What’s New?

What’s New?   People are fascinated with new things. In the world of technology and electronic devices, new gadgets are on the market so quickly that the previous models are outdated before they have a chance to grow old. Most folks are excited to get a new car. They even talk about that new car…

Thoughts On Revelation (9)

Thoughts on Revelation (9) Our study in the Revelation now brings us to chapter five. John sees a scroll sealed with seven seals, and he hears the voice of a mighty angel asking a question. “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” John waits for the answer, but to his dismay,…

Thoughts on Revelation (8)

Thoughts on Revelation (8) Following the messages to the seven churches found in chapters two and three, we come to a turning point in chapter four. The voice which had spoken to John at the beginning speaks to him again saying. “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after…

Thoughts on Revelation (7)

Thoughts on Revelation (7) The church at Laodicea held a mistaken view of itself. The people saw themselves as successful and in need of nothing. They were filled with pride. History tells us that they refused help from the Roman government following a devastating earthquake in that region. To this self-deluded church Jesus identifies Himself…

Thoughts On Revelation (6)

Thoughts on Revelation (6) Philadelphia is the sixth church mentioned in the Revelation, and its name is literally “brotherly love.” There is no mention of any condemnation or rebuke to this congregation. Could it be that is because they truly practiced loving one another? The importance of brotherly love is so emphasized in the Bible…

Thoughts On Revelation (5)

Thoughts on Revelation (5) The first six verses of chapter three are addressed to the church in Sardis. It is the fifth in our study of the letters to the seven churches to which John writes. The letter is short but not so sweet. Jesus says, “I know your reputation as a live and active…

Thoughts on Revelation (4)

Thoughts On Revelation (4) Two of the churches Jesus addresses are similar in several ways. Pergamos and Thyatira were infiltrated by false teaching and immorality. Jesus tells the believers in Pergamos that they dwell in the midst of Satan’s throne. That description is striking and relative to their city. It was said that Pergamos was…

Thoughts on Revelation (3)

Thoughts On Revelation (3) The short letter to the church in Smyrna is addressed to a group of believers in the midst of tribulation and poverty. The Jewish synagogue in Smyrna was composed of Jews who had refused the message concerning the coming of the Messiah. Though they professed to worship God, their opposition to…

Thoughts on Revelation (2)

Thoughts On Revelation (2) The study in Revelation is going really well and is giving much insight into Jesus’ message to His church. We are currently looking at the specific message to each of the seven churches listed in the Revelation. These seven churches were located in Asia Minor, in an area now part of…

Thoughts on Revelation (1)

Thoughts On Revelation (1) For the next few weeks I plan to reflect on the lessons that we learn from the study of Revelation. The book is filled with encouragement to the church in troubled times. For that reason alone it is relevant for the church of the 21st century. We need the sure word…