A simple comparison at the structure and content of Jesus’ personal message to the 7 churches in Asia Minor.
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An Analysis of the 7 Churches in Revelation (36)
Analysis of the 7 Churches of Revelation
|CHURCH "to the angel of the church at"||Ephesus*||Smyrna**||Pergamum***||Thyatira***||Sardis***||Philadelphia**||Laodicea*
|CHRIST'S SELF-DESCRIPTION (Images from 1:12-20) "the One who"||"holds the seven stars in His right hand and who walks among the seven gold lampstands" (2:1)||"The First and the Last, the One who was dead and came to life" (2:8)||"has the sharp, double-edged sword" (2:12)||"The Son of God, the One whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like fine bronze" (2:18)||"has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars" (3:1)||"The Holy One, the True One, the One who has the key of David, who opens and no one will close, and closes and no one opens" (3:7)||"The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God's creation" (3:14)
|CHRIST'S COMMENDATION "I Know your"||doctrinal faithfulness, endurance through persecution, personal faithfulness to Christ; hatred of Nicolaitans (2:2-3,6)||economically disadvantaged, spiritually rich, faithful in persecution, slandered by the synagogue of Satan (2:9)||faithfulness to Christ, even amidst deadly persecution and the close proximity of evil (2:13)||love, faithfulness, endurance and growing ministry to others (2:19)||Some faithful believers, some ministry has been done by the church (3:2, 4)||faithful in ministry; faithful to Christ and His Word; slandered by the synagogue of Satan (3:8-10a)|
|CHRIST'S ACCUSATION "this I have against you"||"abandoned the love you had at first" (2:4)||false teachers within the church and the presence of Nicolaitans (2:14-15)||tolerant of heresy and immorality within the church (2:20-21)||dead church, living on reputation, not fulfilling God's purpose for the church, works incomplete (3:1b)||"you are neither cold nor hot"; lukewarm in devotion to Christ/one another; materialistic, spiritually blind, morally bankrupt (3:15-17)
|CHRIST'S COMMAND "Therefore"||Remember, Repent, Live as you did in the beginning. (2:5a)||"Be faithful unto death" (2:10d)||"Repent!" (2:16a)||Faithful should "hold onto what you have" as judgment is coming against those who would not repent. (2:24-25)||Remember, Keep the Word, and Repent (3:3a)||"Hold on to what you have" (3:11a)||Seek blessings and healing from Christ. (3:18) "Be zealous (committed, fervent) and repent" (3:19b)
|CHRIST'S DISCIPLINE: CONSEQUENCE OF UNREPENTANCE "I will"||remove the lampstand - unless you repent (2:5b)||Come and war against the heretics in the church with the Sword of Christ's mouth (2:16b)||Visit death, sickness, judgment according to their works (2:22-23)||Come against them like a thief in the night (3:3b)||"vomit you out of my mouth" (3:16b)
|CHRIST'S EXHORTATION||"Anyone who has an ear should listen to what the Spirit says to the churches." (2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22)|
|CHRIST'S PROMISE OF VICTORY "to the victor"||"the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in God's Paradise" (2:7b)||"the crown of life" (2:10e) "will never be harmed by the second death" (2:11b)||"some of the hidden manna" (2:17b) "white stone" and "new name" (2:17c)||"authority over the nations" (2:26b) and "the morning star" (2:28)||"dressed in white clothes" and "name never erased from the book of life" and "name acknowledged before" the Father and His angels (3:5)||a permanent "pillar in the house of God" inscribed with the names of God, Christ and the city of God - the New Jerusalem (3:12)||communion with Christ (3:20) and a seat on the throne with Christ and with God (3:21)
|HISTORY OF THE CHURCH||-Paul's initial visit 2nd Missionary Journey A.D. 51 (Acts 18:19-21); -Paul's 2.5 year stay on 3rd Missionary Journey A.D. 52-55 (Acts 19:1-41; 20:17-38); -Paul left Timothy there to strengthen the church (1 & 2 Timothy)||Lydia, a wealthy dealer in purple cloth from Thyatira was the first Macedonian convert in Philippi (Acts 16:14)||-Closely associated with the church at Colossae; -Recipient of a (missing) letter from Paul (Col. 2:1; 4:13, 15)