What Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation?

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Seven letters from the Book of Revelation are sent to seven churches in Asia Minor which is presently called Turkey as we can record in Revelation 2-3. As instructed by Jesus and documented by John the Apostle, each letter lists the accomplishments and shortcomings of the churches and issues a call to repentance.

These letters contain prophetic advice that warns modern Christian communities of the traps that may tempt us to stray from our faith and the Lord.

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Who Wrote Revelation?

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John the Apostle, the author of the Gospel and the Epistles of John, and the son ofZebedee (Mark 3:17), is credited by Christian scholars from the 2nd century with the physical writing of the Book of Revelation. Despite the fact that John literally wrote Revelation, it is abundantly evident that Jesus is the source of the revelations (Revelation 1:1-2).

The Apostle John was banished to the island of Patmos in the first century A.D., which was a Roman penal colony close to Asia Minor. John’s adherence to Christianity was his “crime.” John was at Patmos when the Holy Spirit overcame him, and through prophetic visions from Christ, he received guidance.

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Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7)

Ephesus makes sense as the recipient of the first letter because a messenger travelling from Patmos, where John wrote arrive there first. Another important city in the area was Ephesus, which enjoyed greater political clout than Pergamum and was preferred over Smyrna by the imperial cult.

Ephesus receives admonishment for having abandoned their initial love as well as warnings against false teachers and wickedness in the world in the letter.

 

Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11)

Smyrna had been one of Asia Minor’s most significant cities for three centuries. The contradictions in Jesus’ message to Smyrna are striking: the one who “is the First and the Last,” who was dead but came to life, speaks to folks who are wealthy yet poor, persecuted by people who profess to be Jews but are not like Jesus, and who will discover life in death.

 

Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17)

The renowned city of Pergamum had long enjoyed prosperity. There were between 120,000 and 200,000 people living there. The wise people of Pergamum took the initiative to work with Rome to overthrow the other monarchs of the eastern Mediterranean, earning special favour for themselves.

 

Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29)

Christians at Ephesus were tempted by rigidity and lovelessness, Christians in Smyrna by persecution, Christians in Pergamum by persecution and prophets of compromise, and Christians in Thyatira by economic difficulties.

 

Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) (Revelation 3:1-6)

A loveless church is challenged by Jesus’ oracle to Ephesus; a persecuted church is encouraged by his oracle to Smyrna; compromise is challenged by his oracle to Pergamum; and compromise is challenged by his oracle to Thyatira. But Jesus’ message to Sardis awakens a dozing church.

 

Philadelphia (Rev. 3:17–13)

The church in Philadelphia only has “little strength,” yet it has been successful in standing in it. The condition of the Philadelphian Christians is similar to that of their fellow believers in Smyrna, which is around sixty miles to the west, despite being closer to Sardis geographically.

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Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22)

The seventh and possibly most well-known letter is addressed to the Laodicean church.

Laodicea was located in Phrygia’s Lycus Valley, six miles south of Hierapolis and ten miles west of Colosse. There, paganism flourished, with Zeus and many other deities receiving special attention.

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