Are the 7 Letters to the churches of Revelation simply instructions on Christian living or are they a prophecy of churches at the end of the age – a prophecy to the Church of Jesus Christ as it endures and overcomes the 70th Week of Daniel?
The prophecy of 70 Weeks (Shabuim) is the central Biblical proof text to show that a Hebrew man named Yeshua (Jesus) was the expected Messiah who confirmed, fulfilled the O.T. promises of a coming Redeemer.
The 70th week is the final week of the 70 Weeks prophecy. God gives us a lot of information on this final week. He reveals that it is a time of great tribulation for Christians. God refines His church during this time and we are coming to realise now that as many as 50% of so-called Christians are in fact not born again and will fall away during this time of persecution.
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake. And then many will fall away and betray one another and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:9-14
Back to the seven churches: if it is a prophecy, what do each of the letters to the churches mean? Are these instructions on how to overcome the end times? Watch a complete in-depth analysis of what each letter means.
This study finds the correlation between the 7 Letters to the churches of Revelation and the 7 Seals of Revelation.
When you read the message to the Church of Philadelphia it is obvious that it is the church that is raptured as it is “kept from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world“
“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.
“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name… Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.” Revelation 3:10-11
Whereas the next church, the church of Laodicea is the church that is left behind and why.
“And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation. ‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.” Revelation 3:15-17