GOD'S MESSAGE TO US
Brothers, please note in verse 1 below that this book is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him to deliver to John. Following these verses of Chapter one I will attempt to show you the things that God had against the seven churches of Asia, and also the churches of this day.
Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Revelation 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Revelation 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Revelation 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Revelation 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
Revelation 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
Revelation 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Revelation 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
Revelation 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
Revelation 1:18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Revelation 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
The Church of Ephesus: God said, 'you have left your first love'. Repent and do your first works.
Our first love is to love God. Our first works is to share the truth of the gospel with others.
The Church of Smyrna: God said, 'I know your works, tribulation, and poverty, but you are rich in the eyes of God.
I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews, but are of the synagogue of satin. Be faithful unto death.
He says to them that the world may see their tribulation and poverty, but they are rich in the things of God.
The Church at Pergamos: You have those among you which hold the doctrine of Balaam and the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. Repent are I will come unto you quickly.
The Church of Thyatira: Those who commit adultery with that woman Jezebel, I will cast into great tribulation. Those who do not must hold fast till I come.
There will be some shown here who will be left behind to go through the tribulation period. These are also talked about by Jesus in the parable of the ten vergins.
The Church of Sardis: WATCH for his soon appearing or I will come upon you as a thief and catch you unaware.
The Church of Philadelphia: Behold, I come quickly. Hold fast that which you have, that no man take your crown from you.
The Church of Laodicea: God says, I know your works, you are neither hot nor cold, I wish that you were either hot or cold, but because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spue you from my mouth.
You believe in your heart and say that you are rich and have need of nothing. You do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked. REPENT!
Brothers, in these last days in which we live we have believers like all of those described here in the seven churches, that Jesus sent John to deliver this warning too. Please look inward and make sure that you do not fit into one of the above churches. If you do repent, so that you will not be left behind to go through the great tribulation. Admonish your brothers who are in one or more of these churches that they should repent. and turn away from those who live in this day as God described these.
Again I say WATCH for His soon appearing. Pray for the lost and witness to them. Go about doing God's work in this day. We have no promise of tomorrow, for we have only today.
God Bless you my brothers,
HVM - C122014