Revelation 2:1,8,12,18, 26-29 These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands… These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again… These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword… These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze… To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’— just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

This chapter and the next one are addressed to the seven churches and clearly is a message to them regarding their faithfulness, challenges specific to each church and a promise to them of blessings if they remain faithful. What is the significance of this message to us today 2,000 years later as most of us do not belong to those churches or face those battles?

One of the most significant parts of this chapter is the description of Jesus that is unique to each of the churches and pertinent to the situation they face. Jesus is not just Lord over all mankind but amazingly has facets of His personality and character that relate to every situation in our lives.

Furthermore, He is not just issuing a dictum of what should be done but instead relates to our specific situations, acknowledges our challenges and encourages us to remain faithful just as He is to us. The battles we face are not unknown to Him as is our response and attitude. He has bought us victory over Satan and sin by the shedding of His own blood and wants us to live in the knowledge of this victory and remain faithful to Him regardless of what our battles are.

The promises He makes to us if we remain faithful are giddying but also can be misinterpreted. He promises to give us authority over the nations and this does not mean we get an office of authority or exclusive power over mankind but it refers to our association with Him in His future glory.

The promise continues about ruling the lost with an iron scepter and dashing them to pieces like pottery which is an allusion from Psalm 29. This again refers to Jesus’ rule of total authority that will not be challenged and the breaking of pottery refers to all opposition being removed and only His authority being accepted.

The last promise is of the morning star which refers to the planet Venus which shows on the horizon before the morning dawns and therefore it refers to the arrival of Jesus’ glory which will melt away all the darkness and establish a new and blessed future in Him.

I pray that you would hear what the Lord is speaking and that the Holy Spirit would minister His words to you and you would live a life transformed by His love and grace.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Matthew 10:22 All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Comments
  1. Vineet, I came across this chart of the seven churches of Revelation and how they relate to the historical church just the other day. I haven’t really studied it closely, but thought you might find it interesting as you read through Revelation. http://www.1335.com/7church.html. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Linda
      Wow, this was an interesting chart. Wish there was some explanation for how the author came about that understanding but by itself, it is great stuff and I find it useful. Thank you for being an encouragement to me in my study of God’s word. You are a blessing.
      In Christ,
      Vineet

      • Vineet, If you delete the 7church.html from the url in the link you will find more information about this organization’s historical view of Revelation, though for the most part they seem to want to sell pamphlets before you can get to the meat of what they are teaching. Peace, Linda

  2. I really liked how you showed that Jesus relates to specific situations, acknowledges our challenges and then encourages our faithfulness. 🙂 He so desires that kind of a relationship, where He can relate to us Himself. Thanks Vineet! And thanks, Linda, for the info! 🙂

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie,
      Thank you for you kind comment. I wish I was showing anything but it is really just God leading and me typing as led 🙂 This journey is quite a treat and I’m enjoying every moment of it. Thank you for your continued encouragement.
      Be Blessed,
      Vineet

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