- This Revelation was given
to Jesus, but originated with the Father. It came to John by way of an
angel and John was now relaying that message to the seven churches in the
province of Asia. Those that read the words of the prophecy of Revelation
and take those words to heart are promised a blessing. No other book in
scripture has such an overt promise attached to it.
- In this short passage
Jesus is referred to as: faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead,
the ruler of the kings of earth, the one who was pierced, the Alpha and
Omega, the eternal and everlasting one, and the Almighty! This awesome
Christ is said to “love us and to have freed us in order to make us
priests in His eternal kingdom.
- Being a part of the
kingdom of God means that we can expect suffering and a struggle that will
require endurance on our part. Knowing such effort will be required the
Christian must serve the Lord with patience.
- In the vision Christ is:
Robed – Royal
White Haired – Wisdom
Eyes blazing as fire – All seeing
Feet like bronze – Unmovable
Voice like mighty waters – All Powerful
A sword protruding from His mouth – Able to judge according to His mighty Word.
Face shining with brilliance – Divine
- Concerning Himself, Christ
claims to be:
The First and The Last
The Living One that was once dead
The One that holds the keys to death and the grave
- Ephesus was praised for:
Their hard work
Their intolerance of the wicked
Their willingness to endure hardship
- Proof that their love had
declined was the fact that those things that they had first done in their
pursuit of the Lord had been forgotten. The remedy was to repent and to
return to those things that they had done at first.
- The Church hears the voice
of the Lord through the study of scripture and the guidance of the Holy
Spirit. The Spirit will not say anything that the scripture has not
already revealed and will illuminate those thing in God’s Word that have
- The Church in Smyrna had
already undergone tremendous difficulty and was headed for even greater
persecution. While they were very impoverished by the standards of this
world they had laid up for themselves rich treasures in heaven through
their faithful service. They would overcome the trials of the world by
remaining faithful in spite of what the world would do to them.
- Christ will not stand for
compromise within His church. The Church in America needs to heed the
words spoken to Pergamum as we have thrown open wide the door to
immorality within our midst.
- The two items mentioned
again concerning the vision of Christ are His eyes of blazing fire and His
feet of bronze symbolizing that He sees all and that He is unmovable in
His decrees and His judgments. Knowing that we hide nothing from Him and
that His judgments are unchangeable we must guard ourselves against sin.
Though those in the church itself may compromise we must remain true to
- Failure to exercise church
discipline and failure to judge the prophetess according to God’s Word led
to horrific compromise. Those that had not yet compromised were told to
hold firm to their position no matter what.
- The Christians at Sardis
appeared alive outwardly, but in reality were dead and needed to “wake up”
and “strengthen” that which
remained alive within them. They had not followed through on their
commitments to the Lord. Once again, repentance was the key to gaining the
- Perseverance is probably the most important characteristic needed within the Church. We are promised certain victory through the death and resurrection of our Lord. We merely need to hold on until the end. Holding on until the very end will guarantee us a permanent place in His kingdom.