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Trimmed, burning lamps at the Lord’s table

January 25, 2014
By Pastor Stephen W. Pyle - Elkins Church of God of Prophecy , The Inter-Mountain

Our recent Church of God of Prophecy West Virginia Northern District rally was held at the Katy church. At the conclusion of the Thursday night session, two of our ordained ministers exchanged wedding vows. Congrats to Brother Dennis and Sister Nieta!

Our Ohio/West Virginia Regional Bishop, Dr. Fred A. Lawson, delivered a timely, Holy Ghost-annointed message taken from Psalm 32:1-5, on the subject of confession of sins.

Some highlights included: confess existence of sin, confess extent of sins, and confess the error of sins. Bishop Lawson directed us to verse 5 where David realized he could not conceal his adultery with Bath-Sheba and subsequent, premeditated murder of her husband Uriah.

He confronts and confesses his sin unto the Lord. The son of Jesse was able to declare unto us: "Blessed (meaning happy) is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered," (verse one). Verse two: "Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile."

God's love, grace, and mercy pardons, restores and forgives. Amen. As recorded in Psalm 51, though tragedies followed, David received his shouting joy and gladness in the Lord again!

On this first of three district night rallies, I was honored to lead musical praise and worship. In that devotion, the Holy Spirit directed us to worship Christ, whom was in our midst in a special way, such as John experienced in Revelation chapter 1.

The beloved apostle was "In the Spirit on the Lord's day" and declared hearing the voice of Jesus as a trumpet, and "walking in the midst of seven golden candlesticks." Revelation chapter 1:12-15; KJV: "And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned I saw seven golden candlesticks.

"And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 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 fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters."

John the Revelator's description compares with the prophet Daniel's vision of Christ the Eternal Son of God, in chapter 7:9: "I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire."

Revelation chapter 1 continues with verses 16-20: "And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him I fell at his feet as dead.

"And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead: and behold, I am alive for ever more, Amen; and have the keys of hell and death.

"Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which will be herafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches."

Jesus our true "Yeshua" Messiah, Holy anointed Christ, the Son of the Almighty, Living Jehovah God, is in visible Holy Spirit revelation on the isle of Patmos with Apostle John.

The Living Christ is walking in the midst of the seven Golden Candlesticks, the seven churches of Asia Minor: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.

Each candlestick (church) still lighted is being examined by our risen Christ, whom is revealing the spiritual danger looming that would remove that light or influence to our darkened world.

Reflecting on the devotional time at Katy COGOP on Jan. 16, and the service concluding with holy matrimony, I think of Christ's words about His kingdom, His elect saints, His wedding bride, Lamb's marriage supper, and "having an ear to hear what the Spirit is saying to His prophetic churches."

Drawing a distinct comparison to the seven golden candlesticks lighted in Revelation chapter 1: In Matthew's Gospel chapter 25, Christ prophecies of His wedding celebration. Each virgin carries a lighted oil lamp in preparation.

Verses 1-13 remind us as holy sanctified, chaste virgins of Jesus Christ, of our obligation to be ready with our lamps trimmed and burning to attend the celebration at His marriage supper table.

"Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto 10 virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

"While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

"But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves." Traditionally, virgins waiting with the wedding party were cautioned not to leave these gatherings in darkness of night, for any reason.

Remember Jesus asking Peter, James and John, why they slumbererd in the Garden of Gethsemane? "Could you not tarry with me, one hour?" "Watch and pray (keep your oil lamps, burning), lest ye enter into temptation."

Matthew 25: 10-13: "And while they went to buy (oil), the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.

"But he answererd and said, Verily I say unto you, I know ye not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." 1st Samuel chapter 3 refers to the "word of the Lord being precious in those days, there was no open vision."

"And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was." Eli and his two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests whom Almighty God held accountable for fornications committed in the Lord's temple.

Jesus tells the Church, "Ye are the light of the world." A city on a hill cannot be hid. The risen Christ speaks alarming words in Revelation chapters 1-3 to those seven golden candlesticks (churches).

Ephesus had lost their first love for Christ and must repent or have their candlestick removed. In Smyrna they shouldn't fear the things they suffered for Christ. In Pergamos they were allowing Balaam's doctrine to influence the church to commit fornication and idolatry.

In Thyatira, the doctrine of Jezebel was being permitted to rule and corrupt their congregation. In Sardis, they needed to be watchful and strengthen those things that remained with their relationship in Christ. Philadelphia was commended for keeping Christs' word of patience.

The Laodicean church was rich, increased with goods, comfortable in their relationship with the Lord, and "at ease in Zion." Christ warns them in chapter 3: "I know thy works that thou are neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."

Jesus desires us to be rich in His grace; that we be "gold tried in the fire," having our eyes anointed with eye salve, that our true nakedness in sinful pride and worldly lusts does not appear. He loves us and will chasten us!

"Behold I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and him with me.

"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb (Christ) is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

"And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, these are the true sayings of God," (Revelation 19:7-9).

A grieving Holy Spirit wants our lamps trimmed and burning as we meet at the wedding table!



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