- Church of Ephesus
- Church of Smyrna
- Church of Pergamos
- Church of Thyatira
- Church of Sardis
- Church of Philadelphia
- Church of Laodicea
Now, each one of the churches go through the tribulation, except one church and its members and that church is the church of Philadelphia. This is recorded in Revelation 3:10 which states: Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. My belief starts here → This is the reason I said that we need to prepare ourselves because we Christians are going to be going through all seven years of the tribulation. One reason I say I believe this is because, why would Jesus Christ tell us about all of these amazing/scary things that are going to happen if we are not here for it? That is just one reason, I haven’t even mentioned any of the Biblical evidence. I am working on getting a post ready about the rapture, according to the Bible ← my belief stops here.
Okay, back to the seven churches. In Revelation 1:19 it states: Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. In this verse John is being told that he has to write the things which he has seen, and things that are (currently), and the things that will take place in the future. My belief starts here → All of the seven churches are Christian, because as we have seen Christ walks in the midst of them. Regardless of their deeds. Each church is told that they will only be rewarded if they overcome. I say that all of Christians belong to one of these seven churches because the church of Ephesus is told that they must get back to their first love. How many Christians do you know that have left Christianity because they just stopped believing in Christ for one reason or another? ← My belief stops here.
In revelation 2:10 it states: 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 tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. So, from the church of Smyrna Christians are going to be thrown into prison. This is corroborated by what is written in Luke 21:12 and it states: But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. My belief starts here → Just like the Christians of the church of Smyrna got thrown in prison and were persecuted and killed for the name of Christ. Jesus warns us in Luke that the same thing will happen to Christians again in the time of the tribulation. And, I believe that the people, which are going to be thrown in prison will belong to the church of Smyrna. ← My belief stops here.
The church of Pergamos is the church that has mixed Christ’s teaching with paganism. This thing Christ hated. How many of Christians do you know that profess to be Christians but you know in your heart of hearts that what they believe is not in the Bible. Christians saying things like good works will get you to heaven. In Titus 3:5 it states: Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. This is one example, but there are many other examples. The Christians in this church may become stumbling blocks for other Christians in their church. They may become stumbling blocks because of the things they say or do, like the example I gave above. Some Christians may fall for this idea that good works will get me into the kingdom of God. Next we will look at the church of Thyatira in the post titled Seven Churches Conclusion Part (C). Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter: