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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.
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  • 5817 Kerry Drive
  • Corpus Christi, TX 78413
  • cclande@yahoo.com
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Len Hutsell's End-Times Trumpet Article
"Blow ye the Trumpet in Zion, sound an alarm in My holy mountain...
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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 Ephesus
by Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell
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In the Book of Revelation — Chapter 2 & Chapter 3 — there are "Seven Letters To Seven Churches", which, because these seven letters to seven churches are in the Book of Revelation, which IS a "Book of Prophecy" (Rev. 1:3 — "Blessed is he that readeth and they that hear the words of this Prophecy..."; Rev. 1:18 — "For I testify unto every man that hears the words of the Prophecy of this Book..."; Rev. 1:19 — "And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this Prophecy...") these letters are therefore "Prophetic " in nature, and were actually, at the time that they were written, Prophetic of seven stages of church history that were to occur from the beginning of the Church on the "Day of Pentecost" (Acts 2:1-4) until the event of the "Rapture Of The Church" (I Thess. 4:13-17) at the end of the "Church Age", and actually even on into the events of the "Great Tribulation" (Matt. 24:21) which will follow the "Church Age" for those who miss the event of the "Rapture of the Church".

With that understanding, in this article, and over the next 7 months, I will be explaining the prophetic significance of the "Seven Letters To The Seven Churches".

In this first of the "Seven Letters To The Seven Churches", we will see that the "Letter To The Church Of Ephesus" was a prophetic description of the 1st Century Church that was born on the "Day Of Pentecost".

Location of İzmir Province in Turkey
Fig. 1. Location of İzmir Province in Turkey. (Illustration and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Rev. 2:1 — "Unto the angel" (messenger/pastor) "of the Church Of Ephesus write..."

The name "Ephesus" means "to fall away", "to draw back", "to let go", "to relax", which is a formula for "backsliding" which the 1st century AD church became guilty of near the end of the 1st Century AD.

The city of Ephesus, where this church was located, was a very important city of it's day. It had a population of 250,000 and was known as the "Marketplace Of Asia" and was located in what was then known as "Asia Minor" which today is known as the "Nation Of Turkey". The remains of Ephesus is located today 1 mile northeast of the city of Selcuk in the "Izmir Province" of the
Location of Selçuk within Turkey.
Fig. 2. Location of Selçuk within Turkey. (Illustration and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Nation of Turkey.

Ephesus was also a very important banking center with a great vault in the "Temple Of Diana", who was referred to by the Greeks as "Artemis".

The grand fortress of Selçuk on Ayasoluk Hill
Fig. 3. The grand fortress of Selçuk on Ayasoluk Hill (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
The Apostle Paul, while in Ephesus, from 54-57 AD, preached against the worship of Diana/Artemis and was so effective in winning many to Christ that the silversmiths, who made their living manufacturing statues of Diana (Artemis)
Location of Selçuk within Turkey.
Fig. 4. Location of Selçuk within Turkey. (Illustration and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
became angry at Paul because they were in danger of losing their livlihood because so many people were becoming "Christian": Acts 19:24-28 — "For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, who made silver shines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen.
Diana of Versailles
Fig. 5. The Diana of Versailles in the Louvre Galerie des Caryatides that was designed for it. (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)

     
Didrachm from Ephesus
Fig. 6. Didrachm from Ephesus, Ionia, representing the goddess Artemis. (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
"Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said: 'Sirs, you know that by this craft we have our wealth.
     "'Moreover you see and hear that not alone at Ephesus,
Tetradrachm
Fig. 7. Silver tetradrachm of the Indo-Greek king Artemidoros (whose name means "gift of Artemis"), c. 85 BCE, featuring Artemis with a drawn bow and a quiver on her back on the reverse of the coin. (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul has persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods which are made with hands.
     "'So that not only this our craft is in danger of being set at naught, but also the Temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised and her magnificence should be destroyed whom all Asia and the World worships.'
     "And when they heard these sayings,
Engraving of xoanon.
Fig. 9. An 18th-century engraving of a Roman marble copy of a Greek replica of a lost Geometric period xoanon. (Illustration and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
Lady of Ephesus
Fig. 8. The Lady of Ephesus, 1st century AD, Ephesus Archaeological Museum. (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
they were full of wrath and cried out saying: 'Great is Diana of the Ephesians."

Vrs. 34-35 — "But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out: 'Great is Diana of the Ephesians.'
     "And when the town clerk had appeased the people he said: 'You men of Ephesus, what man is there that knows how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipped of the great goddess Diana and the Image which fell down from Jupiter?'"

The Apostle Paul was then summoned to make a defense of his preaching at the site of the "Great Theatre" of Ephesus. Acts 19:31, concerning the "Great Theatre" where this event took place, says: "And certain of the chiefs of Asia, who were Paul's friends, sent unto him that he would not adventure himself into the Theatre."

The archeological remains of ancient Ephesus, 1 mile northeast of Selcuk, Turkey is now known by the name of Effes, Turkey.

Temple of Artemis site
Fig. 11. Site of the Temple of Artemis in the town of Selçuk, near Ephesus. (Photo and Caption Credit: en.wikipedia.org)
Model of the Temple of Artemis
Fig. 10. This model of the Temple Of Artemis at Miniaturk Park, Istanbul, Turkey, attempts to recreate the probable appearance of the first Temple. (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
There is a fair amount of archeological remains of ancient Ephesus including not only the Great Theatre, and the remains of the Temple' Of Artemis but also the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, the full length of Arkadiane Street which was a colonized boulevard with paved marble slabs, the Fountain of Trajan, statues of "gods" and national heroes, and the Agora (marketplace).

Street scene excavations of Ephesus
Fig. 12. Street scene at the archeological excavations at Ephesus. (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Ephesus Theater
Fig. 13. Originally holding 25,000 people, this theater was built in the Hellenistic period and was renovated by several Roman emperors. Designed for theatrical performances, later alterations allowed gladiatorial contests to be held here. When Paul was accused of hurting the Artemis and her temple, the mob gathered together in this theater (Acts 19:23-41). (Photo and Caption Credit: www.bibleplaces.com)
The Apostle John, the human writer of the Book of Revelation, The Gospel of John, and the Epistles of I John, II John, and III John lived out his last days (after being rescued from the Isle of Patmos) in the city of Ephesus and it was there that he died and was buried.

Tomb of John the Apostle
Fig. 14. Tomb of John the Apostle at the Basilica of St. John. (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Basilica of St. John
Fig. 15. Basilica of St. John. (Photo Credit: www.ephesus.us)
In fact the name of Selcuk, Turkey (1 mile northeast of Ephesus) had the original name of Agios Theologos which means "John The Theologian".

Since Jesus, while hanging dying on the Cross assigned the care of His mother Mary to John the Apostle (John 19:26-27 - "When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the Disciple standing by whom He loved" (John) "He said unto His mother: 'Woman behold your son!'
     "Then said He to that Disciple: 'Behold your mother!' And from that hour that Disciple took her unto his own home.") Mary, the mother of Jesus, also lived out her last days in Ephesus where she also died and was buried.

House of the Virgin Mary
Fig. 16. House of the Virgin Mary now a chapel in Ephesus, Turkey. (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Rev. 2:1-2 — "...these things says He who holds the Seven Stars" (7 Pastors of the 7 Churches) "in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the Seven Golden Candlesticks" (7 Churches).
"I know your works and your labor and your patience and how you cannot bear those who are evil, and you have tried those who say they are Apostles and are not, and have found them to be liars."

Verse 2 identifies the "Church Of Ephesus" of Rev. 2 as being the 1st Century AD Church by virtue of the fact that it states "you have tried those who say they are Apostles". This is the only one of the "Seven Letters To The Seven Churches" which mentions the "Apostles", and it was in the 1st Century Church that the "Apostles" lived and ministered, as the 1st Century AD was the "Era of the Apostles". This is seen by the following facts:

1) The Apostle Paul wrote the "Book of I Corinthians" while living and ministering in Ephesus. Later he also, from Rome, in 60 AD, wrote his "Epistle To The Ephesians" (the Biblical New Testament "Book Of Ephesians").

Bust of Domitian
Fig. 17. Bust of Domitian, in the Musée du Louvre, Paris. Domitian was the 11th emperor of the Roman Empire. (Photo and Caption Credit: www.ephesus.us)
2) The Apostle Paul made his son-in-the-faith, Timothy, the first Bishop of the Church of Ephesus and thus the material in Paul's epistles of I Timothy & II Timothy apply to situations in the city and Church of Ephesus. Referring to Timothy's ministry in Ephesus, the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in I Tim. 1:3 — "And I besought you to abide still at Ephesus when I went into Macedonia that you might charge some that they teach no other Doctrine."

3) Bishop Timothy suffered martyrdom at Ephesus during the reign of the Emperor Domitian for protesting against the "Festival Of Artemis".

4) As previously stated, the Apostle John (as well as Jesus mother Mary) lived out his last days at Ephesus and it was there that he wrote the Gospel of John and the Epistles of I John, II John, & III John, and it was also there that he (as well as Mary) died and was buried.

Saint Ignatius of Antioch
Fig. 18. Icon of the martyrdom of Saint Ignatius. (Photo and Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
5) Ignatius of Antioch — a student of the Apostle John — also wrote an Epistle to the Church of Ephesus which is known as "The Epistle Of Ignatius To Ephesus" (Ignatius of Antioch, also known as "Theophorus" — which means "God-bearer" — was among the "Apostolic Fathers" and was the 3rd Bishop of Antioch, and was a student of John the Apostle. En-route to Rome, according to Christian tradition, he met his martyrdom by being fed to wild beasts in 107 AD.)

6) Another well-known Biblical Evangelist — Apollos — was converted and exercised his great gift of ministry in the city of Ephesus.

7) Mary Magdalene, another well-known Biblical individual, died in the city of Ephesus.

Rev. 2:3-4 — "And you have bourne and have had patience and for My Name's sake has labored and has not fainted.
     "Nevertheless I have somewhat against you because you have left your first love."

Here we see the indictment that Christ had against the 1st Century Church and that was the fact that even though they had stayed true to true Christian Doctrine, yet by the end of the 1st Century AD they had begun to "cool off in their religious and evangelistic fervor. As the 1st Century Christians began to die off and the 2nd Century Christians began to take over and become prominent in the Church, the Lord saw that they did not have the same "burning zeal" for Him that their fathers had. Rev. 2:5 — "Remember, therefore, from where you have fallen and repent and do the first works or else I will come unto you quickly and will remove your candlestick out of it's place, except you repent."

Since in Rev. 1-3 the "Candlesticks" are a representation of the Churches (in that we, as Christians, are to "let our light so shine before men that they may see our good works and glorify our Father who is in Heaven") the Lord therefore issued a warning to the late 1st Century Christians that if they did not get "back on fire" for Him that He would raise up someone else to take their place. He also wanted this 1st Century Church as well as all Christians of all ages to always be looking for His coming and to be aware that if they did not "stay on fire" for Him that they might find themselves "left behind" on the Earth at the time of the Rapture of the Church when He "comes quickly", as in Matt. 24:42 Jesus warned His believers to always be ready for His coming as "you know not at what hour your Lord does come".

Rev. 2:6 — "But this you have that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate."

The "Nicolaitanes" were an offshoot group of heretical Christians who had been led and inspired by Nicholas who was one of the first 7 Deacons of the Church (Acts 6:5). Nicholas taught and his followers, who became known as the "Nicolaitanes", that the "spirit/soul" and body is separate and that what the "body" does does not affect the "spirit/soul" because it is the "spirit/soul" that goes to Heaven and not the "body". So therefore, according to that doctrine, you could sin in your "body" and it did not affect your "spirit/soul" because it is the "spirit/soul" that "gets saved" and not the "body".

Ignatius, in his "Epistle To The Trallians" warned against the teachings of the Nicolaitaines in "Chapter 2, Vrs. 2-4" he wrote: "For they that are heretics confound together the Doctrine of Jesus Christ with their own poison, while they seem worthy of belief. As men give a deadly potion mixed with sweet wine, which he who drinks of, does with the treacherous pleasure sweetly drink in his own death. Wherefore guard yourselves against such persons." And in Vrs. 14 he wrote: "Flee therefore, these evil sprouts who bring forth deadly fruit, of which, if anyone tastes he shall presently die."

Irenaeus, who lived from 120 AD to 202 AD, wrote a book called "Against Heretics". In that book he wrote: "The Nicolaitanes are the followers of that Nicolas who was one of the seven first ordained to the Deaconate by the Apostles. They lead lives of unrestrained indulgence. The character of these men is pointed out in...teaching that it is a matter of indifference to practice adultery, and to eat things sacrificed to idols."

Hippolytus, who lived from 170 AD to 236 AD, wrote a book called "Refutation Of All heresies" in which he wrote: "Nicholas. ..one of the seven that was chosen for the Deaconate...departed from the correct doctrine and was in the habit of uncalculating indifferency of both life and food." Epiphanius, another early "church fathers" wrote that Nicolas "advanced principles contrary to truth and purity. He plunged himself into irregularities and gave rise to the sect of the Nicolaitaines, who follow the bent of their natural passions to crimes and wickedness."

And here in the "Letter To The Church Of Ephesus" in Rev. 2, God says that He "hates the deeds of the Nicolaitanes", which means that He hates sin in the life of the Christian, and that unless we repent of that sin He will come unto us and remove us out of our place. Rev. 2:1 — "He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying unto the Churches: to he that overcomes will I give to eat of the Tree Of Life which is in the midst of the Paradise of God."

Here in this "Letter To Ephesus" we see the first promise to the "Overcomers" in the Book of Revelation, and that promise is that those who live an "overcoming life" — keeping themselves true to Christ and overcoming sin and temptation — will be allowed to eat of the fruit of the Tree Of Life in the Heavenly Holy City — New Jerusalem — "The Paradise Of God", that we read of in Rev. 22:1-2 — "And He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the Throne of God and of the Lamb.

"In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the Tree Of Life which bore twelve manner of fruits and yielded her fruit every month." The "overcoming" believers in Heaven, when this earthly life is over, and/or the Rapture of the Church has occurred, will live forever in Heaven in immortal glorified bodies whose health and strength will be sustained by the fruit of the Heavenly "Trees Of Life"!



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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