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Jesus: The Judge of the Church That Tolerates the Spirit of Jezebel, Part 2 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #321)


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 2:18-21:

18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

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John R. Mott said, “The invasion of the Church by the world is a menace to the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. In all ages conformity to the world by Christians has resulted in lack of spiritual life and a consequent lack of spiritual vision and enterprise. A secularized or self-centered Church can never evangelize the world.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I believe the failure of the church stems back to our poverty in prayer.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The British Methodist evangelist George Scott began his work in Sweden during the Second Great Awakening, but experienced significant revival in his ministry during the 1830s. Carl Olof Rosenius, a native Swede, continued Scott’s work after the Englishman left, and he continued to experience awakenings into the 1840s. By that time the revival had begun in Norway, and within the decade revivals were being reported throughout Scandinavia.”

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The fourth of Christ’s letters is written to the church in one of the smallest, yet most important, cities of Asia Minor. Known for its export of fine purple linen, the city was also a center of pagan worship which placed economic pressure on the Christians there to conform.

Christ opens this letter in thunderous fashion, introducing Himself as the “Son of God”, the only time in the book of Revelation where this title is used. It is used here perhaps as an allusion to Thyatira’s temple to Apollo, who was, in Greek mythology, the son of the chief pagan god Zeus. Because Thyatira was an important trade center, merchant guilds were established in the town. Christians could not participate in these guilds unless they declared allegiance to Caesar and went along with pagan worship and pagan sacrifices. The temptation to at least not object to the worship of other gods was always present for Christians in business during that time. But Christ makes clear that He is the only “son of God” who would not stand by as worship and allegiance due to Him was given to another, especially from those who claimed to belong to Him.

Warren Wiersbe said, “It is interesting to contrast the churches at Ephesus and Thyatira. The Ephesian church was weakening in its love, yet faithful to judge false teachers; while the people in the assembly at Thyatira were growing in their love, but too tolerant of false doctrine. Both extremes must be avoided in the church. ‘Speaking the truth in love’ is the biblical balance. Unloving orthodoxy and loving compromise are both hateful to God.”

Further, Jesus tells John to write that this letter is coming from He “who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet like fine brass.” Jesus’ fiery eyes are symbolic of penetrating judgment. The church cannot hide their sin from the Lord. He sees all, and He will judge accordingly. The “fine brass” of Jesus’ feet are symbolic of purity and steadfastness. Brass was the strongest known metal in the ancient world, and “fine brass” was highly refined and purified in fire. This brass symbolizes Jesus’ holy and steadfast nature. He demands that His people strive to be pure, holy, and faithful even as He is. When that does not happen, the Lord will judge His people, and He has quite the judgment in store for this church which tolerates the teaching of Jezebel.

Christopher Miner wrote:

Broken, humbled to the dust
By Thy wrath and judgment just,
Let my contrite heart rejoice,
And in gladness hear Thy voice;
From my sins, O hide Thy face,
Blot them out in boundless grace.

Gracious God, my heart renew,
Make my spirit right and true.
Cast me not away from Thee,
Let Thy Spirit dwell in me;
Thy salvation’s joy impart,
Steadfast make my willing heart.

Sinners then shall learn from me,
And return, O God, to Thee
Savior all my guilt remove,
And my tongue shall sing Thy love
Touch my silent lips, O Lord,
And my mouth shall praise accord

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.

Jesus: The Judge of the Church That Tolerates the Spirit of Jezebel, Part 1 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #320)


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 2:18-21:

18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

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A.W. Tozer said, “The basic trouble with the church today is her unworthy concept of God. Our religion is weak because our concept of God is weak. Christianity at any given time is strong or weak depending on her concept of God.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The world boasts its atomic power; some cults boast their satanic power; but where are those who boast Holy Ghost power?”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “In Ireland, the impact of revival on the churches was so great that bishops of the Church of Ireland described it as “a second reformation.” At Dublin, evangelicals from various denominations gathered regularly for “the breaking of bread.” This was the beginning of the Christian Brethren denomination, which divided not long after its founding. John Nelson Darby became the leader of the “Closed Brethren,” and George Mueller led the “Open Brethren.””

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In this passage, we come to the longest of Jesus’ letters to the churches. It is addressed to the church of Thyatira. Regarding the background of this church and the city that it was situated in, Warren Wiersbe states, “The longest message was sent to the church in the smallest city! Thyatira was a military town as well as a commercial center with many trade guilds. Wherever guilds were found, idolatry and immorality—the two great enemies of the early church—were almost always present too.”

Dr. John Walvoord’s commentary on Revelation states: “Thyatira was a small, thriving town located about forty miles southeast of Pergamum. The city had been established as a Macedonian colony by Alexander the Great after the destruction of the Persian empire. Located in a rich agricultural area, Thyatira was famous for the manufacture of purple dye, and numerous references are found in secular literature of the period to the trade guilds that manufactured cloth. This is reflected in the only other biblical mention of Thyatira — the conversion of a woman named Lydia, ‘a seller of purple goods’ who was converted under the preaching of Paul. Since there is no record in Scripture of any evangelistic effort in Thyatira, it may be that the gospel was first brought to the city through the testimony of Lydia. Though Lydia was probably deceased by this time, Christ directed the longest of the seven letters to this small Christian church that may have been the fruit of her witness. But all was not well in Thyatira and this is one of Christ’s most severe letters.”

Christ opens this letter in thunderous fashion, introducing Himself as the “Son of God”, the only time in the book of Revelation where this title is used. It is used here perhaps as an allusion to Thyatira’s temple to Apollo, who was, in Greek mythology, the son of the chief pagan god Zeus. Because Thyatira was an important trade center, merchant guilds were established in the town. Christians could not participate in these guilds unless they declared allegiance to Caesar and went along with pagan worship and pagan sacrifices. The temptation to at least not object to the worship of other gods was always present for Christians in business during that time. But Christ makes clear that He is the only “son of God” who would not stand by as worship and allegiance due to Him was given to another.

Warren Wiersbe said, “It is interesting to contrast the churches at Ephesus and Thyatira. The Ephesian church was weakening in its love, yet faithful to judge false teachers; while the people in the assembly at Thyatira were growing in their love, but too tolerant of false doctrine. Both extremes must be avoided in the church. “Speaking the truth in love” is the biblical balance. Unloving orthodoxy and loving compromise are both hateful to God.”

Further, Jesus tells John to write that this letter is coming from He “who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet like fine brass.” Jesus’ fiery eyes are symbolic of penetrating judgment. The church cannot hide their sin from the Lord. He sees all, and He will judge accordingly. The “fine brass” of Jesus’ feet are symbolic of purity and steadfastness. Brass was the strongest known metal in the ancient world, and “fine brass” was highly refined and purified in fire. This brass symbolizes Jesus’ holy and steadfast nature. He demands that His people strive to be pure, holy, and faithful even as He is. When that does not happen, the Lord will judge His people, and He has quite the judgment in store for this church which tolerates the teaching of Jezebel.

Christopher Miner wrote:

Broken, humbled to the dust
By Thy wrath and judgment just,
Let my contrite heart rejoice,
And in gladness hear Thy voice;
From my sins, O hide Thy face,
Blot them out in boundless grace.

Gracious God, my heart renew,
Make my spirit right and true.
Cast me not away from Thee,
Let Thy Spirit dwell in me;
Thy salvation’s joy impart,
Steadfast make my willing heart.

Sinners then shall learn from me,
And return, O God, to Thee
Savior all my guilt remove,
And my tongue shall sing Thy love
Touch my silent lips, O Lord,
And my mouth shall praise accord

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.

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 #318)


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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John Walvoord said, “There is no alternative to continued impurity and compromise in the church but divine judgment.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “I fear cheap emotionalism. I also fear not to have emotion. The man who has no emotion is an animal or a Hitler. I fear the Christian who has no emotion — his soul needs a tombstone.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “While America experienced revival, the Holy Spirit was also poured out in Great Britain during this decade. Local revivals of great intensity were reported by various Methodist groups in England, especially. American evangelist James Caughey saw “many thousands” come to faith in Christ during a series of campaigns throughout the nation. Among his converts was a young man named William Booth, destined to found the Salvation Army in a later revival. The revival might have had an even greater impact on the Church of England had it not been for the Tractarian movement, which opposed the evangelism of the revivals in favor of a more sacramental approach to the faith.”

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Jesus Christ warns the church at Pergamum that if it does not get rid of those who teach the doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitanes, He will come and fight against them “with the sword of his mouth.” What does Jesus mean by the sword of His mouth? We know from other passages of Scripture that the sword is the Word of God. Revelation 19 tells us that when Jesus returns, He will ‘smite the nations with the sword that proceedeth from His mouth.’ During His tempting, Jesus defeated Satan with the Word of God. In Ephesians, Christians are instructed to use the “sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.” It was the word of God that brought this world into existence. And it will be the word of the God that brings judgment in the last days.

When Jesus comes, He will fight against the false teachers and those who tolerated them with His Word. This tells us that we already have the tools we need to get rid of false teachers in our churches today. All we need to do is pick up the Word of God, read it, and anything that does not line up with it needs to be removed from among God’s people.

This year, Protestant churches are marking the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The Reformation got started when Martin Luther, who had become troubled about his own salvation and what the Catholic Church claimed one had to do to be saved, went to his priest with his concerns, and was told to go and study the Bible until he found the answers he desired. Luther went and searched the Scriptures till he found the verse that says, “The just shall live by faith.” In light of that and other Revelations, he nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the church in Wittenburg, Germany, calling out the Papacy for its false teaching. The light of the Word of God, the Sword of the Spirit, broke the heresy of the Catholic Church and opened the door to true salvation to the masses. For many years, people were bound in false doctrine simply because they couldn’t read the Bible. As soon as the Bible began to be translated into languages other than Latin, people kicked off the shackles of false teaching and began to walk in the light of the Word.

That is what will have to happen again if we are to dispel false teaching in our own churches. All of us, from the preacher to the pew, need to get back to the Word. The Word which saved us from sin is the same Word which will cleanse us from all ungodliness and deliver us from Jesus’ chastisement.

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.

The Church at the Mouth of Hell and Jesus’ Two-edged Sword, Part 5 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #317)


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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A.W. Tozer wrote, “We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The answer to militant godlessness is militant godliness.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “Charles Grandison Finney was a New York lawyer known for his antagonism to evangelical Christianity prior to his dramatic conversion in 1821. Almost immediately after his encounter with God, he began preaching the gospel, using his skills as an attorney to drive home the evangelistic message. Many came under conviction of sin and saving faith in Christ in his early meetings, which were conducted throughout rural New England. In 1830, the now-popular itinerant evangelist took his ministry to upstate New York. In Rochester he held his first campaign in a major city. It would prove to be his most successful campaign. The revival of 1830 wasn’t limited to Finney’s ministry, however. While he was preaching in Rochester, others were experiencing revival, from Maine to Texas. Across America that year, an estimated 100,000 converts were added to the church.”

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The second thing that the Lord has against the church at Pergamos is that they also had “those who held the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes,” which Jesus says he hates. As we learned from the letter to the church at Ephesus, Nicolas was a leader in the Jerusalem church who apparently had not gotten rid of some of his pagan ways. His influence began to corrupt other believers and lead them astray. The same thing was happening at Pergamos. The people of that church were being led to compromise their positions and accommodate worldly influences.

Warren Wiersbe said, “Despite their courageous stand against persecution, the believers in Pergamos were not faultless before the Lord. Satan had not been able to destroy them by coming as the roaring lion, but he was making inroads as the deceiving serpent. A group of compromising people had infiltrated the church fellowship, and Jesus Christ hated their doctrines and their practices. These infiltrators were called Nicolaitans, whom we already met at Ephesus. Their name means ‘to rule the people.’ What they taught is called the ‘doctrine of Balaam.’ The Hebrew name Balaam means ‘the lord of the people.’ Sadly, this group of professed believers lorded it over the people and led them astray. A group of people in the church said, ‘There is nothing wrong with being friendly with Rome. What harm is there in putting a pinch of incense on the altar and affirming your loyalty to Caesar?’ Antipas refused to compromise and was martyred; but the others took the easy way and cooperated with Rome. The Lord accused the Christians in pergamos of sinning, of committing spiritual fornication. Of course this compromise made them welcome in the Roman guilds and protected them from Roman persecution, but it cost them their testimony and their crown.”

The Christians of Pergamos were tempted to go along with pagan sacrifices, feasting at festivals where the meat was sacrificed to idols, and declaring their allegiance to Caesar. This would make them accepted by the world. They could benefit from being members of the guilds that had been organized for merchants and craftsmen which meant they could make money from their products. By saying, “Caesar is Lord” and taking the easy route, they would be protected from persecution by the government. The doctrine of the Nicolaitans said that one had to go along to get along.

But Jesus tells the church to “repent” of this compromise. If they don’t repent, He says, “I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them [those who teach the doctrines of Balaam and Nicolas] with the sword of my mouth.” Jesus gives the church room to deal with this issue themselves. He allows them a chance to pick sides — the side of Christ or the side of compromise. Today, we must also pick whose side we will be on — the side of Christ or the side of the world. Siding with the world will make our life temporarily easy. Siding with Christ will may lead to our martyrdom as it did for Antipas, but those who follow the Lord will gain eternal rewards.

Deborah Ann Belka wrote:

Lord, You’ve opened my eyes,
to the darkness of mankind
now let it be Your holy light
flooding my heart and mind.

Let me turn away from,
that which causes You offense
let me not be like those who
compromise to make friends.

Let me be bold in the battle,
steadfast in my daily fight
let me be for You a soldier
full of Your holy might.

Though mankind may scoff,
and turn away from me
let it be Your love…
mercy and grace they see!

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.

The Church at the Mouth of Hell and Jesus’ Two-edged Sword, Part 4 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #316)


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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Charles Spurgeon wrote, “I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “No nation is better than its church, and no church is better than its people. Only God-transformed personalities can change the moral fibre of the nation.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Second Great Awakening continued in America until approximately 1810, but many of its results were interrupted by the War of 1812. In the fifteen years following the conclusion of that conflict, however, various local manifestations of revivals continued to be reported in North America, Britain, and the mission fields of India, South Africa, Indonesia, and Polynesia. Some historians, in fact, stretch the notion of the Second Great Awakening to include the work of the great revivalist Charles Finney in the 1820s and beyond. We join historian J. Edwin Orr, however, in identifying his influence as a different movement, called by many the General Awakening. The Second Great Awakening had been unique among the great historic revivals, in that it had not been followed by a significant decline in the church and society. There was no time for that, for quite unexpectedly, the world experienced another outpouring of the Holy Spirit in 1830.”

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Despite the qualities of persistence, faithfulness, and loyalty that Jesus commends in the church at Pergamos, He says, “I have a few things against thee.” No church is perfect. Even in the best of churches, there will always be things that need to be corrected. We ought to seek to grow in Christ, become more like Him, and do what is necessary for our churches to become what He wants them to be.

So what are those things that the Lord had against this church? Jesus says, “Thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat those things sacrificed to idols , and to commit fornication.” Balaam was an Old Testament prophet whom the children of Israel encountered during their wilderness wanderings. The Moabite king, Balac, tried to get Balaam to prophesy a curse over the children of Israel. Balaam told the king that God would not allow him to do such a thing, but he also told him about the weakness of the Hebrews. He exposed their Achilles’ heel. The Moabite women began to seduce the Hebrew men. They invited the Hebrews to their pagan celebrations where they ate, drank, and sacrificed to their false god. Soon, the Hebrews were bowing down to the idols of Midian. Of course, God sent a plague among His people, one that killed 24,000 of them.

What does the “doctrine of Balaam” mean in the context of Revelation and the New Testament church? Dr. Ed Hindson writes that those who taught the doctrine of Balaam “believed that a little idolatry or a little immorality or a little compromise of the truth couldn’t hurt anything. In fact, they said, such compromise made Christianity all the more tolerable in a pagan city. The false doctrine of Balaam said that Christian liberty allowed participation in worldly activities. They attempted to use Christian liberty to justify their personal compromise with sinful paganism. But Jesus said that He hated such false doctrine.”

Many Christians today might be found guilty of subscribing to the doctrine of Balaam. We allow just a little sin into our lives, just a little compromise on what we believe, and think that it won’t do any harm. But Jesus said, “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.” The Jews’ playing with the Midianites resulted in full-blown idolatry which brought down God’s judgment. The Lord Jesus stands with His double-edged sword, ready to chastise us if we do not abandon our compromising positions.

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.

The Church at the Mouth of Hell and Jesus’ Two-edged Sword, Part 3 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #315)


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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Charles Spurgeon wrote, “The highest honor that God can confer upon his children is the blood-red crown of martyrdom. The jewels of a Christian are his afflictions. The regalia of the kings that God has made, are their troubles, their sorrows, and their griefs. Griefs exalt us, and troubles lift us.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Revival is worthwhile at any price.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “No church that values its own standards can afford to depreciate revivals of religion. The whole history of the Christian Church from its foundation until now is the history of revivals. It should always be borne in mind that real revival is something infinitely higher than a mere gale of religious excitement sweeping over the churches. A genuine revival is a manifestation of supernatural and Divine power.”

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Jesus continued his commendation of the church at Pergamos by pointing out one of their own: Antipas, whom He calls, “My faithful martyr.” From Scripture, we don’t know much about who this Antipas was, but, according to Christian tradition, he was the Bishop of the church at Pergamos who had been ordained by John during the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian. After casting demons out among the local populace, Antipas was martyred by being burned to death on a pagan altar in the year 92.

The name Antipas means “against all.” It reminds us that even when it seems as though everything and everyone is against us, Jesus is with us and for us, and we can persevere. We may, like Antipas, meet with death while standing for Christ. When Antipas was killed, it seemed like the enemies of the faith had won, but Antipas was truly victorious because he went on to be with His Lord and He was deemed “faithful” by Jesus Christ. That is something we all ought to desire — for Jesus to say to us, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

Being faithful to Jesus may require us to be martyred, and not just in the sense of being killed. The original meaning of the Greek word for “martyr” is: witness, or one who testifies. Not all true Christians will be killed by the world, but all true Christians will choose to be martyrs to the world. That is, we must be willing to testify that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, and that, believing in Christ, anyone can have eternal life through Him. We must be willing to testify to this truth when the heat is on and when it’s not. Most importantly, we ought to let our lives be a witness to who Christ is and what He has done in our hearts, and in the words of Queen Esther, if we perish, we perish.

Charles Wesley wrote:

We for Christ, our master, stand,
Lights in a benighted land:
We our dying Lord confess;
We are Jesus’ witnesses.

Witnesses that Christ hath died,
We with Him are crucified;
Christ hath burst the bands of death,
We His truth boldly express.

Strive we, in affection strive;
Let the purer flame revive,
Such as in the martyrs glowed,
Dying champions for their God.

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.

The Church at the Mouth of Hell and Jesus’ Two-edged Sword, Part 1 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #313)


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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St. Theophan and St. Nicholas wrote, “You must never be afraid that the enemy is too strong against you, that his attacks are never ending, that the war will last for your lifetime, and that you cannot avoid incessant downfalls of all kinds. Know that our enemies, with all their wiles, are in the hands of our divine Commander, our Lord Jesus Christ, for whose honour and glory you are waging war. Since He himself leads you into battle, He will certainly not suffer your enemies to use violence against you and overcome you, if you do not yourself cross over to their side with your will. ”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “Easy-going preachers produce easy-going believers. We have more star preachers than scarred preachers.”

In their book, The Ten Greatest Revivals Ever, Elmer Towns and Douglas Porter share with us: “The Sunday school movement in particular gained tremendous momentum in the Second Great Awakening. Robert Raikes began the first Sunday school in Glouchester in 1780, and the movement spread like wildfire. When, four years later, John Wesley visited Leeds, England, he found twenty-six schools operating, with 2,000 scholars taught by forty-five teachers. In 1784, the Society for the Support and Encouragement of Sunday Schools throughout British Dominions was founded and reported that there were 250,000 registered in Sunday school. By 1830, the fiftieth anniversary of the Sunday school, 1,250,000 were registered in Sunday school-one-fourth of the English population. The regular teaching of the Bible became the foundation of revival.”

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The third church which Jesus writes to at the beginning of Revelation is the church of Pergamos. This church was situated in the Roman capital of Asia Minor. It was a significant center for pagan worship and worship of the Roman emperors. It had temples built to four of the major Greek and Roman gods and three temples built to Roman emperors. The city was not just a place where these worship activities were facilitated, but it was a place where the government of the city actively promoted the worship of the Caesars.

John F. Walvoord and Roy Zuck write in their commentary about Pergamos, “The third church was in Pergamum or Pergamos, about 20 miles inland from Smyrna. Like Ephesus and Smyrna it was a wealthy city, but it was wicked. People in its pagan cults worshiped Athena, Asclepius, Dionysus, and Zeus. Pergamum was famous for its university with a library of about 200,000 volumes, and for manufacturing parchment resulting in a paper called pergamena. The atmosphere of this city was adverse to any effective Christian life and testimony.”

Dr. Warren Wiersbe said about Pergamos, “Called “the greatest city in Asia Minor,” Pergamos had the first temple dedicated to Caesar and was a rabid promoter of the imperial cult. The city also had a temple dedicated to Aesculapius (ay-sku-lay-pius), the god of healing, whose insignia was the entwined serpent on the staff. (This is still a medical symbol today.) Satan, of course, is likewise symbolized as the serpent.”

To the church in this city, Jesus presents Himself as “he which hath the sharp sword with two edges.” Warren Wiersbe said, “The Lord’s description of Himself, ‘He which hath the sharp sword,’ would surely encourage the people, for the sword was also the symbol of the Roman proconsul. It was more important that the church fear Christ’s sword than the Roman sword.”

Christ’s carrying of a double-edged sword bears a message of war and of judgment. As we look at this letter, the significance of the double-edged sword becomes clearer — it is a blade which cuts both ways.

Jesus’ stance is expressive of war against the world and against Satan’s kingdom. The church at Pergamos was situated “where Satan’s seat is.” In other words, this church was in the thick of the action; it sat in the mouth of hell. One of the cults that the city was known for was the worship of As-cle-pios, the Roman god of healing, who was symbolized by a serpent. Many sick people lay overnight in his temple waiting for serpents to slither over their bodies expecting to be healed. The church was a light in this pagan darkness. And Jesus lets the church know that He is fighting alongside them against the hold that Satan has on the people of this city.

But the war against Satan is not the only one that Jesus is fighting in Pergamos. His double-edged sword also cuts the church. As we look at this letter, we see that the church is tolerating two strains of false doctrine that Jesus wants them to eradicate. In fact, He says, “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and I will fight against them [the false teachers] with the sword.”

While we ought to be engaged alongside Jesus in the fight against Satan, we must consider that there are churches today that Jesus would come and fight against as well. If we tolerate false teaching, if we tolerate sin, if we allow the Satanic influences around us to infect us, Christ will use His sword as a tool of judgment against us. It is only right that He do so, for we cannot be an effective church in this world if we are infected by Satan’s poison.

Roscoe G. Stott wrote:

There is warfare all around us;
There are foes who fain would wound us;
Yet what fear can e’er confound us,
If we trust the king we serve!

Satan’s forces march to meet us;
Satan, crafty foe, would cheat us;
Yet what power can e’er defeat us,
If we trust the king we serve!

Christ, our king, is ever near us;
Evermore His word will cheer us;
Call for strength and He will hear us,
If we trust the king we serve!

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.

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