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

                  to reveal

                  to unveil

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

            everywhere

            and contain

                        commendation 

                        reproof

                        challenge 

                        warnings

                        reassurance

                        and promise.

 

 

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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