SEVEN CHURCHES (1-3)

THE SEVEN CHURCHES

Prologue to the Book of Revelation – (Revelation 1:1-3The Prologue to the book of Revelation presents the basic themes of the book and anchors its visions in the past Death and Resurrection of Jesus)

Greetings to the Churches – (Revelation 1:4-8The salutation from the Throne to the seven churches of Asia highlights the main themes of the book, especially the present reign of Jesus)

A Call to Action – The Seven Beatitudes – (Through a series of seven “beatitudes,” the book of Revelation summons believers to faithfulness despite hostility and persecution)

The Ruler of the Kings of the Earth – (Revelation 1:4-6In the book of Revelation, the Lamb is declared the ruler over all things following his death and resurrection)

The Tribulation, Kingdom and Endurance – (Revelation 1:9Exiled to the isle of Patmos, John is a “fellow-participant” in the tribulation of the churches)

The First Vision on Patmos – (Revelation 1:9-20The book of Revelation is addressed to seven actual churches in the province of Asia in the first century and sent by John from exile on the isle of Patmos on account of the Gospel)

Introduction to the Churches of Asia – (The visitation of Jesus to each of the Seven Churches prepares the reader to understand the visions that follow the letters to the churches of Asia)

The Church at Ephesus – (Revelation 2:1-7The messenger of the assembly at Ephesus is commended for rejecting false apostles but chastised for losing his “first love”)

The Church at Smyrna – (Revelation 2:8-11The church at Smyrna is promised more tribulation based on its past faithfulness in persecution)

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

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

The Church at Sardis – (Revelation 3:1-6The church in the city of Sardis receives no commendation, only warnings, and a summons to repent)

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

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

RELATED TOPICS

The First Recipients of the Book of Revelation – (The book of Revelation is addressed to seven actual churches in the province of Asia in the first century A.D.)

The Unsealed Scroll – The Season is Now! – (Revelation 1:1-3Unlike the book of Daniel, the scroll is unsealed in Revelation. The messianic age and the time of fulfillment arrived in the Death and Resurrection of Jesus)

Food Offered to Idols – (Daniel 1:14Daniel and his companions refused to participate in the religious rituals of the imperial court)

The Nicolaitans – (The “Nicolaitan” deception taught believers to compromise with the idolatrous rites of the surrounding society, including the Roman imperial cult)

Kept from the Hour – (Revelation 3:10Revelation nowhere describes the physical removal of the Church from the earth to escape the tribulation – overcoming saints remain faithful in tribulations)

The Beginning of the Creation of God – (Revelation 3:14The Book of Revelation looks forward to the final victory of the Lamb in the New Creation, a reality inaugurated by the Death and Resurrection of Jesus)

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