Letter to different Generation of churches
Text: Revelation 2–3;
“who bare witness of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, `even’ of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written therein: for the time is at hand. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from him who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits that are before his throne;” Rev. 1:2-4;
After ward talk about this.
What letter do you think Christ is sending to this generation and what way should it affect our life.
This to do before the next time
Read through all the letter identify which of the letter best represent your church or group and list the measure you would take in correcting it, make initial move to correct the error in a polite and christian way suggest to the authority, let us know their respond.
Meditate on this verse Rev. 1:2-6;
Write not more than two pages how this letter help you fortell different generation of churches and what verse best decribe today pentecoastal churches.
The last book of the Bible which is a book of Prophecy, fortelling future event as some people may say but rather this book was written about past, present and future as in Rev. 1: 19; “Write therefore the things which thou sawest, and the things which are, and the things which shall come to pass hereafter;Write therefore the things which thou sawest, and the things which are, and the things which shall come to pass hereafter;“ so the prophesy was of three fold the things“ he saw” which are pass tense. Christ post resurrection body, after he has been glorified, his heavenly look and his authority as the lion of the tribe of Judea no longer a lamb that came to die but as a lion that Judge and execute vengence, “the things which are” this is the Churches which are from the day of John till the rapture, this deal with both the history of the church and the future of the church, the history in that it was born at pentecost with the coming down of the Holy spirit and shall end in the righteous of the saint when the saint will sudenly vanish from the earth, because the church is not the building is the Holy Spirit given as an indwelling inside a believe, this is great mistery hidding in the old testament, is not that the Gentile would be save they have been save since John the Baptist, but what supprise Paul was that the Holy Spirit indwell a believer. ” The things which are hereafter” are the thing which shall be on earth or heaven after the Church era which are not part of this message but in the subsequent lessons.
In this less of the things which are I will take my time to profile the Church histories, characteristics, reason for the letters, warning, Paul previous letter and overcomer message..
Letter to Ephesus
Rev. 2:1, “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, he that walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks:” we discover that Christ introduction in each letter is preculiar to their situation an need. Here we see Jesus introduced himself as “he that hold the seven stars in his right hand which in chapter one we find out that the seven stars are the angel of the seven church, ” the seven candle stick are the seven Churches, this tell us that every leader of the church is the hand of Christ and that Christ walk in the mist if the Churches beholding their others. The second statement of christ is that he know our work, of course he do, he is inside it and walking in the mist of it, carry his pastors in his hand.
He know of certainty the work of every church and his leader either you make himself God of over the house of the lord or walking disoderly in the house of the Lord, we should be careful to know that Christ know about every work we work in his house either good or bad. In this case he commended them for their zeal, patience but haven’t praise their good work did not stop him for rebuking their error of living their first love so any man who left his first love is never going to receive praises from the Lord because without love it is impossible to please God, Paul was written to the Ephesian telling them to comprehend with all saint what is the breath, depth, height of his love, here paul write about brotherly love reminding them of where God save them from, which is sometimes the case of many believers today because they feel they are Holy the begin to forget the purpose why christ came and rather focus on the few holy ones, forget the love of God which is unconditional. Rev 2:2-6, “ I know thy works, and thy toil and patience, and that thou canst not bear evil men, and didst try them that call themselves apostles, and they are not, and didst find them false; and thou hast patience and didst bear for my name’s sake, and hast not grown weary. But I have `this’ against thee, that thou didst leave thy first love. Remember therefore whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I come to thee, and will move thy candlestick out of its place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.“ We should understand that this christian would are extremely holy has alway tendancy of forget to save other but rather because of their holiness they can try sin, false and immoral brethren who the nicolaitans which christ himself hate. Where there is a warning of repentance or their candle stick can be remove from it place, where it stand before a holy God who is loving at the same time. Lastly is the promise of overcomer because except we overcome we are going to be supprised, this also fortell the first church history where the Apostle where busy naming elder and deacons among them selves rather than go out and win soul for the kingdom as today churches but rather they seperated themselve from the world and even those they where supposed to saved until presecution struck the church every body drop their leadership role and become evangelist.
Church of Smyrna
The word smyrna come from smyrn which mean when crushed produce it best in bitter state like wise was the apostolic church, we fine out that it easier for the church to triumph in the mist of trial poverty and persecution than in the mist of wwealth in Rev. 2:8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: These things saith the first and the last, who was dead, and lived `again’:“. Where Christ present his self to them as the first and the last and that he was dead in presecution as they also are going through but he lived again after that so there is a guaranttee that after the trial the will live again; 2:9-11; “ I know thy tribulation, and thy poverty (but thou art rich), and the blasphemy of them that say they are Jews, and they art not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Fear not the things which thou art about to suffer: behold, the devil is about to 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 the crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.“ Here Christ is casting aspiration on them to hang on the suffering, contrary to what many may thing that he suppose to deliver them from suffering but rather he fortell the future of the suffering tell them their suffer would last for ten times of differnt king which the last king was Diocrecian he was the last and the worst of the ten kings who rule Roman empire, he was the man who exile John to Patmos, Just as Christ fortold so we see that the reign of ten kings was a long period of time to fortell for people who are been kill, Nero who was one of this ten beheaded Paul the Apostle, that why long suffering is one of the gift of the spirit which christian who seek to live for christ must posses, this are those who live godly in Christ and the object of blasphemy of those who forget God, here is the encouragement of christ that if we overcome we will not be hurt by second death and there is a crown of life for christian who died in tribulation,on such the second death has no power and the also fortell the second phase of church on which most of the apostle where executed but despite their death and suffering their faith and love did not decrease for the brethren nor their passion for the unreach but see that presecution does not make use lose our faith rather it make us more faithful, we see in Egypt that the affliction of the Israelite did not make them bow to the Egyptian God rather make them cry to God for his mercy likewise christian tend to be more committed in affkiction, but we discover that no trial come from God but rather from the Devil.
Church in Pergamum
Pergamum mean the married church, this Church was born immediately after the Apostolic Church which went through persecution, because after the death of Diocrecian, a king rise in Roman that became a christian, which end the persecution of christian but did not make christian a state religion but when Julia the imposter came he sort to restore paganism but did not get very far but a king rise who make christianity a state religion at this point Roman was said to be christianized so the converted their idol to christian idol, what satan could not achieve by persecuting the saint he achieve by marrying them to the word in Rev. 2:12-17 ; “12 and to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These things saith he that hath the sharp two-edged sword:13 I know where thou dwellest, `even’ where Satan’s throne is; and thou holdest fast my name, and didst not deny my faith, even in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwelleth.14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there some that hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.15 So hast thou also some that hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans in like manner.16 Repent therefore; or else I come to thee quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth.17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches. To him that overcometh, to him will I give of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knoweth but he that receiveth it.“ We see Christ present himself as a God of Judgement to this church where there was mist multitude of those teach the doctrine of Balaam who teach the saint to commite fornication and to eat things sacrifice to Idol, see that there was a faith witness of Christ name Antipas who was kill on sabath by the Jews but we see that Christ was ahwere and made reference to it because precious in the sight of Lord is the death of his saint, this a lesson to us as christian we should not copy the way of the galatian who want to copy the world to the extent that the believer where happy to marry their father wife, we should be careful what kind of doctrine we teach in our churches, where we discover that christian should put their focus in the one that call them and the same time all the message element are found in every church in history at the same time it profile a certain generation of churches.
Church in Thyatira
Immediately after the marriage church which congregationalism instituted by constantine when move the headquarter of Rome to byzartine in Russia because Roman empire was so big that it have a two ruler but when constatine become the emperor, he was feed up with the politics of Roman so he move the capital to byzertine, he make christianity a state religion to protect them from persecution but why this was good it open the door of the church for congregationalism which allowed mist multitude to filled the house of God which satan see satan fulfilled in Thyatira,by the event of Jezebel been permited in the house of God to pervase the servant of God which happen in the Roman catholic errand. Rev. 2:18-27 ; “18 And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like unto burnished brass:19 I know thy works, and thy love and faith and ministry and patience, and that thy last works are more than the first.20 But I have `this’ against thee, that thou sufferest the woman Jezebel, who calleth herself a prophetess; and she teacheth and seduceth my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols.21 And I gave her time that she should repent; and she willeth not to repent of her fornication.22 Behold, I cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of her works.23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto each one of you according to your works.24 But to you I say, to the rest that are in Thyatira, as many as have not this teaching, who know not the deep things of Satan, as they are wont to say; I cast upon you none other burden. 25 Nevertheless that which ye have, hold fast till I come.26 And he that overcometh, and he that keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give authority over the nations:27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to shivers; as I also have received of my Father: ” we discover that punishment of God is not only for the stray saint but for the sinner who led the saint to sin, but how bad the situation of this church was there are still people who have not defile their garment and here we see christ praising those who have not learn the depth of Satan which reigning among christian today, through ministers of satan teaching the people to hate their enemy rather than love. But the promise of victory is for only the few has not defiled their garment, the question is have you defiled your garment and this message may fortell generation of churches but is also for whoever have ear.
Church in Sardis
Sardis stone is one of the most abundant precious stone because of his commonliness its becomes worthless, we discover in Christ letter to this church is going to use the geographical situation to explain their situation in Rev. 3:1; christ is speaking to them of having a name that they are alive but in the true sense they are death, meaning that their zeal or past glory has make their fame to spread abroad as the situation of many of our congregational churches today, glory is the same, the popularity, power is there and finance but no Holy Spirit is present. Rev. 3:2-4 ; “2 Be thou watchful, and establish the things that remain, which were ready to die: for I have found no works of thine perfected before my God.3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and didst hear; and keep `it’, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.4 But thou hast a few names in Sardis that did not defile their garments: and they shall walk with me in white; for they are worthy.” Immediately after Thyatira, that the church was led from pergamun which mean the world to congregationalism which exactly the same thing God warn the Children of Israel against when they demand for a king but this character suppose to have die with the old testament but we find in thyatira not only was king like leadership but allow jezebel to be a teacher in the Church, now in Sardis this development has leader to spiritual death of the church which has turn the church to Errane of name big name without spiritual back, but like thyatira there are people whose garment are not stained by the world.
Church in Philadelphia
Philadel means love, so the church philadelphia was a love driven church, this is an example of the missionary church Which where driven by passion for the lost to the extent that he faces various critism. In Rev. 3:7-10; “7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth and none shall shut, and that shutteth and one openeth:8 I know thy works (behold, I have set before thee a door opened, which none can shut), that thou hast a little power, and didst keep my word, and didst not deny my name.9 Behold, I give of the synagogue of Satan, of them that say they are Jews, and they are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.10 Because thou didst keep the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of trial, that `hour’ which is to come upon the whole world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. This is the missionary church that took active part of presenting the love of God to the world but did not get far because of oppression and poverty but remain faithful in tribulation, this pray important role in ensuring the gospel get to the poor in the mist of great persecution, those who say they are jews should it not be those who claim that since Israel fell from the promised that it was devoured upon the churches, Rome is now the new Jerusalem but make God a lier who said to Israel I have love you with everlasting love. Because of their patience God has promise that the true saint will not experience the great tribulation.
The Church of Ladocean
This is our today congregational church who says they are rich the can pay for salvation with money even as the town of Laodocean was known for his centre of commerce and seaport who has little or no persecution rather can afford several great cathederal because they are rich and had need of nothing can even pay to advert wars from their city so Christ picking this city to qualify this last generation of congregation churches who has need of nothing, we can buy the best instrument for praises, build comfortable churches, we had population, we can afford private jet For comfort of the ministers, God is saying in Rev 3: 15- ; “15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.16 So because thou art lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spew thee out of my mouth.” This also correspond to the lukewarm water that flow in Laodocean go beyond to explain the state of today churches where christian which neither totally committed to Christ or satan fill the pastors every sunday with tithe and offering, because of this the church has remain tasteless salt which neither add favour to their world nor are they condemning it, for the devil, are christians that filled today churches, this has given rise to Christian who are ever learning but never coming to the knowledge of the true, whose God is their belly, without faith, holding a form of Godliness but denying the power thereof this are they who leap between two opinion been commanded by the will of the pastor rather than the express commandment of God. Where we see the warning that God can spew them out of his mouth except they repent, but here we see Jesus correcting love for the lost sinner standing outside today churches because we have driving him out by our way and convience but his undying love for the lost church, who think that their riches is enough blessing but never understand that they where actually poor and wretched.
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