TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES

REVELATION EXPLAINED

(EXCERPT FROM MY BOOK “REVELATION EXPLAINED”)
Leslie M John

“Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love” (Revelation 2:4)

At the end of Revelation Chapter 1 Lord Jesus Christ reveals to John that the seven stars in His hands were seven angels (i.e. the messengers) and the seven candlesticks were seven churches.  He walks in the midst of them and constantly watches over them. The Lord desires to send out His message to these churches; firstly to individual churches and then to all the churches.

The churches mentioned in chapter 1:19 are the churches which were in Asia Minor. The letters containing the message of the Lord was sent out by John to these churches. The letters were literal and the churches were literal; none of them were allegorical or symbolical.  They were the churches at: (1) Ephesus, (2) Smyrna, (3) Pergamum, (4) Thyatira, (5) Sardis, (6) Philadelphia, and (7) Laodicea

The letters were circulated to each individual church first and then to all the seven churches in sequence in Asia Minor.   The messenger of each church, who was either a pastor or elder, read out the contents of the letter in the church and then passed it on to the next church.  Thus these letters containing messages of the Lord were not only dealing with contemporary issues but were prophetical in dealing with future churches.

To most of those seven churches the messages contained were initial appreciation; then their fallen status, and lastly a warning that they should repent and improve upon their condition. However, the Lord was full of appreciation of the church in Philadelphia and full of condemning words of the church in Laodicea.  Philadelphia church was known to have existed historically during 1800 AD when Christian movement progressed vigorously. The church in Laodicea was people’s church and the people ruled the church and, therefore, they had many issues within and without.

The messages of the Lord were not only applicable to all the then churches but they are applicable to us in the present days as well.  They contain the real concerns of our Lord Jesus Christ.

“And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength” (Revelation 1:16)


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The Book of Revelation is the only book in the Bible which says “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near” (Revelation 1:3 ESV)

Many people are afraid of reading, writing and to expound the Book of Revelation because of the warning which reads…

“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book”  (Revelation 22:18-19 ESV)

Sure enough if we add or remove any word written in the Book of Revelation “God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book” but there is nothing wrong to expound what is in it to the best of our knowledge in order to understand better and to teach others.

As I wrote this book I learnt more about the prophecies contained in this book, and I hope the reader will be blessed by understanding the Book of Revelation and help others understand.

The Book of Revelation deals with Lord Jesus Christ’s second coming, the seven letters to the Seven Churches, God’s wrath on those who reject Lord  Jesus Christ as their Messiah, the defeat of Satan,  and His abundant blessings on those who believe in Him and  accept Jesus as the Lord.