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Summary: This is the 1st message from the book of Revelation. It focuses upon the letter Jesus sent by John to the church at Ephesus. Here was a church that had at one time loved the LORD with their all but in about 40 years that love had disappeared.

Sermons from the Book of Revelation: 04/11/2010

Sermon #1: The Church at Ephesus:

The Church That Had Lost Its First Love:

Scripture Ref: Revelation 2:1-7

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; 2I 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: 3And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5Remember 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. 6But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate. 7He 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.

Introduction:

The APOSTLE JOHN wrote this book of REVELATION. This was JOHN, the BELOVED DISCIPLE that was so CLOSE to JESUS. This was the DISCIPLE that JESUS while HANGING on the CROSS, COMMITTED the CARE of HIS MOTHER, MARY, after HIS DEATH.

CHURCH HISTORY teaches us that JOHN went to the city of EPHESUS & he PASTORED the CHURCH there. The LORD BLESSED the MINISTRY of JOHN & many people were SAVED & HEALED through his MINISTRY. Some were even RAISED FROM THE DEAD by JOHN’S PRAYERS. From the LOOKS of THINGS I would say that JOHN was STILL CLOSE to JESUS, wouldn’t you?

About 30 years after the DEATH of JESUS, the EMPORER of ROME DOMITIAN didn’t APPRECIATE the MINISTRY of JOHN, so he had JOHN ARRESTED & he was brought to JERUSALEM & was placed in a POT of HOT OIL & HIS INTENTIONS were to BOIL JOHN to his DEATH. JOHN was 90 YEARS OLD when he PASTORED at EPHESUS. Not very many CHURCHES TODAY would even ACCEPT a 90 YEAR OLD PASTOR!

It is said that JOHN CONTINUED to PREACH from INSIDE the BOILING POT of OIL & JESUS INTERVENED and JOHN wasn’t HARMED. It PAYS to BE CLOSE to JESUS!

So then the EMPORER had JOHN EXILED on the nearby ISLE called PATMOS. It was a PLACE where HARDENED & CRUEL & VIOLENT CRIMINALS were SENTENCED.

But we find SOMETHING VERY UNUSUAL.

I John 1:10- 11 ‘I was IN THE SPIRIT on the LORD’S DAY & heard behind me a great voice as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha & Omega, the first & the last, & What thou seest, write in a book & send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia..’

COMMENT:

GOD WASN’T FINISHED with PASTOR JOHN. The HOLY SPIRIT was about to GIVE JOHN a MIGHTY REVELATION.

{Do you think JOHN was just SITTING THERE, BORED & THUMBING through the SONG BOOK with a WANDERING MIND that was OFF of GOD. when SUDDENLY he was SLAIN in the SPIRIT & was in a DIFFERENT WORLD for a TIME?}


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