III. ``The Things Which Are'' --
The Seven Local Churches
A. The Church in Ephesus --
The Church at the Close of the Initial Stage
1 1To the messenger of the church in 2aEphesus write: These things says 3He who 4holds the bseven stars in His right hand, He who 4walks in the cmidst of the dseven golden lampstands:
2 I aknow your bworks and your labor and your cendurance and that you cannot bear evil men; and you have dtried those who call themselves eapostles and are not, and have found them to be false;
3 And you have endurance and have borne all things because of My aname and have not grown weary.
4 But I have one thing aagainst you, that you have left your 1first 2blove.
5 aRemember therefore where you have fallen from and brepent and do the first works; but if not, I am ccoming to you and will 1remove your lampstand out of its place, unless you repent.
6 But this you have, that you hate the works of the 1aNicolaitans, which I also bhate.
7 He who has an 1aear, let him hear what the 2bSpirit says to the 3churches. To him who 4covercomes, to him I will give to 5deat of the 6etree of life, which is in the 7fParadise of God.
B. The Church in Smyrna --
The Church under Persecution
8 And to the messenger of the church in 1Smyrna write: These things says the 2aFirst and the Last, who became bdead and 3lived again:
9 I know your 1atribulation and 2bpoverty (but you are 2rich) and the 3cslander from those who call themselves dJews and are 4not, but are a 5esynagogue of 6fSatan.
10 Do not afear the things that you are about to bsuffer. Behold, the 1cdevil is about to cast some of you into dprison that you may be etried, and you will have ftribulation for 2gten days. Be hfaithful iunto death, and I will give you the 3jcrown of life.
11 He who has an aear, let him hear what the bSpirit says to the churches. He who 1covercomes shall by no means be hurt of the 2dsecond death.
C. The Church in Pergamos --
The Church Married to the World
12 And to the messenger of the church in 1Pergamos write: These things says He who has the asharp two-edged sword:
13 I know where you dwell, where 1aSatan's throne is; and you hold fast My 2bname and have cnot denied dMy 2faith, even in the days of 3Antipas, My ewitness, My ffaithful one, who was gkilled among you, where hSatan dwells.
14 But I have a few things aagainst you, that you have some there who hold the 1bteaching of 2cBalaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat 3didol sacrifices and to commit 3efornication.
15 In the same way you also have some who hold in like manner the 1ateaching of the 2bNicolaitans.
16 aRepent therefore; but if not, I am 1bcoming to you quickly, and I will make war with them with the csword of My mouth.
17 He who has an aear, let him hear what the bSpirit says to the churches. To him who 1covercomes, to him I will give of the 2dhidden emanna, and to him I will give a white 3fstone, and upon the stone a 4gnew name written, which hno one knows except him who receives it.
D. The Church in Thyatira --
The Church in Apostasy
18 And to the messenger of the church in 1aThyatira write: These things says the 2bSon of God, He who has 3ceyes like a flame of fire, and His dfeet are like shining bronze:
19 I aknow your 1bworks and love and faith and service and your endurance and that your last works are more than the first.
20 But I have something aagainst you, that you tolerate the 1woman bJezebel, she who calls herself a 2prophetess and cteaches and 3leads My slaves astray to commit 4dfornication and to eat 4eidol sacrifices.
21 And I gave her time that she might arepent, and she is bnot willing to repent of her fornication.
22 Behold, I cast her into a 1bed, and those who commit aadultery with her, into 2great tribulation, unless they repent of her works;
23 And her children I will 1kill with death; and all the churches will know that I am He who asearches the 2inward parts and the hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your bworks.
24 But I say to you -- the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this ateaching, who have not known the 1bdeep things of cSatan, as they say -- I put no other burden upon you;
25 Nevertheless what you have ahold fast 1until I bcome.
26 And he who 1aovercomes and he who keeps 2bMy works cuntil the end, to him I will give 3dauthority over the nations;
27 And he will 1shepherd them with an airon rod, as bvessels of pottery are broken in pieces, as 2cI also have received from My Father;
28 And to him I will give the 1amorning star.
29 He who has an 1aear, let him hear what the bSpirit says to the churches.
E. The Church in Sardis --
The Church in Reformation
1 And to the messenger of the church in 1Sardis write: These things says He who has the 2aseven Spirits of God and the 2bseven stars: I cknow your works, that you have a 3name that you are dliving, and yet you are edead.
2 Become awatchful and establish the 1things which remain, which were about to die; for I have found none of your works 2bcompleted before My God.
3 aRemember therefore how you have received and heard, and keep it and brepent. If therefore you will not watch, I will ccome as a 1dthief, and you shall by no means know at what ehour I will come upon you.
4 But you have a few names in Sardis who have not 1adefiled their garments, and they will walk with Me in 2bwhite because they are worthy.
5 He who 1aovercomes will be 2clothed thus, in bwhite garments, and I shall by no means 3cerase his name out of the 4dbook of life, and I will 5econfess his name before My Father and before His angels.
6 He who has an aear, let him hear what the bSpirit says to the churches.
F. The Church in Philadelphia --
The Church in Recovery
7 And to the messenger of the church in 1Philadelphia write: These things says the 2aHoly One, the btrue One, the One who has the 3ckey of David, the One who opens and no one will shut, and shuts and no one opens:
8 I aknow your works; behold, I have put before you an 1bopened door which cno one can shut, because you have a 2little power and have dkept My 3word and have not edenied My 3name.
9 Behold, I will make those of the 1asynagogue of bSatan, those who call themselves cJews and are 2not, but lie -- behold, I will cause them to come and dfall 3prostrate before your feet and to know that I have eloved you.
10 Because you have akept the 1word of My bendurance, I also will 2ckeep you out of the hour of dtrial, which is about to come on the whole inhabited earth, to try them who edwell on the earth.
11 I 1acome quickly; bhold fast what you have that no one take your 2ccrown.
12 He who 1aovercomes, him I will make a 2bpillar in the ctemple of My God, and he shall by no means go out anymore, and I will write upon him the 3dname of My God and the name of the city of My God, the eNew Jerusalem, which descends out of heaven from My God, and My fnew name.
13 He who has an aear, let him hear what the bSpirit says to the churches.
G. The Church in Laodicea --
The Church in Degradation
14 And to the messenger of the church in 1aLaodicea write: These things says the 2bAmen, the faithful and true cWitness, the 3dbeginning of the creation of God:
15 I aknow your works, that you are neither cold nor 1hot; I wish that you were cold or 1bhot.
16 So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am about to 1spew you out of My mouth.
17 Because you 1say, I am awealthy and have become rich and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are 2bwretched and miserable and poor and cblind and dnaked,
18 I counsel you to 1abuy from Me 2bgold crefined by dfire that you may be erich, and 3fwhite garments that you may be clothed and that the shame of your gnakedness may not be manifested, and 4eyesalve to hanoint your eyes that you may see.
19 As many as I alove I reprove and bdiscipline; be 1zealous therefore and crepent.
20 Behold, I stand at the 1adoor and bknock; if anyone chears My dvoice and 2opens the door, then I will ecome in to him and 3dine with him and he with Me.
21 He who 1aovercomes, to him I will give to 2sit with Me on My bthrone, as I also covercame and dsat ewith My Father on His throne.
22 He who has an aear, let him hear what the bSpirit says to the 1churches.