In the next phase of John’s heavenly vision where we will encounter “The One who is Worthy to Open the scroll”. And in that, discover that while last week the living beings (and elders) focused their worship on God as creator, this time we, they, along with the multitudes in heaven, will shift their focus to God as OUR redeemer.
We are back to our Revelation Series and ready to unpack the next section in the book of Revelation – The 7 Seals. And what we will come to see (as this section unfolds) is that all the exhortations that Jesus gave to the 7 Churches in section one i.e., the exhortations to overcome, are rooted in the fact that Christ Himself has already overcome. And
Revelation 3:15–16 (ESV)15 “ ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. These are challenging words and the reason that I think they are challenging is that they deal with a reality that many of us are
The church at Sardis reminded us of what not to become i.e. “Dead“. The church in Philadelphia, shows us what we should strive for, and want to become. Revelation 3:8 (ESV)8 “… Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and
There are a few things I would not like to hear from Jesus when He addresses us as one of His churches, one of them, in fact, probably at the top of the “I don’t want to ever hear that list” is this, Revelation 3:1 (ESV) 1…“ ‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. BOOM!
The church in Thyatira (like the church in Pergamum), had allowed itself to become comfortable with compromise. In the case of the church in Thyatira, the compromise came in the form of tolerating and succumbing to false teaching. If the church in Pergamum was about the enemy using temptation to lure us into compromise, the church at Thyatira, it’s
So far in our journey through Revelation and in particular this section on the 7 Churches, we have encountered both a “Loveless Church“, and a “Suffering Church” each of which, taught us some important lessons i.e., we need to return to our first love (Ephesus), and we must be prepared for the privilege of suffering for the Gospel (Smyrna). And as
Last week we saw what “The Loveless Church” looks like. Which as a reminder, is the kind of church that by allowing self-righteousness, hardness of heart, and a critical spirit to set in, forgets its first love. What is that first love? It’s the love for the Gospel and the desire to see the lost reached. This week we were exposed
We are forging ahead with our journey through the book of Revelation by looking at the first of 7 Churches mentioned in “The Letter to the 7 Churches” – Ephesus. Revelation 2:2–4 (ESV) 2 “ ‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles
We are continuing our journey in the book of Revelation with The 7 Churches. Revelation 1:12–13 (ESV)12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a
We kicked off 2022 with a bang as we started our new series on The Book of Revelations. With all the uncertainty in this world what better way to start off our year than by focusing our attention on our conquering King! Revelation 1:3 (ESV) Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are