Archive for August, 2010

About tribulation by Pastor Melissa Scott

Okay, now odia, ‘perfect knowledge.’ I’m going to say to you in passing wherever you are, whatever problems you’re at, whatever suffering or troubles or trials you’re in, He’s got perfect knowledge. This knowledge that He knew about Smyrna, He has about you and about me. His knowledge is perfect about us and so “I know your” let me write under here. “I know your,” this is a definite article not being translated ‘the,’ but it’s not translated, thlipsin.

Now, your tribulation I want to talk about tribulation for a minute, maybe longer. We know when we read the book of Romans, Romans 5 talks about tribulations, tribulation and tribulations.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this is a singular tribulation and it’s going to matter in a minute. This word and I hope, please don’t tune me out, this is so important, this word is a noun. That’s all I’m going to tell you about that word right now. Noun: person, place or thing, okay? Except for two instances in the Bible, except for two times in the New Testament 1st Thessalonians and 2nd Thessalonians, every other time this word is used as a noun, which means it’s not a person, it’s not a place so it’s got to be a thing, right? Right. Okay.

Now follow me and please stay with me. If this is a thing it’s not something if it was a verb we could – let me try and make up a word, we could ‘tribulationify’ ourselves out of something. Do you get what I’m saying? But we can’t because it is a thing and in this word tribulation you’ll find this is being referred to as troubles, tribulation, not “Tribulation the great tribulation,” no, but even “Tribulation the great tribulation” is a thing. This is going to be important.

Now as I started studying this I thought you know, I wonder is there a difference between tribulation – we have the definition we’ve seen of that ugly looking scraping things that crushes the wheat and makes it into flour, that’s from the word in the Latin tribulum.

Seven commendations by Pastor Melissa Scott

We finished looking at the 2nd chapter; we saw the church at Ephesus abandon its first love. They had to deal with false apostles; the works of the Nicolaitans; a rebuke; seven commendations; a rebuke, and then to those that overcome a promise is given. What is so ironic about this book because it’s been so discounted: The devil is, he’s like a counterfeit 20-dollar bill, sometimes you have a hard time recognizing what it is. And you really don’t know until you try and pass it off on somebody. That’s how, that’s how cleaver he is to dissuade us from reading this book with eyes of the Spirit and make it nothing but either something that people say you can’t understand it or it’s something that John wrote that’s too crazy for any of us to even make sense of. Not so, not so, not so.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that one of the beautiful things is in Jesus’ rebuke to the church at Ephesus. He says if you don’t change your ways I’m going to take your candlestick from you. You know what I wish? I wish that you folks would really digest what’s being said here because not only did it apply to the church at Ephesus it applies to the Church present day. If you don’t change your ways, church, this church, any church anywhere, if you don’t change your ways and stop your ways, Jesus can take the church. “Well how could that be?” It’s His church, that’s right. He has the right to say okay lady you’re a faithful servant, I’m going to pluck you up with those faithful ones and stick you somewhere else. You think the message only applies to those Ephesian people. This is a message for all ages and all times and it’s a tough message.

If we would heed the warning when He says “If you don’t change your ways,” look at what’s left in Ephesus. If you are a person who has traveled to that land you will see nothing is left but strewn ruins of past splendor of what used to be. There’s not even a church there. Then you travel some thirty plus maybe forty miles at best north to Smyrna. There’s something ironic and you can say coincidence, there’s something ironic about the fact that He told this church at Ephesus “If you don’t change your ways” with the rebuke “I’m going to take your church” and there’s nothing there.

The Book of Revelation by Pastor Melissa Scott

Now, setting the stage because we’re going to go to the book of Revelation setting the stage, Paul encountered people that said they were Christians, or Christ followers, that were not. People encountered, Paul encountered people who were still in the Judaic frame; he encountered sorcerers; he encount , all kinds of people! Just in the 19th chapter you have an overview of what he had to come against. The mere fact that he singlehandedly, I’m sure Timothy and Erastus and Apollo and all these others, Priscilla and Aquila, I’m sure but it was Paul who going in and kind of duking it out with these people. And it takes perseverance.

Now there’s one last footnote I want you to, I would like you to take a look at. I had you circle those words, we’re going to get to them. There’s one word in verse 35. It says “when the townclerk,” Acts 19:35, “when the townclerk.” That word, neochoros in the Greek, that’s a word that’s still used today in the Greek Orthodox Church for a custodian of the church. Come on up here for a minute again; last time maybe, I’m not sure. This inscription take a picture of the inscription, please this inscription is found. I’ll show you where on the theatre, okay? I’m going to turn the page on you.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that this inscription is found right at the top here of, it’s out of the picture but it would be right at the top of the theatre, okay? Still existing today. This reads “Ephesus, the first and greatest metropolis of Asia and three times temple warden.” I point that out, that’s good enough, I point that out because that town clerk, neochoros, appears in here: neochoros, ‘town warden,’ ‘temple warden.’

Don’t base your Faith on these things. Base your Faith on the Resurrection, but when you start to see all of these little pieces of history that are left behind, it’s almost like God said, with His great sense of humor, “I’m going to leave you a couple of crumbs here so you can pick at this and pick at that and, those of you that really want to pull your hair out, go to town and put it together!”

The Church of Ephesus by Pastor Melissa Scott

“These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.” Notice something. You notice we had the full description of Christ by John. We had Christ describing Himself in this passage and now we have a little cutout of Christ, says “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write, unto the pastor, that’s who He’s talking to, not some ethereal or some celestial being. It’s “Unto the pastor of the church of Ephesus write, Jesus speaking   it’s to the Church from Jesus, if you want to just simplify it   walking “in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.” I like this, Jesus in the midst of the Church. He never stopped being, by the way, in the midst of the church. He’s still in the midst of the Church right now. “I know thy works, erga. Sorry, you can’t cloak it.

I’m going to, we’re going to pick at this for a while. I may not get to everything I want to say but we, we made it out of the 1st chapter, that’s pretty good! Making good time in here. “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy”   it says ‘patience; it should be ‘endurance.’ Now listen carefully, how many of you have this, are open at this page? Show me your hands. Not all of you are open at this page, then. Okay, let me read what it says. “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: And hast borne, and hast endured, and so on and so on.

Now let me tell you, if we were reading it for today’s Church not this Church, but today’s Church world   it would say “I know your coffee shops, and your vitamins, and your millionaire for Jesus schemes.” That’s what’s wrong! Remember, Jesus before He was crucified, He warned the disciples. Paul fought the same thing: many tangental, many false voices. Now, not speaking to you folks who are here, but anybody listening out there, I’m going to challenge you to challenge me on anything I’m saying because it’s straight from the Bible.

Pastor Melissa Scott tells us that we have our eyes fixed, people live on this premise, “The breath of eternity’s upon us. Awh, come on now! Let’s go out and do something   forget about the Church! Oh, the breath of eternity’s upon us all, but it’s somebody else’s problem.”