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? 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." A bad mistake. There will be no trace left of all our technological and scientific “marvels” that did great things but also caused much damage and produced huge imbalances. John Wesley in England restored holiness and outreach which led to the missionary age. 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). In Revelation 2 Revelation 2:1 Meaning “ 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 .” To be buried for three nights means that Jesus died on Thursday afternoon. 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. What does the Bible say about the mission of the church. God lost His name and they were reduced to baptizing in three titles instead of a name. The New Testament is the way God wants the church to be. 2. And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images. Only the apostolic doctrines of the New Testament are valid as doctrine to feed the souls of future Christians. That is why they claimed the wise men followed the star to the stable. A discussion of the candlesticks of the book of Revelation. There were no denominations while the apostles lived. MATTHEW 2:11   And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother. Constantine showered political authority, money, and buildings on the church. 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). ACTS 20:30   Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. 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. It is as if the church of the New Testament was "good seed" of  Bible truth that was planted by the original apostles. 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. Thus mid winter had to be the time of the birth of Jesus to keep the pagans happy. 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). And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and. People were often killed just for owning a Bible or for disagreeing with the Roman Catholic church. 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. 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. Ishtar became Easter. The wise men only got there two years later. In part 1, John was asked to measure the temple. :27   So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? MATTHEW 16:9   Do ye not yet understand, neither remember the five loaves of the five thousand, and how many baskets ye took up? :11   I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain. Men began to call themselves by new unscriptural titles like “the bishop of Antioch”. 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. In verse 17 the record states, "elders" were called and then in verse 28 they are called overseers (bishops). He wanted to restore the apostolic doctrine of salvation in Christ alone. And the two candlesticks - Burning and shining lights. (The source of Mary worship). By means of these clever and popular festivals, that were based on paganism, believers got taken away from the Bible to follow the laws of the Roman Catholic church. The wise men actually went to a house and saw a young Child, not a baby. Saved by faith alone. Nimrod was killed and his wife Semiramis, claiming to be Ishtar the queen of heaven, took part in the mid April spring festival orgy so that her son Tammuz was born in mid December. Human traditions and church doctrines had moved away from the Bible truths of the New Testament. There was no “Balaam” nor “Jezebel” in these early churches. 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. 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. Evening Star: Similar to the doji version, except the middle candle has a short body. Bride – The spouse of Christ, the Church, the New Jerusalem. There were two vines in the church. The church of Christ is the candlestick to hold up the light in the midst of moral darkness. This present age of the church of the Laodiceans (notice they make up their own church) is the last church age. It opens with an incredible encounter between Jesus and the apostle. The disciples would pick up the rejected Gospel and make sure that they took these New Testament doctrines out to the Gentiles who would come in during the future seven church ages. The stage is being prepared for the return of Messiah to Jerusalem. We have seen the Jews returning to Israel for the last century or so. Today there are 45000 different kinds of denominational and non-denominational churches. A Look at Revelation Chapter 11 – Part 2. Church Age 1 began in AD 33 on the day of Pentecost. 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. 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 … Scriptures that refer to the antichrist spirits during the church ages are put into the Tribulation. They are happy to restore the Spirit of God but not the Truth of revealed Scripture. Then Satan fought back and soon politics and violence re-entered the church. Jesus can help everybody through their particular fiery furnace if they are not prepared to bow down to what is false and unscriptural, despite severe and intense pressure to do so. They claimed the wise men went to the stable which was another denial of Scripture. ACTS 20:28   Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. The New Testament, which is based on the Old Testament, would be the light to guide the church through the totally different conditions of the seven church ages. The concept of the “Candle Stick being Removed” comes from the letters to the seven churches in Revelations. 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. Copyright 2011-2020 Got Questions Ministries - All Rights Reserved. There is no difference. When we interpret scripture according to spiritual revelation, numbers are not for numerical understanding but for their spiritual meaning. And other of their brethren, of the sons of the Kohathites, were over the shewbread, to prepare it every sabbath. 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. They did not know it was a planet in those days. Then God turns back to the Jews during the final three and a half years of the Tribulation. 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 first church age will be the central lampstand with the biggest flame. ACTS 20:17   And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. Rome made the laws of Christmas. The Holy Ghost came down on the day of Pentecost to guide the church through 7 church ages and will leave the earth when the Holy Spirit catches the church up to meet the Lord in the air. The awful Borgia popes represented a pit of depravity as truth was buried under dirt. The witnesses are described as fire-breathing olive trees and candlesticks. The book of Revelation describes a vision given to the apostle John. But sadly by 1917 Pentecost was denominating into factions just like the other churches had done. somewhat . Elders had ruled the early church that were usually small local groups. Candlesticks originated from Japanese rice merchants and traders to … They got richer and more materialistic instead of more Biblical. As time passed, the church began to drift away from strict New Testament standards. The star had nothing to do with the stable when Jesus was born. So the second church age looked like this, in terms of truth, as the flame of Bible truth was shrinking. The New Testament church is the model church that we should be restored back to. Re 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks. This mixture of good and bad makes the church lukewarm. 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. The second sign is the dragon which is symbolic of Satan (Revelation 12:3-4, 9). The Rhine and Rhone rivers are shown on the next map. This is described by the four churches in Revelation Chapter 2. Thus the third church age looked like the above candlestick, in terms of truth. At first sight it seemed that the church burned equally brightly in all seven church ages. But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. :28   He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. Paul could have had a great time listing Nero’s faults but Paul just said that we must pray for the leaders. It appears that the problem lay in two words: 'elders' (presbyters) and 'overseers' (bishops). So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? Richard T. Ritenbaugh The All-Important Introduction to Revelation This is how the seventh church looks as it is locked in man-made commandments and doctrines and thus cannot discover the full truth of Scripture. Bow – The bow, a warlike weapon, when held in the hand is a symbol of war. ACTS 20:29   For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. To them a bishop was now one with extended authority over many local leaders. A '†' on the bun was the initial for her son Tammuz who would be born 9 months later. Feeding thousands of Jews from a schoolboy’s lunch of bread and fish. God wants every seed to bring forth of its own kind. The book of Revelation describes a vision given to the apostle John. An unpalatable truth is that persecution and poverty is good for the church. Such a concept was neither Scriptural nor historical, yet even a man of the stature of Polycarp leaned toward such organization. Candlesticks and fire I can understand, but olive trees! A group of elders ruled each local church. A round bun represented Semiramis or Ishtar as the moon or queen of heaven. The pagan Roman Caesar and the Roman Pope Gregory 13 combined to produce the best calendar. because--Translate, "I have against thee (this) that," &c. It is not a mere somewhat"; it … New Testament Christianity would degenerate into denominational churchianity under a one-person ruler or boss who demands that people follow what he or she says. The bishop of Rome was given vast wealth and the beautiful Lateran palace by the emperor to make sure he obeyed the emperor. "As for the mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden lampstands, the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches" (Revelation 1:20). Around AD 100 the last apostle, John, died … 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 clash of spirits occurred within church circles and will continue to the end. The pagans worshiped a star god. The  12 tribes of Israel are represented by the 12 loaves of shewbread. 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. Jesus is the Head of the church and saved people form His spiritual Body. 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. The seven lamps are the seven spirits of God in HIS sevenfold capacity (Revelation 4:5) The Holy Place (the sanctuary) would be shrouded in darkness without the light of the Candlestick. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks - These were the “first” things that met his eye. Smyrna means bitterness and death. There are no special days for annual festivals. A cut-down and decorated tree and a star on the top of it were standard pagan mid-winter symbols. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. He is an elder, not because he is elected or ordained, etc., but because he IS OLDER. Jesus and John the Baptist were not polite when they addressed the Jewish religious leaders as these leaders were leading the Jews astray. The truth had steadily declined from the apostolic age to the brutal and superstitious dark age of churchianity which had effectively replaced Christianity. Here's a probable analysis of how the Hebrew Alphabet works with the Menorah the 7 branched candlestick. These 12 loaves symbolize the 144000 from the 12 tribes of Israel, at the end of the 7 church ages (at the end of the 7-day week), who have to be back in their Promised Land (symbolized by the Holy Place) to meet Messiah. Similarly, the Church era will be in total darkness without the Holy Spirit. He is more seasoned, trained, not a novice, reliable because of experience and long standing proof of his Christian experience. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. But a beginning had been made to get back to what the early apostles taught. The Saviour says, "Ye are the light of the world." The church of Thyatira did not form in the days of the apostles but formed soon after. 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. What are these seven churches? That church only came into existence later. But also referring to future events. The central lampstand was the first church age. The Book of Revelation is full of symbols that describe the history of 2000 years of the seven church ages. The second church age would see much persecution of the Christians. Soon he was joined by other reformers. Around AD 100 the last apostle, John, died and ambitious human leaders began to rise in the church. Now the truth of the matter is the word 'elder' signifies who the person is, while the word 'bishop' signifies the office of the same man. 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. If we reverse the direction, and move towards the first church age, then when EVIL is reversed it becomes LIVE. Jesus was publically chosen as King by the Jews on Palm Sunday, which was the 10th day of the month. Persecution and poverty stopped the church straying too far. But in terms of Bible truth, this is how the fourth church age looked: Chapter 2 of the Book of Revelation lists four churches. 'Elder' always has and always will refer simply to a man's chronological age in the Lord. The New Testament is the light of the world, represented by the 7-branched candlestick. The removing of the candlestick is not the deposition of the bishop, but the dethroning of the Church, cancelling its claim to the kingdom, severing its union with Christ. Murdering heretics who disagreed with the Pope was regarded as normal. The first three Chapters of Revelation involve seven candlesticks. from whence then hath it tares? The Roman emperor Constantine gave the Lateran palace to the Roman bishop and it still remains the official seat of the Roman Catholic church which the popes claim to be the seat of saint Peter. The elder is the man. The Reformation made a new start from the other side of the candlestick. Hmm? Eventually Christians who disagreed with the Roman Catholic church were also persecuted. Revelation 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the … The first church age was built on the New Testament and the doctrines of the apostles. :4     They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. The apostle Paul pens a similar greeting in II Corinthians 13:14, in which he writes of "the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit," meaning that God's Spirit is the means by which Christians can have a relationship with God. :26   But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. The many symbols in the Book of Revelation cover the history of the church plus the events leading up to the Coming of the Lord and then the great Tribulation that sets in as the Gospel returns to the Jews. Trinity was the first time that they made an unscriptural word an official doctrine. Thus all the churches that accepted Christmas fell under the influence of Rome. The Lord commended the church at Ephesus for … Four is the middle of seven. The Lord uses seven golden candlesticks to represent these churches. 12 and 7 thus reveal a deeper meaning, a definite pattern in God's plan. Show me by the Bible what's greater, in the Bible, than a local elder to a local church? The old loaves were eaten by the priests in the Holy Place. Thus the church listened to him, not the Bible. Political power, church laws, and human greed dominated the church. This gave Rome even more authority over other people.