Lesson No. 452
Book of Revelation, Chapter 2
"The Report Card on Four Churches by Jesus Christ"

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REVELATION CHAPTER 2

The loveless church

1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate. 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. The persecuted church 8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. The lenient church 12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13 I know thy works and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. 16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. The compromising church 18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; 19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. 24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.


Lesson No. 452

"The Report Card on Four Churches by Jesus Christ"

Book of Revelation, Chapter 2

03/10/2019

1) What gives Jesus the right to 'judge' these four churches? (Hint- verse 1, 8, 12, and 18) Note that Jesus describes himself as.... the....?

Ephesus; verses 1 through 7: (lost their first love church)

- Good: works, can't bear evil people, judge leaders and false teachers, held up with patience, labored for Christ without fainting, hate the Nicolaitanes like Jesus, overcomers eat of the tree of life in paradise

- Bad: left Jesus as their first love, repent and love Jesus, danger of losing their church

Smyrna; verses 8 through 11: (martyred church)

- Good: works, tribulation (good sign!), materially poor, spiritually rich, fear not, prison coming (bad or good?), tribulation 10 days, be faithful, crown of life coming, no second death for them!

- Bad: blasphemy Jews in the church (with Satan), trails of faith

Pergamos; verses 12 through 17: (compromised church)

- Good: works, dwelling, some martyred for the faith, some hold high Jesus' name, overcomers in this church will eat the hidden manna, white stone with a new name to be given (Jesus renamed all the disciples)

- Bad: Satan's seat in the church?, doctrine of Balaam taught, stumbling block to Israel, idol worship, fornication, doctrine of Nicolaitanes, repent or Jesus is coming with a sword to fight against them

Thyatira; verses 18 through 29: (hold fast on what they have, faithful)

- Good: works, service, faith, patience, later works greater, mercy awarded according to works, no additional burdens to the faithful, hold fast to what you have, overcomers will have power over the nations, ruling with an iron rod breaking the evil ones, the gift of the morning star

- Bad: allows the spirit of Jezebel, false prophets, false teaching, seduction into fornication and eating idol worship meat, non-repentant behavior, punishment coming in tribulation, killing of the children of evil church members

3) To whom does this report card apply? #1- the seven actual churches in Asia, #2- seven periods of the church age from Acts to now, #3- all the churches all the time, and #4- all churches all the time plus each of us!


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