“The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches” [Revelation 1:20]
1. Church is the mystery of God’s manifold presence on earth.
The Bible says: “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” [Genesis 1:2-3] Church was born on earth when the SPIRIT of God moved, God spoke the WORD and His Presence was manifest in the LIGHT. The SPIRIT, WORD and LIGHT are One in Jesus Christ, who is the; “…brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power…” [Hebrews 1:3] At the appointed time, God was manifest in Christ; “…and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” [John 1:14] Church is therefore not a denomination or Cathedral but the presence of God in the gathering of those walk and live in the light of Christ. For this reason, Jesus said: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” [Matthew 18:20] Christ is the builder and Overseer of His Church and we are “lively stones” in who Christ dwells and : “…built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” [1 Peter 2:5] Let every man examine himself if he is in the Church or not; “…If any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” [Romans 8:9]
2. Church is the seven candlesticks.
The Bible says: “…I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man…and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches” [Revelation 1:12-13 and 20] The first candlestick was Ephesus Church and we are the Laodicea Church [Revelation chp 1-3] The Spirit spoke in every age and pleaded, saying: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches…” [Revelation 2:7] The seven candlesticks were joined but each one had a lamp and burned to give light in her season. The light was the prophetic revelation of Christ for the season. Those who had “ears” and walked in the light of Present Truth were sealed for the harvest of the earth. This Laodicea Church is the last and ripe for harvest but overgrown with “tares”, deluded and blind, saying: “…I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” [Revelation 3:17] The reapers are in the fold and have their instructions from the Lord, as it is written: “…Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn” [Matthew 13:30] Very soon, the reapers will be done and there shall be time no longer [Revelation 10:6] Are you ready for the harvest?
3. Church is the army of God.
Jesus Christ said: “…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” [Matthew 16:18] Church is the rugged bulwark of Christ against the gates of hell. The gates of hell are not manned by men and the battle is not against flesh and blood, but; “…against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” [Ephesians 6:12] Church is the camp of militant Saints in Christ not a network of social groups. We are the indomitable hosts of Christ, armed to destroy the works of the devil, as the Bible says: “…For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil” [1 John 3:8] Church is the army of occupation established to enforce the victory of Christ over hell and death, not to make deals or compromise with the world. Our marching orders are to preach salvation in His name and hope of His Coming. The weapons of our warfare are not crass materialism but the; “… sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17] But this Church is deaf to the Spirit and for; “…this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” [2 Thessalonians 2:11] Search your heart, are you on the Lord’s army or against Him?
4. Church is Judge of the earth.
The Bible says: “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? …Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? [1 Corinthians 6:2-3] Those who will judge the world and angels must first be tried and judged and: “…judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” [1 Peter 4:17] Church is not everyone that goes to the chapel on Sunday, but those sanctified, cleansed and made perfect “…with the washing of water by the word” [Ephesians 5:26] As I write, judgment has commenced in the House of God, to separate wheat from chaff. Every soul that professes Christ shall be tried by the fiery message of tribulation and prophetic revelation of Christ’s coming and; “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” [1 Corinthians 3:15] But many pastors and their flocks have developed “itching ears” and; “…will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers…” [2 Timothy 4:3] Beloved, what do you hear? Open your ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches; for by same shall you be judged or made a judge over the world and angels.
5. Church is eternal fellowship with God.
The everlasting Church is the congregation of; “…many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing” (Revelation 5:11-12] The Church on earth is the seedbed where militant Saints are raised and made ready to be united with the triumphant Church in heavenly places. The two shall soon be joined in God’s presence, when the; “…Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” [1 Thessalonians 4:16-17] The denominations will pass away like a dream and be replaced with the everlasting tabernacle of God, as it is written: “… and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” [Revelation 21:3] In that day, where shall you be? “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches (Revelation 2:7)