Revelation Chapter #3
With this letter today I would like for us to discuss the third chapter of the Book of Revelation. Chapter #3 is a lot like chapter #2 was in that the main subject matter is three of the old churches in Asia Minor. In Rev. 22:10 John was told “do not seal the sayings of the Prophecy’s of this Book: for the time is at hand.” Those that say the Book of Revelation is just a jumble of signs and symbols and is not meant to be understood is directly contradicting the Book and The Lord. The Lord Jesus dictated this information to the Apostle John. This Book is not a closed book that is suppose to be beyond human understanding. This Book is like all Scripture in that for you to really understand it you must read it, see it and understand it through the eyes of the Holy Spirit who indwells us. This is because it is He, The Holy Spirit who is the Author of all Scripture.
If a person only sees Scripture through the eyes of the flesh of this world then they will never fully see nor understand what the Truth is. Revelation does not begin anything. Revelation concludes those things which began within the other 65 Books of the Bible. If a person has not studied the rest of the Bible first then Revelation will be very difficult for a person to understand. This Book has 22 chapters and 404 verses. Of these 404 verses 278 of them contain references to the Old Testament.
After Chapter #3 the Church is not mentioned again within Revelation. This is because the Church which is the “Bride of Christ” is in Heaven with Him. Now, if you would, lets study what Jesus had to say about the other three Churches of the seven listed, these Churches were in Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. First let us look at the Lord’s words to the Church in Sardis which is in modern day Greece. “To the Angel of the Church in Sardis write: these things saith He that has the seven Spirits of God and the Seven Stars. I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are really dead. Be watchful and strengthen the things that you still have that are about to die. For I have not found your works complete before God. Remember therefore how that you received and heard, hold fast to that, and repent. For if you do not pay attention, I will come unto you as a thief in the night, and you shall not know what hour I will come unto you. There are a few among you even there in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcomes this world shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out their name out of The Book Of Life, but I will confess their name before My Father and before His Angels. He that has an ear let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the Churches.”
Friends, as you can see, there is not great mystery here in what The Lord is saying to the people of the Church at Sardis. He points out their good points and their bad points. On the things they are doing good on The Lord tells them to continue. But, on the things they are doing wrong in their lives on He tells them to correct those ways of He will remove their names from the Book of Life. My friends, if our name is not found in the Book of Life at our Judgement we will be cast into Hell at that time. How can things possibly be more plain than what The Lord has laid our to all of us in His own words?
Now let us go onto The Lords letter to the Church at Philadelphia. For those of you who are new to this information this letter is not to the people who live in southeast Pennsylvania, it was addressed to a Church in what is now western Turkey. “To the Angel of the Church in Philadelphia write; these things says He that is Holy, He that is True, He that has the Key of David. He that opens and no man can shut. He that shuts and no man can open. I know your works: behold, I have set before you and open door, and no man can shut it. For you have a little power and have obeyed my word and you have not denied My Name. Behold, I will make them of the Synagogue of Satan which say they are Jews and are not, for they lie. Behold I will make them come and worship before your feet. Then they will realize that I have loved you. Because you have kept the word of My patience, I will also keep you from the hour of temptation which shall come upon the whole world, to try them which dwell upon the Earth. Behold, I shall come quickly. Hold fast to that which you have so that no man can take your Crown. To he that overcomes I will make him a pillar in the Temple of God, he shall no more go out, and I will write upon him The Name of God. And the name of the City of God which is the New Jerusalem which shall down out of Heaven from God and I will write upon him My new name for him. He that has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit is saying to the Churches.”
Philadelphia did not receive the condemnation that most of the seven Churches received because most of what they were doing was correct in God’s Eyes. Philadelphia was a Church that was getting out the Word of God. They were not just sitting on their hands and only giving lip service to God. Yet Jesus did still warn them about being complacent and not continuing in His Word. As you can see, in these warnings just as within many other places of Scripture it is possible to fall away from doing God’s Work and lose your Crown. Friends, there is no such thing as once saved always saved, friends please do not let the Devil fool you by such false teachings.
Now lets go to The Lord’s letter to the seventh Church of the seven listed, the last message was to the Church in Laodicea. “To the Angel of the Church in Laodicea write; these things saith The Amen, The Faithful and the True Witness, the beginning of the Creation of God. I know your works, that they are neither cold nor hot: because they are neither cold nor hot I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing. You do not know that you are really wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy from Me gold that is tried in the fire so that you may be rich and have white raiment so that you may be clothed so that the shame of your nakedness does not appear, and anoint your eyes with eye salve so that you might see. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hears My Voice and opens the door I will come in to him and will eat with him and he with Me. To him that overcomes this world I will grant him to sit with Me in My Throne, even as I also overcame and have set down with My Father in His Throne. He that has an ear, let him hear what The Spirit is saying to the Churches.”
Well friends, that is it for chapter #3, as you can see this is not rocket science or brain surgery, it is quite possible for all of us to understand. Lord willing in the next day or two I will get my notes together on Chapter #4 and get it written up. I hope that you will join me then for that read as well. Good evening and I pray that God will bless and keep you all safe until we meet again.