Revelation Lesson 4 Day 2

Seven Stars and Seven Golden Lampstands Revelation 2:1-7 

 3. A.

Seven stars *— Revelation 1:16 The seven stars represent the seven angels* (divine messengers) of the seven Churches. “The fact that the Messiah holds them in His right hand (may refer to signet rings – see Haggai 2:23 – commonly worn on the right hand) shows that they are under his special care and most powerful protection.” Adam Clarke

Seven golden lampstands — The seven golden lampstands represent the seven Churches, in which the light of God was continually shining, and the love of God continually burning.

*I looked up the Greek word translated as star. It is never used for anything other than a literal star. Many consider it a metaphor for a human overseer.

*The Greek word translated as angel means angel, probably derived from a word that means “to bring tidings.”

Jesus is the bright morning star in Revelation 22:16.

What if the stars in the sky are actually angels given specific posts?  I may never look at the stars the same way again.

In the world to come, we will judge angels. 1 Corinthians 6:3. For now, angels rule over the earth, including fallen angels. Daniel 10:13

B. About Jesus

  • He knows what is happening now.
  • He knows what will happen in the future.
  • He rules over the seven angels.
  • He walks among the various communities of believers.
  • He takes note of hard work and refusal to quit.
  • He sees whether we weed out apostolic pretenders because we can’t stomach evil.
  • He knows and cares if we continue to love Him and each other.
  • He hates false teaching among the believers.

4. Attributes of the believers in Ephesus—

  • Diligent
  • Persistent
  • Haters of liars and pretenders
  • Courageous
  • Abandoned their first love

I’m not feeling very diligent now. I’ve allowed one thing after another to get me behind on writing out these Bible study lessons. Why is it so hard to turn off the crises and focus?

Lord, help me. I believe You called me to do this. You never call us to do anything we are capable of doing in our own strength. Help! I need You!

Lead me. Guide me. Strengthen me. I refuse to quit until You say so.

I love You. I worship You. I trust You.

Lead me into all truth. May I never lead anyone astray.

Show me where else I’m lagging. May I stay teachable, courageous, persistent, and hopelessly in love with You, God. Amen

5. True and false teaching

Examine the scriptures to see if they support what we hear or read. Acts 17:11

Don’t let our thinking be in step with the world, but rather fix our attention of God. By doing so, we will begin to recognize the truth. Romans 12:2

God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. For instance, by using your heads, you know perfectly well that the Spirit of God would never prompt anyone to say “Jesus be damned!” Nor would anyone be inclined to say “Jesus is Master!” without the insight of the Holy Spirit. MSG 1 Corinthians 12:3

“Take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life” (MSG) Our goal is to reach a self-sufficient maturity, contributing to the spiritual and material needs of others. Galatians 6:4-6

There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing us the truth and correcting our mistakes. 2 Timothy 3:16

Those who are spiritually mature “have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” ESV Hebrews 5:14

6.  How to be an overcomer

  • Study and rely on God’s written word.
  • Maintain an intimate love relationship with Jesus.
  • Don’t give up.
  • Don’t quit.
  • Help each other.
  • Learn to distinguish good from evil; truth from lies.

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Photos of Ephesus ruins http://www.bibleplaces.com/ephesus.htm

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MY answers—not THE answers—to study questions for BSF Revelation Lesson 4 Day 2
 
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