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Revelation 2:11





11 He that hath [echo] an ear, [ous] let him hear [akouo] what [tis] the Spirit [pneuma] saith [lego] unto the churches; [ekklesia] He that overcometh [nikao] shall [adikeo] not [ou me] be hurt [adikeo] of [ek] the second [deuteros] death. [thanatos]    KJV-Interlinear



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.'    NASB



The same exhortation is stated here again, ‘he who has an ear,’ is an expression which emphasizes the responsibility of the individual Christian to heed Gods Word in scripture.


God has issued you a mandate in this verse for the second time, to heed, to listen, to hear, to learn, to understand, and to grow up as a result.If you are not interested in doctrine, then you are in violation of this mandate.  If you do not pursue your daily study, then you are in violation of this mandate.


So, you as a Christian, have an obligation to learn truth.You should want to learn truth.It should not be forced on you.And if your interest is not in truth, then you interest is in other than truth, namely lies.  For that is all that is left, when truth is rejected.


Let the Christian, hear what the ‘Spirit says to the Churches.’This did not say what Christ said to the Churches.This did not say what Christ said to the Spirit.  It said, what the Spirit says.


Your spiritual life functions only when you are in fellowship.In order to get into fellowship you must confess your sins to God the Father.  You are to do this on a regular basis in order to remain in fellowship as much as possible.  The study of confession and fellowship is more detailed in the 1 John study.


When in fellowship, the Holy Spirit has control over your soul.When out of fellowship, your sin nature has control over your soul.


When in fellowship, all communication from God, through doctrine, is transmitted into your human spirit, and into your soul, by means of the Holy Spirit.Therefore, all doctrine is taught by the Holy Spirit.  He is the primary communicator of truth.


Therefore, you are to listen to the Spirit, which means to be in fellowship so that the ministry of the Holy Spirit will function properly for your spiritual life. You do not have any unusual feelings or sensations, for you cannot sense or detect anything of a spiritual nature from this temporal world. Those who say they have Spirit ecstatic moments are frauds.


The word for Churches is plural and therefore, is a message to all Christians.


To overcome, ‘nikao,’ means to conquer, prevail, to accomplish a long hard fought victory.  This is a sequential or chronological accomplishment and not a momentary single event, but a series.


Those who endure hardship in life, those who suffer inordinate persecutions in life, those who undergo the worst of conditions in life over an extended period of time, and, maintain their spiritual faith in Christ, are the ones who will overcome.


For those who will be pushed to the brink of human endurance and suffering, there is now an emphasized promise, that they are saved.They will not go to the Lake of Fire.And even though they will be sorely tested to the edge of their faith, and already know that they are saved, there is implied that their tormentors (whomever or whatever that or they might be) will try to play mental games with them.


Therefore, the emphasized promise. The word for ‘not,’ ‘ou me’ is the strongest possible negative in the Greek language.  They are saved, despite any disgusting humiliation they may be forced to experience or do, and they will ‘not,’ emphasis on ‘not,’ go to the Lake of Fire.


After salvation, there is no sin, or act, or throught, nor anything that can cancel out your being saved.


Only God can send folks to the Lake of Fire, not any person or angel or anyone else, or anything else for that matter, can do that.


Jesus Christ is dictating to John the content of this book.It is being communicated to John through the Holy Spirit.The Holy Spirit communicates all truth to each one of us throughout our lives.  We cannot feel, or sense, or detect His presence in that function.It just happens.


The second death is the Lake of Fire, Rev 20:14; 21:8.


It is for every person to experience the first death, which is the physical death you experience when you leave this world.And after that first death you are in a holding place until the resurrection or the second death, which ever applies to you.


For those who have believed in Christ, you reside in heaven until the resurrection.For all unbelievers, they reside in Torments until they are called before Christ at the Great White Throne, which will occur at the end of the millennium.  From there, they will go to a second separation from life, a second death, into the Lake of Fire.  From there, there is no return, no other options.


We are reading this book now during our dispensation.There will be many believers who will enter into the Tribulation as unbelievers, and then will believe, and then will read this book.It is to them that this promise will probably mean the very most, since they will suffer, and there will be no way out of the suffering.


They may have only the hope that it will be brief, and that this promise will be all that they have to cling to.


As we studied earlier, this book is going to become very graphic.The sufferings and tortures, and persecutions that are going to occur during the Tribulation are going to be the worst in all of human history.


Hopeless and helpless will be the least of their problems.


Or them, Christ will be their only hope.For you, that should be the same, even now.


For them, a daily study will be virtually impossible, yet they will advance in their faith.


For you, a daily study is readily available and opportunity is certainly easy to come by.


If they have every reason to fail in their spiritual life, but succeed, where then is the excuse for folks in our current day?


This is the second letter, and the second warning.  Who then will take it seriously?



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