1238. Weekly News + The Church at Ephesus

This week’s news + a look at the state of the Church through history as described in Revelation

IT’S NEWS TO ME

George Soros Behind New Democrat Push for Mail-In Voting

Google Betrays User Privacy By Releasing Location Data Under Auspices of Virus Fight

California Gov. Says Liberals Must Use Coronavirus to Remake America as a Progressive Nation

MSM Claims Red States Slow To Respond To Virus Because Of Trump & Conservatives

Radical Leftist Judge Rules 2nd Amendment No Longer Applies!

Democrats Now Want Trump Prosecuted for Crimes Against Humanity Over Coronavirus Policies

Investigation Exposes Terror Ties Behind Islamist Charity’s Humanitarian Facade

Asian Nations Now Dealing with Second Round of COVID-19 Thanks to Open Borders

Post poll shows Labor dead, Netanyahu soar

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu celebrates at the Likud victory rally on March 3, 2020. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL,SELLEM)

GHASTLY: Chinese Authorities Reportedly Cremated Live Coronavirus Patients in Wuhan

State Dept. Spends $70,000 on Hip-Hop Diplomacy; Music Promotes Violence, Misogyny, Drugs

China, Already Accused of COVID-19 Coverup, Sent Faulty Medical Equipment to UK

Pope Claims Coronavirus is God’s Punishment for Capitalism and Ignoring Climate Change

ISIS rocket strikes U.S. base in Afghanistan

SETTING OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE

The Church as seen in Revelation
Part 1 – Ephesus

In chapters 2 & 3 of Revelation, we see in Christ’s messages to seven churches, His judgment of not only these particular assemblies, but also of the Church at various times in its history. (Keep in mind, this isn’t a judgment of sin. That was completed at the cross. All judgments since then are of works-what we have done with what we have been given.) As we consider the very real possibility that our current crisis is the result of God’s judgment, it’s worth looking at how God may be speaking to us today in these two chapters regarding the current state of¬†theChurch and¬†your¬†church. Let’s also try to see ourselves in each of these seven messages to determine if Christ’s comments apply to us personally, whether good or bad.

Today, let’s take a brief look at our Lord’s stern words to the church at Ephesus. Despite her hard work, patience, and refusal to tolerate evil men, they had left their first love. The pure devotion of a bride’s intimate love affair with her husband had lost its freshness and settled into a routine. Their excitement over their Lord’s love for them had lost its luster. Christ’s love for them had never diminished, but it was not being returned as it once was.

The Christian religion had taken the place of
personal devotion to the Bridegroom.

If they would not repent of grieving the Bridegroom’s heart so deeply and return to the genuine affection they once showed, Christ would come to them (as the Lord came to Sodom) and remove them as part of His Church. They wouldn’t even know He had come, but in His eyes, their assembly would cease to exist. They would continue on as if nothing had happened, but His Spirit would have departed forever. They would no longer be a lampstand.

Apparently, they never repented. Thirty years earlier, this was a model church. Paul’s extended time with them had paid off. His teaching and miracles (Acts 19) had a profound effect far beyond Ephesus. Today, not much remains-a partial surviving archway, a Muslim dwelling and a “forbidden castle.”

While there’s a lot more in Christ’s message to this church, I just want to focus on the reality of His special visit to carry out His promised judgment. He actually came and “removed their lampstand.” How could they have let that happen? Were they so blind to how far they had fallen that they no longer took His words seriously? I wonder how many churches today have had a visit from their Lord and their lampstand removed, but they were (and still are) oblivious. Did they ever have the love for their Bridegroom as was once displayed in Ephesus?

How about you? Have you ever loved Jesus with the unbridled joy and affection of a new bride, enthralled with His presence, always anticipating your next encounter? If so, how is your love for Him now? How about your church? What is it known for? Good teaching, powerful sermons, or great music? Or do visitors leave saying, “Oh how they love Jesus?”

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