These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Having a name (even a good reputation) but one which is false because what you believe, though it is applauded by men, to God it is dying or dead. This may not concern you, but it is a major concern to God. Should it not also be to us?

Revelation 3:2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Our Lord’s evaluation of a man’s works will determine the value of the spiritual life left in him.

Matthew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? (KJV)

Do men gather true faith from a word that is not true to scripture?

Revelation 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Our Lord makes clear here that if we do not watch our own level of spirituality (the things that we have received and heard from His word [not from men] and do hold them fast) then His Coming will be as a thief, and the hour of His coming will be unknown to that one. For His coming to be unknown is a serious thing to God and for the man to whom it comes.

Question — Does this then have implications for those who do watch their life and who do hold these things of scripture fast? Will they know the hour if they are mindful of these warnings to hold them fast obeying God?

Ah, but here is one of those collisions that we spoke of in the May 7th’s post. Jesus has told us that No man knows the time (the day or the hour) of His coming. Yet, is the hour known to those who do hold fast watching their very belief systems, holding to, and remaining alive Spiritually, feeding on His word daily? Has that season of time been revealed at some point since Jesus made His proclamation that “no man knows the day or the hour”? Is what went before and what comes next in His teaching contradictory to what He states? Remember He has now sent His Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. Is avoiding His coming as a thief a part of that truth?

Surely the Lord God does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets. Amos 3:7 NASB

Will He or has He not revealed to those who watch and study the scriptures (holding to that which they have received) the time and season of His Coming as Paul suggests? The message to Sardis, and to us, is to Hold fast the truths that you had heard if and when you had ears to hear, and then to repent for having not applied them — For letting them die, if that is your case.

Revelation 3:4 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.

What makes these worthy?

2 Thessalonians 1:11 And in this regard we pray for you always, that our God will make you worthy of his calling and fulfill by his power your every desire for goodness and every work of faith, (NET)

◦ When God makes one worthy, their very desires for goodness are fulfilled. Our desires for righteousness will directly impact the Holy Spirits workings within our inner man. The works that we perform that are of faith are fulfilled by His power. Paul says: “and in this regard” (the NASB translates it to say “to this end”). But to What end? Here is that end of which he speaks:

2 Thessalonians 1:10 when he comes to be glorified among his saints and admired on that day among all who have believed–and you did in fact believe our testimony. (NET)

The end to which Paul speaks is that Messiah will be glorified and admired by us on “that day”. And how is that made possible? Because we are “among all who have believed”, who have faith, which can only come through a belief in the word.

We have believed God’s word (the gospel and His teachings within the word — the scriptures) Is it possible that among the things that we have believed, among those things of which He speaks, that have not yet died, is scripture’s promise that we are to know the times and seasons? For He will not come as a thief to those who obey Him.

Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-2,4 NASB

This certainly is in keeping with what Jesus says to Sardis.

“If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” Rev. 3:3

Is there an important picture here telling and showing us what it is that we are to believe and hold on to from Scripture? When The sixth angel poured out his bowl and there were frog like spirits released from the dragon and his false prophet: it is said of that time:

for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty. (“Behold, I am coming like a thief. Blessed is the one who stays awake and keeps his clothes, so that he will not walk about naked and men will not see his shame.”) And they gathered them together to the place which in Hebrew is called Har-Magedon.

Revelation 16:14-16 NASB

Ask yourself this question: if you have seen the timing placed here in Scripture and believed and watched and held to what has been given you here by Him, even as Jesus instructed to Sardis, (not adding to or taking away from His word as He has also told us in His word) is it then possible that you do know the hour of His coming? Because this is surely His teaching. Remember you are to be kept from an hour. Do you know what transpires in that hour based on His word?

We know that if one does not believe and watch, that He then will come upon them as a thief. Is their failure to watch based upon that failure to know what to watch for, or the failure to believe what is written?

2 Thessalonians 1:10 when he comes to be glorified among his saints and admired on that day among all who have believed–and you did in fact believe our testimony. (NET)

So, does Paul tell us what it is that is to be believed and therefore watched for, concerning that day?

that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3 NASB

So do you really believe this, is there a scripture verse that refutes this — that this thief will come after the Antichrist is revealed, and in Rev 16, after Armageddon is raging across the Middle East as He has placed it’s timing here in the book that we are not to add to or take away from? Is this the revealed hour, and are we if we believe this word then to know it? And what if we do not believe, can we then know the times and the seasons of His coming, or will His Coming alight upon us as a thief? And what does that imply from these scriptures? Please do not forget the implication if you still have ears to hear.

Revelation 3:5 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.

Revelation 3:6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (KJV)

In fact this entire book of the Revelation is written to us His bondservants, that we might have ears to hear and believe based upon what is written.

If you have no signs for which to watch can you know the hour or even the times and seasons when He might come upon you?

If you do not know and teach these things properly is your salvation brought into question?

1 Timothy 4:15 Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that everyone will see your progress. 4:16 Be conscientious about how you live and what you teach. Persevere in this, because by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you. (NET)

We are to love one another. So , if you love me as I love you, and you can point me to any scripture that would make me want to reconsider this Word, then please comment giving me those references. Thank you.

Paul says to Timothy that he is to have a visible progress in God’s truth — visible to others (“everyone” at least “those who have ears” should “see our progress”). That progress means that “one who has ears to hear” will have an increased faith from the insights that one gives them from having done what Timothy was told by Paul “Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them”

May God bless you.