Church, Bride and Wife

Prologue

According to the story of Creation, "a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh" (Genesis 2:24). Traditionally, Jews call marriage "sanctification," because it involves a spiritual bonding in which a husband and his wife are perceived as one soul in two bodies.

The Disciples witnessed this divine precept in the person of Jesus, the Son of Man and God. Christ Jesus himself declared this sanctification during the Feast of Dedication, by saying, "I and the Father are one" (John 10:30). In fact, God in Christ Jesus wants to apply this divine precept to all people. "Father, just as you are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us" (John 17:21). Our Savior wants to have such a relationship with everyone coming to God. This precept is the final state of our relationship with God.

The final state of ordinary human relationships, at least between man and woman, is marriage. To reach to this state, a couple first becomes engaged; then they must go through a wedding ceremony, and after that, they can finally dedicate their lives to each other. Those who partake in each stage are called specific names: for example, a young man and woman are a fiancé and a fiancée throughout the engagement. The wedding ceremony makes them the groom and bride; then, the husband and his wife live as one flesh during their marriage.

Our relationship to God is very similar. First God, in Christ Jesus, found us and Redeemed us. We became his Fiancée. Later a wedding will take place, and we will become His Bride. After the wedding ceremony, we will be His Wife.

The symbolic name for Jesus Christ's Fiancée is Church. Since the Church has her beginning, then lives and should come to finnal days. The finnal days of the Church should be described also in the New Testament. Christ Jesus appointed the apostle John to write about her "last days", then about transforming her to Bride of the Lamb for the Wedding, and finnaly will live with Christ Jesus (as His wife) after the Wedding. The apostle John did it in his book Revelation. The book named "Church, Bride and Wife" follows this outline:

1. Introduction

2. Church

3. Bride

4. Wife

5. Conclusion





Introduction

God the Father has chosen His Son to populate God's Kingdom. His Son must be God; and thus, He is God the Son.

In his Revelation, the Apostle John saw the Heavenly Throne and its Occupants. Hence, he had to see both God the Father and God the Son. The Son is He who is performing the will of God the Father. In relation to the events of the Last Days, God the Father wrote His will on the Scroll, and has given it to His Son to act upon (Revelation 5:7). From the description of He who took the Scroll, it is clear that He too is God. He must be God, because He stands at the center of God's Throne. As beings must have both body and spirit, so it is with God.

The Apostle John saw the Spirit of God as the Seven Spirits (Revelation 4:5). The body of God the Son looked like the Lamb, having seven horns and seven eyes (Revelation 5:6). The Bible declares that the Seven Spirits of God are in His eyes, and therefore there could not be any doubt that the Seven Spirits are the Spirit of God the Son.

As Eve was created from Adam's rib to bear children for him, so God the Father had to take some part from God the Son to bear children for Him. Christ Jesus tells us this was the Spirit: "I tell you the truth, no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit" (John 3:5-6). Thus, the original population of the Earth is born from the water of an internal reproductive organ (the womb), and the new population of Heaven (the Kingdom of God) is born of the Spirit. Two separate births are required before one can enter the Kingdom of God.

The Kingdom of God has at least two stages, according to the places of realization: they are the Kingdom of God on the Earth, and the Kingdom of God in Heaven. Hence, the beings in the Kingdom of God could be partly Earthly, and partly Heavenly now; or just Heavenly then. What is partial should not be full, which is why our relationship to God can only be partial now, but will be full later on, in Heaven. The perfect metaphor taken from the Earth is this, then: now, on Earth, each of us is like God's Fiancée; later, in Heaven, each will be like His Wife.

To be a fiancée means to be promised in marriage. Christ Jesus gave us this promise; and therefore, the first ones receiving this word were called Christians in reproach to the followers of Jesus. The body of Christ's followers is known collectively as the Church.



The Church according to Revelation

The Church is the body of believers in Jesus Christ, whose members will be the partners of God in eternity.

If the Apostle John saw Jesus outside the Throne appear as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Root of David (Jesus as the Resurrected Man), and then on the Throne as God the Son (the Lamb having seven horns and seven eyes), he also had to see the body of believers during their progress.

In relation to our theme, what John saw first in Heaven was the Spirit of God the Son -- the Seven Spirits, per Revelation 4:5. Christ Jesus was not present, and certainly none of the Resurrected men; humans cannot be physically present in Heaven without Christ Jesus while Creation exists. When believers die, they are not resurrected today, and so they are not full beings. A large gathering of these spirits, being many and without bodies, might seem to represent a sea. They are righteous, and therefore the sea is clean and clear; clean, transparent waters can resemble like glass. Yet they are spirits, so some distinctions should be evident among them; thus, the term "crystal" better fits their gathering.

The Apostle sees gathered spirits immediately after the Spirit of God, which should lead us to conclusion that they are connected. First they were tied by a spiritual umbilical cord, because the Spirit supplies their needs to grow while waiting for Resurrection. The term 'born from the Spirit' is what brings them together. As children are naturally drawn to their mothers, so the gathering of human spirits is drawn to the Spirit of God the Son.

The 24 elders and God the Father are described separately. They are tied to thrones, or the power to rule. The One is on God's Throne, and the 24 are on the thrones of heavenly beings. The 24 elders derive their authority from the authority of Him Who sits on the Throne, because they fall down before Him and lay their crowns before the Throne and praise Him (Revelation 4:9-11).

These are the princes, the first ones among servants of God the Father. They must be primary servants of God the Father, because Christ Jesus (or God the Son) is not present among them at that time. The power of these high-positioned servants hinges on the power of God the Father Himself. Their duty is to do the Will of God the Father; that is why they stand in the presence of God (Luke 1:19). The duty of human spirits, however, is to perform the Will of the Spirit. That is why "No one who is born of God will continue to sin . . . He cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God" (1 John 3:9). If man in spirit does not sin, then others may know that he is born of God. The testimony of Christ Jesus thus exists in our world. Revelation should remain in the terminology of the Gospels, and we should understand that when the birth of human spirits occurs, it is an era of Christianity.

Christians, these who hold true to the testimony of Jesus, are the offspring of the Spirit. But what is the testimony of Jesus? As Jesus demonstrated, it is based on the transformation of water to wine, something he performed from the start of his ministry (John 2). According to the Old Testament vocabulary, God presents bread and wine to His people, so that they may be His beings forever. Since we wait to become the way Jesus Christ is now, we must be resurrected. We will enjoy not just the eternal spirit, but also the eternal body. These realities should be pictured in the second room of the Tabernacle, because people (Levites) entered the Sanctuary.

We use a table as a firm stand for putting essential things upon. Thus, the Sanctuary Table could be considered a tray for valid holy items. Moses made the table, its pitchers and bowls for the pouring out of offerings, the plates and dishes, and put the bread of the Presentation on it to be before God at all times (Exodus 25:23-30). The matter presented on the table is bread, and therefore they called this tableau the Showbread table. What does this bread represent? What do we need for life in Heaven?

We may analyze the eternal stage by looking at the resurrected Christ Jesus Himself. His dead body was not left in our world (although it was composed of Earthly elements) but was simply changed, because the Disciples could recognize him as their Teacher (Luke 24:39-43). Something caused the change. This something should be seen in the aforementioned bread. This is because the Lord Jesus Christ "took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me'" (Luke 22:19).

The Church does this. Extreme teachers explain it literally: that Christians receive Christ's body during communion, that the bread is transformed into flesh. However, the true intent is to remind us that the body of Christ Jesus was the same as our own. We should remember that Jesus had Earthly flesh which was later changed into eternal flesh. Although we too are now in Earthly flesh, someday believers will be resurrected into eternal flesh. God, through Christ Jesus, will put some "nutrient" into our flesh that will make our bodies eternal. Certainly, this is for the case of the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:17).

But to live eternal life, it is not enough to have eternal flesh. We also need to have eternal spirit. In other words, we need something that will change our souls into eternal spirit. Moses did not put this other matter on the Table; nevertheless, a close look at the Table reveals empty vessels for holding liquid (Numbers 4:7). Why are there empty jars on the Presentation table? Because God has already poured out His spiritual substance for our eternal spirit. Thus, we are now already partly eternal beings in our Lord Jesus Christ. We are also able to live life according to God, as Jesus Christ lived.

Jesus told Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die" (John 11:25-26). It is clear that he spoke of having eternal spirit already during life in the flesh. According to His Last Supper, the symbol of this eternal spirit is wine. "He took the cup, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you'" (Luke 22:20). Here, the wine in the cup represents the ACTUAL COVENANT.

Thus, bearing the testimony of Jesus means having a living spirit. This is the NEW COVENANT. The result of the Atonement performed by the Lamb of God is this: human beings may have their human souls already changed to eternal spirits, while their Earthly flesh will be changed to eternal flesh later.

Christ Jesus was the Son of Man. This means that he was the first human being who had a living, eternal spirit in mortal flesh. Therefore, to bear the testimony of Jesus on Earth is TO HAVE A LIVING SPIRIT. No one could achieve this result "until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead" (Matthew 17:9).

The Disciples followed the Lord Jesus Christ in forming the new generation on the Earth. In this way, they bore the testimony of Jesus into the world. Therefore, it is not just the life of Jesus that testifies that he was born from the Spirit of God, but also the lives of his followers, who testified they too were born from the Spirit. They represented living examples of the new class of human being. Therefore that world called them "Christ's Ones," which developed into the word "Christians." Christians are not just propagating words, news or theories, but propagating new life rooted in the Spirit of God the Son. Therefore Jesus said, "I am the true vine and my Father is gardener." You cannot "bear fruit unless you remain" in him (John 15:1-4).

The Last Supper compares Christ's blood to wine. Blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the tissues so that life may continue. Similarly, some liquid must circulate through vascular system of a vine. It is a watery solution of sugar and minerals.

The watery solution related to the vine, sugar, and human nutrition is wine. So we may conclude the pictured "wine" is that which holds us alive in God. We must now take "wine" to bear the testimony of Jesus.

This is why Jesus began by changing water into wine and finished, at the Last Supper, by showing that "wine" is the blood of the new generation.

The original spirituality of humans emerges from the water of the female internal reproductive organ, and so from a woman (Eve) whose substance was taken from the man (Adam). This spirituality bears inherited features of both parents -- even the original sin of Adam. The new spirituality of humans emerges from the Spirit, which is "taken" from God the Son. This spirituality bears aspects of Jesus Christ's life on the Earth, and even the eternal life. From there, it is only a small step to also have "woman" bearing children for the Kingdom of God.

Revelation 12 introduces "Woman," who gives birth to those who bear the testimony of Jesus. The first one born from her is Christ Jesus Himself (Verse 5). The last ones might appear prior to their snatching from the Earth up to Heaven. Christ comes first, and the whole assembly of newborn ones afterward. Christians associated together are called the Church (Romans 16:5; Colossians 4:15). Hence, the Church is the body of all bearing the testimony of Jesus. By replacing "Woman producing children for the Heaven" with "Church," I conclude that the Church ends with the Rapture at the described place (clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet).

The Lord Jesus Christ told his followers on the Earth that he would leave them and then return for them, to introduce them to his Father in Heaven; then they would be with him forever. This relates to the chain of man and woman. The links fitted into one another are: fiancée -- bride -- wife. But while the Word or Engagement runs, as the Gospel says, Christ and his fiancée do not see each other for long time.

When fiancé and fiancée are separated, under normal circumstances they will correspond regularly, especially as the day of wedding approaches. Similarly, the Lord Christ Jesus sends seven different letters to his Fiancée, the Church (Revelation 2-3).

The First Letter

Let the title of the first letter be: Praised are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of the fruit of the vine. (The titles are taken from the liturgy of the Jewish wedding, when seven blessings are recited.)

With this letter, the Fiancé ensures his Fiancée that he now holds all the upcoming events firmly in His hands: He held the Seven Sealed Scrolls, which seemed to Moses to be like the seven golden lampstands. She shall receive new gifts from His Father, because the Lamps are His seals (God's seal shines; see Genesis 3:24). God's gifts are mostly God the Father's through the Holy Spirit. Revelation 1:20 says: "Christ Jesus holds seven Lamps, and they are the seven churches."

So, the Lamps must shine because they are the churches. Therefore, the Fiancé advises her to renew her first love to him, as the first Lamp has started to shine for her. The members of the Early Church loved the Savior over all else, even to the point of laying down their lives for Him; now it is time for such love to come again, since His Lamps are going to shine on each place (city) on the way toward her.

Since the Fiancé of the Church holds seven stars in his right hand as he manages the seven Lamps, the Church should advance. Because the first praising is for the wine of the Creator, the first Lamp shines mostly to pour wine among the people. Thus the newborn Christians begin to be visible. Their advancement must be victorious; otherwise it is not true that the Lord Christ Jesus "holds the seven stars in his right hand." Revelation 1:20 tells us these stars are the messengers of the seven churches.

The tribe Judah represents the Church in the Old Testament. There are these words for the Church: "The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until He comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is His. He [the Church] will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes. His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk" (Genesis 49:10-12). Now Christ Jesus, by taking the messengers of the Church in his hand, has given them a crown in order to ride out as conqueror until he comes for His crown. In order that these who now use it would not be underprivileged, the Owner of their scepter will take them from the world also (the Rapture). If the Lion of Judah has triumphed (Revelation 5:5), then the Gospel has entered the world through the lion's power to triumph. For instance, L. Moody captured millions of people for the Lord Jesus Christ in his years of world evangelization.

The Fiancé reminds her that the engagement cannot be valid if she will not bear His testimony -- that is, the testimony of Jesus Christ. She should not accept false apostles who teach that a believer's spirituality is like that of animals, and that therefore any human spirit does not exist. The Lord did not send those men to teach. Hence, they are apostles of a being considering himself to be one with animals; or it may simply be that a being who does not drink wine is their master. Were the parents of Christ Jesus mere animals? No. His Father is God or the Spirit of God; and so Jesus' spirituality is spirit from conception. His mother is woman, created from the flesh of Adam, who was created in God's image.

Similarly, the engagement would be invalid if she considers herself to be fiancé and fiancée. Such a contradiction can exist only among "Nicolaitans." Namely, some men teach this: a woman will be resurrected when her husband calls her by the secret name he has given her for their marriage in Heaven. They also marry (seal) couples for Heaven, where the husband will live in a polygamous family with all the wives to whom he was sealed.

We tend to conclude our letters by expressing some wish for recipient; and so also do the letters of the Fiancé end, with his blessings for his Fiancée. This is the first blessing: He, in the name of God, promises she will partake in the resurrection prepared for those who go to Paradise after they leave their mortal flesh. "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God."

The Second Letter

Praised are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who created all things for Your glory. And, "these are the words of Him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again."

The Fiancé reminds his Fiancée that he is the first and the last in Creation, because "all things were created by him and for him" (Colossians 1:16). Although he died, he was resurrected. Hence, his actions which were first should also then be last; and therefore, as he was resurrected as the first man, consequently the last one having his testimony will be resurrected. "And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit, who lives in you" (Romans 8:11).

The Lord Christ Jesus has realized that his enemy Satan is trying to hurt the Church. That is why he oversupplies the Church with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has come upon people, and many have spoken in tongues. This spiritual revival began in Los Angeles, California in 1906. "I know your afflictions and your poverty -- yet you are rich! I know the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan."

Please take heed of any theological school not having any respect for the bearing of the testimony of Jesus. The Pentecostal movement outrages them, and they start to teach against the Spirit and against the Holy Spirit by advising a return to the codes. Yet 2 Corinthians 3:6 declares that the New Covenant is not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. The Lord identifies these theological schools as synagogues of Satan.

Some believers during this Lamp died mainly where many Christians were first baptized by the Holy Spirit. They were believers who lived on the Russian steppes, who were later moved to Armenia. If they did not migrate to USA, the holocaust in Armenia caught them. ("You will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death.")

The Author concludes the Second Letter with God's second blessing for the Church. She, as the Resurrected One, will not be hurt by the second death. The second death is for those resurrected who never ate from the Tree of Life and never bore the testimony of Jesus, so their names have not been written in the Book of Life (Revelation 20:11-15). "He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death."

The Third Letter

Praised are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Creator of man. And "these are the words of Him who has the sharp, double-edged sword," sharper than any sharp words delivered by the synagogues of Satan (Hebrews 4:12).

The Fiancé reminds his Fiancée that He is the glorious man. His face shines like the sun in all its brilliance, and out of His mouth comes a sharp, double-edged sword (Revelation 1:16). Because He holds her in His hand, He is giving her the power to use a sharp double-edged sword herself. She may use His sword for casting out demons or to heal, in order that the world may know more about Him to whom she is promised. He has come closer to her already, since the third Lamp gives Him light on the way to her.

For instance, Smith Wigglesworth of England often uses this sword: "Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality." The Fiancé warns her not to defile herself by eating food marked to be someone else, or by committing sexual immorality. I consider this His reflection on the actions of the man claiming to have the power to establish the Kingdom of God on the Earth by means of his offspring. Certainly, he could not multiply his family through many women, and therefore uses a "divine trick" to accomplish this. He blesses couples at their weddings by giving them a juice to drink that he claims it is his literal, physical blood, and candy that is his flesh. Thus, they say, a new race is on its way to ruling the earth.

To use harsher words, I would say that they eat symbolic human flesh, and so they are cannibals, and not any new race for God. Perhaps Hitler's propaganda of the superiority of the "Aryan" race inspired this false messiah to develop a more effective teaching method reaching whole world. King Balak, mentioned in this letter, could refer to those world leaders who supported the "Aryan" race or support this Unification movement.

Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. So, a game husband is savior of his wives continues in the next steps toward eternity. They are saving also the souls of the dead by baptizing themselves instead the dead. Their "priesthood" also had such authority.

The Author of this letter ends it by speaking the words of the third blessing of God's Throne: "She is betrothed to the Son of God, with a white stone with her name written on it, as an engagement ring would be offered for her." (A gold ring, sometimes with an intimate inscription, is placed on the finger of the bride.) If it is a blessing, then it is a temporary offering until the blessing reaches a day of realization. As I see it, Christ Jesus gives manna to the person to whom He is engaged, and so the engagement ends here. "To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it."

The Fourth Letter

Praised are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who created man and woman in Your image, fashioning woman from man as his mate, that together they might perpetuate life. Praised are You, O Lord, Creator of man. I think, this blessing in the Jewish liturgy is the human reaction to the Engagement described in the previous Lamp. These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze for the period of the Fourth Lamp.

The Fiancé introduces himself as the great Knight. If He comes to use His power, His eyes are like blazing fire, and His feet like burnished bronze. This is the description of the being on God's Throne. Thus, He is also the ruler of the created world and universe, and that is why He knows even her deeds, her love and faith, her service and perseverance, and that she is now doing more than she did at first. Her actions in spreading His name and power in the world should be like the latter rain. For instance, large revivals began in Canada in the year 1948, which they called the New Order of the Latter Rain.

Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan's so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): only hold on to what you have until I come. Thus, the Fiancé advises her to avoid the teaching of Satan's so-called deep secrets, which are spread by a woman.

I believe this relates to the teaching of divine healing, rooted in spiritual understanding. The mortal mind convinces people that they are sick, and therefore they are. But spiritual understanding is rooted in the changeless Mind of God, where sickness does not exist. Thus sickness is unreal, and therefore should be rejected. A source of divine healing, therefore, is in one's own strength, in one's own understanding. Her primary teaching was developed in a broadly-spread movement called "positive thinking." Thus, positive thinking and faith in one's own ego is Satan's so-called deep secret. "Change your thinking, change your life".

Sexual immorality and eating food sacrificed to idols can refer to practices causing people to have relations with another being or living person. For instance hypnosis, in which one person uses the mind of another person. Brainwashing occurs when someone else's thoughts occupy one's mind; thus, one's mind is nourished by someone else's thoughts. I would compare this to conditioned reflexes in animal behavior. It is no wonder, then, that many practices first try to annul human conscience by cleansing a person's spiritual database. A person without conscience acts/is like an animal. Bringing yourself to this stage is like cleansing or washing the heart. So, do you have some problem with your behavior? Clean your database first; become clean in your inner being, as animals are. There is one Spirit (God) for all. When you unite with Him, your desire is on the way to being realized. This is the case with idols. Believers in idols make offerings to them, in hopes that the idols will realize their desires.

The Author concludes the Fourth Letter with God's fourth blessing. This blessing is not preceded by the phrase "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches," as it was in previous letters. The Lord speaks straight to the addressed, "to him who overcomes."

I see two possibilities regarding the fourth Lamp. One follows the line of previous blessings realized after passing away, and the second line begins to display the rewards for those who enter the Millennium during their lives. This means that some people must be sealed for the Millennium to start to exist. In other words, some men or women born during the fourth Lamp may enter the Millennium in flesh. If I am correct, then the core of this blessing should have three statements or verses. The first is the naming of the reward, followed by the designation of the first and the second groups.

The Lord Christ Jesus, as Lord of Lords and King of Kings (Revelation 17:14), will give authority over the nations for the period of the Millennium. This authority includes:

1. Providing His chosen and faithful followers a place at His throne, that together they might perpetuate His rule on the Earth. To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations -- 'He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery' -- just as I have received authority from my Father.

2. I will also give him the morning star. A star is meant to be a messenger of a church; thus the Lord promises her the supervision of some community expressing faith in God. Certainly, that person will be invisible for them, like angels (stars) are invisible for us today. This is certainly for those who get eternal flesh in the Resurrection or the Rapture.

In any case, this letter is for a period when the light of the Lamp starts to shine also for Jews (in other words, the State of Israel exists). Therefore the next three letters are in another chapter of Revelation, Chapter 3.

The phrase "he who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches," now concludes this letter. I think the Lord wants us understand that the message of this letter still is for the Church, although Israel is already on world scene. This phrase is in the new verse, and so the fourth blessing extended from one verse to four. Since the Author has now concluded the next letters by reciting this phrase, it repeats four times. Thus, God's rewards/blessings have been included in two verses from the next letter.

The Fifth Letter

May Zion rejoice as her children are restored to her in joy. Praised are You, O Lord, Who causes Zion to rejoice at her children's return. This blessing is a natural reaction to the return of Israelites to their homeland. These are the words of Him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.

The Fiancé continues describing His final image to His chosen and faithful followers. He described His body in the Fourth Letter; now he describes His spirit. His spirit is truly Seven Spirits. They are the Spirit of God the Son, and so His. Seven Spirits should exist on the Earth to nourish believers. But believers do not accept this according to the Lord's words: I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.

The Fiancé rebukes her for just having a reputation, but not being in the right relationship to Him. She uses the gifts gained from their contract to be someone on the Earth, and does not care for own heart (Matthew 7:21-23). Thus, there were no large revivals during this stage. God's gifts are present on the Earth, but they were seen mostly in Christians who are not newborn. The Charismatic movement started mostly in Catholic Church, initially at Duquesne University in the USA, in 1967.

Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.

Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy.

She should be aware of those who try to soil the wedding robe and appoint His coming for the Rapture. The Lord's words are a warning, because one such prophet estimated the day of the Rapture to occur in the year 1977. Because nothing happened, his followers started to brainwash people into believing that the Rapture of the Church had already occurred, and therefore, every believer must leave his/her church to become a partaker of the Rapture. The ultimate conclusion of this teaching is that every believer has a wedding robe, although is still in Earthly flesh. Thus, they soil the promised white wedding robe.

Few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes could refer to dianetic thoughts widely accepted today in counseling services. Dianetics expresses relation between the mind and body. L. Ron Hubbard published fictional books where explained that human beings are "blocked" by spirits named "thetans". They have come to exist when Xenu, the dictator of the "Galactic Confederacy" ("Teegeeack" = 26 stars and 76 planets) brought billions of his people to Earth, stacked them around volcanoes, and killed them. Thanks to volcanoes their spirits are present anywhere on the earth and cause spiritual harms to human beings. That is why human beings are damaged by incidents with them and therefore, to be healed, these incidents in a person's life must by find in his or her "time track" and to restore - cleaned. (Later L. Ron Hubbard has founded the church that is named Scientology Church.) That is why even many Christians going through consulting and then unblocking have soiled their clothes.

The Author concludes this letter with the fifth blessing. She will be His bride; that means she will be dressed in Heavenly clothes, her name written in the everlasting contract between Him and her, to stand at God's Throne in order that He may introduce her to His Father and His servants. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white; I will never blot out his name from the Book of Life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.

The Sixth Letter

Grant perfect joy to these loving companions, as You did to the first man and woman in the Garden of Eden. Praised are You, O Lord, who grants the joy of bride and groom. It seems to me that these words salute the wedding procession. Thus, we have arrived at the wedding day. And these are the words of Him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What He opens no one can shut, and what He shuts no one can open.

The Fiancé announces to His Fiancée that He is going to open a door in the wall now separating her from Him. Yet, as it would not be any "mailman" bringing this letter, the fiancée recites these words, staying behind the door. Thus, the sixth Lamp brings the Fiancé to the door to open it.

What "door" is still not open? Humans should also be eternal beings in flesh; this is our destiny. This change occurs through Resurrection after death, or through the transformation of mortal flesh into eternal flesh after being snatched up from Earthly life. Hence, the process is called the Resurrection or the Rapture. In the time of the Sixth Lamp, God will open the door for the Rapture and the Resurrection. Once this has begun, no one can shut the door, and the people (believers) who die after the door is opened will be resurrected without delay.

The words about the opened door should not be overlooked, because the Lord repeats them. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. Therefore, this letter is the last one before the Rapture.

Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the Earth.

Are these not words about the Rapture prior to the Great Tribulation? These words serve not only as evidence for the Coming of the Rapture, but also as the proof that the Church will not suffer the Tribulation.

I am coming soon. Does this not refer to the Second Coming of the Messiah to the Earth?

Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The crown was given to the first evangelists, so that no one would take it from the Church. Christians should ride as masters in their triumph. The triumph is that the Gospel will be preached to every nation, and so the Church will consist of members from all nations. Only a victorious Church could be Raptured.

My conclusion is that today's Church is the Church of the Rapture. Pastors should lead followers in this direction. Christians who are going to be Raptured feel the Lord's Coming, and ask preachers to speak about it or research it for more information. This is grist for those who do not teach inspired theologies. It is said, "I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars."

In this context, the term "synagogue" refers to today's seminaries, schools, theological institutes, and other places where Christian leaders receive instruction about the Church and the focus of life in every community. If the Lord says that Satan inspires their instructions, then those teachings may be false in the context of this letter. Therefore, the teachings of present Biblical schools regarding the Lord's Second Coming and the Rapture must be false. Yet there is hope for their repentance, because the Lord tells us, "I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you."

The reward or blessing overlaps the main message. The Lord promises to his chosen and faithful followers to have a dwelling and working place in the New Jerusalem. Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name.

Continue to Bride according to Revelation