SEVEN CHURCHES 1-3

SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA


Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants, even the things which must shortly come to pass.”


Prologue to Revelation – (Revelation 1:1-3 – The Prologue of the book of Revelation)

What Must Come to Pass – (Revelation concerns “what things must soon come to pass” for God’s servants)

The Season is at Hand – (In Revelation, the “season of the end” began with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus)

Greetings from the Throne – (Revelation 1:4-8 – The salutation from the Throne to the seven churches of Asia highlights the book’s key themes)

Seven Beatitudes – Call to Action – (The seven beatitudes in the book provide the church with marching orders)

Friday Harbor - Photo by Jackson Eaves on Unsplash

The Faithful Witness – (Jesus is the “Faithful Witness” because of his self-sacrificial death – Revelation 1:5)

Easter - Photo by Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash

Firstborn of the Dead – (Jesus was the first to resurrected, and many others will follow)

Sovereign over the Earth – (Jesus is the Supreme Sovereign over all the earth)

He Who Is – (God is the Almighty, Who is and Who was and Who is coming)

Lantern - Photo by Vladimir Fedotov on Unsplash

The Seven Spirits of God – (Greetings from God, Jesus Christ, and the Seven Spirits before His throne)

Matterhorn - Photo by Nicolai Krämer on Unsplash

Kings and Priests – (Disciples reign with Jesus as royal priests who render service before him)

The Lordly Day – (On Patmos, suddenly, John found himself “in the Spirit,” projected into the “Day of the Lord” – Revelation 1:9-10)

Cape Disappointment lighthouse - Photo by Dave Hoefler on Unsplash

Tribulation, Kingdom, Endurance – (John was a “fellow-participant” with the suffering churches of Asia)

Bible Sunlight - Photo by Timothy Eberly on Unsplash

THAT Son of Man – (The one like a Son of Man from Daniel is the source of Christ’s self-designation, the Son of Man)

First Vision – Son of Man – (Revelation 1:9-20 – The first vision on Patmos – The Son of Man walks among Seven Lampstands)

Church at Night - Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash

The Seven Churches – (An overview of the letters to the Seven Churches of Asia)

Pantheon - Photo by Zul Ahadi on Unsplash

False Apostles and Nicolaitans – (Deceivers were encouraging believers to compromise with the idolatrous rites of pagan society)

False Apostles and First Works – (The messenger is commended for rejecting false apostles and chastised for leaving his first love)

Church at Night - Photo by Pascal Debrunner on Unsplash

Become Faithful Until Death – (Smyrna is promised more tribulation based on its past faithfulness in persecution)

The Church at Pergamos – (Revelation 2:12-17 – The church at Pergamos is corrected for tolerating the teachings of “Balaam”)

Earth Dwellers – (The “inhabitants of the earth” represent the men that are excluded from the “book of life” by their actions)

The Church at Thyatira – (Revelation 2:18-29 – The prophetess “Jezebel” deceived many saints at Thyatira to accommodate idolatrous practices)

The Church at Sardis – (Revelation 3:1-6The church at Sardis received no commendation, only warnings, plus a summons to repent)

The Church at Philadelphia – (Revelation 3:7-13 – Like Smyrna, Philadelphia received no correction. She was faithful, and therefore, will be kept from the hour of trial)

Big Ben Clock in the Evening

The Hour of Trial – (Revelation 3:10 – Because of its faithfulness, Jesus will keep Philadelphia “from the hour of trial“)

The Church at Laodicea – (Revelation 3:14-22 – The church at Laodicea received no commendation, only correction)

Beginning of the New Creation – (Revelation looks forward to the reign of Jesus in the New Creation inaugurated by his Death and Resurrection)



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He that overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me in my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father in his throne.”


The Messianic Reign in Revelation – (Jesus symbolized as the sacrificial Lamb began his reign upon his arrival at the Divine Throne)

Death and Exaltation of Jesus in Revelation – (The book links his present reign to his past Death and Resurrection, the immovable foundation of his kingdom)

End-Time People of God – (The church is where the final war is waged between the Lamb and the Dragon)

The Redemption of the Nations – (The nations of the earth are found in New Jerusalem because of Christ’s redemptive work)



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