To the Church in Ephesus
1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of # ch. 1:16, 20 him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, # ch. 1:13 who walks among the seven golden lampstands.
2 # ver. 19; ch. 3:1, 8, 15 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but # See 1 John 4:1 have tested those # See 2 Cor. 11:13 who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. 3I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up #John 15:21 for my name’s sake, and you #[Heb. 12:3, 5]have not grown weary. 4But I have this against you, that you have abandoned #Jer. 2:2the love you had at first. 5Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do #ver. 2; [Heb. 10:32] the works you did at first. If not, #ch. 3:3, 19I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6Yet this you have: you hate the works of #ver. 15the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7#ver. 11, 17, 29; ch. 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. #ch. 3:5; 21:7 To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of #See Gen. 2:9 the tree of life, which is in #Ezek. 28:13; 31:8 (Gk.)the paradise of God.’
To the Church in Smyrna
8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘The words of # See ch. 1:17 the first and the last, # ch. 1:18 who died and came to life.
9 “‘I know your tribulation and #
James 2:5; [1 Tim. 6:18; Heb. 10:34; 11:26] your poverty ( #
James 2:5; [1 Tim. 6:18; Heb. 10:34; 11:26] but you are rich) and the slander # 2:9 Greek blasphemy of #ch. 3:9, 10those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, #[See ver. 9 above] that you may be tested, and for #[Gen. 24:55; Dan. 1:12, 14] ten days #Matt. 24:9 you will have tribulation. #See Matt. 10:22; Heb. 3:6 Be faithful #ch. 12:11 unto death, and I will give you #See James 1:12the crown of life. 11#See ver. 7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. #See ver. 7 The one who conquers will not be hurt by #ch. 20:6, 14; 21:8the second death.’
To the Church in Pergamum
12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has # ver. 16; ch. 1:16 the sharp two-edged sword.
13 “‘I know where you dwell, # ver. 9 where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not # See 1 Tim. 5:8 deny my faith # 2:13 Or your faith in me even in the days of Antipas #Acts 22:20my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of #See 2 Pet. 2:15 Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might #ver. 20; Acts 15:29; 1 Cor. 8:10; 10:19 eat food sacrificed to idols and #Num. 25:1; 31:16; 1 Cor. 10:8practice sexual immorality. 15So also you have some who hold the teaching of #ver. 6the Nicolaitans. 16Therefore repent. If not, #[ch. 22:7] I will come to you soon and #See 2 Thess. 2:8 war against them with #[See ver. 12 above]the sword of my mouth. 17#[See ver. 11 above] He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. #[See ver. 11 above] To the one who conquers I will give some of #[John 6:48-50] the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with #ch. 3:12; Isa. 62:2; 65:15 a new name written on the stone #ch. 19:12; [ch. 14:3]that no one knows except the one who receives it.’
To the Church in Thyatira
18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, # ch. 1:14, 15 who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.
19 # ver. 2 “‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. 20But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman #1 Kgs. 16:31; 21:25; 2 Kgs. 9:7 Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants #See ver. 14to practice sexual immorality and #See ver. 14to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21I gave her time to repent, but #[ch. 9:20, 21; 16:9, 11]; See Rom. 2:4she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he #Ps. 7:9; 26:2; Jer. 20:12; See Rom. 8:27 who searches mind and heart, and #See Matt. 16:27I will give to each of you according to your works. 24But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call #[1 Cor. 2:10] the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I #[Acts 15:28]do not lay on you any other burden. 25Only hold fast #ch. 3:11what you have until I come. 26#See ver. 7 The one who conquers and who keeps my works #See Heb. 3:6 until the end, #Ps. 2:8; [ch. 3:21; 20:4]to him I will give authority over the nations, 27and #Ps. 2:9 he will #ch. 12:5; 19:15 rule#2:27 Greek shepherd them with a rod of iron, #Isa. 30:14; Jer. 19:11as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. 28And I will give him #[2 Pet. 1:19]; See ch. 22:16the morning star. 29#[See ver. 7 above]He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’