Rev. 1:12-13 ¶ Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lamp-stands; and in the middle of the lamp-stands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash.

What a shock that must have been, John was walking on the beach in Patmos, and the next thing he knew, He was face to face with the Lord. Jesus was walking among seven lamp-stands, a picture of His church. The church is intended to be the light of the world. We are to shine with the glory of God to our dark, sin engrossed, world. WHEN THAT STOPS, HE REMOVES THE LAMP-STAND. Our whole purpose as a church is to show forth the glory of His presence to the broken, lonely, and hurting of this world. When that stops, our reason to exist is gone. That was the point of the message Jesus declared in this vision. “But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. ‘Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lamp-stand out of its place — unless you repent.” The Lord was giving this message to His church to wake her from her slumber and return to her first love.

THERE MUST BE OIL IN OUR LAMPS FOR THEM TO BURN AND SHINE. This oil is the anointing of His Spirit. This oil in our lamps is mandatory for us to shine as lights in the middle of darkness. Charles Spurgeon spoke of these lamps and oil, check this out.

“The oil of gospel grace is pure and free from lees and dregs, and hence the light which is fed thereon is clear and bright. Our churches are the Savior’s golden candelabra, and if they are to be lights in this dark world, they must have much holy oil. Let us pray for ourselves, our ministers, and our churches, that they may never lack oil for the light. Truth, holiness, joy, knowledge, love, these are all beams of the sacred light, but we cannot give them forth unless in private we receive oil from God the Holy Ghost.”

This message that Jesus brought to John and Spurgeon echoed in London is relevant especially today in our modern church world. We have become experts in everything. We have trained staffs, certified counselors, slick presentations, orchestrated services, talented, professional singers and musicians; yep we have it all figured out. There is only one problem, many of our lamps have gone out. Many have left their first love. The lamp-stands are in jeopardy of being removed. Excellency of ministry and “good teaching” is not able to shine in the darkness. We need oil in our lamps. We need pastors and churches who are not afraid or ashamed of the “oil”. Jesus is standing in the midst of His lamp-stands, I wonder what His message is today?


  1. Matthew 25:1-13. We all must be prepared for Jesus Christ’s return! Also we must be forgiven of Jesus Christ before our mortal death! Otherwise will be eternally damned! John 3:17-36. Let God’s own Word testify of his goodness my friends!

  2. Amen Frank Bailey! We need a church here in New Orleans/Metro that is not afraid to let God do whatever He wants, to allow Holy Spirit to rule in our church gatherings so its not a one man show. God has called you to this city to be an apostolic hub, a training center to the people to heal the sick, cast out demons and raise the dead. Yes. Raise the dead! Why shouldn’t it happen here! Why not at Victory! Jesus said we would do greater works than He did! It’s time to do away with all the “religious” hype and facade and do what Jesus called us to do. LOVE!!!!! Be theLight. Be the Salt. Be Jesus. There is a wonderful move of God going on across this country. Many church bodies will heed this call, sadly, many will not. I think Victory Fellowship is called to be that apostolic hub, the training center in the southern region to raise up the five fold ministry, to not be competitive, to raise up churches, to send people out. Chuck Pierce and Robert Heidler does this with Global Spheres Center. They have a wonderful teaching on the lampstands & churches and so does Paul Keith Davis at White Dove. Check out his website:, & I have never meant anyone in all my life that has such an apostolic anointing, who is not afraid of sharing everything God has given him, pushing people up and paying it forward. Thank you Frank & Parris Bailey for allowing God to do all that He wants to do in you to equip the body to minister.

  3. I am thankful to have been directed to this blog 3 years since the original posting. What an on-time word for the waning church that has appeared to have lost our connection with Holy Ghost. How Gracious, Merciful and Loving is our Father Who constantly points the way toward the Light in these dark times. Thank you for His unction upon you to pen this communicant/impartation from Him. Once again, the timing and strategy of God. May we take heed! Blessings to You!

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