Posted at 10.11.2018
This prophecy was given to the apostle John around 90A. D, that was long following the early church acquired powerfully proclaimed the gospel. The majority of what the apostle John saw in his perspective was prophetic and because of this present age. Even though some of the info regarding the seven churches in Asia was meant for John's life time, it was prophetic and meant for future generations of Christians as well.
Those who first proclaimed the gospel as instructed by Jesus proceeded to go across the world, nevertheless they made a spot to go to wherever the tribes of Israel were dispersed among the nations. These people have a great work and set up many congregations of God who utilized the trust with varying levels of zeal. When the work of the early church was complete, the chapel vanished from the world's world as a powerful entity. From your context of what's noted in the scriptures and secular history about the demise of the first church and what's written about the elect of God and these seven churches in the Booklet of Revelation, it is clear these churches represent congregations of God and/or groups of individuals who exist as real entities during the time just before Christ's come back.
Although all seven of the prophetic churches take part in the proclaiming of the gospel at the end of this age, all expect one have major spiritual problems that, if not corrected, will bring the wrath of Jesus Christ after them. In an attempt to cause they to wake up to their sins and spiritual lethargy in order that they will repent and be preserved from eternal loss of life, Jesus Christ will severely test them.
Seven churches in the book of Revelation can be realized in four ways:-
Seven literal churches in Asia minor
Seven types of churches that can are present in anytime in church history
Seen types of churches that will exist when God's plan nears completion
Seven overlapping times of church history from the birth of the cathedral to the rapture
This represents the church that has lost its concentration; the backsliding church. Jesus describes Himself as the ever-present assist in their midst. Jesus approved believers in this cathedral for: hard work, perseverance, intolerance of wickedness, testing of false promises and hatred of Nicolaitans' practices. Nicolaitans referred to a group of men and women who claimed one could be a Christian and practice all kind of immorality. Jesus rebuked them for forsaking the first love. Possible reasons for this are work of God being central as opposed to the person of Christ. They started out by defending the gospel and then lived for the discussion.
Although the Ephesians do not tolerate wickedness, are solidly against bad and hate idolatry and immorality they lose their first love, which is the love of the Father, his Boy, his truth, and their fellow man. They become rigid to the idea of self-righteousness and impose their own requirements over God's righteous expectations. They ignore their awesome calling and the value of the Father's royal rules of love.
The Ephesians appears to forget that a major part of their contacting and mission is to expand in sophistication, knowledge and love for the items of God. They lose their intense love and zeal for God and also have dropped into apathy at the ultimate call to fight.
"Repent!! Identify where you proceeded to go incorrect and put it right if not you are affected the results. " (Rev 2:5)
Jesus warns those to rekindle their love and zeal for God and his ways or he will remove their candlestick. That is an exceptionally serious warning. Because the candlestick symbolizes the complete Ephesians group, Jesus says that he'll remove them from among His enthusiasts and just because a candlestick also represents the truth, he may remove the real truth of God of their hearts and thoughts; thereby, he will take away their eternal pay back and position in the Family and Kingdom of God. Without spiritual light a person dies spiritually and will be thrown into the Lake of open fire. Therefore, anyone who has accepted the Father's call to salvation possessed better take their calling very seriously. But the Ephesians do many positive things, they don't maintain their first love. As far as Jesus is concerned, they are not fit for his Family and Kingdom. Ephesians who let their love expire therefore of becoming rigid in their perception systems and their own way of doing things must repent or they'll pass away spiritually and eternally.
Christ was the centre at the start legalism but Ebionitism (denying the Deity of Christ, salvation by keeping the Jewish rules), Gnosticism (meticulously linked with pagan philosophies and "puzzle" religions) were added.
Smyrna was explained in day as the "Most beautiful city on the planet"
The city of Smyrna was rich in structures and culture. Smyrna comes from the term used for the spice "myrrh" that was used to embalm the dead. The wise men helped bring myrrh to Jesus at His delivery, perhaps as a prophecy of His fatality for all those mankind.
This period is from the persecution in the Roman Empire that become wide spread and at times intense from the end of the first century until about A. D 313
Things going on in and the church that your Lord is aware of (Rev2:9) are
Tribulation and poverty in worldly conditions (however the Lord sees spiritual richness)
Not to be afraid while you start to see the circumstances are getting worse.
Some of spiritual Smyrna are affected imprisonment for ten times, throughout a time of extreme persecution that will come to a finish. However, in the historical world, imprisonment was just a prelude to being performed.
Christ is informing those of Smyrna that he and His Dad demand absolute loyalty even in the face of death. Christ warns those of Smyrna not to give up but to stay steadfast in the trust and be overcomers through their persecution, imprisonment, and physical loss of life on order to get the crown of eternal life.
Under imperial Rome, especially under Emperor Decius, persecution which have been localized became empire extensive. 10 such periods are documented in secular record.
Martyrs were first respected and then venerated Polycarp was martyred at Smyrna and each year the church gathered at his grave for a celebration of his loss of life, resulted in special "saint's day" and praying to saints for help.
Pergamos was the political and religious centre of Asia Small. Pergamos possessed dedicated a high altar to Zeus and a temple to Athena. It was the first city of Asia to support the imperial cult. The Roman Imperial cult flourished in Pergamos. Individuals were necessary to worship the emperor; to refuse was to ask a demand of treason.
Pergamos had a big library containing 200, 000 quantities. It was a place of pagan religious beliefs, immorality, viewpoint and education. GOD, THE FATHER who addressed this church is characterized as possessing a razor-sharp, double-edged sword (v12). The sword here is a symbol of the Word of God, which is utilized to denounce how false teaching are to be assessed, those teachings, which don't measure up to this standard should be rejected.
Jesus commended this chapel of Pergamos on the stand on who Jesus is even though they are in a location where Satan rules.
The sheltered things that your Lord hates are specifically pointed out. They can be mainly two:-
Doctrine of Balaam - materialism, compromise, idolatry and fornication
Doctrine of Nicolaitanes - elite group within which licentious and self indulgent lifestyle
Both physical appetite and religious discernment seem to be undisciplined in this church, which can be found in a time of spiritual laxity.
Because of the, Christ says that he will fight against those of Pergamos who do such abominable things. That is an exceptionally serious alert; Jesus Christ does not play games with a person's salvation. Therefore, any to whom this caution applies should take it very really and act properly.
Repent! Or the Lord will deal to you in line with the Word. Over comers in the chapel of Pergamos are guaranteed "hidden manna and white stone". These suggest religious nourishment and the believers' acceptance before God's throne. (Rev 2:16)
Emperor Constantine made Christianity the state religion of the Roman Empire, but jeopardized by combining into its things from other religions i. e.
Emperor worship - kneeling prior to the pope and kissing the ring
Pagan Greco/Roman - bowing to idols, worship of saints, angels and relics
Judaism - priesthood, infant baptism, salvation because you participate in that group
Babylon mystery religion - special revelation overriding the scripture and mother and child worship
The pope and the cathedral amassed great riches and electric power
Thyatira was an island city, which experienced a military record. It was positioned in a abundant agricultural acre and it was important as an commercial center. It had been famous for purple dye. Its market sectors were dominant. It backed trade courses. Dye and cloths were its key products. Lydia a convert under Paul was out of this city (Functions 16:14).
He was all - viewing eyes.
He has crushing foot for His opponents.
His ft of brass will trample upon all His enemies
Jesus approves some things in the cathedral at Thyatira: - Love, beliefs, service and determination. The Lord approves these same things when He detects them in us. Jesus disapproved some things in this cathedral. He disapproves of sexual immorality and idolatry. Jesus addresses an organization which is not involved with Jezebel's doctrines and gives them a special exhortation. They are simply exhorted to hold to what they have.
The religious problems of Thyatira against which our Lord spoke chiefly was its tolerance of wickedness. The problems within Thyatira did not come from beyond your church; they originated from within. They started out with Thyatira's approval of the teachings of a female who was regarded as a prophetess from God, but who in most cases was an evil person, as was King Ahab's better half Jezebel. This woman urged these to compromise to be able to adhere to the world's benchmarks and in so doing gain the popularity of non-believers, gain running a business and prosperity in the areas of life. This phony prophetess was not necessarily wanting to destroy the church; she just sought the elect to view thee truth of God in a more liberal way than Jesus Christ and the apostles experienced educated. However, her teachings resulted in compromise, especially in relation to idolatry, which led to religious fornication. Today, some cathedral organizations follow the foolish and dangerous teachings of an prophetess that came from within their group. These folks are in big trouble with Jesus Christ.
Repent! Get it sorted or fatality will follow. Every individual is in charge of himself. Maintain fast till He comes (Rev 2:21).
To those who do not hold that doctrine or have prohibited themselves to be afflicted a talk about in Christ's rule over the nations and you will be given the day star.
The cult of the Virgin Mary increased. Mary is definitely the mediator between God and man. The theory today of the immaculate conception (Mary conceived without sin) is made standard doctrine salvation by works reaffirmed sale of indulgences (people could buy merits to get forgiveness for their sins )1150 A. D.
The city of Sardis was situated on a hill over 1000ft above the encompassing plain. Citizens experienced a solid sense of security because they believed their city was too strong to be conquered by any enemy. It had been situated by using an important trade road. A powerful fortress, prosperous city and was known for rings, textiles and dye. It was a solid pagan religious middle - a temple dedicated to goddess Artemis was located there.
Aspect of Jesus from this was that he used to spell it out Himself to the chapel at Sardis "He that has the seven spirits of God and the seven superstars". These reveal His complete wisdom and complete control of the messengers or market leaders of the chapel. Jesus has complete knowledge of the deeds of the church. Ministries are dependable to Him and their management is authoritative.
The Lord's disapproval in Rev 3:1 was aroused by their spiritual deadness. The condition with the Sardis chapel lay in the actual fact that she "appeared to be what she really was not".
In the midst of general spiritual deadness, some believers in Sardis resided in purity and devotion to Jesus Christ.
The warning to the people of Sardis is that that they had better awaken to their lethal lethargy and watch out, because their Salvation is in jeopardy. Christ also warns that within the congregations of Sardis there are just a few who truly love the Father and His Child and are following the means of God. Jesus motivates the few to continue to be watchful and they'll receive their prize. However, almost all of their brothers and sisters in Christ who appear outwardly to be spiritually alive but are spiritually inactive will die the next death in the Lake of Flame if indeed they do not repent of the evil ways. Vigilance is really area of the price of liberty under Christ.
"Be clothed in white raiment. Name will not be blotted from the Booklet of Life. Be recognized before the Dad and the angels" (Rev 3:4-5). Few from Sardis will pass the test of persecution, because they're lazy and uninspired by the wonderful opportunity that they have been given to be among the first humanity to type in the Family and Kingdom of God as immortal Sons of God the Father. The elect of Sardis still have hope of obtaining salvation, if indeed they will only repent and go through to the finish with a righteous attitude.
The middle ages world was being replaced by a modern world - the Renaissance.
Spiritual decline and politics intrigue in the chapel (at one stage there have been three popes at the same time all claiming to be effectively elected).
Some of the teams or men who had been involved in the reformation were:-
Brethren of the normal life led by Thomas A. Kempis
John Wycliffe (1st translation of the Bible into British) condemned as heretic
John Huss, Prague, burned at stake
Savanarola, Italy (who transformed the whole of Florence to Christ was tortured and hanged)
Martin Luther, John Calvin, Zwingli (King Henry VIII)
The city of Philadelphia was built by King of Pergamos, Attalus, Philadelphus. The city is given the builder's name, a location of earthquakes, and a center of pagan worship called "Little Athens". This means that that the viewpoint, faith and immorality of the large city of Athens were present in Philadelphia.
The Lord describes Himself as "He that is holy and true" and "He that gets the Key of David"
Jesus commends in the chapel of Philadelphia " you have little power you have obeyed my expression and also have stood for the reality (not denied my Name) so He will established before you an open door that no man can shut and make these beyond and against the truth is and recognize that the Lord has been you. You'll be stored from the hour of enticement that is arriving on the world. "
The Lord is just around the corner, so adhere to the truth and don't let anyone cause you to the stage where you lose your crown. Jesus promised this chapel that He will make sure they are a pillar in the temple of God (firm, unable to be relocated) write them on the pillars in the temple of God, write with them the name of the town of God, write in it His new name and their future is very secure.
Reform groups left the protestant status chapel and became dedicated and practical in their beliefs which resulted in many changes in the lives of common people socially and economically. Some of the communities and men who effected change puritans (17th), Methodists (18th), Plymouth brethren (19th), evangelism (20th), John Wesley, George Whitefield, William Booth, Dr. Barnardo, George Muller, D. L. Moody, Wesleyan revivals initiated in abolition of slavery and child labor, prison reform, literacy, objective movement, building societies etc. Carrying out a sovereign move of the Holy Spirit the Pentecostal activity took shape.
The city of Laodicea was named after the wife of Ruler Antiochus II, Laodicea. It is a wealthy business center. It really is well-known for its medicines, an hearing ointment and eye powder. It provided water to serve the community effectively. The victim of a bad destructive earthquake - A. D 60. Its market leaders speaking in one voice refused assistance from Rome, replying "I have grown rich and an looking for nothing at all"
Jesus represents Himself as "Amen, the faithful and true witness" and "the writer of God's creation". "His sovereignty and the certainty of the fulfillment of His promises"
The phrase Laodicea means "popular common sense" or "popular endorsement"
Jesus condemns the cathedral of Laodicea for his or her lack of awareness of their need of spiritual riches. This cathedral was served by way of a lukewarm water source which was piped to the city from another source. We are able to believe that Laodicean believers were self satisfied, immature and lacked eyesight.
"Wake up! See yourself as you really are. Repent receive chastening and education. Allow Lord directly into fellowship and show. Be zealous of the Lord. "(Rev3:18).
Christianity has become a cultural identity instead of a personal dedication. The "Cold Conflict" - democracy vs. communism; the globe view became the chapel view. The entire world council of churches, compromise experience over the Word. Faith motion/prosperity movements produced a formalistic, program oriented materialism cathedral that showcases of its successes and its capacity to "utilize the energy of God"
The communication of the seven churches are not only designed to be severe reprimands from Christ, but are also designed to give anticipation and encouragement. For those who do not heed these warnings, there exists death and dishonor ahead. For individuals who heed them, there is eternal life and immortality in the Family and Kingdom of God. God the Father and Jesus Christ are along the way of molding the body of the sons of God for an awesome and dynamic spiritual work to be achieved at the end of age.