Thank you, your support with your prayers and your financial giving is important to us, we appreciate it.
One important thing to understand is that these 7 letters are not only written for the benefit to the 7 churches of that day but they also pertain to the Church of the Lord this very day.
To put it more personally and exacting these letters are talking to you as a Christian this very moment in your Christian life.
These letters serve as an encouragement if you are doing right things in your Christian walk and a stern warning if you are not with the understanding that Jesus wants you to repent and get back on the right track if you are not on it right now.
Today I am going to look at the first letter that the Apostle John wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Remember: “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:21
THE CHURCH OF EPHESUS:
“Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.” Revelation 2:1
Revelation 1:20 states that the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, the seven candlesticks which John saw represented the seven churches.
“I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars.” Please see Revelation 2:2
I mentioned to you in part 1 of this teaching that Solomon said: “What has been will be again. What has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV
Satan is using deception through false apostles and ministries today in the Church just like he did approximately 2,000 years ago in the Church at Ephesus.
Of course satan’s deceptive tactics started in the Garden of Eden when the serpent (satan) talked to Eve about rebelling against what God had spoken to Adam and then Eve through Adam about not eating of the forbidden fruit: “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” Please see Genesis 3:4-5
No wonder Solomon said the quote that I gave above in Ecclesiastes 1:9. Satan does not have any new ideas to try to destroy Christian’s lives and the Church of the Lord, they are all old ideas of deception he has been using for over 6,000 years.
So you can see in Revelation 2:2 that Jesus does compliment the Church of Ephesus on the things that they have done right.
“And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted.” Revelation 2:3
Again Jesus gives another compliment for the correct things that the Church of Ephesus had done. The Church of Ephesus had patience and had been in trials and tribulations and had not fainted (given up).
“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.” Revelation 2:4
Before I go any further I feel led to say this: The Lord was not trying to bring condemnation on the Church of Ephesus because the Bible says: “So now (after you are born again) there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans 8:1-2 NLT
The believer’s judgment day is behind them because it was at Calvary’s cross, but the unbeliever’s judgment day is ahead of them. Condemnation is a legal term that includes both the sentence and the execution of the sentence.
In other words, God was not out to condemn the Church of Ephesus but to speak to their spirit to warn them that they were going the wrong way and they need to repent and turn back to their beginning Christian experience where they had tender love for the Lord.
Where are you at with the Lord and your love for Him?
Do you still have that tender love like you did when you first received the new birth or have you allowed other things or other people to come in that seem more important than your love of the Lord?
Have you left your first love with the Lord?
If you are saying yes to these questions I urge you to come to the Lord and talk to Him, repent of your sin and get back with that deep love with Him, right away.
This was the very thing that the Church of Ephesus had lost, their first love of Him.
This is happening to many Christians right now in this world, it is in epidemic proportion.
“Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” Revelation 2:5 NIV
Jesus was telling the Church of Ephesus, an actual church in that day, that it was time to repent meaning to head back in the other direction where they first started when they initially fell in love with the Lord.
Obviously they had stopped serving the Lord the way they did at first like praying to the Lord and having close fellowship with Him, reading the Word of God daily and meditating on the Word, attending church often and telling others about Jesus Christ to fulfill the Great Commission.
Ephesus was a very well to do area and at its prime, the harbor of Ephesus could accommodate the finest ships. Highways went out of all the city and it was a great city.
However history reveals that the city became ruins, and it had no church. Their lampstand (meaning the actual Church of Ephesus was removed) because the Church of Ephesus did not heed the warning of the Lord through the letter sent to them from the Apostle John that received the words to write in the letter from the Holy Spirit.
What a shame.
The Lord was not kidding, the Church of Ephesus would not change and come back to their first love as the Lord spoke to them about so the Church of Ephesus was removed.
That’s just how important it is for you that if you have lost your first love for the Lord, immediately repent and go back and do the first things that you did right after you got saved again.
Renew that love you had for the Lord.
“But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” Revelation 2:6
The Nicolaitans were spreading various false doctrine among the Christians including the heresy that it was okay to operate in sexual immorality and pagan worship and still be able to be a Christian.
“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.” Revelation 2:7
Jesus in His love for the Church of Ephesus reminded them of what loving and serving the Lord would bring, an eternal presence with Him in the paradise of God.
Jesus wanted them to see that no matter what they were going through they needed to repent and get right with the Lord again and at the same time see the eternal reward they would receive if they would do that.
For you that have come to this website today and seeing the Word of the Lord you can see that the Lord loves you so much as part of His Church if you are born again. He will talk to you and encourage you to do the right thing as He does not want you to miss out on any blessing that He has promised you.
The reward for serving the Lord faithfully in your Christian life is beyond your imagination, it is eternity with the Lord.
Next week we will look at another one of the 7 churches and the letter it received from Jesus the Head of the Church in the Book of Revelation.
We want to thank all of you that have prayed and given financially to this ministry.
Nita and I also greatly appreciate your effectual fervent prayers for this ministry as we know that prayer changes things and helps us accomplish all that the Lord has called us to do as we minister to the world on this ministry website.
We ask if the Lord has spoken to your heart to give financially to this ministry and that you believe this ministry has blessed your life that you will be obedient to the Spirit of God and give financially.
Conrad Freiholtz Ministries is a tax exempt, not for profit, religious-corporation as defined under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Your gift is very much appreciated and fully deductible as a charitable contribution. Your giving can be sent in the form of a check, money order or cashier’s check to:
Conrad Freiholtz Ministries
PO Box 11806
Tempe, Arizona 85284
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal if shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38
We are involved in our ministry on an international level and also will be continuing to minister at churches as we are led to go to these churches in the United States.
On Tuesday October 27, 2015 the Spirit of God gave me a dream about a very large amount of people that I was ministering to. It seemed they were from different parts of the world. As I ministered to them I told them that WORLD WIDE REVIVAL was coming and that it would touch everyone on the face of the earth.
Every time I would say something to this huge crowd of people there would come a shout of excitement from them. But as I looked over to my right there was a man who I got eye contact with and I said this to him as we looked at each other. I told that man, whoever he was, that it was even going to affect him even though he would try to resist it.
And then I woke up.
Nita and I knew then and now that it was a dream from the Spirit of God and that He had called Nita and me to be part of this END TIME WORLD WIDE REVIVAL.
Since then I have ministered on revival in meetings and conversations I have had with other churches around the world.
JESUS SAID, “SAY NOT YE, THERE ARE YET FOUR MONTHS, AND THEM COMETH HARVEST? BEHOLD, I SAY UNTO YOU, LIFT UP YOUR EYES, AND LOOK ON THE FIELDS; FOR THEY ARE WHITE ALREADY TO HARVEST.” JOHN 4:35
Mankind has a tendency to push revival back to sometime in the future.
REVIVAL, REVIVAL, REVIVAL. (NOW, NOW, NOW).
“AS GOD’S PARTNERS, WE BEG YOU NOT TO ACCEPT THIS MARVELOUS GIFT OF GOD’S KINDNESS AND THEN IGNORE IT. FOR GOD SAYS, AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME, I HEARD YOU. ON THE DAY OF SALVATION I HELPED YOU.” 2 Corinthians 6:1-2, NEW LIVING TRANSLATION. INDEED THE “RIGHT TIME” IS NOW. TODAY IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.”
We are spreading the Word of God around the world as the Holy Spirit leads us to new areas in an ever increasing amount.
For you ministers or leaders of groups you can contact us for ministering in your church at: G Mail:
If you have come to this ministry website today and have never asked Jesus Christ to come into your life and be born again, you are not here by accident, the Spirit of the Living God drew you here.
If you do not have the assurance of where you would spend eternity if you died right now please go to the top of this website and it will have a tab for “SALVATION.” In that tab will be what is required by God to be right with Him. When you pray that prayer and accept the Lord please send us a Gmail to our website at: firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you accepted the Lord as your Savior and Lord and were born again. We want to rejoice with you and pray for you. Thank you (Please look up these scriptures: John 3:3 and Romans 10:9-10 it talks about you being born again).
Surely you know people who are going through hell and high water with real battles in their life both Christians and those that are not born again Christians. The Word of God that is presented each week will help turn their situation around if they do the Word of God and instead of the anguish and tears will bring a smile and victory to their life, isn’t that worth you sharing this website with others?
This includes the ones that not able to go to church because of disabilities and sickness or for one reason or another can’t attend church. Can you imagine how this Word of God would bless and comfort them? Please share this website with these folks also.
If we can pray for you please contact us regarding your prayer request.
Our website address is: cfmministry.org
Nita and I hope that you will join us next Monday and every Monday.
In the service of the King, Jesus Christ
Conrad and Nita Freiholtz
Conrad Freiholtz Ministries.