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Spoke 2

Revelation 2 chain Psalm 2

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Revelation 2.26f

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

Psalm 2.8f

The Rod and the Sword are both symbols of the Second Geometric Construct, the Line. They generally represent the Word, as it is written in Hebrews 4.12:

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

This image - used throughout Scripture - also appears here in Revelation 2 (vs. 12, see below). It is an example of the profound symbolic power of God's Word and the infinite intelligence with which it was designed. Abstract concepts (the Word) are integrated with the obvious meaning of simple geometric objects (the Line/Rod/Sword)!

The passage from Revelation 2.26 (quoted above) uniquely integrates with the Second Psalm in that it is the only passage that quotes Psalm 2, mentioning both the "Rod of Iron" and the "potter's vessel". We have a Inner Cycle KeyLink

keyKeyLink: The Rod of Iron and the Shattered Pots
PPsalms( 2 ) chain PRevelation( 2 )

Note that the KeyLink not only unites the content of Psalm 2 and Revelation 2, but that the content itself is integrated with the Number 2 via the concept of the Rod, and that all of this is integrated with the nature of the Triune Godhead in that Psalm 2 is the the Psalm of the Son, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.

There are many fundamental themes from Spoke 2 that manifest here in Revelation 2Note 1. I begin with the reward promised to the Church of EphesisNote 2:

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.

This correlates with the Inner Cycle of Genesis, with the Tree of Life first appearing in Genesis 2. Note the symmetry between first and last: In Genesis 2 God forbad the eating from the Tree, whereas in Revelation 2 He grants it. Though there are a few mentions of the Tree of Life elsewhere in Scripure, only Genesis 2 and Revelation 2 mention the Tree in the midst of the Garden/Paradise of God. They are linked by the KeySet ("tree of life', midst, garden/paradise):

keyKeyLink: The Tree of Life in the Midst of Paradise
PGenesis( 2 ) chain PRevelation( 2 )

The next church, Smyrna, receives no correction. In the sequence of the Church Ages, it corresponds to the Persecuted Church. This meaning also emerges from its name, Smyna, which means myrrh. This is what Strong's Dictionary has to say about myrrh:

myrrh, a bitter gum and costly perfume which exudes from a certain tree or shrub in Arabia and Ethiopia, or is obtained by incisions made in the bark: as an antiseptic it was used for embalming

There is much that could be said for the Church of Smyrna. The reward promised them integrates with the Number 2:

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

The third Church is Pergamos. It is deeply integrated with Gimel, which governs Spoke 3 and relates to the Greek letter Gamma (note Pergamos). While the dominant themes of the Third Church relate to Gimel, there are two aspects that integrate with the Second Spoke. First, there is image of Christ as he which hath the sharp sword with two edges.

The Sword represents the Word, (as mentioned above) which is a primary theme of Spoke 2. This is amplified by the explicit use of the Number 2 in the description of the Sword. Note also that the Sword is image used in the Second Seal.

The reward promised to Pergamos integrates with both the Second and the Third Spokes, which seems to arise from the tension between the Cycle of Churches (Third Church) and the Cycle of Chapters (the Second Chapter of Revelation). The promise is:

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 hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

The concept of the Name is a primary theme of Spoke 2 based upon the concept of the Word, the name of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. It originates in Genesis 2 when Adam gave names (, Shemuth) to all the animals and links to the Hebrew name of the Second Book, Exodus (, Shemuth). We have a strong Spoke 2 Thematic Link that really includes Genesis 2, Exodus, Revelation 2, and the nature of the Eternal Godhead. Using gnotation to write Exodus = PBible(2) and so forth, we have arrive at this triple Link:

Spoke 2 Thematic Link: The Name
PBible( 2 ) PGenesis( 2 ) PRevelation( 2 )

All of this is amplified in the promise of Manna, which first appears in Exodus, so we both the name and a primary theme associated with Exodus appearing here in Revelation 2. We have another Thematic Linked based on the Principle of First Occurrence:

In both Genesis and Revelation, the word Name first occurs in the second chapter. This integrates with the Hebrew name of the Second Book, Shemuth (Names), and all of this integrates with one of the primary themes of Spoke 2, the Word.
Thematic Link: Manna
PBible( 2 ) chain PRevelation( 2 )

1) The integration of the Seven Churches with the rest of Scripture has many overtones and subtleties. There is the correlation between these Churches and the seven churches addressed by the Apostle Paul in his Epistles. There is the correlation between these Churches and the Seven Church Ages. There is the correlation between the ordinal value of the Churches as addressed in Revelation 2 and 3 with the first seven Hebrew Letters and the Spokes they govern. In short, there are endless cycles within cycles that could be fruitfully explored. It is an infinite work to expound on God's infinite Word. In this section, I will be documenting the correlation between the content of Revelation 2 with the Second Spoke of the Wheel.

2) When viewing the correlation between the Seven Churches and the Church Ages, we recognise Ephesus as representing the Apostolic Church which is why it is first. Hence the mention of false apostles, the chastisement against losing their "first love" and the admonition to return to their "first works."

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