REVELATION 1-3

{SEVEN CHURCHES}

[Click on the title below to open an article]
  1. 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)
  2. Call to Action - {PDF Copy} - (Through a series of seven “beatitudes,” Revelation summons believers to faithfulness despite hostility and persecution)
  3. Greetings from the Throne - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:4-8 - The salutation from the Throne to the seven churches of Asia highlights the main themes of the book, especially the present reign of Jesus)
  4. 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. Tribulation, Kingdom, Endurance - {PDF Copy} - (Exiled on Patmos, John is a “fellow-participant” in the tribulation, kingdom, and endurance)
  6. First Vision - Son of Man - {PDF Copy} - (A vision of a "son of man" figure walking among seven golden lampstands - Revelation 1:9-20)
  7. Seven Churches - Overview - {PDF Copy} - (The visitation of Jesus to the churches prepares the reader for the visions that follow the seven letters)
  8. Ephesus - {PDF Copy} - (The messenger at Ephesus is commended for rejecting false apostles, chastised for leaving his first love, and summoned to do his first works)
  9. Smyrna - {PDF Copy} - (After persevering through persecution, the ever-faithful church at Smyrna was promised even more “tribulation” but also great rewards)
  10. Pergamos - {PDF Copy} - (Pergamos receives praise for remaining faithful to his name, but correction for tolerating the teachings of “Balaam”)
  11. The Nicolaitans - {PDF Copy} - (Deceivers within the seven congregations were encouraging believers to compromise with the idolatrous rites of pagan society)
  12. Thyatira - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:18-29 - The false prophetess, Jezebel, deceived many saints at Thyatira into accommodating idolatrous practices)
  13. Sardis - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:1-6 - The church in the city of Sardis receives no commendation, only warnings and a summons to repent)
  14. Philadelphia - {PDF Copy} - (Philadelphia receives no correction. She is faithful and, therefore, will be kept from the hour of trial)
  15. Kept from the Hour - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:10 - The promise of escape from the "hour of trial" refers to escape from the final judgment)
  16. Laodicea - {PDF Copy} - (Laodicea receives no commendation, only corrections, and warnings. Its hope lies in becoming “gold refined by fire”)
  17. Beginning of the Creation - (Revelation looks forward to the reign of Jesus in the New Creation, a reality inaugurated by his Death and Resurrection) - {PDF Copy}
  18. Eschatological People - (The church is the battlefield where the final war is being waged between the Lamb and the Dragon) - {PDF Copy}

{RELATED SUBJECTS}
  1. Exaltation of the Lamb - (In Revelation, the exaltation and sovereignty of Jesus are based on his past Death and Resurrection) - {PDF Copy}
  2. Tribulation of the Church - {PDF Copy} - (Tribulation is what followers of the Lamb experience and through which they must persevere)
  3. The Season is Here - {PDF Copy} - (In Revelation, the “last days,” the season of the end began with the Death and Resurrection of Jesus)
  4. THAT Son of Man - {PDF Copy} - (The “one like a Son of Man” from Daniel is the source of Christ’s self-designation, the “Son of Man”)
  5. The Time of Tribulation - (A time of indignation is coming upon the people of God such as they had never experienced - Daniel 12:1-13) - {PDF Copy}

Books by Alfons Morales on Unsplash
Books by Alfons Morales on Unsplash.com