Seven Churches

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  1. The Prologue of the Book of Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (The Prologue presents the basic themes of the book and anchors its visions in the past Death and Resurrection of Jesus)
  2. A Call to Action - Seven Beatitudes - {PDF Copy- (Through a series of seven “beatitudes,” the book of Revelation summons believers to faithfulness despite hostility and persecution)
  3. Introduction to the Seven Churches of Asia - {PDF Copy} - (The visitation of Jesus to each of the Seven Churches prepares the reader to understand the visions that follow the letters to the churches of Asia)
  4. John, A Fellow-Participant in the Kingdom - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:9Exiled to the isle of Patmos, John is a “fellow-participant” in the tribulation of the churches and a surrogate for them in his visions)
  5. First Vision - Son of Man - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:8-20 - John sees Jesus represented by a glorious priestly figure walking among seven golden lampstands)
  6. The Church at Ephesus - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:1-7The messenger of the assembly at Ephesus is commended for rejecting false apostles but chastised for losing his “first love")
  7. The Church at Smyrna - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:8-11 - The church at Smyrna is promised more tribulation based on its past faithfulness in persecution)
  8. The Church at Pergamos - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:12-17The church at Pergamos is corrected for tolerating the teachings of “Balaam”)
  9. The Church at Thyatira - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:18-29The prophetess, “Jezebel,” deceived many saints at Thyatira into accommodating idolatrous practices)
  10. The Church at Sardis - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:1-6The church in the city of Sardis receives no commendation, only warnings, and a summons to repent)
  11. The Church at Philadelphia - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:7-13Like the church at Smyrna, Philadelphia receives no correction. She is faithful and, therefore, will be kept from the hour of trial)
  12. The Church at Laodicea - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:14-29The church at Laodicea receives no commendation, only correction)
  1. Taking Revelation's Target Audience Seriously - {PDF Copy} - (The book of Revelation is addressed to seven actual churches in the province of Asia in the first century A.D.)
  2. The Nicolaitans - {PDF Copy} - (The “Nicolaitan” deception taught believers to compromise with the idolatrous rites of the surrounding society and to participate in the Roman imperial cult)
  3. Kept from the Hour of Trial - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:10Revelation nowhere describes the physical removal of the Church from the earth to escape the tribulation)
  4. The Beginning of the New Creation of God - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:5, 3:14The Book of Revelation looks forward to the final victory of the Lamb in the New Creation, a reality inaugurated by the Death and Resurrection of Jesus)
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