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Volume 4 --- Revelation 2:8-11 Transcription Excerpts
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Apostle Eric continues his expounding on the 2nd chapter of the book of Revelations, contrasting the 7 churches of Asia to the church today, defining the gospel that is after God and not after men, identifying fables as a major contributor to the apostasy of the church, and the reason why the false gospel is accepted toady. What is a fable and how did Satan use them in the first century and how does Satan use them today?
While the church stands at the cross roads, wondering which way is the truth, God reminds believers that he does not put strong delusion upon the righteous; the strong delusion is upon the wicked. God will choose their delusions, and he will punish them for their choices. Because they choose to walk indifferent to him, God says, “I'm going to walk contrary to you. But, when you walk in cadence with me, I will reveal myself to you. I will breathe life into your understanding.” Are you at the cross roads today?
The plan of God is the true reality. Reality that's based upon one's perception is what the Bible calls a lie. . .begin to live out their lives according to the record of their own soul, rather than the record of God, which is Jesus Christ.
So, when he [Jesus] begins his admonitions to all the seven churches [in Asia], notice the particular language he uses. And I'm going to bring this to your attention concerning the doctrine in the church of Smyrna. . .
The Christianity that emerged when the church entered into darkness is [not] far removed from what we're seeing today. That which was sown in the time of darkness, its fruit is [being] manifested at this time, called the spirit of antichrist.
This is what the Apostle John warned about; “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us” (1Jn 2:19).
The spirit of antichrist, as the Apostle John brings out, and the Apostle Paul also expounds upon, is [described] in this documentation here, called the book of Revelation; the revelation he [John] received in the seventh heaven, which is provided richly now for our understanding. This is what God is engaging us with.
So, the condition of the churches (here) had to be corrected, and it was corrected through the stewardship God sanctified and ordained. [pg 8-9]
“But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God” (1 Cor 2:14). Why? Because “they are foolishness unto him”. He can't use the gifts and the tokens of God for his aspiration, so he devalues them, saying they're not an essential for my kingdom.
That's right; in the house of Baal, you can worship God any way you want, but when you're in the house of God, you've got to obey the rules. And the first token God gives as a key to enter into his kingdom, is the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This is the key to enter into his house. But now, if you want to be a citizen of heaven, you have to follow the rules. And that's what Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments” (Jn 14:15).
“Upon keeping these commandments, I will be your advocate. I will only be your advocate, teaching you the proper protocol of my courts, if you possess these tokens, if you love one another. If you possess these tokens, then in the presence of my court, you have a reward, and I will be your redeemer.”
But in the absence of these tokens, your presence is offensive to me because you're trying to engage me on the level of your own aspirations and imagination. You're bringing me down to the level of your carnality, rather than (you) walking by faith in my covenant.
So here, we can see the spoilers were already infecting the church (18); even of the first century; even when the original apostles were around. If this was the state of the church in the beginning, how much more, twenty centuries later?
What took place in the first century (that which was prophesied about), and is also taking place now (at this present time, in the 21st century), is going to be the completion of that.
God created a breach (concerning the 6th week), and now he's making a bridge (concerning the 2nd 8th week), which is going to enter into the next breach, after the apostasy of the church. There's going to be a falling away, as the Apostle Paul spoke of, and even as Apostle John warned about it.
When the Apostle John wrote about that, he talks about; “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1Jn 4:1). The Apostle John was already warning the church that many people will say that they are Christians, or that Jesus is Lord (Jesus said the same thing). [pg 9-10]
Fables are one of the things the Apostle Paul identified that would be very prevalent in the last days—we're in the last times right now. Fables are very prevalent because they provide false justification. They say, Well, it doesn't really matter what you believe about Jesus because God healed me; God answered my prayer; God increased my business; God healed my body.
What they have done is severed the blessing from the covenant, and severing the blessing from the covenant produces a fable.
Not only that, but notice the temperament that emerges from that, which is envy, strife, and bitterness. Everybody wants to enter into your blessing, so they feel they need to follow the protocol of how God gave you the blessing: How were you healed?
That's the same thing the Pharisees asked the man that was born blind. Can you see the paradox in this? The paradox is, as the Pharisees continually inquired into the healing of the blind man, so also those in the house of Baal are always looking for knowledge to resource, as the prayer of Jabez, or the new books that are coming out, concerning finding your place in life...[“Purpose Driver Life”]
They're trying to find the secret keys, and they're finding these books on the shelf in all these different Christian bookstores: (22) the keys of prosperity, keys of an abundant life, the nine keys, ten keys, twelve keys.
Everyone is looking for keys. And the reason they're looking for it is because they're not in covenant. They're trying to explain a particular phenomena as being independent of God. They're looking for a secret, but there's no secret about it. It's in covenant. It's very simple. [pg 11]
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The Book of Revelation - Volume 4