I. Take for example the first of 7, the church at Ephesus, as in the others (1) Christ Himself did a thorough analysis of the membership–“These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks…(Rev 2:1)”; (2) list for all to read the good things about that church–“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars…” (Rev 2:2); (3) then recognizes that it has not been easy in the name of Christ and extends a pat on the back–“And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.” (Rev 2:3); (4) then in every case list for all 7 churches* and for all to read Christ lists the bad things about the church and His judgment on their analysis–“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. (Rev 2:4,5); (5) sometimes he adds an additional good thing to encourage them–“But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.” (Rev 2:6); and (6) Finally Christ has a repetitive message of encouragement for the individual members that “overcome” generally the same in each church–that they can be apart from the majority—
” He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
*Even as today every church in America and Asia Minor is different and the lists are different
II. Right now since the emphasis of this blog/message is on the overcomers in any single of the 7 churches, the church name will be listed and the promise for overcomers, step 6 in each case.
1. Church at Ephesus: to the member that is listening and heeding Christ, the church members that are overcomers Christ will give to eat of the tree of life in heaven and on the new earth.
2. Church at Smyrna:
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.”
3. Church at Pergamos:
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh 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 knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” (Revelation 2:17)
NOTE: all the Christian fables in churches of the falling away is discouraging against joining and staying, but always remember according to the Ascended Christ and his messages to all the churches, there is also the best possibility there to be an “OVERCOMER”. Absolutely an overcomer must be a member in the church of the firstborn written in heaven with being a citizen of the kingdom of Christ. which God takes care of by His grace with initial faith IN CHRIST.
4. Church at Thyatira. (You can always be among the rest in Thyatira.)
“But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
NOTE: The blessings of being an overcomer, different for the majority rest, just keep piling up. Blessings in heaven and blessings of the new earth.
5. Church at Sardis. (THE FEW, it is always good to be among the few of Christ and IN CHRIST.)
“Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 3:4-6)
NOTE: Even as God through Christ does not hold the individual IN CHRIST, responsible for the world wide falling away, neither does He hold the individual church member responsible for the witness or lack of witness of a single church that has failed to endure sound doctrine like Lakewood Church. Surely that church also must have some overcomers who hearts bleed every Sunday!
6. The Church in Philadelphia.
“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” (revelation 3:12)
7. The Church of the Laodiceans
” Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Revelation 3:20-23)
Conclusion: Later in another blog to follow, it must be shown how riddled these 7 churches were wit the 7 Christian fables of the falling away; however the purpose of this blog to encourage church members and attenders to be among the few overcomers. You are neither a victim of the world wide falling away unless you chose to be so, or are you a victim of the falling away which inebitably hits every Christian church and denomination, unless you chose not to be among the few overcomers.