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Len Hutsell's End-Times Trumpet Article
"Blow ye the Trumpet in Zion, sound an alarm in My holy mountain...
for the Day of the Lord comes, it is nigh at hand!"
Joel 2:1


Disclaimer - Please Note: Author/Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell is an individual contributor not affiliated with Miracle Revival Center, who provides this webspace as a courtesy to him and his evangelistic team. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and are not to be attributed to, Miracle Revival Center.

The Prophetic Church Of Sardis
by Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell
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In my End-Times Trumpet articles of March, April, May, and August (2014) I wrote about the prophetic significance of the 1st four of the “Seven Churches Of Rev. 2-3”, and I took note of the fact that because those “Seven Letters” are part of the Book of Revelation, which is a “Book of Prophecy” (Note: Rev. 1:3 and Rev. 22:19) that they are, therefore, Prophetical in nature. And concerning that, we note that as you lay the content of those “Seven Letters” down side-by-side with the transpired events of Church History we note that the content of those “Seven Letters” perfectly parallel the transpired events of Church History, and thus we note that the events that were to transpire in the “Ages of Church Of Church History” were portrayed by the content of those “Seven Letters”.

With that understanding let us note that:

1) "The Prophetic Church Of Ephesus" (Rev. 2:1-7) (that I wrote about in End-Times Trumpet — March 2014) was prophetic of the “Early Apostolic Era of Church History”.

2) “The Prophetical Church Of Smyrna” (Rev. 2:8-11) (that I wrote about in End-Times Trumpet — April 2014) was prophetic of the “Late and Post-Apostolic Era of Church History”.

3) “The Prophetical Church Of Pergamos” (Rev. 2:12-17) (that I wrote about in End-Times Trumpet — May 2014) was prophetic of the “Pre-Catholic Era of Church History”.

4) “The Prophetical Church Of Thyatira” (Rev. 2:18-29) (that I wrote about in End-Times Trumpet — August 2014) was prophetic of the “Catholic Era of Church History”.

Now in this month’s edition of End-Times Trumpet (Jan. 2015) I want to continue with the “Seven Letters To The Seven Churches”, picking up with “The Prophetical Church Of Sardis”, which, as we will see, was prophetical of the “Protestant Era of Church History”.

Rev. 3:1 — “And unto the Angel” (Pastor) “of the Church in Sardis write…”

The ancient city of “Sardis”, which was the capitol of the ancient “Kingdom Of Lydia”, is known today by the modern name of “Sart, Turkey” near Salihli in the Manisa Province of Turkey. Ancient Sardis was also one of the important cities of the ancient “Persian Empire” and was also the seat of a Proconsul of the Roman Empire. It was situated in the middle of the Hermus Valley at the foot of Mt. Tmolus.

Map of the Lydian Empire
Fig. 1. Map of the Lydian Empire in its final period of sovereignty under Croesus, c. 547 BC. (7th-century BC boundary in red). (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Sardis location in Turkey
Fig. 2. Location of Sardis in Turkey (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Byzantine shops in Sardis
Fig. 4. "Remains of the Byzantine shops in Sardis" (Photo / Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Gymnasium of Sardis
Fig. 3. "Some of the archeological remains of ancient Sardis are as pictured (of the 'Gymnasium of Sardis', the 'Sardis Synagogue', and remains of some of the 'Byzantine shops in Sardis')." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
The name “Sardis” means “those escaping” which is a prophetic reference to “those who escaped Roman Catholicism” at the “Protestant Reformation” led by German Friar/Catholic Priest and Professor of Theology Martin Luther.

Sardis Synagogue
Fig. 5. "A recent view of the Sardis Synagogue" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
As we saw in the “Prophetic Letter” to the “Prophetic Church of Thyatira”, that the Lord said (prophetically) to the “Church Of Thyatira” — in Rev. 2:21 — “And I gave her” (the Roman Catholic Church) >“space to repent of her fornication” (the spiritual “fornication” of Mary worship, and the worship of Images, Angels, “Saints”) “and she repented not.” This was a prophetic reference to the preaching and ministry of the Roman Catholic Priest Martin Luther (of Germany) who, in the year 1515 went to Rome from Germany to do “Penance” for his dead Grandfather to try to get him out of Purgatory (which is a false doctrine — that is not found in the Bible — that was invented by the Roman Catholic Church in 1439 by the “Decree Of Union” drawn up by the Council Of Florence, that states: “The Catholic Church, instructed by the Holy Spirit, has, from Sacred Scriptures and the ancient traditions of the Fathers, taught in Sacred Councils, and very recently in the Ecumenical Synod, that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls therein detained, are helped by the sufferings of the faithful…”).
Martin Luther
Fig. 6. [Martin] "Luther (1533) by Lucas Cranach the Elder" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
While Martin Luther was in the process of performing “Penance”, which he did by climbing a set of stairs at St. Peter’s Basilica on his knees, “crossing himself” at every step, and repeating his “Hail Mary’s” and also repetitiously praying “The Lord’s Prayer”, God spoke to his heart and mind and said “Who knows if this is right?” And then God brought to his mind the Scripture “the Just shall live by Faith”. As this “revelation” dawned in his mind, Martin Luther got up from his “Acts of Penance” and went out and started preaching the Gospel of “the Just shall live by Faith” teaching that Salvation and subsequently eternity in Heaven is not done by the performance of good deeds, but rather is received only as a free gift of God’s Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ as the Redeemer from sin and from Hell. He also challenged the authority of the Pope (Pope Leo X) by teaching that the Bible (not the Pope)
Portrait of Pope Leo X
Fig. 7. "Raphael's Portrait of Leo X with cardinals Giulio de' Medici and Luigi de' Rossi (Uffizi)" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge from God, and he also opposed the sacerdotal practices of the Catholic Church which he saw as having their source in the pagan religious practices of ancient Babylonianism (which he wrote a Thesis about titled “The Babylonian Captivity Of The Church”). Luther also protested against the “selling of Indulgences” (“Certificates Of Indulgence” — certificates permitting “indulgence” in sin and automatic forgiveness, signed by Pope Leo X)
Image of Johann Tetzel
Fig. 8. "Image of Johann Tetzel" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
by a Dominican Friar named Johann Tetzel, who also taught that “Certificates Of Indulgence” could be bought for dead relatives to get them out of Purgatory into Heaven. Tetzel proclaimed: “As soon as your coin clinks in the box, the soul of your loved ones rises out of Purgatory into Heaven.” Johann Tetzel was selling these “Certificates Of Indulgence” (on behalf of Pope Leo X) as a fund-raiser to raise funds for the renovation of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican in Rome. Martin Luther strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God’s punishment for the practice of sin could be purchased with money, so he wrote his famous “Ninety-Five Theses” in 1517 protesting the “Indulgence System” and Paganism of the Catholic Church. Pope Leo X, then, in the year 1520, demanded that Martin Luther retract all of his writings and teachings and summoned Martin Luther to appear before him and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V
Portrait of Charles V
Fig. 9. "Charles V by Titian, 1548. Alte Pinakothek, Munich, Germany" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
at the “Diet Of Worms” in 1521, which Martin Luther refused to appear at, which thus resulted in Martin Luther being “excommunicated” from the Catholic Church and being branded “Antichrist” by Pope Leo X, and also being condemned as an “Outlaw” by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. This, then, is what is meant by the prophetic words of Rev. 2:21 — “And I gave her” (the Catholic Church) “space to repent of her fornication” (Mary worship, and the worship of and praying to “Saints”, Images, and Angels) “and she repented not.” Rather then repenting, the Catholic Church chose to excommunicate reformer Martin Luther, who, because he was leading a “Protest” against the paganism of Roman Catholicism, he and his followers became known as “Protest-ants” or “Protestants”, and thus the name “Sardis” means “those escaping” from Roman Catholicism at the Protestant Reformation.

Rev. 3:1 (cont.) — “…these things says He who has the Seven Spirits Of God and the Seven Stars.”

In this the “Seven Stars” is prophetically depictive of the “Seven Pastors” of the Seven Churches of Rev. 2-3. The “Seven Spirits” are prophetic of a seven-fold ministry of the One “Holy Spirit” as is described in Isa. 11:2 — “And the” (1) “Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him: the” (2) “Spirit of Wisdom” (3) “and Understanding,” (4) “the Spirit of Counsel” (5) “and Might,” (6) “the Spirit of Knowledge” (7) “and of the Fear of the Lord.” Thus we see here that the Lord Jesus Christ is also identifying Himself to the Church Of Sardis as the One who is also “fully empowered by the Holy Spirit”.

Rev. 3:1 (cont.) — “I know your works, that you have a name that you live, but you are dead.”

This statement by the Lord Jesus Christ identifies the “Era of Church History” prophetically depicted by the Letter to the Church Of Sardis as the “Protestant Era of Church History”, in that the Protestant Era of Church History that “escaped” from Roman Catholicism at the Protestant Reformation believes that it is a “living” Church in that it has separated itself from Roman Catholicism and does not practice the “paganism” of Roman Catholicism. But as the Lord looks at the Protestant Churches of the “Protestant Era of Church History” He sees that they have now degenerated into traditionalism and secularism, and now preach “good works” and “community involvement” and “confirmation” for Salvation rather then “faith in Jesus Christ as Savior”. They have substituted “confirmation” for “Salvation” and “Creeds” for the Word of God. They teach and practice “infant baptism” (borrowed from the Catholic Church) instead of “regeneration” and have also taken up the Catholic practice of “Lent” and thus the Lord says that while they may have a reputation (“name”) of being “alive” (no longer Catholic) yet they are really spiritually dead, because they do not teach born-again Salvation nor do they experience or practice the experience of “Holy Spirit Baptism” and it is the Holy Spirit that gives true “spiritual life”.

Rev. 3:2 — “Be watchful and strengthen the things that remain that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.”

The doctrine — “the Just shall live by Faith” — that Martin Luther believed and preached so fervently, that gave birth to the Protestant Reformation, has all but died in the main-line Protestant Churches of the World. While that doctrine may still be in their “doctrinal statements”, yet the practice and belief of it is not being practiced, for the most part, among most main-line Protestants today. Very few main-line Protestants have any idea of what it means to be “born-again”, as that message is not being preached or taught in the main-line Protestant churches today. The Lord, therefore, urges the “Protestant Churches” and Preachers to “strengthen the things that remain”. In other words He is telling the Protestant Churches to “bolster up” and start preaching, once again, what Martin Luther preached and taught that “the Just shall live by Faith” and to start practicing it.

The statement made here by the Lord of “be watchful” carries a two-fold message, which is:

(1) The Protestant Churches need to be “watchful” that Satan does not succeed in even taking away from their “doctrinal statements” the Biblical statement of “the Just shall live by Faith”.

(2) The Protestant Churches need to start preaching that Jesus is coming again and soon, and they need to be “watching the signs of the times” that are pointing to the Lord’s return and they also need to be looking for Him to come again, and to be ready for His coming as Jesus taught in Matt. 24:42-44 — “Watch therefore, for you do not know either the day or the hour in which your Lord will come. But know this, that if the goodman” (manager) “of the house had known in what watch” (hour) “that the thief was coming, he would have watched and would not have suffered” (allowed) “his house to be broken up. Therefore you also be ready for in such an hour as you think not, the Son of Man is coming.” And one of the “signs” that we should be watching for, as I taught in the most recent End-Times Trumpet articles is the “Blood Moons”.

Rev. 3:3 — “Remember, therefore, how you have received and heard and hold fast and repent.”

Emblem of the Inquisition (1571)
Fig. 10. "Emblem of the Inquisition (1571)" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Here the Lord is reminding the Protestant Churches how it was that they became the “Protestant Reformation”, and that was through great persecution and even death. When Martin Luther was excommunicated from being a Catholic Priest, and began the “Protestant Reformation”, the Roman Catholic Church then began “great persecution” against the Protestants by instituting the “Inquisition”, a barbarous method of trials and torture and death for those who disagreed with Roman Catholicism. In the Inquisition, which started in Spain and then spread into France and then into Belgium, thousands of
Saint Dominic Presides over an Auto da Fe (c. 1495)
Fig. 11. "Pedro Berruguete, Saint Dominic Presides over an Auto da Fe (c. 1495). Many artistic representations depict torture and burning at the stake as occurring during the auto-da-fé (Portuguese for "Act of Faith")." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Protestant Christians as well as Jews were put to death by means of many untold tortures including burning at the stake. In France, Charles IX was a boy King, but his mother— Catherine de Medici — was the real ruler. She was a fanatical Catholic who was determined in every way to destroy the Protestant Hugenots. So she conceived a plan to marry her daughter — Marguerite — to Henry IV, the son of the Protestant Queen of Navarre. Since there were both Protestant and Catholic “Christians” involved in this Union, all of the Protestants and Catholics of the area were invited to the Royal Wedding. This Royal Wedding, however, was a farce for it was, in reality, a scheme for the Catholics, who greatly outnumbered the Protestants, to, at the given signal, begin destroying the Protestants. The Catholics, at the given signal, were to begin slaughtering the Protestants. So it was that at 2 AM on the date of Aug. 24, 1572, King Charles gave the order for the alarm bell to be struck and the massacre began immediately. When the massacre of the Protestants was over, more then 100,000 Protestant Christians were dead and the Roman Catholic Priests walked down the streets kicking decapitated heads of Protestants like they were footballs, proclaiming the “Victory Of The Church” over the “infidels”.

Some of the methods of “punishment” that the Roman Catholic Inquisitors used against the Protestants for their “Protestant Heresy” was arrest and trial and the seizure of the “heretics” property and being put to death by hangings, burning at the stake, dismemberment, and various other methods of torture including being flogged, bathed in scalding water with lime in it, having their eyes gouged out, fingernails pulled out, thumbscrews applied to their thumbs and/or big toes which were continually tightened until their bones were crushed. Some victims were tied to a spiked metal chair that was heated with fire until it glowed red-hot, branding irons and red-hot pincers were used to inflict pain, some victims were tied to a wooden frame called “The Rack” with ropes that were tied to their hands and feet and then they were stretched until their joints were pulled apart, others were tied to a wooden frame called a “Boot” which would have wedges hammered into it until their bones were shattered, some victims were stripped naked and bound with cords that were tied around their body and limbs in such a way that they could be tightened and by attaching the cords to a pulley the victim could then be hoisted off the ground to hang for hours and then dropped. Others of the Protestants, who were convicted of “heresy” by the Roman Catholic Church were put in cold dark dungeon prisons where they lacked clean air and light, many of them chained to the walls left to urinate and excrete upon themselves. A Catholic 1578 “Handbook For Inquisitors” spelled out the purpose of Inquisitorial penalties: “…for punishment does not take place primarily for the correction and good of the person punished, but for the public good that others may become terrified and be weaned away from the evils” (of being a Protestant) “that they would commit.”

So we see that Jesus reminds the Protestant Era Christians to “remember how you have received this doctrine” (through great persecution) “and hold tight to it and repent of your sins.”

Rev. 3:3 — (cont.) — “If, therefore, you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”

2014 Theatrical release poster for Nicolas Cage movie Left Behind
Fig. 12. 2014 Theatrical release poster for Nicolas Cage movie Left Behind (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Here we see that the Lord is warning the Protestant Era Christians to be “watching” for His coming and to be ready when He comes for this “true Church of born-again believers” in the event of the “Rapture” (I Thess. 4:13-17) and He warns them that if they are not “watching” for His coming and are making sure that that they are truly “born-again” and ready for the “Rapture” that they will be “left behind”, even as is depicted in the “Signs Of The Times” theatrical Movie starring Nicholas Cage that has been being shown in theaters in 2014 around the time of the Oct. 8, 2014 “Blood Moon”.

That this warning is given here is also evidence that probably most of the so-called “Christians” of the main-line Protestant Churches will not “go up” in the “Rapture” since most of them have no idea of what it is to be “born-again”. The message given here is that Jesus will return in the event of the “Rapture” and most of the Protestant Churches, Preachers,and so-called Christians won’t even know that He has come!

Rev. 3:4 — “You have a few names, even in Sardis, who have not defiled their garments and they shall walk with Me in white for they are worthy.”

Here the Lord says, as though it is almost a surprise to Him, that there will be, at His coming in the event of the rapture (I Thess. 4:14-17) a “few” of the Protestant Christians who will be “ready” for His coming for his “true Church of born-again believers who have kept themselves from sin — “they have not defiled their garments” — and are truly “born-again” and these few Protestant Christians will be part of those who are “caught up” in the event of the “Rapture”, and those “few” Protestants along with the other “born-again” believers will be “Raptured” and in Heaven, at the “Marriage Supper Of The Lamb” (Rev. 19:7-8) will “be clothed in white”.

Rev. 3:5 — “He that overcomes, the same will be clothed in white raiment and I will not blot out His name out of the Book of Life, but I will confess His name before My Father and before His Angels.”

In this Verse we find 3 Promises for the “overcomers” who have “overcome” sin and Satan and will be with the Lord in Heaven:

(1) “They will be clothed in white raiment” — which is the “white raiment” that the believers will be given to wear as robes at the “Marriage Supper Of The Lamb” in Heaven, which is the “Victor’s Robe” (Rev. 19:7-8), which white robes depict the “Righteousness Of The Saints”.

(2) “They will not have their name blotted out of the Book of Life (“Lamb’s Book Of Life”) — by this statement being made here this shows us that it is indeed possible to “backslide” (despite the fact that some Churches teach that a person is “once saved, always saved” and cannot, therefore “backslide”). And the way to make sure that your name is not ever “blotted out” of the Lord’s “Lamb’s Book Of Life” is to keep on “keeping on”, keep on living for the Lord and keep on being faithful to the Lord, and if you do that then once your name is inscribed in that “Lamb’s Book Of Life” — when you are “born-again” — then your name will stay there and will never be “blotted out”!

(3) “Christ will confess your name before the Angels and before God the Father” — which means that when the Lord Jesus Christ opens the “Lamb’s Book Of Life” and begins reading off the names of those who are “born-again” and who have faithfully lived for Him, He will read off the names of the faithful overcomers and thus He will “confess your name before the Angels and before God His Father”! In Luke 12:8-9 the Lord Jesus Christ said: “Whoever will confess his relationship with Me in front of men, the Son of Man will confess His relationship with him in front of the Angels of God. But whoever denies a relationship with Me before men, shall also have his relationship with Me denied before the Angels of God.”

Rev. 3:6 — “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying unto the Churches.”

As with all the other letters to the “Seven Churches” in Rev. 2-3 this letter to the Protestant Christians (“Church Of Sardis”) also ends with the Lord challenging the Christians to “have their ears open and listen to what I am telling you, and be ready for My coming!” Don’t forget: JESUS IS COMING SOON! So, let us take heed to God’s Word and live accordingly!


Image of the book cover Asleep At MidnightImage of the bookcover Apocalypse Unveiled
Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell has written a book documenting the fulfillment of each of the Papal Prophecies (written by St. Malachy) entitled Asleep At Midnight, which sells for $25.00. It may be ordered at the address given below. He has also written a 441-page book giving a verse-by-verse analysis/explanation of the Book of Revelation called The Apocalypse Unveiled that sells for $45.00 and may also be ordered at the following address. There is no cost for shipping. Cash and checks are accepted.

Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell is available for "End-Times Bible Prophecy Seminars."
Contact him at: cclande@yahoo.com or telephone: 361-815-5299
Mailing address: 5817 Kerry Drive; Corpus Christi, TX 78413
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