When Jesus Brings The Message – Rev 1:10-11; 2:7

WHEN JESUS BRINGS THE MESSAGE

Revelation 1:10-11  (KJV)

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

Revelation 2:7  (KJV)

7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

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Intro:

Often the preacher takes some abuse for the sermons he preaches. Yet, if he is listening to the Lord, he (the preacher) is in reality only the mailman. When the sermon is Bible based and the preacher is Spirit-filled, then the Lord is responsible for the sermon and for it’s contents!

With that in mind, consider what it would be like if the Lord Himself came here to preach this moment. Many folks have the impression that Jesus Christ was some sort of soft spoken, mild-mannered wimp of a preacher.

But, I believe that Jesus was willing to preach the truth and expose evil (sin) among His people. Regardless of what people think, everything is not OK with the Lord! Sin must be rebuked and evil dealt with.

So, what would it be like if the Lord came here today, looked around and began to preach to this church or His people everywhere?

In the book of Revelation, there are 7 churches mentioned. Jesus took the time to speak to all of them.

(1) Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) – the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4).

(2) Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) – the church that would suffer persecution (2:10).

(3) Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) – the church that needed to repent (2:16).

(4) Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) – the church that had a false prophetess (2:20).

(5) Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) – the church that had fallen asleep (3:2).

(6) Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) – the church that had endured patiently (3:10).

(7) Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) – the church with the lukewarm faith (3:16).

Only 2, Smyrna – the persecuted church, and Philadelphia – the evangelistic church, did not receive a complaint from Jesus.

The other 5 (Five) churches were rebuked for their failures.

It might be today that some of the traits that caused Jesus to rebuke these churches, might be found here in our own lives and our own churches today. If that is the case, then we must deal with these flaws seriously to be what the Lord wants us to be.

How would Jesus preach to us if He came here today? Would it all be in order? Or would the Lord find things to speak against? This precious moments, let’s listen in as JESUS CHRIST brings the message.

Let’s notice the 5 rebukes He levels at His people (the church).

I. THE PREACHER

A. HIS IDENTITY – Rev 1:10-18 – Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus is interested in the activities of the church. He watches all that goes on. He misses nothing!

B. HIS INDIGNATION – The Lord Jesus is grieved by the sins of His people. They do not (NOT) go unchallenged, or unnoticed – Num. 32:23; Gal. 6:7 (Heb. 12:29).

C. HIS INTENTIONS – He wants His church to able to fulfill His Great Commission – Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Cor. 10:31

II. THE PROBLEMS  – (5 Churches)

A. Rev 2:4 FIRST LOVE LOST (Ephesus)

–   (Illustration – First love – Original, Emotional, Motivational)  Ill. All the trappings of Christianity, yet they had ceased to love Jesus first! – All we do must be done out a boundless love for Jesus Christ, or it is all worthless! – 1 Cor. 13:1-3. Do you love Him, as you should? (Ill. John 14:15)

B. Rev 2:14-15 TOLERATED SIN IN THE CHURCH (Pergamos)

– This church tolerated sin in it’s midst. They taught that it was alright to sin, after all they were God’s people.

(Ill. Balaam’s story – Num. 22-24)

(Ill. Pergamous (equals) = Marriage) It is never right for the church to marry the world.

Ill. 2 Cor. 6:17.

(Ill. The Nicolaitians – Put a distinction between the Clergy and the laity – All God’s people are priests! -Rev. 1:6).

Those who tolerate sin are just as guilty as those who commit sin! 2 Thess. 3:6; Rom. 16:17.

C. Rev 2:20 TOLERATED FALSE PROPHETS (Thyatira)

– This church was probably founded by a woman, (Ill. Lydia in Philippi – Acts 16. Certainly co-founded by a woman).

(Ill. Jezebel! – She led God’s people astray with false doctrine. False Doctrine must not (NOT) be tolerated! (Ill. Jezebelism is still prominent in our churches today!)

– There is nothing wrong with old-fashioned Bible based preaching! Gal. 1:7-8

D. Rev 3:1 NO REALITY – (Sardis)

– This church had a reputation for life, but there was no reality. They had no flame to back up their fame. The most important testimony that a church can bear is that it’s works are complete.

(Ill. They do not reach Heaven.) (Ill. Doing and Dabbling) Ill. Reputation is useless unless there is reality behind it!

(Are we real? Do our works reach Heaven?)

(Ill. Signs of life – Growth, Harmony, Emotion!)

E. Rev 3:15-17  LUKEWARM   (Laodicea)

– This church had two problems.

1. Spiritual Indifference

2. Spiritual Ignorance

They had enough contact with the truth to know the heat, yet were indifferent to it. Therefore they were a mixture of “Hot and Cold” (lukewarm) and they made God sick (vomit!).

(Ill. Many are here today, Jesus knows the truth and the heart conditions!

(Ill. Lukewarm – Lost, no concern, lethargic, hurt, lazy, sin, no effectiveness, unable to move for the Lord, misrepresents Jesus Christ).

III. THE PRESCRIPTION

A. Jesus spoke (SPOKE) to each church and gave them the remedy to their problem. If we have looked at ourselves and seen a problem, there is a REMEDY for us also. Notice what He (Jesus) said to each church.

B. THE REMEDIES

1. NO LOVE – Rev. 2:5 – Remember, Repent, Repeat or Removal

2. TOLERATING EVIL – Rev. 2:16 – Repent – Turn or face the wrath of Jesus Christ.

3. TOLERATING FALSE PROPHETS – Rev. 2:24-25 – Stand firm on the TRUTH. You’ll never stand alone when you stand with the Lord.

4. LACK OF REALITY – Rev. 3:2-3 – They are to wake up and revive that which is lacking. Ill. Rom. 13:11

5. LUKEWARMNESS – Rev. 3:18-20 – Recognize a dependence upon the Lord and repent of failures. But, especially open the doors of both the hearts of the people and of the church itself and let Him in! So that He might take THE FIRST PLACE.

C. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO CONCERNING YOUR WALK WITH THE LORD?

Jesus Christ has the remedy that you need. Always remember that regardless of where you are right now, Jesus can put you where He wants you to be.

The KEY word for all the churches and believers everywhere is to REPENT. If we come, He will cleanse us – 1 John 1:9

Conc:

If Jesus Christ is standing before you right now, with His eyes like a burning fire, how would you respond to this message? You may not see Him, but He is here! He is watching and He is waiting to see how His Church will use the things she has been given. He is watching to see what kind of church we turn out to be.

I challenge every person here to look inwardly right now and ask yourself, “Where do I stand before the Lord? In service, in attitude, in evangelism, in spiritual growth, in love for God and the brethren, etc. Then, come to Him in humility, REPENT and make it right with Him.

After that, move forward in life, fully restored in Him and to SERVE Him well in the coming days!

Praise the Lord!

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Question: “What do the seven churches in Revelation stand for?”

Answer:

The seven churches described in Revelation 2-3 are seven literal churches at the time that John the apostle was writing Revelation. Though they were literal churches in that time, there is also spiritual significance for churches and believers today. The first purpose of the letters was to communicate with the literal churches and meet their needs at that time. The second purpose is to reveal seven different types of individuals/churches throughout history and instruct them in God’s truth.

A possible third purpose is to use the seven churches to foreshadow seven different periods in the history of the Church. The problem with this view is that each of the seven churches describes issues that could fit the Church in any time in its history. So, although there may be some truth to the seven churches representing seven eras, there is far too much speculation in this regard. Our focus should be on what message God is giving us through the seven churches. The seven churches are

(1) Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7) – the church that had forsaken its first love (2:4).

(2) Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11) – the church that would suffer persecution (2:10).

(3) Pergamum (Revelation 2:12-17) – the church that needed to repent (2:16).

(4) Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29) – the church that had a false prophetess (2:20).

(5) Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6) – the church that had fallen asleep (3:2).

(6) Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13) – the church that had endured patiently (3:10).

(7) Laodicea (Revelation 3:14-22) – the church with the lukewarm faith (3:16).

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