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What Jesus Knows
When Jesus talked to John He was sitting on the edge of the island path. He told John what to write in the letters to each of the seven churches in Asia minor. (These churches represented seven years of time from John's day to our day and the end of time) The different time periods had different problems because of political situations in the world at that time. But to each church the letters began the same. Jesus said, through John, “I know what you are going through. I know where you are.” How comforting it is to know that Jesus knows and cares what each is going through.
The second period, the Smyrna Era, he said, “I know what you are going through, trials and poverty, but you are rich. Satan will cause some of you to be put to death and you will have tribulation for 10 days but be faithful unto death and I will give you a crown of life.”
During this period, a new Caesar, Diocletian, came to power. He hated Christianity. Diocletian said he would, once and for all, do away with the hated sect. He wanted to exterminate them like a plague of rats. The days predicted in the prophecy are prophetic, a day for a year.
The persecution really lasted 10 years and it was very severe. Their properties were taken away. They were maimed or put to death. Those who were being martyred looked with confidence to the future when Jesus comes to give them eternal life. Jesus said they would have poverty, but they were rich. They were poor in this world's goods but they would have eternal life. How much richer can one be than to have eternal life. In Heaven there will be no more problems, no more sickness or death.
The Emperor died after 10 years. He probably died a very unhappy man for he had not been able to get rid of the Christians. They had increased in spite of the persecution. The Emperor died disappointed and would not have eternal life.
Those who believed in Jesus, kept His commandments, suffered for their faith, were happy and in the end will live forever. Those looked upon as losers will in the end be happy winners, for Jesus will keep his promise. There were problems for the Christians because of persecution until the end of the sixth era, sometimes more than others.
To the seventh and last church near the end, the LaodiceanChurch, Jesus says the same. He knows where they are and what they are doing and their condition. He says, “...they are lukewarm.” They look good on the outside but Jesus looks at the character. Because of their condition, He will not accept them as His people.
What has brought on this condition? He says it is because you say that you are rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing. Jesus says you don't know your own condition. You are not happy but miserable and don't really see what you are lacking.
Jesus, in His love for all people, gives counsel. He says, “Buy gold purified in the fire so you will be rich and wear white raiment to clothe yourself.” The gold and white raiment represent the character of Jesus. He says that you are too interested in the material things of this life and do not want to be like Jesus.
Jesus says, “As many as I love, I will rebuke and chasten.” He will allow problems to come so people will lean away from the material things and come to Him.
Then He says, “I stand at the door and knock and call.” (not at a house door but at the door of the heart) Jesus wants to be a friend, share your life, eat together, and spend eternity with you. He promises eternal life to all who answer the door and let Him in.
How does He knock to get your attention? Look at the situation in the world with the economy so shaky. He is calling for the attention of all. Jesus is telling us how unstable the things of this world are and how easily they could collapse. The only sure thing is to let Jesus into your life and let Him guide and protect in these uncertain times.
You are invited to 3 nights of prophesy studies at the Civic Centre, November 7,8,& 9, where we will look at what God's Word has to say about today's world.
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