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Book of Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey
Let's turn to Revelation 2:12 as we continue in the second part of Revelation that deals with the Church Age. Revelation 2 and 3 contains the messages of Jesus to seven churches - seven literal churches, historical churches in the world at that time; also seven churches that represent seven church ages in church history. You can study the characteristics of the church in different periods of history, and you can fit each of these churches into a particular period fairly easily. And the significance of that is that the last church, the church at Laodicea, is the church that will exist before Christ comes, during the days just before the coming of the Lord. So in Revelation 2:12, this is the word of Jesus.
"And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth. But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 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 hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it."
And we're going to look at these verses carefully to understand exactly what they said to the church then and what they say ...
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