1. Ephesus – He that holdeth the 7 stars in His right hand & walketh in the midst
of the golden candlesticks.
2. Smyrna – The first & the last, which was dead and is alive.
3. Pergamos – He which hath the sharp sword w/2 edges.
4. Thyatira – The Son of God who hath eyes like a flame of fire & feet like fine brass.
5. Sardis – He that hath the 7 spirits of God & the 7 stars.
6. Philadelphia – He that is holy & true, hath the Key of David, openeth & no man shutteth, shutteth & no man openeth.
7. Laodicea – The Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.
1-7 -----I KNOW YOUR WORKS.
Remember from where you have fallen, REPENT, & do your first works
I will come quickly to remove your candlestick unless you repent.
I will come unto thee and fight against them w/the sword of my mouth.
Those that commit adultery w/her will face great tribulation except they REPENT.
I will kill her children w/death.
I will give to every one according to your works.
Be watchful OR I will come on thee as a thief and you wonÕt know what hour I will come
Strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die.
I havenÕt found your works perfect before God—
Remember how you received & heard
I will spit you out of my mouth.
Buy of me gold tried in the fire & white raiment.
Annoint your eyes with salve.
Be zealous & REPENT.
He that overcomes wonÕt be hurt by the second death.
He that overcomes and keeps my works to the end, I will give power over the nations and the morning star (Jesus).
He that overcometh shall be clothed in white raiment, his name will stay in the book of Life, and I will confess him before my Father and the angels.
The overcomer will be a pillar in the temple of my God and go no more out. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God and my new name.
The overcomer will sit with me in my throne as I sit with my Father in His.
1-7 ----- HE THAT HATH AN EAR LET HIM HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT SAITH UNTO THE CHURCHES. (Note that Jesus is the one dictating the letter and here He is identifying Himself with the Spirit; in 2:18 He identifies Himself as the Son of God.)
Jesus is in the midst of His churches. (1:13 & 2:1)
Those churches deserving of rebuke were told to repent.
Smyrna and Philadelphia were not rebuked.
Smyrna and Philadelphia both had to deal with those who claim to be Jews and are not, Òof the synagogue of Satan.Ó
Spiritually strong churches (Smyrna & Philadelphia) seem to be the weakest physically.
The Nicolaitans were active in Ephesus and Pergamos.
The first three churches – the promise to the overcomer follows Òhe that hath and ear.Ó In the letters to the last four churches that order is reversed.
Ephesus and Sardis were urged to Òremember.Ó
Ephesus – from where they had fallen; Sardis – how you received and heard.
Smyrna thinks they are poor, but they are rich.
Laodicea thinks it is rich, but it is poor.