To The Church At Laodicea (Revelation 3)

 

  1. Revelation
  2. Letters to churches
    1. Ephesus: no love
    2. Smyrna: suffering, no rebuke
    3. Pergamos: too-tolerant
    4. Thyatira: compromise
    5. Sardis: too comfortable
    6. Philadelphia: no rebuke; trust strength

 

Now Laodicea (complacent and self-reliant)…

And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; Read More »

The Year Of Jubilee (Leviticus 25)

 

  1. Pentateuch to Israelite history
    1. Remember: not getting too technical
    2. Skip and paraphrase some / NLT
    3. Looking for major theme / how points to Christ
  2. Leviticus = how to use tabernacle
    1. Offerings (1-7)
    2. Feasts (23)
      1. Spring: Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost
      2. Fall: Trumpets, Atonement, Booths
    3. Weekly Sabbath (23:3)
      1. End of work
      2. Points to Christ as the end of our work / enter rest

 

But not only weekly:

    1. Sabbath Year (Lev. 25:1-7)

 

  • 1While Moses was on Mount Sinai, the LORD said to him, 2“Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. When you have entered the land I am giving you, the land itself must observe a Sabbath rest before the LORD every seventh year. 3For six years you may plant your fields and prune your vineyards and harvest your crops, 4but during the seventh year the land must have a Sabbath year of complete rest. It is the LORD’s Sabbath. Do not plant your fields or prune your vineyards during that year. 5And don’t store away the crops that grow on their own or gather the grapes from your unpruned vines. The land must have a year of complete rest. 6But you may eat whatever the land produces on its own during its Sabbath. This applies to you, your male and female servants, your hired workers, and the temporary residents who live with you. 7Your livestock and the wild animals in your land will also be allowed to eat what the land produces.

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To The Church At Sardis (Revelation 3)

 

  1. Revelation
  2. Letters to churches
    1. Ephesus: no love
    2. Smyrna: suffering, no rebuke
    3. Pergamos: too-tolerant
    4. Thyatira: compromise

 

Now Sardis (too comfortable)

And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars;

  1. Sardis
    1. No mention of persecution
    2. Most negative letter
  2. Seven Spirits
    1. Before the throne (1:4)
    2. Spirit? (Christ has control)
  3. Seven stars
    1. Angels / messengers of the churches (1:20)

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To The Church At Thyatira (Revelation 2)

 

  1. Revelation
  2. Letters to churches
    1. Ephesus: no love
    2. Smyrna: suffering, no rebuke
    3. Pergamos: too-tolerant

 

Next is Thyatira…

  1. First read Psalm 2: “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, 3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 5Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”
    1. Summary: nations want independence, but given to Christ to rule
    2. Note that he is called “Son”
    3. Rules rod of iron against them
    4. But those who serve him, “kiss” him and trust him rejoice, live, and are blessed
  2. This is the theme of the comments to Thyatira…

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