The seven letters to the angels of the churches are the guarantee (not only to us) that the recipients of John's letters were themselves persuaded by the "more sure word" of prophecy (as to ensure to us the survival of the text), but also to ensure the survival of the same convincing text itself (in its entirety) as John's writing commands.

That the text has survived so very well indicates that not only are the seven letters accurate prophecies of John's day, but that the whole book including them is accurate today. We can be assured that not a word of the text is a wasted effort! The letters are addressed to the angel as then to be found in seven churches, and Jesus has stated in Rev 22:16 the purpose of the angel. (He is never a "servant of the Church" but of Christ only.)

The Angel In Ephesus
The letter to the angel in Ephesus. The Revelation's prophetic content (as to ensure its survival) begins with the first church of seven in Asia minor that were the recipients of John's letters. The angel of the church is instructed to pick up somewhat from where he had previously left off.

The Angel In Smyrna
The letter to the angel of the church in Smyrna - Now that the angel has begun to overcome, he is to be congratulated on his progress, having done very well indeed. Yet, he is not finished and Jesus lays another burden upon him.

The Angel In Pergamos
The letter to the angel in Pergamos - Christ ensures His angel is on the right track, but also corrects him that doctrine is not enough. The angel must choose his fellowships more wisely. Also, it is to be instructed him that he should leave said fellowships, rather than attempt to "correct them". The angel needs to "open his eyes" as he actually appears blind to that false doctrine leavening the "whole lump through".

The Angel In Thyatira
The letter to the angel in Thyatira. The angel begins with the knowledge that he is to have his first brush with the scarlet beast and the image system. He is to overcome with the sound doctrine He has already. With those in his fellowship also in the process of associating themselves with the said beast, He is instructed not to accept their doctrines. Likewise, He and the others amongst them are to extricate themselves when called to. Those that will perpetuate in that joining together of fellowships are committing spiritual adultery against Christ. The angel is warned to recognise this - as he (given from Christ) has understanding of the image system, he will recognise the doctrine that is the "eighth of the seven".

The Angel In Sardis
The letter to the angel of the church in Sardis shows that relationships are the real killer to sound doctrine. The longer the angel stays in a church fallen asleep, the less sound doctrine will frame his understanding of God. He has gone from "rich" in doctrine to requiring a period of taking stock, strengthening those same beliefs in a manner consistent with that original rich doctrine of his former "stars": He is to remain watchful and to take a stand on His own. His fellowship though "dead" is not the last in God's approval. There is grace outside, the open door is truly that, open.

The Angel In Philadelphia
The letter to the angel in Philadelphia is everyone's favourite. Has anyone ever wondered that the letter to the Laodiceans may still apply? Is the angel still under conviction, i.e. is this letter "the last chance to overcome" or is it as popularly believed, the last hurdle of a race in which he is clearly the victor. Is he the only horse running? This letter is far from the "kiss of death"! Instead, Jesus states that although His angel is not permitted immediate entry to the heavens, he is yet found in complete approval.

The Angel Of The Laodiceans
The letter to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans sets aside the product of the end days churches from those in the approval of Christ (as compared to those he has chosen). The packaged plasticised remnant of corporate Christendom is just as disposable as one would expect. The church itself (a shell of its former self) is now without any value to God, its fruit merely unpalatable and vomit inducing - lukewarm, no example of Godliness or unrighteousness. (Completely useless.)

Hold That Fast Which Thou Hast
The dragon is seen to stand by whilst the man-child is ready to be delivered, set ready to devour him. This would imply that the rewards for overcoming all the false doctrine(s) facing him in the church are given only to him who ultimately overcomes them all, the angel's circuit then being completed. So, the angel does not overcome seven separate churches, but ultimately one "Church" with seven false doctrines, and overcomes at the very end of his circuit, and at that end only. The dragon then with his own "ten times" falsehood is set up to be utterly humiliated in defeat by the least.

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