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Week 51 Day 7
The book of Revelation reminds us
that God is a seeing God
and an active participant in our affairs on earth
It is a message of hope because
God knows what is going on here
and in the end goodness will prevail
evil will be destroyed.
The word revelation means
In this book we read that God is planning a final chapter
like none we have ever seen
and that all our suffering
will be redeemed in the end.
The book begins with letters to seven churches
they are letters for all churches
Amid all the powerful descriptions of God in the book of Revelation
is a gentle one--God standing at the door
powerless to open it and come in
without an invitation
so he stands outside and knocks.
LETTERS TO SEVEN CHURCHES
If you have ears, listen to what the spirit says.
Revelation 2 & 3
1"To Ephesus write, 'These things says He who holds the
seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the
lampstands: 2"I know your works, your labor, your patience,
and that you cannot bear those who are evil. You have tested
those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found
liars; 3you have persevered, and labored for My name's sake
and not become weary. 4Nevertheless I have this against you,
that you have left your first love. 5Remember from where
you have fallen; repent, or else I will come quickly and remove
your lampstand from its place."'
8"To Smyrna write: 9'I know your works, tribulation, and
poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those
who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
10Do not fear the things which you are about to suffer. But be
faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.'
18"To Thyatira: 19'I know your works, love, service, faith, and
your patience; as for your works, the last are more than the first.
20Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow
Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My
servants to commit immorality. 21 I gave her time to repent, and
she did not. I will give to each one of you according to your works.'
1"To Sardis write: 'I know your works. You have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain. Hold fast and repent. 5He who overcomes
shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name
from the Book of Life.'
7"To Philadelphia write: 8'I know your works. See, I have set
before you an open door; for you have a little strength, kept My
word, and have not denied My name. 10Because you persevere,
I will keep you from trial. 11 I am coming quickly! Hold fast.'
14"To the Laodiceans: 15'I know that you are neither cold
nor hot. 16So then, because you are lukewarm, I will vomit you
out of My mouth. 17You say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy,
and have need of nothing'--and do not know that you are wretched,
miserable, poor, and blind. 19As many as I love, I rebuke and
chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20Behold, I stand at
the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the
door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.'
22"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the
churches." This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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