The Church at Ephesus (Photo: commonwikimedia)

What are the Seven Churches, Scholidays.com – The seven churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation were actual physical churches in the names of the locations John gives. So the letters that John writes to these churches were actually delivered to these cities.

According to Revelation 1:11, on the Greek island of Patmos, Jesus Christ instructs John of Patmos to: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamum, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.” Here are the 7 Churches you should know!

1. The Church at Ephesus

The first church the Apostle John mentions is the Church at Ephesus, and by the time that John writes this, there are already false teachers and so-called “apostles,” so Jesus says, “I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false” (Rev 2:2).

The Church at Ephesus (Photo: commonwikimedia)

2. The Church at Smyrna

To the Church at Smyrna, Jesus had John write, “I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan” (Rev 2:9).

Could this be talking about false converts, since he who is a Jew is one inwardly (Rom 2:28-29), and if you are Christ’s, then God sees you as a child of Abraham? The Apostle Paul writes; “Know then that it is those of faith who are the sons of Abraham” (Gal 3:7).

John ends this letter by warning them, that some of them will be thrown “into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation. Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Rev 2:10).

3. The Church at Pergamum

The Church of Pergamum has an altogether different letter (or problem). John gives them Christ’s message, writing, “I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith” (Rev 2:13a).

This church is seriously watering down the truth about sexual purity, so Jesus says, “I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality” (Rev 2:14-15).

4. The Church at Thyatira

The Church at Thyatira also received some encouragement from Christ in the beginning, but again, there are serious issues with sexual immorality in this church.

So, Jesus tells them, “I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality” (Rev 2:20-21).

5. The Church at Sardis

To the fifth church, the Church at Sardis, Christ says, “I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God” (Rev 3:1b-2), possibly showing that the church is not walking in the works that God had prepared long ago for them to walk in (Eph 2:10), such things as serving others (Matt 25:34-39), as doing it unto Him (Matt 24:50), or doing nothing at all for Him (Matt 25:41).

If they don’t repent of their spiritual laziness, lacking works for God, Christ says, “I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you” (Rev 3:3).

6. The Church at Philadelphia

This church is one of love, since that’s what the name means, but this is the only church where Jesus does not rebuke it.

Rather, He tells them, “I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name” (Rev 3:8), so apparently this church is walking through doors that God has opened to them for the gospel.

7. The Church at Laodicea

This church is very much like the churches we see today. I am not saying they are all this way, or even most, but certainly many churches are neither hot (on fire for God) nor cold (refreshing to those who are thirsty).

Jesus rebukes them by saying, “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth” (Rev 3:15-16).

In having the greatest wealth in human history, today, we have more than all of our ancestors combined in wealth, so Jesus tells them that they say, “I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (Rev 3:17).

They are financially rich, especially compared to most of the world, but they are spiritually and morally bankrupt. Blinded by Satan (2nd Cor 4:3-4), thinking they’re rich, yet in God’s eyes, they are “wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.”

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