The Beasts of the Sea

Christian Fiction (Rev. 13:11-18)

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“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived. He was granted power to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads. And that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.” Continue reading The Beasts of the Sea

The Mirror-Image of the Dragon

Christian-Fiction (Rev. 13:6-10)

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“Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him the power, his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshipped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast?” Who is able to make war with him?” And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If anyone has an ear to hear, let him hear. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.” Continue reading The Mirror-Image of the Dragon

Beast Rising Out of Sea

Christian-Fiction (Rev. 13:1-5)

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“Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him the power, his throne, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast. So they worshipped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast?” Who is able to make war with him?” And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue for forty-two months. Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. If anyone has an ear to hear, let him hear. He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.”

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The Dragon Persecuted the Woman

Christian-Fiction (Rev. 12:13-17)

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“Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent. So the serpent spewed water out of his mouth like a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood. But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Continue reading The Dragon Persecuted the Woman

When Was Satan Cast Out Heaven

Christian-Fiction (Rev. 12:7-12 NKJV)

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“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him” (Rev. 12:7-9).

We have a great revelation: “And war broke out in heaven…” It is difficult to imagine that war broke out in heaven, and the Devil was kicked out of heaven. Satan can no longer live in heaven, but he still has access to heaven and, as long as he does, there will be problems.

Satan Presents Himself Before the Lord…

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The Most Beautiful Woman Israel

Christian-Fiction (Rev. 12:1-6 ESV)

Church Window, Baptism, Sacrament

“And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pains and the agony of giving birth. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads seven diadems. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she bore her child he might devour it. She gave birth to a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne, and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which she is to be nourished for 1,260 days.”

Who Is the Woman of Revelation Chapter 12?

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He Shall Reign Forever and Ever

Christian-Fiction (Rev. 11:15-19)

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In the midst of the woes and of the judgments of the Great Tribulation, loud voices are heard in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever” (Rev. 11:15). Thus far, the seven seal judgments and six trumpet judgments have passed.

The Seventh Trumpet

The seventh angel is about to sound the seventh and final trumpet judgment, which will subsequently bring the most lethal of all the judgments: The seven bowl judgments! There has been much death and destruction in the wake of all the previous judgments which have proceeded from the wrath of God.

God’s people have long been raptured and are abiding with God. In spite of His creation denying Him, the Lord commissioned 144,000 Jewish witnesses to minister to those who were left behind. Those who receive Christ during this time are sealed by the Holy Spirit!

He Shall Reign Forever and Ever

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The Two Witnesses of Revelation

Another Mighty Angel

Angel, Crib, Faith, Christmas

In my last post titled, “The Little Book of Revelation,” we encountered another mighty angel. The mighty angel held a little book open in his hand. John was instructed by the Lord, “…Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth” (Rev. 10:8). “So I went to the angel and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth” (Rev. 10:9).

The Book With Seven Seals

Bible, Scripture, Gospel, Testament

I believe that the book which John is supposed to eat is the same book that had the seven seals. Depending on the translation that you read from, the word is either “scroll” or “book.” John is instructed to eat the book so that he may prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings (Rev. 10:11).

The 2nd Interlude Continues

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The Little Book of Revelation

Introduction

In my previous post, I covered “The Trumpet Judgments of Revelation.” We are now in chapter 10 of the Book of Revelation. Chapter 10 happens to be the interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpet judgment. This is the second interlude, as I previously explained, there will be an interlude between the sixth and seventh judgment for each of the three series of judgments. Also, I skipped ahead to complete the seven trumpet judgments, so as to maintain the continuity of the topic. So we now return to where we should be chronologically.

The Mighty Angel

Angel, Wing, Angel Face, Gold

“I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire” (Rev.10:1). There is a great deal of controversy as to who this mighty angel is. We know that in the Old Testament, the pre-incarnate Christ visited earth and was called the Angel of the Lord. After the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you will not find Jesus called the Angel of the Lord.

Jesus’ First Advent

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The Trumpet Judgments of Revelation

The Pattern of Sevens

Number, Seven, House Number, Tiles, Tile

In my previous post titled, “The Tribulation Saints,” I covered the “Interlude” between the 6th and the 7th seal judgment. I explained that the Apostle John used a pattern of sevens: The seven seal, seven trumpet, and seven bowl judgments. He also includes an interlude between the sixth and the seventh judgment for each of the three sets of seven judgments.

The Interlude

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Why? James Vernon McGee explains, “Between the sixth and seventh of each, there is an interlude of seemingly extraneous (irrelevant) matter, but it is explanatory matter—it explains the action and answers certain questions. This is what chapter 7 will do for us. This principal of an explanatory interlude will be true of the seven seals, the seven trumpets, and of the seven bowls of wrath. You will find this principle all the way through this particular section of Revelation, so that we do not lose our way” (p.948).

The Great Tribulation

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The Tribulation Saints

An Interlude

Angel, Knife, Nature, Flash, Clouds

In my previous post we studied “The Seven Seals of Revelation.” We found that the seven seals are part of God’s judgments upon people for rejecting Christ. Before we enter God’s second wave of judgments called “The Seven Trumpets of Revelation,” we must first examine an interlude given to us by John the Revelator. You will notice that the number seven is used in each of the three waves of judgments: Seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls. You will also find that before the seventh judgment in each case, there is always an interlude.

Why is there an interlude? I believe that John gives us an interlude so that we can catch-up and to help us to not get lost. We looked at chapter six when we studied the seven seals. Actually there were only six seals in chapter six. I had to jump to chapter eight in order to complete the study of the seven seals. Why did I do that? I jumped to chapter eight for the sake of continuity (to maintain an unbroken and continuous chain of events according to the topic).

The Great Tribulation

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We are now in The Great Tribulation. Remember that the Tribulation is divided into two equal parts. Each part consists of 3 ½ years. The first half is called the Tribulation and the second half is called The Great Tribulation. The Great Tribulation describes the acceleration and intensification of the judgments that are being unleashed upon the earth and mankind.

144,000 Servants of God Sealed

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The Seven Seals of Revelation

Background

Diploma, Parchment, Graduation, Scroll

The Rapture has occurred and John the revelator has caught “A Glimpse of Heaven.” The Lamb has taken “The Scroll With Seven Seals” from Him (The Father) who sits on the throne. We are now approaching the time when the Lamb will take the scroll and begin to remove each seal of judgment and unleash it upon the earth. The earth is filled with sin, since the church has been taken away and the restrainer has been moved out of the way!

The Unholy Trinity Is At Work Upon the Earth

The Antichrist and the false prophet continue along their path of world domination and destruction as Satan races against time. The unholy trinity’s primary plan is to take away from God as many souls as he possibly can, knowing that his time is very limited.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Make Ready!

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Worthy Is the Lamb

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The Scene in Heaven

Sunrise, Sky, Blue, Sunlight, Clouds

In my previous post titled, “The Scroll With Seven Seals,” we found a scene in heaven where a question asked; “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” The question came in Revelation 5:2, and the question is answered in Revelation 5:7, “Then He [Jesus] came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him [The Father] who sat on the throne.”

The Lamb Takes the Scroll

“Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Rev. 5:8).

The Four Living Creatures

The four living creatures are angelic beings who resemble Ezekiel’s and Isaiah’s cherubim, the highest ranking celestial beings; they represent all the vital forces of creation whose primary function is worship. It is interesting to note here that Catholics believe the 4 living creatures not only represent humanity but they are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The 4 writers of the four gospels.

The Twenty-Four Elders

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The Scroll With Seven Seals

Daniel’s Prophecy

In my previous posts, the Rapture has occurred and John the Apostle caught a Glimpse of Heaven. We are now heading toward The Tribulation! In his prophecy of the 70 weeks or 490 years, Daniel said the Tribulation would be “one week” and uses the Hebrew word designating a week of years, or seven years (Daniel 9:24-27).

The first 69 weeks of years, which started with the decree of Artaxerxes to restore the walls of Jerusalem and ended with the rejection of Jesus, was exactly 483 years. And the Tribulation, or the last week of years, will be seven years long (Daniel 9:24-27).

Tribulation: A Seven Year Period

In Revelation, we find the seven years divided into two periods of 1260 days, or 42 months, or three-and-one-half years, or “time and times and half a time” (Rev. 11:2-3; 12:6,7,14; 13:5). Every one of these time spans totals up to seven years. The first half, or first 42 months, is the Tribulation, while the last half is called by our Lord “The Great Tribulation.” I know that Daniel’s and John’s prophecies are complex, but I wanted to give the bases for the belief in a 7 year Tribulation.

After the rapture, Antichrist will make a peace treaty with Israel and this peace treaty will trigger the beginning of the Tribulation. “Then he (Antichrist) shall confirm a covenant with many (Israel) for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate” (Dan. 9:27).

The Great Tribulation

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The Rapture

Clouds, Sun, Sky, Blue, Nature, Summer

In my last post, we covered “The pre-Tribulation Rapture.” What do we know? We know that the Rapture is a future event whereby Jesus will come for His bride—the church. He will not be coming for a particular church, but, rather for those of us who received Jesus Christ and asked Him to be our Lord and Savior.

When will the rapture occur? “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only” (Matt. 24:36 ESV). This is important to know because there have been many who have come saying I am the Christ. We don’t need to bother trying to figure out when He’s coming, we just need to know that He is coming! If anyone comes to you saying, “I know when Jesus is coming,” remember the Scriptures and understand that they are being presumptuous.

The Second Coming

Landscape, Tree, Sunset

Is the Rapture “The Second Coming” of Christ? No! “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16-17). These Scriptures and others tell us that we who are alive and remain (on earth) shall be “caught up” together with them (the dead in Christ) in “the clouds” to meet the Lord “in the air.”

It is clear that Jesus will not touch down on earth the way He did in his first advent (coming). The Second Coming will occur near the end of the Great Tribulation when He comes with the armies of heaven to defeat the Antichrist and his armies, in “The Battle of Armageddon.” When He comes, He will touch down on earth. There are theologians who believe that The Second Coming occurs in two parts. They believe the Rapture is part one of the Second Coming and when He touches down to battle the Antichrist that is the second part. I really don’t have too much of a problem with this view, but there are believers who call the Rapture, the Second Coming and that is just not true.

The Study of Eschatology

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Christian-Fiction: The Pre-Tribulation Rapture

The Pre-Tribulation Rapture

In my last post titled, “The Lukewarm Church” we learned that the church at Laodicea was “neither cold nor hot… So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Rev. 3:15-16). The condition of their hearts was far from God. They said in their hearts, “We are rich, have become wealthy and have need of nothing…” (Rev. 3:17). The Lord responds by saying, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent” (Rev. 3:19).

In Scripture, we find that the world is going to continue to deteriorate morally as time moves us closer to the Apocalypse (complete and final destruction of the world). The condition of the church at Laodicea is a prime example of people falling away from the truth. Notice, though, that in spite of their backsliding, Jesus says, “As many as I love, I rebuke [correct] and chasten [discipline]” (Rev. 3:19).  Money and wealth, among other things, corrupted the believers into thinking they didn’t need God.

My previous 8 posts that I titled, “The Seven Churches of Revelation,” signified the church during different times in history. Now we come to chapter 4 in The Book of Revelation, which brings us to The Pre-Tribulation Rapture. We will find that chapter 4 does not come right out and mention the Rapture by name. It is more of an implication. The apostle John writes what he sees while in a vision. We will find imagery that helps us to interpret what is happening.

The Open Door

“After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this” (Rev. 4:1). Two things stand out to me: John hearing the “trumpet” and being asked to “come up” here. If we compare this verse with the classic passage of Scripture found in l Thessalonians 4:16-17 which describes the Rapture we’ll see the connection.

“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (l Thess. 4:16-17). Notice in these Scriptures that the “trumpet” is mentioned, and the words “caught up” are also used to describe the Rapture. “Caught up” and “come up” have similar meaning.

Apostle John’s Vision

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The Lukewarm Church

The Seventh Church of Revelation: Laodicea

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This is my final post in my series titled, “The Seven Churches of Revelation.” The focus of this post is the Laodicean Church, referred to as “The Lukewarm Church.” The reference here comes from the glorified Lord. He calls the Church lukewarm because her heart is far from God. This church represents the final chapter of the church before the pre-Tribulation Rapture.

We can see the decline in morality today as time progresses toward the Apocalypse. Society has become more and more liberal accepting things that at one time were unacceptable. Gay and lesbian rights today are deemed to be equal to the civil rights movement.

The Faithful and True Witness

The Apostle John is given this message in a vision. “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, these things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot, I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Rev. 3:14-16).

As I have explained in previous posts, the angel referred to here is the pastor of the church. That is what makes the most sense.

I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life..!

Jesus is referred to as the “Amen.” In scripture, the word Amen means “truth,” most would agree. In the Old Testament, we find that the word Amen signifies “It is so, so let it be.” Again, Amen is agreeing that something is true. So most Bible scholars denote the meaning of Amen to be “truth.” Jesus said, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (Jn. 14:6).

Jesus is also called “The Faithful and True Witness.” Jesus was said to be true unto death. He came to pay our sin debt and He was faithful to the end. He was also a “True Witness.” He witnessed to the world, the truth about God. The Lord is referred to in scripture as “The Beginning of creation.”

All Things Were Made Through Him

The Gospel of John says this about Jesus: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (Jn. 1:1-3). Jesus spoke the world into existence! I’m sorry, but the evolutionists got it wrong. It takes more faith to believe that we evolved from monkeys. If we did, why don’t we see monkeys still in the evolution process—half monkeys and half human?

Jesus’ message to the church in Laodicea was a resounding rebuke! “I could wish you were cold or hot…so then, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” This is the way the Lord feels about us when we are in the same condition! By hot or cold, Jesus is referring to the condition of the heart. He is so disgusted with the Laodicean church that He wants to vomit! Remember, this is the church representing the time right before the pre-Tribulation Rapture. The Bible talks about an apostasy occurring.

Gold Refined In the Fire!

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The Faithful Church

The Faithful Church

Religion, Faith, Worship, Church

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, these things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens: I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name” (Rev. 3:7-8).

The church in Philadelphia represents the revived church, dating from approximately the beginning of the nineteenth century to the Rapture. This is a church that repented and turned back to the Word of God. Today, there are Protestants and Roman Catholics that are turning to the Word of God. Revival begins in the heart.

Today, Philadelphia is a prosperous little Turkish town. It is located in a beautiful valley that is about 125–150 miles inland from the coast. The city was built on four or five hills in a picturesque setting (McGee Vol.5 p. 917).

The City of Brotherly Love

“The city did not get its name, as so many believe, from the Bible. Actually, the city got its name because of the love that Attalus ll had for his brother Eumenes who was king of Pergamos. Attalus had a great love and loyalty for his brother, because of that it is called “The City of Brotherly Love” (McGee Vol.5 p.916).

The church in Philadelphia is located besides Smyrna, which the Lord had no word of condemnation. Why? Because it had turned to the Word of God. An interesting fact: Neither of the two churches in Philadelphia nor Smyrna received a word of condemnation. Continue reading The Faithful Church

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The Dead Church

Jesus’ Message

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“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write, these things
says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead” (Rev. 3:1).

“Jesus’ message “…to the angel of the church in Sardis….” The word angel in the Greek language is “angelos,” meaning messenger. A messenger can be a supernatural being or a human. Both angels and pastors are messengers. The two hear from God and deliver the message to its intended audience. Since Jesus is giving this message to John in the Island of Patmos, in a vision, it would not make sense for John to give the message to an angel. I believe that it is therefore written to the pastor of the church in Sardis.

“…these things says He who has the seven Spirits of God….”  The meaning of this phrase is, Jesus is the One who sent the Holy Spirit into the world.

“The seven stars.”  Revelation 1:20 says, “The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand…are the angels (pastors) of the seven churches….” Continue reading The Dead Church