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Good News of the Epistle to the Hebrews Series Part 5

Gospel 11D – Good News of the Epistle to the Hebrews Part 5.

The Book of Revelation is for the attitude, behavior, and character of the 7 Churches which means the believers.

Church of Ephesus –  Forsake the love for Jesus Christ, embrace power and control rather than embracing the grace of Christ, hate and anger is their strength that weakened the power of true love. With the culture marred by injustice and oppression. Instead of hosting peace of mind and the gentleness of love, it threatens the destruction of Ephesians. If you have more hatred and anger in your heart do you think you are an Ephesian and you need to change?  If so, then the message could be for you to have a change of heart (transformation) and the gospel of Christ will guide you to attain that goal.  There could be a mixture of praiseworthy and blameworthy actions and attitudes.  We must examine ourselves and find out if the message includes any of our attitudes, characters, problems, or situations. If so, then the message is directed to us.

Church of Smyrna –   Revelation 2:9-11—World English Bible

9 “I know your works, oppression, and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews, and they are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Don’t be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you will have oppression for ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. He who overcomes won’t be harmed by the second death.

Church of Pergamos – revelation 2:12-17—World English Bible

12 “To the angel of the assembly in Pergamum write: “He who has the sharp two-edged sword says these things:13 “I know your works and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. You hold firmly to my name and didn’t deny my faith in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to throw a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 So you also have some who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans likewise.[a] 16 Repent, therefore, or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes, to him, I will give of the hidden manna, [b] and I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no one knows but he who receives it.

Footnotes: 2:15 TR reads “which I hate” instead of “likewise”

2:17-17 Manna is supernatural food, named after the Hebrew for “What is it?”.

Church of Thyatira– Revelation 2:18—World English Bible

18 “To the angel of the assembly in Thyatira write: “The Son of God, who has his eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like burnished brass, says these things:19 “I know your works, your love, faith, service, patient endurance, and that your last works are more than the first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate your[a] woman, Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. She teaches and seduces my servants to commit sexual immorality, and to eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her and those who commit adultery with her into a bed of great oppression, unless they repent of her works. 23 I will kill her children with Death, and all the assemblies will know that I am he who searches the minds and hearts. I will give it to each one of you according to your needs.

Footnote: 2:20 TR, NU read “that” instead of “your”

Church of Sardis– Revelation 3:1-6 World English Bible

“And to the angel of the assembly in Sardis write: “He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars says these things: “I know your works, that you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up and keep the things that remain, which you were about to throw away, for I have found no works of yours perfected before my God. 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard. Keep it and repent. If therefore you won’t watch, I will come like a thief, and you won’t know what hour I will come upon you. 4 Nevertheless you have a few names in Sardis that didn’t defile their garments. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes will be arrayed in white garments, and I will in no way blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

Church of Sardis– Revelation 3:1-6 World English Bible

3 “And to the angel of the assembly in Sardis write: “He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars says these things:

“I know your works, that you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up and keep the things that remain, which you were about to throw away, for I have found no works of yours perfected before my God. 3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard. Keep it and repent. If therefore you won’t watch, I will come like a thief, and you won’t know what hour I will come upon you. 4 Nevertheless you have a few names in Sardis that didn’t defile their garments. They will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes will be arrayed in white garments, and I will in no way blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

Church of Philadelphia—Revelation 3:7-10 World English Bible

7 “To the angel of the assembly in Philadelphia write:

“He who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David, he who opens and no one can shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says these things:

8 “I know your works (behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one can shut), that you have a little power, and kept my word, and didn’t deny my name. 9 Behold, I give some of the synagogue of Satan, of those who say they are Jews, and they are not, but lie—behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you kept my command to endure, I also will keep you from the hour of testing which is to come on the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

Church of Laodiceans– Revelation 3:14-22 World English Bible

14 “To the angel of the assembly in Laodicea write: “The Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning[a] of God’s creation, says these things:

15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have gotten riches, and need nothing;’ and don’t know that you are the wretched one, miserable, poor, blind, and naked; 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich; and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I reprove and chasten. Be zealous therefore, and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will come into him and will dine with him, and he with me. 21 He who overcomes, I will give to him to sit down with me on my throne, as I also overcame, and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.”

The effective way to approach the Book of Revelation is not to focus on the weird things that are going to happen.  We will not be a part of being Christians that are doing the righteous things.  We are going to be picked up and brought to a beautiful place an we will not have any idea nor know what would happen to those who were left behind. We could be in the state of just being freed from the womb of our mother who knows nothing but to cry which is a sign of life. We could be in a place that will transform our body into a glorious body full of joy and bring us to new heaven ready to inhabit the new earth. The old vessel which was only a borrowed vessel will join the dust of the earth.

The Good News of Revelation is to make us feel better and not to worry and be afraid.  Understanding Christianity in its true meaning can lift our hearts to the highest level of security against all odds.  The suffering of the church will come to pass and revelation of the sacred secret will then be revealed and we will enjoy the true meaning of Christianity—We are chosen to suffer the pain brought by the flesh but chosen to endure it and win it.

Being a Christian, we already know by now where we are heading.  It is in heaven, not in nakedness but clothed with a glorious body.

God, the LORD of all things good, our SAVIOR, our KING is our Father who is with us all along in our journey, He is our all in all. Jesus the Son is Lord of all the lords, Savior, and King of kings sent by the Father to reveal Himself and kingdom to us and eventually inherit it. Now my brothers, sisters, and mother call the name of the LORD and the New beginning starts now…

God is all in all.

Scripture Source: World English Bible (WEB), The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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