Seven Churches Conclusion Part (B)

Let’s continue our talk about the seven churches. If you have not read the previous posts about the seven churches I will leave you links to each church.

  1. Church of Ephesus
  2. Church of Smyrna
  3. Church of Pergamos
  4. Church of Thyatira
  5. Church of Sardis
  6. Church of Philadelphia
  7. 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:

Seven Churches Conclusion Part (A)

Why are the seven churches important for our life? How are the seven churches important for our life? Why, should we as Christians be concerned about the seven churches? If you read through this post, you will understand why and how the seven churches are important for us?

A key verse for the study of the seven churches is Revelation 1:19 which states: 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. This verse is saying that Jesus Christ is in the midst of all of the churches. This verse does not say that Jesus Christ is only with the church of Philadelphia. In Revelation 1:20 Jesus states: 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. So, we know that Jesus Christ is in the midst of all seven churches.

The first question is why are the seven churches important for us? My belief starts here → these churches are important for our life today because many of the issues that these seven churches faced approximately 1800 years ago are the same issues that Christian churches face today. We need to recognize where we have gone wrong and repent like Christ told the seven churches. For instance, to the church of Ephesus, Jesus said that they need start doing the things that He liked, or else He will destroy their church. There are Christians all over the world, that have all of the good qualities of these seven churches. Then the same or different Christians also have the same bad deeds that these churches had. In the same manner we would have to repent of our sins, if we are to overcome and be rewarded. I can guarantee you this, that all Christians do not belong to the church of Philadelphia ← my belief stops here. I will speak about why all Christians are not part of the church of Philadelphia a little later in the post.

The second question is how are the seven churches important for our life? My belief starts here → I touched on this  a little bit already. I will explain a little more. Now, as we have studied all of the seven churches. Some of the seven churches had things that Jesus liked and things that He didn’t like about them. Jesus always had something positive to say about each and every church. The other commonality between all of the churches was that Jesus told each and every church that they must overcome, and if they are able to overcome then they will be rewarded. The church of Philadelphia is included in this as well, they must also overcome. We need to make sure that we repent of our wrong doings. Jesus warned some of the churches that you believe in a teachings about Him that have been mixed with paganism. Jesus said that He hates these things. Jesus said to repent of this, so we will be found worthy to walk with Christ in heaven. All of us Christians belong to one of these seven churches one way or another. We need to prepare ourselves, and be strong. I will continue with the Seven Churches Conclusion Part (B) in my next post. Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter: