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Churches of Asia

{SEVEN 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 to the Book - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:1-3 - The first paragraph of and the introduction to the key themes and characters of the book)
  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. The Ruler of the Kings of the Earth - (Revelation 1:4-6 - Jesus is declared the "Ruler of the Kings of the Earth" due to his death and resurrection) - {PDF Copy}
  5. John, A Fellow-Participant in the Kingdom - (John functions as a surrogate for faithful believers, especially the seven churches of Asia) - {PDF Copy}
  6. The Opening Vision on Patmos - {PDF Copy} - (A vision of a "son of man" figure walking among seven golden lampstands - Revelation 1:9-20)
  7. Introduction to the Seven Letters - {PDF Copy} - (An overview of the seven letters to the churches of Asia)
  8. 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")
  9. The Church at Smyrna - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:8-11The church is promised more tribulation based on its past faithfulness in persecution)
  10. The Church at Pergamos - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:12-17 - The church at Pergamos is corrected for tolerating the teachings of “Balaam”)
  11. The Church at Thyatira - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:18-29The false prophetess, “Jezebel,” deceived many saints at Thyatira into accommodating idolatrous practices)
  12. 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)
  13. 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)
  14. The Church at Laodicea - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:14-22 - The church at Laodicea receives no commendation, only correction)
{RELATED SUBJECTS}
  1. Tribulation, Kingdom, Endurance - {PDF Copy} - (Exiled on Patmos, John is a “fellow-participant” in the tribulation, kingdom, and endurance - “In Jesus” – Revelation 1:9)
  2. 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)
  3. The Beginning of the Creation of God - (Revelation 3:14 - In Jesus, his death and resurrection, the New Creation commenced) - {PDF Copy}
  4. The Nicolaitans - {PDF Copy} - (The deceivers within the churches of Asia)
  5. 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)
  6. The Tribulation of the Church - {PDF Copy} - (Tribulation is what followers of the Lamb experience and through which they must persevere)

{ONLINE COMMENTARIES}
  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 - ccel.org]).
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