In the seven epistles to the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3, we get a glimpse of the Lord’s will and desire for His saints and His church today. In this book, Watchman Nee asserts that each epistle is a prophesy of a particular stage in the history of the church. In our lives today, we see not only the prophecy but also its fulfillment.
In Philadelphia there was no “mediatorial class” — no pastors, no priests, no ordained ministers. There was only brothers among brothers.
There have been countless Christian revivals over the years, yet we must be remember what we have received and to be awake for the coming Day of the Lord.
Thyatira means “the sacrifice of perfumes” and represents the emphasis that the church puts on outward behavior and sacrifices of its members.
Smyrna encourages us to be faithful and to not fear in the time of persecution and trial. Pergamos represents a unity or marriage with the world. But the Lord has called overcomers!
The Lord’s word to Ephesus shows He hates the Nicolaitans — that is, those who esteem themselves above the “common people.”