Posts from February 2015

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Hold Fast

by Ladd
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You have to admire the church of Philadelphia, (Revelation 3:7-13) for its stand against sin and its commitment to serve Jesus in spite of the persecution that they faced, and the persecution that was to come. But, a church is made up of people so Jesus’ message to the churches is really a message to […]

One Who Has the Key of David

by Ladd
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Philadelphia, the church of brotherly love, is the only church listed in the book of Revelation that God does not have something against. Last post we looked at the first of three vivid symbolic descriptions that characterize the reason for Philadelphia’s standing before God. This post we will delve into the concept that Christ is […]

Evil Is On the March

by Ladd
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7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that […]

The Slumbering Remnant

by Ladd
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We now come to part three of our study into the church at Sardis. We have seen that Jesus had nothing good to say about this church that was built upon hypocrisy and indifference. However, in the last post we saw that Jesus had a remnant within the church, who were slumbering but, nevertheless, were […]

Not Without Hope

by Ladd
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Last post we mentioned that Jesus had nothing good to say to the church of Sardis, but that did not mean that they were without hope. As with all the seven churches of Revelation there is a remedy for their sins, rebellion, hypocrisy and indifference. The situation is urgent in Sardis and there is no […]

Awaken to Indifference

by Ladd
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If we were travelling the old post road through what is today eastern Turkey we would come to the fifth city mentioned in Revelation, Sardis. “To the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. I know your deeds; […]

Keep Our Eyes Focused on Christ

by Ladd
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Last post we saw that the church at Thyatira was tolerating false teachings by the prophetess Jezebel. These teachings were closely associated with the teachings of Balaam and the Nicolaitans that plagued the church at Pergamum. Though the church at Pergamum hated these teachings, the church of Thyatira turned a blind eye to the vile […]

You Tolerate the Woman Jezebel

by Ladd
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The longest letter to the seven churches is addressed to the least important of them in size and political importance. But, regardless, the letter is one of the most instructive and interesting of all seven. “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes […]

“Only Truth Can Defeat Error” John Stott

by Ladd
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Last post we began our study into the third church mentioned in the Book of Revelation, Pergamum, (Revelation 2:12-17). The church was known and commended by Jesus for its faithfulness to the truth of the Gospel despite living in the midst of rampant paganism. In fact, the city was so notorious for its worship of […]

Jesus Is Lord

by Ladd
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12“To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, […]