A Word From The Pastor: Dr. Timothy Nelson

 


He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; (Rev. 2:7)

Although these messages applied to the experiences of the specific churches they were written to, they are also prophetic of the experiences of the Church through the centuries. Each of the letters also contains admonishments appropriate to God's people in every age.

John is told, "Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter" (Revelation 1:19). This text reveals that John had seen the events described in visions, "which thou hast seen." It reveals that the visions had application for his time, "the things which are." And it reveals that the vision had application for the future, "things which shall be hereafter." This principle is applicable to the letters written to the seven churches. The letters have a then-time and an end-time application.

Each of the seven churches were admonished to hear what the Spirit says. The messages to these churches included commendation, condemnation, counsel, and challenge.

May God help each of us to contemplate the seriousness of the messages to the seven churches and heed the reprimands and warnings that have been given to us in them, so that we may be over comers and inherit the glorious rewards and promises made to us by God the Father and Jesus Christ.



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