The I’s of Revelation 2 and 3

The I’s of Revelation 2 and 3

 

I have been studying the book of Revelation for years and I thought that I had a good understanding of the prophecy of this book of Revelation until now. My logic and reason for making the above statement is that the Spirit of God open my eyes to a new revelation about Revelation 2 and 3 with the I’s of Christ and His Divine Revelation regarding the church. Never, ever before during all the years of my ministry did I look at or considered the deep understanding of the I’s of Christ Jesus our Lord. Moreover, the personal message of warning and promises that He states in the I’s of Revelation 2 and 3.

Revelation 2 King James Version

2 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;
2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:
3 And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.
4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.
7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.
16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;
19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
28 And I will give him the morning star.
29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 2 Complete Jewish Bible

2 “To the angel of the Messianic Community in Ephesus, write: ‘Here is the message from the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven gold menorahs: 2 “I know what you have been doing, how hard you have worked, how you have persevered, and how you can’t stand wicked people; so you tested those who call themselves emissaries but aren’t — and you found them to be liars. 3 You are persevering, and you have suffered for my sake without growing weary. 4 But I have this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. 5 Therefore, remember where you were before you fell, turn from this sin, and do what you used to do before. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your menorah from its place — if you don’t turn from your sin! 6 But you have this in your favor: you hate what the Nicolaitans do — I hate it too. 7 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. To him winning the victory I will give the right to eat from the Tree of Life which is in God’s Gan-‘Eden.”’
8 “To the angel of the Messianic Community in Smyrna, write: ‘Here is the message from the First and the Last, who died and came alive again: 9 “I know how you are suffering and how poor you are (though in fact you are rich!), and I know the insults of those who call themselves Jews but aren’t — on the contrary, they are a synagogue of the Adversary. 10 Don’t be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Look, the Adversary is going to have some of you thrown in prison, in order to put you to the test; and you will face an ordeal for ten days. Remain faithful, even to the point of death; and I will give you life as your crown. 11 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. He who wins the victory will not be hurt at all by the second death.”’
12 “To the angel of the Messianic Community in Pergamum, write: ‘Here is the message from the one who has the sharp double-edged sword: 13 “I know where you are living, there where the Adversary’s throne is. Yet you are holding onto my name. You did not deny trusting me even at the time when my faithful witness Antipas was put to death in your town, there where the Adversary lives. 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: you have some people who hold to the teaching of Bil‘am, who taught Balak to set a trap for the people of Isra’el, so that they would eat food that had been sacrificed to idols and commit sexual sin. 15 Likewise, you too have people who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore, turn from these sins. Otherwise, I will come to you very soon and make war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. To him winning the victory I will give some of the hidden man. I will also give him a white stone, on which is written a new name that nobody knows except the one receiving it.”’
18 “To the angel of the Messianic Community in Thyatira, write: ‘Here is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like burnished brass: 19 I know what you are doing, your love, trust, service and perseverance. And I know that you are doing more now than before. 20 But I have this against you: you continue to tolerate that Izevel woman, the one who claims to be a prophet, but is teaching and deceiving my servants to commit sexual sin and eat food that has been sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to turn from her sin, but she doesn’t want to repent of her immorality. 22 So I am throwing her into a sickbed; and those who commit adultery with her I am throwing into great trouble, unless they turn from the sins connected with what she does; 23 and I will strike her children dead! Then all the Messianic communities will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts, and that I will give to each of you what your deeds deserve. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, to those who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some people call the ‘deep things’ of the Adversary, I say this: I am not loading you up with another burden; 25 only hold fast to what you have until I come. 26 To him who wins the victory and does what I want until the goal is reached,
I will give him authority over the nations; 27 he will rule them with a staff of iron and dash them to pieces like pottery,
28 just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star. 29 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities.”’

 

The I’s of Revelation 2 and 3

In the identification of the I’s of Revelation 2 and 3 of Jesus’ messages to the seven churches it is to relate what Jesus tells us about the things He will do and why. Moreover, is it important for the church today why? Therefore, considering these 18 I’s here in Revelation 2 and 3 and the purpose for Jesus stating them to the seven churches. Personally, I believe that these 18 I’s are especially critical where Jesus specifically points out the church’s condition of what He will do and why He will do it. Yes, here in Revelation 2 and 3 are messages composed of many vital issues pertaining to the church of warnings and promises and Jesus proclaiming a universal message to the church that is living in the last days.

Each one of these I’s brings out an important message of application which applied to the church then and moreover to the church today. Furthermore, Jesus had written to these early Christian churches 18 vital things about what He saw and what was needed for the church to enter, into their reward. Therefore, I believe it is well for us today to take heed of the I’s of Revelation 2 and 3.

Now let us look at each of these I’s

Now I have used the red font because the I’s here in Revelation 2 and 3 are what Jesus states.

Revelation 2

I know thy works
I know the blasphemy of them
I have somewhat against thee,
I have a few things against thee
I will come unto thee quickly
which I also hate
I give to eat of the tree of life
I give to eat of the hidden manna
I will give him the morning star.
I will give thee a crown of life
I will cast
I will kill her children with death
I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
which thing I hate.
I gave her space to repent
I say,
I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts
I received of my Father

Revelation 3

I know thy works
I have not found thy works perfect before God
I have set before thee an open door
I have loved thee
I will come on thee as a thief
I will come upon thee
I will not blot out his name out of the book of life
I will confess his name before my Father
I will make them of the synagogue of Satan
I will make them to come and worship before thy feet
I will write upon him the name of my God,
I will write upon him my new name
I will spue thee out of my mouth
I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation
I come quickly
I make a pillar in the temple of my God
I would thou wert cold or hot
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire
I love,
I rebuke and chasten
I stand at the door, and knock
I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
I grant to sit with me in my throne
I also overcame

Now I have listed above all, of the ways that Jesus states I in Revelation 2 and 3.

Again, let me state that I believe that Jesus is revealing unto the church and His servants in the I’s what He will give unto them that overcome and what He will do if they do not overcome the things of this world and the evil power of Satan.

Yes, I believe that all of us at one time or another have read Revelation 2 and 3 and have seen that Jesus states seven times “I know thy works” which is the introduction to telling the church what they our doing well and what they our doing wrong. Moreover, it is well to note how Jesus addresses each church in this statement of “I know thy works”.