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Churches of Asia

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  1. The Isle of Patmos - {PDF Copy} - (Background information on the island of Patmos and the imprisonment of John)
  2. The Prologue of the Book - {PDF Copy} - (The first paragraph of and the introduction to the Book of Revelation - Revelation 1:1-3)
  3. Greetings to the Seven Churches - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:4-8The salutation from the Throne to the seven churches of Asia highlights the main themes of the book, especially the present reign of Jesus)
  4. John, A Fellow-Participant in the Kingdom - (John functions as a surrogate for faithful believers, especially the seven churches of Asia) - {PDF Copy}
  5. The Opening Vision on Patmos - {PDF Copy} - (A vision of a "son of man" figure walking among seven golden lampstands - Revelation 1:9-20)
  6. Introduction to the Seven Letters - {PDF Copy} - (An overview of the seven letters to the churches of Asia)
  7. The Church at Ephesus - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:1-7 - The messenger of the assembly at Ephesus is commended for rejecting false apostles but chastised for losing his “first love")
  8. The Church at Smyrna - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:8-11The church is promised more tribulation based on its past faithfulness in persecution)
  9. The Church at Pergamos - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:12-17 - The church at Pergamos is corrected for tolerating the teachings of “Balaam”)
  10. The Church at Thyatira - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:18-29The false prophetess, “Jezebel,” deceived many saints at Thyatira into accommodating idolatrous practices)
  11. The Church at Sardis - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:1-6The church in the city of Sardis receives no commendation, only warnings and a summons to repent)
  12. The Church at Philadelphia - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:7-13 - Like the church at Smyrna, Philadelphia receives no correction. She is faithful and, therefore, will be kept from the hour of trial)
  13. The Church at Laodicea - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:14-22 - The church at Laodicea receives no commendation, only correction)
  14. Kept from the "Hour of Trial" - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:10The promise of escape from the "hour of trial" refers to escape from the final judgment)
  15. The Nicolaitans - {PDF Copy} - (The deceivers within the churches of Asia)
  16. First Vision - A Detailed Study of Revelation 1:9 - 3:22 - (Click on the title for a PDF download of the complete study on the first vision of the book)
  17. The Tribulation of the Church - {PDF Copy} - (Tribulation is what followers of the Lamb experience and through which they must persevere)

  1. The Epistles to the Seven Churches, (By Richard Trench. PDF - Read online or download [public domain]).
  2. Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia, (By William Ramsay. Read online or download PDF [Christian Classics Ethereal Library -]).
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