by Ike Reighard

The Church at Ephesus Remaining Faithful with the Faithless
Ike Reighard
Revelation 2:1-7
October 9, 1994


It is amazing how quickly people will willingly trade the truth for a lie. The Ephesian church lived in the midst of two incredible lies that dominated their remarkable city.

The first lie was an outright lie in the form of a pagan deity named Diana. The other lie was a philosophical doctrine whose members are called Nicolaitans. Notice that all seven churches receive a seven-fold message and seven promises.

The letter.

1. Salvation.
To the angel - messenger.
2. The attributes of the speaker.
3. The speaker is aware of their works.
4. He tells about their works with praise and criticism.
5. He refers to His second coming.
Judgment, triumph, relief.
6. An admonition to hear.
7. A promise of reward.
**Note the reward is always last.

I. The pagan deity, Diana.

A. Geography of Ephesus.
A large commercial city on the western side of Asia Minor. It lay three miles up the Cayster River and had a large artificial harbor where the largest ships in the world would come. It became one the richest cities in the Roman Empire. Its history was long and varied.

B. The Goddess of Ephesus.
The Amazons, ruled by women, believed that the goddess of the world was born in Ephesus, thus they created a temple.

C. The Greeks at Ephesus.
Years later, the Greeks conquered the city and worshipped the Goddess Artemis (Greek -- Diana).
One of the seven wonders of the ancient world was Diana's temple.
The others:
2. Pharaoh's lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt.
3. Pyramids near Cairo, Egypt.
4. Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Bagdad, Iraq
5. Tomb of King Mausolus at Halacarnasis.
6. Colossus at Rhodes.
7. Statue of Zeus on Mount Olympus.

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