

Next:

7th Message: How to Sit With Jesus on His Throne!
A Message from Jesus to Lukewarm Christians that Don’t Change Anything
(Laodicean) Revelation 3:14-22

3rd Message from Jesus – How to Have a Secret Identity and Intimacy with God!

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3rd Message: How to Have a Secret Identity & Intimacy with God!

A Message from Jesus to Faithful Christians in a Satanic city.

Pergamos (Revelation 2:12-18)

Jesus describes himself to this Church:

1. [I am] He that has a sharp sword with two-edges. Jesus is describing the power of His Word to cut and destroy lies, and to pierce hard hearts with the truth. The sword can stand for sharp discernment.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

Jesus is intimately acquainted with:

1. Their Works. Are you noticing that the FIRST thing Jesus knows every Church by is their works? In Ephesians 2 God says that we are not saved by works; we are saved by grace. But that same grace gives power to do works, and God also says in Ephesians 2 that we are created in Christ to do good works. Your works are not a requirement to be saved, but they are very important to Jesus once you are saved and filled with His grace.

2. He knows where they dwell, where Satan’s seat is. God knows the battles and troubles and opposition you face. Notice He called it Satan’s seat, not Satan’s throne; because Satan is NOT a King!

3. I know that you hold fast my name. They hold on to the authority and character of Jesus. They didn’t just know the word “Jesus.” They held on to who Jesus was and the power that He represented.

4. I know you have not denied my faith. They still believed in Jesus.

5. Even in the times where Antipas my faithful martyr was killed among you, where Satan dwells. Jesus knew that they held on to him even when people were dying for their faith. Notice how affectionately Jesus speaks of His faithful martyr. A martyr is someone who dies for a cause unjustly.

PROBLEMS:

Jesus has a few things against this group of Christians that are being faithful in a Satanic city.

They have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam (see 3 Main Doctrines that Jesus Hates).

The Doctrine of Balaam is to set a stumbling block in front of God’s people.

1. To eat food (a harmless thing) that has been sacrificed to idols.

2. Commit fornication.

They also have them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans which Jesus HATES.

Notice that Jesus says “So hast thou also them that hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.” Meaning, the two doctrines are related. As I explained in “3 Main Doctrines that Jesus Hates”, the doctrine of the Nicolaitans is related to the doctrine (teaching) of Balaam.

The teaching of Balaam uses trickery, while the teaching of the Nicolaitans uses force and coercion. They both have the same goal. The goal is to get you into fornication, and into idolatry through something that seems harmless (food). As I explained in the 3 Main Doctrines that Jesus Hates,” entertainment is the new “feast” of our culture, and a lot of idolatry and fornication is pushed through entertainment.

Music is harmless, but once an artist/writer decides to make it a “sacrifice” to his pride, his lust, adultery, alcohol, etc… it becomes a stumbling block. Movies can be harmless, but once the writer decides to use it to glorify lust, fornication, witchcraft, theft, etc… it becomes a stumbling block.

Fornication is sex outside of marriage, and is also used in a spiritual sense for unfaithfulness to the Truth of God.

Jesus HATES compromising teaching that makes these things seem “okay.”

Random thought: Why does the halftime show of every high school, college, or professional sports game remind me of Herod’s daughter dancing to get John the Baptist’s head cut off? That’s Jezebel, the other doctrine that Jesus hates… we’ll get to that in one of the next messages.

Instruction:

Repent! Don’t allow the Balaams or the Nicolaitans to teach compromise! Even with all the good works you do, you need to repent from allowing people to teach compromise in your midst. Notice how Jesus wants the Church to be responsible for everything that goes on in it. He didn’t just want them to stop it personally. He wanted them to stop allowing it within their church!

OR ELSE

I will come to you quickly, and fight against you them with the sword of my mouth. JESUS IS NOT PLAYING. There will be consequences and repercussions. If you don’t rebuke the compromiser, I will come personally and fight with them. Jesus will use that same two-edged sword to fight against His own people if He has to. Wow.

If Jesus is fighting you – you lose. Jesus threatens to cut them to pieces with His Word. It sounds drastic, but I’m not making this up, go read it!

If you have an ear to hear, please pay attention to the deeper meanings of what the Spirit is saying to many different Churches!

PROMISE

IF you overcome (by not allowing anyone to teach the compromise of the Balaam stumbling blocks, or the Nicolaitans to make people submit to idolatry & fornication), you will get:

1. Hidden Manna to Eat. Secret food from God, it could be new revelation from God’s Word.

2. A White Stone with a new and secret name. A new identity/authority with God that only you and God know about. WOW. Talk about intimacy.

What great prizes for people that overcome this specific problem! You will get secret revelation between you and God, AND a secret identity and intimacy between you and God, that no one else knows!

So if you live in a city where Satan dwells, and there is a lot of demonic activity… a filthy, crime-ridden, sin-filled city… Stay faithful and DON’T allow compromise. Don’t let anyone teach you anything that will tolerate sexual or spiritual compromise. Don’t allow people to teach that harmless things which have been sacrificed to idols are still okay to eat.

If you do this, you will not only be a member of the kingdom of heaven; On top of that you will get a very special and intimate Hidden Manna to eat with God, and God will give you a new secret name on a White Stone.

This is for people with Spiritual eyesight and Spiritual ears: Do you want it? Do you believe it? If you do, then do what it takes to overcome.

Next:

4th Message: How to Rule the Nations!

A Message from Jesus to Excellent Christians Dealing with a Seducing Spirit of Compromise

(Thyatira) Revelation 2:18-29