Although Jesus passed into heaven to serve
as our Great High Priest (Heb
4:14), He hasn’t forgotten His church. He delivered a personal
message for each church throughout the ages. Let's discover what they
are and their significance together.
1. What was the name of the first church
that Jesus sent a message?
the angel of the church of _____________ write..."
While it is widely agreed that the seven churches were literal
churches, many Bible commentators agree that they also represent seven
periods in the history of Christian church. The church of Ephesus
represents the apostolic church. This period would cover from the
resurrection of Christ to the death of the apostles.
2. What did Jesus have against the Ephesus
know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst
not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they
are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars . . .
Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast ______
thy _______ love."
Something happened that caused the church to forget the love of Jesus.
While it is true that they labored patiently for souls, fought against
evil, and did everything to getting rid of false apostleship, the love
of Jesus was lacking. As Christians, we must remember to show the love
of Christ is all things, even when we are opposing wrong.
3. What did Jesus tell
the Ephesians to do before working for lost souls?
therefore from whence thou art fallen, and __________, and do the
first works." (Rev.
Jesus reminds them to look in the mirror before dealing with others.
He is restating a principle He taught when on earth; "First cast out
the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast
out the mote out of thy brother's eye." (Matt.
4. What doctrine did the
Church at Ephesus hate?
But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the _______________,
which I also hate."
The Nicolaitians taught that what you did in the flesh did not affect
your salvation; just as long as your intentions were good. Jesus said
He "hates" this false doctrine. Sadly, most modern churches teach a
similar doctrine. They tell their members that God's law has been done
away with or nailed to the cross.
5. Who did Jesus say
would eat of the tree of life?
"To him that
____________ will I give to eat of the tree of life"
It isn't sufficient to just hear what the Spirit says, you must
overcome by doing. James said, "being not a forgetful hearer, but a
doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed" (James
6. How did Jesus
describe Himself to the church at Smyrna?
unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the
_____ and the ______, which ____ dead, and is ________"
Jesus declared His Deity by taking upon Himself the characteristics
that belong only to God: first and last and unable to die (victorious
7. What characteristic
were mentioned about Smyrna?
know thy works, and ___________, and ________, (but thou art _______)
and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not,
but are the synagogue of Satan."
The church was divided to two classes, believers and false believers.
While some were persecuted, he others were not. In fact, many of the
persecutions of Christians were instigated by the Jews who had not
accepted Jesus. They were those that Jesus said belonged to the
"Synagogue of Satan."
8. How long would the
Christians in Smyrna suffer persecution?
"...and ye shall have
tribulation ____ days"
In prophecy, a day equals a year. See Ezekiel 4:6. The church in
Smyrna, which was from 100 to 323, represents the second period of
God's church. From 303 to 313, ten years, under the Emperor
Diocletian, God's church experienced the most bloodies of
9. Where did the church of Pergamos dwell?
to the angel of the church in Pergamos. . .I know thy works, and where
thou dwellest, even where ________ seat is."
This church period would be from 323 to the establishment of "Babylon
the Great" in 538. This period represents the starting point of the
false church system which gradually came into being and was firmly
established in 538 with the defeat of the Ostrogoth, the last nation
that opposed its false doctrine. (See
Siege of Rome.
Historically, Protestants churches recognized this false system as
Satan's Seat because it mixed paganism and heretical doctrine with the
teaching of Christ. We will discover more about this false system of
worship as we study upcoming chapters in Revelation. "Antipas" is best
understood as the many that were killed for their faith during this
10. What doctrine was
introduced into the church during this church age?
I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that
hold the doctrine of __________, who taught Balac to cast a
stumblingblock before the children of Israel"
Balaam was a false prophet hire by King Balak to curse the children of
Israel, but God prevented it. However, Balaam counseled with the Balak
and seduced the children of Israel "to commit whoredom with the
daughters of Moab and they called the people unto the sacrifices of
their gods" (Numbers
25:1-3). It was the joining of Church and State that caused the
children of Israel to sin. (Number 31:16, Micah 6:5). The Pergamos era
represents the connection between church, the world and the state.
11. What was promised to
those who overcome?
him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will
give him a ________ stone, and in the stone a new name written"
In the legal system of those days, a white stone declared that you
were innocent and a black stone that your were guilty. By the shedding
of His blood, Jesus has the authority to declare overcomers innocent.
This gives them the right to "hidden manna" and a "new name." Purpose,
in your heart, to get to find out what it is.
12. What was the church of Thyatira commended for?
"I know thy
works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy
This church era was from 538 to 1798. It represents the 1260 year
period, which God allowed the "Synagogue of Satan" to rule.
Historical, this period was called the "Dark Ages." Strangely, it was
during this period that most monasteries were established, acts of
kindness common, and vows of poverty were seen.
13. What condemnation did Jesus levy against the church of Thyatira?
I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman
__________, which calleth herself a prophetess, to _______ and to
__________ my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things
sacrificed unto idols."
Jezebel was a wicked queen whose husband was King Ahab. She led Israel
to combine sun worship with true worship to God.
Revelation uses the name Jezebel to figuratively represent apostate
religion or the mixing of pagan customs with Christianity. The fallen
church, “Babylon the Great” had this type of worship. Jesus
"gave her space to
repent of her fornication."
Sadly, "she repented not"
2:21). The identity of this fallen church will become clear
as we study further.
14. What did Jesus say He would do to those who followed the doctrine
of taught by Jezebel?
"And I will
____ her __________ with ________ and all the churches shall know that
I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts"
Spiritual fornication with Jezebel is a serious thing and it has
deadly consequences. Error and deception are tools of the devil and
will cause all to be lost. Yet, many had long lasting relationship
with Jezebel, because children were produced. But there is good news,
none need to perish. We have the assurance that “If we confess our
sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse
us from all unrighteousness” (1
John 1:8). Why not assure your place in heaven today. Confess your
sins and Jesus will forgive and cleanse you.
15. What promise does Jesus give to overcomers?
"And he that
overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give
_______ over the nations: and he shall rule them ... I will give him
the ________ star"
When Jesus walked the earth, He sent His disciples out with power over
the enemy. They returned excited exclaiming that "the devils
are subject unto us" (Luke
10:17). Yet there is a greater gift; Christ Himself, the bright
and Morning star. "I Jesus have sent mine
angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root
and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star,"
16. Are you excited to know that Jesus cared so much that He had a
personal message for each church?