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Title: Seven Special Messages from Jesus


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Seven Special Messages From Jesus
  • Revelation Seminars
  • Lesson 5

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INTRODUCTION The New Testament books are
primarily letters written by the Apostles to
churches or individuals. True Christians, from
that time to the present, accept all these
letters as Gods authoritative word. Revelation,
one of the New Testament books bears the name of
Jesus Himself. In fact, the book is entitled The
Revelation of Jesus Christ.
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  • Revelation begins with seven special letters from
    Jesus to the churches. Surely these letters of
    love and special counsel, direct from Jesus,
    should receive our greatest attention and our
    best possible response.

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  • Tragically, these seven special letters have been
    almost entirely ignored. Satan, the enemy of
    Gods people must rejoice to see that most
    Christians are not following Jesus counsel found
    in His love letters to us in Revelation.

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  • Thank God it is not too late! This Revelation
    Seminar comes to grips with these seven great
    messages. May the Holy Spirit guide as we study
    chapters two and three of Revelation, and listen
    to Jesus crucial counsel for busy Christians in
    2003.

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1. Why did Jesus warn about changing His word?
  • a. Revelation 2218 If I add anything to
    Revelation God will add unto me the plagues that
    are written in the book.
  • b. Revelation 2219 If I subtract anything from
    Revelation, God will remove my name from the book
    of life.
  • Note Everything in Revelation is important and
    absolutely nothing can be left out nor can
    anything be added to improve it!

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2. Where were the seven churches located?
  • Revelation 14 John to the seven churches which
    are in Asia.
  • Note
  • Though these seven letters were originally
    written to the seven churches in Asia, the
    messages apply to all Christians today, as do all
    the other letters or books of the bible.
  • 2 Timothy 316,17

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3. What are the three basic messages to these
churches?
  • a.God knows about me. He says I know thy
    works. Note God cares about my conduct and this
    fact is repeated to all the churches. Rev.
    22,9,13,19 and 31,8,15.
  • b. Overcoming is imperative. To him that
    overcometh. Note This takes place only through
    Jesus, and its importance is strongly emphasized
    to each church.
  • Rev. 27,11,17, 26 and 35,12,21.

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c. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Jesus counsels,
Hear what the Spirit saith.
  • Note Gods Holy Spirit convicts people of sin
    and leads them to repentance.
  • John 16 8,13.
  • Without the Holy Spirit no one ever feels sorry
    for sin or finds the new birth experience. No
    wonder Jesus stressed so forcefully the
    importance of listening to His Spirit!
  • Rev. 27,11,17,29 and 36,13,22.

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  • What are the 3 Basic Messages?

God knows about me.
Overcoming is imperative (essential, important,
necessary, crucial, critical).
Listen to the Holy Spirit.
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4. What do the seven churches represent?
  • As we study further, you will clearly see they
    represent seven periods of Christian history,
    from the time of John to the time of Jesus
    return. Only the key points of each era will be
    emphasized.

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Ephesus - Era of Apostles
  • 5. Why was the church of Ephesus rebuked?
  • Rev. 24.
  • Answer They had left their first love.

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  • Note
  • Ephesus, the church of the Apostles represents
    Gods church in the 1st century A.D. which grew
    with incredible speed. There were 6 million
    Christians scattered all over the world when the
    century ended. However, they lost their original
    love for Jesus and His wonderful message of
    salvation. We too must be careful on this point!

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6. Why was the church of Ephesus commended?
  • Revelation 22 Thou hast tried them which say
    they are Apostles and are not.
  • Note They withstood false teachers openly and
    Jesus commended them for this. The Nicolaitans
    advocated spiritual compromise with worldly
    practices. They felt their liberty gave them
    freedom to practice idolatry and immorality.
  • (This sounds very much like the new morality that
    is creeping into some churches today).

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The Overcomers of Ephesus
  • Rev. 27
  • To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the
    tree of life, which is in the midst of the
    paradise of God.

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Smyrna - Era of Persecution
7. What encouragement did Jesus give Smyrna?
  • Rev. 210
  • Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give you
    a crown of life.

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  • Note
  • Smyrna represents the church from about 100 A.D.
    through to 313 A.D. This was a fearful time of
    persecution and martyrdom. The Roman Empire tried
    to stamp out Christianity. Only God knows how
    many of His children were beheaded, burned, fed
    to lions or slain by the sword.
  • The church in this period lived so close to Jesus
    that He gave them no reproof, only words of
    encouragement.

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8. What promise was given to Smyrna?
  • AnswerThey shall not experience the second
    death. Rev. 211
  • Note All must die the first death (Heb. 927)
    but there is a resurrection from the first death
    (1 Cor.1551-54). The second death is the one in
    which the lost die in the fire (Rev. 218). From
    this death there is no resurrection.

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Overcomers of Smyrna
  • Revelation 211
  • He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the
    second death.

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Pergamos - Era of Compromise
  • 9. Satan attacked Pergamos by the false teachings
    of? Rev. 214,15 Answer
  • a. A man Balaam b. A group the Nicolaitans
  • Note Pergamos covers the church during the 4th,
    5th and part of the 6th centuries. It is the era
    of state-supported religion and compromise. The
    Roman Emperor Constantine and his entire army
    were baptized and joined the church. Satan could
    not destroy the church by persecution so he
    corrupted it by popularity and worldly practices.
    Pagan practices and beliefs came into the church.

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Overcomers of Pergamos
  • Revelation 217
  • 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.

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  • Review
  • 1. Ephesus Era of the Apostles
  • (1st Century A.D.)
  • 2. Smyrna Era of Persecution
  • (A.D. 100 - 313)
  • 3. Pergamos Era of Corruption
  • (4th, 5th part of 6th centuries)

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Thyatira - Era of Apostasy
  • 10. Who was the woman who corrupted Thyatira?
  • Rev.220
  • An evil woman named Jezebel.

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  • Note
  • Thyatira covers church history for nearly 1,000
    years, from the last half of the 6th century to
    the first half of the 16th century
  • (538 A.D. to 1560s A.D.). This period is
    sometimes called the Dark Ages.

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  • The Bible was pushed aside and it was a time of
    fearful apostasy, represented by the influence of
    the evil woman, Jezebel, upon the ancient nation
    of Israel. Therefore, Jezebel symbolized the
    apostasy of this era, which grew to great
    proportions and plunged the Christian world into
    the Dark Ages, as superstition and tradition
    superseded the teachings of the Bible.

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11. What warning does God give to followers of
Jezebel?
  • Rev. 222 I will cast them that commit
    adultery with her into great tribulation, except
    they repent of their deeds.
  • Rev. 223 I will kill her children with death.
  • Note Any unfaithfulness to Jesus or His pure
    teachings is called adultery or fornication. The
    punishments (sickness, tribulation death) are
    indeed real. Neither the church, the state, nor
    false teachers will escape Gods punishment for
    spiritual adultery.

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12. Who were the rest who opposed this
corruption?
  • Rev. 224
  • and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have
    not this doctrine and which have not known the
    depths of Satan

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  • Note This refers to the powerful ministry of
    many great spiritual leaders whom God raised up
    to expose error and apostasy, and to lead His
    church back to Jesus and Bible truth. Their
    names are well known eg. Wycliffe, Huss, Jerome,
    Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Knox, et al. Though many
    of these men lived in the Sardis era, some had
    already begun to bring reform into the church
    during the last part of the Thyatira period of
    church history.

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Overcomers of Thyatira
  • Revelation 226
  • And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto
    the end, to him will I give power over the
    nations.

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Sardis - Era of Reformation
  • 13. What striking words describe Sardis? Rev.
    31 Thou livest and art dead. Note Jesus here
    points out that formal religion is worthless.
    Paul describes such religion as Having a form of
    godliness, but denying the power thereof. 2 Tim.
    35

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  • 14. What tragedy was about to happen in Sardis?
    Rev. 32 Be watchful and strengthen the things
    which remain and are ready to die. Note Sardis
    embraces Christianity in the 16th, 17th and part
    of the 18th centuries. It covers the crucial
    period of reformation when spirit-filled men of
    God shook the world with their messages. But,
    alas, when these men died, their followers,
    instead of prayerfully seeking more truth, went
    backward with astounding rapidity. This solemn
    lesson is for us today. Keep pursuing truth, and
    follow it as you find it, then all of Gods
    blessing will come into your life.

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Overcomers of Sardis
  • Revelation 35
  • He that overcometh the same shall be clothed with
    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.

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Philadelphia - Era of Revival
  • 15. What does the name Philadelphia mean?
  • The literal meaning of the name is brotherly
    love.

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  • Note The Philadelphia era of the church covers
    the second half of the 18th and first half of the
    19th centuries. During this time the birth and
    expansion of foreign missions took place. The
    American and British Bible Societies were
    organized. Great revival preachers like Wesley
    and Whitefield came on the scene. A study of the
    books of Daniel and Revelation sparked the
    greatest religious awakening since the
    Reformation. Jesus offers no reproof to this
    church.

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Overcomers of Philadelphia
  • Revelation 312
  • Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the
    temple of my God, and I will write upon him
    the name of my God and I will write upon him my
    new name.

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Laodicea - Christianity Today
  • 16. What is Laodiceas Problem?
  • Rev. 316, 18
  • a.We are lukewarm.
  • b. We feel we are spiritually rich and need
    nothing when we are actually, wretched,
    miserable, poor, blind and naked.

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  • How are we?
  • WRETCHED
  • MISERABLE
  • POOR
  • BLIND
  • NAKED

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  • Note
  • The Laodicean era of the church covers the second
    half of the 19th century on through the time when
    Jesus returns (1840s A.D. to the end of time).
    Our heart hurts to see that Laodicea represents
    the church of today. It is a church that is big
    and boastful, but is dreadfully sick and in need
    of Heavenly healing. This condition is alarming
    and needs prompt attention!

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17. Name 3 things that Jesus tells us to buy.
Rev. 318
  • Answer
  • 1. GOLD
  • 2. WHITE RAIMENT
  • 3. EYESALVE

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  • What are we to buy?
  • GOLD
  • WHITE RAIMENT
  • EYESALVE

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  • 1. Gold
  • This means the true riches of Heaven which are
    manifested in a Christ-like character. This comes
    from a knowledge of Gods Word applied by faith
    in your life and revealed by deeds of love.
  • (Psalms 197 - 10, Gal. 56, James 25, Job 2310)

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  • 2. White Raiment
  • This means Jesus robe of righteousness.
  • Isaiah 6110 Rev. 198.
  • It is given by Jesus as a free gift. We do
    nothing to earn it. We receive it by faith alone
    and it is retained by faith.
  • Zechariah 31-5, Rom. 117.

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  • 3. Eyesalve
  • This means
  • (a) discernment to understand Gods Word.
  • Psalm 11918, 1 John 220, 27.
  • (b) the Holy Spirit to help us see our true
    condition and make proper choices.
  • John 1426 Eph. 117-19.

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18. How can I receive these precious gifts? Rev.
320
  • Answer Open my hearts door and let Jesus enter
    my life.
  • Note Though Jesus can open many doors, He will
    not force open the door to my heart. I must open
    the door myself.

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19. Are you willing to accept these gifts?
  • Note Jesus says His last day church is not ready
    for His appearing. His counsel to us in
    Revelation 3 is fantastic. However, He has much
    more to say to us in the remaining 19 chapters of
    Revelation. Some of His counsel may be startling,
    or even shocking, but since it is His counsel, I
    want it anyway. Dont you?

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Overcomers of Laodicea
  • Rev. 321
  • To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with
    me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am
    set down with my Father in His throne.

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  • Overcomers of Ephesus (Rev. 27)
  • I will give to eat of the tree of life, which is
    in the midst of the paradise of God.
  • Overcomers of Smyrna (Revelation 211)
  • Shall not be hurt of the second death.
  • Overcomers of Pergamos (Revelation 217)
  • I will give him a white stone,
  • and in the stone a new name.

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  • Overcomers of Thyatira (Revelation 226)
  • I will give power over the nations.
  • Overcomers of Sardis (Revelation 35)
  • Shall be clothed with white raiment and I will
    not blot out his name out of the book of life.
  • Overcomers of Philadelphia (Revelation 312)
  • I will write upon him my new name.
  • Overcomers of Laodicea (Rev. 321)
  • I will grant to sit with me in my throne.

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OVERCOMERS!
I love you so much.
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Overview
  • 1. Ephesus Era of the Apostles
  • (1st Century A.D.)
  • 2. Smyrna Era of Persecution
  • (A.D. 100 - 313)
  • 3. Pergamos Era of Corruption
  • (4th,5th part of 6th C.)
  • 4. Thyatira Era of Apostasy
  • (538 A.D. - 1560s)

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Overview (contd.)
  • 5. Sardis Era of Reformation
  • (16th,17th part of 18th C.)
  • 6. Philadelphia Era of Revival (1750s - 1840s)
  • 7. Laodicea Christianity Today (1840s to
    present)
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