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Repentance by Pastor Melissa Scott

August 18th, 2010

We’ve already covered “repentance:” ‘change of mind.’ “But this thou hast, thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. He which hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches,” plural; “to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.” Okay? Here’s the starting point. We can take this text and I can say to you that every single letter if you know, you’ve read the book every single letter is going to have more or less the same “to,” “from;” it’s going to have the same feel to it and there are certain repeatables that occur. We’re going to look at every letter, not today; we’re going to look at every letter by, I’m like a snail’s pace now. But the one thing that I think is very important this is why I set the stage with looking at Ephesus because when it says “If you don’t change your ways, if you don’t change your mind, I’m going to take your candlestick from you, I’m going to take your Church away from you.”

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that now, most people want to say “Well, don’t try and mesh this with what happened” but, inevitably, you look at the mid 250′s in the mid 2 , 2 , between 250 and 260 the Goths came in, destroyed the place. There was nothing left. When the Goths came in they just ransacked everything. And then there’s a wave of things that happens afterwards. The Goths come in, and then a little bit later you’ve got Constantine that comes in, in the mid 300′s, comes in, early 300′s; he tries to regain the ‘golden age’ of things over there, he builds a bathhouse. Arcadius comes in and he builds this beautiful, or tries to rebuild a beautiful street which is called Arcadian Way, that never regained its grandeur. It’s, and it’s, if you look at the fall of the Roman emperor, Empire, that’s all they, they spent the last period doing is trying to regain what was. And it’s ironic because that’s the message of the Church at Ephesus, trying to go back to what was.

You have, in 431, the great Church council is held there after that the history just gets smaller and smaller and smaller. Sixth, by the 6th century Emperor Justinian builds a Basilica there. Big deal! By 1090 the Celtics come in; they conquer the place. By the 14th century, nothing there! Pilfered, robbed, all the marble, all the gold, all, anything that was there, just pilfered for some other town, some other whatever. And I can just imagine, for 300 years plus before they began digging silt, frogs, and lizards. You know, you have this Demetrius in the Temple saying “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians.” I’m sure that the frogs probably croaked that tune! Just think about that! At least you know you serve a living King. You don’t have to worry about like I said Alexander the Great, when he died what happened to the kingdom? Gone! So, we’re going to look at, first I want to look at one word which seems to plague a lot of people because the book has so much symbolism in it.

Pastor Melissa Scott

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