The Seven Churches of Revelation, also known as the Seven Churches of Asia, are seven major churches of Early Christianity.
In the book of Revelation, Jesus Christ instructed John to “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.” Revelation 1:11
Each of these churches existed in Roman province of Asia at the time that John wrote the letters. However, these letters were not only written for each individual church, but they were written as letter to God’s people across the span of time. The messages found in these seven letters apply to Christians today as do all the other letters or books of the Bible. Furthermore, these seven letters have additional application to God’s church in seven different eras, beginning with apostolic days and ending with the return of Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 3:16, 17 tells us: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
I have a handy chart that you can print detailing the different aspects of The Seven Churches of Revelation.
The Church of Pergamos correlates to the church era spanning the time period of 325 A.D. to about 538 A.D. It is the era of state supported religion and major compromise. Because the church had grown so rapidly despite the persecution, the Roman leaders felt insecure. Roman Emperor Constantine and his entire army were baptized into the Christian faith.
Unfortunately, as pagans became Christians, they brought with them pagan traditions and practices that they “Christianized.” The church lost its spiritual power through compromise. The heathen influences corrupted the church and Revelation tells us that Pergamos was where “Satan had his throne.”
“I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.” Revelation 2:13
The Lord rebuked the church for allowing paganism and false teachings to enter the church.
“Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality. Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.” Revelation 2:14,15
According to the book of Numbers, chapters 22- 24, Balaam was a prophet of God who compromised his faith in order to gain worldly goods and favors from the king.
Pergamos was called to repent of their ways. The Lord said if they repented they would receive the hidden manna and a white stone with a new name written on it.
“Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.” Revelation 2:16,17
Have you compromised your faith? Are you taking a stand and living out the gospel so that your family and friends know who you belong to?
Join me tomorrow as we look at the Church of Thyatira.