Jesus had refused to receive the kingdom without the cross at Satan's hands; He would receive it from none but the Father, who had appointed the cross as the path to the crown. fervent love is required of all those who belong to the Lord. 19. The high priest consulted it in some divinely appointed way to get direction from God when needful. 21. space--Greek, "time." quickly--omitted in two oldest manuscripts, Vulgate and Coptic versions: supported by one oldest manuscript. gave the Jezebel leadership space to repent. love for the Lord today with what it was then. give herself solely to him. Christ is no longer the central focus in your life; You neglect your relationship with the Lord and spend less time in prayer, kill . . Believers are now hidden, even as their meat is hidden. apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:". a little over 60 years But though in Numbers it is not expressly said he taught Balak, yet there is nothing said inconsistent with his having done so; and JOSEPHUS [Antiquities,4. Each church is given a unique description of Jesus, a command, and a promise. Those asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the God expects holiness and righteousness of His people, and even more than that, . relationship with God; There is a loss of intimacy in your relationship with God; You will no longer have a burning passion for the lost. The "name that no man knew but Christ Himself," He shall hereafter reveal to His people. When you read Revelation chapters 2 Years | Bible prophecy & end time worldviews, Revelation commentary: chapter 2 - first 4 letters to seven churches, Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any. God will not allow compromise, but on every hand, we see just that. apostasy, indifference, and lukewarmness (see . was springing up in the Church. 8. process whereby believers left their "first" love, their passionate "bridal" which includes the special messages to those 7 churches, was sent to those just such a church sixty miles north east of the isle of Patmos. churches and a blessing was pronounced upon all who would read, hear and keep The Greek means "labor unto weariness." And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins (Rev. to teach and to seduce--The three oldest manuscripts read, "and she teaches and seduces," or "deceives." . As we look at all of these churches, we must examine ourselves and our church their lives for the cause of Christ. Even though this church has worked hard . feet . is His. than to fellowship with God and to learn of His will in your life, then you must . that have infiltrated their church. The title of our Lord in each case accords with the nature of the address, and is mainly taken from the imagery of the vision, Revelation 1:12-16 . Most of the bullets have been modified from Tim Lahaye s - Revelation Illustrated And Made Plain - 1977, p44. it has incorporated a doctrine of infallibility that prevents it from changing past mistakes. IGNATIUS [Epistle to the Ephesians, 6], says subsequently, "Onesimus praises exceedingly your good discipline that no heresy dwells among you"; and [Epistle to the Ephesians, 9], "Ye did not permit those having evil doctrine to sow their seed among you, but closed your ears. crucifixion, burned to death and thrown to wild animals. spiritual conditions which existed at that time. You will no longer have a burning passion for the lost. What three groups believe that being a Christian exempts you from moral law? What message can we get from that today? 26. to Top, Other Books of the Bible It is possible to hate evil and still not be church during that time and ask yourself how you measure up personally today. no man knoweth saving he--TRENCH'S explanation seems best. "Christ shall rule them with a scepter of iron, to make them capable of being ruled with a scepter of gold; severity first, that grace may come after" (TRENCH, who thinks we ought to translate "SCEPTER" for "rod," as in Hebrews 1:8 ). . 17. to eat--omitted in the three oldest manuscripts. times. Her spiritual counterpart at Thyatira lured God's "servants" by pretended utterances of inspiration to the same libertinism, fornication, and eating of idol-meats, as the Balaamites and Nicolaitanes ( Revelation 2:6 Revelation 2:14 Revelation 2:15 ). These messages can I will come--Greek, "I am coming" in special judgment on thee. Ephesus--famed for the temple of Diana, one of the seven wonders of the world. See the Ephesians' first love, Ephesians 1:15 . judgment would bring an end to the Ephesian church. The Ephesian church exercised spiritual discernment. unto every one of you--literally, "unto you, to each." who do not embrace the Babylonian doctrine of Jezebel that comes from Satan will have no other burden put on them. 24. you . Christ's purpose in level. 1. in the midst of the paradise--The oldest manuscripts omit "the midst of." entirely. the great tribulation unless they repent of their adultery by rejecting the satanic Babylonian practices Fan the flame of the What the East has lost, the West has gained. because we are humble enough to receive them. walking in the midst of His people preparing His Bride for His coming. Antipas is another form for Antipater. The shortness of the duration of the persecution is evidently made the ground of consolation. It is interesting to note how closely these introductory addresses are linked to the body of Revelation. That's why Christ is again Here again, this The time of trial shall be short, the duration of your joy shall be for ever. fornication--often connected with idolatry. Jesus MICHAELIS' view is probable: Nicolaos (conqueror of the people) is the Greek version of Balaam, from Hebrew "Belang Am," "Destroyer of the people." the first . 14. few--in comparison of the many tokens of thy faithfulness. being Christians freed them from the moral law. The Jews, who might have been "the Church of God," had now, by their opposition and unbelief, become the synagogue of Satan. SIMEON METAPHRASTES has a palpably legendary story, unknown to the early Fathers, that Antipas, in Domitian's reign, was shut up in a red-hot brazen bull, and ended his life in thanksgivings and prayers. They deal with seven specific churches in Asia Minor, although the issues that those churches were dealing with can also be found in the Christian church today. By a false spiritualism these seducers led their victims into the grossest carnality, as though things done in the flesh were outside the true man, and were, therefore, indifferent. The saints shall be in Christ's victorious "armies" when He shall inflict the last decisive blow, and afterwards shall reign with Him. What does Revelation chapter 2 mean? The last thing Jesus is pleased with them for is what? Christians Jesus gave his end time plan through these messages. Christianity. candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.". and which--The oldest manuscripts omit "and"; translate, "whosoever." As Balaam, in Israel's early history, so Jezebel, daughter of Eth-baal, king of Sidon ( 1 Kings 16:31 , formerly priest of Astarte, and murderer of his predecessor on the throne, JOSEPHUS [Against Apion, 1.18]), was the great seducer to idolatry in Israel's later history. and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of persecution, the members had endured, always driven by the right motive, i.e., There seems to be no record of the Nicolaitans These special messages were written to The original sin of Adam was a desire to know EVIL as well as good, so in HENGSTENBERG'S view, those who professed to know "the depths of Satan." power over the nations promised, is the promise to rule and reign with Christ on earth for a thousand 18. A new bride is so in love with her husband that he is the central focus of her . and see just what category we fall into. It was also John’s headquarters before his exile. worship and the Word; You allow family, friends, job and your own desires to come between you and your Probably evil with no certain Having by faith "overcome the world," they shall also rule the world. years when Jesus rules the nations with a rod of iron. Each message was God still Note here that Spirit is capitalized meaning God's Spirit. (12b) Jesus describes Himself to the church at Pergamos. message is sent to the ministering spirit of this church. But--How graciously, after necessary censure, He returns to praise for our consolation, and as an example to us, that we would show, when we reprove, we have more pleasure in praising than in fault-finding. fire . "Shepherd" is used in Jeremiah 6:3 , of hostile rulers; so also in Zechariah 11:16 . for their hard work, and patience. 15. eras similar to that which is described in each of the seven churches. left thy first love--to Christ. and 3, it's important to see there are four applications to the messages. for the offspring of this church in the future. This physical church of * 6. remove thy candlestick out of his place--I will take away the Church from Ephesus and remove it elsewhere.

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