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You will understand a great mystery when you understand how all truth in the book of Revelation is germinative in the seven churches in chapters two and three. A great mistake that many have in their minds is the notion that the seven churches are one thing and the events described through the seals, trumpets, and vials are something else. Such is not the case! The messages to the seven churches are given first because the church is the seed-plot for the development of the seed — both the wheat and the tares! Oh, yes! The church is the seed-bed of everything else that happens throughout the whole book of Revelation! It all begins there! The beasts, the women, the cities, the shakings, the judgments, the glory — all these things and many more are found in seed form in the seven churches. All the mighty things that manifest out of the sea, the earth, and the heavens are there in the seven churches in their embryonic form. As a plant grows and develops, and the blossoms and fruit come, so does every seed of good and evil in the seven churches become full grown and full blown in the chapters that follow! Chapters two and three are not about the church, while the rest of the book is about China, Russia, Israel, Europe, America, and an antichrist in Jerusalem. Oh, no! The whole book is written to the church and IT’S ALL ABOUT THE CHURCH!
Notice how it is that the little seed of Jezebel, the fornicating false prophetess in the church at Thyatira, grows and increases in numbers, organization, and stature until she becomes “the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication” (Rev. 17:1-2). Consider how the little seed of the doctrine of Balaam in the church at Pergamos, increases and intensifies until it brings forth in the earth the corporate beast of the false prophet who has “two horns like a lamb, and speaks as a dragon” (Rev. 13:11).
Then there is the little seed of the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes by which the Lord’s people are brought under the fleshly dominion of men who set themselves up as lords over God’s flock; and this click of pastors, bishops, overseers, superintendents, etc. these usurpers of Christ’s Headship over His body grows and aggrandizes until it becomes “that great city Babylon, that mighty city,” which “is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird…which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” Then the seed of the struggling little “overcomer” in each of the seven churches, to whom such glorious promises are given, increases in wisdom, stature, and authority in the Spirit until he becomes 144,000 sons of God standing upon the heavenly mount Zion, the very pinnacle of power and dominion in the kingdom of God!
John sees the seven golden candlesticks — the church — later on in the Revelation, this time no longer a flickering light in the secluded darkness of the Holy Place of the Tabernacle (the church age), but now become a glorious wonder in the heavens of God’s Spirit, a city coming down from God out of heaven, having the glory of God: and her light is like a stone most precious…and the city has no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God lightens it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them that are saved walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it (Rev. 21:10-11,23-24). The little seed of the candlestick has now become the glorious City of God, which is also the bride of the Lamb! Within that city is the throne — and the little seed of the overcomer has become the manchild upon the throne that rules the nations! Oh, the wonder of it!
God has only one church, not one thousand and one. We nowhere read in scripture of “Christ and His churches.” No, no! It is always Christ and “the church.” Of course this one church is of necessity divided up into many local assemblies for the purpose of gathering together for worship, ministry, and fellowship. These various locales of gathering are called “churches,” just as we have the “seven churches which are in Asia” in the book of Revelation. But God does not have a “Baptist Church” and a “Methodist Church” and a “Pentecostal Church” and a “Catholic Church” and a “Seventh Day Adventist Church” which refuse to have anything to do with one another! The Holy Spirit gave the world but one body, one faith, and one spirit (Eph. 4:4-6), with the Lord Jesus Christ as the sole legislator. The many bodies, and many faiths, and many creeds, and many legislators of the present day, constitute nothing more than spiritual prostitution, they are harlots one and all, who are living apart from their one and only lawful Husband and in love with and in intimate union with many lovers!