7 Churches in Revelation – Then and Now

The seven churches in Revelation are literal churches from the first century AD. However, the seven churches in Revelation also have spiritual significance for churches and believers today. Indeed, the primary purpose for John writing his letters to the seven churches was to deliver Christ’s “report card” for the churches of that time. However, a second purpose for John’s inspired writings was to describe seven types of churches and individual believers that would surface time and again throughout history. These short letters to the seven churches of Revelation act as quick and poignant reminders to those who call themselves “followers of Christ.”

  1. Ephesus – -The church that had forsaken its first love (Revelation 2:1-7).
  2. Smyrna – The church that would suffer persecution (Revelation 2:8-11).

  3. Pergamum – The worldly church that mixed doctrines and needed to repent (Rev. 2:12-17).

  4. Thyatira – The church that had a false prophetess(Rev. 2:18-29).

  5. Sardis – The “dead” church that fell asleep (Revelation 3:1-6).

  6. Philadelphia – The church of brotherly love that endures patiently (Revelation 3:7-13).

  7. Laodicea –The church with the lukewarm faith (Rev. 3:14-22).

The messages to the seven churches are timeless. The things that Ephesus faced….we face- the things that Smyrna faced-we faced- and so on and so on. In almost every church today, you will find “Ephesian” Christians, “Sardis” Christians, and “Laodicean” Christians. The problems, temptations, promises, and blessings are all still issues that we wrestle with today. The Spirit is still making the plea today for those who “have an ear” to hear what He is saying to the churches.

source: http://www.allaboutarchaeology.org/seven-churches-in-revelation.htm, http://www.gotquestions.org/seven-churches-Revelation.html, http://www.truthablaze.com/church.html
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