The letters sent to the Churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea comprise Revelation Chapters 2 and 3 and represent the little book within Revelation.
This little book lets us know through Revelation Chapter 10 that it will prophesy again for many people who receive, consume and completely digest the little book.
Jesus’ letter to the seven churches, which is Revelation Chapters 2 and 3, talks about the word that the Holy Spirit gives to the churches and is the core command of the Holy Spirit to the seven types of churches, which represent all churches on earth in the end time. It is summarized as follows.
Jesus’ letter to the seven churches
“Write, therefore, 1) what you have seen, 2) what is now and 3) what will take place later.” (Rev 1:19)
After Chapter 1 Verse 19, the book of Revelation can be divided into 3 parts; “what you have seen” is Revelation 1:20, which talks about the mystery of the seven stars and the seven golden candlesticks, “What is now “represents Revelation Chapters 2 and 3, and “what will take place later” (Rev 4:1) Revelation Chapters 4 to 22.
(Rev 1:20) 20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
1. Chapter 1: the introduction (Rev 1:1-19) as well as “what you have seen”, the mystery of the seven stars in the right hand of Jesus, and the seven golden candlesticks (Rev 1:20).
2. Chapters 2-3: “What is now”, the conditions of the church in the Revelation times.
3. Chapters 4-22: “what will take place later”, the prophecy of the things that will surely happen.
(Rev 4:1) 1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Revelation Chapters 2 and 3, are a collection of letters of Jesus sent to the seven churches, which are explained through, “What is now”, which shows the appearances and statuses of the churches in the Revelation times.
In the end times when many are wandering, who are unable to find the right way of faith, this small book is given to Jesus’ brides in the end times as the breakthrough grace of Jesus
Because many believers in the Church continue to learn the Bible without standing at the center of their faith, they are reliant on the spiritual dependency on others as well as they do not realize the key points of the way of eternal life.
They merely repeat the elementary lesson as an audience and fail to reach the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
Therefore, even though they continue to learn the Bible, many people still do not have full confidence as God’s kingdom and priests.
It is a situation in which they are circling the world of faith only seeking the earthly blessings without any conviction of the resurrection and eternal life.
Jesus’ death for the forgiveness of our sins is to give His life as a ransom for many because he loves and chooses us (John 15:16), and wants to give us the blessings of eternal life by making us, who choose the path of life, the kingdom and the priests of God.
The believers who do not know where path of life leading to the resurrected eternal life is just like an airplane, which cannot fly but only moves back and forth on the runway due to the absence of a pilot, or a rescue ship, which does not serve its role of rescuing people but wastes time at a port with its S.O.S reception device turned off. They are in a state at which they are far away from the essence of faith with the gates to the heaven closed and with no spiritual exit.
This Little book solves all these problems as follows.
“But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” (Rev 10:7)
Now, the times of revelation, which is the turning point of the history of the new mankind with Holy body when all mysteries of the Bible are revealed, is both the end times when all covenants of the Bible are completed and the new beginning.
The mystery of God Summary
<1 Co 15:51-54/41-49> ⇐ “The mystery of the seventh trumpet” (Rev 10:7) →(Rev 11:15) → (The Kingdom of Christ)
⇓ -The Holy body, symbolizing an eternal life as God’s priests
⇓ ↓ New Mankind <2 Co 5:1-5>
“Understanding & Digesting the little book” -Opening up the little Book (Revelation Chapter 2-3)
“which said, write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.”(Rev 1:11)
“Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” So, I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth, it will be as sweet as honey.” I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.” (Rev 10:8-11)
The starting point to become a bride of Jesus in the end times is fully taking in, understanding and digesting the letters to the seven churches, Revelation chapter 2 and 3 which is the Little book within Revelation and is the spiritual food of a life completing the new covenant (Jn 6:47-58/Mt 4:4). Simultaneously, we are called to prophesy to many people, nations, tongues and kings.
“This is the shortcut to become the kingdom and priest of God with Jesus’ grace in the end times.”
(Isa 24:1-2) 1 Behold, the LORD maketh the earth empty, and maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and scattereth abroad the inhabitants thereof. 2 And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him.
(Hos 4:6-10) 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. 7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore, will I change their glory into shame. 8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity. 9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings. 10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD.
(Isa 66:20-22) 20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD. 21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD. 22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain
Anyone can digest the short contents of the Little book, so that everyone can understand the key points of the Bible very easily and have the confidence to be a tentmaker missionary and can realize oneself that he or she is a clergy in the end times working to spread the gospel who can serve as the kingdom and priests of God.
Not only can he or she recognizes the love of Jesus, but he or she also stands up to the center of the religious realm by overcoming the prevailing spiritual dependence and materialism.
In the Jesus’ letter to the seven churches, the little book foretold in Revelation. Through Revelation chapter 2-3 which is the little book, the earnest appeal of the Holy Spirit is repeated seven times as follow.
Repetition is commonly used to emphasize the importance of contents in the Bible.
Therefore, this also shows how important Jesus’ letter to the seven churches (Revelation chapter 2-3), which tells “What is Now”, the current status of churches in the revelation times as well as summarizes the Bible’s core contents of revelation.
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” (Rev 2:7) (Rev 2:11) (Rev 2:17) (Rev 2:29) (Rev 3:6) (Rev 3:13) (Rev 3:22)
There is the grace of the Lord who helps according to special times for believers who listen to and understand and obey the word of the Holy Spirit repeated 7 times (Heb 4:16), and this is the seven Spirits working on the believers by opening their spiritual vision with Jesus’ perspective.
This is the mystery of the forgiveness of sins already prophesied, and the blessing and the joyful news in the end times for Jesus’ chosen brides since the beginning of the world, who hold high the torch of the way and are united in love with the same word of prophecy.
“And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.” (Rev 5:6)
(Zec 3:8-9) 8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH. 9 For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall be seven eyes: behold, I will engrave the graving thereof, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.
( Heb 8:8-12) 8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: 9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: 11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more
Please do not forget to remember that from the moment of becoming a new reader of this important issue as a messenger of Jesus, you are the special being, built up naturally in Jesus’ grace and love by the choice of Him as foretold for the end times, but now you are not alone.
Also, those who hear the words of this prophecy together begin as the messengers of Jesus with partnering disciples and then become new readers who read along with the mentor who reads the same words of prophecy through online or off line. To be a reader as the bride of Jesus at once, all you have to do is putting God as the priority in your life and starting the life of evangelist.
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Rev 1:3)
Therefore, those who hear this important matter must not ignore or distort the real meaning of the identical revelation of Jesus.
The theory of singular subject (the one who reads) → plural subjects (those who hear) → select few (those who take into heart) is the basic concept of the repeated revelation evangelism in which “the servants” of God who grow through active evangelism of the Gospel continue to be born.
Now, we must escape from divisions, confusion and chaos, and pursue the eternal gospel that delivers the ultimate plan in the end times for the believers of God.
Also, we must simultaneously and ubiquitously constitute the network of God in every corner of this world, become one of the twelve partnering disciples, take one another’s burdens in the given environment and maximize the power of freedom stemming from the truth.
(Eze 3:1-11) 1 Moreover, he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou finest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel. 2 So, I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll. 3 And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee. Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness. 4 And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them. 5 For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of a hard language, but to the house of Israel; 6 Not too many people of a strange speech and of a hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee 7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted. 8 Behold, I have made thy face strong against their faces, and thy forehead strong against their foreheads. 9 As an adamant harder than flint have, I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. 10 Moreover, he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears. 11 And go, get thee to them of the captivity, unto the children of thy people, and speak unto them, and tell them, thus saith the Lord GOD; whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.
The Core Command of the Holy Spirit
The letters of Jesus sent to the seven churches, which form the little book within Revelation and whose overall order is written in quite a unique structure, retain the common structure as follows. The Core Command of the Holy Spirit
The Common Structure for All Steps of the Letter
- Jesus says
- He knows everything about you
- There is something to rebuke (except the Church in Philadelphia)
- Repent and come back (except the Church in Philadelphia)
- Blessings for those who overcome
- The one who has ears, hear the word of the Holy Spirit to the churches
Summary of the Core Command of the Holy Spirit Described in Revelation 2-3
- 1 Keep your first love and the things you did at first. (Rev 2:4-5) – the Church in Ephesus
- 2 Do not be afraid of the suffering and be faithful even to the point of death. (Rev 2:10) – the Church in Smyrna
- 3 Do not fall for the teachings of Balaam and Nicolaitans who pursue greed and authority. (Rev 2:14-15) – the Church in Pergamum
- 4 Repent of the immorality when given an opportunity to repent (Rev 2:20-21) – the Church in Thyatira
- 5 Find the completeness of deeds and be awake (Rev 3:2) – the Church in Sardis
- 6 Hold on to what you have to protect the crown (Rev 3:11) – the Church in Philadelphia
- 7 Be either cold or hot and be earnest. (Rev 3:15-19) – the Church in Laodicea
(Jn 14:26) 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
(Jn 14:16-17) 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seethe him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
(Jn 16:7-14) 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
(1 Co 6:19-20) 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s
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