NMD 02b Rev 2-3 L3 L4 L5
In the last study NMD 02a Rev 2 Letters 1 and 2, we have read the first 2 letters Jesus Christ has written. In study NMD 02b Rev 2-3 L3 L4 L5 we will study from Revelation 2:12 until Rev 3:6. In that part we will study the letters to Pergamum, Thyatira and Sardis. Before we go into details concerning these three letters we will first mention a few significant details in relation to these 7 letters as a whole. When the 7th letter has been discussed we will give you a summary of all features for each letter.
To whom did Christ write?
We are studying the 7 letters from Jesus to the 7 churches published in Revelation. Just in case you have forgotten I will ask you again to whom and for what reasons those letters are?
1st They are intended for the churches to which they were sent (Ephesus, Smyrna, etc.) thus, during John’s lifetime.
2nd Secondly, they are meant for the whole Christian church, during John’s lifetime as well as thereafter.
3rd They appear to characterise the following periods of the church history.
4th Finally, they are directed to every believer who sees his or her own spiritual life reflected in the letters.
What are the differences of these letters?
Let us just look at the differences between the five letters in relation to the 7 letters. Just to get all the information in the available space I will use the following abbreviation: L stands for “Letter” and V stands for “verse”. In these five letters there are three differences. When we have studied the 7 letters you will see a significant shift in the wording and sequence of events which is already notable in letters 4 and 5.
The sequence of events in Letters 1, 2 and 3 are the following: first the Spirit followed by the promise. You can see that in Letter 1 verse 7, Letter 2 verse 11 and Letter 3 verse 17. In the letters 4 and 5 the order is: first the promise followed by the Spirit. You can see that in Letter 4 verse 26-29 and letter 5 verse 5 and 6.
An appeal for conversion of serious missteps in Letter 1 verse 5 and Letter 3 verse 13.
The church of letter 2 hears only words of approval as can be seen in verse 11. This is a very particular point as in each letter there is an individual note added by the phrasing of the following sentence: “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”. This individual note changes the composition as we have seen in letter 4 onwards.
Below the video can be started by pressing the picture on the left hand side while the sheets can be seen by pressing the picture on the right hand side.
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If you want to see the next part of the study click on: NMD 03 Survey of all Churches.
——– End of study NMD 02b Revelation 2:12-3:6 ——–
NMD 02b Points of discussion
These points of discussion are listed in the table below and are consecutively numbered from 1,2 etc. The points can be seen as a short summary of parts in the study, which are in sequential order. The answers are practically the full texts, which are given in the study. The added drawings are meant as reference points in this study.
|Points of discussion of NMD 02b Revelation 2-3 Letters to Pergamum, Thyatira and Sardes|
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|Contents of points of discussion|
|1||How are the third, fourth and fifth letters of the Lord called and for whom are those letters meant?|
Each letter has a characteristic. Do you know the characteristics of the third, fourth and fifth letters?
|3||Why does the Lord, in the letter to Pergamum, have a sharp double-edged sword (Rev 2:12)?|
|4||The church in Smyrna had a synagogue. Where can we find, at that time, the throne of him?|
|5||Again, in the third letter is spoken of the Nicolaitans. How far did the doctrine go in this church?|
|6||Why did the Lord reveal himself in the church at Thyatira with eyes like blazing fire and feet like burnished bronze?|
|7||What characteristics did the woman Jezebel have? Read Rev 2:20 and 1King 16:31, 18 and 21 and 2King. 9:22.30.|
|8||Fortunately, not the complete church of Thyatira is like question 6. Those, who do not participate with the world get the advice of the Lord to hold what they have. How might that refer to the time of the end?|
Which contrast do you see in the letter to Smyrna and Sardis?
|10||How can you see in the letter to Sardis that the Lord reminds the leader of the church of his duty?|
In which letters, we have studied, do you first find what the Spirit says followed by the promise?
|12||In which letters do you see a tipping point where the Lord first gives the promise followed by what the Spirit says?|
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