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LESSON 4 THE SMYRNA CHURCH

It seems that no matter how much time I spend making sure all is right before I post these lessons; spelling errors, my syntax, adding new material et al, There remains a few stand out mistakes.  Therefore if you want to read the polished version you will have to go to my blog at donoterr.wordpress.com because what you get in your email is the original copy of my post.

also, I would have deleted the BUSS MINISTRY part just below but That is such an important ministry in every Church that I decided to leave it in hopes that someone somewhere might get involved in their Church.

it is also a way of showing you that you are needed in your Church and that there is a ministry that God has for you.  If you are not going to a good Bible believing church then you are not right with God, because when you got saved God gave you some special gifts which are intended to be used in your local church.

BUSS MINISTRY
GREAT OPPORTUNITY for someone
BUT
IF YOU ARE NOT CALLED
YOU WILL NOT LAST

  • CONVICTION
    THE HOPELESS KIDS of Oscoda
    ALL they hear is cussing and Blasphemy violence drugs and sex
    JESUS is there only chance
  • The parents are derelict
    THEIR only chance is JESUS

The kids alone are well worth it

But

the kids open a door so that God can use us to reach the parents with the gospel.

The buss ministry helped build the first Baptist church of Hammond, Indiana and Emmanuel Baptist in Pontiac, Tom Malone’s Church, and a ton more.

Let us be in prayer that God will raise up someone with conviction to help in this ministry.

Lesson 4, SMYRNA, 10/30/2013

Our next Church is SMYRNA.  It was a time of torture and murder.  This Church age is filled with pain and heartache as families were literally ripped apart and their children and their loved ones murdered while they were forced to watched.

  • This Church is with us today.  It is not in America but it is in the third world  and communists countries, and the middle east.
  • I think that a type of the Smyrna Church may come to America therefore I am jumping back and forth between 65 AD and 2013 trying to apply what this Church went through to us here in America. 
  • We are in a spiritual war.
    Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
    Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    Eph 6:12  For we wrestle 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.

Yup, sure are, but when someone is in a real war they think about it all – the – time – Iraq, Afghanistan, the Korean war, Vietnam, The World wars are examples.

THE SONG: I THINK SIR THE BATTLE IS OVER AND THE YOUNG SOLDIER LAID DOWN HIS GUN
BUT
The Christian’s war will
NEVER be over until we are absent from the body and present with the Lord.

Because we don’t see demons we often don’t equate the horrible, violent things being done today to a spiritual war.
BUT demon possession is as much in America as it was in the Smyrna Church period.

  • I think about the Devil as being a type of the Pied Piper. 

2Co 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Co 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

TODAY Lucifer is playing his seductive Devil music and a lot of people are following him into Hell,
and sadly  many of those who are not following him into gross carnal sin are still not seeing the wages of those sins because they are lost, and because we are all living in an immoral land where the music of sex, drugs, and the media, yes even FOX – especially FOX, are common events.  It’s the blind leading the blind. 

Many, (most?), are today Casting Our Lord and saviour into the garbage bin of lies, fables, and who needs Him anyway.
Look around, all is well, in fact even with all this  Obama political nonsense we are still warm, feed and watching TV –  for sure, all is great
but hidden in every mind is that small voice that is constantly telling  us  that something horrible is about to happen.

Right now today, People are frightened but they keep it hidden because they have a seared conscience. 

They block it out with sports, music and wanton sin, and preachers who tell them what they want to hear, God is love and all is well.

John Cash sang:  I’d love to wear a rainbow every day
and tell the world that everything’s ok

BUT THINGS ARE NOT OKAY

1Ti 4:1  Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1Ti 4:2  Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

  • I kind of think of a seared conscience as ones compassion being injected with Novocain

It is the Churches responsibility to be the conscience of America (and born again believers are the church).  IT IS ALSOTHE CHURCHES RESPONSIBILITY TO PREPARE US FOR WHAT EVER IS COMING

1Ti 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

  • GOD’S PEOPLE, need to stand fast on abstaining from all appearances of sin. 

But many Christian don’t even know what sin is today.

Rom 8:5  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

  • Those that name the name of CHRIST must STOP PROMOTING SIN

HOW DO CHRISTIANS PROMOTE SIN?
1Th 5:22  Abstain from all appearance of evil.

  • Christians are in a war and we have all been sub-scripted into service,
    The thing to ask yourself is
    whose side are you FIGHTING FOR?

the Smyrna Church was willing to die a slow agonizing death for their Saviour
Mat 12:30  He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

Asking yourself whose side you are on is a most important question because a type of this Smyrna Church probably is coming to America, and if you do not want to be arrested and even have your head cut clean off or your heart cut out then you better stop playing church and change sides before they get enough evidence to convict you of being a real Christian. Just take an injection of Novocain and when it is time take the mark of the beast and die and wake up in Hell. 

If people will not get saved now – common quit kidding yourself – they will never do it under real persecution.

THE NEXT BIG EVENT IN CHURCH HISTORY IS SMYRNA
martyrdom –
IT WAS open season on any and all Christians
IT WAS A TIME of torture –
It seems that the sociopaths were running things during this church age, just as they are today in the Muslim and communist countries.

IT WAS A TIME OF pain –
much worse then having a tooth drilled with no Novocain

Christians were starved beaten and drowned

Some were soaked in tar and set on fire BY NERO TO LIGHT HIS GARDEN

  • This is the time of unbridled hate.

Satan uses our hate to control us

Lucifer uses hate.
Today, he uses Israel as a universal focal point, a focus point of hatred.  Anti-Semitism is satanic and if you are one then you are a tool of the Devil.

Lucifer uses race, and religion,
Moslem against Christian,
country against country,
and during the Smyrna Church period,
pagan against Christian.
HATE HATE HATE

The Devil is a master at stirring up
RIGHTEOUS HATRED
if you detest your neighbor, or Liberals or delinquent kids and their derelict parents, well that includes you too.

Hate what God hates, be angry ABOUT sin.  We are in a spiritual war and there is only one answer to all the above,
JESUS.
and Jesus operates through love not hate

IN SMYRNA Rev 2:8-11
IT is the MARTYRED Church

FROM 65AD-325AD

Man needs a group to hate.

Jer 17:9  The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

in this Church age it is pagans hating Christians.

Today it is anti-Semitism.

 Rev 2:8  And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

  • Mat 10:27  What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
  • Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

JESUS SAID
Rev 2:9
  I know thy works,

  • If you are a Christian you really should be working for Jesus your Lord and Saviour
  • Luk 6:46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Rev 2:9  I know thy works
and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

some were claiming to be Jews

Jews are a race; a descendents of Abraham.
and they are still the apple of God’s eye and they are still Gods problem children

Replacement theology which teaches that God lied when He made an unconditional covenant with Abraham in Genesis [Gen 12:1  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
Gen 12:2  And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
Gen 12:3  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
and a ton more verses throughout the Old Testament says the same thing.]
is a Satanic theology

synagogue of Satan. Satan has strongholds, command centers. and those who hate the Jews are a part of His church, and they are following the priest of the cult: Hitler, Stalin, and a ton more.

Right now in this Church age
65 AD to 325 AD

The Devil is on a tare.

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Lucifer, and his devils and his demons control these pagans through their hatred.  They are ready to serve him and kill every Christian in the world, young and old, male and female, butcher them all.  Can you imagine his roaring laughter, as Christians were fed to hungry ferocious  lions.

Lucifer’s intent is
to  kill every Jesus lover until there is none left
AND IT STILL IS

THERE is only one reason he hasn’t succeeded

God the Holy Spirit is holding Lucifer back.
But we can see his unbridled work in this
Smyrna Church age.
2Ti
3:12  Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

  • THAT takes on new meaning when it is applied to this Church.

You would have to search a long time here in America to find the truth of that verse

Act 14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

The SPIRITUAL FIGHT in the Church age of Smyrna WAS
TO BE STEADFASTNO COMPROMISE

The Devil thought these weak morons would fear death, would fast run up the I surrender flag.
But

Jesus has encouraged them and given them great grace

Act 4:33  And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

For the Smyrna Church it was a blessing to literally burn for their LORD AND SAVIOUR, JESUS CHRIST

About dying for Christ.  If someone dies lost they stay lost

Php 1:21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

SMYNA IS 1 OF 2 CHURCHES THAT JESUS NEVER FOUND ANYTHING TO condemn THE OTHER ONE IS THE PHILADELPHIAN

IN 64AD  Nero framed the Christians for his burning of Rome.  He wanted to rebuild Rome in his image.

It is uncertain who or what actually caused the fire — whether accident or arson. According to Tacitus, a contemporary of Nero, he was a senator and a historian of the Roman Empire.
some in the population held Nero responsible…To diffuse blame, Nero targeted the Christians.

… Christians were forced to confess by means of torture,

Nero ordered Christians to be thrown to dogs, while others were crucified or burned to serve as lights.

Tacitus,  describes the event as follows:

“… Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians … In accordance, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not as much of the crime of firing the city as of hatred against mankind.
Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired.”

Christians at this time were thought to be cannibals, killing and eating their children, and drinking their blood.  they were thought to be haters of mankind.
That was such a successful piece of propaganda that the Devil may just use it again against you and ME

Emulate this churches steadfastness and no compromise BUT
that doesn’t mean that this Church period is to be emulated, as there were at least 80 heretical sects that are known to have flourished at that time, and many were perverting the Scriptures.

2Pe 2:1  But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Jud 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

2 corinthians 2:17  For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

The Church won that fight

Here in America there are a bunch of spiritual sissies, who are in it for money, and personal gain.  That is what happens in a rich pampered society

1Ti 6:5  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
MEMORIZE the verse

Today’s mantra is ,
God doesn’t want you to drive a ford,
name it and claim it group of preachers and their sad and ignorant victims
BECAUSE
THAT ONLY WORKS IN America

TRY it in Syria or Somalia.

Many of God’s people are starving and suffering illness in antichrist countries

Those who BELIEVE the
name it and claim it doctrine
are
arrogant and stupid
to think they can
by uttering magic words
force the sovereign God to obey them

Heb 11:24  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
Heb 11:25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

Keneth Copeland and his ilk; THE WORD FAITH GROUP WOULD HAVE TOLD HIM TO STAY IN EGYPT.  Moses, God wants you rich and powerful so you can help your people and set them free is their way of thinking.

IF MOSES would have stayed
He would have been out of the will of God
and
OUT IN THE COLD.  for proof read Hebrews
11:25 again

  • JOB -and  AMERICA

In Job chapter 2 and 3 Satan tells God that the only reason Job is such a good man is because he has been blessed but if God took away his protection from him Job would turn his back on Him and curse Him. Most of you know the story and that God won. 

This is my thinking on Job:
There came another time when Satan again went before God and proposed another contest, but this time Lucifer challenged God that if God would allow him to make Americans rich, healthy and prosperous they would kick Him out and make him [Lucifer] god  God agreed and we went into the Laodicean Church age of apostasy, greed and a me first society that has resulted in violence, idol worship, and making the beast god of America. We may not be there yet but we are very very close.

MANY Christians in America do not really know what
Php 1:21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
REALLY means

BECAUSE
we are playing at Christianity

and because
We have not seen
let alone experienced real persecution for Christ.

BUT good news God doesn’t want us to die for Him -Not right now anyways.

He wants us to live for Him

Php 1:21  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
BUT HOW MANY CAN HONESTLY SAY THEY ARE LIVING FOR Christ Jesus ALONE
THERE ARE SOME

BUT THEY PROBABLY WOULD DENY IT JUST AS PAUL DID

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Well will you stop playing at being a Christian and start being a faithfull soldier?  Will you get to Church and begin training for the fight?  Or will you continue fooling yourself that all is well.

Perhaps you are not even saved – HOW FOOLISH can you be?

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https://donoterr.wordpress.com/how-2-b-born-again/

One thought on “LESSON 4 THE SMYRNA CHURCH

  1. Thanks for another terrific lesson on the Church of Smyrna. You should be on radio and tv. you’ve got stuff the world needs to hear. i printed it for jim.

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