Sermon: Revelation 2

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3 thoughts on “Sermon: Revelation 2”

  1. A couple of comments:

    1. The “ten days” of tribulation. If you take days for years, which is a standard prophetic rule that works for many of the time prophecies, that would be ten years. Was there a 10 year period of exceptional persecution? Yes, the 10 years under Diocletian from 303-313, which ended with the conversion of Constantine, who converted(?) to Christianity, and thus brought in a more dangerous period of prosperity and favor to the church. (http://www.biblestudytools.com/history/foxs-book-of-martyrs/the-tenth-persecution-under-diocletian-a-d-303.html)

    2. Nicolaitanes – although the history is a bit sketchy, it’s not difficult to reason out what this “doctrine” was. Jesus stated that he “hated” it. What does God hate? Sin. Therefore the “doctrine” of the Nicolaitanes, was a teaching which misused the Bible to justify sin. Is there such kind of teaching mentioned in the NT?

    Romans 6
    1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
    2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

    …and…

    14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
    15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.

    Ps. 119:163 I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.

    3. Doctrine of Balaam – I didn’t hear you mention this point, but is not the doctrine of Balaam the making of money out of religion? That’s what Balaam wanted…he was willing to try and give false prophecy in order to make money. This became a huge problem in the Catholic church, and hence Luther’s cry against the indulgence mongers.

    4. Jezebel – clearly a symbol of the Catholic church. Jezebel = false religion / Ahab = the state power. The two united = state and church combined to persecute the truth. In Elijah’s time, the prophets of the Lord were hidden in caves. Not much different in the dark ages. Ahab wanted Naboth’s vineyard. Naboth said it was against the Law of God to sell it. So Jezebel got a false charge fixed on Naboth and had him executed. In Catholic times, the lands and possessions of “heretics” were often confiscated (ie. stolen) to enrich others.

  2. A couple of more things I forgot:

    1. “kill her children with death” – If the Thyatiran period corresponds the rule of the papacy, this is a clear reference to the black death, that horrible plague which raged over Europe. It shook the power of the papacy, because they, with all their great claims as God’s representatives, were powerless against this plague. The people resorted to the churches in vain, and the authority of this imposture was being exposed. There’s at least one good documentary that brings out this connection.

    2. “I will give him the morning star” – yes, of course Jesus is the morning star. But He works through his church now. So it is also a reference to John Wycliffe, the “morning star” of the reformation, who followed shortly after the black death, and was the first real dawning of the light that was to follow.

  3. The ten days of tribulation are attributed to Jews, the synagogue of Satan, not to a Roman Emperor.

    The doctrine of Balaam means the teaching of Balaam. The only time the Bible mentions him teaching people is in the passage in Numbers I addressed about telling Israel to keep some of the women for themselves rather than listening to God. Compromising on God’s instructions, which is the context of Revelation as well.

    I don’t think Jezebel is “clearly” the Catholic Church. You might think so, but I don’t!

    The morning star being John Wycliffe seems a giant stretch in the context. Those who overcome are given john wycliffe? I don’t think so, especially when later Revelation tells you clearly the morning star is Jesus Christ.

    I am familiar with the attempt to make these seven churches a prophecy of Church History. In order to do so, you have to take license with words, make them mean things the Bible never has them mean. My attempt is to use the words in a way that is consistent with how the Bible uses those words. Since these attempts to make these churches into church history murder language, I reject this interpretation.

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