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Topic: Key (02/14/13)
TITLE: The Seven Wondered~
By C D Swanson
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"I'm still looking." Ephesus averted her eyes from Smyrna quickly scanning the oversized room.
"You'll never find it,” Smyrna said in confidence.
"You are both wrong, I'll probably be the most successful overall," Laodiceans said sweetly.
"I think this is so funny...I know God gave us a sense of humor, but don't you think this is ridiculous?" Thyatira looked directly at Smyrna and smiled.
"I'm watching and I'm searching too. We go through this every time we get together, why is that?" Sardis looked at everyone in the room.
"I'm hoping God will speak with us today. Let's see what He has to say." Pergamos sat rigidly on the white velvet chair.
"I speak with God every single day. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't speak with God," Philadelphia's voice was melodious and soothing.
When Philadelphia finished speaking, a blinding white light appeared in the room. The room shook, and the seven gathered squinted as a booming voice like that of thunder spoke.
"Ephesus, you left your first love, and although you persevered, and against evil, I will take your lampstand away quickly if you do not repent. Smyrna, you were dead and came to life. Fear not, for the devil is about to throw some of you into prison. Be faithful, and I shall give you the crown of life."
Ephesus and Smyrna dropped to their knees, as the fantastic voice continued.
"Pergamos, there were many things you have done that I did not approve of. You taught the doctrine of Balaam, and encouraged Balak to put stumbling blocks before the children of Israel. Repent and to those who overcome I will award a white stone, and on this stone a new name will be written who no one knows except him who shall receive it."
Pergamos dropped to the ground and began praying silently.
"Thyatira, I know of your works, especially with Jezebel, who called herself prophetess, to teach and seduce. He who overcomes, and keeps My works, to him I shall give power over the nations."
Thyatira began crying, "Holy, Holy, Holy" while prostrated on the ground, as the great voice continued.
"Sardis, be watchful, and reinforce those things which remain. Repent, and hold fast for if you do not watch I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels."
"I shall watch, I shall watch," Sardis murmured while kneeling on the ground.
"Laodiceans I know your works - You are neither cold nor hot. I wish then that you were cold or hot. But, because you are lukewarm, I will vomit you out of My mouth. I counsel you to buy from Me god refined in the fire, that you may be rich and white garments that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed, and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. To him who overcomes, I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, and I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne."
Laodiceans fell to the ground crying, “Forgive me Lord, refine me…Forgive me Lord.”
"And, finally to you Philadelphia...He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens. To you because you did persevere I will keep you from the hour of the trial. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him My new name."
Philadelphia genuflected crying, "Holy Lord, my God Almighty...I thank You for the key which gave me the ears to hear, and the eyes to see. I am so thankful to You my Lord, my God. You are Holy, and I am Your servant my King."
The voice resonated, "Go now, all of you, and heed My Words. My peace I bring you, and My peace I leave you. Remember, I love you and I will see you again...very very soon."
Based on the book of Revelations 2:1-29, 3:1-22
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