Revelation 1 – Revelation 3
While John was in Patmos Island, God gave him a vision.
John heard a voice as loud as a trumpet, saying, “I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.
Record down what I will show you and then send it to the seven churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”
Having heard the voice, John turned to see who was speaking to him. John saw the seven golden lamps stand.
The golden lamp stand that is in the middle looks like the Lord Jesus Christ, clad in a long garment that reached to the feet; with a golden band on the chest; white hair; fiery eyes; feet as if made of brass; and His voice sounded like the waters.
He was holding the seven stars with a double edge sword coming out from his mouth and his face shines like the sun.
When John saw him, he fell down half dead. Then He put his hand on John and said, “Don’t be frightened. I am the Lord Jesus Christ who once lived on the earth and was dead and resurrected. I have the keys of the Hades. Record down the things I will show you. The seven stars that I am holding in my right hand represent the seven angels of the seven churches and the seven lamp stands are the seven churches.
To the angel of the church of Ephesus, the loveless church: I know you had persevered and toiled for My Name’s sake but you no longer follow and abide in the Me, the Lord Jesus Christ.
However, you have something that I like, that you hate the Nicolaitans which I also hate.
To the angel of the church of Smyrna, the persecuted church: I know you have been persecuted for me. You are poor yet rich in heaven. I know the lie of those people who say they are Jews but are not. Don’t be afraid of these tribulation that you are about to face. Some of you will be thrown into the prison for My sake, but be faithful until death, and the crown of life will be awarded to you.
To the angel of the church of Pergamos, the compromising church: I know you hold steadfastly to your faith in Me even in the days of Antipas who had martyrs some among you. Nevertheless, there are some members in your church that hold on the beliefs of Balaam, who asked Balak to curse the people of Israel, to eat food sacrificed to the idols and commit sexual immorality. You also have some church members that hold on to the teachings of the Nicolaitans which I loathe. Repent or I will come very soon to fight against them with the sword in My mouth.
To the angel of the church of Thyatira, the corrupt church: I know how you have serve me with love and patience. Nevertheless, you have tolerated false prophets and allow them to corrupt the church. To those who are still holding steadfastly to the doctrine, keep persevering until the end and I will reward him.
To the angel of the church of Sardis, the dead church: I know your works, that your church looks very spiritual on the outward but it is not so inside. You can sing hymns and have very impressive church buildings, but your mind and heart has wonder far from God. Strengthen what is left in your church because your works is not completed before God. Repent and hold fast to the faith you have when you first started out to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
To the angel of the church of Philadelphia, the faithful church: I know you have obeyed my Word and not denied Me before anyone. I will remember you and honor you before God because you obey My command. I am coming very soon. Keep persevering in your faith in Me and I will award you the crown of life.
To the angel of the church of Laodiceans, the lukewarm church: I know you are neither hot nor cold. You slumber in your materialistic spiritual stupor. You must come to realized that I am the Provider of all your needs. Repent therefore, and be enthusiastic and fervent in serving God. I am knocking at your door. If you hear me and open your door then I will come in and be with you. If you overcome your lukewarm, I will let you sit with Me on My throne.