Revelation 2:1-7 Ephesus Church

“Come away with me to a quiet place so we can grow closer still”

It’s time to start speaking directly to the seven churches. Jesus starts with the church at Ephesus. It’s time for the good and the but…

Jesus addresses His instructions to “the angel of the church” (verse 2a). I have a question about this address. Yes, already. Ok. So Jesus told us that the seven stars were the seven angels of the churches. I’m assuming these angels watched over the church and its corporate direction. Does this angel have a geographic region? Is its dominion/service area “doctrinally” restricted? Who does that angel watch over now? Is it all churches that hold the same characteristics of the church if Ephesus at the time of John’s vision? Or is it something different all together? I really don’t know. So I’m going with this angel bringing the message to all believers who have the same characteristics in their faith. I hope that is ok. Read more »

Revelation 1:9-20 That Voice

Too AWESOME sight for John, and anyone else!

John begins describing his vision. This first part is given to him directly by Jesus and starts with John hearing His voice.

John sets the stage first by telling his readers where he was and why he was there when all this took place. John has been sharing the gospel since the Holy Spirit fell on Pentecost. And, like his fellow disciples, he has come under persecution and imprisonment. The island of Patmos is his “prison” and where he is being secreted away because of his faith.

John also wants his readers to know that he is just like them. He isn’t over them or lower than them. He is a “brother and partner” in everything they are facing. He was a “partner in the tribulation and the Kingdom and the patient endurance” that were part of waiting for Jesus’ return. Kind of reminds me of marriage vows; “for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, ’til death do us part.” John was in this journey for the long haul and he prayed they were too. Read more »

Revelation 1:4-8 Is, Was, and Is to Come

“This page intentionally left blank to be filled in by His witnesses.” Not enough space for ALL of Heaven but at least the ones mentioned today would fit.

John defines his audience. He also further clarifies those who are bearing witness to what he is about to share.

The very first groups that John mentions are the “seven churches that are in Asia” (verse 4a). What is about to be revealed is especially pertinent to them. But that is not the whole of his audience. This message is also for everyone; “every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all the tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him” (verse 7b). My name and location may not be specified in this letter but I am CERTAINLY part of the everyone being addressed her; and so are you.

We have now determined who this letter is to. The last time we were together we identified Who this letter was from. Now I want to look at the witnesses to this letter. Read more »

Revelation 1:1-3 A Tell-All

I know that even when I’m not holding on tight, He is. So here we go!

John has a special message he gets to share with us. Today he establishes Who the source is; God Himself.

When Jesus was walking with His disciples they asked Him about the end times. They did this because He spoke frequently of a final judgement and a reckoning that would occur. His disciples wanted information about what that time would look like. “Is it soon? How will we know? What do we need to do?” Jesus gave them some of the answers they were seeking but left a LOT of detail out. For John, and the rest of us who read about John’s vision, He filled in SOME of the missing detail.

Jesus doesn’t have ALL the details Himself. He told His disciples that He doesn’t know the day, hour, or timing of His return; only the Father does. So this gift to John was first a gift to Jesus. “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His servants” (verse 1a). And He was supposed to share this knowledge with His servants, starting with John. Read more »

Jude 24-25 He is Able

SO looking forward to that face to Face meeting!

Jude closes his letter with a promise and a praise. A promise that God is able to care for us, and praise for the AWESOME God we serve.

Jude’s original intent on writing to his fellow believers was to share the joy of their salvation. The salvation that he discovered AFTER his Brother’s work here on earth was finished. Jude didn’t recognize the truth until after Jesus’ resurrection, but, PRAISE GOD, he did get it then! And he wanted to share that joy with others. Read more »