Revelation Chapter 3 :22
Revelation 3:22 – “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Spirit-led believers can understand the “mysteries of the kingdom of God” (Luke 8:8-10), some of which the Lord includes as promises to the “overcomers” in the letters to the churches in Revelation.
This is the last time that Jesus Himself will speak to the churches. Each church has its own individualism. Did you see yourself or your church in any of them?
Once again, at the end of this message, Jesus tells them to hear and understand; because this message, as all the others, came from the Spirit.
Because Christ loves us, He rebukes us. Because He cares for us, He warns us of specific dangers in these closing days of time.
(1) The Danger of Diminishing Love (Represented by the church at Ephesus);
(2) The Danger of Fearing, Suffering (Represented by the church at Smyrna);
(3) The Danger of Doctrinal Compromise (Represented by the church at Pergamos);
(4) The Danger of Moral Compromise (Represented by the church at Thyatira);
(5) The Danger of Spiritual Death (Represented by the church at Sardis);
(6) The Danger of Failing to Advance (Represented by the church at Philadelphia);
(7) The Danger of Luke Warmness (Represented by the church at Laodicea).
In these closing passages, we see a picture of:
(1) The standing Christ, symbolizing His readiness to enter our individual lives and corporate church fellowships to correct every deficiency.
(2) The knocking Christ, who seeks us unceasingly, He keeps on knocking.
(3) The pleading Christ, continually speaking to us, wooing us to a more intimate relationship with Him.
(4) The penetrating Christ, who as we open the door of our lives to Him, enters in.
(5) The companion Christ, enjoying sweet fellowship and communion with us, preparing and equipping us for His soon return.
Here are Nine Promises to Overcomers. Jesus is not returning for a weak, anemic, defeated Church. He is returning for a mighty powerful Church composed of men and women who have learned to overcome. In each of His messages to the seven churches, Jesus gave a specific promise to those who overcome.
(1) Overcomers Will Eat of the Tree of Life. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches: To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (Rev. 2:7; see article “Tree of Life“). Those who Overcome will inherit eternal life. They will live forever!
(2) Overcomers Will Not be Hurt by the Second Death. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.” (Rev. 2:11). Those who Overcome have their names written in the Book of Life and are part of the first resurrection. The “second death”, is identified (in Rev. 20:14), as the lake of fire. The second death has no power over the righteous who are part of the first resurrection: “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with him a thousand years” (Rev. 20:6).
(3) Overcomers Will Eat of the Hidden Manna. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna.” (Rev. 2:17). The “hidden manna” refers to Christ because He is the Bread of Life (John 6:33-35). Jesus, in all His fullness, will be manifested to those who Overcome and they will partake of all that He is and has!
(4) Those Who Overcome Will be Given a New Name. “I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name” (Rev. 3:12). To “write the name upon something” is a common Hebrew expression used to indicate taking absolute possession of something. Christ will write His Name upon the foreheads of those who overcome, forever identifying them as His own possession.
(5) Overcomers Will Be Given Power Over the Nations. “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations” (Rev. 2:26). Overcomers will reign with Christ and sit in judgment over the nations (Rev. 20:4).
(6) Overcomers Will Be Clothed in White Garments. “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels” (Rev. 3:5). The white garments that Overcomers will wear represents the righteousness of the saints: “And to her was granted that she (the Bride), should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (Rev. 19:8). John saw the redeemed standing before the throne of God, clothed in white robes with palms in their hands (Rev. 7:9).
(7) Overcomers Will Be a Pillar in the Temple in the New Jerusalem. “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” (Rev. 3:12). A pillar is permanent, so Christ’s promise to those who Overcome means He will give them a permanent place in the New Jerusalem. Absolutely nothing will be able to remove them from their place in heavenly Jerusalem!
(8) Overcomers Will Sit With Christ on His Throne. “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” (Rev. 3:21). Those who Overcome will sit with Christ on His throne and reign with Him forever!
(9) Overcomers Will Inherit All Things. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son”. (Rev. 21:7). This promise is the summation of all the blessings God can bestow. Like a son taking possession of his inheritance, those who Overcome will take possession of all their Heavenly Father has prepared for them.
You Are Called to Overcome. Beloved, these promises do not belong to halfhearted, uncommitted, compromising, fearful, unfaithful believers, but to those who overcome! The word “overcome”, in these verses is translated from the Greek work, “nikao,” which means “to conquer.” When Christ calls us to overcome, He is calling us to conquer by locating our enemy, engaging him in combat, and defeating him! We are called to Overcome and CONQUER the flesh!
“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lust of men, but to the will of God? (1 Peter 4:1-2).
We are called to Overcome and Conquer the world! Jesus said:
John 16:33 “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have Overcome the world.”
We are called to Overcome and Conquer sin! “For sin shall not have dominion over you” (Romans 6:14).
We are called to Overcome and Conquer Satan!
1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have Overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world”.
Christ has overcome, and by His Spirit living within us, we are able to do the same: “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4-5).
You do not Overcome because of who you are. It is not because of any merit of your own, your good works, your strength, or anything else you possess. You are able to Overcome the flesh, the world, sin, Satan and his evil principalities because of Jesus Christ who lives within you! In the Spirit, John glimpsed the great victory that belongs to God’s people and declared:
Rev. 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”
Romans 8:37 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”
Your victory is sealed with the assurance of the blood of Jesus Christ!
Our Yea and Amen. The last great anointing that will fall on this earth prior to the return of Jesus Christ is the prayer anointing. (In Rev. 3:14), there is an often neglected, yet beautiful picture of Jesus’ role as your prayer partner.
Jesus declares, “These things saith the Amen”, meaning He is the “Amen”. The Hebrew rendering of (Isaiah 65:16), also calls God “the God of Amen.” What does this mean? The original meaning of the verb “to amen” is used to affirm that someone is reliable, trustworthy, and truthful. It is used in the Old Testament in two ways:
(1) It echoes a leader’s prayer or praise. It means “Yes, indeed” or “may it be so in very truth.” (For examples, see Psalms 41:13; 72:19; 106:48; 1 Chronicles 16:36; and Nehemiah 8:6).
(2) It is used as the assent of a listener to a royal decree or purpose. (For examples, see 1 Kings 1:36; Jeremiah 11:5).
Picture this: Jesus is seated at the Father’s side. As you enter the throne room in prayer to intercede, according to the will of God aided by the Spirit indwelling you, Jesus joins His almighty intercession with yours, then He turns to the Father and seals it with His “Yes and Amen!” The “Amen” (so be it), is uttered to the Father through Christ as we claim God’s promises in prayer!
To close this chapter, I want to you to read (Rev. 1:3) again.
Rev. 1:3 “Blessed [is] he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time [is] at hand.”
Chapters 2 and 3 are two of the most important chapters in the Book of Revelation in my mind. I recommend you re-read these and study them, then compare them to your church. Not all churches are alike and much false teaching or teaching about worldly interests instead of the gospel message is being taught today in many assemblies.
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Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of Kings. 2nd Coming and return is IMMENENT!.
Please do not waist another a minute.
No matter what religion you serve, there is only one God.
If, you want to be assured that you will not have to endure the perilous times that will befall you.
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If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ to come into your life yet?
I implore you to do this without delay.
Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.