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The Church at the Mouth of Hell and Jesus’ Two-edged Sword, Part 6 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #319)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”

In our series of homilies from the book of Ephesians, we focused on reviving Christian families. Now, I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages from the book of Revelation, specifically targeted at reviving the church. If our country is to be awakened, the family and the church must be revived first.

TEXT: Revelation 2:12-17:

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17 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, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

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Matthew Henry said, “It is more to the honor of a Christian by faith to overcome the world, than by monastical vows to retreat from it; more for the honor of Christ to serve him in the city, than to serve him in the cell.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “It is far easier to cool down a fanatic than to warm up a corpse.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Revival was also experienced in other parts of the United Kingdom. Awakening began in South Wales, later spreading to North Wales. In Scotland, the number of local revivals reported in the 1830s increased, including an extraordinary movement of God at Kilsyth under the ministry of William C. Burns.”

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After Jesus challenges the church to expel those who teach compromise, He gives a threefold promise of reward for those who remain committed to Him.

First, He says, “to him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna.”

The Bible Knowledge Commentary says about this verse, “The “hidden manna” may refer to Christ as the Bread from heaven, the unseen source of the believer’s nourishment and strength. Whereas Israel received physical food, manna, the church receives spiritual food.”

Hidden manna is secret food or spiritual sustenance that only comes from God. It is what enables us to survive in this world. The devil will try to discourage us from being committed to Christ by pointing out how our livelihood may be affected. But God promises to sustain us, not with physical supplies — though He may indeed supply these, but with spiritual food, hidden manna, that the world cannot obtain or know about or see. It is only by this hidden manna that generations of persecuted Christians have become overcomers. If you remain committed to God, He will give you to eat of hidden manna as well.

The second part of the reward is a “white stone.”

Warren Wiersbe said about this verse, “In those days, a white stone was put into a vessel by a judge to vote acquittal for a person on trial. It was also used like a “ticket” to gain admission to a feast. Both would certainly apply to the believer in a spiritual sense: he has been declared righteous through faith in Christ, and he feasts with Christ today and will feast with Him in glory.”

In the Roman world, white stones were used as tickets to banquets or other events. White stones were also used as a sign of a person being acquitted of a crime. However, Adam Clarke explains what is most likely Jesus’ meaning as follows: “There is an allusion here to conquerors in the public games, who were not only conducted with great pomp into the city to which they belonged, but had a white stone given to them, with their name inscribed on it; which badge entitled them, during their whole life, to be maintained at the public expense.” As overcomers, we also will be given a white stone that guarantees our entrance into Heaven. With their white stones, the sports victors of Rome could enter any public establishment no matter the cost. Some might have thought they didn’t deserve such favor and they may not have been able to afford it themselves, but the government had counted them worthy of such an honor. Likewise, we don’t deserve Heaven and we certainly can’t get there on our own, but, by God’s grace, if we overcome down here, the pearly gates will be swung wide open to welcome us up there.

The third part of Jesus’ reward is “a new name written in the stone, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.” What is the significance of this new, secret name? Dr. John Walvoord writes, “This is an individual name given to the believer, symbolizing the personal heritage of the glories of heaven and the assurance of eternal salvation. God’s purpose is to separate the believers from all evil and compromise and to have them as His inheritance throughout eternity. The new name that Christ gives speaks to this relationship.” Our new, secret name will speak to the fact that we belong to God and will remain His forever.

It may be difficult choosing not to compromise with the world. But it is all worth it because we will overcome the world through Christ, and we will feast with God in Heaven.

Charles W. Naylor wrote:

Be an overcomer, He who stands with you
Is a mighty One, who is always true;
In the sorest conflict you shall win the day,
Face the legions dark till they flee away.

Be an overcomer, you are heaven’s heir,
And a crown of life you may ever wear;
So with courage press the battle to the gates,
Till you gain the prize which in heaven waits.

Be an overcomer, forward boldly go,
You are strong enough if you count it so—
Strong enough to conquer through sustaining grace,
And to overcome every foe you face.

Let’s pray.

Now, if you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, please keep in mind that the Bible says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” First, understand, that you are a sinner and that the wages of sin is death and Hell. But God sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for your sins. He was buried, and He rose from the dead by the power of God so that you can be saved from death and Hell. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on trusting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. You have done the most important thing in life. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door, by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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From Blessing to Testing, Part 4 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 88 / Day 455 since Jan. 1, 2016)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Matthew 4:3-10:.

3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

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After preaching the Gospel every day for 367 days straight throughout the 2016 presidential campaign season, I am preaching the Gospel every day throughout the first 100 days of President Donald Trump’s term. If you think a new president being in office is the only thing needed to save America and ‘make America great again’, you are woefully deceived. The church must follow through and “keep the main thing the main thing: and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature,’ and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to ‘pray without ceasing’ for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders.” So, we encourage you to pray for the new president, but not to get caught up in the political happenings like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord. And that is what this campaign is all about.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 84, day 454 since Jan. 1, 2016.

Rick Warren said, “Every time you defeat a temptation, you become more like Jesus!”

The first temptation that Jesus experienced targeted Him physically. Because Jesus was physically weak, Satan thought he could get an easy victory. But Jesus won that battle with the Word of God. Then, Satan targeted Jesus’ personal trust in His Heavenly Father. He pushed Jesus to test God, but Jesus pushed back with the word of God and won. Now, Satan tempts Him with power. He takes Jesus “up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.”

How was the devil able to offer the Son of God all the kingdoms of the world? The Bible says Satan is the “god of this age” and that the “whole world lieth in the lap of the wicked one.” When Adam sinned, he turned his dominion over the Earth (which God had given him) over to Satan. Since then, the world system is synonymous with Satan. To some degree, the devil has control over the nations of the world. We know that, one day, “all the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and of Christ.” But, for the time being, God allows Satan to exert his influence over the world.

So, Satan dangles not only the kingdoms of the world, but “their glory” before Jesus. He says, “Worship me, and you can have all this.” Has the devil ever dangled something shiny in front of you? If so, he has only shown you the “glory” part. D.A. Carson said, “there is something that Satan did NOT show Jesus. He showed Jesus the splendor of the nations without showing the sin of the nations.” The devil was trying to get Jesus to take a shortcut to the will of God. He was saying, “I can give you glory without suffering. I can give you power without pain. Forget the cross. Bow down to me and you can get the kingdoms of this world just as God the Father has promised you.”

How does Jesus respond? He says,”Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” Notice: Jesus does not reject the offer of power and dominion. He rejects the means by which Satan promises to give Him these things. The glory of the nations rightfully belongs to Jesus, no doubt. But God had ordained a specific path by which Jesus would obtain them. And that path led through the cross and the grave. Even when Peter suggested that Jesus bypass the cross, Jesus said to him, “Get thee behind me, Satan.” Jesus’ example demonstrates that God has blessings in store for us, but He requires that we go through the struggle first.

Horatio R. Palmer wrote:

You’re starting, my child, on life’s journey,
Along the grand highway of life;
You’ll meet with a thousand temptations—
Each city with evil is rife.
This world is a stage of excitement,
There’s danger wherever you go;
But if you are tempted to weakness,
Have courage, my child, to say No!

In courage, my child, lies your safety,
When you the long journey begin,
Your trust in a heavenly Father
Will keep you unspotted from sin.
Temptations will go on increasing,
As streams from a rivulet flow;
But if you’d be true to your Savior,
Have courage, my child, to say No!

Be careful in choosing companions,
Seek only the brave and the true,
And stand by your friends when in trial,
Never changing the old for the new;
And when by false friends you are tempted
The taste of the evil to know,
With firmness, with patience and kindness,
Have courage, my child, to say No!

If you are ready to be empowered to resist temptation by placing your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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