Ketuvim Netzarim:

Hisgalus / Revelation Chapter 2

=Bilam; Balak, Benai Yisrael

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Maps of the Seven Assemblies

2:1 To the messenger of the Assembly of Ephesos write:

These things says He who holds the shivat hakokhavim in His yad yamin, who walks in the midst of the shivat zahaven Menorot:

2:2 I know your works, and your labour, and your patience, and that you cannot bear those which are evil: And you have tested those who say they are shlichim and are not, and have found them liars:

2:3 And have borne, and have patience, and for My Name's sake have laboured, and have not fainted.

2:4 Nevertheless I have this against you, because you have left your ahavah haRishonah (protos Agape).

2:5 Remember therefore from whence you are fallen, and make teshuvah, and do the first works; or else I will come to you quickly, and will remove your Menorah out of his place, except you make teshuvah.

2:6 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nikolaites, which I also hate.

2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Ruach says to the Assemblies:

To him that overcomes (nitzachon) I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of Elohim (אלהים).

2:8 To the messenger of the Assembly in Smuna write:

ואל־מלאך קהל זמירנא כתב כה אמר הראשון והאחרון אשר־מת ויחי׃

Vel-malak k'hal Zmiyrna ktov koh amar: harishon vehaacharon asher-met vayechai.

'These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life:

2:9 I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Yehudim (Benai Brit), and are not, but [are] the synagogue of satan.

2:10 אל־תירא מפני־אשר עליך לסבל הנה עתיד המלשין לתת מכם במשמר למען תנסו והייתם בצרה עשרת ימים היה נאמן עד־המות ונתתי לך עטרת החיים׃

Al-tira mipnei-asher aleiak lisbol hinei atid hamalshin latet mikem bamishmar  lemaan tenusu vihiitem batzarah aseret yamim hih neeman ad-hamavet  venatati lekh ateret hachaiim.

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, so that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

2:11 מי אשר־אזן לו ישמע את אשר הרוח אמר לקהלות המנצח לא ינזק במות השני׃

Mi asher-ozen lo yishma et asher haRuach omer lakehilot hamnatzeakh lo yinazek bamavet hasheni.

He that has an ear, let him hear what the Ruach says to the Assemblies; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.

2:12 To the messenger of the Assembly in Pergamos write;

These things says he which has the sharp sword with two edges;

2:13 "I know your works, and where you dwell, where satan's throne is. And you hold fast to My Name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where satan dwells.

2:14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them that hold the teaching of Bilam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the Benai Yisrael, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.

2:15 So have you also them that hold the teaching of the Nikolaites, which thing I HATE (detest).

2:16 Make Teshuvah (Repent, metamoeo); or else I will come to you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

2:17 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Ruach says to the Assemblies; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives [it].

2:18 To the messenger of the Assembly in Thuateira write;

These things says the Son of Elohim (אלהים), who has his eyes like to a flame of fire, and his feet [are] like fine brass;

2:19 I know your works, and charity, and service, and faith, and your patience, and your works; and HaAcharon (The Last) [to be] more than the first.

2:20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Iezabel (Izevel), who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.

2:21 And I gave her space to make teshuvah of her fornication; and she make no teshuvah.

2:22 Hinnei, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into tzarah gedolah (Great Tribulation, Mt. 24:21), except they make teshuvah of their deeds.

2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the Assemblies shall know that I am he which searches the reins and hearts: and I will give to every one of you according to your works.

2:24 But to you I say, and to the rest in Thuateira, as many as have not this teaching, and which have not known the depths of satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

2:25 But that which ye have [already] hold fast till I come.

2:26 And he that overcomes, and keeps My works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

2:27 And He shall rule them with a shevet of barzel (scepter of Iron); as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of My Father.

2:28 And I will give him the morning star .

2:29 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Ruach says to the Assemblies.


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Historical fact about Ephesios 2:1

Ephesios remained an important Assembly in Asia. From the middle of the 5th century onwards, Ephesios ranked as the second metropolis of the patriarchate of Constantinople. In the 6th century, Emperor Justinian built a majestic congregation over the tomb of St John – the Assembly of St John.

In both 7th and 8th centuries, the Arabs twice briefly occupied Ephesios. In 1090 the city was captured and plundered, pillaged by the Selcuk Turks, the city was repeatedly raided by the Turks in the 12th century. A 12th century traveler described Ephesios as a city in ruins and the Assembly of St John in dilapidated state. There are no records about Assembly gathering life in Ephesios at the end of the 14th century.  A late 17th century writer reported that the village of Kirkindje near Ephesios was, however, still entirely believers in Jesus. The village existed as a Christian village with the lineal descendants of the Ephesians believers until 1922, when the believers left as part of the population exchange between Greece and Turkey.

Jews in Ephesus 1 Ancient Ephesus Metropolis of Ephesus  Judaism in Ephesus Rome Jewish History in Ephesus

Historical event of the assemblies of Smuna 2:8

In the year 105, St Ignatius wrote about the Assembly of Smuna and commended them for their ‘immovable faith as if nailed to the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ’. St Polycarp, the taught ones of John served the Assembly from 115 to 155 and was martyred at 80 years old. Throughout the centuries, the Christian community grew in strength and numbers and Smuna became one of the more important archbishoprics in Asia Minor. The city was repeatedly attacked by Turks and captured a few times.

After the First World War, Greece laid claim to the Smuna area, and British and France encouraged Greeks to occupy Smuna and the Ionian hinterland. The Greek Expeditionary Force clashed with Turkish national army led by Ataturk (Mustafa Kemal), and were routed.  

Jews in smyrna

The Historical events of the  Assembly in Pergamos 2:12

Ancient Pergamum was the center of pagan worship in Asia Minor, was once known as the "place where Satan dwells." Heresies continued in Pergamos in the 2nd century. From 5th century on the Assembly of Pergamos sided with the Alexandrians in their anti-Roman and anti-Byzantine policies. Later on, Pergamos became a center of the extreme form of Monophysitism.

What is Monophysitism?

Monophysitism is an error concerning the nature of Messiah that asserts Yeshua had only one nature and not two as is taught in the correct doctrine of the hypostatic union: Yeshua is both EL and man in one person. In monophysitism, the single nature was divine and not human.

During the 8th century, the city was besieged by Muslim force under Maslamah and fell. The city never recovered from the devastation wrought by the troops of Maslamah. In the 13th century, it experienced a brief renaissance but in 1330, Pergamos was described by traveler as a ruined city. Early in 14th century Pergamos fell under Turkish rule, Assemblies of believers were converted to mosques, and the population was massacred by Tamerlane in 1402. In the 17th century, the only active Assembly in Pergamos, dedicated to St Theodore, served only some 12-15 families. But in 1826 it was reported that there were 1500 Greeks in the city. Before the First World War, the Christians maintained 4 congregation in Pergamos. The Greeks left after 1922.

Jews in Pergamum - Jews in Asia Minor

The Historial event of Thuateira (Akhisar) 2:18

According to the Roman Catholic priest of Constantia in Cyprus, the  Assembly of Thuateira had embraced the Montanist heresy by the middle of the 3rd century. In the 15th century,  

What is Montanist?

Montanism, known by its adherents as the New Prophecy, was an early Christian movement of the late 2nd century, the movement held similar views about the basic tenets of Christian doctrine to those of the wider Christian Assembly. It was a prophetic movement that called for a reliance on the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit and a more conservative personal ethic. Parallels have been drawn between Montanism and modern-day movements such as Pentecostalism, the charismatic movement, and the New Apostolic Reformation.

Thuateira fell to the Ottomans and renamed Akhisar  اقحصار. In 1675, it was reported that there were no more than 10 Christians in the town. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Greeks and Armenians moved to settle in the town again and there were a few hundred Orthodox Christian families there. Assemblies were built and before the First World War there were 11000 Turks, 12000 Greeks and 800 Armenians. On August 28, 1922, the Greek mayor of Akhisar advised all the Greeks to leave as the Turkish army was advancing. Many refused to go. A few days later, Akhisar was occupied by the Turkish troops, and 7000 Greek Christians were killed. There has been no Christian community in Akhisar since 1922.

Jews in Thuateira (Akhisar)

Jezebel / Iezabel= Chaste

1) wife of Ahab, an impious and cruel queen who protected idolatry and persecuted the prophets

2) the symbolic name of a woman who pretended to be a prophetess, and who, addicted to antinomianism, claimed Believer in Yeshua liberty of eating things sacrificed to idols

The doctrine of the Nicolaitans appears to have been a form of antinomianism. Antinomianism (from the Greek ἀντί, "against" + νόμος, "law"), or lawlessness (in the Greek Bible: ἀνομία,

Thayer Definition:

Nicolaitans = “destruction of people”

[1] which is "unlawful"), in theology, is the idea that members of a particular religious group are under no obligation to obey the laws of ethics or morality as presented by religious authorities.

[2] Antinomianism is the polar opposite of legalism, the notion that obedience to a code of religious law is necessary for salvation.

Nicolas = "victor of the people"  Nikovlaoß Nikolaos was a proselyte of Antioch and one of the seven deacons of the assembly at Yerushalayim

He who has an ear, let him hear (mention seven times in the scriptures)

Rev_2:7  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Assemblies. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God." '

Rev_2:11  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Assemblies.

He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death." '

Rev_2:17  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Assemblies.

To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat.

And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it." '

Rev_2:29  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Assemblies." '

 

Rev_3:6  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Assemblies." '

Rev_3:13  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Assemblies." '

Rev_3:22  "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Assemblies." ' "