Revelation 1-3

{TO THE CHURCHES}

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{SEVEN ASSEMBLIES}
  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} - (The salutations from the throne highlight key themes of the book, especially the victory and present reign of Jesus)
  4. Ruler of Kings - (The faithful witness, Jesus, now reigns supreme over the kings of the earth, including his enemies) - {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)

{SEVEN LETTERS}
  1. Seven Churches - Overview - {PDF Copy} - (The visitation of Jesus to the churches of Asia prepares the reader for the visions that follow the seven letters)
  2. Tree of Life - Ephesus - {PDF Copy} - (The messenger at Ephesus is commended for rejecting false apostles, chastised for leaving his first love, and summoned to return to his first works)
  3. Faithful Until Death - Smyrna - {PDF Copy} - (After persevering through persecution, the ever-faithful church at Smyrna was promised even more “tribulation” but also great rewards)
  4. The Nicolaitans - {PDF Copy} - (Deceivers within the seven congregations are encouraging disciples of Jesus to compromise with the idolatrous rites of pagan society)
  5. Hold Fast My Name - Pergamos - {PDF Copy} - (Pergamos receives praise for remaining faithful to his name, but correction for tolerating the teachings of Balaam – Revelation 2:12-17)
  6. Martyrs and Overcomers - {PDF Copy} - (In the book of Revelation, overcoming saints persevere in the testimony of Jesus whatever the cost, even unto death)
  7. The Inhabitants of the Earth - (The “inhabitants of the earth” represent men that are excluded from the “book of life” for submitting to the Beast) - {PDF Copy}
  8. Thyatira - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:18-29 - The false prophetess, Jezebel, deceived many saints at Thyatira into accommodating idolatrous practices)
  9. Sardis - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:1-6 - The church in the city of Sardis receives no commendation, only warnings and a summons to repent)
  10. Pillar in the Temple - Philadelphia - {PDF Copy} - (Philadelphia receives no correction since she has remained faithful, and therefore, she will be kept from the hour of trial)
  11. 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)
  12. Laodicea - {PDF Copy} - (Laodicea receives no commendation, only corrections, and warnings. Its hope lies in becoming “gold refined by fire”)
  13. 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}
  14. People of the Last Days - (The church is the battlefield where the final war is being waged between the Lamb and the Ancient Serpent, Satan) - {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} - (In Revelation, faithful saints undergo tribulation, but the unrepentant inhabitants of the earth  receive wrath, the Second Death)
  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 as 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}

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