The Angel In Ephesus

I include the letter first!

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Rev ch2v1-7
Rev 2:1 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;
Rev 2:2 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:
Rev 2:3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
Rev 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
Rev 2:7 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. (KJV)

Verse 2:1 clearly identifies the letter as dictated by Christ. This letter may be safely assumed to apply at the start of the angel's circuit. That is to say; Jesus knows that which the angel is required to do, (as works) what the angel is to strive for in the meanwhile (labour), and especially when to finally rest on success (having patience). (C.f. verse 2:2.)

Christ's angel appears to have some helpful and initial discernment as to whom is to be trusted as concerns his doctrine; dismissing some mainstream Christian sects etc. (Comparing them to that approved of (or in) the gospel with which he is to become most familiar. I may assume he has some basic materials or tracts to begin with.)

That stated, Christ appears to approve of the angel's works (verse 2:3) before the angel has even "done the first works". (To read the scriptures.) It is clear that verse 2:3 is again forward looking: as if the angel has (or is to have) borne those having false doctrine, patiently and then have continued for Jesus' name's sake without tiring or ever giving in to final resignation.

The angel then has a great deal waiting ahead of him. But what concerns Jesus, is what has already occurred. Somehow, the angel had come to faith and had fallen away, seemingly without realising the height of his own embarrassment! He had fallen from that faith and needs to remember the height to which he had attained in sound doctrine (we may assume he once knew God's new name).

Returning, does an angel, made flesh and blood, have the former memories of his spirit in his (younger) human flesh? I can only posit the affirmative or the negative! A newborn is forgiven forgetting, surely? What then of that equivalent - as the raised also? John the baptist came "In the Spirit of Elijah" but denied he was Elijah as in the verse John 1:21. (A conundrum for sure.) Is he yet Elijah as Jesus stated? I would prefer to say John was wrong instead of Christ! John, was an image or example of the greatest attainment of men to obedience of the "flesh" of the Old Testament (and covenant) and thereby by allegory, it may be stated over again:

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. (KJV)

A stretch of the scripture to be sure, but the Spirit is not present in the flesh itself, and John I suggest would not have remembered "once being Elijah". Without the New Covenant, John by allegory is left without the same eternal life gifted in the Spirit by predestination and the resurrection in that allegory is found only in Christ, the "resurrection and the life". (Being sinless does not make you perfect! Only God is perfect.) Elijah, as in John's case, was not "spirit" but instead the ultimate or last so blessed in flesh and blood obedience under the letter of the law, handing the baton clean over to Christ in person.

I may possibly excuse myself somewhat for claiming the right hand of God "does not know of it".

I also make the claim (an indefensible one, except for it being the worst-case-scenario that I can imagine) that in the letters he is apparently raised from the dead more than once, and suffers some form of amnesia due to that occurring! Under the accusation of Satan, the least is to overcome ten sets of false doctrines in his circuit (see the letter to Smyrna) and only whilst under the circumstances of being the "least".

I merely make the claim that what is spirit may move in time and what is the flesh stays the same; perhaps only the spirit is tested with "death" from falsehood ten times? Does that test prove the angel rather than his overcoming of the false doctrine? It sounds like a bad case of deja-vu to me. The spirit is imprisoned somehow, whilst the "flesh and blood" record will show only the predestined victory. Either the angel is truly the least and predestined uniquely or he is totally screwed. He passes.

I conjecture that only when the angel realises for himself the true extent of the "depths of satan", that he may then overcome them tenfold and survive the same period lived but once in the flesh but not in the spirit. - That depth of evil is ever-present but not realised unless the angel indeed lives to learn "outside of his flesh" and in his spirit. (See later in the letters for the cause of this guesswork.)

Excuses and conjecture aside, Jesus is somewhat vexed with his (young) messenger and right hand. He is so reminded, then encouraged, to redirect his efforts (to attain to the same knowledge, i.e. to wholeheartedly repent) and to read the scriptures (to do the first works). Else, Jesus will remove the circuit of His angel from over the seven churches and with it "his" (the right hand's) candlestick from its prophecised place and instead apportion his angel's place as trampling the outer temple underfoot along with the "gentiles" that are without the conviction found of the same right hand of God.

We may know this from Jesus' statement as of "his place". Jesus is talking of His own right hand (verse 2:1) and is telling his young and (perhaps rather confused) messenger to "man up" for what lies ahead of him.

However, Jesus is somewhat also in agreement with His young messenger - They both hate the modern doctrine of trusting to others before your own relationship with God - they both dismiss that he will find any "spiritual betters" amongst those that the angel has found "liars" (verse 2:2) i.e. the angel is off to a good start already. That he can recognise those that are evil (then discerning, verse 2:2), that alone, will point him in the right direction. (away from evil toward good.)

The letter closes with the requirement for treading the winepress. The angel is enabled to minister to/with others in the kingdom of God. He has been chosen, and is predestined toward His obedience leading onto final reward. (The "open door" is always ajar.)

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