The Churches

“John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.
Revelation 1:4-7 NKJV

Revelations (I like the plural version of the various forms of the title), begins with John saying he wrote it and it is written to the seven churches and he first and foremost sends them grace. Before we finish this year, can we all acknowledge how important sending grace was? It is in EVERY epistle – since this blog is titled, “If Not For Grace” and I tend to explore grace throughout the scriptures, having an experience with grace, myself, and having been transformed by it – I tend to wonder when I see it so much – why the modern church dismisses it like an outdated greeting. Do we no longer need to be blessed with more grace?! AND John is not sending just any old grace – but the grace from the throne room itself – just look at the description of the throne room of grace! John’s experience with grace causes him to switch from greeting to worship of the Lord, because the remembrance of the experience with the vision of the throne room is still that powerful! I have had powerful, transformative experiences with grace but I have never seen vision of the throne room. I have read about it, with you, as we have read through the Bible.

Dear Heavenly Father – As always, please open eye to see and our ears to hear what you are saying! Lord – open our understanding that we may know you and give us wisdom. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of the Revelations of Jesus Christ (also called Revelations or Revelation), chapters 1 through 5 (embedded below the image below for your convenience).  John, the beloved disciple, wrote this book while or after being imprisoned on the island of Patmos where he had visions and revelations of Jesus in the supernatural. Having known Jesus in the flesh, these revelations in the visions would have had to of been extremely convincing for John to say they were true and true enough to record.  So, if John said this – I will take his word for it. He knew Jesus in a way I can only long to know him.

This book is NOT scary. Actually, it says there is an extra blessing for those who read through it. When I first saw that (and I was much more zealous than disciplined) I turned it on in audio book on repeat – hoping for all the extra blessings I can get. I didn’t care how scary – I was going to get to heaven with the most crowns! Lol
Believe it or not (even though I am still very zealous), I have calmed quite a bit.
Back to the book – Daniel’s and Ezekiel’s vision were weird like this too. So why were we not scared or forewarned about reading those? Jesus’s discussion of the end times is more perilous and frightening than these dreamlike images that are difficult to understand.

And the timeline seems that the church is only around for the first few chapters and after that there is no mention of it – the rapture must have happened and we are taken away! Most scholars believe we (the church) are not going to experience or see most of this book, while we are here on earth, this time around. And as we see – we come back later.  So do not fear when you read it.

John – to the churches.  Well, this beginning art hits home. It hits home hard. As we discussed on Monday – the persecution, the jailing, the struggles of the church at the time which John was writing were bad. Worse than the overall current world level of persecution – but it’s getting worse these days and this is more relatable.  John wrote to each of these churches about their major sin, which God revealed to him. Read this section carefully. Make sure you aren’t falling into any of these categories and missing the boat. We have to opportunity for deep reflections and self-examination. We have the chance today to repent and get things right!!!

So in easy, quick summary:
First John greets the churches and then explains that he saw a vision of the spirit world. Then he addresses the churches – beginning in Ephesus. On December 16 we read the letter to the Ephesians from Paul. Do you recall what we read? Let me remind you – walking worthy, in unity, in love, in light, in wisdom (wisdom on dealing with each other) – Ephesus is The Loveless Church! Regardless of Paul and John’s writing and a nameless line of evangelists that frequented the church circuit in those days, preaching love and the gospel. Today’s application – love. Just Love and do not fall out of Love.
Next (second) is the Persecuted Church in Smyrna. Basically that they were going to be persecuted to death. Although we all hope we aren’t in that church read it and memorize it that it may comfort you and others if you end up in that church some day. Today’s application – hardships come, so stand even unto death.
3rd is The Compromising Church (at Pergamos) – The flesh sees temptation and strikes a deal to compromise. We remember the hard words of Paul to the churches who let in sexual immorality, in relation to Balaam! Telling them to cast out the son who was raping his mother, which they boasted that they tolerated in “love” and the men who wanted to be leaders who were going to the pagan temples to have sex because it was culturally acceptable form of worship and a compromise! Yes – kick out those who continue in pagan practices!!! Today’s equivalent might be those who smudge sage and chant affirmations (spells) or those who read their horoscope.  Or if you are (as some get) hung up on the word sex – our modern version of pagan sex might be dirty dancing, homosexuality, having multiple partners, or any kink or twisted version of what God intended. We no longer meet in temples to sleep with the temple prostitutes to worship pagan gods. Today’s application: small compromises will lead to corruption – see this next church.
4th is the Corrupt Church in Thyatira. They became corrupted because of “That woman Jezebel” – That woman.  Reference to Elijah and that controlling, manipulative, seductress who would not stop at anything to torment the prophet Elijah. You see that spirit did not die with the original women. And it comes against ministries and it comes against people. And it doesn’t always seduce – and it can come against women as well. The last church was compromising by giving into fleshly temptation – this church was corrupted by the old hag Jezebel. Today’s application: if you feel this spirit is coming against you, I recommend fasting and praying. Go to a pastor or elder and ask them to pray with you and keep you in prayer during this time. Do not compromise and she will have no place to get in.
5th is the Dead Church in Sardis. These were not a bunch of punks or goths or crazy death cult. No this is a church who fell asleep – like in the book of Romans when Paul said (chapter 13) it is high time to wake up! But they didn’t. They once had good works and once heard and received – but now they are dead.
“He who overcomesshall be clothed in white garments, and I will notblot out his name from theBook of Life; butI will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.” Rev. 3:5
And here we see a terrifying concept – we can have our names in the Book of Life, saved, going to heaven, but then… there is this possibility of it being blotted out (unless we repent of this deadness). I know of way too many people who are of the camp “once saved always saved” therefore compromises and flesh abound – sins continue. They easily can slide from compromises to corruption to death. And I fear for their names in the Book. There is, and I have said it a million times, a vast difference in a sin struggle and a compromise or corruption. Have we laid hands on our own and prayed a prayer of deliverance over each of them – why not? Aren’t we overdue for a house cleaning? Today’s application – check your pulse – are you alive?
6th is The Faithful Church at Philadelphia. Read this section and do it. Be it. Strive for it.
7th is the Lukewarm Church of the Laodiceans.
“I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.So then, because you are lukewarm, and neithercold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” Rev 3:15-16
Today’s application – get on fire for God and don’t be vomit!

Today’s readings conclude with a further description of the throne room, and John falling into worship describing it. Let me suggest you have a heart of worship while reading it. Then he describes a scroll and a Lamb then the revelation (yes there is where the name of the book comes from) that Jesus is the Slain Lamb.  John knew Jesus in the flesh and knew him after his death. You would think that he would recognize Jesus in spirit clothed in symbolism – as the sacrifice for our sins. Clothed in the symbols of the very gospel message John committed his life to preaching.  Maybe it was because he was overwhelmed by the reverence and fear of being in the great throne room, first described in Job. This is not like meeting Abba Father in the garden and sitting on his lap telling him about your day – although that is a great activity for daily life – but this is The Kings Throne Room and even His children must reverence Him. None the less Jesus is revealed – and revealed within the symbol of the very gospel messages we all cherish, love and worship….. Concluding today’s reading in adoration and worship of how worthy The Lamb is!

See – Revelations is not that scary of a book. And if you already have a relationship with the Father through the Lamb in in the spirit, then you are familiar with these ideas.  It is possible to be in the spirit realm, waking and dwelling while your body navigates the fleshly realm. It is possible to experience the throne room and the presence of God. It is possible to go deeper, draw closer, and have a more personal relationship with God so that you can understand these things even further. Some we just say it is so because he believe, have faith, know it is written, therefore it is. And other things we experience. Ask God to open your eyes and ears and understanding and dive into this book expecting an experience. And just like any book of the Bible, Jesus can reveal Himself to you in it and through it.

RELATIONSHIP:
Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

MEMORY WORK: This month we have another powerful verse – this one will give you peace that passes understanding as the world around us spins out of control we know our sovereign God still has a plan! We may not be able to comprehend, but hang in there His way is better!!   

Isaiah 55:8

NIV – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”
NLT – “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
ESV – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.”
KJV – “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.”
NKJV – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.”
NAS – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.”
AMP – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.”

Thank you for reading.
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

BIBLE READING: Revelations 1-5 NKJV

Introduction and Benediction

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must [a]shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

Greeting the Seven Churches

John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.

To Him who [b]loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us [c]kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, [d]the Beginning and the End,” says the [e]Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Vision of the Son of Man

I, John, [f]both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a loud voice, as of a trumpet, 11 saying, [g]“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches [h]which are in Asia: to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamos, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”

12 Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. 14 His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 15 His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; 16 He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. 17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying [i]to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18 am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of [j]Hades and of Death. 19 [k]Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after this. 20 The [l]mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are the [m]angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands [n]which you saw are the seven churches.

The Loveless Church

“To the [o]angel of the church of Ephesus write,

‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: “I know your works, your labor, your [p]patience, and that you cannot [q]bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” ’

The Persecuted Church

“And to the [r]angel of the church in Smyrna write,

‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life: “I know your works, tribulation, and poverty (but you are rich); and I know the blasphemy of those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a [s]synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.

11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” ’

The Compromising Church

12 “And to the [t]angel of the church in Pergamos write,

‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, [u]which thing I hate. 16 Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ’

The Corrupt Church

18 “And to the [v]angel of the church in Thyatira write,

‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 19 “I know your works, love, [w]service, faith, and your [x]patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. 20 Nevertheless I have [y]a few things against you, because you allow [z]that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, [aa]to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 And I gave her time to [ab]repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent. 22 Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of [ac]their deeds. 23 I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches[ad] the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.

24 “Now to you I say, [ae]and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I [af]will put on you no other burden. 25 But hold fast what you have till I come. 26 And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—

27 ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron;
They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’—

as I also have received from My Father; 28 and I will give him the morning star.

29 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

The Dead Church

“And to the [ag]angel of the church in Sardis write,

‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before [ah]God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. [ai]You have a few names [aj]even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

The Faithful Church

“And to the [ak]angel of the church in Philadelphia write,

‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”: “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, [al]and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept [am]My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 [an]Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’

The Lukewarm Church

14 “And to the [ao]angel of the church [ap]of the Laodiceans write,

‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither [aq]cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.[ar] Therefore be [as]zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ ”

The Throne Room of Heaven

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.”

Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne. [at]And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white [au]robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. And from the throne proceeded lightnings, [av]thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the[aw] seven Spirits of God.

Before the throne there [ax]was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:

“Holy,[ay] holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty,
Who was and is and is to come!”

Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

11 “You are worthy, [az]O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they [ba]exist and were created.”

The Lamb Takes the Scroll

And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals. Then I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loose its seals?” And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it.

So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open [bb]and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and [bc]to loose its seven seals.”

And I looked, [bd]and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth. Then He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.

Worthy Is the Lamb

Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying:

“You are worthy to take the scroll,
And to open its seals;
For You were slain,
And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,
10 And have made [be]us kings[bf] and priests to our God;
And [bg]we shall reign on the earth.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
To receive power and riches and wisdom,
And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and [bh]ever!”

14 Then the four living creatures said, “Amen!” And the [bi]twenty-four elders fell down and worshiped [bj]Him who lives forever and ever.

Footnotes

  1. Revelation 1:1 quickly or swiftly
  2. Revelation 1:5 NU loves us and freed; M loves us and washed
  3. Revelation 1:6 NU, M a kingdom
  4. Revelation 1:8 NU, M omit the Beginning and the End
  5. Revelation 1:8 NU, M Lord God
  6. Revelation 1:9 NU, M omit both
  7. Revelation 1:11 NU, M omit “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last,” and,
  8. Revelation 1:11 NU, M omit which are in Asia
  9. Revelation 1:17 NU, M omit to me
  10. Revelation 1:18 Lit. Unseen; the unseen realm
  11. Revelation 1:19 NU, M Therefore, write
  12. Revelation 1:20 hidden truth
  13. Revelation 1:20 Or messengers
  14. Revelation 1:20 NU, M omit which you saw
  15. Revelation 2:1 Or messenger
  16. Revelation 2:2 perseverance
  17. Revelation 2:2 endure
  18. Revelation 2:8 Or messenger
  19. Revelation 2:9 congregation
  20. Revelation 2:12 Or messenger
  21. Revelation 2:15 NU, M likewise.
  22. Revelation 2:18 Or messenger
  23. Revelation 2:19 NU, M faith, service
  24. Revelation 2:19 perseverance
  25. Revelation 2:20 NU, M against you that you tolerate
  26. Revelation 2:20 M your wife Jezebel
  27. Revelation 2:20 NU, M and teaches and seduces
  28. Revelation 2:21 NU, M repent, and she does not want to repent of her sexual immorality.
  29. Revelation 2:22 NU, M her
  30. Revelation 2:23 examines
  31. Revelation 2:24 NU, M omit and
  32. Revelation 2:24 NU, M omit will
  33. Revelation 3:1 Or messenger
  34. Revelation 3:2 NU, M My God
  35. Revelation 3:4 NU, M Nevertheless you
  36. Revelation 3:4 NU, M omit even
  37. Revelation 3:7 Or messenger
  38. Revelation 3:8 NU, M which no one can shut
  39. Revelation 3:10 Lit. the word of My patience
  40. Revelation 3:11 NU, M omit Behold
  41. Revelation 3:14 Or messenger
  42. Revelation 3:14 NU, M in Laodicea
  43. Revelation 3:16 NU, M hot nor cold
  44. Revelation 3:19 discipline
  45. Revelation 3:19 eager
  46. Revelation 4:3 M omits And He who sat there was, making the following a description of the throne.
  47. Revelation 4:4 NU, M robes, with crowns
  48. Revelation 4:5 NU, M voices, and thunderings.
  49. Revelation 4:5 M omits the
  50. Revelation 4:6 NU, M add something like
  51. Revelation 4:8 M has holy nine times.
  52. Revelation 4:11 NU, M our Lord and God
  53. Revelation 4:11 NU, M existed
  54. Revelation 5:4 NU, M omit and read
  55. Revelation 5:5 NU, M omit to loose
  56. Revelation 5:6 NU, M I saw in the midst . . . a Lamb standing
  57. Revelation 5:10 NU, M them
  58. Revelation 5:10 NU a kingdom
  59. Revelation 5:10 NU, M they
  60. Revelation 5:13 M adds Amen
  61. Revelation 5:14 NU, M omit twenty-four
  62. Revelation 5:14 NU, M omit Him who lives forever and ever

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