Pergamos

Pergamos

Rev. 2:12-17

Note: It was a place of emperor worship. A little compromise is dangerous.

Introduction

This church represents the state church. This may be the reason for some of its problems. It was 55 miles north of Smyrna. There was an immense altar built to Zeus. He was the chief of the Greek mythological gods.

Scriptural Analysis

Verse 12

Here is the description found in Rev. 1:16. It is a two-edged sword, which means judgment. The words “Satan’s seat” means the Roman government. Antipas was slain there.

Verses 13-15

Although they are praised, there are some inside problems that they must deal with. The leadership is Nicolaitane  in nature. The doctrine of Balaam is being taught. Note the following  scriptures for an understanding: Numbers 31:16; 2 Peter 2:1-3, 14-16 and Jude 11

In reference to idols: Exodus 20:3-5, Deut. 6:14; 13:4-7 Jer. 25:6 I Cor. 8:4-9

It should be noted that Balaam suffered a  dishonorable death, which served as a warning to future generations. Numbers 31:8. He did wrong for personal gain. 2 Cor. 6:16-18—separate from them.

Verse 16

This church needed to repent of their wrongdoing. If they would not repent, judgment would fall. They needed to repent quickly.

Verse 17

This church would eat of the hidden manna. This is spiritual food for the faithful.

They would receive a white stone with their new name written on it. Nobody would know what that new name would be. Is. 56:5 A new body with a new name!

 

 

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Smyrna

Verse 8

The description of this church is found in Rev. 1:11a and 8. This church manifests the Father as the all-encompassing God. Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary, and He rose on

Verse 9

Their  natural poverty is mentioned. Yet they are rich in what is important—rich in the things of God. They were in the favor of God. They were living the life of true believers who depended upon the Lord. Luke 12:22-31; I Tim. 6:17. See vv. 6-12.

There are those who profess to be Jews, but their lives do not testify of them! They are instruments of unrighteousness. Romans 6:11-13, 16. Rather than being the habitation of God’s glory, their bodies are the habitation of Satan. They chose to dwell in the thorn bush of Satan instead of the true vine of Jesus. John 15:1-6

They are contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Instead of praising the Father, they speak evil against Him. They blaspheme against the Holy Ghost, which means no forgiveness. Mark 3:29 They have chosen darkness over light because their deeds are evil.

Verse 10

A crown is an emblem of royalty. There are different kinds of crowns in the Bible.

I Cor. 9:25 eternal     Phil. 4:1          crown of joy

1 Thess. 2:19                                      crown of rejoicing

2 Tim. 4:8                                          crown of righteousness

James 1:12                                         crown of life

1 Peter 5:4                                          crown of glory

This church is told not to fear. Jesus tells them what they shall go through as believers. These are satanic attacks against them. They shall have tribulation for a season.

Verse 11

This speaks of a spiritual ear that is obtained through prayer, communion, reading God’s Word and fasting. Rev 20:14—They shall not experience the second death.

 

 

Introduction to Smyrna

Smyrna

The Persecuted Church

Revelation 2:8-11

This is the shortest of the letters to the seven churches. It is filled with praise, and no condemnation. There other church that escaped the Lord’s rebuke was Philadelphia.

The Audience

Smyrna was known for her trade. It was located about 35 miles north from Ephesus. It had a harbor that could be totally enclosed during wartime. Alexander the Great rebuilt the city, and he was determined to make it a model Greek city. It was a city of wealth and commercial greatness. It was referred to as “The Beautiful.” It received its name from one of its main products—myrrh. It also saw profit in wine. Today it is called Izmir, which is located in Turkey. Its population is over 300,000 with two thirds of its people professing Christianity.

Myrrh

The Greek word for Smyrna means “suffering,” and it comes from the word myrrh. Myrrh was a perfect symbol of suffering, and the blessing that can come from suffering. The believers here suffered much. Myrrh was used for several purposes. Rom. 8:17; I Peter 2:20-23; I Peter 3:12-15

-used in perfumes

-an ingredient in the holy anointing oil for the priest

-for the purification of women

-for embalming

It was brought to Jesus at His birth. It is associated with Christ in His first coming. It is a sign of Christ’s suffering humanity. Matthew 2:11 When Christ was on the Cross, He was offered wine mingled with myrrh. In this case, it acted like a painkiller. Matt. 27:34 and Ps. 69:21.

In order for this spice to release its full fragrance, it had to be crushed and beaten. Smyrna was beaten, crushed and persecuted. At that time, it was in the midst of bitter sorrow and suffering. It was the most afflicted and persecuted of all seven churches. It gave off the fragrance of Christ.

Firsts

It was a beautiful city. It claimed to be the “Glory of Asia.”

The temples in this city were:

-the Temple of Zeus

-The Temple of Cybele (the goddess of nature)

All the temples of this area were located on Golden Street. This area also had a stadium and library. It was the birthplace of the poet Homer.

It was first in beauty, and first in Caesar worship.

Its loyalty was to Rome. In 196 B.C., it built a temple to Dea Roma, the goddess of Rome. They eventually began to worship the city of Rome.

 

 

 

Verse 5

Remember

An individual must acknowledge their spiritual need. It is important to keep remembering where they have fallen. When we forget what God has done for us, and the decisions we have made for the Lord, we can slide back spiritually. The individual can fall flat on their face. Ephesus needed to remember where they came from. The memory is precious and haunting.

An individual must remember, but not turn back. Lot’s wife remembered and looked back. She died because of this action. Whatever an individual does, they must not give up. Paul could have been destroyed by his past memories. Instead he pressed forward.

A person’s memory can be a great blessing as they dwell on the victories of the past, which bring joy, peace, and precious moments with the people we love. These memories can make the individual grateful to the Lord.

Repent

No one is exempt from repenting. There must be a change of mind that leads to a change in character and behavior. Sacrificial repentant worship attracts the Father, and it allows Him to move close to the worshipper.

Repeat

This church had to do their first works over or else face judgment. They needed to return to the place where they started. They needed to have that passionate love for the Lord.

Vance Havner put it this way:

A revival is the Church remembering,

The Church repenting,

The Church repeating.

Failure to do this would lead to disaster. Otherwise, God would remove the candlestick. The light of His Word would move to another place.

The lights went out in Ephesus. They lost their effectiveness, and the result was Islam sweeping the land. It is only a memory now. The immediate area of Ephesus has been uninhabited since the 14th century.

Verse 7

An overcomer is an individual who has trusted Jesus as their personal savior. I John 5:4-5. Those who know Christ will eat of the tree of life in Heaven. As believers, we will enjoy eating in our glorified bodies. Rev. 22:2, 14

 

 

 

 

Introduction to Revelation

Introduction

 

Author: The Apostle John

He gave us three kinds of inspired literature.

·        The Gospel of John

a.      Believe

b.      Life received

c.      Salvation

d.     The Prophet

·        Epistles

a.      Be sure

b.      Life revealed

c.      Sanctification

d.     The priest

·        Prophecy—Revelation

a.      Be ready

b.      Life rewarded

c.      Sovereignty

d.     The King

Date: About 95 A.D.

This was about the time that the Roman ruler Domitian was ruling in the Roman Empire. This ruler demanded that he be worshiped as “Lord and God.” Christian refusal caused the beginning of the great persecution at that time. Tradition says Domitian sent John to the isle of Patmos. This island was a Roman penal colony located off the coast of Asia Minor. Christian history states that John was the last apostle to die

Its Importance

This is the last inspired book of the Bible. The New Testament opens with four gospels. These books relate to the first coming of Jesus Christ. The book of Revelation closes with the general theme of the second coming of Jesus Christ. It is also the climax of many lines of revelation running through both testaments.

It is more graphic than any other book in the Bible. This book amplifies the great end-time events in great detail. Thus we will find out about the events that will take place immediately before, during and after the second coming of Christ. The obvious purpose is to complete the prophetic theme presented in earlier prophetic books. There are portions which are supported by such Old Testament writers like Ezekiel, Daniel and Zechariah. Also note what is said in Matthew 24-25. These passages support and encourage the believer and seeker to faith and holy living. 

Opening Statement

When I was asked to teach the Book of Revelation, I was very nervous about approaching and teaching this particular book. I knew it had a lot of symbols and images that needed to be discussed in the proper light of the Old Testament prophecies. Most of the prophecies and connecting verses would be found in Daniel, Ezekiel and Jeremiah. I wanted to present a clear, understandable teaching of this prophetic book.

Through a deep, prayerful study of God’s Word and the help of some online information, I believe the Lord spoke through this study. Many people were encouraged and comforted in knowing that we would have the victory over the enemy of our souls. We read of how the Lord would finally destroy this enemy. In the end, we walked away from this study with hearts and minds uplifted.

This book can seem to be overwhelming. That is why I will be taking a lot of time to explain and connect the scriptures to Old Testament prophecies. I encourage you to pray and seek the Mind of God concerning the studies here. I know the Lord will greatly bless and encourage you. I know it will change your life! I encourage you to take your time and read through the lessons carefully.

May the Lord of Glory grant unto you great blessings and enlightenment in this great prophetic book!

Your in Christ…Pamela Kohl

Introduction

This blog will discuss the Book of Revelation. I recently completed a study in this book. I taught it in my church’s Sunday School class. It was a very long study, but I believe everybody was blessed and encouraged by it.

I hope you will be blessed and encouraged by it as well. You should know that I am open for your questions to the sections covered in this study. If I do not have an immediate answer, I will be very glad to research it for you.

You and I are on a spiritual journey, and the Bible is our map. With careful prayer and an open heart, we can discover the richness and encouragement that this book brings to light.