Revelation Letters to the Seven Angels at the Seven Congregations

While revisiting the first three chapters of Revelation, there is a noticeable theme to be gleaned from these letters to the angels of the seven congregations in Asia.  The book is written by John the beloved who has been exiled on the Island of Patmos where he recorded a revelation of Yahushua.  John saw and heard things that were revealed to Yahushua and John wrote down what he saw and heard.  Most folks mistakenly believe that this is the revelation of John but that is incorrect.  John is simply a messenger who transcribed this book of prophecy from an angel.  We know all of this because the opening of the Book of Revelation tells us the following:

A Revelation of Yahushua Messiah which Elohim gave to Him to show to His slaves things which must shortly come to pass. And He signified by sending through His cherub to His slave John.  {1:1 Hebraic Roots Bible}

Let’s first visit the world slaves.  In the King James Version [Hereafter written as KJV],   this word is servants. That word has been translated from the word ‘doulos’;  a slave (literal or figurative, involuntary or voluntary; frequently, therefore in a qualified sense of subjection or subserviency):–bond(-man), servant.  The New American Standard correctly uses the word bondservants of Yahushua. A bondservant is a slave, which means one who is subservient to, and entirely at the disposal of, his master.  A slave is also one who voluntarily serves others.  The Mosaic Law allowed an indentured servant to become a bondservant voluntarily.  To be indentured is to be legally bound to someone else to reflect a debt or purchase obligation.

“If the servant declares, ‘I love my master and my wife and children and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life” (Exodus 21:5-6).

The definition of a bondservant can be found throughout the Bible for example, those who follow Yahushua and the works that He achieved while in His human body are bondservants because they have freely submitted and surrendered themselves to follow exactly in His footsteps; even to the point of death.  This is not a person to be confused with other folks who have the Holy Spirit’s dwelling with-in. There are specifics regarding a bondservant found in Torah and these findings are a prevalent part of the law of Moses. Ergo, these letters are not written to your average Joe.  These letters are written to show the slaves or bondservants of Messiah Yahushua things  or prophecies which will come to pass.  It becomes very clear that these letters are not intended for everyone including some bondservants because obviously not all bondservants will live to see these prophecies fulfilled which are included in each letter.

The book of revelation is a revealing about the future and helps us here in the present as well teaching us and guiding us in how we should live for Yahwey now. This revelation of Yahushua given to Him by Yahwey; inspires hope to His bondservants, especially those who have suffered or will suffer persecution because of the faith  and their testimony regarding Yahushua and His final victory over evil when He returns to set up His kingdom.

The whole of the book of Revelation begins with a note that it is written as a revelation to the bondservants of Yahushua and concludes in the last chapter [22] verse six saying the following:  And He said to me, These words are faithful and true. And Yahwey Elohim of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His slaves what must happen quickly.

So we can gather that from beginning to end, this book has been written to show the bondservants of Messiah Yahushua the things that are, things that are about to be and things that will occur after. Yahushua stated in Matthew 24:34 that all the things in the end time would happen in one generation. This kingdom has yet to arrive.  It is written very clear throughout the word of Elohim that following the Torah will be the way of life in the New Kingdom, not for justification which came by the blood of Yahushua, but simply as a way of life distinguishing between right and wrong, clean and unclean just as Elohim instructed. Revelation also tells us in the last chapter verses 2 and 3 that there will be no blight any more on the fruit and that the leaves on the trees will be a healing for the nations and that His servants will minister to Yahwey and the Lamb.

To be certain that a bondservant is one who does exactly as their master requires, the Apostles referred to themselves as bondservants and we know that they lived their lives according to Torah. Sadly, when the Christian teachings fathers moved away from the Teachings in the Law of Moses, the law of the bondservant was also left behind and no longer taught.

To further uphold this concept, Yahushua also directed John to write the following: The mystery of the seven stars which you saw on My right, and the seven golden menorahs: the seven stars are the messengers of the seven congregations, and the seven menorahs you saw are the seven congregations.  The seven congregations are not those that have cathedral stain glass windows, crosses with images of a crucified Jesus, steeples, or even candles or statutes.  They ‘are’ menorahs, which were to be continually kept lit in the tabernacle and both temples. There is a prevalent Spirit with-in these congregations as well as individually with-in those who follow in the exact footsteps of Messiah Yahushua. These congregations do not bow down to any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth. Being a bondservant of Messiah is not drudgery. His “burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). Also, we have this promise: “Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to Elohim, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life” (Romans 6:22).earth

Even though Yahwey gave this revelation to Yahushua, it was Yahushua who in turn, revealed it to John. The unveiling of what John sees and hears focuses on a plan that Elohim, God of the Universe, has put into place.  Nothing can stop this plan and no one can stop this plan. For it is written, As I live saith Yahwey, every knee shall bow to Me and every tongue shall confess to Yahwey.

It must also be noted that each congregation shows us a glimpse of a whole picture. “Blessed are the ones doing His Masters commandments, that their authority will be over the Tree of Life, and that they may enter by the gates into the city. [22:14] {See also Revelation 14:12, Matthew 19:17} One cannot just have the faith of Yahushua.  One must also keep the commandments of Elohim.  If our hope and desire is to enter into eternal life, we will keep the commandments of Elohim; otherwise,  there is none good for we must be holy as He is holy.  One cannot truly be considered a bondservant of Yahwey if they are not serving their Master in the capacity which He has given in which He commands to be served. We who do the will of Elohim are the called out assembly. We are not only Gentiles, we are a mixture of both Jew and Gentile; ergo corporate Israel.   The Gentile believers that come unto Yahushua and keep their faith and the testimony of Yahushua are part of the Israel of Elohim, part of the remnant and part of the commonwealth of Israel; all inclusive in the plan of Elohim.

The congregations that John then sends these letters too, contain both a mixture of scattered Israelites and Gentiles who may have considered themselves part of the kingdom called Israel at that time, although they were all living in Asia. They may have already been experiencing persecution under Emperor Domitian in AD 90-95. However, what is being revealed to John in this book, is a revelation of Messiah Yahushua,  in both word and vision of a future judgement that will commence during the last generation of time.  It is also an understanding of the revelation of the ultimate triumph of Elohim over evil and an inside preview of what the kingdom of Elohim will look like and how it will progress during the thousand year reign.

With-in these letters contains an overall message of repentance to five of the seven churches and shows the problematic nature of the believers in the latter days.  These bondservants are also aware of and bare record of the word of Yah which was given to Moses AND they have the testimony of Yahushua. How do we know this?  Read Revelation 1:2 > Who bare record of the word of Elohim, and of the testimony of Messiah Yahushua, and of all things that he saw. We as followers of Yahushua bare record of what John saw because we believe what he wrote. We bare the record of the word of Yahwey and we uphold the testimony of Yahushua.

Letter to Ephesus

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; 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: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for My name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 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. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 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 Elohim.

Revelation 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Who or what is the first love mentioned in the letter to Ephesus? Is it not the love of Elohim?  Interestingly enough, the letter to the folks at Ephesus were told that if they did not repent, their lampstand would be removed.  These folks are the kind who have fallen from doing the deeds that they did from the beginning.  If they no longer love the Lord thy Elohim with all their heart, mind and strength, then they have surely fallen away from their first love who is Yahwey. Why do I say this?  Because we know that the first commandment is to love Yahwey and keep His commandments; with love…. being the first step in our relationship with Him.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ¶ Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.

Isn’t that something?  These words were always commanded to be ‘in thine heart’.  It has been prophesied that Yahwey will write His law into their mind, and write them in their hearts. Yahwey only gave one law, one set of instructions to Moses. Now that the Holy Spirit arrived on the Feast of Weeks, this prophecy is being fulfilled by the power of the Holy Spirit. Yahushua also taught that if we love Him, we are to keep His commandments.  If we do not observe and keep the Sabbaths and the festivals of Yahwey and all of Torah that pertains to us, the lampstand becomes meaningless because our light in not continually being lit and refreshed on a weekly basis after working hard for six days and stopping on the seventh day to rest in Him. We as His followers are  both secure and dependent on Him.

But why would a promise to remove a lampstand bother anyone who hasn’t read in Torah about the menorah?  An assembly that has lost their lamp stand would suffer great loss without it. Yet, for those who are not aware of this symbol, having it taken away would be meaningless wouldn’t it? Yahushua is calling for correction in six of these letters and giving a warning to them of what will happen if they do not repent. Nevertheless, there are also promises of a blessing to occur to those who heed the word and hear what the spirit is saying to the congregations who have an ear to hear.

To the congregation at Ephesus, the tree of life is mentioned. Revelation2:5 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.

If one throws out the Old Testament and says that it is no longer valid or useful, they would not know the value of this removal of the lampstand nor the tree of life. When one fails to continue ‘doing’ the first works recorded in Torah that Yahwey gave unto Moses, the true lampstand is forgotten and eventually does go out. EXCEPT thou repent…..   If one repents for not continually doing the works that Yahwey instructed, and they begin by doing the works of righteousness, their lampstand will begin to have the oil of the Holy Spirit and keep continually glowing as a beacon on a hill that overlooks the city.

Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

It becomes apparent that we keep His commandments because this is how we show Him that we love Him.  Each congregation is to be like the menorah. The Menorah both represents the Spirit and the Torah, empowering each member to shine like a beacon, filled with the Holy Spirit and the word of Elohim.

Ephesus was the most important community in the province of Asia. It was already a religious center, home of the pagan goddess Artemis and was a focus for magic.  This congregation had been founded by both Aquilla and Priscilla. With the guidance of the Apostle Paul, Ephesus quickly became an evangelistic center.

Acts 19:10 And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

Renewal and repentance revives the soul and zeal for the continual work of building the kingdom.  Rededication is what Hanukkah teaches us even though it is not a commanded festival of Yahwey. The meaning of the tree of life is something that we cannot overlook because it is a promise that is given to those who repent. Because of the sin, man was forced out of the garden and prohibited from eating the tree of life which would have given him eternal life.  Yahushua was arrested in a garden where He had prayed, buried in a garden and raised from a garden tomb.  The story of what occurred in the garden of Eden where the tree of life stood is an integral part of the redemptive process that Yahushua is trying to solve so that man can get back into the garden where the tree of life still exists. The promise of the tree of life is shallow and lacks meaning to those without the knowledge of what is written in Torah.

By the way, ‘nico’ means conqueror and ‘laitan’ means the common people. The spirit of the Nicolaitans was a controlling structure over the people in this congregation. The Nicolaitans, which Yahushua hated, taught compromise with the world system, materialism and tolerance of immortality. The victory to him who overcomes is when evil no longer rules in the life of a believer.  The victory is over evil and temptation and apathy too. To eat from the tree of life means to have eternal life.  This is a teaching of the paradise garden where Adam and Eve walked freely and daily in the presence of Yahwey.

Proverbs 3:1 ¶ My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: Later in the same chapter of Proverbs we find this reminder of the tree of life: Proverbs 3:18 She (the Law)  is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her.

Other references to the tree of life are found in other such scriptures below.

Proverbs 11:30 ¶ The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.

Proverbs 13:12 ¶ Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

These scriptures describe the aspects of one who is doing what is written. These folks have the hope of being bound to eternal life. They speak of wisdom, the fruit of righteousness, a desire fulfilled and a wholesome tongue.

And remember:  the Bible doesn’t say “Depart from Me you who practice the law.”  It says, “Depart from me you who practice lawlessness.”  Without the law, we are lawless and we have no authority to enter into the gates of the city because we are not doing His commandments.  When we practice lawlessness, we are not showing Yahwey that we love Him and therefore we are not bondservants to Him.  We may have His Holy Spirit but we are not being shown this specific path.

The key verse in the book of Revelation is this:  1:3 ¶ Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

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