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Topic: Key (02/14/13)

TITLE: The Seven Wondered~
By C D Swanson


Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Sardis, Thyatira, Philadelphia, and Laodiceans sat at an ornate table of burnished bronze.

"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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Noel Mitaxa 02/21/13
This is a very creative take in personifying each of the churches addressed in the letters of Revelation.
Giving each one its own character in line with what the Spirit is saying throws extra light of a book that is hard for many to grasp.
Well done.
Dannie Hawley 02/22/13
Very cleverly written! You've done a good job of making an ancient bit of Scripture come to life here. Thanks!
lynn gipson 02/23/13
You've done an excellent job here. I am one of those Noel said it was hard for some to grasp because my knowledge is severely lacking, but I loved this story and it is very comforting to me. This will stay with me.

Blessings, Lynn
Alicia Renkema02/25/13
I am very familiar with the book of Revelation, done numerous Bible studies on it and love studying prophecy. I am also a literalist in my study of the Bible as well as with a lot in life so I must confess, I was like, "what, how can all these "churches" be sitting around a table discussing all this stuff?" Then it dawned on me... This is truly brilliant writing! The personalities of the churches truly came alive in their conversations with each other and with the Lord. Your paraphrasing and consolidating of these churches with what God said to whom, all together, was highly accurate and a pleasure to read. You do this very well with scripture, I hope there will be more to come!
Linda Goergen02/27/13
What a unique and creative way to use the topic! I love reading the book of Revelation and the study of the seven churches/church ages and their characteristics. How clever taking the seven angels or spirit of the churches and personifying them and bringing them together to play their differences off one another. The “key” of course to any church (or church age) is how obedient they are to God and you gave that prevailing vision in this. Absolutely terrific job!
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/28/13
I admit that I am not very familiar with the book of Revelation. I have read it at least a couple of times in the past. However when I was younger, it would frighten me and keep me up all night long. Now that I am older and more secure in my faith, I need to go back and reread this book. You have inspired me and I thank you for that.
Joseph Veseli02/28/13
This is very interesting, I enjoyed reading it. I love reading imaginative takes on things we read so much. Typically, those things become too natural and we lose sight of what is being shown. Doing what you did brings a fresh look to the subject.
As Frank Peretti wrote of one of Bill Myers books, "I wish I thought of it first ;). Great work!
Judith Gayle Smith02/28/13
What an original take on the Book of Revelations! As we can take each example per church given personally, I truly enjoyed this.

Congratulations! May God bless you richly . . .
Olawale Ogunsola03/05/13
A great piece with perfect personification! It shows a picture of each believer, no exception. You have simplified complex texts from the Holy Bible. You have encouraged every child of God to do the right thing the Lord demands.
I think that you are born to encourage others as your words have served as catalyst to me to write more. Congrats!
Olawale Ogunsola03/05/13
A great piece with perfect personification! It shows a picture of each believer, no exception. You have simplified complex texts from the Holy Bible. You have encouraged every child of God to do the right thing the Lord demands.
I think that you are born to encourage others as your words have served as catalyst to me to write more. Congrats!