Revelation Chapter 2 Part (B)

We will continue discussing what Christ liked and did not like about each of the churches, and we will continue with the next church.

  1. Smyrna – Things Jesus liked – Rev. 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. Interestingly enough Jesus never stated that He had anything against this church. However, Jesus Christ issued this warning in Revelation 2:10 which 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.

To the church of Smyrna, Jesus said He knows their works and tribulation, and poverty. Jesus never stated that He did not like their works as He did for the church of Ephesus. Jesus said that He knows the blasphemy of them which claim they are Jews but are not, and that they are the synagogue of Satan. My belief starts here → If you look all over the world there are groups who claim that they are Jews, and they may very well be, but there is not 100% proof that they are. Only Jesus Christ knows if what they say is true in regards to their lineage. Here is one such group. Some of these people may actually have Jewish lineage, but I cannot with 100% certainty claim that this is fact. This is just one group, but there are others ← my belief stops here. Jesus did issue a warning to the church of Smyrna. Jesus said that the devil will cast some of you from the church of Smyrna into prison to be tried in the court of law. The people of the church of Smyrna will experience tribulation for a period of ten days. Jesus said, be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. This would mean that the people who are thrown in prison are going to have two choices: a) deny the testimony of Christ and live but later die the second death or b) be faithful unto death. It seems from these prophetic words that some of the people of the church of Smyrna will be executed for their testimony of Jesus Christ. On to church number three which is the church of Pergamos.

  1. Pergamos – Things Jesus liked – Rev. 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 Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. Things Jesus did not like – Revelation 2:14-15 – 14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.




To the church of Pergamos, Jesus said that I like the fact that you hold fast to my name even though you work out of a place where Satan’s seat is. Meaning a place where Satan’s power/influence is strongest. Jesus also liked the fact that the church of Pergamos kept their faith in Christ even amongst the persecution of Antipas. The people of the church of Pergamos did not abandon their faith in midst of the persecution of Christians. They held on to what they believe and they did not waver. They did not give in. There was a couple of things that Jesus did not like about the church of Pergamos. First, Jesus did not like the fact that some people of this church held to the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast stumblingblock before the children of Israel. The stumblingblock was to curse what God said not to curse and to make people believe that what is wrong is right. When in actuality it is very wrong. The other issue was eating food that was sacrificed to idols. Such as eating halal food, where the animal is slaughtered while the slaughterer utters the word bismillah, which means in the name of Allah. Lastly some of the people in the church of Pergamos were committing fornication. We know, as Christians that fornication is a sin and Christ is against this. My belief starts here → I believe that Christ was speaking about both actual physical fornication and spiritual fornication. The spiritual fornication was the mixing of paganism into Christianity, meaning that this “union” should not have happened, it is wrong, and it is sin. This “union” was rotting the teachings and doctrine of Jesus Christ ← my belief stops here. Now, the story of Balaam and Balac or Balak is found in Numbers chapter 22 to chapter 25 if you would like to read it. Essentially Balaam was a false prophet and a magician. He knew how to please God with sacrifices, but his power was not from God but from the devil. Second, Jesus did not like that the church of Pergamos was holding on to the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. Again, the Nicolaitans went against the testimony/teachings of Jesus Christ. They brought their pagan traditions in and mixed it with Christ’s teachings to the point that the testimony/teachings of Jesus Christ became heretical because of the Nicolaitans. All is not lost Jesus states in Revelation 2:16 and it reads: Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Jesus simply says the church of Pergamos must repent and not do what they have been doing, and He will forgive them. I will discuss church number four which is Thyatira in my next post titled Revelation Chapter 2 Part (C). Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter:


Revelation Chapter 2 Part (A)

Now, it is time to have a look at chapter 2. In this chapter it is a discussion of the 7 churches in Asia. The seven churches are as follows and if they overcome what the reward is:

  1. Ephesus – Rev. 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.
  2. Smyrna – Rev. 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.
  3. Pergamos – Rev. 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 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.
  4. Thyatira – Rev. 2:26 – And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over nations.
  5. Sardis – Rev. 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.
  6. Philadelphia – Rev. 3:12 – Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
  7. Laodicea – Rev. 3:21 – 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.

The interesting part is that to each one of these churches Jesus Christ states that to him who overcometh will He reward and the ones that do not overcome, they do not receive a reward. Revelation 2:1 it states: Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. We know from this verse that Jesus Christ walks in the midst all churches. There are two verses in The Book of Revelation that lets us know that, this not only applies to the seven churches that were in Asia, but also to Christians today. The first verse is Revelation 1:3 which states: 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. This verse lets us know that the things contained in this book are prophecy, meaning they will happen in the future. The second verse is, Revelation 1:18 which states: Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. Jesus Christ Himself said this, and it is plainly and clearly telling us that these things are, and things that will be.

Next, we will see what it was that the churches were doing that Jesus Christ liked and didn’t like.

  1. Ephesus – Things Jesus liked –  Rev. 2:2-3 – 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: 3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Rev. 2:6 – But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Things Jesus did not like – Rev. 2:4-5 – 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 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.

Jesus tells the church of Ephesus that you are very patient, and that you hate evil works, and you know the difference between true apostles and false apostles because you have tried them and found them to be liars. Jesus also tells them that, you have also suffered for my name’s sake. But, you continued to work and did not stop. The other thing that Christ liked was that this church hated the works of the Nicolaitans which Christ also hated. Nicolaitans, essentially went against the testimony/teachings of Jesus Christ. They brought their pagan traditions in and mixed it with Christ’s teachings to the point that the testimony/teachings became heretical because of the Nicolaitans. Jesus told the church of Ephesus that they must start doing the things that He liked, or else He will destroy the church of Ephesus. Discussion of one church is completed only 6 more to go. The next church we will discuss is the church of Smyrna. After discussion of the churches I will write why it is very important for us to know about these churches. Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter: