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Title: Revelation 2:1-11

Revelation 21-11
  • Letters to Ephesus and Smyrna

Outline of Revelation
  • Preparation of the Prophet His Past Vision (11
  • Preparation of the People Their Present
    Condition (21 322)
  • Church of Loveless Orthodoxy Message to the
    Church in Ephesus (21-7)
  • Church of Martyrdom - Message to the Church in
    Smyrna (28-11)

General Pattern of Each Letter
  • Description of the speaker, taken from Johns
    vision in chapter 1
  • An assertion of complete knowledge of the people
    addressed (I know)
  • A description of the state of the church, whether
    by praise, promise, rebuke, or warning
  • A universal command to hear what has been spoken
  • A promise to the overcomer, which looks forward
    to Christs future reign

Seven Churches of Revelation Ephesus
Church of Loveless Orthodoxy To the Church at
Ephesus (Rev 21-7)
  • Background
  • A thriving commercial city, the largest city in
    Asia Minor
  • Its religious life centered around the worship of
    the Greek goddess Artemis (cf. Acts 1923ff) her
    temple was considered one of the seven wonders of
    the world.
  • Like other large cities, it had problems with
    crime and immorality.
  • In spite of these conditions, the gospel
    flourished here under the ministries of both the
    Apostle Paul and the Apostle John, as well as

Church of Loveless Orthodoxy To the Church at
Ephesus (Rev 21-4)
  • Attributes of the Speaker holds the seven stars
    and walks among the seven lampstands.
  • Knowledge of the People their works consist of
  • Laboring to the point of exhaustion and enduring
    every burden with great patience
  • Unwilling to put up with evil people,
    particularly false apostles and especially the
    Nicolaitans (26)
  • Refusing to give up
  • State of the Church left their first love they
    had lost love for one another because their love
    for Christ had grown cold.

Church of Loveless Orthodoxy To the Church at
Ephesus (Rev 25-7)
  • The Lords Coming the basis for the churchs
    repentance they must return to their first love
    for Christ, else their lampstand will be removed.
  • Command to Hear Christ bids every church to heed
    what is said to each church.
  • Promise to the Overcomer to eat of the tree of
    life, which is in the paradise of God (Rev 222).

Seven Churches of Revelation Smyrna
Church of Martyrdom To the Church at Smyrna (Rev
  • Background
  • Another commercially-thriving city, because of
    its location near the Aegean and on a main road
    serving the interior
  • Known for its beauty, with beautiful natural
    surroundings, well-paved streets (some of which
    were tree-lined), sturdy protecting walls
  • Elaborate temples to Greek gods and goddesses
  • Emperor worship was also emphasized here,
    requiring a certified burning of incense failure
    to comply could mean death.
  • Also had a very large Jewish community who would
    inform on Christians very dangerous place to be
    a believer
  • Smyrna means bitter.

Church of Martyrdom To the Church at Smyrna (Rev
  • Attributes of the Speaker First and last
    (eternal existence) and the One who was dead and
    came to life very significant for this church!
  • Knowledge of the People
  • Affliction - a restricting pressure that burdens
    the spirit within a person
  • Poverty a lack of everything (not just
    essentials) because of their identity as
  • Blasphemy false charges against Christians from
    the Jews, who were serving as agents of Satan
  • State of the Church Commanded to stop fearing
    anything that they are about to suffer

Church of Martyrdom To the Church at Smyrna (Rev
  • The Lords Coming only message where it is not
    mentioned instead, precise nature of coming
    persecution is spelled out imprisonment and 10
    day tribulation commanded to be faithful unto
    death, in order to receive crown of life.
  • Command to Hear Christ bids every church to heed
    what is said to each church.
  • Promise to the Overcomer He shall not be hurt by
    the second death (Rev 2014 218).

Next Week Letters to Pergamum and Thyatira
  • Read Revelation 1 and 2