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). (Cf. verse 2:2.)

Christ, stating He walks through the midst of the candlesticks assures the angel it is indeed a possible circuit and the circuit itself, though of disjoint churches (disjoint sets, seven churches with seven "angels"), is certainly traversable in the Spirit. After this manner Christ admits He recognises that the angel is "necessarily" existent, as also having an "essence" that implies that his existence is so - and it is under a test. In "raising" (as in the first resurrection) the angel sevenfold He is effectively assured of the very same and one traversing spirit in that circuit, which ensures that first resurrection in Christ always remains intact.

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 (his first love) and had fallen away, seemingly without later realising the height of his own embarrassment! He had fallen from that faith and is called to remember the height to which he had once attained in sound doctrine (we may assume he once knew God's new name).

Returning to the earthly sphere for a moment, does any angel, made as flesh and blood, have any former memories of his spirit in his (younger or nascent) human flesh? I can only posit the affirmative or the negative! A newborn is forgiven forgetting the womb, surely? What then of that equivalent - as the spiritually "transformed" or 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 living in the flesh itself, and John I suggest would not have remembered "once being Elijah" without an organ for that feat. 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, He being 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 any claim that the right hand of God "did 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 or, in allegory, as if to the point of denying his faith, and suffers some form of spiritual 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 (and life) may not only move in time but may be imprisoned in knowledge (or in possibility) and that which is the flesh stays the same and is that which is left to be observed. Perhaps only the spirit is tested with "death" from accepting a falsehood ten times? Does that test prove the angel is the least and necessarily principal rather than show his overcoming of the false doctrine? It sounds like it would give one a bad case of deja-vu to me. The spirit (or good doctrine, having overcome a falsehood) of the angel is imprisoned somehow within his circuit (Cf. "the devil shall cast some of you into prison" - letter to Smyrna), and all 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 surely passes the test, as the test is faulty and not the least himself.

That is to say the angel is held (a captive) as if he were yet a sinner - established under accusation of falling whilst truly knowing only his innocence (the height from which He had fallen by a supposed act of charity). His spirit is effectively "dead" ten times over in false doctrine whilst the test continues, Only his faith gives evidence of the duly promised life he is ensured in Christ. (That "crown of life" promised.)

However, if the angel is sinless he is open to all accusation; overcoming ten false doctrines without denying his own justification with and in God's new name as at the end of his circuit is enough to overcome that equivalent "death" ten times.

I.e. N¬("x is a sinner" & ¬"x is guilty of every sin") is also a logical consequence of N¬("x is a sinner"), but if sin "revives" for the holy as such under every accusation, then the living (and holy) angel is found "dead". Being faithful to Christ in the face of this accusation is enough to justify the least in Christ's new name as wholly able to be saved. He is given a "crown of life" - the "marriage of the lamb" as the principal element in the kingdom of God. Not until all falsehood is revealed as such is the angel finally acquitted; (see the letter to Pergamos.)

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, all concurrent, surviving the same period lived only once in the flesh but risking death (or imprisoned as if dead) many times over in the spirit. - That depth of evil could be ever-present under accusation but it is not realised unless the angel indeed begins to learn "outside of his flesh" and walk in his spirit, his "candlestick". (See later in the letters for the cause of this guesswork.)

The least, as an essence is also a closed set; but it appears this closure may be modified as if it were a "prison" under an accusation of Satan that he is not principal?

"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, as in the "bow in the clouds" of the Noahic covenant.)

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