We move on to the fourth of the seven letters in Revelation. This time, the letter to the corrupt church in Thyatira. Jesus has good things to say about the church in Thyatira. Some bad things as well. So once again, part of the examination will be about the relationship, if any, between the good and bad statements.
We move on to the third of the seven letters in Revelation. This time the letter to the compromising church in Pergamum – also called Pergamos in some translations. Jesus has good things to say about the church in Pergamum. And some things that aren’t good. Given the warnings though, it seems like more bad news than good. We’ll see if that’s the case. Just how bad is the compromising?
We move on to the second of the seven letters in Revelation. This time the letter to the persecuted church in Smyrna. Jesus has good things to say about the church in Smyrna. It’s a bit harder to determine whether there’s any bad news in here – at least the kind of bad news that the church in Ephesus received. There were certainly warnings. But whether things would actually turn out “badly” was dependent on how well the people in that church listened to and carried out what Jesus said.
And so it begins. The first of the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation. The Letter to the church in Ephesus. Jesus had some good things to say to them. And some bad things. But then another positive statement. The Ephesian church certainly wasn’t in the worst condition of the seven. But then, it wasn’t the best either. So there’s plenty to look at. Both for the church in Ephesus at the time and for us today.
Do you mourn over the loss of in-person church services? If so, you’re not alone. But my question is actually more about the mourning. The process. The reasons why you mourn. That’s because the Bible actually gives us lessons, of a sort, on how and why to mourn. They’re in one of those Old Testament books that we don’t really like to read.
Lamentations is all about mourning. Grieving. All the gory details of what happened to Jerusalem, Judah, Zion, the Israelites when they were defeated by Nebuchadnezzar and sent into exile.
I believe they can help us today as well,
with COVID and the loss of in-person church services.
For the church in Pergamum, being where Satan lives and has his throne means there will be plenty of false teachers and false prophets. The question remains for this study though – were Jesus’ words a reminder, a warning or a wake-up call?
The same is true for us. In a way, these words are for all of us. Remember what Jesus said about Satan and this world. The entire passage is important for us to remember and to live out. It’s full of important things for us – the Holy Spirit, living as Jesus taught us, not being afraid, having peace. And for this topic, especially verses 30 and 31 at the end, regarding the prince of this world – Satan.
Is not testing really a good idea? You probably think I’m asking about COVID-19 testing. Well, I am, sort of. But only a little bit. Mostly, I’m asking about something else. However, looking at the question with an eye towards COVID does help come up with a valid answer for my actual topic.
Do we then really want to go through the rest of our lives with absolutely no idea as to whether or not likely to achieve that goal?
Is Covid-19 a modern-day exile scenario?
We look at the virus as a bad thing, maybe from God. However, those who have read the Bible know that sometimes God allows bad things in order to bring about better things. Or to wake up His people.
So, what if this is God’s way of showing us that we need to wake up? We’re supposed to be living in this world as if we’re in exile – right here, wherever we are. In exile from our Heavenly home. But we’re too busy turning this into a false “heaven on earth” kind of thing.
And we’re falling in love with it. And by doing that, we’re at risk of losing our real Heavenly home that God created for us.
If God is here, where is He? That question seems to have a lot of doubt built into it. Not since God is here, or since God exists, but If God is here. Not to mention the obvious doubt that God is here, since there’s no apparent evidence of Him.
However, there are people who end up at this site looking for answers to questions like these two:
What does God want?
Does God cry when we die?
These are people that believe that at least God is here, but maybe wondering whether he still cares.
Demanding the meaning of truth. It’s from an interesting song – Freedom for the World. Full of hope – like the title words, demanding the meaning of truth. Also full of warnings like, if we don’t get it together we’ll be gone. Not to mention the conclusion, Look to your heart and let love lead the way. The irony is that depending on your point of view, the words of the song lead to wildly varying meanings of truth! We will, of course, look at it from a Christian point of view.
Not the “nominal” Christian who tends to be little more than Christian in name only. Or from the “average” Christian, who follows the parts of Jesus’ teachings that they like, and finds ways to rationalize ignoring the things they don’t like. Instead, we’ll look at it from the point of view of the way Christians are actually taught to live. A way that none actually achieve, other than Jesus Himself.