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1 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias

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3 “…and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John.”

4 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias John in exile on Patmos I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

5 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias The value of the Apocalypse

6 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias The value of the Apocalypse

7 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias The blessings of the Apocalypse

8 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias “Let him hear”

9 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Revelation 1 to 3 – Foundation of Book  Gentile ecclesias become the focus of God’s interest now that Israel had been scattered in AD 70.  True believers are seen to be under increasing pressure from apostasy and persecution by Rome.  Despite dwindling numbers, they hold fast to the things that remain.  False Christianity meanwhile gains more power.

10 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Revelation 1 to 3 – Foundation of Book  Christ walks in the midst of the ecclesias during their suffering (he is with them).  Revelation provides encouragement and a vision of the coming Kingdom for those trodden down. “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out…”

11 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias “…he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden lampstands.”

12 The order of the letters follows the logical path of a messenger delivering them!

13 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Prophetic Structure of Letters

14 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Prophetic Structure of Letters  Smyrnan Epoch - AD 110 to 312 noted for persecution of ecclesia and manifestation of the synagogue of Satan.  Pergamon Epoch - AD 312 to 606 when Antipas was slain and Balaamites and Nicolaitanes flourished – the Papacy emerged.  Thyatiran Epoch - AD 606 to 1572 when true witnessing came to an end - Jezebel ascendant in the Papal system.

15 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Prophetic Structure of Letters  Sardian Epoch - AD 1572 to the period of Protestant Reformation - name of repute but spiritually dead.  Philadelphian Epoch - From 1847 to about 1947 a period of a little strength - the Truth revived in its purity.  Laodicean Epoch - The perilous present - an era of prosperity and complacency - to Christ’s return.

16 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Ephesus  In AD 96 a large and thriving commercial city - known (with Smyrna) as “one of the eyes of Asia”.  Blessed with a fine harbour it attracted all kinds of people, wares and philosophies.  Home of one of the “seven wonders of the world” - the temple of Diana (or Artemis) yrs to build.

17 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias .. The Temple of Diana Built 356 BC

18 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Diana

19 All that remains of the temple of Diana .. “…there came out two women… for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven… Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar.”

20 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias .. Mt Prion The amphitheatre of Acts 19

21 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias .. “…they rushed with one accord into the theatre.” “Great is Diana of the Ephesians”

22 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Ephesus  In time, the Cayster River silted up the harbour and slowly strangled trade and commerce.  Became known as the “city of change” as its fortunes sank.  By 4th century the Apostasy convened a council to officially install Mariolatry – but today Mohammedanism is its only religion.

23 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias The harbour silted up by 1400 AD ..

24 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Ephesus In withstanding false doctrine there is a danger of becoming distracted and hardened. Sustaining our first love and zeal over the long haul is a serious challenge.

25 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Ephesus – The hard ecclesia  Received Christ's commendation for:  works, labour, patience and intolerance of evil men;  trying of the spirits and rejection of liars;  patient endurance and unwearied effort;  hating the deeds of the Nicolaitanes.  But criticised for:  losing their first love.

26 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Object of first love God Manifestation

27 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias What is “first love”? Forsaking all Personal sacrifice

28 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias What is “first love”? Absolute conviction Humility and submission Love of the Brotherhood

29 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias The importance of attitude The longer I live, the more I realise the impact of attitude on life. It is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than whatever anyone might say or do. It is more important than appearances, giftedness or skill. The remarkable thing is that we have the choice to create the attitude we have for that day.

30 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias The importance of attitude We cannot change our past. We cannot change the way people act. We cannot change the inevitable. The one thing we can change is the only thing we have control over, that is our attitude. I’m convinced that life is 10% what actually happens to us, and 90% how we react to it.

31 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Ephesus the loyal city These had surely left their first love!

32 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias Next study… God willing

33 The Letters to the Seven Ecclesias /// ..


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