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The Seventh Churches

Christ Makes All the Difference

With Christ: Worship

Splendor and beauty (Rev. 4:2–8)

Praise and adoration (4:8–11)

Access provided (5:1–8)

Outbursts of worship (5:9)

Entitlement given (5:10)

Affirmation (5:11–14)

Martyrs restored (6:9–11)

Protection given (7:2–8)

Suffering ceases (7:9–17)

God’ mystery completed (10:7)

Bitter becomes sweet (10:9)

Without Christ: Wrath

Peace gone from earth (Rev. 6:4)

Killing unleashed (6:5)

Death reigns (6:8)

Earth collapses (6:12–17)

Fires and earthquakes (8:5)

Destruction surges (8:7–10)

Many die (8:11)

Darkness pervades earth (8:12)

Woes are announced (8:13)

Plagues torment the lost (9:2–11)

Many die (9:18)

Repentance is rejected (9:20–21)

Satan’s Many Aliases

Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons (Matt. 12:24)

The wicked one (Matt. 13:19, 38)

The enemy (Matt. 13:39)

Murderer (John 8:44)

Liar (John 8:44)

The ruler of this world (John 12:31; 14:30)

The god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4)

Belial (2 Cor. 6:15, according to some interpretations)

The prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2)

The tempter (1 Thess. 3:5)

A roaring lion (1 Pet. 5:8)

The adversary (1 Pet. 5:8)

The dragon (Rev. 12:7)

The accuser of our brethren (Rev. 12:10)

The serpent of old (Rev. 20:2)

The deceiver (Rev. 20:10)

Genesis and Revelation

Interpretations of Revelation

The Revelation of Jesus

Events in Revelation described elsewhere in the Bible

The Blueprint

A. Letters to the Churches (1:1-3:22)

B. Message for the church (4:1-22:21)

1. Worshiping God in heaven

2. Opening the seven seals

3. Sounding the seven trumpets

4. Observing the great conflict

5. Pouring out the seven plagues

6. Seizing the final victory

7. Making all things new

The vision John received opens with instructions for him to write to seven churches. He both commends them for their strengths and warns them about their flaws. Each letter was directed to a church then in existence but also speaks to conditions in the church throughout history. Both in the church and in our individual lives, we must constantly fight against the temptation to become loveless, immoral, lenient, compromising, lifeless, or casual about our faith. The letters make it clear how our Lord feels about these qualities.

This revelation is both a warning to Christians who have grown apathetic and an encouragement to those who are faithfully enduring the struggles in this world. It reassures us that good will triumph over evil, gives us hope as we face difficult times, and gives guidance when we are wavering in our faith. Christ's message to the church is a message of hope for all believers in every generation.

The names of Jesus in Revelation

Scattered among the vivid images of the book Revelation is a large collection of names for Jesus. Each one tells something of his character and highlights a particular aspect of his role within God's plan of redemption.

Revelation Overview