Category Archives: Seven Churches

FALSE APOSTLES AND FIRST WORKS

The messenger at Ephesus is commended for *rejecting false apostles, chastised for leaving his first love, and summoned to return to his first works.

In his exhortation to the “messenger” at Ephesus, Jesus begins by stressing his intimate knowledge of all the churches in Asia. He is “grasping” the seven messengers tightly in his right hand, and “walking” continuously among the seven assemblies. Therefore, he knows their “works and labor and endurance” – (Revelation 2:1-7).

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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”Daniel 7:13-14.

In the gospel accounts, the “Son of Man” is the most frequent self-designation found on the lips of Jesus, a term derived from Daniel’s vision of the one “like a Son of Man” who received the “dominion and kingdom” from the “Ancient of Days.” And at the end of the age, “all the tribes of the earth” will mourn when “they see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven.” Jesus is “that Son of Man.”

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THE RECIPIENTS OF REVELATION

In its entirety, Revelation is addressed to seven very real churches located in the Roman province of Asia in the first century.

From start to finish, the book of Revelation is addressed to the “seven churches of Asia,” and these congregations do not fade from the picture in the later sections of the book. While it may include a larger audience, Revelation is first and foremost a message for the seven assemblies, and the significance of its visions cannot be understood apart from them.

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FALSE APOSTLES AND NICOLAITANS

Deceivers within the seven congregations were encouraging believers to compromise with the idolatrous rites of pagan society.

One of the chief concerns in the seven letters to the churches of Asia is with deceivers that work within the congregations. While several groups and one individual are named, the net effect of all their efforts is to cause believers to “commit fornication and to eat food offered to idols.” In short, to induce idolatry and compromise with the surrounding society.

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SEVEN CHURCHES

The visitation of Jesus to the churches prepares the reader for the visions that follow the seven letters.

In his vision, John saw a glorious figure “like a Son of Man…in the midst of seven golden lampstands.” In the interpretation, it became clear that this was Jesus (“I was dead, and I am alive forevermore”), and the “lampstands” were identified as the “seven churches” that were under his ever-watchful care.

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