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FocusinginRevelation

This will be a group where we will be studying in various books in the Holy Scriptures.

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Comment by Tonya on March 26, 2011 at 11:54pm

Welcome:

Greetings everyone,

I have decided to create a New Group that will last through the book of Revelation. We will be studying at an even pace until we have a better understanding as Gods Word unfolds through Johns eyes in the book of Revelation.

I am very excited to be adding this group to our other groups:

FocusinginGodsWord

and

TheOldTestament

Glad to have all of you with us for this fascinating and enlightening journey we will be taking through Gods' Holy Word!!



Comment by Tonya on March 27, 2011 at 7:41pm
Welcome,

Let us Pray before we begin this group:

Heavenly Father, Hallowed by Thy Name, Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. We pray this day our daily bread and forgiveness our trespasses as we forgive those whom trespass against us, We pray to be led away from all temptation and delivered from all that is evil. We pray Thy Blessing upon this study group and Thy Blessing upon everyone joining us. May we come to Revelation in Thy Holy Sacred Word, so that we may build a better relationship with you, so that we may share the Good News with others and so we may be prepared for the return of our Messiah. We pray in Jesus Name..Amen!!

REVELATION

The Introduction:

This is the revelation of Jesus Christ, and He is the center of the entire book (1:1). In His risen glory (chap. 1) He directs His churchees on earth (chaps. 2-3). He is the slain and risen Lamb to whom all worship is directed (chaps. 4-5). The judgments of the coming seven-year period of tribulation on this earth are to display of the wrath of the Lamb (chaps. 6-19; see especially 6:16-17), and the return of Christ to this earth is described in 19:11-21. The millennial reign of Christ is described in chap. 20, and the new heavens and new earth in chaps. 21 and 22.

From beginning to end, the book of Revelation is about struggle. Just as Genesis is the book of beginnings, Revelation is the book of consumamtion. In it, the divine program of redemption is brought to fruitation, and the Holy Name of God in vindicated before all creation. In its opening chapters are John's seven dictated letters from the resurrected Christ to the seven churches. Each church had its own struggles, but some had deeper problems than others. In each letter Jesus urged His people to cling to Him and do what they knew to be right. The ones who listened He called overcomers.

The rest of the book contains the story of another dramatic struggle: God's plan to rid the whole world of sin and its destructive consequences. John describes when jesus will return in glory to conquer Satan and restore His broken world, vindicating God's people and judging the wicked.

Although their are numerous prophecies in the Gospels and Epistles, Revelation is the only New Testament book that focuses primarily on prophetic events. The title of this book in the greek text is Apokalypsis Ioannou, "Revelation of John." Its name also known as the Apocalypse, a transliteration of the word apokalypsis meaning "unveiling" or "disclosure." A better title comes from the first verse: Apokalypsis Iesou Christou, "Revelation of Jesus Christ." This could be taken as a revelation which came from Jesus Christ or which is a revelation which is about Christ-both are appropriate.

According to the book itself the author's name was John (1:4; 9; 22:8), a prophet (22:9). Penned by John during his exile on the island of Patmos, Revelation centers around vision and symbols of the resurrected Christ, who alone has authority to judge the earth, to remake it, and to rule it in righteousness. All people will get their dues when Christ returns. Believers will receive eternal joy; unbelievers, unending seperation from God. In the end, God will rebuild what has been broken by sin. He will introduce a new heaven and a new earth.

Clearly the Revelation was written in a period when Christians were threatened by Rome, undoubtedly by pressure to make them recant their faith and accept the cult of emperor worship. Some maintain that the book was written during Nero's persecution of Christians after the burning of Rome in A.D. 64. However, the more probably date is during the harsh reign of that warped personality Domitian (A.D. 81-96). This later date for the book was held by the church Father Irenaeus and other early Christian writers,a nd it agrees better with the picture of complacency and defection of the churches in chaps. 2 and 3. This dating is widely accepted by modern scholars.

There are four principal viewpoints concerning the interpretation of this book: (1) the preterist, which views the prophecies of the book as having been fulfilled in the early history of the church; (2) the historical, which understands the book as portraying a panorama of the history of the church from the days of John to the end of time; (3) the idealist, which considers the book a pictoral unfolding of great principles in constant conflict, without reference to actual events; and (4) the futurist, which views most of the book (chaps. 4-22) as prophecy yet to be fulfilled. The futurist is the viewpoint taken in these notes, based on the principle of interpreting the text plainly.

The book is a revelation, or apocalypse (1:1), and as such is expected to be understood. Much of it is frighteningly clear. Some symbols are explained (1:20; 17:1,15), others are not. It is always important to notice carefully the words "like," "as," and "as it were" (6:1; 9:7), for these words indicate a comparison, not an identification.

The outline of the book is indicated in 1:19. The things that John had seen include the vision of the risen Christ in chap. 1. "The things which are" is described in the letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor in chaps. 2 and 3. "The things which shall be hereafter" are the prophecies of chaps. 4-22.

The book of Revelation ends with Christ as victor over all. All that He said will come true; all that He taught will be proven right; all who followed Him will be vindicated; and all who rejected Him will be judged. God will have His way. He wants nothing more than to have us stand beside Him as victors! We face struggles, God knows that, Through this book He urges us to not give up but to believe in him and to overcome. As He renews our broken world, He will make our broken life new and perfect as well.

The purpose of this book is to give hope to believers and warn them not to compromise their loyalty to God.

Key Verse: " Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends" (3:20).

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day!!

We will begin our study in the Book of Revelation tomorrow.

God Bless!
Comment by Tonya on March 28, 2011 at 7:40pm
Hello, How is everyone? Wonderful to have all of you with us embarking on the study of Revelation. I am really excited to do this study and fellowship in this prophetic Word of God.

Before we begin, Let us Pray:

Heavenly Father, hallowed by Thy Name, Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We pray this day our daily bread and forgiveness of our trespasses as we forgive those whom trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from all that is evil. We pray we may be led in Thy Holy Spirit in this study, that we may have understanding in Thy Holy Word. We give thanks for all, for our Savior Jesus Christ. We pray we may go tell others, may we share the Good News, may many come to receive today. In Jesus Name, We pray..Amen!!

Revelation 1:1

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Revelation 1:2

Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Revelation 1:3

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Revelation 1:4

John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Revelation 1:5

And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.

Revelation 1:6

And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. A-men'.

Revelation 1:7

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail, because of him. Even so, A-men'.

Revelation 1:8

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 1:9

I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Pat'-mos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.



of Jesus Christ = from Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ gave this revelation from God, by means of an angel, to John. shortly. This word does not indicate that the events described in this book will necessarily occur soon but that when they do begin to happen they will come to pass swiftly. (The same Greek word is translated "speedily" in Luke 18:8).

Blessed. There are seven beatitudes in Revelation. This is the first (1:3); the others are found at 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7; 14. John wanted the book read at once, and preferably aloud, in the churches.

seven. The number seven, occurring 54 times in the book, appears more frquently than any other number. In the Bible it is associated with completion, fulfilment, and perfection (Gen. 2:2; Ex. 20:10; Lev. 14:7; Acts 6:3). In Revelation there are seven churches and seven spirits (1:4), seven lampstands (candlesticks, 1:12), seven stars (1:16), seven seal on the scroll (5:1), seven horns and seven eyes of the Lamb (5:6), seven angels and seven trumpets (8:2), seven thunders (10:3), seven heads on the dragon (12:3), seven heads on the beast (13:1), seven golden bowls (vials, 15:7), and seven kings (17:10), the seven Spirits. Many understand this to refer to the Holy Spirit in His perfect fullness (see 4:5; Isa. 11:2), though some take this as a reference to seven angels who are before God's throne.

first begotten of the dead. I.e., Christ was the first to receive a resurrection body that is immortal. See Col. 1:15 where He is designated to the firstborn of every creature (Ps. 89:27). unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins. Some texts read, "Unto him who loves us and who loosed us from our sins.

kings and priests. Description of both Israel (Ex. 19:6) and the church (see 1 Peter 2:9-10), indicating that we shall minister to Him forever.

On pierced, see Zech. 12:10. all..shall wail. see Matt. 24:29-30.

Alpha and Omega. The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, indicating that the Lord God is the beginning and end of all things. The best texts add "God" after Lord.

Patmos. A small island in the Aegean Sea, SW of Ephesus. for (twice) = because of.

The book of Revelation describes what will happen in the future. It looks forward to the time of Christ's return, when our new life in Christ will be perfected. it also tells about the hard battle God will fight to restore our world from the destructive consequences of sin. Many of this book's symbols are difficult to interpret, but one message comes through clearly: No matter how bad things are right now, God has a solution. Jesus Christ will return to re-create our broken and polluted world. He will give us a new body and a healed heart. God has already started His healing in us through our relationship with Christ; He will complete this task when He returns to rule.

Christ sent His redemptive blood on the cross to free us from bondage to sin, past abuse, destructive habits, compulsions, addiction. God loved us enough to send His Son to die on our behalf. But, praise God, jesus rose from the dead, conquering death forever! Through Him we can rise to a new way of living today, no matter who we are or what we have done, God has solutions for our problems. Through Christ, we have been made citizens of His eternal Kingdom (see Philippians 3:20); therefore we can look forward to an eternity of joy and being in God's presence.

The future coming of Jesus Christ will be desperately painful for those who refuse to believe and follow Him. The terrifying consequences of their denial will be eternal judgment (see 20:11-15). On the other hand, if we pursue in faith, we can rejoice in the new life His return will bring. God is "the beginning and the end" of all things. We can have hope because God is in control of our past, present, and future.

John suffered a great deal for Christ and persevered through it all. All the pain and exile had not emittered him toward God; the apostle still worshipped God faithfully. John was worshipping when he received the visions recorded in the book. It is easy to become discouraged in our struggles, some people may reject us when we witness to them, because they are not ready to hear the word yet. John's example provides encouragement to persevere despite the diffictulties we face. If we stay the course, God has only the best in store for us. God has a plan for each and every one of us, We must allow Him to use us to make it work.

Everyone have a great day!!

God Bless! .
Comment by Tonya on March 30, 2011 at 5:47pm
Hello, Welcome back. We are continuing our fellowship and study in Revelation chapter 1. Glad to have all of you with us.

Heavenly Father, Hallowed by Thy Name, Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those whom trespass against us and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from all that is evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, The Power and The Glory, Forever and ever. We pray Thy Blessing upon this group, and this study of Thy Holy Word today, In Jesus Name..We Pray..Amen!!



Revelation 1:10

I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet.

Revelation 1:11

Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Eph'-e-sus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Per'-ga-mos, and unto Thy-a-ti'-ra, and unto Sar'-dis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto La-od-i-ce'-a.

Revelation 1:12

And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Revelation 1:13

And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Revelation 1:14

His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Revelation 1:15

And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Revelation 1:16

And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

Revelation 1:17

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

Revelation 1:18

I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, A-men'; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Revelation 1:19

Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

Revelation 1:20

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches; and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.



in the Spirit. I.e., in a state of spiritual ecstasy. on the Lord's day. Likely not a reference to Sunday (which is called the first day of the week in the NT) but literally a "lordian day," or an "im perial day" (the same adjective is used elsewhere only in 1 Cor. 11:20), referring to the contents of the vision that reveal the future time when Christ will judge and rule.

candlesticks. Better, lampstands. These represent the seen churches mentioned in verse 11 (see also v.20).

paps = chest. Christ's clothing designates Him as priest and judge. Notice the description of the Ancient of Days in Dan. 7:9.

white like wool..snow. Pictures Christ's wisdom and purity. his eyes were as a flame of fire. Piercing and penetrating in holiness. Compare the figure used in 1 Cor. 3:13 in relation to judgment.

His feet walked through the trials and limiations of His earthly life. No one will talk back to one who has such a voice.

in his right hand seven stars. The right hand is the place of honor (Eph. 1:20). The stars are the "angels of the seven churchs" (v.20). The word angel may mean "a superhuman being," implying that each church has a special guardian angel or, more likely, it refers to the human leader of each local church. (see Luke 9:52 and James 2:25, where the word angels, translated "messengers," is used of human beings.) sword. A symbol both of the truth and of the severity of the Word of God (Heb. 4:12).

I am the first and the last. In verse 8 God is called "Alpha and Omega." Here Christ gives Himself a similar title.

the keys of hell and of death. The keys denote the authority of Christ over physical death and hell (lit., Hades), the place that temporarily holds the immaterial part of the unbeliever between death and the ultimate casting into the lake of fire (see 20:14).

This verse (1:19) gives the basic outline of the book: (1) Things which thou (John) hast seen, as recorded in chap. 1; (2) things which are; i.e., the present state of the churches (chaps. 2-3); and (3) things which shall be hereafter. The third section clearly begins with 4:1, since the same phrase is used there.

The..stars are the angels. see v. 16.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day in our Lord!!
Comment by Bro.RAJESWAR(INDIA) on April 3, 2011 at 11:28am
DEAR MY Sis.TONYA...THANKS FOR YOUR KIND INVITATION!GOD BLESS YOU,AND THIS GROPU!!!.....Bro.RAJ
Comment by Tonya on April 3, 2011 at 6:25pm
Your Welcome Broher Rajeswar. Glad to have you in group!!! God Bless!!
Comment by Tonya on April 3, 2011 at 6:25pm
Hello, and Welcome to the group. We are begining Chapter 2 in our fellowship and study in Revlation. It is wonderful to have all of you with us as we embrace God's Word.

Let us Pray:

Heavenly Father, Hallowed by thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done. We come together today to study in Thy Holy Word, We pray we may be led into perfect understanding so that we may apply and share these Holy Scriptures in our daily lives. We pray that many will come to know you through our studies, we pray that many receive the Good News today and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. We pray Thy Blessing upon this group, and upon our meditation in Thy Word. We give thanks, praise and Glory in Jesus Name..Amen!!

Revelation 2:1

Unto the angel of the church of Eph'-e-sus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;

Revelation 2:2

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:

Revelation 2:3

And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.

Revelation 2:4

Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Revelation 2:5

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.

Revelation 2:6

But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nic-o-la'-i-tanes, which I also hate.

Revelation 2:7

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.

Revelation 2:8

And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;

Revelation 2:9

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.

Revelation 2:10

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 tribulatin ten days: be thou faithful unto death; and I will give thee a crown of life.

Revelation 2:11

He 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 seven churches addressed in chaps. 2 and 3 were actual churches of John's day. But they also represent types and conditions of churches in all generations. This idea is supported by the fact that only seven were selected out of the many that existed and flourished in John's time and by the statement at the close of each letter that the Spirit was speaking to the churches (v. 7, 11, etc.). Ephesus. Under Caesar Augustus, Ephesus became the captial of the Roman province called Asia, which today is the western portion of Turkey (Pergamos had been the captital earlier). It was the residence of the apostle John before and after his exile on Patmos, and it was the site of the great temple of Artemis (Latin, Diana).

not fainted = not grown weary: i.e., have not given up.

thou hast left thy first love. "Left" implies and intentional, not accidental, act. More than 30 years before, this church has been commended for its love (Eph. 1:15-16). Most were second generation Christians whose purity of doctrine and endurance in service were unquestioned, but they had abandoned that eagerness to please and devotion that characterizes first love.

remove thy candlestick. I.e., remove the usefulness of that local church.

the Nicolaitanes. Followers of Nicolas (see Acts 6:5), according to early church Fathers. These were apparently a sect that advocated license in matters of Christian conduct, including free love, though some understand from the meaning of the name ("conquering of the people") that they were a group that promoted a clerical hierarchy (see v. 15 also).

To him that overcometh. Not a reference to an especially spiritual group among the believers, but to all true Christians (1 John 5:5). paradise, A referencto heaven and the New Jerusalem (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 12:4; Rev. 21:2).

Smyrna. A seaport city about 35 mi (56 km) N of Ephesus (called Izmir today). It was a center of the imperial cult of Rome and emperor worship.

Apostate Jews in Smyrna were in reality instruments of satan.

ye shall have tribulation ten days. This may refer to a 10-day period of intense persecution to come, or it may indicate 10 periods of persecution from Nero to Diocletian. crown of life. The reward of one who is faithful under trial or unto death. see James 1:12 and 1 Cor. 3:14.

the second death. I.e., eternal separation from God in the lake of fire. See 20:14 and Rom. 6:2.

Christ addressed the church in Ephesus first. It was the largest congregation and probably responsible for planting the other churches (see Acts 19:1-10). John began on a positive note by commending the Ephesian believers for their perseverance through hardship. Then he confronted the more painful realities and challenged his readers to repent and rekindle their love, which had waned. Confrontations are best made in the context of love. We need to begin our conversations by building others up and showing we care. After the groundwork lovingly, we can better communicate the more painful messages.

The church in Smyrna was the closest of the other six to Ephesus, and it was experiencing similar hardships. This small Christian community was suffering from unrelenting oppression by satan and his evil spiritual forces. John's vision reminded the believers that their perseverance through dangerous times would be rewarded with the crown of life for their faithfulness. We too are called to persevere through the tough times. As we entrust our life to God and obey Him, He will slowly transform us. At Christ's return, we will receive a new body and a cleansed heart- a completely new life!

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day!!
Comment by Tonya on April 4, 2011 at 7:52pm
Hello, How is everyone today? Welcome back to our fellowship and study in the book of Revelation. Glad to have all of you with us.

Heavenly Father, Hallowed by Thy Name, Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We come together today to study in Thy Holy Word, We pray for understanding through Thy Holy Spirit in The Scriptures today. We pray Thy Blessing upon this study as it reaches many, that many may receive your word and receive Jesus Christ as their Savior. We give thanks, Praise and Glory in Jesus Name..Amen!!


Revelation 2:12

And to the angel of the church in Per'-ga-mos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

Revelation 2:13

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 An'-ti-pas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where satan dwelleth.

Revelation 2:14

But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Ba'-laam, who taught Ba'-lac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Revelation 2:15

So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nic-o-la'-i-tanes, which thing I hate.

Revelation 2:16

Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Revelation 2:17

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 man'-na, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth sving he that receiveth it.

Revelation 2:18

And unto the angel of the church in Thy-a-ti'-ra 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;

Revelation 2:19

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.

Revelation 2:20

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jez'-e-bel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Revelation 2:21

And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Revelation 2:22

Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

Revelation 2:23

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.



Pergamos. About 45 mi (72 km) N of Smyrna, it boasted one of the finest libraries of antiquity and was the place where parchment was first used. It had once been the capital of the Roman province of Asia.

where satan's seat is. Lit., where satan's throne is- a reference to Pergamos's worship either of the Roman emperor or of Zeus at his altar on the local acropolis (or both).

the doctrine of Balaam. See 2 Peter 2:15 and Jude 11.

hidden manna. Refers to the sufficiency of Christ for the believer's needs, as manna was for the Hebrew's during the wilderness wanderings. The white stone may refer to the custom of voting for the acquittal of an accused person by using a white stone (indicating that the believer can be assured of his acquittal before God, or it may refer to the sufficiency of Christ (from the custom of wearing amulets around the neck).

Thyatira. A city noted for its numberous trade guilds and for its wool and dyeing industry (see Acts 16:14). it was about 35 mi (56 km) SE of Pergamos.

Jezebel. This false prophetess may actually have been named Jezebel; more probably, however, she was a well-known woman whose actions made her a contemporary counterpart of the notorious Jezebel of 1 Kings 16 and 21, and 2 Kings 9.

bed (of sickness), perhaps as a result of immorality.

her children. Her followers.

The church in Pergamum had remained intensely loyal to Jesus Christ through a satanic onslaught. But some in the church had given in to sexual misconduct. Such relational and spiritual dysfunctions threatened to undermine, or at least neutralize, the testimony of this Christian community. Sometimes great victories can be neutralized by small mistakes. We need to be consistant in our walk with God, making sure that all areas of our life are yielded to His control. Ignoring even the smallest sin or bad habit could lead to terrible consequences.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day!!
Comment by Tonya on April 6, 2011 at 7:15pm
Welcome Back, We are continuing in the second chapter in Revelation today. Glad to have all of you with us in our powerful study in God's Holy Word.

Heavenly Father, Hallowed by Thy Name, Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We give thanks for the opportunity to come together today to study in Thy Holy Word, we pray we may have guidance and understanding as we read the texts that we may witness to others and apply them to our lives. We pray many will come and receive our Savior Jesus Christ. We give thanks, praise and Glory in Thy Name..Amen!!

Revelation 2:24

But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thy-a-ti'-ra, 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.

Revelation 2:25

But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

Revelation 2:26

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Revelation 2:27

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.

Revelation 2:28

And I will give him the morning star.

Revelation 2:29

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.



the depths of satan. Lit., the deep things of satan. John is saying, "To those of you who have not been seduced by these false doctrines, these deep things of satan I say only.."

Believers will share the millennial rule of Christ; he shall rule them with a rod of iron; A reference to Christ's reign on earth (see 12:5; 19:15; Ps. 2:9).

the morning star. Probably a reference to Christ Himself (22:16; 2 Peter 1:19) or, perhaps, the immortal life that one will receive from Christ.

The church in Thyatira was commended for its act of faith, love, and patience, and it was encouraged to persevere in doing them. But a serious spiritual cancer was growing in their midst- a self-styled prophetess named Jezebel was encouraging a profligate lifestyle. God punished this woman harshly to show how much He wanted to protect His people from her evil influence. This gives us some idea of how dangerous it is to have relationships with people who might lead us astray. We need to choose our relationships carefully. Dysfunctional relationships could lead us away from God, when someone is in total denial and rejecting God. Sometimes it is better to plant the seed, walk away, and let God work His Will.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day in our Lord!!
Comment by Tonya on April 10, 2011 at 6:06pm
Let us pray before we begin:

Heavenly Father, Holy by Thy Name, Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those whom trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from all that is evil. For Thine is the Kingdom, The Power and the Glory, Forever and ever. We pray Thy Blessing upon this study of Thy Holy Word today in Jesus Name..Amen!!

Revelation 3:1

And unto the angel of the church in Sar'-dis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Revelation 3:2

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

Revelation 3:3

Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Revelation 3:4

Thou hast a few names even in Sar'-dis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk withh me in white: for they are worthy.

Revelation 3:5

He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 3:6

He taht hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 3:7

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

Revelation 3:8

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

Revelation 3:9

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Revelation 3:10

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of tempation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.



Sardis. The capital of ancient Lydia, situated about 30 mi (48 km) S of Thyatira. The imperial cult was strong there. and art dead. I.e., devoid of spiritual life and power.

which have not defiled their garments. I.e., persons who had remained faithful to Christ, in white,. In purity and righteousness (19:8).

I will not blot out his name. Not a threat but an assurance that saved peoples' names will always be in the book of life.

Philadelphia. The word means "brotherly love." A lesser city than the others addressed, it was located about 38 mi (61 km) SE of Sardis. Its chief deity was Dionysus, the god of wine. the key of David. A quotation from Isa. 22:22, where it is a symbol of authority. Compare the "keys of hell and of death" (1:18) and the "keys of the kingdom" (Matt. 16:19).

a little strength. Not because of spiritual weakness but because of the few believers in the church.

Unsaved Jews who opposed Christians composed the synagogue of satan (2:9).

I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation (lit., testing). A promise that believers will be delivered from the time of the Tribulation that will come upon the entire earth (Matt. 24:14-21).

The believers in Sardis were, for the most part, just going through the motions of being spiritual. They were warned to make immediate changes or they would suffer painful consequences. Fortunately, some believers in Sardis stood firm in their faith,a nd they would be reward accordingly. With God's help, it is possible to stand firm even when everyone around us in falling away. We don't have to follow the crowd or be a victim of our environment; we can follow God instead. As we do; He will bless us and write our name in the Book of Life.

The church in Philadelphia was not strong, but it remained obedient to God and stood firm against satanic oppression. So Christ promised this church protection from the greatest time of tribulation taht would ever come upon the whole world. He encouraged them to persevere, promising that they would live forever with Christ in His New Jerusalem. This promise has been greately delayed, but that doesn't make it any less secure (see 21:1-22:21). We have this same hope if we entrust our life to God through faith in Jesus Christ. Although our waiting may seem long, our hope in God's eternal deliverance is just as certain.

Everyone have a Wonderful Blessed Day!!

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