Every verse in the bible has three applications.
1) Historical — The thing happened in history as it said it happened, where it happened and like it said it happened.
2) Inspirational or Spiritual — Since all scripture is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness, every verse of scripture has a spiritual application which can be used to correct or instruct people.
3) Doctrinal — Every verse in the Bible is aimed at a specific person, for a specific reason and to teach a specific truth.
Revelation 1:1-20 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before the throne; and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood[/u], and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the Isle that is call Patmos, for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, 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. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
When reading Revelation 1, 2 and 3 we must keep in mind that:
1) Historically those three chapters are addressed to local churches in 90 A.D. in Asia Minor at the time that John was held prisoner on the Isle of Patmos.
2) Spiritually, the passages can apply to local churches, and they can be taught as giving a history of the Church Age from the first coming of Christ to the Second Coming of Christ.
3) Doctrinally they can have a Tribulation application.
Revelation 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him,
Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the Isle that is called Patmos, …
Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and …..
The reference to a Kingdom is the literal, physical, and visual thousand year reign of Christ on this earth. The millennial reign of Christ.
The word Millennium is a Latin word:
mil = one thousand — annum = year
The one thousand year reign of Christ on this earth; the millennial reign of Christ.
Book of Revelation is divided into three parts:
Chapters 1, 2 and 3 = «Church Age» — 2,000 years
Chapters 4-19 «The Tribulation Age» — 7 years
Chapters 20-22 «The Millennial Age» — 1,000 years
We will look at the judgments of the seven churches of Chapters 2 and 3.
Ephesus ——— Fully purposed
Smyrna ———- Myrrh
Pergamos ——— Much marriage
Thyatira ——— Odor of affliction
Sardis ———— Red ones
Philadelphia —— Brotherly love
Laodicea ——— Civil rights
Isaiah 11:1-2 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord;
Spirit of the Lord
Spirit of Wisdom
Spirit of Understanding
Spirit of Counsel
Spirit of Might
Spirit of Knowledge
Spirit of the Fear of the Lord
Revelation 1:20 …The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: …
Revelation 1:20 … the seven golden candlesticks which thou sawest are churches.
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