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Ephesus

To the Angel of the Church of Ephesus Revelation 2:1-7
Particularly: Historical Setting: Ephesus, population half a million people, 1,000 year old port city, a major city of western Asia. Location of the Temple of Artemis/Diana (one of the Seven Wonders of the World). Church received epistle from Paul, who stopped there several times, pastored by Timothy (1 Tim. 1:3-4), Apostle John, had mother of Jesus as member.
Name Defined: “Desired One” The “desired one” left her first love of Christ. The early church is also desired by subsequent churches as the standard to which later churches should return.

I.Christ’s Description – Holds the stars (angels), walking in midst of lampstands (1:13, 16, 20)

II.Commendation 1.Tenacity-works, labor, patience, perseverance, weariless (2, 3) Their patience is that they kept the commandments of God (“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev. 14:12). It is a steadiness despite distractions…

Seven Literal, Historic, Personal and Prophetic Churches

The Seven Churches In Revelation Revelation 1:4-20 Tim McKeown
What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.  Revelation 1:11
The primary recipients of the book of Revelation were seven actual literal churches, located on the western end of Asia, now modern-day Turkey. They were near the isle of Patmos. There were likely dozens if not hundreds of churches in existence by that time to whom Jesus could have written. He strategically chose these churches  and gave them commendations, condemnations, commands, and consequences of their conduct (see chart). Over the next few sessions, we will see these churches historically and prophetically, and how they apply to us today.
v. 4 - Why seven churches? Seven is a number for God’s holy completion. We must remember that these were literal, existing churches at the time of John’s w…

Seven Churches of the Revelation

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