Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Pennsylvania Conference 2002. The Church of Smyrna. Part 1.

 August 27, 2002

Turn to ISA 44:6

The Book of Revelation is the textbook of world history from the time of the apostle John in A.D. 96 to the end of time, Rev 211.

Rev 2 and 3 The dispensation of the Church-age. Located between the two greatest prophecies in history. The first and second Advent of Christ.

Once our Lord was seated at the right hand of the Father, He was given His third category of royalty, His third royal pattern, King of Kings and Lord of Lords is His title, but He had no royal family.

Some teach that the seven churches portray seven historical stages the church would go through.

Others teach that it refers to the seven different types of churches or individual believers that live in every generation.

The seven churches portray seven different types of churches or individual believers that live in every generation.

REV 2:2-3, as a church or individual believers those at Ephesus had good deeds, produced divine good works and persevered and had not grown weary.

Then the church of Smyrna in REV 2:9 went through tremendous tribulation and poverty.

The church or individual believers in Pergamum in REV 2:14 were warned about the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel and committed acts of immorality.

In REV 2:18-20, as a church or individual believers, Thyatira tolerated false doctrine and false teaching, even though in REV 2:19, they had deeds, and love and faith and service and perseverance.

The church or individual believers at Sardis are told in REV 3:1-2, to wake up and strengthen the things that remain.

REV 3:8, the church or individual believers at Philadelphia are described as having divine good deeds and a little power, and they have kept with doctrine and have not denied the Lord's name.

Finally in REV 3:14, we have the Lukewarm believers of Laodicea as a church or individual believers.

The Ephesus type believer who has some divine good production but has left their first love.

The Smyrna type believer who is willing to accept suffering for blessing.

The Pergamum believer warned about compromising and becoming a stumbling block to others.

The Thyatira types who tolerate false doctrine and false teaching even though in they have love and faith and service and perseverance.

The Sardis types who need to Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain.

The Philadelphia type believer who has stayed faithful to the word of God.

The lukewarm Laodicean believer, need more be said.

Dative/singular/indirect object from the noun angelos which is angelo ordinarily it would mean angel. It actually means a messenger. Here it refers to a pastor.

The dative of advantage also means that it is to the advantage of the local church of Smyrna to have a pastor whether he is resident or non-resident.

1. The filling of the Spirit.

2. Also, the existence of pastor is the test for the Basic impersonal love which is your objectivity.

3. The existence of pastor is the test for the the basis for teachability, enforced and genuine humility.

Church - genitive singular of relationship from the noun ekkelsia which is ekklesias used here for the local church.

Every believer is in the body of Christ and-or in a church relationship to God, the basis for the Royal Family concept.

Smyrna had a magnificent port and became a trading center, one of the most prosperous in all of the ancient world.

Robert R. McLaughlin All Rights Reserved 2002

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