Revelations Seven Churches Christian Hjortland 1. The Church

Revelations Seven Churches Christian Hjortland 1. The Church

Revelations Seven Churches Christian Hjortland 1. The Church of Ephesus The Apostolic Period) Meaning: Desirable Pauls missionary journeys (Acts 18-19) Central location of the Christian World Pauls Warnings Acts 20:29-30 What is the remedy? Gods Patience 2 Peter 3:9

Nicolaitans Faith vs. works (A.D. 31-100 1. The Church of Ephesus (A.D. 31-100 The Apostolic Period) This church had been highly favored. It was planted by the apostle Paul. In the same city was the temple of Diana, which, in point of grandeur, was one of the marvels of the

world. The Ephesian church met with great opposition, and some of the early Christians suffered persecution; and yet some of these very ones turned from the truths that had united them with Christs followers, and adopted, in their stead, the specious errors devised by Satan. This change is represented as a spiritual fall. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first worksas outlined in the preceding verses. The believers did not sense their spiritual fall. They knew not that a change had taken place in their hearts, and that they would have to repent because of the noncontinuance of their first works. But God in His mercy called for repentance, for a return to their first love and to the works that are always the result of true, Christlike love (Manuscript 11, 1906).

2. The Church of Smyrna (100-313 AD The Age of Martyrdom) Meaning: Sweet smelling Great Persecution Romes first official policy against Christianity Spiritually rich

303-313 AD An attempt to wipe out Christianity 3. The Church of Pergamos (313-538 AD Age of Popularity) Meaning: Height/Elevation Capital twice Satans Throne

Cult of the emperor Worship of goddess Hellenistic Constantines conversion Balaam and Balak (Numbers 25, 31) - leading Israel into idolatry 3. The Church of Pergamos (313-538 AD

Age of Popularity) Constantine labored at his time untiringly to unite the worshippers of the old and the new faith in one religion. All his laws and contrivances are aimed at promoting this amalgamation of religions. He would by all means melt together a purified heathenism and a moderate ChristianityHis injunction that the Day of the Sun should be a general rest day was characteristic of his standpointOf all his blending and melting together of Christianity and heathenism, none is more easy to see through than this making of his Sunday law. The Christians worshipped their Christ, the heathen their sun god; according to the opinion of the Emperor, the objects

for worship in both religions were essentially the same." - Christian Edwardson, Facts of Faith (TEACH Inc., 2001). 4. The Church of Thyatira Adversity, 538-1517) Meaning: Sacrifice of contrition Bible vs. tradition Jesus our Mediator Waldenses Jezebel pushing for idol worship.

3,5 years of persecution (The Age of 5. The Church of Sardis (1517-1700 The Reformation) Meaning: That which remains or the escape of the

remnant A focus on the later part Dead Name? 6. The Church of Philadelphia Advent Movement) Meaning: Brotherly love Key of David Shut and open door

Patience (1790-1844 7. The Church of Laodicea (1844) Meaning: Judging the people The ancient city Darwins theory of evolution

The dangers of being lukewarm The Testing of faith (1 Pet 1:8, Job 23:10, Luke 3:16) What is the antidote? 7. The Church of Laodicea (1844) I saw that many have so much rubbish piled up at the door of their heart that they cannot get the door open. Some have difficulties between themselves and their brethren to remove. Others have evil tempers, selfish

covetousness, to remove before they can open the door. Others have rolled the world before the door of their heart, which bars the door. All this rubbish must be taken away, and then they can open the door and welcome the Saviour in....Oh, how precious was this promise, as it was shown to me in vision! "I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." Oh, the love, the wondrous love of God! After all our lukewarmness and sins He says: "Return unto Me, and I will return unto thee, and will heal all thy backslidings." This was repeated by the angel a number of times. "Return unto Me, and I will return unto thee, and will heal all thy backslidings. {1T 143.3} The Promises of Jesus to the 7

Churches Questions 1. How can we know that the letters to the seven Churches is a picture of Church history? 2. What can you personally learn from each of the seven Churches? 3. What is Laodicea's big problem? 4. Is there hope for Laodicea? If so, what?

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