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The Seven Churches of Revelation


Ephesus Smyrna Pergamos Thyatira Sardis Philadelphia Laodicea


James P Smith



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The book of Revelation is without doubt the least studied and most maligned book of the New Testament. It is the only book of the New Testament Calvin did not write a commentary on, and whilst Martin Luther did, you wonder why he ever bothered when you consider what he wrote in his preface:

It makes me consider it to be neither apostolic nor prophetic... I can in no way detect that the Holy Spirit produced it... Christ is neither taught nor known in it.

Was Luther right to malign it so?

Is Christ neither taught nor known in the book of Revelation?

The apostle John who authored the book proclaimed the whole of it to be the revelation of Jesus Christ, communicated to him by Jesus Himself, but in response to John's declaration Luther wrote in his preface that John was "going much too far when he commends his book so highly-indeed". Is it therefore any wonder why so many Protestant churches avoid and malign the book of Revelation so much?

This is a major cause of so many Christians neglecting the words of Jesus contained in chapters two and three; seven letters to seven churches that existed in Asia Minor during the first century and remain just as important and relevant to the church today. With the exception of the brief declarations made by Jesus in chapters 16 and 22 (about His identity and Second Coming), the letters contained in chapters two and three of the book of Revelation are the last statements made by Jesus, so followers of Jesus Christ have a responsibility to pay close attention to them. But how many Christians do?

By examining the seven letters contained in chapters two and three of the book of Revelation the author will demonstrate that, contrary to Luther's claims, the book of Revelation is prophetic, is produced by the Holy Spirit and Christ is taught and known in it.

For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10).