Tuesday, April 15, 2014

#40daybible Day 37 (Revelation 1-3)

We start the final book of the New Testament with Revelation 1-3:
  • Revelation mixes three genres. It is, first, a prophecy. Most of these chapters are, in addition, a letter to seven churches. 
  • It is also an apocalypse. An apocalypse was a type of literature in which a heavenly being appears to a key earthly figure with a revelation about events soon to come.
  • The author is John of Patmos, perhaps John the son of Zebedee. 
Church at Ephesus
  • positive words about the past, admonition to return to their first love
Entrance to marketplace at Ephesus

Church at Symrna
Ruins of Smyrna, in the middle of modern Izmir
  • nothing negative to say, they reject the synagogue of Satan
Church at Pergamum
Theater at Pergamum
  • they have remained true, but they are tolerating some who hold to false teaching
Church at Thyatira
Ruins at Thyatira
  • they're doing more than ever, but they tolerate a false prophetess or a false church
Church at Sardis
  • The church is dead although there are some there alive.
Gymnasium at Sardis
Church at Philadelphia
Little left at Philadelphia
  • only positive words to say about this church... God will make the synagogue of Satan acknowledge they are wrong
Church at Laodicea
  • the lukewarm church
Reconstructing Laodicea, with Hierapolis in distance
Personal favorite verse:
  • "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." Rev. 3:20


Kimmi said...

Love today's post!!

vanilla said...

Thanks for the visuals!