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  The seven Churches in Asia Minor

It is my intention under the guidance and grace of Gods spirit to look at each church s letter in turn, particularly the error/deception that they had fallen into. For it is my belief that in each church today such deceptive spirits are still at work and not only the church in the classical view but any gathering of believers who form a community..

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Letters to the 7 churches
John Knox+
published . 2 min read
I feel strongly compelled by the voice of God to blog on his message to the seven churches in the Book of Revelation. I am aware that this series may be the source of some disagreement, but it is not my intention to enter into any conflict concerning Gods word revealed to me over this period. It is for this reason that I was reluctant to embark on this series but God compelling by the Holy Spirit would not let me lie down without agreeing to take up his messages. As we all are aware the apostle John living in exile on the isle of Patmos off the coast of modern day Turkey is compelled to write to the seven churches that Paul has established on his missionary journeys. The date is around the mid 90AD period toward the end of the reign of Domitian when John the apostle is nearing the end of......
To the angel in the church at ephesus
John Knox+
published . 3 min read
I wish for you to contemplate in your mind a port city that is the centre of commerce and trade. A city that is the largest within a given region coupled with a thriving growing population and is known throughout the world as having a great tourism attraction. This sums up the city of Ephesus at the end of the 1st. C. for it was the fourth greatest city in the world, after Rome, Alexandria in Egypt and Antioch of Syria. Ephesus was the gateway to Asia Minor. One of its distinctions, laid down by statute, was that when the Roman proconsul came to take up office as governor of Asia, he must disembark at Ephesus and enter his province there. For all the travelers and the trade, from the Cayster and the Maeander Valleys, from Galatia, from the Euphrates and from Mesopotamia, Ephesus was the......
To the church of smyrna
John Knox+
published . 4 min read
When I came to ponder on this letter to the angel of the church at Smyrna I was at first perplexed as there was no obvious downfall that needed to be corrected. I had been convinced in my spirit that the Lords message was to look at the deceptions within these churches. Even turning to the commentaries, all with out exception extolled the virtues of this 'suffering church.' But on waiting in the Lords presence he began to whisper in my spiritual ear and in so doing I was led into areas that at first were not apparent. In so doing I have endeavoured to be faithful to the text and the principles' of hermeneutics. But allow me to lay a ground work. This city was a thriving port city that vied with Ephesus as to 'bragging rights' for the title 'First City of Asia.'......
To the angel of the church in pergamum write
John Knox+
published . 3 min read
This is the third in the series of letters to the sevens churches. Pergamum or Pergamos, either is correct. The church had been placed in the midst of Satan's throne surrounded by the occult on all sides. Besides this Pergamum was the political capital of the Roman province and as a result they had numerous shrines to the Roman emperor. It was the first city in Asia to erect a temple to an emperor who was still alive as a god. Offering incense to Caesar was considered to be the duty of a good citizen. Pergamum had numerous shrines to pagan deities. There was a massive temple dedicated to Asclepius the god of healing, whose symbol was a pair of twisted snakes and the wings of the god Hermes, which is today the symbol of the medical profession. I have always been uneasy with this symbol......
To the church in thyatira
John Knox+
published . 3 min read
This is the fourth blog in the series of the letters to the churches found in Revelation that the Lord has commissioned me to write. Of all the letters to these churches in Asia Minor this is perhaps the most damming. Hence we need to proceed to understand this message with utmost reverence for the Holy Spirit, our teacher. Thyatira was the smallest of the seven cities, but the one that received the longest letter. It lay about 45 miles to the southeast of Pergamum and was famous for its textiles, especially the production of purple dye and its trade guilds. There were carpenters, dyers, sellers of goods, tent makers, etc. In the church at Philippi, which the Apostle Paul began, there was a woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, who came from Thyatira. It was difficult to make a living as......
To the angel of the church in sardis
John Knox+
published . 3 min read
This letter I found to be one of the most frustrating to understand as we are left unsure as to the real situation that Jesus was speaking into. Like a good biblical scholar I consulted a number of learned commentaries, but they were of no help. Hence after much anxious times and waiting on the Holy Spirit I am about to blog the following as the Lords message to us today. The city of Sardis was built around B.C. 500 and was located on a narrow plateau fifteen hundred feet above sea level, in a mountainous region it was a natural citadel. Sardis had become famous for their abilities in arts and crafts. They made lavish use of the local brightly coloured and semi-precious stones such as fire opal and banded agate that they mined nearby. Their jewellery was known throughout the empire. Some......
To the angel of the church in philadelphia
John Knox+
published . 3 min read
As we continue our series that the Lord has commissioned me to blog on the seven churches in Revelation and how they can speak to us in the 'now.' I have been convinced in my spirit that these blogs are for us today, not yesterday and certainly not for the future. We have to remember that as we walk with the Lord his guidance is always in the now. The past is often condemnation and the future tends to be speculation. Many have entitled this letter as the letter to the 'Faithful' church and for good reason as this church was one of the two for which Jesus had nothing against them. The church was situated on a large area of volcanic soil and was established in 189 BC by King Eumenes II. It was built on an important trade route as it was strategically important for the......
To the angel of the church in laodicea
John Knox+
published . 4 min read
This was the last letter that John wrote to the seven churches in Asia Minor recorded in Revelation 2-3 and it is perhaps the better known, if only by verse 20 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. Couple this with the well known allegorical painting by William Holman Hunt representing the figure of Jesus preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door this letter has a misunderstood reputation. Perhaps I need to explain before we begin to open our hearts to hear God's word for us today. The above verse and painting has been wrongly understood to depict evangelism, whereas the context of the letter is to believers who are lukewarm and in need of the Lords discipline.......