December 23, 2005
Read Revelation 1
Greetings to the seven churches; a vision of the Son of Man; His messages to the churches
Since the character and conduct of churches and their people are much the same in every generation, the messages to these seven churches from
Words of praise were given to the church at
The letter sent to the church at
The letter sent to the church at Pergamos said that they lived where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast (are true to) My Name (2:13). However, some hold the doctrine (teaching) of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of
Prophets like Balaam seem to have one thing in common; they are motivated by greed and popularity and always compromise the truth of God's Word. Others today say they have a "special revelation of the truth" that give guidance to biblical interpretation in the Church. In Paul's letter to the Galatians, we are warned of such dangers: If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed (condemned) (Galatians 1:8-9; compare Ephesians 6:11-18).
For Revelation 1:5: See Psalm 89:27. Revelation 1:6: See Exodus 19:6. Revelation 1:7: See Daniel 7:13; Zechariah 12:10. Revelation 2:7: See Genesis 2:9. Revelation 2:23: See Jeremiah 17:10. Revelation 2:27: See Psalm 2:9.
1:8 Alpha and Omega = the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Christ is saying He is everything and knows all things A to Z; 1:13 girt = wrapped around; paps = chest; 2:19 charity = love; 2:23 reins = minds, innermost thoughts.
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Memory Verse for the Week: 1 Peter 2:22