There is a coming judgment against the world, and there is a reward in store for the faithful of Christ. And among Christians around the world, this is the message of the day. And when we come to the book of Revelation chapter two, how many of us were able to separate the angels or leaders of the churches from the body over which they rule that we might understand God was dealing with his enemies creeping in among his people.
Let us not forget, John is writing to seven churches in Asia, and there are seven spirits before the throne of God, and that there are seven stars in Christ’s right hand, and that there are seven candlesticks among whom the Son of man stands. And we know from the angel’s explanation to John, that these seven stars are the seven angels over the seven candlesticks, and that the angels are the seven leaders of the seven churches, and also that the seven candlesticks are the seven churches.
Therefore, when writing to address each of the seven churches, each time John wrote to a specific Church to address the angel of that Church, he was speaking directly to the leader of that Church. And now that the introduction of his vision was over, and because it was time for the Church to get their act together, and because of the role the leaders; and the Church as a whole will play in the appearance of Jesus Christ. God through John was exposing the issues the leaders of each of the churches had need to deal with in preparation for their part in the coming judgment and vengeance of God against his enemies.
It was time for the churches in Asia to prepare their trumpets because of the part they will play in the coming tribulation. Psalms 58:10-11 “The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. So that a man shall say, truly there is a reward for the righteous: truly he is a God that judgeth in the earth.” And because the introduction was over, and as part of the preparation for what God was about to reveal according to the testimony of Jesus Christ, it was time for the seven stars, angels of the seven churches to clean up their act.
The time of sanctification for God’s candlesticks had come, and now God through John is about to address the issues among the people under the leadership of the seven spirits serving before God, that is the angels or leaders of the seven churches. And preparing his leaders and candlesticks to shine their light, John addressed each of the churches according to the issue at hand.
Revelation 2:1 “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” The resurrected Jesus and Lord over his people was among his people, and he was keeping a watch over his Church whom he had placed at his right hand.
The saints of the Lord, Christ’s kings, and priests are appointed to serve before their King. Jesus in his great mercies had washed and made them clean through the shedding of his blood, and now that he through his blood had sanctified and qualified them to serve before him. God through Christ was now calling out to his people as he did at Mount Sinai to sanctify themselves against the coming day of wrath.
Therefore, it was time to uproot and tear down, and to build up those things that are dying, and to cut off those things that were an offense. This was the order from the King so that he might through his people receive the glory of victory over his enemies. And speaking through John, Jesus wrote to the Church in Ephesus.
Revelation 2:2-4 “I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou cannot 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 bore, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast labored, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.”
And although the angel of the Church in Ephesus was faithful to the King of kings, some of the members of the body were not; as they were bringing into and among the body of Christ a doctrine that was contrary to the message of Jesus Christ. This issue was becoming a problem among the body of Christ to the point it was time for the leader or angel of the Church to act and remove those of evil influences and offenders from among God’s people.
And because of the hesitation of the angel, the star of God, the man of authority over the sheep of God to act, Jesus told his apostle to, Revelation 2:5-6 “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.”
Therefore, if the faithful apostle continues to hesitate; failing to throw out of his midst the offenders of the gospel of Jesus Christ, God himself would send judgment upon the people over which he has been set to lead, and they will be removed. They would lose their expected victory and reward of taking part in the service of God against his enemies.
Nevertheless, there was something that pleased God, the fact that the heart of his apostle was faithful to God because he was zealous against the deeds of the Nicolaitans who practiced a doctrine of fornication. Therefore, God spoke, “But this thou hast, that thou hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.” And promised that should the Church turn away from such practices and rid themselves of those indulging in such practices, they will certainly receive their reward upon his appearance.
Therefore, if anyone understands and acts quickly, they will escape the wrath of God against his enemies among his people and on the day of Christ’s appearance stand with him in the battle against his enemies. Revelation 2:7 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”