Revelation Chapter 2
Revelation - Illustrated
Message to the  7 Churches

È John turning his face "to see the voice that was speaking to him!



 
The Lord's message to the 7 Churches...

The Seven Churches of Revelation, also known as The Seven Churches of the Apocalypse and The Seven Churches of Asia (referring to the Roman province of Asia, not the entire continent), are seven major churches of Early Christianity, (First - Century) as mentioned in the New Testament Book of Revelation in Chapters 2 & 3.

Chapters 2 + 3 of Revelation had specific messages for each of these seven churches. The message of each of the seven letters is directed to the angel of the particular church that is mentioned. The term angel in this context could denote the local church leader.

The letters follow a common pattern...

The letters follow a common pattern: the Lord of hosts first addresses each church and identifies himself, then defines things that He knows about the church in question. After this a challenge or reproach is given, followed by a promise. In all seven cases the admonition is included, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches", although sometimes this comes before the promise and sometimes after. Repent, fear not, hold fast, be watchful, overcome and be prepared, behold, I am coming quickly with My reward! Although the letters differ in length in accord with the needs of each community, all conclude with an appeal to hold fast and to listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Each church is promised that everyone who conquers will be rewarded by the Lord Yeshua Messiah or Jesus Christ! It is time the Church will be unmasked and be exposed in its present condition! Is it ready & prepared enough for the Masters return?

These messages can also be found within the Churches today!

Although these letters were written to these 7 Churches in John's time; in the same strength, power, revealing, weaknesses, and problems these people faced, can also be found within the Churches today! Hear also what the Holy Spirit is revealing to you today!  Are there any area in your life that need to be cleansed, purified, of anything that is displeasing the Master? Today the Lord is revealing & reproving sin; calling out for repentance, (2 Chronicles 7:14) bringing us to a renewed and more powerful position of dedication, commitment & devotion in a deeper relationship with Him!

The main goal of these letters to the 7 churches...

The main goal of these letters to the 7 churches was to strengthen and enable the saints to overcome every defeating attempt of the enemy! The Lord is calling also to nowadays Christianity for the things that grieves Him, such as "Loss of first love", "compromises with the world", "false or wrong confession", "loss of spiritual authority", "allowing false teachers", "spiritual death", etc... There is a serious warning about the 'price' that has to be paid for persistent disobedience to the Lord! The lord sees beyond the 'surface', beyond the outward appearances, to discern the real 'condition' within the churches! He is positioning our accountability, by pruning, correcting, warning, cleansing and preparing all of us for His soon coming! (Revelation 3:19).

The Seven Churches: “The Things that Are” 

1) Local: actual churches. Researched archaeologically by Sir William Ramsey. There is a practical meaningful They really existed in that time! (Link to Sir William Ramsey will follow soon)
2) Admonitory: “..Churches”: All of them. Each message applies to each, to some extent.
3) Homiletic: “He that hath an ear...” Applies to us. Personally!
4) Prophetic. In their particular order, they lay out the history of the church with some surprising precision! [They fill the gap implied in Daniel 9:26, and between Revelation 12:5 and 6, etc.]
{Study-Notes from Chuck Missler "Bible in 24 Hours}

Design elements in each of the letters to 7 Churches; the most fascinating design

Name of the Church.
Title of
Yeshua/Christ Chosen.
Commendation.
Concern.
Exhortation.
• Promise to the Overcomer. (Closing passage)
“He that hath an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
{Study-Notes from Chuck Missler "Bible in 24 Hours}

Note:

The 7 Lamp-stands are the 7 Churches. He is among them! on the Earth while from Chapter 4 they are in Heaven!  Each of the 7 phrases; 4 levels of meaning; The title of the Lord Yeshua is different for each church and appropriate to each church itself! Every church is surprised. {Study-Notes from Chuck Missler "Bible in 24 Hours}

Of all things that Apostle John saw.”...

Of all things that he saw.” This relates to Apostle John as the receiver of the Revelation from G-D to man (Revelation 1:1). It was John who bore record of the Word of G-D, the testimony of Jesus Christ or Yeshua Messiah, and all things that he saw. The next to the last verse of John's Gospel (Revelation 21:24) can well be quoted here as proving the authenticity of this book as well as his Gospel. “This is the disciple which testified of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.” The authenticity of Revelation then is based upon the testimony of G-D the Father { אלהים }, Yeshua or Jesus Christ the Son, and John who was moved upon by the Holy Spirit (Revelation 1:10; 4:2; 17:3; 19:10; 21:9, 10) to record “all things that he saw” from the Father and the Son. The force of the word “saw” implies not only the mere act of looking, but the actual perception of the object. It is used forty-five times in this book!

Illustration Source  "Bible Stories That Live; 1966; © & John, the Apostle, at Patmos; Pg 356; by Loran Raymond Jones;

  The Three Divisions of Revelation

1.Write the things which thou hast seen.” That is, as the first division of this book write the vision that you saw of Me (Yeshua - Christ) in the midst of the candlesticks in Revelation 1:11-18; 19. This John did in the first chapter of the book. Revelation Chapter 1; the vision of Yeshua Messiah or the Christ the High-Priest of Heaven after the order of Melchisedec in the midst of the candlesticks with a priestly garment!  Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an High priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Hebrews 6:20) Melchizedek was an earthly king & priest (Genesis 14:18-20; 7:1-28) Melchizedek's origin was not recorded (Hebrews 7:6) so he could be a mere type of Yeshua's/Christ's eternity! But he is NOT Yeshua himself! (See for more detailed information at: Melchisedec )

2. Write the things which are.” That is, in the second division of the book of Revelation write the things that I (Yeshua - Christ) will tell you to write about concerning the churches, or concerning the Church on earth. This John did in Rev. 2:1–3:22; . 1:19.

3.Write the things which must be hereafter.” That is, as the third and last division of the book of Revelation write the things that I (Yeshua - Christ) will show you after you have completed things concerning the churches. These last things do not concern the things of the churches—they concern events after the Church Age. These things to happen after the Church Age were recorded by John in Rev. 4:1–22:21; 1:19. {Which follows after the Churches Chapters 4-22 “hereafter,” “after these things” = meta tauta - Greek} Picture-source: www.Revelationillustrated.com Ç

In the Earthy temple 5 of the 7 lamps had to be cleaned...before...

The lamps had to be cleaned every day! In the Earthy temple 5 of the 7 lamps had to be cleaned and been prepared with new fresh olive oil & wicks before the incense was burned on the golden altar, in the morning! The other 2 were prepare after the incense was offered! Out of the 7 Churches in the Book of Revelation 5 of those Yeshua warned that they had to clean their act and the other 2 He gave great commendations to. An exact reflection what a priest should do at the temple; clean up 5 and leave 2 burning. This is an symbolic picture of an ancient Jewish Temple! (It was destroyed in the time that Apostle John wrote this, but the Jews are still familiar with it.
In the center, at the west-end of the Holy place, and just before the 'door-hanging' of the
Holy of Holies is standing the Golden Altar of smoke-incense, a situation of higher honor than that of any other of the secret vessels there is yet to considered, being regarded as immediately before the 'Throne' itself, even though the veil intervened. (Exodus 30:6)

After this the gates of the Heavenly Temple were open for the worshippers! In Chapter 4 John is caught up into Heaven as the door of Heaven open! This transition from chapter 3 to Chapter 4 is triggered by the rapture (Revelation 4:1) (the great assembly of the righteous saints)!  (Illuma Illustrations)

The Temple's morning  & evening service...

The messages to the 7 Churches. At the Earthly temple there was a morning service & an evening service. The day was divided in 12 hours & 12 hours. (24 hours) Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. (John 11:9)  "The tribulation period is divided in half's! "42 Months - 42 Months" It is the morning -and evening service! The church (the righteous {un-compromising} saints) are going to Heaven during the opening of the morning service at the Temple of Heaven and the 144,000 Jews are going to Heaven at the beginning of the night service! Just as it was in the Earthly temple!

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1. The Church of Ephesus...


John
turning his face "to see the voice that was speaking to him.
Picture-source:
www.Revelationillustrated.com ÇÈ

2:1

Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
(Menorah's)

When Scripture appears in red, than these are the Words spoken by the Messiah Yeshua! The black written words refers to the evil one and evil deeds! Green italic refer to the Scriptural words, which gives life!
See for more at: Color-codes

"angel" refers to the Messenger or Pastor of the Church; He, Yeshua, that is in the midst of us

Ephesus means 'darling'

This portrays the rightful place of Yeshua; the Christ as head of the church and ministry.

Ephesus—is 'famous' for the temple of Diana, one of the 7 wonders of the world. Paul had worked there for 3 years and had written an epistle to the Ephesian church. He eventually ordained Timothy as overseer there but probably only temporarily. Toward the end of his life, John made Ephesus the center from which he labored and taught.

2:2

I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

Å Ancient library of Ephesus

Nothing is hidden from the Lord; no secrets from your innermost being! Job 40:4; 1Samuel 16:7

 7 facts concerning the Ephesians:
1. Ten points of commendation
2. One point of condemnation
3. They had left their first love
4. They were commanded to repent and do their first works to be restored to God and their first love!
5. If they would not do so they were to be removed! 
6. The whole church would be destroyed if terms were not met This would also be true of individuals!
7. Only the overcomer was promised Heaven!

The lord sees beyond the 'surface', beyond the outward appearances, to discern the real 'condition' within the church of Ephesus! He surely is aware of the good works as well as the hidden secret sin and the compromises that has been tolerated!

Ephesus Ç was an ancient Greek city on the west coast of Asia Minor, near present-day Seljuk, Izmir Province, Modern day Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome, the empire's capital. Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it the second largest city in the world. The city was 'famed' for the Temple of Artemis or the Temple of Idol god 'Diana' (completed around 550 BCE), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Diana was the idol goddess of the hunt, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and also of the moon in Roman mythology. In literature she was the equivalent of the Greek goddess Artemis

2:3

And hast borne, and hast patience, and for My Name's sake hast labored, and hast not fainted.

The Ephesians suffered for the Lord without ceasing, but He knows they were enduring patiently and bearing up for His name’s sake, and they have not grown weary”

2:4

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

IF I [can] speak in the tongues of men and [even] of angels, but have not love (that reasoning, intentional, spiritual devotion such as is inspired by God's love for and in us), I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal...
(1Corinthians 13:1
"13;
Amplified)

And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect).This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment.
(Matthew 22:37, 38;
Amplified)

They were so busy with the business of doing "ministry"", that they had no time left for the Lord & King Himself! Are you so busy with ministry; helping out doing a lot of things that you do have time for personal devotions?

The Ephesians church is deficient in love (left their first love; not lost!); an obvious reference to love for Yeshua Messiah (Timothy 5:12) and probably also forsake the brotherly love. They became spiritual weaker & neglect from winning the lost souls as a result of Scriptural  truth of forsaking their "first love"! The Church became Legalistic*.
It vital important that you give yourself solely, unreserved to Him and spending every possible moments in relationship of intimacy, and so eagerly anticipates in a love relationship of understanding of His perfect will and continue to be in His Holy Shekinah* presence! It makes us enable to fulfill the purpose of God!

2:5

Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Revelation 3:3

The Lord clearly is showing that the most severe consequence of disobedience was the removal of their 'Lamp-stand', their representation and appearance at God's Holy Throne...from its place! All kind of self-men-made programs can conclude in formal carnal things out of more obligation than devotion and love for Him! He is warning seriously that He will remove the church from its position of influence and it would eventually stop to maintain!

Ç  Ancient street -  raiment's of Ephesus

Nicolaitans: hated here, but became “doctrine” in Pergamos (Letter #3)] Is their lamp-stand visible today? One of “the seven” chosen to have the oversight of “the daily ministration” to the poor of the church in Jerusalem (Acts 6:5). He is called “a proselyte of Antioch”; (the other 6 were therefore probably Jews by birth). Some of the church Fathers (Irenaeus, Hippolytus, Pseudo-Tertullian) state that he was the founder of a sect called NICOLAITANS. Other Fathers seem to suggest that this was a vain claim made by this sect in seeking apostolic authority for their opinions.
• A 1st century sect abusing the liberty in Yeshua/Christ?
• An un-translated word?
Means: Conquer, overcome, rule; over people
Using their 'clerical stature' or position to rule over the laity.
{Study-Notes from Chuck Missler "Bible in 24 Hours}

2:6

But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

(Rev. 2:6,14-15,20).

The lord did not hate these specific people, but hated their evil deeds! He disapproved that certain people (clerisy stature) are 'conquering' and 'ruling' over the 'church' people! That is un-scriptural!

Formalism is some denomination is likewise the Nicolaitans.

Followers of Nicolaus, a heretic. were known for their lascivious* lifestyle and with false teachers among them. They are thought to have been a first century sect of Gnostics who practiced and taught impure and immoral doctrines, such as the community of wives, that committing adultery and fornication was not sinful, and that eating meats offered to idols was lawful. This was similar to the doctrines of Balaam and Jezebel of Thyatira

For most Christians, isn't it always easy to discern and to understand, who is speaking in your heart and it is also difficult to follow that the Holy Spirit is speaking to you! How can you discern and to understand which voice is speaking to you? Also search by yourself in the Word of God and pray for wisdom and for understanding! Search for His Divine presence! He shall come and He shall speak! When you search by yourself for Him, you will recognize, understand and discern the voice of the Holy Spirit loud and clear in your innermost heart! Not only inside your heart, but also by ministers who preach the Word and prophets. Who so ever speaks, you will recognize the voice of God or “another one”. There are 3 voices to discern and to distinct:

1. The voice of the Holy Spirit

2. The voice of your mind*

3. The voice of the evil one or an evil spirit.

 

 

See more about:  Ephesus

2:7

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
First unique promise for the over-comer!

Beloved, Do not put faith in every 'spirit', but prove (test*) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world.
(1 John 4:1; Amplified)

(1 John 4:1-3)

Give to eat of the tree of life—The tree of life in paradise (the new Jerusalem), lost by the fall, will be restored by the Redeemer. Allusions to the tree of life occur in Proverbs 3:18; 11:30; 13:12; 15:4; Ezekiel 47:12; and Revelation 22:2, 14. It is interesting to note how closely these introductory addresses are linked to the rest of the book of Revelation. The “tree of life” appears also in 22:1. Eating from the tree of life pictures the gift of eternal life. In paradise God will restore the perfect fellowship that existed in the Garden of Eden before sin entered and ruined the relationship between people and God! See more at Ch. 3 "Over-comers"!

Promise for the over-comer! This is promised for every of the 7 Churches!
An encouragement to be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit! Our sensitivity to the
Holy Spirit is vital! By allowing Him to open God's Word to us; we will become more mature in spirituality. He also help us to keep our faith strong without evil influences! You will be able to judge* teachings in a with Divine wisdom and so in a Godly manner!

The Holy Spirit...
1. Exalts the Messiah
2. Directs attention to Yeshua
3. Never in
contradiction* with the Word of God! (Scripture)
4. Does everything unto edification! (in love, without pressure or manipulations!)
5. Withstands all examination*!

He that hath an ear, let him hear... 7 times in Revelation  2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.

2. The Church of Smyrna...

2:8

And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things said the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

Å Ancient  raiment's of Smyrna

"angel" refers to the Messenger or Pastor of the Church

Smyrna is a synonym word for Myrrh, which is an embalming ointment. Myrrh is a fragrant gum used in the holy anointing oil. (Suffering & Death) (also in John 19:39). The word Myrrh suggest 'death'! The 3 wise men at Yeshua' birth brought 3 gifts in their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold; frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 (KJV) In the millennium they going to bring the Lord gifts: gold; & frankincense, but NO more myrrh! Why, the 3 wise men prophesied the death of the Messiah; In millennium there is no death!

In contrast to the other churches, Apostle John had nothing negative to write about the church of Smyrna. (Also for Philadelphia) He did, however, predict that the persecution will continue and urged them, "Be faithful to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life" The persecution of Christians continued into the second century, as documented by the martyrdom of Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, in 155 AD.

Yeshua 'Title' her is He was dead but now is alive! The 'First' & the 'Last'! He overcame death! It was a surprising message for the Church of Smyrna!

Smyrna Ç (meaning “myrrh”) was an ancient city located at a central and strategic point on the Aegean coast of Anatolia; aided by its advantageous port conditions, its ease of defense and its good inland connections, Smyrna rose to prominence. The ancient city is located at two sites within modern Izmir, Turkey. About 50 miles northwest of Ephesus on the Aegean Sea. While the first site, likely to have started as a native foundation, rose to prominence during the Archaic Period as one of the principal ancient Greek settlements in western Anatolia, the second, whose foundation is associated with Alexander the Great, reached metropolitan proportions especially during the period of the Roman Empire Under Roman rule, Smyrna enjoyed a golden period for the second time. Near the close of the first century AD, Smyrna had a Christian congregation undergoing persecution! 

Smyrna was famous for its athletic games. Each champion would receive a crown, a victory wreath. In ancient Rome this was the most sought-after prize.

2:9

I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of satan.

The church in this city struggled against two hostile forces:
1. A Gentile population that was loyal to Rome and supported emperor worship.
2. A large Jewish population strongly opposed to Christianity!


Even if believers have to suffer to the point of
death, Jesus Christ / Yeshua, the one who “came to life again,” would raise them to eternal life with Him! G-D knows about the needs & sacrifices of his people!

An exhortation: There is NO concern or issue with this specific church! Nothing 'bad' said about them by the Lord! (also the Philadelphia)

3 things commended of the Church of Smyrna:
1. Works 
2. Tribulation
through persecution
3. Poverty,
financial destitution; poverty-stricken, because of the suffering they endured, but rich in the Lord

A sect in Smyrna which professed Judaism, but blasphemed God and served satan.
The city Smyrna had great wealth and beauty, possessing a stadium, library, and the largest public theater in Asia Minor. It had the pagan temples of Cybele and Aphrodite. In addition to enslavement to the pagan gods, Caesar worship was also prominent. A large Jewish population lived there and constantly informed the Romans of the Christians’ activities. This heightened persecution of the Christians!

5 kind of Crowns described:

Crown of incorruption: For those who are living a life of discipline and not looking after material things & glory of men! 
(1 Corinthians 9:25) (Matthew 6:19, 20)

Crown of life:  which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. We are to rejoice under trials (James 1:12)

Crown of glory that faded not away. For those who are faithfully doing their ministry and the Word of God! The willingness to serve as overseer...  (1Peter 5:4)

Crown of Righteousness For those who expecting the Lord's return; being prepared and love his appearing!   (2 Timothy 4:8)

Crown of Rejoicing For those who  are expressing their faith with great joy! For they are our glory & joy! The joy for leading a person into salvation and so in

 Yeshua Messiah is  expressing of knowing Him by ourselves!
(1 Thessalonians 2:19)

2:10

Fear none of those things which thou shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown* of life.

The persecution would continue for ten days—probably symbolizing that although persecution would be intense, it would be relatively short and have a definite beginning and end. G-D was in complete control!

10 “Days” Tribulation (spans 250 years)
54 - 68 Nero (Paul beheaded; Peter crucified upside down)
95 - 96
Domitian (John exiled)
104 - 117
Trajan (Ignatius burned at the stake)
161 - 180
Marcus Aurelius (Polycarp martyred)
200 - 211
Septimus Severus (He killed Irenaeus)
235 - 237
Maximinus (He killed Ursula and Hippolytus)
249 - 251
Decius
257 - 260
Valerian
270 - 275
Aurelian
303 - 313
Diocletian (Worst of all)
{Study-Notes Chuck Missler "Bible in 24 Hours}

Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:8)

Corruptible crown; but we have an incorruptible crown! Corruptible  crowns were made of wild olive branches for the Olympic games; laurel for the Pythian games; parsley for the Nemean games; and pine for the Ishmian games. All were so corruptible that they began to wither the moment they were made. What a contrast to the incorruptible crown to be given to the righteous saints! In contrast, those saints, who have suffered for their faith will receive “the crown of life” in      G-D’s Kingdom!

He that hath an ear, let him hear... 7 times in Revelation  2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.

See more about:  Smyrna

2:11

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said unto the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.

Believers and unbelievers alike experience physical death. The first death for those in Smyrna might well be martyrdom. But even then they would be victorious, because they would not face the second death! All people will be resurrected, but believers will be resurrected to eternal life with G-D, while unbelievers will be resurrected to be punished with a second death—eternal separation from God.

If you born twice you are dying ones; if you only born one, you are dying twice!

Second promise for the over-comer!
Smyrna (meaning “myrrh”) yielded its sweet perfume in being persecuted, even if it meant death. (Myrrh was used in embalming dead bodies [John 19:30] and thereby could typify “death".
It has a faint though agreeable sweet smell, but a bitter taste! (Suffering & Death) (also in John 19:39). It was also used in the mixer for to balsam Jesus body.
Pure Myrrh is a fragrant gum used in the holy anointing oil; which comes from the stem of a low, thorny, ragged tree growing in Arabia and East Africa

3. The Church of Pergamos...

Pergamum Å was an ancient Greek city in modern-day Turkey, in Mysia, today located 16 miles (26 km) from the Aegean Sea on a promontory on the north side of the river Caicus that became the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon during the Hellenistic period, under the Attalid dynasty, 281–133 BC. Today, the main sites of ancient Pergamon are to the north and west of the modern city of Bergama. This city has a population of some twenty thousand, of whom about two thousand profess to be Christians. Parchment (q.v.) was first made here, and was called by the Greeks pergamene, from the name of the city!
In addition to walks and public buildings, there was a library founded, which contained two-hundred-thousand volumes, and was second only to that of Alexandria. The kingdom of Pergamum became a Roman province b.c. 130; but the city continued to flourish, so that Pliny styled it by far the most illustrious of Asia. All the main roads of Western Asia converged there. Pergamum was celebrated for the manufacture of ointments, pottery, tapestries, and parchment, which derives its name (charta Pergamena) from the city. It contained a celebrated and much-frequented temple of Aesculapius, who was worshipped in the form of a living serpent fed in the temple. Hence Aesculapius was called the 'god' of Pergamum, and on the coins struck by the town he often appears with a rod encircled by a serpent.
Pergamum; along the side of the hill was a huge Å amphitheater, Ç where over 10,000 people could attend. It was also the worship of 'Caesar" was centered. Emperor 'worship' was compulsory. The churches were persecuted because they didn't bow down to 'Caesar', and became 'marked' men, & traitors against the government! A life in jeopardy for Christians in that time!

Location:

 Turkey (Asia Minor) Pergamum

Theatre-Type:

Greek Theatre

Date of Construction:

ca. 225 -200 BC.

Renovation Dates:

Constucted early days of Attalid Kingdom, late-3rd century BC; enlarged to final form 187-159 BC; 197-159 BC; Roman era renovations include arena and kolymbethra.

Dimensions:

Cavea Width: 80 meters
Orchestra Width: 21 meters

Seating Capacity:

10,000

2:12

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things said He which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

Ç Drawing of ancient Pergamon

Revelation 1:16. Hebrews 4:12, Isaiah 49:2

"angel" refers to the Messenger or Pastor of the Church; Pergamos means mixed marriage! (Unfavorable marriage; perversion; “Mixed Marriage” [bigamy =two; polygamy = many]

The Lord's words cut and penetrate deep, and it was easy to picture him as having a sword proceeding from his mouth; that is, His words were as piercing as a sharp sword. As He was about to reprove the church at Pergamos, there was a propriety in referring to this power of the Savior.
The 'title' of
Yeshua: His weapon is the 2 edges sword; the Word of G-D! It is the remedy for this specific church!

Balaam (Hebrew: בִּלְעָם); a prophet, and the son of Beor; is a diviner in the Torah, his story occurring towards the end of the Book of Numbers. Balaam attempted to curse G-D's people. He failed all three tries, each time producing blessings, not curses (Numbers Chapters 22 - 24). Balaam's error and the source of his wickedness came not from the curses he never delivered on, but from sabotaging the Israelites as they entered the Promised Land. According to Numbers 31:16 and Apostle John (Revelation 2:14), Balaam returned to King Balak and informed the king on how to get the Israelites to curse themselves by enticing them with prostitutes and unclean food sacrificed to idols. The Israelites fell into transgression due to these traps and YHWH sent a deadly plague to them as a result (Numbers 31:16).

 

2:13

I know thy works, and where thou dwells, even where satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast My name, and hast not denied My faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where satan dwelleth.

It was noted for its wickedness, insomuch that our Lord says "satan's seat" was there. The church of Pergamos was rebuked for swerving from the truth and embracing the doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitanes. Antipas, Christ's/Yeshua's "faithful martyr," here sealed his testimony with his blood!

2:14

But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

They are mixing idolatry; faithful in one hand but marring the 'world' instead to be a witness to it!  They are compromising with the 'world'!

The Prophet Balaam
• “Doctrine of Balaam.” Rev 2:14 – Spiritual unchastity; marriage with the world.
• “Way of Balaam.”
II Peter 2:15– Hireling = making a “market” for his gift.
• “Error of Balaam.”
Jude 11– Sacrificing eternal riches for temporal gain.

Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our G-D turned the curse into a blessing. (Nehemiah 13:2 - KJV)

4 things condemned in Pergamos:  
1. Holding the doctrine of Balaam
2. Eating things sacrificed to idols
3. Committing fornication.

4. Holding the doctrine of Nicolaitans.
Balaam was a prophet that was hired by balac to put the Israelites out of the favor of G-D! Bringing the soldiers into fornication with the pagan women.

 

2:15

So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Previously it was the deeds of the Nicolaitans, now they became the doctrine. There is an evolution in this process.

 

2:16

Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

Repentance is required of all backsliders (Rev. 2:5, 21,22; 3:3,19). That there is a possibility of backsliders not repenting is clear from the fact that if they did not repent, they would be judged.



Pergamum

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2:17

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receives it.
Å Ancient Pergamum

He that hath an ear, let him hear... 7 times in Revelation  2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.

Third promise for the over-comer!
In ancient times they meant pardon and the evidence of it. Judges had white and black stones. If a black one was given the criminal he was condemned; if a white stone he would be pardoned. Conquerors in the public games were also given white stones with their names in them
1. The name of God the Father
2. The name of the New Jerusalem, the capital city of God (Rev. 21:2,9)
3. The new name of
Yeshua

4. The Church of Thyatira...

2:18

And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things said the Son of God, who hath His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass; (KJV)

And to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, Who has eyes that flash like a flame of fire, and Whose feet glow like bright {and} burnished {and} white-hot bronze: (Amplified)

 

"angel" refers to the Messenger or Pastor of the Church

Thyateira is the name of the modern Turkish city of Akhisar ("white castle"). It lies in the far west of Turkey, south of Istanbul and almost due east of Athens. It is about 50 miles (80 km) from the Mediterranean. It was famous for its dyeing and was a center of the indigo trade. Among the ancient ruins of the city, inscriptions have been found relating to the guild of dyers in the city. Indeed, more guilds are known in Thyatira than any other contemporary city in the Roman province of Asia (inscriptions mention the following: wool-workers, linen-workers, makers of outer garments, dyers, leather-workers, tanners, potters, bakers, slave-dealers and bronze-smiths. It was famous for its dyeing and was a center of the indigo trade. Indigo dye is an organic compound with a distinctive blue color. Historically, indigo was extracted from plants, and this process was important economically because blue dyes were once rare

The Apostle Paul and Silas might have visited Thyateira during Paul's second or third journey, although the evidence is entirely circumstantial. They visited several small unnamed towns in the general vicinity during the second journey. While in Philippi, Paul and Silas stayed with a woman named Lydia from Thyateira, who continued to help them even after they were jailed and released.

The name, "Lydia", meaning "the Lydian woman", by which she was known indicates that she was from Lydia in Asia Minor. She was evidently a well-to-do agent of a purple-dye firm of Thyatira. Lydia insisted on giving hospitality to Apostle Paul and his companions in Philippi. They stayed with her until their departure, through Amphipolis and Apollonia, to Thessalonica (Acts 16:40-17:1). 

2:19

 I know your record {and} what you are doing, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your recent works are more numerous {and} greater than your first ones.
(Amplified)

Six things the Lord recognize in the Church of  Thyatira:
1. Works  
2. Charity/love
3. Service
4. Faith
5. Patience
6. Increased works

2:20

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (KJV)

But I have this against you: that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess [claiming to be inspired], and who is teaching and leading astray (to seduce) my servants {and} beguiling them into practicing sexual vice and eating food sacrificed to idols. [I Kings 16:31; II Kings 9:22, 30.] (Amplified)


purple-dye pigment

Thyatira was known as a center of world trade and for its dyeing industry (Lydia of Acts 16). The people manufactured a purple dye that came from the madder root and a shellfish called morex. The dye was extremely expensive

Four things against Thyatira
1. Permitting
Jezebel to teach
2. Permitting
her to seduce My servants (Christians) to commit fornication
3.
Permitting her to seduce Christians to eat things sacrificed to idols
4.
Tolerating her in spite of impenitence This is not the same Jezebel of 1Ki. 18 -- 1 Kings 19

The Church-members of Thyateira were confronted either to compromise by participate in the pagan festivities of their city; or reject it and endure economic hardships.

The lord was exposing a stronghold of satan right in the midst of their Church! They had opened their 'door' to destruction by allowing compromisers  to act among them throughout "Jezebel" who was 'joining' all that was holy, the Word of G-D and His standards, and also keeping all that what was/is corrupt & evil; by idol worship & immorality. G-D will not tolerate this and consider it as spiritual adultery.

  As Balaam in Israel’s early history, so Jezebel, daughter of the king of Sidon (1 Kings 16:21), was the great seducer to idolatry in Israel’s later history. Like her father, she was swift to violence and murder. She was a dedicated Baal worshiper, as was her father. (His name, Eth-Baal, expresses his idolatry.) Jezebel seduced her weak husband Ahab and Israel beyond calf-worship (worship of the true God, but a violation of the second commandment) to that of Baal (violation of the first and second commandments). She seems to have been a prophetess of Baal (2 Kings 9:22, 30). The spiritual foe at Thyatira lured God’s servants in the same way as the Balaamites and Nicolaitans did (2:6, 14, 15)—to fornication and eating meat offered to idols. By false spiritualism the seducers led their victims to the grossest carnality, as though things done in the flesh were outside of the true man and therefore of no consequence!
Here there is a transfer from literal to spiritual fornication, as appears from 2:22. This idea arose from Yahweh’s covenant relationship with Israel as being regarded as a marriage; any transgression against this relationship was harlotry, fornication, or adultery.
Jezebel may have considered her insights to be deeper knowledge of God, but the Lord explained that these “truths” were really the teachings of Satan. The Lord condemned her teaching!
(
Comprehensive Commentary Commentary Application Study Bible)

 

2:21

And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

 I gave her time to repent, but she has no desire to repent of her immorality [symbolic of idolatry] {and} refuses to do so. (Amplified)

The Lord was warning this Church of a coming judgment to this false teacher & prophetess, together with those who had compromised with her and giving time to repent! She refused to repent!
The error and sin had been of long standing, but the Lord now resolved to bear with it no longer. It is true of almost every great sinner, that sufficient time is given for repentance, and that vengeance is delayed after crime is committed. But it cannot always be deferred, for the period must arrive when no reason shall exist for longer delay, and when punishment must come upon the offender.

 

2:22

Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. (KJV)

Take note: I will throw her on a bed [of anguish], and those who commit adultery with her [her paramours] I will bring down to pressing distress {and} severe affliction, unless they turn away their minds from conduct [such as] hers {and} repent of {their} doings.

Threefold judgment threatened:
1. I will
cast her (Jezebel) into a bed of sickness (Job 33:19)
2. I will
bring tribulation upon all that commit adultery with her.
3. I will kill her children with
death

The judgment is to be as vicious as the sin has been!

Å(Amplified)


2:23

And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. (Job) (KJV)

And I will strike her children (her proper followers) dead [thoroughly exterminating them]. And all the assemblies (churches) shall recognize {and} understand that I am He Who searches minds (the thoughts, feelings, and purposes) and the [inmost] hearts, and I will give to each of you [the reward for what you have done] as your work deserves. (Amplified)

"Reins" (Greek: nephros); the kidneys, or in figurative language, the innermost mind, where your emotions are!
These who had compromise were given a serious choice: Stop compromising; repent or face '
death'!

    The judgment is to be as vicious as the sin has been! That also all the churches shall know that the Lord is who searches the 'reins' and 'hearts' This depicts Yeshua's/Christ’s Divine omniscience (Psalms139:1, 2, 23; Jeremiah 17:10). “Heart” is center of the thought or intellect according to Hebrew thought, while “reins” is literally “kidneys,” the center of the emotions. I will give . . . according to your works (Matthew 16:27).


2:24

But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. (KJV)

But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not explored {and} known the depths of Satan, as they say--I tell you that I do not lay upon you any other [fresh] burden: (Amplified)

Here the Lord Jesus Christ or Yeshua called it "the depths of satan" (Revelation 12:9).
No judgment on the righteous saints who did not compromise!

 

 

 

 

 

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2:25

But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. (KJV)

All that there is of truth and purity remaining among you, retain faithfully!

Three things all Christians must do; that you have already hold fast till He comes:
1. To hold fast till
Yeshua comes (Rev. 2:25; see note, Hebrews 3:6, on holding fast).
2. To overcome
(Rev. 2:26; Rev. 2:7,11,17; 3:5). See also "The blessings for the Over-comers" at Chapter 3!
3. To keep the Lord's works unto the end
(Rev. 2:26).

2:26

And he that overcomes, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: (KJV)

And he who overcomes (is victorious) and who obeys My commands to the [very] end [doing the works that please Me], I will give him authority {and} power over the nations; (Amplified)

The over-comers are those who rise above the problems also in their particular local church to live a life pleasing to Yeshua/Jesus.

Z Picture: The Lord of Host; King of Kings 2-sd coming with the saints from Heaven!
Source:
Believers Fellowship Faith Church;
Lakeland; Biblical Art in the Entre hall; with permission. See also Revelation 19 ; & 3

Forth promise for the over-comer!

Four things promised for overcoming: (See also "The blessings for the Over-comers" at Ch 3!)
1. Power over the nations
(Rev. 2:26)
2. Ruling nations with a rod of iron
(Rev. 2:27)
3. Crushing all resistance of nations
(Rev. 2:27)
4. The morning star
(Rev. 2:28)
All saints will be kings or priests under
Yeshua Messiah or the Christ and will rule the earth forever! (Rev. 2:26-27; 1:6; 5:10; 20:4-6; 22:4-5).

2:27

And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. (KJV)

And he shall rule them with a scepter (rod) of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, and [his power over them shall be] like that which I Myself have received from My Father; (Amplified)

This vivid image depicts the power of executed judgment. As partners with Yeshua or Christ, the over-comers will join Him in executing judgment against the nations.
To rule with a scepter of iron, is not to rule with a harsh and tyrannicals way, but with power that is firm and invincible. It denotes a government of strength!

2:28

And I will give him the morning star.

The 'morning star' is referring to Yeshua Messiah or the Christ (Rev. 22:16; cp. Numbers 24:17).
To receive the morning star must have something to do with participating in the glories of
Yeshua's/Christ’s second coming.

2:29

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (KJV)

He who is able to hear, let him listen to {and} heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the assemblies (churches).
(Amplified)

Evidently what the Holy Spirit says-for He is regarded in the Scriptures as the Source of inspiration, and as appointed to disclose truth to man!

7 times in Revelation  2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.

Conclusion: Can you understand that compromise with the world is so dangerous? Even if we allow small part into the church it is like poising in the Church!

He that hath an ear, let him hear!  This expression occurs at the close of each of the epistles addressed to the seven churches, and is substantially a mode of address often employed by the Savior in His personal ministry, and quite characteristic of Him Matthew 11:15 Mark 4:23, 7:16

  Each of the seven letters ends with the exhortation, Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches. The words of the Spirit are the words of Yeshua or Christ Himself. Note that all the letters were to be read to all the churches also today! Those who “hear” what is read should then “listen to the Spirit” in order to understand what the Spirit is saying and to know what should be done. Those who listen and do what the Spirit leads them to do will be victorious. These who are victorious will remain faithful to Yeshua or Christ Himself no matter what the cost!

The 7 Churches...


Ç Picture Source: Nelson's complete Book of the Bible Maps and Carts  © 1993  Page 486

1. Representing 7 Churches in Asia in Apostle John's time! They were real local churches!
2. Representing all Churches in 7 distinct ages (7 period of history in an astonishing order; with an surprising precision) to come; from John's time to present day; dominated a period of time...They lay out the history of the church!
È
3. Representing all Churches in our time; and every kind of churches today!
4. Representing all kind of Christians...It apply to you personally as well!

Each letter to the 7 Churches has a precise element. The name of the churches are reaching out to its own significant message and is relevant to it. The title's that Yeshua used for Himself is different for each letter and appropriate to the mission and the issue's that faced that specific church! There are exaltations and issue's of concern (by 5 of them). It is a surprising messages for these churches as well. There is a specific promises made for the "Overcomer",  which is very significant on itself!

The Churches...
& Character

Scripture

Represents

AD - TO...
period of time

Commentary

1

The church at Ephesus
the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4).

Rebuke!
The blessing of Overcomers:  
The tree of life. Rev. 2:7
Back to
the garden of Eden where the tree of life is Genesis 2

Revelation 2:1-7
Desire-full

Legalistic
Do the works you did at first; Commanded to repent;

30 - 95
Apostolic age

Forsake its 1-ft love / organized; Love for Christ no longer fervent

They were so busy with the business of the "Kingdom", that they had no time left for the King! Are you so busy with ministry; helping out doing a lot of things that you do have time for personal devotions?

The lord did not hate these specific people, but hated their evil deeds! But He disapproved that people (clerisy stature) are 'conquering' and 'ruling' over the people! That is un-scriptural!

Formalism is some Denomination is likewise the Nicolaitans.

2

The church at Smyrna
the church that would suffer persecution (2:10).

Recommended!
The blessing of Overcomers:
The crown of life Rev. 2:10
Escape second death Rev 2:11
When Adam sins and experience  death
Genesis 3:6

Revelation 2:8-11
Myrrh

Persecuted
Continue to be obedience...

95 - 312
Persecuted Church

No criticism for it! Martyr for Yeshua - the church that would suffer persecution (2:10).  (Also poverty)
Crown of Life

The persecution would continue for ten days—probably symbolizing that although persecution would be intense, it would be relatively short and have a definite beginning and end. G-D was in complete control!

The word Myrrh suggest 'death'!

3

The church at Pergamos
the church that needed to repent (2:16)
Rebuke!
The blessing of Overcomers:  
The hidden manna Rev. 2:17
Exodus 16:15
white stone;  a new name

Revelation 2:12-17
High elevation

Liberal
Needed to repent; Commanded to repent;

312 - 590
Roman Church

Doesn't care about false doctrine
State starts to corrupt the church; Since Constantinople;
needed to repent; Tolerates immorality; idolatry & heresies

4

The church at Thyatira
the church that had a false prophetess (2:20).

Rebuke!
The blessing of Overcomers:
Power over the nations & rule
Rev. 2:26; Also found in Joshua; King David

Revelation 2:18-29
Continual sacrifices

Pagan
Judgment coming;
keep the fait; Commanded to repent;

590 - 1517
Dark ages

Filled with cultic; had a false prophetess; Tolerate cult of idolatry & immorality.  

5

The church at Sardis
the church that had fallen asleep (3:2).

Rebuke!
The blessing of Overcomers:
Clothed in white raiment
Not blot his name out of the Book of life Also in the Gospel books
Confess his name. Rev 3:5

Revelation 3:1-6
Remnant

Dead;
Commanded to repent; Strengthen what remain

1517-1750
Reformation movement

Reputation to be 'alive', but... practices  Reformation as a time of live, but where not alive at all! Had fallen asleep!

Hypocrisy, and lamentable decay in religion, are sins charged upon Sardis, by One who knew that church well, and all her works. Outward things appeared well to men, but there was only the form of godliness, not the power; a name to live, not a principle of life. There was great deadness in their souls, and in their services; numbers were wholly hypocrites, others were in a disordered and lifeless state

6

The church at Philadelphia
the church that had endured patiently (3:10).
Recommended!
The blessing of Overcomers:
A pillar in God's temple .
I will write upon him the name of my God,
I will write upon him My new Name!
Rev. 3:12

Revelation 3:7-13
Brotherly love

Alive!
Keep the faith! Continue to be obedience...

1750-1925
Mission oriented Church

Alive; no criticism for it!

7

The church at Laodicea
the church with the lukewarm faith (3:16).

Rebuke!
The blessing of Overcomers:
Eternal throne and Kingdom Rev. 3:21 Millennial reign

Revelation 3:14-22
The rights of the people; the peoples rules

Apostate; indifferent
Be zealous & Commanded to repent;!

1925-Present
1948-present
No need of anything Apostate state!

Apathetic; Not 'hot' or 'cold'; Careless; I am 'rich & wealthy' I am in need of nothing!? Yeshua is saying also today: "You are miserable, poor; blind & naked; worldly apostolic, which even let not in Yeshua into their doors! Lukewarm faith (3:16). Indifferent.

Yeshua Messiah went al the way back to Adam & moved forwards for 6,000 years. I am going to let you  be a complete overcomer! I am going to undo everything what the enemy try to in the garden of Eden... They will al receive a blessing if they... These problems is what the Churches also have today! All the same things the nowadays churches are still struggling with. Especially the apostate state!
He who is able to hear, let him listen to {and} heed what the [Holy] Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). (Revelation 2:29)
(7 times in Revelation  2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.)

Terms / Expressions

Dictionary

Commentary

Legalistic

Adherence to letter of law: strict adherence to a literal interpretation of a law, rule, or religious or moral code;

Let us settle the differences between us. Such reasoning where both parties state their own case will put an end to all other reasoning.

Persecuted

Oppress people: to systematically subject a race or group of people to cruel or unfair treatment, e.g. because of their ethnic origin or religious beliefs; to make somebody the victim of continual pestering or harassment;  the subjecting of a race or group of people to cruel or unfair treatment...

 

Liberal

Broad-minded: tolerant of different views and standards of behavior in others;  liberal person: somebody who favors tolerance or open-mindedness;

Speaking villainy (Isaiah 32:6); Working iniquity in the heart; Practicing hypocrisy; Uttering error (by tolerating false doctrines)

Pagan

An offensive term that deliberately insults somebody who does not acknowledge the God of the Bible, Torah;  an offensive term that deliberately insults somebody's non-belief in religion, way of life, or degree of knowledge;  The Latin word 'pagus', from which pagan is derived, originally meant "something stuck in the ground as a landmark.";  polytheist or pantheist: a follower of an ancient polytheistic or pantheistic religion;

The Christian Church must be purged of the contamination of sinners, and separate from pagan influences! The church is here admonished to clean out the immoral practices from its midst. So the nowadays church!

Expressions from specific words explained by Dictionary *
contradiction: Opposing statement: a statement, that opposes or disagrees with somebody or something; Revelation 2:7 / Commentary
lascivious: 1. lewd: showing a desire for, or unseemly interest in, sex; 2. erotic: provoking lust Revelation 2:6 / Commentary
Examination

Examination Inspection: the process of looking at and considering something carefully with the idea of learning something; if it is based on the truth and the Word of God! To analyze; to inspect or study something or somebody in order to understand or expose it in detail, about the truth and if it is in alignment with the Word of God! Examine their conscience, motive and devotion. To test somebody: to test the knowledge or ability of somebody by giving written, oral, or practical spiritual expressions!

Revelation 2:7 / Commentary
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