Revelation 2-3 Intro….John has been writing the vision of what he saw. Now, he is writing down what Yeshua Jesus earnestly wants him to write to the 7 churches. Remember in Rev. 1:19, Jesus tells John to write what he sees in visions, what is happening now, and what will happen. Jesus is now going to speak to John about what is happening now in the churches…as He walks in their midst.
These messages are not only for the 7 churches, but will get passed to other churches at that time, like Paul’s letters/epistles to the churches were passed along and shared. However, these messages are not only for the churches at John’s time, but they are for the whole church for the whole church age! These 7 messages apply to all churches where Jesus is Lord and Savior…..7 signifying complete righteousness. These messages also apply to us as individual Christians, followers of Yeshua Jesus! We must examine ourselves in these messages of truth. God’s character and ways never change. He is consistently right and true….always and forever. And we also see that in the whole scriptures our enemy satan, also uses his same ways over and over again.
Ecclesiastes 1:9, “That which has been is that which will be again, and that which has been done is that which will be done again. So, there is nothing new under the sun.”
The Bible is full of these unchanging patterns and ways! we are supposed to learn to know and live in God’s ways. Our enemy tries to get us to live outside God’s ways, often by ignorance or deception. So, we also need to know the trickes and schemes of our enemy. Yeshua Jesus gives us these messages to the churches to help us immensely in our learning. He speaks the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). He warns because He wants to protect us from danger, instruct us in His ways, and encourage us with the rewards of changing to follow His right ways.
Have you ever wondered what you need to do to prepare for the Lord’s coming for you…whether by your own personal death or by experiencing Yeshua Jesus second coming? Revelation 2-3 has preparation instruction! These chapters are immensely important to us as followers of Yeshua Jesus! Yet, many studies of Revelation run through them quickly to get to the drama of the end of the age events. We are going to take a close look and strive to apply them to our lives, repenting and changing as needed….the whole time being thankful that the Lord loves us so much to tell us the hard truth…in order to bless and save us….to prepare us!
The church at Ephesus is first. This is the same church that Paul wrote the book/letter to the Ephesians. This is also the church assembly of John, the apostle and Mary, the mother of Yeshua Jesus. I hope you are getting excited to study on in Revelation…..