REVELATION 1-3

{SEVEN CHURCHES}

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  1. The Prologue to Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:1-3The Prologue presents the key themes and characters of the book)
  2. Greetings from the Throne - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:4-8 - The salutation from the Throne to the seven churches of Asia highlights the main themes of the book, especially the present reign of Jesus)
  3. Call to Action - {PDF Copy- (Through a series of seven “beatitudes,” Revelation summons believers to faithfulness despite persecution)
  4. Seven Churches - Overview - {PDF Copy} - (The visitation of Jesus to the churches prepares the reader for the visions that follow the seven letters)
  5. Ruler of Kings - (Because of his faithful witness, Jesus reigns supreme over the kings of the earth and even over his enemies) - {PDF Copy}
  6. Tribulation, Kingdom, Endurance - {PDF Copy} - (Exiled on Patmos, John is a “fellow-participant” in the tribulation, kingdom, and endurance that is in Jesus  Revelation 1:9)
  7. 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)
  8. Ephesus - {PDF Copy} - (The messenger at Ephesus is commended for rejecting false apostles, chastised for leaving his first love, and summoned to do his first works)
  9. Smyrna - {PDF Copy} - (After persevering through persecution, the ever-faithful church at Smyrna was promised even more “tribulation” but also great rewards)
  10. Pergamos - {PDF Copy} - (Pergamos receives praise for remaining faithful to his name, but correction for tolerating the teachings of “Balaam”)
  11. The Nicolaitans - {PDF Copy} - (Deceivers within the seven congregations were encouraging believers to compromise with the idolatrous rites of pagan society)
  12. Thyatira - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:18-29The prophetess, Jezebel, deceived many saints at Thyatira into accommodating idolatrous practices)
  13. Sardis - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:1-6The church in the city of Sardis receives no commendation, only warnings, and a summons to repent)
  14. Philadelphia - {PDF Copy} - (Philadelphia receives no correction. She is faithful and, therefore, will be kept from the hour of trial)
  15. Kept from the Hour - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:10 - Revelation nowhere describes the physical removal of the Church from the earth to escape the tribulation)
  16. Laodicea - {PDF Copy} - (Laodicea receives no commendation, only corrections, and warnings. Its hope lies in becoming “gold refined by fire”)

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  1. THAT Son of Man - (The “one like a Son of Man” from Daniel is the source of Christ’s self-designation, the “Son of Man”) - {PDF Copy}
  2. People of the Last Days - {PDF Copy} - (The church is the battlefield where the final war is being waged between the Lamb and the Ancient Serpent Satan)
  3. Revelation's Recipients - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation was addressed to seven actual churches in the province of Asia in the first century A.D.)
  4. The Season is at Hand - (In Revelation, the “last days,” the “season of the end” began with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus) - {PDF Copy}
  5. Kings and Priests - {PDF Copy} - (Disciples reign with Jesus and fulfill their royal role as “priests” who render service in his Tabernacle)
  6. Lamb and King - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb began his messianic reign following his death and resurrection, and now he is shepherding the nations)
  7. The Saints of God in Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (In Revelation, the “saints” are identified and defined by their relationship to Jesus, not ethnicity or membership in the nation of Israel)
  8. Beginning of the Creation - (Revelation looks forward to the reign of Jesus in the New Creation, a reality inaugurated by his Death and Resurrection) - {PDF Copy}

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San Diego Photo by frank mckenna on Unsplash