Seven Churches


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  1. Introduction to Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (The book of Revelation is an account of the visions received by John while in exile on the Isle of Patmos)
  2. Recipients of the Book - {PDF Copy} - (In its entirety, Revelation is addressed to  the seven real churches located in the Roman province of Asia in the first century)
  3. Prologue to Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:1-3 - The first paragraph introduces the key themes and characters of the book)
  4. The Season is at Hand - {PDF Copy} - (In Revelation, the “last days,” began with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus)
  5. What Must Come to Pass - {PDF Copy} - (From the beginning, Revelation states that its purpose is to show God’s servants “what things must soon come to pass)
  6. Greetings from the Throne - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:4-8 - The salutation from the Throne to the seven churches of Asia highlights the main themes of the book)
  7. Call to Persevere - {PDF Copy} - (Through a series of seven “beatitudes,” Revelation summons believers to faithfulness despite hostility and persecution)
  8. Supremacy over the Earth - {PDF Copy} - (Because of his “faithful witness,” Jesus reigns supreme over the kings of the earth and even over his vilest enemies)
  9. Tribulation, Kingdom, Endurance - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:9 - Exiled on Patmos, John is a “fellow participant” in the tribulation, kingdom, and endurance - “In Jesus)
  10. Patmos - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:9 - John was exiled to the Isle of Patmos on account of his testimony for Jesus)
  11. The Lordly Day - {PDF Copy} - (On the isle of Patmos, John found himself “in the Spirit” and projected into the “Day of the Lord  Revelation 1:9-10)
  12. The Son of Man - {PDF Copy} - (The first vision presents the image of one “like the Son of Man” who was walking among the churches of Asia)
  13. The Seven Spirits of God - {PDF Copy} - (Greetings are sent to the seven churches of Asia from God, Jesus, and the seven spirits of God that are before the throne)
  14. Royal Priesthood - {PDF Copy} - (Disciples reign with Jesus as “priests” who render service in his Tabernacle by mediating his light in the world)
  15. THAT Son of Man - {PDF Copy} - (The “one like a Son of Man” from Daniel is the source of Christ’s self-designation, the “Son of Man”)
  16. Seven Churches - Overview - {PDF Copy} - (The visitation of Jesus to the churches prepares the reader for the visions that follow the seven letters)
  17. False Apostles and First Works - {PDF Copy} - (The messenger at Ephesus is commended for *rejecting false apostles," chastised for leaving his first love, and summoned to do his first works)
  18. Faithful Until Death - {PDF Copy} - (After persevering through persecution, the ever-faithful church at Smyrna was promised even more “tribulation” but also great rewards)
  19. Holding Fast My Name - {PDF Copy} - (Pergamos receives praise for remaining faithful to his name, but correction for tolerating the teachings of “Balaam” )
  20. The Nicolaitans - {PDF Copy} - (A teaching in several of the churches of Asia that promoted compromise with idolatry and emperor worship)
  21. Hear the Spirit! - {PDF Copy} - (The call to “hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches” begins to intensify after the warning about the teachings of Jezebel)
  22. Arrayed in White Garments - Sardis - {PDF Copy} - (The church in the city of Sardis receives no commendation, only warnings, and a summons to repent)
  23. Hold Fast What You Have - Philadelphia - {PDF Copy} - (Philadelphia receives no correction. She is faithful and, therefore, will be kept from the hour of trial)
  24. Kept from the Hour - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:10 - Did Jesus promise to remove the church at Philadelphia from the earth?)
  25. Gold Refined by Fire -Laodicea - {PDF Copy} - (Laodicea receives no commendation, only corrections, and warnings. Its hope lies in becoming “gold refined by fire”)
  26. Beginning of the Creation - (Revelation looks forward to the reign of Jesus in the New Creation, a reality inaugurated by his Death and Resurrection) - {PDF Copy}

  1. End-time People of God - {PDF Copy} - (The church is the battlefield where the final war is being waged between the Lamb and the Ancient Serpent, Satan)

  1. The Epistles to the Seven Churches, (By Richard Trench. PDF - Read online or download [public domain]).
  2. Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia, (By William Ramsay. Read online or download PDF [Christian Classics Ethereal Library -])

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