“What is Now” Revelation Chapters 2-3
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.
- 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).
- Chapters 2-3: “What is now”, the conditions of the church in the Revelation times.
- Chapters 4-22: “what will take place later”, the prophecy of the things that will surely happen.
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.
“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.
<1 Co 15:51-54/41-49> ⇐ “The mystery of the seventh trumpet” -The Holy body, symbolizing an eternal life as God’s priests <Rev 10:7/Rev 11:15>
“Understanding & Digesting the Little book” <Rev 10:8-11>
-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.
<Ho 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.
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.
It is also time for those who are asleep in the religious realm to all wake up, become the lamp that lights up the world darkened by the power of the air within Satan’s influences and grip such as idolatry stemmed from covetousness and mammonism, and stand up to light up the world.
Therefore, 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.
The Traits that the Churches Described in Revelation 2-3 Must Improve on -Themes for Intercessory Prayer for all churches represented by the Seven Churches
<Eze 9:3- 6> 3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side; 4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. 5 And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: 6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house.
The traits that the churches described in Revelation chapter 2-3 (the little book) must improve on
1. The church without love (Rev 2:4) 2. The church whose actions have been spoiled (Rev 2:5) 3. The church into which the synagogue of Satan has penetrated (Rev 2:9) 4. The church fallen into a trial (Rev 2:10) 5. The church with a lack of genuine faithfulness (Rev 2:10) 6. The church in which Satan dwells and rules (Rev 2:13) 7. The church that seeks riches and holds the doctrine of Balaam (Rev 2:14) 8. The church without the hidden manna, which is the spiritual food according to time(Rev 2:17) 9. The secularized church that has relationships with worldly gods and commits fornication (Rev 2:20) 10. The church that eats things sacrificed unto idols due to covetousness (Rev 2:20) 11. The church that does not know of who Satan is (Rev 2:24) 12. The church that has an unworthy name but spiritually dead people (Rev 3:1) 13. The church whose works are not perfect (Rev 3:2) 14. The church that sleeps and does not fulfuill the calling (Rev 3:3) 15. The church that is neither cold nor hot without any diligence (Rev 3:15) 16. The church that is arrogant with riches (Rev 3:17) 17. The church that is naked without wearing the white robe of salvation (Rev 3:17) 18. The church whose words are filled with mixtures and dross (Rev 3:18) 19. The church that is spiritually blind because its spiritual vision is closed (Rev 3:18) 20. The church with a lack of repentance (Rev 3:19) 21. The church that does not listen to the voice of Jesus and whose gates to heaven are closed (Rev 3:20)
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