“For where God built a church, there the devil would also build a chapel.” – Martin Luther
Ephesus. Smyrna. Pergamum. Thyatira. Sardis. Philadelphia. Laodicea. Each received Jesus’ instructions through John, and they’re still Life-Or-Death Important!
Don’t forget how you used to love Jesus. Don’t fear persecution. You may live on satan’s throne, but don’t compromise your beliefs. Don’t be seduced by false teachers. Wake up! Be strong in your faith, like a pillar that withstands an earthquake. It is I, not your gold, who make you rich.
From his imprisonment on the island of Patmos, John wrote Jesus’ instructions to these 7 churches in what’s now Turkey: Jesus’ description of Himself, an evaluation of their… status, and a promise. We’ll visit each site, see their current excavation, and open their “treasure chest” to see Jesus’ instructions… and if He promised blessing, or threat!