The Suffering Church (2 of 7) by Ernest Easley

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The Suffering Church (2 of 7)
GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF BLESSING
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Revelation 2.8-11
October 20, 2002

Now join me in GOD'S SPECIAL BOOK OF
BLESSING...the book of Revelation... the Apocalypse
which means to unveil... to uncover. Chapter by
chapter we find Jesus being unveiled which tells me
that the book of Revelation is a book about Jesus!

Now last Sunday we learned that God provided us
an outline of the Apocalypse. And that outline is
found in Revelation 1.19,

"Write the things which you have seen" (chapter
1... the glory of Jesus.)

"... and the things which are" (chapters 2-3...
the grace of Jesus where we find the seven letters to
the seven churches of Asia... modern day Turkey.)

"... and the things which will take place after
this" (after what? After the church age. After the
grace age.) That is found in chapters 4-22 as we read
about the government of Jesus. How He will govern
this world after the church is raptured up... up and
away.

Now this morning we come to chapter 2.8 as we
continue our tour of the seven churches of Asia Minor.
But before we begin reading... let me remind you
that...

-these seven churches were literal churches.

-they represent the conditions of all churches

until the rapture takes place. In fact... I
believe we are going to find RSBC described in these
churches.

-they represent the attitudes of seven kinds

of church members. Yes... there are good church
members in bad churches and bad church members in good
churches. And somewhere in our tour of these seven
churches... you are going to find you!

In fact... some of you found yourself last Sunday
in the church at Ephesus: The Sidetracked Church.
They were a busy church... full of activities. They
worked themselves to the point of physical exhaustion
for the cause of Christ. But they were just going
through the motions.

And because of it... t ...


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