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Autopsy Of A Dead Church (9 Of 52)
Book of Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey
Let's go to the Lord right now as we begin. Father, we thank you for this lesson that is a warning and an admonition to us as well as an encouragement. I thank you, Father, for every person here, especially for our guests, that they would feel warmly welcomed and completely at ease and at home in this time of Bible study together. Now Father, we acknowledge our dependence upon the Holy Spirit, for only He can impart truth. And so we ask that He would do what only He could do and illuminate our minds. You have said in your Word that when He has come, He will guide you into all truth. So we ask this in Jesus's name, amen.As you turn in your Bible, we're looking at Revelation 3. Again this is the second part of Revelation. Revelation 1 is the first part; it deals with past things, what John had seen. Revelation 2 and 3 deal with present things: the Church Age, the things which are. The outline of Revelation, of course, is given in Revelation 1:19, and there He mentions three distinct things about which John is to write. Revelation 2 and 3 deal with the second thing that John is to write: the things which are. And then He begins to describe things which are in Revelation 2.
There are seven churches mentioned in Revelation, seven messages of Jesus to the church. These are important to believers because these messages contain principles and truths about the church that we need to hear. In fact, after every one of these, Jesus says, "He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear." God is speaking today to His churches through the book of Revelation. And if we want to know what God is saying to the churches, we need to read Revelation 2 and 3 and study it, and we'll know what the message of God is. These were seven actual historical churches that we know are recorded in history. But they represent, number one, the church of all time; and number two, they r ...
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