Elders had ruled the early church that were usually small local groups. 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. That church only came into existence later. :27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. The word “pastor” is only mentioned once in the New Testament but condemned prophetically six times in the Book of Jeremiah. The Saviour says, "Ye are the light of the world." 57-0908 HEBREWS CHAPTER FIVE AND SIX.1. Paul could have had a great time listing Nero’s faults but Paul just said that we must pray for the leaders. EPHESIANS 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: The head is connected to the body by means of the backbone. Now this doctrine actually started as a deed in the first age. Candlesticks originated from Japanese rice merchants and traders to … They claimed the wise men went to the stable which was another denial of Scripture. The truth had steadily declined from the apostolic age to the brutal and superstitious dark age of churchianity which had effectively replaced Christianity. As time moved on human leadership introduced error as different deviations from Scripture began. The Lord uses seven golden candlesticks to represent these churches. . John Wesley in England restored holiness and outreach which led to the missionary age. A star must obviously be up in the air so the decorated pagan “Christmas tree” was adopted. Soon he was joined by other reformers. He had stopped persecuting the Christians in AD 312 and the grateful Christians now accepted this murderous semi-pagan politician as the head of the church. Jesus and John the Baptist were not polite when they addressed the Jewish religious leaders as these leaders were leading the Jews astray. The murderous Nero was emperor in Paul’s day. Spreading this unscriptural Christmas as a major church doctrine and festival around the world helped to establish the authority of Rome over other churches. There were two vines in the church. Because the bishop of Rome was backed by the Roman emperor Constantine, this bishop ambitiously then wanted influence and control over other cities. And the two candlesticks - Burning and shining lights. The elder is the man. Standing before the Lord of the earth - Always waiting on God, without the help of man, and asserting his right over the earth and all things therein. 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. Church Age 1 began in AD 33 on the day of Pentecost. He wanted to restore the apostolic doctrine of salvation in Christ alone. When the church from 7 ages is resurrected and leaves this world as they are caught up to meet the Lord in the air, then the Gospel will go to the Jews, the 12 tribes of Israel, during the Tribulation. The 15th day was the first day of the feast of unleavened bread. The church slowly struggled to get back closer to the original New Testament beliefs of the apostles. Candlesticks and fire I can understand, but olive trees! 2. The Pope declared that Jesus died on a Friday afternoon. A discussion of the candlesticks of the book of Revelation. Compare "The kingdom of God shall be taken away from you, and shall be given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof" (Matthew 22:43). This extended the authority of the Pope over church festivals. The vessels in the tabernacle formed a cross. A tree, if cut down, usually grows again. They talk about the name of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost but cannot tell you what that name is. This first church age ended during the reign of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD) when Christians were persecuted. PHILIPPIANS 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: There were many bishops in the city of Philippi. This present age of the church of the Laodiceans (notice they make up their own church) is the last church age. The cut down “Christmas” tree thus symbolized Nimrod being killed and the decorations on the tree symbolized Tammuz being born as the “resurrection” of Nimrod. Only the apostolic doctrines of the New Testament are valid as doctrine to feed the souls of future Christians. REVELATION 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; REVELATION 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: The end-time church rejects Jesus, the written Word of God. 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. Then Satan fought back and soon politics and violence re-entered the church. Copyright 2011-2020 Got Questions Ministries - All Rights Reserved. In the end God would be able to claim that whatever adverse conditions existed, and however Satan attacked the church in fiendishly different ways, there would always be those who are able to overcome. Church ages 5 to 7 reveal a movement back to Scripture, on the left, that will only end when the last church is just like the first church. The Revelation Chapter 3 deals with the restoration of the truth from the Dark Ages. And these bishops, (no doubt political minded and anxious for power) insisted that Paul had given the meaning that 'overseers' were more than the local elder with official capacity only in his own church. Jesus explains the opening scene of John's vision to him. Listen to church preachers tell you about the mistakes, contradictions, myths, and faulty translations in the King James Version of the Bible. Moving away from the beliefs of the first church age can be described as EVIL. The Word of God was their Absolute. The wise men only got there two years later. Ambitious leaders, ruthless to seize power and money, would dominate the church in later days. Thus all the churches that accepted Christmas fell under the influence of Rome. 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? 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. The number of baskets of rejected scraps of bread and meat were 12 and 7. The central lampstand was the first church age. Constantine showered political authority, money, and buildings on the church. Then It formed the backbone of the golden missionary age. Then brave Martin Luther in Germany defied the murderous church system and the reformers of this age were the first leaves shooting up as the seed Word of God began to germinate. The 12 tribes of Israel are represented by the 12 loaves of shewbread. Each person only believes what his or her church preaches. Then the Jews rejected Him. Again Rome dragged us into the orbit of her wrong dates. Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. He was in the tomb for Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday night. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? Chapter 3 of the Book of Revelations mentions three church ages where the opposite happened. COLOSSIANS 2:9 For in him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 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. The New Testament church is the model church that we should be restored back to. We cannot improve on the teachings of Paul and the apostles. The 5th church age looked like the above candlestick as Luther and the reformers had moved to the other side of the lampstand to start a new movement. The Council of Nicaea in AD 325 put the official church under the domination of a ruthless political tyrant, the emperor Constantine. 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. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks - These were the “first” things that met his eye. But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. The Waldenses started in the city of Lyons but had to hide from the murderous Catholic armies in the mountains of the Alps that formed a protective wilderness for them. Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. This was an outright denial of Scripture. What must we understand about the rejected scraps that were collected? MATTHEW 16:10 Neither the seven loaves of the four thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? This was the golden church age of Philadelphia, brotherly love. Most of these deaths happened in the second church age from about AD 170 to AD 312. And other of their brethren, of the sons of the Kohathites, were over the shewbread, to prepare it every sabbath. The second sign is the dragon which is symbolic of Satan (Revelation 12:3-4, 9). For in him [Jesus] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. What are these seven churches? Murdering heretics who disagreed with the Pope was regarded as normal. Around AD 100 the last apostle, John, died and ambitious human leaders began to rise in the church. 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). This is how the seventh church should look as it seeks to be restored in both Spirit and Truth, to the New Testament church. In verse 17 the record states, "elders" were called and then in verse 28 they are called overseers (bishops). The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? Little unscriptural errors began to creep in. The meaning is, that the church gave light in Ephesus; and that what he would do in regard to that place would be like removing a lamp, and leaving a place in darkness. Rome introduced the laws of the Christmas festival as well as the Ishtar eggs and Ishtar bunnies for the spring festival or sex orgy in March-April. Our best example of a Christian church. It appears that the problem lay in two words: 'elders' (presbyters) and 'overseers' (bishops). Thus Jesus stands outside the door of the church. Today they use that as an excuse for any other unscriptural word. As we get further away from the central lampstand, we are getting further away from the apostolic truth and into the Dark Ages. ACTS 20:17 And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. Denomination is an unscriptural word that was taking over the church world. The Candlestick was entirely made of pure gold. Pagan traditions were dressed up in Bible terms. The Roman bishop invented Christmas. The concept of the “Candle Stick being Removed” comes from the letters to the seven churches in Revelations. :26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. Rome changed the calendar by which we measure time. According to Rome it must be a big festival on a pagan day in midwinter. Richard T. Ritenbaugh The All-Important Introduction to Revelation The sea will explode and totally destroy the surface of the earth and burn up all the orbiting satellites. This was the source or inspiration of our hot cross buns. The above verse is introduces us to a symbol the Lord used in a vision given to the aged apostle John. (The source of Mary worship). Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. Thus the “mystery of the seven churches” means that each of the existing six churches and the soon-to-be-formed church of Thyatira had within them the characteristics of a future age that the Christian church would go through. So John’s letters were not just describing events in these local churches. God wanted to push His church through seven very different sets of circumstances. 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). "Good Friday" is a Roman Catholic invention, not found in Scripture. They are happy to restore the Spirit of God but not the Truth of revealed Scripture. somewhat . reveal a deeper meaning, a definite pattern in God's plan. God wants every seed to bring forth of its own kind. The wise men actually went to a house and saw a young Child, not a baby. This would be the big failure of the future church. But in terms of Bible truth, this is how the fourth church age looked: Chapter 2 of the Book of Revelation lists four churches. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to. When we interpret scripture according to spiritual revelation, numbers are not for numerical understanding but for their spiritual meaning. Here two witnesses prophesy 1,260 days. The New Testament is the way God wants the church to be. Then John would see future revelations about the church ages and then the Jews being restored in the Tribulation. To be buried for three nights means that Jesus died on Thursday afternoon. Reverend Isaac Owusu-Bempah of Glorious Word Power Ministries International has made a new shocking revelation about the December 7 polls. Today’s church world can get people saved (which is very good) and teach them many good truths about the Holy Spirit and how to live a good life. Then he rose on Sunday morning. This symbolized that the church age of Thyatira, the Dark Age, was the furthest that the church backslid away from the teachings and influence of the apostles. MATTHEW 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother. This mixture of good and bad makes the church lukewarm. The church age of Sardis, the escaped ones. He somehow will combine both Heaven and earth for the welfare and benefit of all those who became born again of both Spirit and Truth. Human leaders in this second church age were starting to mislead the churches and, sadly, the truth was shrinking. There is no difference. This section of Revelation frequently ignored despite a serious warning that Christ Himself sometimes … Eventually Christians who disagreed with the Roman Catholic church were also persecuted. They represent the first four church ages. An awful mistake. This gave Rome even more authority over other people. The church has come a long way from the Dark Age but is still not back to the beliefs of the original apostles. The word Yule in the Chaldean (or Babylonian) language means child. The fourth lamp had little Bible truth compared to the first lamp. The book of Revelation describes a vision given to the apostle John. 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. The reformers formed the first blades and shoots. Though Scripture shows that there are several elders in each church, some began (Ignatius [from Antioch] among them) to teach that the idea of a bishop was one of preeminence or authority and control over the elders. The New Testament is the light of the world, represented by the 7-branched candlestick. :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. The church was brightly illuminated with cunning human doctrines and philosophies and money-making projects. As such they are keen to reject the end-time revelations of Scripture. (Especially since there are 45000 different types of churches today, headed by tens of thousands of pastors with different beliefs. Now the whole world basically uses these changes that make the times of the Roman calendar fit in exactly with the seasons of the year. Ishtar became Easter. :28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. Human traditions and church doctrines had moved away from the Bible truths of the New Testament. The church was married to paganism, worldliness, wealth, and politics. That's right, yes, sir, the sovereignty of the local church, each church in itself. Persecution and poverty stopped the church straying too far. This third church age saw the spirit of paganism infiltrate the church, using Bible words for pagan practices. What does the Bible say about the mission of the church. 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. NICOLAITANES. The apostles never got involved in politics. Four is the middle of seven. 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. 'Elder' always has and always will refer simply to a man's chronological age in the Lord. The previous verse had mentioned seven congregations located in Asia Minor. The church was on track to being restored to the beliefs of the apostolic church of the New Testament. Church Age 1 began in AD 33 on the day of Pentecost. Here He calls a candlestick, either, 1. the Episcopal office or dignity, which He threatens to withdraw from Him, either by death, or by the will of the people, or by the force of enemies (Ribera). GALATIANS 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Therefore the church light was and is a mixture of truth and error. :4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. There was no “Balaam” nor “Jezebel” in these early churches. from whence then hath it tares? The first church age became the pattern of what the church should be like in all ages. Rome had been the capital of the empire so the bishop of Rome felt that he was more important than the bishops of other cities. Pope, Cardinal, Metropolitan, Archbishop, and Archdeacon are all unscriptural titles but that is what ruled the church. When the Reformation started, Luther stood out like a solitary light in the darkness. 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 … 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. But then the church proceeds to lose direction, starting with the water baptism, in a money-driven age of competitive Christianity that has many unscriptural traditions and doctrines (which is bad). So the lampstands (or "candlesticks" in some translations) represent seven churches. 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. Show me by the Bible what's greater, in the Bible, than a local elder to a local church? So if we carefully consider what Bible truth was in the church in each age, and separate that from the human traditions and deceptions, then the true light in each age looks more like this: Let us consider the symbol of the seven-branched candlestick mentioned in the first three chapters of Revelation. Revelation 2:5, KJV: "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." The last church age is when the Bride has enough light from their oil lamps in order to read and understand Scripture. AMOS 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. This was supplied by the candlestick, which, however, served also as a symbol of the church or people of God, who are "the light of the world." 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. From them we got Yuletide. Such a concept was neither Scriptural nor historical, yet even a man of the stature of Polycarp leaned toward such organization. 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