What love lessons did Jesus give the 7 churches in Rev. 2-3? What was He warning and exhorting them about? We can again identify the same pattern of things that attacked the seed in the Parable of the Sower and the Seed. This same pattern also applies to us as individuals.
- Ephesus: Keep close love relationship with Jesus as priority/focus; more than good deeds, feelings, materialism….. more than anything, deep in your heart.
- Smyrna: Persecution, trouble, and suffering will come to attack your faith; hold fast and overcome in Me.
- Pergamum: Temptations and false prophets who promise pleasure and comfort will try to lead you away from Me to cause you to stumble. Use the sword of My Word to discern and defeat evil infiltration.
- Thyatira: Cultural tolerance and worldly pleasures draw away from My truth and My ways. Truth is truth. Turn from adulterous way. Follow Me. Know and obey My Word. Be holy. Be separated unto Me.
- Sardis: You say you are alive and awake, but you are asleep and dead. Repent. Wake up! Clean up your soiled garments! If you claim My Name, then be Mine…and side with Me. Take a stand. Fight the good fight of faith!
- Philadelphia: You do well to beware of those who say they are Christians, but are not; to beware of those who say they are Jews, but are not. You do well to hate religious control and dominance. Keep teaching and preaching the true good news in the doors I open and in bearing good fruit.
- Laodicea: You are complacent, comfortable, lukewarm, self-sufficient, and independent. You think you can live in the grey zone. You are proud of your accomplishments, fancy garments, material possessions, and education/knowledge. But spiritually, you are blind, poor and naked. I reprove those I love. You think you are fine and live in luxury on the seashore, but you should be built on the Rock. Repent and come to Me and I will welcome you.
Yeshua Jesus continually warns because He wants all to come back and stand on the Rock, for their own safety and protection. He lamented over Jerusalem saying, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets, and stones them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not! (Matthew 23:37). He calls to whosover will. Will we?