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We, as the Church need to face the Christ of the candlestick, the Lord of the lampstand. He is calling the Church to repentance. Too many have an incomplete, inadequate vision of the Lord. Some people see Him just as they want to see Him, but we need to see Him as He is appearing today. We will illustrate it this way: Rip Van Winkle awoke from a long sleep to find that time had changed. When he went to sleep, King George III was still ruler of the American colonies. When he woke up, George Washington was President of the United States. Unaware of all that had happened, he began to “whoop it up” for the king, and he got himself into trouble and thrown into jail. He was yelling for the wrong George. A lot of things had happened while he was asleep.

Today, too many people in religion are trying to follow a Galilean teacher who went about doing good, who was merciful and full of compassion. A lot has happened since Jesus walked on the earth in the flesh: Calvary, Resurrection, Ascension, and Pentecost. We, as the Church, are not dealing with a meek, lowly Jesus, going around looking for a place to lay His head. No, we are dealing with a crucified, risen, ascended, and glorified King. We read in Revelation 1:14-16: “His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto find brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”

John said, “…when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). We will see Him as He is, not as He was. He is exalted, crowned, and Judge. We need to see Him as He is in the book of the Revelation. He is Christ, the Reviver, calling to the Church at each location---seven locations of the Church in Asia. These letters apply to us as congregations of the Church. There are parts of those letters that fit us, and when they fit us, they are written to us. He is calling for revival as never before. He is the Christ of revival, and He is the coming Judge who will completely destroy the powers of evil and reign forever! [ The End ]

 

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