This was a commendation given to the believers in Smyrna under persecution, quite likely because they did not stand for the status quo. They knew something wasn’t as it appeared, took a stance against it and endured hostility, when a simple form of compliance would have made their lives so much easier.
For you see they stood in opposition to the Jews agenda. And you may ask, what is the Jews agenda? To present a counterfeit by having people believe “an allusion with all lying signs and wonders”. That God is restoring their kingdom. But we know that “all thr la and the prophets were until Christ. Now the Kingdom of god (at hand) is preached and all are entering”. However a remake of the Old Covenant Kingdom (in the making) has many confused.
The Jews intention is to intercept and detain all would be believers from their inheritance “in Christ” from the cross by offering them a scriptural counterfeit by returning to Old Covenant expectations. The book of Hebrews says of God “Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He (Christ) said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will O God.” He took away the first and established the second. 10 By that will (and Testament) we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Christ once for all (of time).
But according to those who say they are Jews, who say, no, He didn’t take it away and the law culture must be reimplemented for Him to come back”. This is the thrust behind all that they do for you to support the Jew and their building project, but NOT God’s. Again “I have come to do your will”, whereby He took away the old to establish the new”.
You see, for this they understood, that if they could carefully place some redirects for those who heard the gospel invitation of “The Kingdom of God at hand”, to detour them towards another coming Christ with another coming Kingdom,to exonerate those people with that mock kingdom masquerading as the (not so real) Is-real of God in another earthen Jerusalem for His supposed arrival? We say supposed because, the only way that can happen is if He didn’t already “take away the first to establish the second, but He did.
For this also the Son of God said, “of those born among men there is none greater than John the Baptist, but those who are least (or smallest) in the Kingdom (of God at hand) are greater than he”. Why because being born into humanity or born of the spirit are two different things, and why Christ also said “that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is borne of the spirit is spirit. Ye must be born again”, showing us the demarcation line between the Old and New Covenant Kingdoms. And if you have NOT been borne of the Holy Spirit, the rest of what we say will likely make no sense to you.
So we offer you this challenge. Ask for the spirit of wisdom and understanding, to be borne in to you in spirit and truth, so you can see that, Christ coming already happened whereby He put out of business, NOT only the Jews, but “ALL the Old Covenant Law and the prophets, by concluding all the promises made to them by coming as the Messiah and fulfilling the time of the Jews as foretold in Genesis 49.1+8-11 saying “ And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you in the last days:
And of the tribe of Judah of whom the Jews say that they are the heirs, it is written of their last days that “10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
And we can identify who Shiloh is by His grand entrance into Jerusalem as described in the following verse that “Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes.
We know this as happening when Christ rode into Jerusalem at the Feast of Tabernacles, the 7th and final feast of the progression they played out over the year, to provide the same teaching through pictures and plays, that we Christians get through scripture as a His-story lesson. For you see with the modern era Jews, who stole the concept from expired Old Testament Yudah, have re-là1 as implemented the prophecies of Christ expected by those from the law age, there by deny that previous prophecies fulfillment and tell the world that their savior is still coming, and they use expired and fulfilled old Testament expectations and re-use old feasts and such to fool the world. For if God wanted them to return to the old way of doing things, then He has to apologize for condemning the real Jews saying “29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites (rulers of the Jews)! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and [a]adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’ 31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ guilt. 33 Serpents, brood[b] of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell? 34 Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city, 35 that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
Showing us that they areas fulfilled and expired as a product removed from the shelf to not be consumed.It was done. Christ goes on to say; 37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 38 See! Your house is left to you desolate;
And desolate means “having no life, dead, desolate, useless, expired, fulfilled and filled to the full. That is what happened to the whole Old Testament and Covenant era that concluded as Jacob said (Genesis 49), and why Christ said “they do not put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wine-skins, and both (the new wine and the new skin) are preserved.”
Speaking of the New Covenant along with Heavenly Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. (Galatians 4.26)
But here we are today where the gospel presented has lost these truths in exchange for lies that will bring about the same swift judgment and extinction as that Old Covenant people. For if this is not true, and God loves last days Jews more than all the peoples of the earth as we are led by them to believe that He has to apologize and make reparations to today’s Jew, not everyone else as they have people believe that they are the chosen?? Chosen for Hell! Fill up then the measure of your fathers guilt?? No guilt for us for we too “know those who say they are Jews and are not, for they too are from the synagogue of Satan” O.T. era, of which we are warning you about.
That whole era was disposed of as being fruitless. As Paul quoted from the Psalms, “How many were righteous? None! No not one! And that “the Law was added to make sin exceedingly sinful”. And today’s Jews anticipate red heifers to restart sacrifices? Well what did Yahweh say to them through Isaiah? “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! For the Lord has spoken: “I have nourished and brought up children, And they have rebelled against Me; 3 The ox knows its owner And the donkey its master’s [a]crib; But Israel does not know, My people do not [b]consider.” 4 Alas, sinful nation, A people [c]laden with iniquity, A [d]brood of evildoers, Children who are corrupters! They have forsaken the Lord, They have provoked to anger The Holy One of Israel, They have turned away backward. 5 Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. The whole head is sick, And the whole heart faints. 6 From the sole of the foot even to the head, There is no soundness in it, But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; They have not been closed or bound up, Or soothed with ointment. 7 Your country is desolate, Your cities are burned with fire; Strangers devour your land in your presence; And it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.
For you see Isaiah prophesied“To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?” Says the Lord. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats. 12 “When you come to appear before Me, Who has required this from your hand, To trample My courts? 13 Bring no more futile[a] sacrifices; Incense is an abomination to Me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies— I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. 14 Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. 15 When you [b]spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; Even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of [c]blood.
But some how today many well intended Christians have bought into that and many more lies to support them. So if they wonder why it looks like its the end of the world, that is because God has pulled back to “see what their later end will be”, but this time speaking of the end of the New Covenant era believers because their later end is the same.
But for those who don’t follow the end time, last days Jews and impersonators,we will reiterate ““I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.”
However much it may not appeal to you to go against the populous who follow the last days Jews who need a second coming Jesus to fix this (something the Savior already did and the latter day Christians sell out in the same way), the alternative is to be destroyed with them as one of them. They are taking as many prisoners as possible to this deception in hopes of derailing the full measure of the Elect, because if creation does not bring forth images of God, the Satanically infused Jews win this battle. But that is not going to happen for again they are just “treasuring up for themselves their fathers guilt” “for the day of wrath and the righteous judgment of God.”
For this reason, it is a must for you to stay on course of obtaining the prize. Even as Paul put it “2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! 3 For we are the circumcision (of the body of the sins of the flesh), who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ, and have no confidence in the flesh.” Theirs or ours.
Paul went on to say “ I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ (as though he can obtain as we affirm). 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.
And again from the same chapter “join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven. Did you get that?
Yes the smallest in the New Covenant Kingdom is greater then the last and greatest prophet. Why? Because everything that we do and say is superior because it is the end of the gospel, and it is gifted to us now for our ascension in the here and now, a reality that the modern church has forgotten. That God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have already been saved), 6 and (have already been) raised us up together, and (already been) made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ,Unless these verses are not true.
This is all accomplished at the cross, to be applied by faith to each believer in their own order, and NOT at some illusive event called a second coming, a phrase NOT FOUND ONCE in scripture. Nope, for it supposes another earthen Jerusalem. And God would have to deny Himself and un-shelf the Old (expired) Covenant to resurrect that? Blasphemy!!
For this we can also say as we quoted from Revelation, that ” we (also) know those who say they are Jews and are not but from the synagogue of Satan’, because Satan is the winner with that message. Partially because the “end times” view of scripture is bad news. The term “gospel” means “good news”. And since God already sent His Son into the world to save, you can be sure that the invitation is still open if you hear this. As He first said that “The Kingdom of God is at hand”, was only because the old kingdom was expired to be taken away “until not one stone shall be standing that shall not be plowed asunder’ from Matthew 24. way expired. And like stale food in your kitchen, you don’t use it.
For this reason Christ is the “new and living way” to the Father. The old Covenant didn’t complete anything but prove that it can only be done by faith. And what is faith? We will leave you with this from the book of Hebrews.
“11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
And “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
To which we affirm, it is still “at hand, within reach to the re-spirited mind of faith.
And “Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, [a]were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented— 38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. 39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
Now do you want to know what Heavenly Jerusalem looks like?
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues (fulfilled in that generation) came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit (NOT ON EARTH) to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
And “16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.
And “I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it (like the earth has), for the glory of God (invisible God) illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything [f]that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
This is the New Covenant, Will and Testament Kingdom of which we say that “The Kingdom of God is at hand”. Meaning within grasp of your understanding for “All the earth and all its works shall be burned for the eternal to remain”, then it will be without competition. Amen and Amen