Seven Messages – one main thing

The disciple John, who wrote down the book of Revelation, was told to

Ancient Pergamum

Ancient Pergamum

write to the seven churches. These were real churches in real towns and cities at that time. They didn’t have a mail system like we do so they would send the letter by messenger to the first town. Those people would read it and then send it on to the next town or city. So everyone got to read what Jesus was saying to their neighbor’s as well as themselves.

Here’s a very simple list of the seven churches and how they are described in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. 

Ephesus – the loveless church

Smyrna – the persecuted church

Pergamos – the compromising church

Thyatira – the corrupt church

Sardis – the dead church

Philadelphia – the faithful church

Laodicea – the lukewarm church

Not only were these messgaes important to the churches back in John’s time, they were also for all of God’s people in the future. Rev. 1:19 That means they are also important for us too! 

Jesus had a lot to say to the seven churches. Right now let’s focus on one thing that must be important because it’s mentioned seven times in the seven messages.

That thing is to REPENT. To repent does not mean to be just a little sorry for something. Repent means to make a complete about face, stop what you’re doing wrong, turn around and go in the opposite direction. It’s a complete makeover!


1.  Highlight the word “repent” everywhere it appears in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. If you don’t want to mark in your Bible, print out the chapters from an online Bible.

2. Which two churches were not told to repent?

Here is a great prayer to pray often.

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me. And lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

When God shows you anything that you need to change in your life or in your heart, repent! Turn about face, and start walking the way He is leading you.

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Revelation Mountain

Have you ever been hiking through a thick forest? The trees are so thick you can barely see the sky, let alone the top of

Photo by Matthew Faltz

Photo by Matthew Faltz

the mountain you are trying to climb. But when you follow the path and get to the top of the mountain, suddenly you can see everything. There’s the trail where you came up through the forest, and on the other side, there’s the trail leading to a beautiful lake where you want to make camp. The book of Revelation is kind of like that. If you just start reading through the book, soon it seems the details are so thick, you can’t even see where you are going.


Revelation Mountain

Photo by Angelo Amboldi

Photo by Angelo Amboldi

Let’s step back and take a look at Revelation Mountain. Pretend

you’re going to climb over this mountain. As you climb, you will see that God is working to save you and warn you about what is happening in the world. When you get to the top you discover a battle raging between a Lamb and a Dragon. It might be unnerving to find yourself in the middle of a battle, but at least  from this view you can see where things started and where they will end up. But don’t stop there. Keep climbing down the other side of the mountain. After God gives the world his final warning, he finally takes care of evil and saves all who have decided to follow Him. 


Hopefully when we start to look at the details in the forests of the book of Revelation they won’t seem so scary, because now you know this mountain can be crossed.


Revelation Mountain Revelation Mountain

For any of you scholars in training, this style of writing is called a chiasm (pronounced ky’az-um). It is a repetition of similar ideas in reverse order. For example like a pattern, A – B – C – D – D – C – B – A. Often the main topic or strongest focus is in the middle section.


Above you can see, the focus of the book of Revelation is on the conflict between Christ and Satan. Everything else in the book relates to this battle.


Praise the Lord that He has given us a preview of the outcome of the battle between good and evil. We know that Jesus wins this greatest of all battles and all his promises to those who follow Him will come true!

Revelation Mountain

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Finding Jesus In Every Chapter – Part 3

It has been great fun finding Jesus in every chapter in the book of Revelation. Below are chapters 15-22.


Some may wonder how I’ll find Jesus in chapters containing the seven last plagues and the scarlet woman sitting on a seven-headed beast. Well, praise the Lord, Jesus promises to be with his followers always, even to the end of the world. Matt. 28:20 


Read below to see where Jesus is even in the middle of great trouble.


Chapter 15

This chapter has a beautiful song called “The Song of Moses and the Song of the Lamb”. Remember, the lamb in Revelation represents Jesus. So this is Jesus’ song. I’d like to learn that song. Here are the words.


“Great and amazing are your deeds,

Photo by Jeff Kubina

Photo by Jeff Kubina

O Lord God the Almighty!

Just and true are your ways,

O King of the nations!

Who will not fear, O Lord,

And glorify your name?

For you alone are holy.

All nations will come and worship you,

For your righteous acts have been revealed.”

Revelation 15:3-4 (ESV)


I’m glad I serve a God who is great, amazing, just and true!


Chapter 16

Seven angels pour out vials of the wrath of God upon the earth and terrible things happen. But right in the middle of this chapter, Jesus speaks.

In “red letter edition” Bibles, Jesus’ words are written in red. So I knew Jesus was speaking when it said, “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” Rev. 16:15


What does it mean to watch and keep your garments?

First, watch for signs of Jesus’ coming. Did you know Jesus’ coming will not be like a thief if you are watching for Him. 1 Thess. 5:4-6 By reading and studying His word the Bible, including the book of Revelation, you are watching for Him.

Secondly, keep your garments. This represents the armor of God (truth, righteousness, faith, salvation, the word of God) as explained in Ephesians chapter 6. It also represents the salvation that comes from accepting Jesus. Eph 6:13-17 Isaiah 61:10.


If we give our hearts fully to Jesus, we will not experience God’s wrath when He pours it out on the earth. If we follow Jesus, we will be saved! 1 Thess. 5:9 Now that’s good news!!


Chapter 17

Here John, the writer of Revelation, sees a wicked woman wearing purple

By Waiting for the Word

By Waiting for the Word

and red sitting on a scarlet beast with seven heads and 10 horns. Whatever this woman and beast represent we know it’s bad because many followers of Jesus are killed. Rev. 17:6

However, Jesus will be victorious in the war between good and evil. The Lamb – that’s Jesus – will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords, and King of kings, and those who are with him are called chosen and faithful. Rev. 17:14


Will you join me in faithfully following Jesus? He will be victorious!


Chapter 18

This chapter describes the fall of Babylon the great. Rev. 18:2-3 Then Jesus calls his people to come out of Babylon. “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Rev. 18:4


What is Jesus trying to tell us? It must be mighty important, because it determines if we receive the last plagues or not. While this could be a VERY long study, I will keep it short with two main points. We will look for clues in other parts of the Bible to understand what “Babylon” represents.


Clue number 1, Isaiah 21:9: Isaiah uses the same exact words as Revelation, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen”. Then he talks about Babylon’s gods, which are broken on the ground. The first of the 10 commandments is “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exod. 20:3 Is there anything in your life that has become more important that Jesus? Anything can become a god if it takes away our time and attention and worship from the God of heaven. Jesus is calling you to let go of the things of this earth that will fade away, and focus on heavenly things that will last.


Clue number 2, Dan. 4:30-32 & Proverbs 16:18: There is an interesting story in the Bible about King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. He had great pride in his heart and stood up one day and announced how great he was because

Ishtar Gate by Theron LaBounty

Ishtar Gate by Theron LaBounty

he had built this great empire of Babylon by his own power. It was the mightiest empire in the world at that time. But God decided to give him a lesson in humility. The same hour, King Nebuchadnezzar was driven from his palace and became like an ox in the field. For seven years he had to eat grass and live outside like a wild beast. When the time was up, Nebuchadnezzar admitted that all people are really nothing. Only the King of heaven is worthy of praise and honor. The Bible says pride goes before destruction. As Christians, it is easy to be prideful. We must humble ourselves before God and realize that none of us deserve to live. Jesus has offered us life, because He is worthy, not because of anything we have done. Praise His holy name!


Leave your “gods” and pride at Jesus’ feet and come out of Babylon today!


Chapter 19

Wedding Feast

Jesus has a wedding feast and you are invited. Are you ready? Rev. 19:7,9

All who follow Jesus’ are called his bride, or the church. Eph. 5:25

Jesus himself helps us get ready for this great wedding party. He cleans us up and gives us fine, bright, clean clothes to wear. Rev. 19:8

Use this clue if you want to find out one way Jesus’ washes his church. Eph 5:26


Are you reading His Word, the Bible, everyday? Jesus wants you to be ready for that great wedding feast up in heaven!


Chapter 20

Those who stay faithful to Jesus will reign with Jesus a thousand years. Rev. 20:4

A blessing is promised to this group of people who are part of the first resurrection. Rev. 20:5, 1 Thess. 4:16 The second (or final) death has no power over them. Rev. 20:6


Dear Jesus, please keep me faithful to you so I can be a part of the first resurrection!


Chapter 21

Here, the holy city, the new Jerusalem, comes down from heaven to a new

The Holy City by Waiting for the Word

The Holy City by Waiting for the Word

earth. Rev. 21:1-2

Where is Jesus? He is right in the holy city. Jesus’ presence lights up the whole city so there is no need of the sun or moon. Rev. 21:23

God comes to live with his people. Heaven is now on earth, the new earth.

Wow! That’s incredible! God’s moving and he’s coming to live with us someday. I sure want to be there! Don’t you?


Chapter 22

Jesus confirms that He, for certain, sent these messages in the book of Revelation to us, his church. Rev. 22:16

Jesus also says, “Surely I come quickly.” 


Jesus is coming soon! He has sent us a special and important message in the last book of the Bible – Revelation. The more we read and study it, the more we will learn about the wonderful love of Jesus and how much He wants to save you and me and live with us forever!

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Finding Jesus in Every Chapter – Part 2

This section of Revelation, chapters 8-14, was a bit tricky. But Jesus is still there through all the trials and tragedies of life. Here is where I found Jesus in the middle of the Book of Revelation.

Chapter 8

Jesus opens the seventh seal and seven angels are given seven trumpets to sound. Rev. 5:9 Rev. 8:1,2,13

Angel with trumpet

Photo by Wayne Wilkinson


The trumpets sound as a warning! Though the trumpet plagues may seem awful when you read them, their purpose is to warn everyone of the need to repent of their sins, so they are not destroyed when Jesus comes again. If you confess your sins, Jesus will forgive you and make your heart pure. 1 John 1:9

He wants to save you! Are you listening to his warnings?


Chapter 9

God protects those who follow Jesus from the harm of demonic powers. Rev. 9:4


This chapter is not a pleasant read – torture, agony, death and destruction. Yikes! Yet there is good news. First, it is not God who causes all this destruction, but demonic forces, led by their “king” the Destroyer. That’s Satan. 1 Pet. 5:8 Don’t blame God for all the evil in this world. Second, God protects His own.

Have you been harassed by demons? Jesus wants to rescue and protect you. Call on Him today, while there is still time! If you call on Jesus, He promises to answer you and take care of you. Psalms 91:14-15


Chapter 10

Jesus is slightly hidden in this chapter, but He sends a message through a special mighty angel. So His words are here. They are very interesting words. John is not allowed to write some of the message down. (Rev.10:4) Why not?

The next verse gives us a clue. It says when the seventh angel sounds (his trumpet), the mystery of God will be finished. (Rev. 10:7)

God gives us enough information in His word so we can know Him and trust Him. But some things are not for us to know, they will be a mystery, until the full plan of salvation is completed. (Rev. 10:7, Deut. 29:29)


Chapter 11

Do you want to know who will win the battle of good and evil? Here it says, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” Jesus will win the battle! He will defeat all his enemies, those who destroy the earth, and will reward his servants. (Rev. 11:15,18; 1 Corinthians 15:25-26)

Dear Jesus, help me to be your faithful servant!


Chapter 12

Jesus' Ascension

Jesus’ Ascension

This chapter gives us a super sonic fast story of Jesus’ life on earth. A male child was born who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. This is Jesus as foretold in prophecy. (Rev. 12:5, Ps. 2:7-9) Then the child was caught up to God and His throne. (Rev. 12:5) Wow – that was a fast life – now straight to Heaven after His death and resurrection.

This tells me that Revelation is showing us, not the human Jesus while He was on earth, but the Jesus who is in Heaven ruling the universe. (Heb. 10:12-13) I want to be on His side, don’t you?


Chapter 13

Jesus (the Lamb) has a book in Heaven where the name of every person that follows Him is written. It’s called the Book of Life. Those written in this book will not worship the beast, who deceives the rest of the world, but will follow God’s ways or commandments. (Rev. 13:8, Rev. 12:17)

Praise God! Thank you Jesus, for writing my name in your Book of Life because I choose to follow you.

Jesus our Mediator

Jesus our Mediator

Chapter 14

Jesus is our redeemer. He presents us without fault before God’s throne, if we follow Him wherever He goes. (Rev. 14:4-5)

If Jesus can do that for me – a lowly sinner, He can do that for you too. Jesus, help me to follow you wherever you lead me!

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Finding Jesus in Every Chapter – Part I

Since the book of Revelation is the revealing or revelation of Jesus Christ, at least that what it says right at the beginning of the book, I took a challenge to find Jesus in every single chapter of Revelation. He is all over the book of Revelation so I won’t mention everything I found. But here are some highlights. Hopefully you’ll see how amazing our God is!


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Chapter 1

Jesus is coming again! Rev. 1:7

Jesus lived, he died, and he’s alive forevermore.

Jesus holds the keys of death and hell. Rev. 1:18



Chapter 2

Jesus is the first and last. He died and came to life again. Rev. 2:8


Jesus gives many promises to those who overcome. These are just some of them:

Eating from the tree of life. Rev. 2:7

Having a crown of life. Rev. 2:10

Not being hurt by the second death. Rev. 2:11


What do they overcome? That’s will take more space to explain. For now, let’s just say for those who overcome sin.


Chapter 3

Jesus is holy and true. Rev. 3:7

photo by Seth Anderson

photo by Seth Anderson


And my favorite:

Jesus stands at the door of your heart and knocks. If you open your heart to him, He will come in and eat with you. Rev. 3:20

He’s such a gentleman! He will never force his way in.


Chapter 4

He is worthy to receive glory and honor and power. Rev. 4:11 Why?

One reason He is worthy is because he created all things as the verse says.


Chapter 5

Jesus is the Lamb that was slain and has redeemed us by his blood. Rev. 5:9

This just means Jesus has bought us out of slavery to sin. He has paid the death penalty for our sins. The wages of sin is death. But God gives us the gift of eternal life through Jesus. Rom. 6:23 Now, that’s a gift I accept with gladness!


Chapter 6

Jesus shows his wrath. The people of earth hide themselves in dens and rocks and cry to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.” Rev. 5:15-16

This might sound a bit scary, and it is, if you have turned Jesus away. But it’s also an answer to many people’s prayers. Earlier the prayers of the saints are crying to God asking how long will it be before you judge these wicked people of the world and avenge our blood. Rev. 6:10

Have you ever wondered when God is going to finally do something about all the bad things that evil people do. Can they just get away with that stuff forever? The answer is here. Vengeance is mine; says the Lord. Rom 12:19


Chapter 7

Jesus, the Lamb of God, gives us salvation. Rev. 7:10

Jesus washes our sins away. He washes our robes and makes them white. Rev. 7:14

Read Isaiah 1:18-20 to see what that means.

If you’re curious about white robes, you can find some clues here: Rev. 7:9 Isa. 61:10 Dan. 12:10

by Sharon Soberon

by Sharon Soberon

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Revelation! What does it mean and why would I read it?

What does Revelation really mean and why would anyone want to read such a seemingly confusing book, let alone the whole Bible. Have you ever thought any of these things?

You’re not alone. Many grown-up Christians haven’t read the entire book of Revelation because it seems too difficult or scary. So let’s explore these two important questions.


What does the word REVELATION really mean?


The dictionary says revelation is the act of revealing or disclosing something, especially something you didn’t realize before. Revelation begins with these words, “The revelation of Jesus Christ”. So the book of Revelation is just revealing who Jesus is more fully.

Do you want to know Jesus better? Do you want to know more about who He is? Then the book of Revelation is a great place to find out!


Why would anyone want to read the book of Revelation?


Well let me ask you this. Do you want to be happy? And not just kind-of happy – how would you like to have a deep inner joy that no one could take away? Sounds great doesn’t it!

Well, that is exactly the promise to those who read Revelation and take what they read seriously. In other words, read and follow the counsel given.

“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” Revelation 1:3

“Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” Revelation 22:7

Remember that the word “blessed” comes from the greek word “makarios” which means a deep inner joy.

Revelation begins and ends with a promise of blessing and joy for you when you read and hear the words written there and take them to heart.


Here’s another clue that reading Revelation will be a blessing.


In the Bible, the number seven often means completeness or perfection. Guess how many blessings are mentioned in the book of Revelation? That’s right – seven! Well talk about them more another time. But if you want to see them for yourself you can read them here.

Rev. 1:3 Rev. 14:13 Rev. 16:15 Rev. 19:9 Rev. 20:6 Rev. 22:7 Rev. 22:14

Keep reading God’s word and following Jesus.

He will bless you and bring you so much joy!


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