At the very beginning of his message and before revealing what God had shown him and what was in store for both the world and those serving Jesus faithfully. John went ahead and revealed that the message he was delivering was the testimony of Jesus Christ and that it was the word of God to his son whom he has made king, that is Jesus.
John also told the church to listen attentively because what he was about to reveal was both important for the current generation and the generation to come; therefore, it was important we read to inform ourselves, listen and understand the message, and guard or prepare for what is coming both shortly as a result of the rising persecution against the churches, and from the penalty of God’s wrath upon a wicked world.
And in light of this truth, John wrote, Revelation 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.” Because in-order for the saints to endure the coming persecution and judgments of God against his enemies, they will need to prepare themselves accordingly.
John, therefore, wrote to seven churches and their leaders, leaders he titled the seven spirits before the throne of God who after receiving the message of John read the vision to their individual churches.
Jesus was the faithful witness, therefore, these things that are being read before the churches will come to pass faithfully; according to the revelation revealed, and are sure as Jesus was raised from the dead and was seen by many fifty days after his resurrection.
Therefore, the churches are to take heed and prepare and make a correction, prepare themselves because of their role in the coming kingdom, and so that they may receive the promise and reward of Jesus Christ.
God through the blood of His son Jesus Christ has cleansed his people from their sins, he through his death and resurrection has removed the penalty, and the unworthiness that was placed on their lives that would have prevented them from serving before the throne of God.
And because Jesus has washed them in his own blood, they are now worthy to serve before God, and to take part as judges over the nations currently through the gospel, and upon the return of Jesus. Revelation 1:6 “Christ has made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever.”
When Jesus returns, he will gather his people unto himself, and like a cloud, he will descend upon his enemies. And standing in the midst of his people, Church, the seven candlesticks, he will give the command to execute his judgment against the nations, and on that day every knee shall bow, and the nations will wail because of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 1:12-16 “I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
His head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire, And his feet like unto fine brass as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of rushing waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”
God will give the command to his saints to take the kingdom away and out of the hands of the kings of the nations. And upon the thrones on which those kings once sat, his saints will sit and reign forever over the nations.
These are the things John was told to reveal to his church and why the churches are to turn their lives around, those churches who have compromised the message of salvation and who have gone their own way. They must remember what is in store for the faithful and those willing to die for the name of Jesus Christ, and they must not forget, God will judge the earth. Revelation 1:19-20 “Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
“The mystery of the seven stars which thou saw in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou saw are the seven churches.