Rich Giberti – Tucson, AZ                            1
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Rev 17:10 And there are sevenkings. Five have fallen, one is, andthe other has not yet come. Andwhenever he comes, he must...
Rev 17:10 And there areseven kings. Five have fallen,one is, and the other has notyet come. And whenever hecomes, he must ...
Rev 17:10 And there are sevenkings. Five have fallen, one is, andthe other has not yet come. Andwhenever he comes, he must...
Rev 17:10 And there areseven kings. Five have fallen,one is, and the other has notyet come. And whenever hecomes, he must ...
Now here we‘re getting downto the mystery! Verse 11Rev 17:11 And the Beastwhich was, and is not, is alsoan eighth, and is ...
Revelation        CHAPTER 1                    8
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“Revelation”•   Greek word ―Apokalupsis‖•   Which means ―uncovering‖•   ―apo‖ means ―away from‖•   ―kalupsis‖ means ―a hid...
“Revelation”• The book of Revelation is a letter revealed to a  man named John, who was on the Island of  Patmos, off the ...
HEAR.YE.HIM 57-05195 I cant make Him show me anything. He doesntshow me according to my desire; He shows accordingto what ...
Matthew 24:36-37But of that day and hour knowethno man, no, not the angels ofheaven, but my Father only..                 ...
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Jesus Warning: Observe the Signs    Mat 24:1-14 ¶ And Jesus went out, and departed    from the temple: and his disciples c...
Jesus Warning: Observe the   Signs   Mat 24:29-35 ¶ Now learn a   parable of the fig tree; When his   branch is yet tender...
*Israel in her homeland after 2000 years, revived as a Nation – 1948   (Amos 9:14-15; Ezek 37:10-14; Jer 16:14-15; Hos 6:1...
Jesus Warning: Observe the SignsAfter rebelling against the Romans in A.D. 66 and again in 132, Judea was crushed and   mo...
Walk in the Light1 John 1:7 But if we   walk in the light, as   he is in the light,   we have fellowship   one with anothe...
Revelation       CHAPTER 2-3                     20
The Revelation of Jesus ChristRev 1:1,4,11The Revelation of  Jesus Christ,John to the seven  churches in Asia:Ephesus, Smy...
The Church Ages"Write the things which thou hast seen, andthe things which are, and the things whichshall be hereafter; Th...
Warning: Heavenly Signs  Sanduleak -69 202a, a blue supergiant – the seventh   supernova occurring in the past 2000 years....
• Jesus Warning: Heavenly SignsThe progenitor star was identified asSanduleak -69 202a, a blue  supergiant – was the seven...
Jesus Warning: Heavenly SignsHeaven first, then on the Earth. Revelation 1, 4 & 5, and the 7th Seal  – from the supernatur...
Jesus Warning: Heavenly Signs   Revelation 1, 4 & 5, and the 7th Seal – from Heaven to Earth, the   supernatural to the na...
What are the Seven Church Ages?Church Ages simply refer to a dispensation, or aspace of timewherein God gives the Gentiles...
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Fixing the Church Ages HistoricallyA.D. 53 – 170 Ephesus (relaxed, drifting)A.D. 170 – 312 Smyrna (Myrrh – bitter todeath)...
Fixing the Church Ages Historically―.....and [the Lord] hath determined the timesbefore appointed, and the bounds of their...
The Seven ChurchAgesRevelation 2:1Unto the angel of thechurch of Ephesuswrite; These thingssaith he that holdeththe seven ...
2 Peter 1:1-8"But also for thisvery reason, giving alldiligence, add to yourfaith virtue, to virtueknowledge, toknowledge ...
Christ     Elijah     Wesley     Luther     Columba     Martin     Irenaeus     Paul                33
Timeline – 3rd 2000 YearsJesusearthlyMinistry                 The Seven Church Ages    1st    2nd   3rd   4th    5th   6th...
The Seven Churches/AgesThe Messages to the Seven Churches havea five-fold application:1. Local, to the *churches actually ...
The Seven Churches/Ages3. Personal, in that the exhortations are to "him",   "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the s...
Ephesus: The FIRST AgeRevelation 2:1-7        ¶ Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These thingssaith he that h...
Ephesus: The FIRST AgeOn West coast of Asia Minor at mouth of Cayster, 60 miles from Patmos.Foremost city of province of A...
St. Paul Preaching Before the Temple of Diana at Ephesus                                                           39
Ephesus: The FIRST Age    Messenger – Paul, the Apostle and Prophet(Rev 1:8,11)    The pattern & example – Alpha& Omega   ...
Ephesus: The FIRST AgeThe pattern & example – Alpha& Omega1. True to the Word - ―angel preach other gospel‖ Gal 1:6-92. Sp...
Ephesus: The FIRST AgeShort age: 53-170AD―Aimed At & Relaxing‖ – ―Drifting‖1. Jude 1:3 ―earnestly contend for the faith…‖ ...
Ephesus: The FIRST AgeMessenger – Paul, the Apostle"For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the ...
Ephesus: The FIRST AgeStars in the right hand (Rev 2:1)Walketh in the midst of the seven goldencandlesticks (Rev 2:1)Tried...
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Ephesus: The FIRST AgeDeeds of the Nicolaitanes, become Doctrines,become Anti-Christ IncarnateThe "clergy order" being set...
Ephesus: The FIRST AgeThe spiritual lessons from the Ephesian church age     1.) The labor and works and patience of the E...
Smyrna: The SECOND AgeRevelation 2:8-11       ¶ And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write;These things saith the fi...
St. Peter‘s Basilica – Synagogue ofSatan                                      49
Smyrna: The SECOND Age Well-protected harbor at mouth of Hermus. Destroyed by rival king in 627 B.C.; rebuilt in 290 B.C. ...
―Perishing they were additionally made intosports: they were killed by dogs by havingthe hides of beasts attached to them,...
Nero crucifiedChristians, and usedthem as torches to lighthis evening activities     52
Smyrna: The SECOND Age    Messenger – Irenaeus(Rev 2:8-11)1. He was the disciple of that great saint and warrior of faith,...
Smyrna: The SECOND Age Tribulation, and poverty (Rev2:9) The synagogue of Satan (Rev 2:9) Devil cast you in a prison, trie...
Together with hisdeacons Sociusand Festus, andhis lectorDesiderius,Januarius, bishopof Beneventum,was subjected tomost atr...
Smyrna: The SECOND AgeThe spiritual lessons from the ―Smyrnan church age‖   1.) We will ALL be tested, tried and face trib...
Pergamos: The THIRD AgeRevelation 2:12-17¶ And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith hewhich ha...
Pergamos: The THIRD AgeCapital of Asia until second century A.D. In beautiful district onnorth bank of the Caicus.Filled w...
A fire was lit inside a metal idol,heated until the idol was extremelyhot, and then a baby would beplaced in the arms of t...
Pergamos: The THIRD Age Messenger – St. Martin (Rev 1:8,11) The pattern & example – Alpha & Omega 1. True to the Word 2. S...
―Saint Martin encountered ‗a naked man, trembling andshaking for cold, and begging alms of those that passed by.Martin, se...
St. Martinsaw in hissleepJesusChristdressed inthat half ofthegarmentthat he hadgiven away           62
Pergamos: The THIRD Age"I know where thou dwellest, even where Satans seat (literally--throne)is..."The reference here is ...
Pergamos: The THIRD Age This Age spans the time from Constantines Edict of Toleration for Christians to what is considered...
Pergamos: The THIRD Age Niceaen Council in 325 AD. The dilution of Jesus and the Godhead, into the ―Trinity‖ & the use of ...
All Pagan religions from the time of Babylon, haveadopted in one form or another a trinity doctrine or a triador trinity o...
Pergamos: The THIRD AgeNumbers 25:1-9;31:16 - Thru Balacking of Moab, Israel wasseduced into pagan rites in the worship of...
The Roman EmperorConstantine saw a visionof the Chi-Rho symbol ofChrist and the words, inGreek,Εντουτονικα(pronounced: "en...
Pergamos: The THIRD Age Rev 2:17: ―will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth ...
Pergamos: The THIRD Age Spiritual lessons for us from this Pergamos church age: 1.). Pergamos was where Satans seat or thr...
Thyatira: The FOURTH AgeRevelation 2:18-29          ¶ Unto the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These things saith t...
Thyatira: The FOURTH Age  Messenger – Columba (Rev 1:8,11)  The pattern & example – Alpha & Omega  1. Called by God thru a...
Thyatira: The FOURTH Age Surrounded by many rivers, full of leeches. Well off financially due to the corporate guilds (uni...
Thyatira: The FOURTH Age    She is Mystery Babylon. (Revelation 17:5)    She is the great whore. (Revelation 17:9, 18)    ...
Thyatira: The FOURTH Age The Whore demands complete allegiance & obeisance. 1. 1869, Vatican Council, dogma of Papal Infal...
Mary Queen of HeavenEgyptian Isis & Horus                        76
Pope Benedict XVI             77
Thyatira: The FOURTH Age As we saw in the previous Pergamaen Age, the nominal church was ―thoroughly married‖ to the pagan...
Easter: Astarte, Ishtar, Mary –      Queen of Heaven & FertilityWhat‘s Jesusgot to do with it ?         Pagan ? YesNothing...
Thyatira: The FOURTH Age  Revelation 2:28 "And I will give him the morning star.‖  The morning star is the last star thats...
I am … the bright and morning star. – Revelation 22:16But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more ...
Thyatira: The FOURTH AgeSpiritual lessons for us from this Thyatira church age:    1.). We are not to suffer the Jezebel s...
Sardis: The FIFTH AgeRevelation 2:18-29        ¶ Unto the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These thingssaith he that...
Sardis: The FIFTH AgeMessenger – Martin Luther (Rev 1:8,11)The Morning Star1. At the end of the Dark Ages2. ―The just shal...
"I would never havethought that such astorm would risefrom Rome over onesimple scrap ofpaper..." (MartinLuther)           ...
―…The second group of my work is directed aginst the foul doctrine and evilliving of the Popes, past and present... Throug...
Sardis: The FIFTH AgeSardis was the capital of ancient Lydia. It passedfrom the hands of Lydian monarchs to thePersians an...
Sardis: The FIFTH AgeThe Seven Spirits actually refer to the OneSpirit of God working out the will and Word ofGod in diffe...
Sardis: The FIFTH AgeRevelation 3:1b, "I know thy works, that thou has a name that   thou livest, and art dead.‖    1. The...
Sardis: The FIFTH Age   This era gave tremendous growth to the denominational   spirit.   There were Lutherans, Hussites, ...
Sardis: The FIFTH Age   This denominational spirit has made all the groups write their   manuals and teach their creeds, s...
Martin Luther said, ―Unless I am convincedby Scripture…‖Joseph Branham says, ―These are the instructionsthat Brother Branh...
Sardis: The FIFTH Age"I will come on thee as a thief." Ancient Sardis was constantly harassedby bandits that swooped down ...
"I will come on thee as a thief."                                    94
Philadelphia: The SIXTH AgeRevelation 2:18-29¶ Unto the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These things saith he that ...
Philadelphia: The SIXTH Age  Messenger – John Wesley (Rev 3:8,11)  The restoration of personal holiness  1. True to the Wo...
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Philadelphia: The SIXTH Age‗Holiness– of course we take it seriously. Why do  you ask?‘   I‘m afraid many people either do...
Philadelphia: The SIXTH Age‗Holiness– of course we take it seriously. Why do you ask?‘     To God, holiness is not importa...
Philadelphia: The SIXTH AgeTo God, holiness is not important, it is required―Who may ascend the hill of the Lord…?‖ (Ps 24...
"Christ loved the                                              Church, and gave                                           ...
‖Sanctify you completely;                                                     spirit, soul, and body" (1                  ...
Philadelphia: The SIXTH AgeSpiritual lessons          1.) Jesus reveals himself as ‗he that is holy‘, and   therefore God ...
Laodicea: The SEVENTHRevelation 2:18-29                   Age¶ Unto the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These thing...
Laodicea: The SEVENTH           Age Messenger – Wm. Branham aka Elijah the Prophet (Rev 2:8,11; Rev 10:1-7; Mal 4:5-6; Luk...
Laodicea: The SEVENTH           AgeMessenger – Wm. Branham aka Elijah the Prophet   How will we recognize him?   Most ages...
O Jerusalem,Jerusalem,thou thatkillest theprophets, andstonest themwhich are sentunto thee..‖ Matt23:29-39             107
Laodicea: The SEVENTH           AgeMessenger – Wm. Branham aka Elijah the Prophet   How will we recognize him?   Among man...
The Spirit of ELIJAHThe spirit of Elijah is used FIVE times through history:1. Elijah – 1 Kings 17:222. Elisha – 2 Kings 2...
Laodicea: The SEVENTH           Age The pattern & example – Alpha &Omega 1. True to the Word (Gal 1:8-9; 1 Cor 14:36-37; 1...
Laodicea: The SEVENTH           AgeThe Church Condition in the Last Days   Short age: 1906AD to Present   Frequent earthqu...
Rev 3:17 ―I am rich, and increased with goods…‖                                                  112
Rev 3:14 ‖Laodicea - Peoples Rights…‖                                        113
Rev 3:15 ―thou artwretched, andmiserable, and poor,and blind, and naked…‖                     114
Rev 3:15 ―and knowest                          NOT that thou art                          wretched, and                   ...
Rev 3:18 ―anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, thatthou mayest see.…‖                                                  116
Rev 1:13 & 2:1, Jesus is ―in the midst‖ and―walks among‖ the 7 churches, by the lastage He has been kicked out of His ownc...
The Breach between the Seven Church Ages andthe Seven SealsChapter Four and Five of Revelation is called ―TheBreach‖ becau...
The Breach between the Seven Church Ages andthe Seven SealsThe Lamb‘s blood had been upon the mercy seat fornearly two tho...
The Breach between the Seven Church Ages andthe Seven SealsWhen the Seventh Seal is broken, the mystery ofGod is finished ...
Revelation       CHAPTER 4-6                     121
AMOS 3:7Surely the Lord GOD will donothing, but he revealeth his secretunto his servants the prophets.                    ...
Malachi 4:5Behold, I will send you Elijah theprophet before the coming of thegreat and dreadful day of theLORD:           ...
The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsRev. William Branham‘s ministry flourished during the1950‘s; he conducted...
The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsRegarding the opening of the Seven Seals and therestoration of the Word, ...
The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsIn January 1963, William Branham was in SabinoCanyon, located in the Coro...
The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsHaving gone west at the command of the Lord and inSpring 1963, William Br...
The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsAs the javelina season in 1963 ran from March 1through 10, it would have ...
The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsThe angel commanded:‖Return back… God will open the seven seals.‖‖First, ...
Jesus Warning: Observe the Signs    Mat 24:1-14 ¶ And Jesus went out, and departed    from the temple: and his disciples c...
The first six seals correlate strongly with the sequence of events inthe Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24. Here is a brief o...
Revelation        CHAPTER 4                    132
Chapter 4Chapter Focus John was given a vision. There was only one who sat on the throne and  it is Jesus. ―ONE THRONE‖...
FOUR LIVING CREATURES• Rev 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second  beast like a calf, and the third beast...
FOCUS!Remember!• THEY WORSHIPPED JESUS  CHRIST• Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them  six wings about him; and the...
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Revelation        CHAPTER 5                    138
Chapter 5 Focus John saw a book sealed with seven seals. The Lamb (Jesus) is the only one worthy to  open the book. Ope...
Revelation        CHAPTER 6                    140
Why is the world the way it is?Why can’t we have more love and peaceamong nations and churches to make theworld a better p...
In Revelation Chapter 6, Jesus opensthe book of the future, the book ofprophecy, which is sealed with sevenseals…         ...
The Sealed Book - ScrollWhat is a seal? A seal was a tab made from hotcandle wax used to seal up a letter or documentuntil...
The Sealed Book - ScrollThe Holy Spirit is a Seal and a seal signifies afinished work. The saints of all Seven Ages aresea...
The Sealed Book - ScrollThis roll is a legal document after the ancient form andcustom (See Jeremiah 32:6-15). Jesus has t...
The Sealed Book - ScrollThe sealed book is obviously the book ofredemption, which lists all that he intends toredeem or bu...
The Sealed Book - ScrollWith the taking of the scroll, Christ has beencommitted the lordship over the world (1 Peter3:22; ...
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THE FOUR       LIVING CREATURESWhich are the FOUR ANOINTINGS   for the TRUE  CHURCH in 7         Ages
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Timeline – 3rd 2000 yearsJesusChrist                                                          Rapture                     ...
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THE FIRST   FOUR  SEALSWhich are the   FOURHORSEME      N
The First Seal       (John writes:)And I saw when the Lamb(Jesus) opened one of theseals, and I heard, as it werethe noise...
FOCUSFirst Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it   were ...
First Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:1-2All the horse riders of Apocalypse are some manifestationof Satan. The white ho...
First Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:3-4Notice that this rider had a ―bow‖, but he had no ―arrow‖. Itshows that he is a...
First Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:1-2From the very beginning this antichrist power existedparallel to the true Churc...
First Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:3-4The whole time frame of the First Seal refers to theensuing ministry of Apostle...
The Second Seal   And when He had opened the  second seal, I heard the second beast say, “Come and see.” And        THE RE...
What takes “peace from the earth”? This red horse symbolizes war, and religious bloodshed.          War!        The horse’...
Second Seal; Red Horse: Wars  Rev 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the  second beast say, Come and see....
Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4The first seal resulted in the divisions that we sawcome out of the Councils of the fo...
Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4‖RED‖ Horse symbolizes persecution and tribulationleading to the Holy Inquisition of R...
Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4The false church said, ―It takes a special education toread and understand the Word. W...
The Christian Martyrs Last Prayer                                     166
The following chapter taken                                         from Foxes Christian Martyrs                          ...
Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4The ‗great sword‘ was epitomized by a 10-year bloodyslaughter of 200,000 by Emperor Di...
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  1. 1. Rich Giberti – Tucson, AZ 1
  2. 2. Available Books 2
  3. 3. Rev 17:10 And there are sevenkings. Five have fallen, one is, andthe other has not yet come. Andwhenever he comes, he must abidefor a short time.Past, present, future worldkingdoms1. 5 have fallen (PAST) a. Egyptb. Assyriac. Babylon - Head of Goldd. Medes-Persians - Arms of Silvere. Greece – Thighs of Bronze 3
  4. 4. Rev 17:10 And there areseven kings. Five have fallen,one is, and the other has notyet come. And whenever hecomes, he must abide for ashort time.Past, present, future worldkingdoms2. One is (PRESENT) – Imperial Rome – Legs of Iron 4
  5. 5. Rev 17:10 And there are sevenkings. Five have fallen, one is, andthe other has not yet come. Andwhenever he comes, he must abidefor a short time.Past, present, future worldkingdoms3. One has not yet come (FUTURE) – Papal Rome – Toes of Iron & ClayRev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: 5
  6. 6. Rev 17:10 And there areseven kings. Five have fallen,one is, and the other has notyet come. And whenever hecomes, he must abide for ashort time.•he must abide for a shorttime.•Greek – a while•325 AD to presentIron & Clay 6
  7. 7. Now here we‘re getting downto the mystery! Verse 11Rev 17:11 And the Beastwhich was, and is not, is alsoan eighth, and is of the seven,and is going to perdition.This 8th is the Antichrist —BUT, he‘s also of the seven!Same Iron, same nature, sameconquer & divide 7
  8. 8. Revelation CHAPTER 1 8
  9. 9. Introduction 9
  10. 10. “Revelation”• Greek word ―Apokalupsis‖• Which means ―uncovering‖• ―apo‖ means ―away from‖• ―kalupsis‖ means ―a hiding or a veiling‖• Therefore ―apokalupsis‖ means an unhiding, the taking away of a veil, or a revealing 10
  11. 11. “Revelation”• The book of Revelation is a letter revealed to a man named John, who was on the Island of Patmos, off the coast of Asia Minor.• He was persecuted because of his testimony of Jesus Christ – 11 other disciples all dead.• John was ―in the Spirit‖ on the Lord‘s day.• The Book of Revelation was a series of visions, which John had & then recorded.• Note: The revelation of Jesus Christ. 11
  12. 12. HEAR.YE.HIM 57-05195 I cant make Him show me anything. He doesntshow me according to my desire; He shows accordingto what His will is. Theres been many things that Ihave prayed for, "Lord, will you just tell me how it willcome out, so I can comfort the people?" He never saya word to me about it. Turn around and tell mesomething else. But He tells me what He wants me toknow. Hes my Father. And what He wants me toknow, He tells me. Aint none of my business, that‗sHis business. That shows it doesnt lay in man; its inGod. 12
  13. 13. Matthew 24:36-37But of that day and hour knowethno man, no, not the angels ofheaven, but my Father only.. 13
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  15. 15. Jesus Warning: Observe the Signs Mat 24:1-14 ¶ And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.vs3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?vs4 And Jesus answered and said unto them: Deception - many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ. [ME – speaking great words against..] Wars and rumours of wars Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: Famines, and pestilences, vs8 All these are the beginning Earthquakes, in divers places. of sorrows. Aka ―birth pangs” Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 15
  16. 16. Jesus Warning: Observe the Signs Mat 24:29-35 ¶ Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that *summer is nigh: So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. *Israel in her homeland after 2000 years, empowered again as a Nation – 1948 (Amos 9:14-15; Ezek 37:10-14; Jer 16:14-15; Hos 6:1-2) 16
  17. 17. *Israel in her homeland after 2000 years, revived as a Nation – 1948 (Amos 9:14-15; Ezek 37:10-14; Jer 16:14-15; Hos 6:1-2)Hosea 6:1-2 ―Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. Vs.2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.‖ II Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day 17
  18. 18. Jesus Warning: Observe the SignsAfter rebelling against the Romans in A.D. 66 and again in 132, Judea was crushed and most of the remaining Jews were dispersed throughout the Roman Empire and beyond. No Jewish homeland existed again until 1948 when the modern nation of Israel was established.An independent Jewish homeland was merely a dream for a small group of zealots a century ago. It moved a step nearer during World War I, when forces of the British Commonwealth took control of Jerusalem from the Turks in December 1916. A few months later, the British government pledged itself to the establishment of an independent Jewish homeland in the ancient lands the Jews had inhabited for centuries. It was to be another 30 years before the dream was realized in 1948.This declaration of independence, in 1948, triggered a war with the surrounding countries, which objected to the presence of a Jewish state. On May 15, 1948, the day that armies from the surrounding countries invaded, Azzam Pasha, the Secretary General of the Arab League, said "This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre which will be spoken of like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.‖Since then tiny Israel has had to fight wars for survival in 1948, 1967 and 1973 and has suffered countless terrorist attacks and threats of annihilation from hostile neighbors determined to eliminate the Jewish state. 18
  19. 19. Walk in the Light1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
  20. 20. Revelation CHAPTER 2-3 20
  21. 21. The Revelation of Jesus ChristRev 1:1,4,11The Revelation of Jesus Christ,John to the seven churches in Asia:Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis and Laodicea.
  22. 22. The Church Ages"Write the things which thou hast seen, andthe things which are, and the things whichshall be hereafter; The mystery of the sevenstars which thou sawest in my right hand, andthe seven golden candlesticks. The sevenstars are the angels of the seven churches:and the seven candlesticks which thou sawestare the seven churches. " Revelation 1:19-20 22
  23. 23. Warning: Heavenly Signs Sanduleak -69 202a, a blue supergiant – the seventh supernova occurring in the past 2000 years. 23
  24. 24. • Jesus Warning: Heavenly SignsThe progenitor star was identified asSanduleak -69 202a, a blue supergiant – was the seventh supernova occurring in the past 2000 years. SN 1987A was a supernova in the outskirts of the Tarantula Nebula in a nearby dwarf galaxy. It occurred approximately 51.4 kiloparsecs from earth, close enough that it was visible to the naked eye (Mercy Seat in Plain View)… Since 51.4 kiloparsecs is approximately 168,000 light years, the cosmic *event itself happened approximately 168,000 years prior. The light from the supernova reached the Earth February 23, 1987. *Event – supernovae mark the end state of a stars life. John 5:35 ―He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.‖ 24
  25. 25. Jesus Warning: Heavenly SignsHeaven first, then on the Earth. Revelation 1, 4 & 5, and the 7th Seal – from the supernatural to the natural.Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. – Hebrews 8:5 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. – Hebrews 9:23 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. – Matthew 2:1-2 25
  26. 26. Jesus Warning: Heavenly Signs Revelation 1, 4 & 5, and the 7th Seal – from Heaven to Earth, the supernatural to the natural.WHERE.IS.HE.KING.OF.THE.JEWS_ JEFF.IN V-16 N- 7 SUNDAY_ 58-1221M
 71 [Magi – ed.] And these man, they waited on one true God, and they worship Him in the light of a sacred fire. And they would get around these fires and wait on the Lord. And many of them would--had--had observatories, something like we have today, and they would go to these places way up high in the mountains and they would watch every move of the stars. They claim that before God does anything on earth, He always shows it in heaven first. And theyre right.
Always, God shows it by heavenly signs first. Since when did He ever do anything that He didnt show a heavenly sign first? Think of it in every age that you wish to, and God always does show signs in the heaven first, before He does anything on earth. It comes from the supernatural, drops into the natural and is made manifest: every age, every time. 26
  27. 27. What are the Seven Church Ages?Church Ages simply refer to a dispensation, or aspace of timewherein God gives the Gentiles(apart from the Jews) an opportunity to hear theGospel. This dispensation is divided into "Seven"phases or ages - each with its own messenger andmessage, showing what Jesus is doing in Graceand/or Judgment in a particular age.The Elect always recognized their day, theirmessenger and the Message. 27
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  29. 29. Fixing the Church Ages HistoricallyA.D. 53 – 170 Ephesus (relaxed, drifting)A.D. 170 – 312 Smyrna (Myrrh – bitter todeath)A.D. 312 – 606 Pergamos(thoroughly married)A.D. 606 – 1520 Thyatira (dominating female)A.D. 1520 -1750 Sardis (dead)A.D. 1750 – 1906 Philadelphia (brotherlykindness)A.D. 1906 –??? Laodicea (lukewarm) 29
  30. 30. Fixing the Church Ages Historically―.....and [the Lord] hath determined the timesbefore appointed, and the bounds of theirhabitation;" Acts 17:26―.....for at the time appointed the end [shallbe]." Daniel 8:19"And [some] of them of understanding shall fall, totry them, and to purge, and to make [them] white,[even] to the time of the end: because [it is] yet fora time appointed." Daniel 11:35 30
  31. 31. The Seven ChurchAgesRevelation 2:1Unto the angel of thechurch of Ephesuswrite; These thingssaith he that holdeththe seven stars in hisright hand, whowalketh in the midst ofthe seven goldencandlesticks; 31
  32. 32. 2 Peter 1:1-8"But also for thisvery reason, giving alldiligence, add to yourfaith virtue, to virtueknowledge, toknowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance,to perseverancegodliness, togodliness brotherlykindness, and tobrotherly kindnesslove.‖*Add - epichorégeó 32
  33. 33. Christ Elijah Wesley Luther Columba Martin Irenaeus Paul 33
  34. 34. Timeline – 3rd 2000 YearsJesusearthlyMinistry The Seven Church Ages 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 2000 yrs Rapture 34
  35. 35. The Seven Churches/AgesThe Messages to the Seven Churches havea five-fold application:1. Local, to the *churches actually addressed.*Church – ecclesia. The called out. Matt 22:14; John 6:44; Rev 17:142. Admonition/Warning, to all churches in all time to discern their true spiritual state in the sight of God, in light of what God said to these individual churches - that we be not guilty of the same mistakes and errors. 35
  36. 36. The Seven Churches/Ages3. Personal, in that the exhortations are to "him", "He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches." And the promises are "To him that overcometh".4. Angel first, people second (pattern) ―unto the angel of … write.‖ Ex 20:19; Amos 3:7; Rev 10: ; Rev 22:85. Prophetic, in that the Seven Messages reveal Seven phases of the "spiritual" history of the church from about A.D. 96 to the end, and in the precise order in which they are given. 36
  37. 37. Ephesus: The FIRST AgeRevelation 2:1-7 ¶ Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These thingssaith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in themidst of the seven golden candlesticks. I know thy works, and thy labor, andthy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thouhast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast foundthem liars: and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my names sake hastlabored, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hastleft thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, andrepent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and willremove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thouhast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Hethat hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; Tohim that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, Gen 2:9; Rev 22:2 which isin the midst of the paradise of God. 37
  38. 38. Ephesus: The FIRST AgeOn West coast of Asia Minor at mouth of Cayster, 60 miles from Patmos.Foremost city of province of Asia; residence of Roman proconsul.Magnificent, wealthy trade center in fertile country; called "the light ofAsia."Marketplace and "Vanity Fair" of Asia, on Roman route to the east.Harbor busy, but troubled with silt, is now a marsh 7 miles from the sea.Beautiful temple of Diana (Artemis), one of 7 wonders of ancient world;360 x 180 feet, with over 100 columns each 55 feet high. Foundation nowsits in a frog--ridden swamp. Temple was also a secure bank. Stadiumseated 50,000.City full of idolatry, magical arts, and sorcery.Paul ministered there three years (next longest to Rome); also wrote epistleto the Ephesians. Acts 19--Converts burned books on magical arts.Spread of Christianity diminished Diana-worship, causing craftsmen toprotest. Great tumult ensued. Aquila and Priscilla lived there, held servicesin their home (1 Cor. 16:19). 38
  39. 39. St. Paul Preaching Before the Temple of Diana at Ephesus 39
  40. 40. Ephesus: The FIRST Age Messenger – Paul, the Apostle and Prophet(Rev 1:8,11) The pattern & example – Alpha& Omega 1. True to the Word (Gal 1:8-9; 1 Cor 14:36-37; 1 Thes 2:13)2. Spirit-filled & led (Gal 1:1) a) without, we use carnal weapons to fight a spiritual battle (Daniel 10:12-13; Luke 22:31; Ephesians 2:2-3, 6:10-18 vs12 ―For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age‖)b) without, we live by knowledge of the law/sight, not by faithc) without, we conform to an idea, not God (religious measuring stick)d) without, the church is run by a man, not Gode) without, the church is either legalistic or liberal (the gifts and/or a true 5-fold ministry keep the church clean; Urim-Thumin*see next slide)3. Power (1 Cor 2:1-5; Acts 20:9-12; Acts28:7-9) 40
  41. 41. Ephesus: The FIRST AgeThe pattern & example – Alpha& Omega1. True to the Word - ―angel preach other gospel‖ Gal 1:6-92. Spirit-filled & led – Urim&ThummimEx 28:13-30Originally translated ‗lights & perfections.‘ A more accurateinterpretation is ‗cursed or faultless,‘ in reference to theGods view of an accused. In other words, when the law orexternal facts were unclear, Urim and Thummim were usedto supernaturally &simply answer the question innocent orguilty, y-n.3. Power – confirmed the Word w/ signs & wonders Mk 16:20,Acts 14:3; Satan cannot cast out Satan Mat 12:26; anointed ones(rain falls on just and unjust Mat 5:45, Matt 7:23) 41
  42. 42. Ephesus: The FIRST AgeShort age: 53-170AD―Aimed At & Relaxing‖ – ―Drifting‖1. Jude 1:3 ―earnestly contend for the faith…‖ vs.4 ―certain men crept in unawares…‖ vs. 11-12 ―way of Cain, error of Balaam…‖2. Acts 20:29 ―after my departing, grievouswolves…‖3. 2 Peter 2:1-22 ―there shall be false teachersamong you…‖4. 1 John 2:18 ―even now there are manyantichrists…‖ 42
  43. 43. Ephesus: The FIRST AgeMessenger – Paul, the Apostle"For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelationof Jesus Christ. .. But when it pleased God, Who separated me from mymothers womb, and called me, by His grace, To reveal His Son in me, that Imight preach Him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not amongflesh and blood:
Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which wereapostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again untoDamascus." Galatians 1:12-19"But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision wascommitted unto me, as the Gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter:
(ForHe That wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of thecircumcision, the Same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)." Galatians2:7-9"For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, Imagnify mine office." Romans 11:13 43
  44. 44. Ephesus: The FIRST AgeStars in the right hand (Rev 2:1)Walketh in the midst of the seven goldencandlesticks (Rev 2:1)Tried (by the Word) them that say they areapostles (Rev 2:2) [apostles-elders-leaders Gal 2:11 ―But whenCephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, becausehe was to be blamed.‖][Rebuke] Left thy first love (Rev 2:4)Repent (Rev 2:5)Hate the deeds of the Nicolaitanes(Rev 2:6)He that hath an ear (Rev 2:7) 44
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  46. 46. Ephesus: The FIRST AgeDeeds of the Nicolaitanes, become Doctrines,become Anti-Christ IncarnateThe "clergy order" being set in motion by the Nicolaitans here in theEphesian Age would later developed into the papal hierarchy of priestsand clergy over the laity.God has placed guidelines even for the ministry to be governed by: "TheElders which are among you, I exhort, who am also an elder..... Feed theflock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not for filthylucre but of a ready mind. Neither as being lords over Gods heritage butbeing examples to the flock." 1 Peter 5:1-3 "Brethren, be followerstogether of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you evenweeping, [that they are] the enemies of the cross of Christ:" Philippians3:17-18 46
  47. 47. Ephesus: The FIRST AgeThe spiritual lessons from the Ephesian church age 1.) The labor and works and patience of the Ephesians was excellent even when they didnt have the whole N.T. cannon to read and to follow. 2.) They couldnt bear the evil ones when false apostles were exposed in their church. a.) expose falsehood in love and not allow error to creep into the church. Be zealous against evil even among those who claim to have authority from God but are wrong-- 1 Timothy 5:20 " Them that sin, rebuke before all; that others might also fear. " b.) Theres a time to openly confront evil for the sake of the safety of the church. 3.) Not to leave the first love, as they did, and to keep doing the same works but keep the motive behind them unchanged--a love for Jesus and an excitement for Him, pleasing Him in His presence and doing what delights His heart. 4.) We must be hearers of the Truth and overcomes of the opposing spirit and challenge of the day in which we live. 47
  48. 48. Smyrna: The SECOND AgeRevelation 2:8-11 ¶ And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write;These things saith the first and the last, Is. 44:6; 48:12 – Rev 1:17; 22:13which was dead, and is alive.I know thy works, and tribulation,and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy ofthem which say they are Jews, and are not, but are thesynagogue of Satan. Fear none of those things which thoushalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison,that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: bethou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saithunto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of thesecond death Rev 20:14; 21:8. 48
  49. 49. St. Peter‘s Basilica – Synagogue ofSatan 49
  50. 50. Smyrna: The SECOND Age Well-protected harbor at mouth of Hermus. Destroyed by rival king in 627 B.C.; rebuilt in 290 B.C. to Alexanders design, after his death. Beautiful city, one of finest in Asia. A center of worship to "the deity of Rome and emperor"; temple to Tiberius there. Persecution of Christians resulted. Held Olympic games in honor to Nero--"Savior of the Entire Human Race." Highly-reputed schools of rhetoric and philosophy. Many Jews hostile to Christianity; carried wood to burn Polycarp in 166 A.D. 50
  51. 51. ―Perishing they were additionally made intosports: they were killed by dogs by havingthe hides of beasts attached to them, orthey were nailed to crosses or set aflame,and, when the daylight passed away, theywere used as nighttime lamps. Nero gave hisown gardens for this spectacle andperformed a Circus game…‖Tacitus (c. 55 -117 CE) 51
  52. 52. Nero crucifiedChristians, and usedthem as torches to lighthis evening activities 52
  53. 53. Smyrna: The SECOND Age Messenger – Irenaeus(Rev 2:8-11)1. He was the disciple of that great saint and warrior of faith, Polycarp. 2. Closest to the original messenger (gifts, etc.) 3. militant against any form of organization Works, Tribulation, Poverty 170-312AD ―Bitter‖ -Its namesake, myrrh, was a precious spice to embalm the dead (see John 19:39,40). 53
  54. 54. Smyrna: The SECOND Age Tribulation, and poverty (Rev2:9) The synagogue of Satan (Rev 2:9) Devil cast you in a prison, tried 10 days (Rev 2:10) Faithful unto death (Rev 2:10) NO rebuke He that hath an ear (Rev 2:11) He has nothing negative to say about this church. All he says is just be faithful; just keep your eyes on me and trust in me. He knows what His people can bear, and Jesus says He wont allow anything greater to come upon them than what theyre able to bear (1 Cor.10:13). 54
  55. 55. Together with hisdeacons Sociusand Festus, andhis lectorDesiderius,Januarius, bishopof Beneventum,was subjected tomost atrocioustorturing duringthe Diocletianpersecution (about304).Nevertheless, withGods aid theywere preservedunmaimed. Thewild animals letloose upon themwould not attack.They were finallybeheaded atPuteoli. 55
  56. 56. Smyrna: The SECOND AgeThe spiritual lessons from the ―Smyrnan church age‖ 1.) We will ALL be tested, tried and face tribulations – some unto death. We have to, as it were, be willing to give our lives as necessary and even be willing to die for Jesus Christ. Sometimes its harder to live for Him than to die for Him. 2.) Love and commitment to God were fanned to a flame by the winds of persecution, and were spiritually healthy and vital even though outwardly they may have been poor and needy. 3.) Fear not is a message to saints in trouble. He wants us to learn to walk in the love and peace of God and overcome evil with good and not be revengeful or anxious. 4.) God had nothing bad to say about them. 56
  57. 57. Pergamos: The THIRD AgeRevelation 2:12-17¶ And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith hewhich hath the sharp sword with two edges. I know thy works, and where thoudwellest, even where Satans seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hastnot denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr,who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. But I have a few thingsagainst thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam,who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eatthings sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. Num 25:1-3; 31:16 Sohast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with thesword of my mouth. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith untothe churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, Ex16:14-15 and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written,which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. 57
  58. 58. Pergamos: The THIRD AgeCapital of Asia until second century A.D. In beautiful district onnorth bank of the Caicus.Filled with idolatry;Rivaled Ephesus in temples. Had temples to Caesar, Zeus, Athena,Dionysos, etc.A center of Emperor worship along with Smyrna.Aesculapius (Asklepios), god of healing, worshipped in form of liveserpent in temple. Coins show Aesculapius bearing serpent-wreathedrod. UN symbol – a type of ‗benevolent‘ One WorldSystem/Lordship?"Satans throne" (Rev. 2:13)--- worship of serpent (or possibly ofCaesar).Home of a medical university. The citys library (200,000 volumes) wassecond only to Alexandrias. Learning – Tree of KnowledgeManufactured ointments, pottery, tapestry, and parchment. 58
  59. 59. A fire was lit inside a metal idol,heated until the idol was extremelyhot, and then a baby would beplaced in the arms of the idol andconsumed or slid inside the idol andburned to death. [Cleitarchus, 315BC] "They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons as offering to Baal" (Jeremiah 19:5; 32:35) 59
  60. 60. Pergamos: The THIRD Age Messenger – St. Martin (Rev 1:8,11) The pattern & example – Alpha & Omega 1. True to the Word 2. Spirit-filled & led 3. Power 312-606AD ―Thoroughly Married‖ 60
  61. 61. ―Saint Martin encountered ‗a naked man, trembling andshaking for cold, and begging alms of those that passed by.Martin, seeing those that went before him take no notice ofthis miserable object, thought he was reserved for himself. Byhis charities to others he had nothing left but his arms andclothes upon his back; when, drawing his sword, he cut hiscloak in two pieces, gave one to the beggar, and wrappedhimself in the other half. Some of the bystanders laughed atthe figure he made in that dress, whilst others were ashamednot to have relieved the poor man. In the following night St.Martin saw in his sleep Jesus Christ dressed in that half ofthe garment that he had given away, and was bid to look at itwell and asked whether he knew it‘.…‖Saint Martin of Tours 61
  62. 62. St. Martinsaw in hissleepJesusChristdressed inthat half ofthegarmentthat he hadgiven away 62
  63. 63. Pergamos: The THIRD Age"I know where thou dwellest, even where Satans seat (literally--throne)is..."The reference here is to the Esculapias, a serpent god. Some say thatthe Jews kept the brass serpent wrapped on a pole that Moses made,and secretly worshipped it. This serpent reference goes back toGenesis, and forward to Revelation 20:2 ―And he laid hold of thedragon, the serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan‖.Thoroughly married also speaks of consummation – a union, just as itwas in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:1-15; ―And the LORD Godsaid unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the womansaid, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.‖ [beguiled-seduced] 2Corinthians 11:2-4 – Eve was NOT chaste…Satans throne was established in this church age in the name of RomanCatholicism at Rome. It becomes Satans seat in that age. The bishopof Rome obtained more and more power until he was recognized as thehead of the church, and ―Vicar of Christ‖. 63
  64. 64. Pergamos: The THIRD Age This Age spans the time from Constantines Edict of Toleration for Christians to what is considered the first actual true pope and the beginnings of the Catholic Church. "Pergamos" means "much or thoroughly married". The symbolic reference is to the fact that Christianity in this church age was being married to paganism; The spiritual marriage of Jezebel (daughter of the high priest of Baal) to Ahab, King of Israel... This was an age of compromise and spiritual decline, overrun w/ deceptive doctrines and compromising in the church. Satan could not destroy the church, so he infiltrated itw/ pagan worship, etc... 64
  65. 65. Pergamos: The THIRD Age Niceaen Council in 325 AD. The dilution of Jesus and the Godhead, into the ―Trinity‖ & the use of the Titles, ―Father, Son, Holy Ghost.‖ Rev 2:13: It was a period when there where different opinions of who Jesus was. So when Jesus says, Thou art holding fast my name, Hes not talking to heretical churchmen and, but Hes talking to His remnant-- those who had a revelation of the name of Jesus (Matt 24:28), that He‘s the only one that saves, heals, forgives, etc.-- not Mary, or the pope, or the church, etc... Its not by works, but by grace. The last group to retain the revelation and practice of correct water baptism in the Name of Jesus Christ [Acts 2:38, 8:16, 10:48, 19:5]. Acts 4:12; Matt.1:21— ―no other name by which men are saved by‖, ―His name shall be called Jesus.‖ 65
  66. 66. All Pagan religions from the time of Babylon, haveadopted in one form or another a trinity doctrine or a triador trinity of gods – the mother-child being notable…In ancient Sumeria it was Anu the primary god of heaven,Enlil, (the wind-god) the god of the earth, and Enki wasthe god of waters and the lord of wisdom;In Babylon it was Nimrod, Semiramis (Ishtar), and BabylonTammuz;In Egypt it was Osiris, Isis, and HorusIn Greece it was Zeus, Apollo, AthenaIn Rome it was Jupiter, Mars, VenusIn Papal Rome it was Father, Son, Mary (originally – Rome Egyptchanged to Father, Son, Holy Ghost) 66
  67. 67. Pergamos: The THIRD AgeNumbers 25:1-9;31:16 - Thru Balacking of Moab, Israel wasseduced into pagan rites in the worship of Baal, and many of themtook women from the Midianites and Moabites and committedfornication-- 24,000 Israelites were slain in a plague as a result.Rev 2:14: ―many that hold the doctrine (or teaching) of Balaam‖ -Balaam was an anointed man within Israel who was a compromiser.Balaam said, ‗I cant curse them because God has blessed them.However, if you somehow can tempt them to sin, God will forsake themand curse them.‘When Constantine came forth w/ his Edict of Toleration, he said‗theres no more persecution of Christians, by law were all going to beChristians‘. Many were given money and clothing to convert – there nolonger was any distinction between the church and the world.Christianity was married w/ paganism.Constantines reason was to unify his empire. ―If ya Can‘t beat ‗em,join ‗em…‖ 67
  68. 68. The Roman EmperorConstantine saw a visionof the Chi-Rho symbol ofChrist and the words, inGreek,Εντουτονικα(pronounced: "entoutonika‖- "in this signconquer"), before his greatvictory at the MilvianBridge just outside Rome.Converted?? Constantinesupported both Christianity andpaganism, and retained the titlepontifexmaximus, the chief priestof the state cult, until his death. 68
  69. 69. Pergamos: The THIRD Age Rev 2:17: ―will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.‖ The stone is symbolic of revelation. ―Upon this Rock I will build my Church…‖ Each TRUE believer knows who Jesus is, and that he is saved – this is a revelation, and the gates of Hell cannot prevail. 69
  70. 70. Pergamos: The THIRD Age Spiritual lessons for us from this Pergamos church age: 1.). Pergamos was where Satans seat or throne was; this corresponds to the founding of the Roman Catholic church. 2.). We also live in a time when theres going to be world government and theres going to be a world church. 3.) the anti-christ spirit , Nicolaitan spirit, around since Paul‘s day, is getting stronger. Eventually, its going to culminate in the Antichrist himself being revealed and coming into full power – as Constantine Pontiff Maximus was. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 tells us that this ―man of perdition‖ will be revealed in some measure around the time of the Rapture of the saints, and therefore, he most likely is alive on earth at this time, considering that were living in the last generation. 70
  71. 71. Thyatira: The FOURTH AgeRevelation 2:18-29 ¶ Unto the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These things saith the Son ofGod, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass. I know thy works,and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more thanthe first. Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that womanJezebel, 1 Kin 16:31; 2 Kin 9:22, 30 which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seducemy servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. And I gave her spaceto repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and themthat commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I willkill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reinsand hearts: Ps 7:9; Jer 17:10 and I will give unto every one of you according to his works. Ps62:12 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thy-atira, as many as have not this doctrine, andwhich have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.But that which ye have already, hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth myworks unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod ofiron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: Ps 2:8-9 even as I received of myFather. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spiritsaith unto the churches. 71
  72. 72. Thyatira: The FOURTH Age Messenger – Columba (Rev 1:8,11) The pattern & example – Alpha & Omega 1. Called by God thru an audible voice 2. Spirit-filled & led missionary 3. Miraculous power The longest age, about 900 years: 606- 1520AD ―Dominating Female‖ A period of unchecked papal power where the popes claimed and exercised dominion over the kingdoms of the earth. 72
  73. 73. Thyatira: The FOURTH Age Surrounded by many rivers, full of leeches. Well off financially due to the corporate guilds (unions) The major religion of Thyatira was the worship of Apollo Tyrimnaios (Sun god), which was joined with the emperor worship cult. Apollo (Jesus) communicated his knowledge of his fathers will to men through a prophetess who sat on a tripod chair. Anyone who refused to join in the idolatrous feasts and licentious orgies was barred from these first century unions. The Roman Church had an iron disposition (Ecc 7:25-28) 73
  74. 74. Thyatira: The FOURTH Age She is Mystery Babylon. (Revelation 17:5) She is the great whore. (Revelation 17:9, 18) A true female is submissive to God. Christ is her head (1 Cor 11:3-16 (headship & hair cutting). She has no word but His, no thoughts but His, no leadership but His. The Roman Church has cast out the Word, slain those who would preach the truth, ruled over kings and nations - and insists that she is the true body of Christ and that her popes are the vicars of Christ. VicariusFileii Dei – ‗in place of the Son of God‘ (Revelation 13:17-18)VICARIUS: V = 5, I = 1, C = 100, I + 1, U (or V) = 5; for FILEII: I = 1, L = 50, I = 1, I = 1; for DEI: D = 500, I = 1; total 666. 74
  75. 75. Thyatira: The FOURTH Age The Whore demands complete allegiance & obeisance. 1. 1869, Vatican Council, dogma of Papal Infallibility (Revelation 18: 7 ‗I sit as Queen, yet am no widow.‘) 2. 1965, Lee Vayle& 7 C/A, Page 328 PP3; ―who then will have the power of infallibilitywhich is to be restored in this last age? … I will tell you who will have it. It will be a prophet.‖ 3. 2006, Joseph Branham, St. Petersburg, Russia; "I believe that everything Brother Branham says is Thus Saith The Lord.‖ ―If this Message is your absolute then we can fellowship with one another. If you have another absolute, if you take another mans idea, another mans thought, his interpretation, then we cant fellowship." 75
  76. 76. Mary Queen of HeavenEgyptian Isis & Horus 76
  77. 77. Pope Benedict XVI 77
  78. 78. Thyatira: The FOURTH Age As we saw in the previous Pergamaen Age, the nominal church was ―thoroughly married‖ to the pagan system Revelation 2:20 ―thou sufferest that woman Jezebel." 1. 75 years after King Solomon, Ahab of Israel married Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal, the king of Sidon (1 Kings 16:31). 2. Ethbaal was a priest of Estartewho was a female deity, and they called her the queen of heaven. 3. Jeremiah 7:18--denounces this worship of the queen of heaven 4. Roman Catholicism substitutes Mary for Estarte – changes pagan Estarte fertility celebration to ‗Easter.‘ Accept false teaching=spiritual fornication 78
  79. 79. Easter: Astarte, Ishtar, Mary – Queen of Heaven & FertilityWhat‘s Jesusgot to do with it ? Pagan ? YesNothing… 79
  80. 80. Thyatira: The FOURTH Age Revelation 2:28 "And I will give him the morning star.‖ The morning star is the last star thats visible before the dawning of the day, and Gods telling them--you in this church age are living in a dark night. You are living in a period of gross darkness; where darkness is covering not only the nations, but the church and we even know this period as "the dark ages"--the midnight hour of the papacy when the light of God was almost lost to his people (Isaiah 60:1-2) Martin Luther‘s revelation of Jesus would be that morning star arising for the next age of Sardis … 80
  81. 81. I am … the bright and morning star. – Revelation 22:16But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and moreunto the perfect day. – Proverbs 4:18 81
  82. 82. Thyatira: The FOURTH AgeSpiritual lessons for us from this Thyatira church age: 1.). We are not to suffer the Jezebel spirit (Proverbs 25:24 ―It is better to dwell in the corner of the housetop, than with a contentious (competing) woman…‖ )cf. Gen 1:26-28 2.) The offspring of this hellish union will produce spiritual death – everlasting separation from God 3.) there is only one mediator and one absolute – Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 2:5; Matthew 24:25) "I know thy works; and the last to be more than the first." This is remarkable. As the darkness of the age increased; as the honor roll of the martyrs grew lengthier day by day, they worked all the harder, they served all the more, and their faith increased. 82
  83. 83. Sardis: The FIFTH AgeRevelation 2:18-29 ¶ Unto the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These thingssaith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars. I know thyworks, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful,and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have notfound thy works perfect before God. Remember therefore how thou hastreceived and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt notwatch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I willcome upon thee. Mat 24:43-44; Luk 12:39-40; Rev 16:15 Thou hast a few nameseven in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walkwith me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall beclothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book oflife, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Mat10:32; Luke 12:8 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto thechurches. 83
  84. 84. Sardis: The FIFTH AgeMessenger – Martin Luther (Rev 1:8,11)The Morning Star1. At the end of the Dark Ages2. ―The just shall live by faith.‖ Romans 1:173. He stood against an entrenched empire1520-1750AD―Dead‖Known as ―The Reformation‖ period95 Thesis nailed to Wittenberg Church doorsPrinting press invented & helps spread truth 84
  85. 85. "I would never havethought that such astorm would risefrom Rome over onesimple scrap ofpaper..." (MartinLuther) 85
  86. 86. ―…The second group of my work is directed aginst the foul doctrine and evilliving of the Popes, past and present... Through the laws of the Pope and thedoctrines of men, the consciences of the faithful have been miserably vexed andflayed. If I recant these books, I will do nothing but add strength to tyranny andopen not just the windows but also the doors to this great ungodliness... In thethird group I have written against private persons and individuals who upholdRoman tyranny and have attacked my own efforts to encourage piety to Christ. Iconfess that I have written too harshly. I am but a man and I can err. Only let myerrors be proven by Scripture and I will revoke my work and throw my books intothe fire...Unless I am convinced by Scripture and by plain reason and not by Popes andcouncils who have so often contradicted themselves, my conscience is captive tothe word of God. To go against conscience is neither right nor safe. I cannotand I will not recant. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me.‖Martin Luther‘s reply at the Diet of Worms, April 18, 1521 ―I cannot and I will not recant.‖ 86
  87. 87. Sardis: The FIFTH AgeSardis was the capital of ancient Lydia. It passedfrom the hands of Lydian monarchs to thePersians and thence to Alexander the Great.Eventually the Romans took over.In the time of Tiberius it was desolated byearthquakes and plagues.The religion of this city was the impure worship ofthe moon goddess Cybele, supplanting the Sungod DeoiusWith the ascendancy of Rome, this mother-soncult is replaced with Mary & Jesus. 87
  88. 88. Sardis: The FIFTH AgeThe Seven Spirits actually refer to the OneSpirit of God working out the will and Word ofGod in different generations.these seven stars, or seven messengers are in Hishand. He is holding them and they are associatedwith His power. That is what the ‗right hand‘signifies. Is 41:10; Ps 137:5; Acts 2:34 & 7:55-56; Matt 26:64These 7 are special leaders of His own choosingand through the determined counsel of His ownwill. They appear once in each age. It is the sameSpirit in them (light through a prism). 88
  89. 89. Sardis: The FIFTH AgeRevelation 3:1b, "I know thy works, that thou has a name that thou livest, and art dead.‖ 1. The leadership of the Holy Spirit was superseded by a human hierarchy. 2. The pure Word of God and its free benefit to all men was deposed for creeds, dogmas, church orders, etc. 3. The worship in the Spirit and Gifts of the Spirit and the true community fellowship of the saints was cast aside for liturgy and literal idol worship, pagan feasts, etc. 4. Maryolatrywas assuming a greater place in the Christian worship, until she had assumed a place of Godhead and the Son was brought from His position of Lord of all to being replaced by a man called the pope, who termed himself the Vicar of Christ. 89
  90. 90. Sardis: The FIFTH Age This era gave tremendous growth to the denominational spirit. There were Lutherans, Hussites, Zwinglis party, etc. Such fragmentation of the Body was deplorable. They were living a name but were dead. 1 Corinthians 1:10-13―Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment… Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided?‖ 90
  91. 91. Sardis: The FIFTH Age This denominational spirit has made all the groups write their manuals and teach their creeds, set up their offices and church governments and then each claims that she, and she alone, truly speaks for God. Both the Roman Church & Protestant churches are doing this! They are right back there with their mother, the harlot, and dont know it.JUDGMENT Revelation 3:3, "Remember therefore how thou has received and heard, and hold fast and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know the hour I will come upon thee.‖ 91
  92. 92. Martin Luther said, ―Unless I am convincedby Scripture…‖Joseph Branham says, ―These are the instructionsthat Brother Branham left us…Therefore I believethat this is the way it must be done by all…‖ 92
  93. 93. Sardis: The FIFTH Age"I will come on thee as a thief." Ancient Sardis was constantly harassedby bandits that swooped down from the hills and pillaged the people.Thus they knew only too well what the Spirit was saying in that thecoming of the Lord is as a thief.Vigilance and preparation alone will suffice to be ready for Jesus‘coming.We know that this is a warning for the false vine, for the coming of theLord will be as it was in the days of Noah. The eight saved were wellaware of the impending flood, and being aware were prepared andsaved. But the world of the ungodly was swept away. Though theydaily were in contact with the righteous and heard the truth, they turnedit aside until it was too late. Those carnal people in that ancient periodtype out today the nominal Christians whose lives are full of earthlythings, and take pleasure in them to such an extent that they have nodesire for the Spiritual, and are not at all aware of, nor readied for Hisappearing. 93
  94. 94. "I will come on thee as a thief." 94
  95. 95. Philadelphia: The SIXTH AgeRevelation 2:18-29¶ Unto the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These things saith he that isholy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no manshutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth. Is 22:22 know thy works: behold, Ihave set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a littlestrength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I willmake them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, butdo lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, Is 60:14 andto know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience,I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all theworld, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold thatfast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I makea pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write uponhim the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is newJerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: Rev 21:2 and I willwrite upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spiritsaith unto the churches. 95
  96. 96. Philadelphia: The SIXTH Age Messenger – John Wesley (Rev 3:8,11) The restoration of personal holiness 1. True to the Word 2. Spirit-filled & led 3. Power 1750-1906AD ―Brotherly Kindness‖ ―An Open Door‖ – age of missionaries ‗Man‘ anointing – intellect; dictionaries, concordances, Bible translations (start w/ Luther‘s German translation) 96
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  98. 98. Philadelphia: The SIXTH Age‗Holiness– of course we take it seriously. Why do you ask?‘ I‘m afraid many people either don‘t understand what holiness is/means, or they seem like this poster – insincere & hypocritical"You may as well quit reading and hearing the Word of God, and give it to the devil, if you do not desire to live according to it."
-- Martin Luther 98
  99. 99. Philadelphia: The SIXTH Age‗Holiness– of course we take it seriously. Why do you ask?‘ To God, holiness is not important, it is required"Without holiness no man shall see the Lord" (Heb. 12:14)"I delight in the law of God after the inward man" (Rom. 7:22)"Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life" (Luke 21:34)"I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection, lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway" (1 Cor. 9:27)1 Peter 1:15-16; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; Ephesians 1:4; Galatians 5:17; James 3:2 99
  100. 100. Philadelphia: The SIXTH AgeTo God, holiness is not important, it is required―Who may ascend the hill of the Lord…?‖ (Ps 24:3-4)―They brought before God a strange fire…they died‖ (Lev 10:1-3) There is a legend that the high priest started to have a rope tied around his waist, in order to be pulled out of the Holy of Holies, should he be struck dead – but the truth is that the robe with bells that rang ‗holy, holy, holy‘ was worn in the Holy Place (Ex 28:30-35). It was assumed that to proceed from the outer and through the inner court, the question of worthiness and holiness was answered – no outward show was required while standing in God‘s Shekinah… ―him that is holy, be holy still.‖ – Rev 22:11 100
  101. 101. "Christ loved the Church, and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it" (Eph. 5:25, 26). "He gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purifyIn short, to talk of men being saved fromthe guilt of sin, without being at the same unto Himself atime saved from its dominion in their peculiar people,hearts, is to contradict the witness of all zealous of goodScripture. works" (Titus 2:14). 101
  102. 102. ‖Sanctify you completely; spirit, soul, and body" (1 Thes. 5:23). ‖For by one offering He has perfected those who are being sanctified" (Heb 2:11). ‖For this is the will of God, your sanctification…" (1 Thes 4:3,7).Sanctification=cleansed and set aside for service…Sanctification is instantaneous beforeGodthrough Christ, but it is progressive beforeman through obedience to the Holy Spirit and theWord. 102
  103. 103. Philadelphia: The SIXTH AgeSpiritual lessons 1.) Jesus reveals himself as ‗he that is holy‘, and therefore God expects holiness in our lives. In our behavior, in our manner of life and in the way we relate to the world, and to people around us and the way we deal w/ our brothers and sisters. Being separate unto Him and desiring to please Him in all things. 2.) Jesus showed himself as he that is true or that is real. So God is saying Im calling for a reality in my church, Im real, Im genuine and I want you to be real and genuine. 103
  104. 104. Laodicea: The SEVENTHRevelation 2:18-29 Age¶ Unto the angel of the church of Thyatira write; These things saith the Amen,the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God. Prov 8:22 Iknow thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee outof my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and haveneed of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, andpoor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, thatthou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that theshame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, thatthou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: Prov 3:21; Heb 12:6be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if anyman hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him,and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne,even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He thathath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. 104
  105. 105. Laodicea: The SEVENTH Age Messenger – Wm. Branham aka Elijah the Prophet (Rev 2:8,11; Rev 10:1-7; Mal 4:5-6; Luke 17:30) God prophesied, ―I will send you Elijah…before the…day of the Lord‖ (Mal 4:5. Jesus said this man would ‗restore all things‘ (Matt 17:11). What does this mean? Who is this prophet-messenger, angel to the 7th church age? Has he come already? Is he yet to appear? Will this Elijah be one of the two witnesses? How will we recognize him? 105
  106. 106. Laodicea: The SEVENTH AgeMessenger – Wm. Branham aka Elijah the Prophet How will we recognize him? Most ages had difficulty recognizing the ones that God had sent (Romans 11:13; 1 Thes 2:15; 1. Noah 2. Moses 3. David 4. ―O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee..‖ Matt 23:29-39 5. Elijah (in John Baptist) ―Elias is come already, and they knew him not…‖ Matt 17:12 106
  107. 107. O Jerusalem,Jerusalem,thou thatkillest theprophets, andstonest themwhich are sentunto thee..‖ Matt23:29-39 107
  108. 108. Laodicea: The SEVENTH AgeMessenger – Wm. Branham aka Elijah the Prophet How will we recognize him? Among many Christians and Messianic believers, there is an expectation of one who will appear in the power and spirit of Elijah before the second coming of Yeshua the Messiah. Even observant Jews expect EliyahuhaNavi (Elijah the prophet) to come before Maschiachben David (Messiah, son of David), as evidenced by the traditional Passover seder service, where a cup of wine is symbolically set out for Elijah. 1. Isaiah 61:2 ―acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance―; Luke 4:16-21; a scripture is split – 2000 years between 2. Malachi 3:1 / Isaiah 40:3 / John 1:19-13; Luke 1:17– John Baptist 3. Malachi 4:5 – Wm Branham aka Elijah 108
  109. 109. The Spirit of ELIJAHThe spirit of Elijah is used FIVE times through history:1. Elijah – 1 Kings 17:222. Elisha – 2 Kings 2:9 receives "a double portion" of Elijahs spirit3. John the Baptist ―Elias is come already, and they knew him not…‖Matt 17:124. William Branham ―I will send Elijah the prophet…‖ Mal 4:5-65. Elijah (in one of the two witnesses) ―power to shut heaven, that it rainnot…‖ Rev 11:6 109
  110. 110. Laodicea: The SEVENTH Age The pattern & example – Alpha &Omega 1. True to the Word (Gal 1:8-9; 1 Cor 14:36-37; 1 Thes 2:13) 2. Spirit-filled & led (Gal 1:1) 3. Power (Mark 16:17; 16:20; Matt 10:5-8; John 10:37-39; John 14:12) Joel 2:25 ―I will restore to you…‖ Matt 17:11 ―Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.…‖ Acts 2:17 ―And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:…‖ Azusa Street Revival… 110
  111. 111. Laodicea: The SEVENTH AgeThe Church Condition in the Last Days Short age: 1906AD to Present Frequent earthquakes – eventually destroyed ―Peoples Rights‖ Rev 3:16 ―thou art lukewarm…‖ Rev 3:17 ―I am rich, and increased with goods…‖ Rev 3:15 ―thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked…‖ 111
  112. 112. Rev 3:17 ―I am rich, and increased with goods…‖ 112
  113. 113. Rev 3:14 ‖Laodicea - Peoples Rights…‖ 113
  114. 114. Rev 3:15 ―thou artwretched, andmiserable, and poor,and blind, and naked…‖ 114
  115. 115. Rev 3:15 ―and knowest NOT that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked…‖What‘s the difference?? 115
  116. 116. Rev 3:18 ―anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, thatthou mayest see.…‖ 116
  117. 117. Rev 1:13 & 2:1, Jesus is ―in the midst‖ and―walks among‖ the 7 churches, by the lastage He has been kicked out of His ownchurch – replaced by creeds, dogma, etc.―In that day seven women will take hold ofone man…we will eat our own bread & wearour own clothes, but be called by yourname…‖ Isaiah 4:1; Rev 18:7 No room in the inn – Luke 2:7 Go outside camp, bear his reproach – Heb 13:13 Despised, rejected – Is 53:1-3 Rejected King – Mark 11:8-10; John 6:15 Why call me Lord, and do not the things I say? – Luke 6:46 Lord, Lord…depart, I never knew you – Matt 7:21-23 ―Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.‖ 117
  118. 118. The Breach between the Seven Church Ages andthe Seven SealsChapter Four and Five of Revelation is called ―TheBreach‖ because they lay positioned betweenChapter Three and Chapter Six. They also appearto occur in Heaven, whereas Chapters Two andThree that deal with the Seven Church Ages, andChapter Six which is the events that transpire uponthe Earth after the Seals are opened. The Breach isalso a transition from a world order under grace, to aworld order under judgment and wrath. The very actof the Lamb of God leaving the mercy seat to retrievethe Sealed Book signifies a cessation of the oldorder under a dispensation of intercessory grace, to anew era of The Lion of Judah assuming his Kinglythrone to sit as ruler and judge. 118
  119. 119. The Breach between the Seven Church Ages andthe Seven SealsThe Lamb‘s blood had been upon the mercy seat fornearly two thousand years, that blood was ―the bloodof an everlasting covenant. (Hebrews 13:20).Everlasting is a long span of time, not time without endor eternal. The lamb‘s redemptive work concludesduring the Last Days, the ceremonial act of KinsmanRedeemer calls for Him to leave the throne of mercyto take the book out of the right hand of God. Oncethe bloody lamb leaves his intercessory work, the samethrone becomes a throne of judgment; there is nolonger any mercy, grace or power to wash away theGentiles sins - ―and he which is filthy, let him be filthystill.‖ (Revelation 22:11) 119
  120. 120. The Breach between the Seven Church Ages andthe Seven SealsWhen the Seventh Seal is broken, the mystery ofGod is finished – One part of this mystery revealswho was sealed during Christs mediation, and howeach sealed believer overcame in each of SevenChurch Ages. Another aspect of this finishingmystery is the restoration of the Word of God – alldoctrinal errors promulgated over the span of theGentile Church Ages will be corrected and taught.The results of the seventh seal will manifest to theChristian believers as an acceptance of the correctedWord of God and faith for the resurrection (TheRapture), in nominal church-goers as faith to endurethe Great Tribulation, and in unbelievers as hatredtowards Jesus and unwillingness to repent of theirsins. 120
  121. 121. Revelation CHAPTER 4-6 121
  122. 122. AMOS 3:7Surely the Lord GOD will donothing, but he revealeth his secretunto his servants the prophets. 122
  123. 123. Malachi 4:5Behold, I will send you Elijah theprophet before the coming of thegreat and dreadful day of theLORD: 123
  124. 124. The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsRev. William Branham‘s ministry flourished during the1950‘s; he conducted the largest Christian meetingsin history during that time. He traveled all over theworld preaching the gospel, conducting healingcampaigns and proclaiming what he considered to be―the message of the hour‖ – which, to him, was therestored Word of God as prophesied by the ProphetJoel (Joel 2) and by Jesus (Matthew 17:11). 124
  125. 125. The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsRegarding the opening of the Seven Seals and therestoration of the Word, on December 22, 1962, theLord gave William Branham a vision foretelling thisevent immediately after six dreams in succession werebrought to him by brothers and sisters in the Lord.On December 30, 1962, William Branham told hisJeffersonville congregation of a mysterious vision hereceived. In the vision, he saw himself standing on theside of a mountain when a terrible blast occurred.Troubled because he did not know the meaning of thevision, William Branham wondered if the ―third pull‖(his term for the last stage of his ministry – also for thefullness of the Holy Spirit present from the effects ofthe restored Word) was imminent. In addition, heinformed his supporters that he felt a divinecompulsion to move to Tucson, Arizona. 125
  126. 126. The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsIn January 1963, William Branham was in SabinoCanyon, located in the Coronado Mountains northof Tucson. There he sought solitude to determinethe meaning of the mysterious vision. Suddenly, heclaimed, a sword appeared in his hand. A voiceinformed him, ―that is the King‘s sword,‖ and just assuddenly the sword disappeared. William Branhamdescribed the incident: ―If it would have said, ‗AKing‘s sword,‘ it might have been that I wouldunderstand it, but it said, ‗The King‘s sword‘…Ithought, there‘s only One The King; that‘s God.And His sword is this…sharper than any two-edgedsword. ‗Ye abide in me and my Words‘…see. WilliamBranham later asserted that the incident of the King‘ssword was preparing him for the reception of God‘sWord in the opening of the seven seals. 126
  127. 127. The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsHaving gone west at the command of the Lord and inSpring 1963, William Branham, Fred Sothmann andGene Norman all left Tucson on a javelina huntingtrip. It was mid-day when they left for an area inNorthern Arizona referred by some as SunsetMountain. Less than two hours after leaving Tucson,they turned off the paved road at Wilcox and unto thedirt road that led to Bonita and into the canyonsscattered along the rock cliffs and plateaus ofRattlesnake Mesa. 127
  128. 128. The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsAs the javelina season in 1963 ran from March 1through 10, it would have been during this time spanthat his vision of the terrific blast would have beenfulfilled. It was while hunting alone that he witnessedan explosion. Immediately, he says he was caught up ina large cloud that was, in reality, a heavenlyconstellation of seven angels. The angels commanded:―Return back east from where you came and byrevelation and vision, God will open the seven sealsthat have been sealed since John the Revelator wrotethem in the Book of Revelation.‖ 128
  129. 129. The Preliminary to the Opening of the Seven SealsThe angel commanded:‖Return back… God will open the seven seals.‖‖First, a blast shook the earth; then what looked likelittle dots off in the distance rushed in, andmaterialized as a constellation of seven angels in apyramid, into which he was caught up. The seventhnotable angel on top spoke to him of matters that St.John was forbidden to write in the Book ofRevelations, "Seal up those things which the seventhunders uttered, and write them not." It was at thistime that he was told the mysteries of the seven sealswould be revealed to him. He was to go back East, toJeffersonville, Indiana and there Jesus Christ wouldopen the Seals and reveal the mystery to him;afterwards he would then take the ―open book‖ andshare this knowledge with first his congregation andthen to the world. 129
  130. 130. Jesus Warning: Observe the Signs Mat 24:1-14 ¶ And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.vs3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?vs4 And Jesus answered and said unto them: Deception - many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ. Wars and rumours of wars Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: Famines, and pestilences, vs8 All these are the beginning Earthquakes, in divers places. of sorrows. Aka ―birth pangs‖ Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. 130
  131. 131. The first six seals correlate strongly with the sequence of events inthe Olivet Discourse of Matthew 24. Here is a brief overview:First Seal ~ False Christs and counterfeit religionMatt 24:5 ~ False ChristsSecond Seal ~ War (Natural and Spiritual)Matt 24:6-7 ~ Wars and rumors of warsThird Seal ~ Famine (Natural and Spiritual)Matt 24:7 ~ And there shall be faminesFourth Seal ~ Death (Natural and Spiritual)Matt 24:7 ~ and pestilencesFifth Seal ~ Jewish MartyrsMatt 24:9 ~ Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill youSixth Seal ~ The Great Tribulation Period & Judgment on Jerusalem beginsMatt 24:15 ~ When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolationSeventh Seal ~ Silence in Heaven – The Coming of the Lord (Rapture)Matt 24:28 ~ Wheresoever the carcasse is, there will the eagles be gathered. 131
  132. 132. Revelation CHAPTER 4 132
  133. 133. Chapter 4Chapter Focus John was given a vision. There was only one who sat on the throne and it is Jesus. ―ONE THRONE‖ The 24 elders cast their crowns before Jesus feet. Seven lamps are the 7 spirits of God / 7 angels. Jesus is worthy to receive glory, honor and power. Jesus created all things 133
  134. 134. FOUR LIVING CREATURES• Rev 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.• Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
  135. 135. FOCUS!Remember!• THEY WORSHIPPED JESUS CHRIST• Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.• Rev 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 135
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  138. 138. Revelation CHAPTER 5 138
  139. 139. Chapter 5 Focus John saw a book sealed with seven seals. The Lamb (Jesus) is the only one worthy to open the book. Opening this book looses the seven seals. The Lamb (Jesus) is in the midst of the throne. The Lamb (Jesus) takes the book. The golden vials (7 vials/7 last plagues/wrath of God) are filled with the prayers of the saints. We will reign on the earth with Christ. Jesus liveth for ever and ever. 139
  140. 140. Revelation CHAPTER 6 140
  141. 141. Why is the world the way it is?Why can’t we have more love and peaceamong nations and churches to make theworld a better place? You’ll find the answer to that in the Bible, beginning with Revelation chapter 6, about the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
  142. 142. In Revelation Chapter 6, Jesus opensthe book of the future, the book ofprophecy, which is sealed with sevenseals… … and shows the apostle John the future of the world from that time (about 90 AD) to the Last Days (the time in which we are now living) and beyond.
  143. 143. The Sealed Book - ScrollWhat is a seal? A seal was a tab made from hotcandle wax used to seal up a letter or documentuntil it was delivered to the rightful person. Whenthe intended reader received the document orletter which was sealed with the wax, the recipientwould break the seal and reveal what was written,either to himself or to his authorized audience.Regarding the Book (a.k.a. scroll or roll) that wasclosed and sealed with seven seals, Jesus wasthe only one found worthy to break or loose theseals and reveal the contents of what was writtenwithin. 143
  144. 144. The Sealed Book - ScrollThe Holy Spirit is a Seal and a seal signifies afinished work. The saints of all Seven Ages aresealed into Christ by the Holy Spirit.Writing to the Ephesians (Eph. 1:13-14), Paulsaid--"Ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit ofpromise, which is the earnest of our inheritanceuntil the redemption of the purchasedpossession." Then there is a possession that isto be redeemed. What this is, Paul tells us inRomans 8:22-23, "We know that the wholecreation groaneth and travaileth in pain togetheruntil now. And not only they (all earthly createdthings), but ourselves also..." 144
  145. 145. The Sealed Book - ScrollThis roll is a legal document after the ancient form andcustom (See Jeremiah 32:6-15). Jesus has the part ofthe near kinsman (Leviticus 25:49) and ours is the part ofthe one having lost his inheritance. The Redeemer mustbe both worthy, willing and able to loose the seals, revealthe contents, clear the title and restore the inheritance toits lawful heirs.Jesus is qualified and competent. He is willing (―I lay mylife down…‖) He is worthy because He is the sinlessLamb once slain. He is able being the Lion of Judah.(Revelation4:9-10)Thus this whole scene in Revelation 5 is a scene ofJesus fulfilling the part of Kinsman Redeemer. 145
  146. 146. The Sealed Book - ScrollThe sealed book is obviously the book ofredemption, which lists all that he intends toredeem or buy back. The ceremony is a solemnand formal occasion that consummates the rightof redemption. It is performed before the eldersof Israel‘s twelve tribes and the elders ofChristendom‘s twelve Apostles.The opening of the seals reveals the plan ofsalvation for each age or era of the Christianchurch; what spiritual battles were fought, howthe elect lived, died and ultimately overcame. 146
  147. 147. The Sealed Book - ScrollWith the taking of the scroll, Christ has beencommitted the lordship over the world (1 Peter3:22; Philippians 2:9-11). What the Devilpretentiously offered to Jesus is now rightfullyassumed (Matthew 4:8).The scroll and the finalization of the redemptiveprocess would thus signify the rightful transfer ofdominion back to Christ – ―the kingdoms of thisworld are become the kingdoms of our Lord…‖(Revelation 11:15). 147
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  149. 149. THE FOUR LIVING CREATURESWhich are the FOUR ANOINTINGS for the TRUE CHURCH in 7 Ages
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  151. 151. Timeline – 3rd 2000 yearsJesusChrist Rapture The Seven Church Ages 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 2000 yrs Lion Calf Man Eagle 1stSeal 2nd 3rd Seal 4th Seal Four horse riders The Seven Seals 151
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  153. 153. THE FIRST FOUR SEALSWhich are the FOURHORSEME N
  154. 154. The First Seal (John writes:)And I saw when the Lamb(Jesus) opened one of theseals, and I heard, as it werethe noise of thunder, one of THE WHITEthe four beasts saying: “Come HORSEand see.” And I saw, andbehold a white horse and Hethat sat on him had a bow, anda crown was given unto Him:and He went forth conquering,and to conquer. Revelation 6:1-2
  155. 155. FOCUSFirst Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see. Rev 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer. *NOTE: The rider is the Antichrist..Jesus Warning: DeceptionMat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 155
  156. 156. First Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:1-2All the horse riders of Apocalypse are some manifestationof Satan. The white horse rider of the First Seal is falsereligion. False religion has paralleled true religion, andcounterfeit spiritual leaders have competed with God‘sleaders, and His own Christ-life and ministry. Satan via theSerpent, set in motion false religion from the day that hecaused the fall of Eve; he did this by supplanting theconjugal and pastoral position of Adam. (2 Corinthians 11:2-4)Paul spoke of these men, who would come up with strangedoctrines and draw disciples after themselves (Acts 20: 29-31). This religious movement soon preached another Jesus,another Gospel, and was under the influence of anotherspirit (2 Corinthians 11: 3-4). 156
  157. 157. First Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:3-4Notice that this rider had a ―bow‖, but he had no ―arrow‖. Itshows that he is a ―bluffer‖. He is a deceiver and a liar.Notice also that he was ―crowned‖. The ―crowning‖ refersto the founding of the ―Deeds of the Nicolaitans‖, aforce that brought hybrid doctrines and creeds injectedinto the true church of God. ―Nicolaitan‖ is a Greek wordwhich was coined from ―Nikao‖, meaning to ―conquer‖, and―Laus‖, meaning the ―laity‖. This was when politics startedto pollute the church and propagated the ―man-over-manhierarchy‖, perverted men (grievous wolves in sheep‘sclothing) invading the church of God by teaching ―man-made creeds and dogmas‖ (Rev 2:8, 15). 157
  158. 158. First Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:1-2From the very beginning this antichrist power existedparallel to the true Church of Jesus Christ. It started asa very insignificant doctrine of the Nicolaitans (Revelation2: 6). John referred to this branch as he wrote, "Theywent out from us, but they were not of us …" (1 Jn. 2: 19).Those who seemed to be believers were deceived by theenemy after they were separated from the biblical churchand went astray.Later they became prey to the teachings of Balaam(Revelation 2: 14), which brought spiritual death, andfinally suffered the woman Jezebel who was a falseprophetess (Revelation 2: 20) to be their spiritual leader. 158
  159. 159. First Seal: White Horse: DeceptionRev 6:3-4The whole time frame of the First Seal refers to theensuing ministry of Apostle PAUL when he startedministering unto the Gentiles, which then started theEphesian Church Age. The WHITE HORSERIDER is none other than the ANTICHRIST spirit,bringing an impersonation of the Truth, trying to deceivethe electif it were possible. This evil force of the White HorseRider was countered by the LION Spirit from God.―Lion‖, which was the First Beast of God whichannounced the opening of the First Seal, signifying―BOLDNESS of the preaching of the Gospel‖.The first seal covers about the space of the first threechurch ages (33-606 AD – Ephesus, Smyrna andPergamos). 159
  160. 160. The Second Seal And when He had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, “Come and see.” And THE REDthere went out another horse that was red: and power was given to HORSEhim that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that theyshould kill one another; and therewas given unto him a great sword. Revelation 6:3-4
  161. 161. What takes “peace from the earth”? This red horse symbolizes war, and religious bloodshed. War! The horse’s color, red, is appropriate because it represents all the blood shed in man’s hellish wars – particularly during the times of Roman and Roman Catholic persecution of the Church – 65 million plus. “From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?” JAMES 4:1
  162. 162. Second Seal; Red Horse: Wars Rev 6:3 And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see. Rev 6:4 And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword. *NOTE: The rider is the false prophet. Jesus Warning: Wars Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 162
  163. 163. Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4The first seal resulted in the divisions that we sawcome out of the Councils of the fourth and fifthcentury. The Council of Nicaea in 325 AD alteredthe structure of the Godhead and introduced theTrinitarian concept of three Gods in one. Eventually,through a subtle process, the Babylonian systemestablished itself and through the Roman Catholicentity took over the planet.John now sees a red horse.The time of the peaceful co-existence of these twomovements (true church and false church) was now overforever. 163
  164. 164. Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4‖RED‖ Horse symbolizes persecution and tribulationleading to the Holy Inquisition of Rome. It was the timewhen the Roman Church began to persecute theChristians. Millions of Christians were burnt at thestake, fed to the lions, and tortured to death by theRoman Catholic Church, which even included Joan ofArc and St. Patrick.As recorded in history, from the time of St. Augustine in300 AD until AD 1850, 68 million Protestants havebeen killed by the Roman Catholic Church.The Nicolaitan system moved on through this age, fromdoctrine to deed. 164
  165. 165. Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4The false church said, ―It takes a special education toread and understand the Word. Why even Peter saidthat many things Paul wrote were hard to understand.‖Having taken away the Word from the people, it sooncame to the people listening only by what the priesthad to say, and doing what he told them. They tookover the minds and lives of the people and made themthe servants of a despotic priesthood.Those who fought this terrible anti-Christ churchwere destroyed. 165
  166. 166. The Christian Martyrs Last Prayer 166
  167. 167. The following chapter taken from Foxes Christian Martyrs of the World describes the martyrdom of Gods faithful servant, Dr. Rowland Taylor: “Taylor kneeled down and prayed, and a poor woman that was among the people came close and prayed with him; but they thrust her away, and threatened to tread her down with horses. In spite of this, she would not go away, but remained and prayed with him. When he had prayed, he went to the stake, and set himself into a pitch-barrel, which they had prepared for him to stand in, and so stood with his back upright against the stake,FOXES BOOK of MARTYRS - CHAPTER XXIII with his hands folded together, and his eyes towardENGLAND DURING THE REIGN OF QUEEN MARY heaven.”MARTYRDOM OF DR. ROWLAND TAYLOR (1554) 167
  168. 168. Second Seal: Red Horse: WarRev 6:3-4The ‗great sword‘ was epitomized by a 10-year bloodyslaughter of 200,000 by Emperor Diocletian around304 AD, which had been prophesied in Revelation2:10 ―ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thoufaithful unto death.‖The result of war was pestilence because of thedislocations in society; pestilence begat famine, hencethe third seal opened.These seals are ongoing and they develop, war topestilence, to famine and then to death. The secondseal falls into the time when people were forced toaccept the Catholic state-religion and extended rightinto the Dark Ages. 168

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