“Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” Revelation 1:11
The Book of Revelation was written by one of Jesus' disciples, John.
John had relocated from Israel to the city of Ephesus in Asia Minor. From his base in Ephesus, it appears that John pastored six other churches. The cities - and the churches that existed within them - lay on the ancient world's major highways.
This series was presented over sixteen weeks on Zoom during the COVID-19 lockdown.
This series's focus was to read through the seven letters to these churches as if we were first-century people living in those towns. The original hearers would have been people who understood their cities history and the culture of first-century Asia Minor.
What would we have heard? What references to the culture or the cities history does John make that our modern ears cannot hear?
You will find in this study that the answer is A LOT!!! The Book of Revelation spoke loudly and clearly to those first readers. They understood the message from John and held on to it tightly.
My goal in this study is to reclaim some of that original message that still applies to our walk with God today.