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The Seven Churches of Revelation

 

The seven churches of Revelation described in Revelation chapters 2 through chapter 3 are seven literal churches at the time that John the apostle was writing Revelation. Though they were literal churches in that time, there is also spiritual significance for churches and believers today.

The Seven Churches of Revelation

The first purpose of the letters was to communicate with the literal churches and meet their needs at that time. The second purpose is to reveal seven different types of individuals/churches throughout history and instruct them in God’s truth.

The problem with this view is that each of the seven churches describes issues that could fit the Church in any time in its history. Our focus should be on what message God is giving us through the seven churches.

The Seven Churches of Revelation are …

(1) Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) – the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4).

(2) Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) – the church that would suffer persecution (2:10).

(3) Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) – the church that needed to repent (2:16).

(4) Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) – the church that had a false prophetess (2:20).

(5) Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) – the church that had fallen asleep (3:2).

(6) Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) – the church that had endured patiently (3:10).

(7) Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) – the church with the lukewarm faith (3:16).

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6 Comments

  1. bobbie baker bobbie baker

    I was really helped and enjoyed reading about the seven churches,
    I’m studying the book of revelation
    thanks so much

    • Praise God in Jesus name Bobbie. You’ll be glad to know we’re doing even more research on the seven churches that will be even more fascinating and edifying. Praise God for you stopping by and for your comment.

  2. P V Mathews P V Mathews

    thank you for the information it was concise and very accurate

    • PRAISE THE LORD brother Mathews, thanks for your comment and for studying with us! Continue in the grace of God

      -ISHE

  3. Alfred Chiwai Alfred Chiwai

    praise God sure am blessed. please I want to study more the revelation of the
    churches

    • Praise God brother Alfred, we have those coming at a greater level very soon. Thank you and God bless in the name of the Lord.

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