3.1. Ephesus: [Protestants] (Rev.2:1-7)
Those who follow the doctrine of Ephesus are against those who take advantage of the "Gospel", and at the same time, seek to follow the commandments, therefore they have works; however, their problem is that they abandoned the Name of the Almighty, which is why Yahweh commands them to repent and return to their first love, which is to work hard for His Name.
Revelation 2:1-7 [Moon] (Yom Teruah)
“To the angel of the congregation of Ephesus [“Permitted”] write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My Name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love [the Name]. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works [for the Name], or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand [Congregation] from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the congregations. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of Yahweh.” ’
Key points about Ephesus:
- They have Works.
- They are against False Apostles.
- They left their 1st Love (the Name and the search for Truth).
- They hate the Nicolaitans (Priesthood that controls the People).
- Whoever overcomes from this group will be given eternal life when resurrected.
3.1.1. The Nicolaitans:
In the Concordance we find that Nicolaite (G3531) means "Destruction of the People" and comes from the Greek "Nicolaos", which translates as “Triumph over the People” and is formed by "Nico" (G3534), which means "Complete defeat", dominion or conquest over others; and "Laos" (G2992), which means "People." In this way we can deduce that the Nicolaite doctrine is based on the domination of the Priests over the People, while Yahushua commanded us to serve. (Mr. 9: 34-35)
Nicholas = "The One Who Destroys the People"
A modern reference to this name is the so-called "St. Nicholas", also known as "Santa Claus", a name that in turn is an anagram that means "Satan’s Claws.” [SATAN = SANTA]
This is how the "Clergy" and the "Laity" were born, as priestly groups with special privileges, a strong bond with Caesar and an obvious dominance over the people.
They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’ [my Teacher]; for One is your Teacher, the Messiah, and you are all brethren. Do not call anyone on earth your father [as catholic priests are called]; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
3.1.2. Luminary: The Moon
The official Religion of the land of Ephesus was the worship of Diana, who was idolized as the goddess of the Moon, which is the luminary that represents this Congregation.
Now when they heard this, they were full of wrath and cried out, saying,
“Great is Diana of the Ephesians!”
So the whole city was filled with confusion…
This verse not only identifies Diana as the main goddess of the Ephesians, but also shows us that those who worship her have a spirit of anger, rather than the spirit of peace that is received through Yahushua; so their reaction to hearing the true doctrine is to be angry and shout, instead of listening to understand and make a logical and reasonable decision, either to believe or to debate with a strong argument. More than this, once they begin to worship Diana, Scripture relates that the city "was filled with confusion," which is the meaning of the name Babel, the city known as Babylon, which clearly reveals that the City in which Diana is worshiped (Semiramis / Artemis / Maria) is the one in whom the Spirit of Confusion is found; which means that she is the Great Whore of Babylon (H894), Mother of the Harlots and the Abominations of the Earth (Rev. 17: 5).
These verses give us a great key to correctly understand what is the city of the Great Harlot nowadays, in a spiritual sense, since in the beginning the protection of the Nations was divided between 70 Angels (Deut. 32: 8), so the portion of land in which a particular Nation lived was covered by one of these Angels (Ez. 28:14), such as the land of Babylon in the past, which is why they eventually began to be worshiped as elohim ("Gods") by those people who belonged to these nations and sought something tangible for their five senses, their emotions, their poor understanding and their earthly, animal and evil wisdom (Jm.3:13-18).
Later in history, when the nations began to mix and multiply, these Angels who were previously worshiped according to the portions of land in which each nation lived under their care, became worshiped according to the beliefs of specific groups of people, through different religions, even depending on the doctrines or denominations within each religion; like the false church that today worships this same spirit of confusion: spiritual Babylon.
Notice also that between the Sun and the Moon, the main luminaries in the Firmament, the Sun is Masculine and the Moon is Female, that is, the Sun would represent Adam, while the Moon Eve, who ate of the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil first. This is interesting because the Messiah offers those who overcome from this group, to eat from the Tree of Life, since it was the "Moon" (Ephesus / Eve) the one who was deceived to disobey and eat from the tree of knowledge in the beginning; which caused death to enter the world, once Adam ate. One example of the duality that exists in this dimension, is that just as the pagans worship the Moon as Diana and the Sun as the False Elohim and Christ, in Scripture we see that the Moon symbolizes the Kehila of Yahushua, the Bride of the true Messiah, who in turn is the Sun of Justice (Mal.4: 2).
3.1.3. Doctrine: “Protestant”
The congregation of Ephesus had to fight against the falsehood that was in their land, where they mainly worshiped Diana, which is analogous to the way the “Protestant” church began as a movement that sought to destroy the false doctrines created by the Catholic church, who honors the same spirit they worshiped in Ephesus, but through the name 'Mary'. The Catholic religion officially began in the Roman Empire during the 1st Council of Nicea, in 325 after Mashiach, which means that the Apostasy began shortly after the Messiah ascended to the Father (1Jn.4: 2-3, 2Ts.2: 7-8), at which time the established congregation began to move away from the truth. This happened by mixing the true Testimony of Yahushua with the pagan customs of worshipping the Sun Invictus as “Cristo Helio”, Diana (Moon) with the name Mary and the Stars as the Saints. (Deut. 4:19, 17: 2-5, 2 Kings 23: 4-6, Jr. 8: 2)
Now, with the passing of time, the believers symbolized by the church of Ephesus, put aside their “protest” to become “evangelicals” and more recently they have begun to go backwards to the Catholic church, like Yisrael returning to Egypt; for example, by establishing ecumenical covenants to unite all religions under the one they call "Pope", who is the representative of Mary (Diana) on earth. This regression of a large part of the believers, is what the message relates to this kehila, mentioning that they began working hard for the love of the truth (אמת), which is one of the titles of the Almighty and his Son, but they left that love and it is for this reason that Yahweh commands them to repent and to seek the truth as in the beginning, so that they may return to His son Yahushua the Messiah (Ps. 31: 5, Jn. 14: 6).
3.1.4. Assembly: Yom Teruah (“Day of Trumpets”)
Among the assemblies that Yahweh commanded us to keep in Leviticus 23, there are 4 that were fulfilled during Yahushua's manifestation and 4 that will be fulfilled in the end times. Yom Teruah (Day of Trumpets) is the first of the last 4 festivities that are still to be fulfilled and is represented by this congregation (Ephesus), in addition to being the only assembly that occurs during the first day of the month. As it was written (Daniel 7:25), in the last days the Beast would seek to change times, which has caused a large number of false calendars to emerge, mainly the Gregorian, which is used by most Christians and is based on the movement the sun, while the Jewish calendar focuses completely on the Moon, which is the luminary connected to this Kehila.
When carefully studying the Scripture and the book of Enoch, it is concluded that the calendar that Yahweh left for his people to properly keep each of His assemblies, is one of 360 days, plus 4 days to change Seasons, based on the movements of the sun, the moon and the stars, all together, like the needles on a clock (Hour, Minutes and Seconds). Those who find themselves in confusion (Babel), such as those who were in Ephesus worshiping Diana (the Great Harlot), follow a Lunar calendar, since they are in darkness and therefore begin the day at 6pm, since in addition to worshiping the Moon, they also worship Saturn, mentioned in Scripture as Chiun and Remphan (Am.5:26, Hch.7:43).
This problem with the calendar will cause them not to be prepared for the day of the fulfillment of the appointment with Yahweh, since Yom Teruah is the first day of the 7th month, therefore the Jewish people, as well as many Messianics who have also come out of Christianity protesting its falsehood, celebrate it during a New Moon (Diana), connecting the members of Ephesus directly with the luminary that represents this congregation. Due to the fact that the Jews follow the Moon, they would not know when the first sliver of light would shine in order to announce the beginning of the feast, which is the reason why they would end up celebrating for two days; in the same way, they will be in darkness expecting the Moon (Harlot), during the manifestation of the Prophet like Moshe, as the Sun of Righteousness (Mal.4:2). In addition, Yahweh alludes to the 7th month, which begins with the celebration of this Assembly, by saying that he has the 7 stars on his right hand and walks in the midst of the 7 lampstands, to point to the month of Eitanim (Tishri). Everything related to these assemblies, in relation to their future fulfillments, will be explained in more detail in Chapter 11.
3.1.5. Meaning of Ephesus: “Permitted”
The name Ephesus means “Permitted,” which refers to the fact that it will be during the real Yom Teruah, that Yahweh will allow the World Government and the Religious System to imprison the 2 Witnesses, besides the fact that the church that nowadays worships Diana, through the name Mary, will make sure they are killed days later; which will also be permitted, in the same way that the Roman Empire was allowed to sacrifice Yahushua the Messiah.
3.1.6. Mirror in the Scripture:
The first city to be conquered by Yisrael upon entering the promised land was Yericho (“Jericho”), which means “his Moon” (ירחו), since Moon in Hebrew is pronounced “Yareach” (ירח) and in a positive spiritual sense represents the Bride of the Lamb, the Chosen Congregation, who has received his Spirit (רוחו). After having walked 40 years through the desert and the death of Moshe, Yahushua BenNun ("Joshua son of Nun") sent 2 Spies to recognize the city of Yericho (Jos.2:1); they stayed at the home of a Harlot named Rachav (רחב), who received them and hid them from those who sought to kill them, which is why she and her household were saved. Later, upon entering the promised land, Yahushua ("Joshua") and Yisrael passed through the Yardein ("Jordan") without getting wet; in the same way that the waters of the Sea of Reeds ("Red Sea") parted for Moshe to passed through with his people at the Exodus from Egypt. (Jos.3:17, Jos.4:22-24)
Subsequently, the Prince of Yahweh's Armies appeared to Yahushua (Jos.5:13-15), just as Yahweh's messenger manifested before Moshe as a fire in the bush (Ex.3:1-5), telling both of them to take off their sandals because they were on a set-apart place. Yahweh then orders the people to surround the city of Yericho once for 6 days (Jos.6:3), while the Kohanim (“Priests”) would blow the ram's horns like trumpets while the people remained silent, however, on the 7th day they had to surround the city 7 times (Jos.6:4), followed by 7 Kohanim who had to blow their Shofarot, while the people had to shout loudly when they heard the Extended Blast (Teruah Gedola), which would cause the walls to collapse and the people would finally be able to enter and conquer the promised land.
This story is an amazing reflection of what will happen in the first half of the last 7 years, since everything that happened when Yahushua BenNun took the city of Yericho (“his Moon”) was a representation of the time when the Messiah, Yahushúa, will take his Chosen Kehila (his Bride), which is composed of those who have abandoned false doctrines, in the same way that upon entering the promised land, Yahushua BenNun saved Rachav, who was once a Harlot, to represent those congregations around the world that have practiced spiritual fornication, as exemplified by Ephesus (Diana), but who repented of their works and have come out of her (Rev.18:4), by accepting the 2 Witnesses, just as Rachav received the 2 Spies, becoming in this way the chosen for salvation (Act.11: 31, Jam.2:25). Therefore, just as it took Yisrael 40 years and the death of Moshe to enter the promised land, the Kehila has taken 40 Jubilees (2000 years) and will soon see the death of the Witness like Moshe, so that the chosen few can be taken to the prepared place, as Yahweh has promised, before taking the whole earth and finally entering the New Yerushalaim. The fact that they passed through the Yardein ("Descending") without getting wet, represents how the Chosen Congregation will be taken to another reality without experiencing death, since the Yardein, because of its meaning, represents descending to Sheol (Place of the Dead) , which is why Yahushúa HaMashiach was immersed in the Yardein by Yahuchanan, to represent his death and resurrection, while the fact of passing through said river dry, means passing to the other dimension without dying, which is what will happen with the Few during the harvest. Yahushua (“Joshua”) passed through the dry Yardein instead of Moshe, to represent that the Last, the Witness like Moshe, will have to die before becoming one with the First (Ez.37:15-28, Zc.14:9), when resurrecting like Yahushua and entering with the Chosen, like Mashiach. Of course, this is revealed through Moshe’s successor, who was given the name Yahushua, as a sign to recognize the First by Name, but who was a descendant of Yahusef through Ephraim, for us to know the tribe of the Last.
The experience that Moshe and Yahushua BenNun had with Yahweh's Malak ("Angel") shows us the direct connection that exists between them, in addition to the fact that both represent the Messiah, First and Last. Yahushua HaMashiach came 40 Jubilees ago to bring the people out of slavery to sin, as Moshe brought the people out of slavery in Egypt, 40 years before entering the promised land. The Last comes at the end of time to conquer the land with the elect, as Yahushua BenNun entered Yericho with the new generation that had not rebelled against Yahweh. On the other hand, the First was called Yahushua by the Father, while the Last is called the "Prophet like Moshe" by Scripture, to show us that what is fulfilled in a physical way by one, is fulfilled spiritually by the other and vice versa.
The most surprising fact is what has to do with the conquest itself, since the first 6 days that they went around the city represent the first 6 Seals of the Apocalypse, while the 7th day in which the 7 Kohanim played the 7 trumpets (Shofarot) in order to enter and conquer the land, represents the 7th Seal, in which the 7 Malakim (“Angels”) will sound the 7 Trumpets, at which time the transformation will finally take place, an event that clearly confirms the way in which the Seals and Trumpets will manifest during the first half of the last 7 years, being the last trumpet, which is called Tekiah Gedola, that of the Harvest. (1Co.15:52, 1Ts.4:16)