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December 23 - Morning

"To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands...
To the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again...
To the angel of the church in Pergamum write:
These are the words of him who has the sharp,
double-edged sword...
To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.

- Revelation 2:1, 8, 12, 18

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Jesus Introduces Himself to the Seven Churches    

In the next two chapters (chapter two and three) Jesus dictates seven letters to seven churches in Asia which John oversaw. The seven churches are: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Jesus addresses his letter to the "angel," or aggelos in the Greek, which means "messenger." Aggelos is used to refer to angelic beings who serve as messengers for God, but here in Revelation it would appear that these letters are being addressed to God's "messenger" in the church which would be the pastor or an overseeing elder (Men who are referred to as "messengers" with the Greek word aggelos are found in Matt. 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 7:24, 27; 9:52). This is probably not Jesus giving John a message to write on a scroll that is to be handed to an angelic being. It makes more sense to interpret aggelos as the man who speaks to the church who is to receive a scroll from John the Apostle who received the message from the Lord.

Jesus identifies himself at the beginning of each letter to the seven individual churches with a unique reference to himself, his character, his responsibility or his role as the head of the church.

To Ephesus Jesus is the one who holds the seven stars, or the seven pastors in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands, or the seven churches. This is an image of Jesus in his heavenly temple serving as the high priest attending the churches who are his representatives in Asia. Jesus says that he "holds," or kraton, which means "to hold authoritatively" the pastors of the churches.

To Smyrna Jesus is the "First and the Last, who died and came to life again." Jesus' reference to himself being the "First and the Last" is a direct OT reference to the eternal God who has eternally existed and will continue to exist eternally. Yet, in this eternal state the eternal God entered creation and died as a man on the cross, but returned to life. Jesus eternally existed before all things outside of time, space and matter, but he entered creation as a man and suffered the worst fate only to conqueror death itself and be raised back to life.

To Pergamum Jesus is speaking as the one "who has the sharp, double-edged sword." In the Greek there are articles in front of the words "sword," "two-mouthed (or, "two-edged") and "sharp." So, the Greek literally says, "These things says the one having THE sword THE two-edged THE sharp." The articles add emphasis to the fact that even for those who are living under the authority of the Roman empire, Jesus is the one who has The Sword, The Sharp Sword, The Double-Edged Sword, which means no one else has The Sword! Jesus does not also have a sword, he has The Only Sword! The word for "sword" is rhomphaia which is the long spear like sword used fro piercing and cutting, and not the machaira, which a dagger like sword less than 16 inches long. When Jesus returns in Revelation 19:15, 21 he has the rhomphaia with him.

To Thyatira Jesus is "the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze." Eyes, fire and bronze are all symbols of judgment in the Old Testament and in other places. This time the judgment comes from the glorious eternal Son of God whose own eyes, or what he sees, brings the fire and whose own glorious feet of glowing metallic judgment will trample his opposition in his glorious march of resurrection victory.

  Christian Quote from Church History

"Our own evil inclinations are far more dangerous than any external enemies."
- Ambrose of Milan



Something to Ponder??

In 1848 Andrew Comstock of Philadelphia tried to make Bible reading easier for American's by writing it with the perfect alphabet. For example: "Philadelphia" was "Filadelfia" and "Perfect Alphabet" was "purfekt alfabet"

(see Comstock's
Alphabet here)

(see Comstock's Purfekt Alphabet Bible here)


In 1855 the Longley brothers of Cincinnati created a Bible with phonetically correct spelling.

(find it here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Chen (Hb) - Rest (Eng) - chen is the Hebrew word for "favor" or "grace." This word can refer
to physical chen meaning beauty (Pr. 31:30), or chen words which would be good and
elegant words (Pr. 22:11). It is important to have chen (favor) and behavior that is chen (gracful, beautiful) is a great advantage to gaining chen. Proverbs tells us how to gain chen from God:

"Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.
Then you will win
favor (chen) and a good name
    in the sight of God and man...
He mocks proud mockers
    but gives
grace (chen) to the humble."
- Proverbs 3:3-4, 34


The disciples of Jesus held to their testimony that Jesus had risen from the grave even under the threat of death.
Only John died a natural death, the rest were martyred. It is hard to believe these men willingly continued to proclaim the resurrection of Jesus if Jesus, their Messiah and Savior, was dead. Why would every one of them continue under persecution, torture and execution to proclaim that Jesus was alive, unless they had unquestionably seen the resurrected Lord?
1. Peter was crucified by Nero in Rome
2. James was decapitated by Herod Agrippa I in Jerusalem
3. Andrew was crucified in Patrae, Achaia in Greece on an X cross
4. Thomas was killed with a lance/spear by Hindus
on Mt. Antenodur
5. Philip was crucified through his thighs and stoned. His tomb is in Hierapolis
6. Bartholomew crucified in Albana (Russia) or flayed with a whip in Armenia
7. Thaddaeus killed by arrows on Mt. Ararat.
8. James son of Alphaeus stoned by Jews for preaching
9. Simon Zealot sawn in two for preaching
10. Matthew pinned to the ground with short spears and beheaded or killed by a sword wound
11. Paul decaptitated by Nero in Rome
12. James, brother of Jesus, pushed from the Temple Mount and clubbed to death by Jews
13. John the Apostle, died of old age after persecution and exile to the isle of Patmos for eighteen months by Domitian
14. Mark dragged by horses through the streets of Alexandria, Egypt until dead
15. Luke was hanged in Greece
16. Jude killed with arrows.
17. Matthias - stoned and beheaded in Jerusalem

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I realize the same Lord who loved me and died for me is also the righteous Judge who
has eyes of fire and the sword of absolute truth and authority?
I will honor the Lord Jesus for what he has done for me, but I will also honor him as the absolute judge and the final authority concerning what is right and acceptable in my life and in the world.
  "My son, give me your heart and let your eyes keep to my ways, for a prostitue is a deep pit and a wayward wife
is a narrow well."
- Proverbs 23:26-27
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
Acts 22 Revelation 5 Hebrews 11-12
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Your godly influence
on others
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Holy Spirit
USA and Israel relationship Zambia -
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC
This tomb is located in the Kidron Valley east of Jerusalem. It was constructed during Jesus’ lifetime. Today it is traditionally called the Pillar of Absalom or Absalom’s Monument.  (click on image for larger size) A model of Herod's tomb discovered on the side of the Herodion in a condition of having been destroyed by Jewish rebels between 66-70 AD.
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