Revelation … According to Rome it must be a big festival on a pagan day in midwinter. He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The Passover lamb was publically chosen on the 10th day and taken to the person's house and killed on the 14th day. Chapter 3 of the Book of Revelations mentions three church ages where the opposite happened. The reformers restored salvation by faith in Christ and not by works. The first three Chapters of Revelation involve seven candlesticks. The Word of God was their Absolute. The Book of Revelation is full of symbols that describe the history of 2000 years of the seven church ages. The first sign is a woman who represents the nation of Israel (Revelation 12:1-2). “…or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Revelations 2:5) The removal refers to when a people become stubborn, sinful or who betray the truth in error. (Especially since there are 45000 different types of churches today, headed by tens of thousands of pastors with different beliefs. In part, John writes, "Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest" (Revelation 1:12–13). Everybody obeys Rome without even thinking. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? Revelation 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the … The truth of Scripture was getting stronger so the sixth church age looked like the above candlestick. :4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. The apostle Paul pens a similar greeting in II Corinthians 13:14, in which he writes of "the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit," meaning that God's Spirit is the means by which Christians can have a relationship with God. Thyatira the 4th and middle church, for example would be well associated to the middle lamp the Shemash the servant lamp covering the middle and … Thus they have no Absolute to focus their attention on. The 14th day would then be Thursday, when He was killed. They got richer and more materialistic instead of more Biblical. Most scholars agree that the seven candlesticks carry a meaning beyond those seven Asiatic churches in John’s day, representing in some way the entire church of Jesus Christ. The Lord uses seven golden candlesticks to represent these churches. Bow – The bow, a warlike weapon, when held in the hand is a symbol of war. In part 1, John was asked to measure the temple. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. ACTS 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. This was the source or inspiration of our hot cross buns. Eternity must be built on a much better foundation, which is Jesus Christ. A bad mistake. And the two candlesticks - Burning and shining lights. True believers had to flee to wilderness areas. These 12 loaves symbolize the 144000 from the 12 tribes of Israel, at the end of the 7 church ages (at the end of the 7-day week), who have to be back in their Promised Land (symbolized by the Holy Place) to meet Messiah. From them we got Yuletide. The third sign is a child who is symbolic of Christ or the Messiah (Revelation 12:5-6). Thus they would be unable to prove many of their beliefs from Scripture. The pagan Roman Caesar and the Roman Pope Gregory 13 combined to produce the best calendar. This section of Revelation frequently ignored despite a serious warning that Christ Himself sometimes … Christian Truth. Thus mid winter had to be the time of the birth of Jesus to keep the pagans happy. Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. Here two witnesses prophesy 1,260 days. A massive church hierarchy with unscriptural titles would grow to dominate the Dark Ages where the Bible was in Latin and not read by ordinary people. Nero would die, so Paul ignored him, but Jesus would remain so Paul uplifted Him. As time moved on human leadership introduced error as different deviations from Scripture began. One-man-leadership of the church began to creep in. Show me by the Bible what's greater, in the Bible, than a local elder to a local church? He turns around and sees a vision of the Lord Jesus in His glory. The Jews went astray when they introduced the star of their god. reveal a deeper meaning, a definite pattern in God's plan. The New Testament is the way God wants the church to be. There was still much ignorance in the church but a new desire had been awakened to start getting back to the doctrine of the apostles in the New Testament. A cut-down and decorated tree and a star on the top of it were standard pagan mid-winter symbols. To be buried for three nights means that Jesus died on Thursday afternoon. (The source of Mary worship). The Roman bishop invented Christmas. Wait, there’s more! Significantly, they are also the names of the two witnesses who will return to Israel in the Tribulation (Revelation Chapter 11) to turn the 144000 to Messiah. Church Age 1 began in AD 33 on the day of Pentecost. By Nevin Bass “The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The many symbols in the Book of Revelation cover the history of the church plus the events leading up to the Coming of the Lord and then the great Tribulation that sets in as the Gospel returns to the Jews. An unpalatable truth is that persecution and poverty is good for the church. The first four church ages had one thing in common, a movement away from the New Testament church. What are the seven lampstands / candlesticks of Revelation? Only the apostolic doctrines of the New Testament are valid as doctrine to feed the souls of future Christians. NICOLAITANES. The pagans worshiped a star god. Similarly, the Church era will be in total darkness without the Holy Spirit. By means of these clever and popular festivals, that were based on paganism, believers got taken away from the Bible to follow the laws of the Roman Catholic church. Thus the restoration of Spirit and Truth, back to the example of the New Testament church, since the Reformation that started in 1520 looks like this: Thus looking at the full candlestick, in terms of the light of the Bible truth, reveals two trends. The final unsustainable fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Reverend Isaac Owusu-Bempah of Glorious Word Power Ministries International has made a new shocking revelation about the December 7 polls. A discussion of the candlesticks of the book of Revelation. As we get further away from the central lampstand, we are getting further away from the apostolic truth and into the Dark Ages. Thus they were reflecting events that will occur in the New Testament when the seven church ages unfold over 2000 years. Pope, Cardinal, Metropolitan, Archbishop, and Archdeacon are all unscriptural titles but that is what ruled the church. Today there are 45000 different kinds of denominational and non-denominational churches. The Jews will finally receive, from their two prophets, the scraps of New Testament doctrine that their ancestors rejected 2000 years ago. (Yahusha) Candlestick – A symbol of a church, which should be a light in the world. Unscriptural words like Trinity, Christmas, and Pope became the focus of the church. Please note that there is great depth in the symbols of Revelation. Evening Star: Similar to the doji version, except the middle candle has a short body. MATTHEW 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother. And will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent - On the meaning of the word “candlestick” see the notes on Revelation 1:12. The important issue is not the thousands that were fed but rather how many baskets of rejected scraps were picked up by the disciples. Re 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks. The 12 tribes of Israel are represented by the 12 loaves of shewbread. This third church age saw the spirit of paganism infiltrate the church, using Bible words for pagan practices. The Council of Nicaea in AD 325 put the official church under the domination of a ruthless political tyrant, the emperor Constantine. PERGAMOS. At first sight it seemed that the church burned equally brightly in all seven church ages. According to some historians there was no church in the city of Thyatira by the time John the Revelator died about the year AD 100. Bishop is the office of the man. By believing in a seven year Tribulation the churches mess up the Book of Revelation. He was in the tomb for Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night. Hugh Hefner corrupted millions of Americans with his Playboy magazine and bunny girls. Annual church festivals are to be avoided. People were often killed just for owning a Bible or for disagreeing with the Roman Catholic church. The 15th day was the first day of the feast of unleavened bread. The Saviour says, "Ye are the light of the world." Approximately 3 million Christians were killed by the Roman empire from the persecution of Nero starting in AD 64 and ending in AD 312 with the persecution started by emperor Diocletian. Listen to church preachers tell you about the mistakes, contradictions, myths, and faulty translations in the King James Version of the Bible. The above verse is introduces us to a symbol the Lord used in a vision given to the aged apostle John. "As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches" (Revelation 1:20). That is why they claimed the wise men followed the star to the stable. Jesus had warned, “Take heed that no man deceive you” in Matthew 24:4, but people preferred human wisdom instead of Scripture. Before the throne of God in heaven he saw the seven lamps of fire, "which are the seven Spirits of God" (Revelation 4:2,5). :3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. This extended the authority of the Pope over church festivals. A tree, if cut down, usually grows again. This part of Revelation comprises the “what is now” section of Revelation (see Revelation 1:19). Why did he dress the women in bunny outfits? MATTHEW 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: :25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. . So John’s letters were not just describing events in these local churches. The fourth sign is Michael who is symbolic of the angel Michael (Revelation 12:7-17). Chapter 1: A Letter From the LORD of the Candlesticks "1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John:" The Greek word apokalupsis is translated as "revelation" or disclosure of the truth of things previously unknown. God’s rule is simple, as it was in early Babylon: If you refuse to bow, God will refuse to let you burn. The last church age is when the Bride has enough light from their oil lamps in order to read and understand Scripture. . The second church age would see much persecution of the Christians. This was the church age of Thyatira, which means a dominating woman. This clash of spirits occurred within church circles and will continue to the end. This present age of the church of the Laodiceans (notice they make up their own church) is the last church age. A bishop is simply an alternative title for an elder. (Revelation 1:12). Pagan traditions were dressed up in Bible terms. The Reformation made a new start from the other side of the candlestick. This first church age ended during the reign of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD) when Christians were persecuted. The wise men actually went to a house and saw a young Child, not a baby. Christmas on a made up date of 25 December that copied the birthday of the Roman sun god, was declared around AD 350 to be a church festival by Julius, the bishop of Rome. The book of Revelation describes a vision given to the apostle John. God commended this church age. Ishtar became Easter. That represents a wide spectrum of different beliefs. Then John Wesley in England, abstaining from preaching politics and rejecting violence, restored holiness and outreach which laid the foundation for the great open door of the missionary age, where the life-giving pollen of the Word of God was carried around the world. The Bible never asked us to remember the birth of Jesus. What are these seven churches? It is as if the church of the New Testament was "good seed" of Bible truth that was planted by the original apostles. People's Bible Notes for Revelation 11:4. ACTS 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. The second sign is the dragon which is symbolic of Satan (Revelation 12:3-4, 9). MATTHEW 16:10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? They are happy to restore the Spirit of God but not the Truth of revealed Scripture. Reformers were trying to move the church back closer to the Bible beliefs of the first church age of the apostles. This gave Rome even more authority over other people. This is how the seventh church looks as it is locked in man-made commandments and doctrines and thus cannot discover the full truth of Scripture. Then he became Pope when he accepted the title of Pontifex Maximus (Pontif) as High Priest of the Babylonian mysteries which gave him great authority over the pagan tribes that invaded and destroyed the Roman empire. The stage is being prepared for the return of Messiah to Jerusalem. The final seed that a plant produces is identical to the original seed that was planted. Rome made the laws of Christmas. JEREMIAH 10:2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven [signs of the Zodiac]; for the heathen are dismayed at them. :27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? 'Elder' always has and always will refer simply to a man's chronological age in the Lord. Picking the date 25 December according to the new Roman calendar, which had been changed in 45 BC by the Roman dictator Julius Caesar, gave this Roman calendar authority over other nations. To see the “voice” here means to see the “person” who spake. This was a High Day or special Sabbath. Again Rome dragged us into the orbit of her wrong dates. :11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. The church of Christ is the candlestick to hold up the light in the midst of moral darkness. Then Satan fought back and soon politics and violence re-entered the church. The murderous Nero was emperor in Paul’s day. Then the Jews rejected Him. Therefore this candlestick, or rather spiritual mind, is spiritually perfect. And other of their brethren, of the sons of the Kohathites, were over the shewbread, to prepare it every sabbath. from whence then hath it tares? Rev 2:5 KJV – Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.. Rome changed the calendar by which we measure time. There is no difference. MATTHEW 16:9 Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. Thus unscriptural truth spreads like a virus. The Church is called a candlestick, in allusion to the candlestick in the ancient sanctuary-in allusion also to the exposition of the symbol given by the prophet (Zechariah 4:2-6); and on account of her own celestial light — she receives, resembles, embodies, and dispenses the light, glory, and gladness of heaven (Isaiah 60:1). A star must obviously be up in the air so the decorated pagan “Christmas tree” was adopted. Church Age 1 began in AD 33 on the day of Pentecost. But in terms of Bible truth, this is how the fourth church age looked: Chapter 2 of the Book of Revelation lists four churches. The Candlestick was entirely made of pure gold. This was an outright denial of Scripture. Church ages 1 to 4 revealed a movement away from Scripture to the right. Little unscriptural errors began to creep in. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks - These were the “first” things that met his eye. Candlesticks originated from Japanese rice merchants and traders to … As time passed, the church began to drift away from strict New Testament standards. The Jews would reject Messiah and the doctrines that He preached as unwanted scraps. The disciples would pick up the rejected Gospel and make sure that they took these New Testament doctrines out to the Gentiles who would come in during the future seven church ages. The Pope declared that Jesus died on a Friday afternoon. And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and. And will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent - On the meaning of the word "candlestick" see the notes on Revelation 1:12. This candlestick represents the first church age of the New Testament. Smyrna means bitterness and death. The amount of Bible truth in the 7th church age would shrink relative to the amount of revealed light that is available at the end-time for the few who insist on returning to the beliefs of the early church. Nimrod was killed and his wife Semiramis, claiming to be Ishtar the queen of heaven, took part in the mid April spring festival orgy so that her son Tammuz was born in mid December. So the fourth church age is known as the middle age or dark age, when the church ruled Europe. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” Rev 1:20 The Book of Revelation is a base seven book. Revelation 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. Therefore the church light was and is a mixture of truth and error. Richard T. Ritenbaugh The All-Important Introduction to Revelation So the second church age looked like this, in terms of truth, as the flame of Bible truth was shrinking. JOHN 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: Today the seed, which is the Word of God, has to ripen in the revealed truth of Scripture. An awful mistake. But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Soon he was joined by other reformers. The bishop of Rome was given vast wealth and the beautiful Lateran palace by the emperor to make sure he obeyed the emperor. We are supposed to become just like the early apostolic church of the New Testament. Then It formed the backbone of the golden missionary age. This gave them the excuse to introduce presents and a star. Denomination is an unscriptural word that was taking over the church world.