introduction to the seven churches of revelation
Why he was there… his faith: John most likely had been banished there by Emperor Domitian as a wave of persecution against Christians swept the Roman Empire. Jesus has the power, and once it's shut, no one has the power to open it. “As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches. Acts 20:28 (NASB95). If there are, there won’t be in a minute. Reflecting on Church #27: Worshiping God Despite a Bad Attitude. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Revelation 1:4-6. You don’t meet the risen and glorified Lord and call Him “Buddy,” you fall to the ground in fear! Its cities were largely Hellenized with Greek being the most commonly spoken language, especially in commerce. The instruction we derive from these seven letters is acutely relevant to Christian testimony today, but first we will need to set the scene and consider the background of the letters. The descriptive phrase chosen from the vision is appropriate to each specific church. He is arrayed in priestly garments, trims the wicks and adds oil to the lampstands. There are three elements of this vision. The same John who rested his head on the breast of Jesus now cowers in fear at the sight of Jesus. Each is structured according to a sevenfold outline. Jesus is the all-seeing Protector, Judge, and Ruler of his churches. | Next Article. Forceful warnings to repent are given to those who are spiritually weak, along with encouragement to persevere in the faith. Note the following example from the letter to Thyatira: (Revelation 2:20) – “I have a few things against thee, because you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols…I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation.”, (Revelation 17:1-2) – “The great harlot that sits upon many waters…with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and they that dwell in the earth were made drunken with the wine of her fornication.”, (Revelation 18:3) – “And the kings of the earth committed fornication with her.”. The order is reversed in the last four letters. The summons to hear the Spirit is followed by promises to overcomers in the first three letters. The opening vision pictures the churches as seven golden lampstands among whom the glorified “son of man” walks. There are literary connections between the promises to “overcomers” and the vision of New Jerusalem inhabited by the people of the Lamb: Parallels also exist between the imperfections of each church and the perfections realized in the New Creation: Conceptual and verbal links between the seven letters and the later visions of the book shed light on the real causes behind the struggles of the churches, for example: These structural features constitute evidence, not only of the book’s unity but, furthermore, that the knowledge of the situations described in each letter is necessary to understand the book. Some questions one should ask are: 1. Let me start right from the get go and inform you that we will not be studying the third division. John was to write this letter to give hope to those who were being persecuted. This last book in our Bible is usually regarded as being forbidding and difficult to understand. In the Revelation, he was divinely commissioned to “write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter” (Rev 1:19). Ephesus– The desirable church that left its first love (Revelation 2:1-7). And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

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