Letter To the Angel of the Church in Thyatira

Revelation 2:18-29

18] Write to the angel of the church in Thyatira:

Description of Jesus:

The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass,

Says these things:

Attributes:

• 19] I know your works

• Your charity

• Your service

• Your faith

• Your patience

• Your works, and the last works will be more than the first works.

Shortcomings:

20] But I have a few things against you, because you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit immoralities and to eat things sacrificed to idols. (21) I gave her opportunity to repent of her immortality, and she did not repent.

Warning:

22] I will cast Jezebel into a bed, and I will cast them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. (23) And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he who search the minds and hearts: and I will give to every one of you according to your works.

Instructions:

24] To you and to as many in Thyatira, who do not follow Jezebel’s teaching and have not known what they call “the depths of Satan,” I will not put on you any other burden (25) but that you hold fast to that which you already have until I come.

Rewards:

To him that overcomes and keeps my works until the end:

• 26] I will give power over the nations, just as I received power over the nations from my Father. (27) And he shall rule the nations with a rod of iron, and they shall be broken to slivers as the vessels of a potter.

• 28] And I will give him the morning star.

29] He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

QUESTIONS
25. For what is the church in Thyatira commended? (2:19)

26.The church in Thyatira tolerated _____________________________________. (2:20)

27. What did Jezebel do? (2:20-21)

28. What one thing is required of the faithful at Thyatira? (2:25)

ANSWERS

25. Works and charity and service and faith and patience and works; and the last to be more than the first.

26. Jezebel

27. Calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to idols

28. Hold fast to that which you already have until I come

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Second Death

Revelation 2:11 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches;

He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death.

Revelation 20:6,14

6] Blessed and holy is he who has a part in the first resurrection: on him the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

14] And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 21:8

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

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The Sword of Christ

The Sword that Proceeds out of the Mouth of Christ

Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his face was as the sun shines in his strength.

Revelation 2:12,16
12] And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; He who has the sharp sword with two edges says these things.

16] Repent; or else I will come to you quickly, and I will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Revelation 19:15,21 
15] And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, with it he will strike the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

21] And those remaining were killed with the sword of him that sat on the horse, the sword that proceeded out of his mouth: and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

Ephesians 6:17

The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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Pergamos

The Letter To the Angel of the Church in Pergamos

Revelation 2:12-17

12] To the angel of the church in Pergamos write;

Description of Jesus:

He who has the sharp sword with two edges

Says these things:

Attributes:

• 13] I know your works, and that you dwell where Satan’s seat is.

• You hold fast my name and have not denied my faith, even in those days in which Antipas, my faithful martyr, was slain among you, where Satan dwells.

Shortcomings:

14] But I have a few things against you, because:

• you have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumblingblock in front of the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit immoralities.

• 15] You also have them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Warning:

16] Repent; or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17] He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches;

Reward:

To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone, and in which a new name written. No man knows this new name except him who receives the name.

QUESTIONS
20. Which church dwells where Satan’s seat is? (2:13)

21. For what does Jesus commend the church in Pergamos? ((2:13)

22. Who was the faithful martyr, who was killed in Pergamos? (2:13)

23. Pergamos had those among them who followed the doctrine of ______________ and others who held the doctrine of the _________________. (2:14-15)

24. If Pergamos does not repent, what will be the consequences? (2:16)

ANSWERS

20. The church of Pergamos

21. They hold fast his name and have not denied the faith, even when some among them are being
killed for the faith.

22. Antipas

23. Balaam, Nicolaitans

24. I will come quickly and fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

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Smyrna

The Letter To the Angel of the Church in Smyrna 

Revelation 2:8-11 

8] To the angel of the church in Smyrna write;

Description of Jesus:

The first and the last, which was dead, and is alive

Says these things:

Attributes:

• 9] I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich).

• I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Instructions:

  • Do not fear any of those things which you shall suffer.
  • The devil will cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried.
  • You shall have tribulation ten days:

Reward:

Be faithful to death, and I will give you a crown of life.

11] He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches;

Reward:

He that overcomesshall not be hurt of the second death.

QUESTIONS

18. In Revelation 2:9, Jesus said, “I know your _________, and __________ and _________, (but you are ________ ).”

19. If faithful unto death, the church in Smyrna will receive what? (2:10)

ANSWERS

18. Works, tribulation, poverty, rich

19. A crown of life

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Ephesus

The Letter to the Angel of the Church of Ephesus:

Revelation 2:1-7

1] To the angel of the church of Ephesus write;

Description of Jesus

  • He who holds the seven stars in his right hand
  • He who walks in the middle of the seven golden candlesticks

Says these things:

Attributes:

• (2) I know your works and your labor and your patience.

• I know how you can’t bear those who are evil.

• You have tried them who say they are apostles and are not, and you have found them (to be false).

• (3) You have persevered.

• You have patience.

• For my name’s sake you have labored and have not fainted.

• (6) You hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Shortcoming:

4] Nevertheless I have somewhat against you,

• You have left your first love.

Instructions:

  • (5) Remember therefore from where you have fallen
  • Repent
  • Do the first works

Consequences:

If you don’t repent, I will come to you quickly and will remove your candlestick out of his place.

7] He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches;

Reward:

To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the middle of the paradise of God.

QUESTIONS

14. Where does Jesus walk in Revelation 2:1?

15. In what aspects has Ephesus done well? (2:2-3,6)

16. What is their weakness? (2:4)

17. If Ephesus does not repent, what will be the consequences? (2:5)

ANSWERS

14. In the midst of the seven candlesticks (churches)

15. Your works and you labor, your patience, how you can not bear them which are evil: you have
tried them which say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars. You have borne
and have patience and for my name’s sake have labored and have not fainted. You hate the deeds
of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

16. They have left their first love

17. I will come upon you quickly and remove your candlestick (church) out of its place

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In the Middle of the Candlesticks

Revelation 1:10-20

10] I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, like of a trumpet.

Note: The phrase “in the Spirit” is also found in Revelation 4:2, 17:3 and 21:10. Some believe these phrases indicate the beginning of four visions.

11] The great voice: I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What you see, write in a book, and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia; to:

• Ephesus

• Smyrna

• Pergamos

• Thyatira

• Sardis

• Philadelphia

• Laodicea

12] I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

13] And in the middle of the seven candlesticks one like the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the chest with a golden girdle. (14) His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; (15) And his feet were like fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice was as the sound of many waters. (16) And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his face was as the sun shines in his strength.

17] And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand on me.

The one like the Son of man (to John): Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last: (18) I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and I have the keys of hell and of death. (19) Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; (20) The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which you saw are the seven churches.

Note: Angel (from Latin angelus, from Greek aggelos) means messenger or one who announces. Some believe the angels of the churches in verse 20 are the pastors, those whom God has sent to speak to the churches.

QUESTIONS

5. On what day of the week did John receive the revelation? (1:10)

6. Name the seven churches that were in Asia. (1:11)

7. How is Jesus described in Revelation 1:13-16?

8. What is in his right hand? (1:16)

9. What is coming from his mouth? (1:16)

10. What is described as being sharper than a two-edged sword in Hebrews 4:12?

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

11. Jesus has the keys of _________________ and of _________________. (1:18)

12. What are the seven stars? (1:20)

13. What are the candlesticks? (1:20)

ANSWERS
5. On the Lord’s day

6. Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea

7. Clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

8. Seven stars

9. A sharp two-edged sword

10. The word of God, Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

11. Hell, death

12. The angels of the seven churches

13. The seven churches

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