Revelation Lesson 02
Revelation Chapter 2Distributed by: KJV Bible Studies
Introduction: We continue studying the book of Revelation this week.
Messages are given by our Lord to the churches at Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, and Thyatira respectively. Each of the messages to the seven churches follows a recurring pattern. In each case, the message is addressed to the angel of the church (i.e., its pastor). In each, Jesus provided a description of Himself.
For the most part of His addresses, He commended the church for well doing. He then criticized each church where necessary, with an admonition to repent. Finally, in every case He made a promise “to him that overcometh” which seems general for all and applies even to this day. Insight into the rewards of heaven are presented in those promises.
I. God Speaks to the Church of Ephesus
(Rev 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;
The first letter is addressed to the angel of the church at Ephesus referring to the messenger, more commonly known as the pastor of the church. Jesus provides a unique description of Himself. These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.
As per Revelation 1:20, the seven stars are the pastors of the seven churches and the seven golden candlesticks are the seven churches. Of significance is that Jesus Himself walks in the midst of the churches. If that was true then, it undoubtedly is true today. That thought is sobering to know our Lord is in the midst of His churches, It also is comforting to know He is always near.
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