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The Throne of God

It is immensely significant that, when John peeped through the open door, the very first thing he saw was a throne, symbol of the sovereignty, majesty and kingly rule of God. His vision has a strong Old Testament background in Ezekiel 1 and Daniel 7, with echoes from Isaiah 6. The throne is mentioned seventeen […]

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Church at Laodicea

“Jesus Christ is either worth everything or He is worth nothing. If He is the true Savior and Lord – the way, the truth, and life – as He claims to be, He is worth everything. He is worthy to be served with our entire soul, entire mind, and entire strength. If He is not […]

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Church at Philadelphia

Philadelphia, situated thirty-five miles southeast of Sardis, was located at the eastern end of a broad valley near the river Cogamis. The city was at the juncture of trade routes leading to Mysia, Lydia, and Phrygia, earning Philadelphia the title, ‘gateway to the East’. Her economic prowess was based on agriculture and industry. Strabo, the […]

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Church at Sardis

The residents of Sardis knew very well what had happened to their city six hundred years before the Christian gospel reached them. The city had been thought, for a long time, completely impregnable. It was secure, sitting on top of its steep hill. Attackers might come and go, but the citizens were quite content to […]

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Church at Thyatira

In his commentary on the book of Revelation, James Hamilton quotes an account told by Joseph Ellis in Founding Brothers. He writes: “In 1780 Maj. John André was captured while attempting to serve as a British spy in league with Benedict Arnold to produce a major strategic debacle on the Hudson River at West Point. […]

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Church at Pergamum

The seven messages from Jesus to the churches of Revelation seem to be organized in the form of a chiasm. The term chiasm refers to the Greek letter chi, which is shaped like an ‘X’. If you’re not familiar with the term, think of a picture frame. A picture frame has an outer wooden piece, […]

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Smyrna: Faithful unto Death

Polycarp was in his twenties when this letter (the book of Revelation) came to the church of Smyrna, and he died when he was eighty-six. On February 22, AD 156, this venerable bishop, who had fled Smyrna at the urging of his local church, was tracked down in a hiding place twenty miles from Smyrna. […]

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Going on Mission with Richy

Greetings and grace to you in the name of Jesus Christ. We give thanks to God for your faithfulness to Redeemer and her ministry. And it brings me great joy to share with you an opportunity we have to partner with one of our own and a need far away from us. As you may […]

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The Church at Ephesus

Wouldn’t it be amazing if Jesus Himself would write a personal letter to you and your church evaluating your spiritual progress, telling you, in his great love, both your strengths and weaknesses, and then call you to some specific action? Wouldn’t you be fascinated to hear such a letter read to your church? Well, that […]

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The Christ Among the Lampstands

There’s never been a more dangerous time for the church. It’s swimming against the moral tide of culture, and is, frankly, struggling to keep its head above water. From the outside it faces growing oppression from tyrannical rulers and the reality of increasing persecution at the hands of an anti-Christian majority. From within, some church […]

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