Ephesus – God REQUIRES your Best! – 7 Churches – Revelation Chapter 2:1-7

EPHESUS
Study Guide & Cross Reference


"Abandoned 1st Love"
"Do the 1st Works"
Testing "False" "Apostles"
God Requires your Best!


In Revelation Chapter 2 & 3 Jesus provides His Assessment or View of the 7 Churches.
His Assessment or view expressed in these Letters are generally NOT promoted and taught in Today's Lamestream Twistianity Churches.


5 of the 7 Churches are given Reproof  & Discipline to Zealously Repent or Perish (Rev 3:19).
Jesus sets His REQUIREMENTS for Survival HIGHER than most imagine!

His Encouragement, Reproof, Discipline, Commands & Warnings are there for those who are looking for His Instructions and Guidance which leads to Eternal Life!


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EPHESUS


 Chapter 2:1-7
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"Do not interpretations belong to God?" Genesis 40:8


Revelation 2:
Ephesus

1 "To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

Each Letter to ALL 7 Churches is Addressed to the Angel of that Church:
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:1
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:8
➥ Pergamum - 2:12
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:18
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:1
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:7
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:14
("angle" appears 64 times in Revelation, aggelos Strongs G32.
Use of Angel in the rest of Revelation - Rev 1:1, 2, 20, 3:5, 5:2, 11, 7:1-2, 11, 8:2-13, 9:1, 11, 13-15, 10:1-10, 11:15, 12:7, 9, 14:6-10, 15-19, 15:1, 6-8)
(Angel or Angels appears 294 times in the Bible, Heb 1:6-7, 14, Heb 2:2, Rev 14:6-12, Exo 3:2, 14:19, 23:20-23, 32:34, 33:2, 2 Kin 6:17)


'The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand,

In ALL 7 Letters to the Churches, Jesus is the Speaker & Provides a Brief Reference back to the 1st Vision of Chapter 1 & other visions in latter chapters.
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:1 quoting Rev 1:12-13, 16, 20
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:8 quoting Rev 1:17, 22:13
➥ Pergamum - Rev 2:12 quoting Rev 1:16, 2:16, 19:15, 21
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:18 quoting Rev 1:14, 15, 19:12
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:1 quoting Rev 1:4, 4:5-6, Rev 1:16, 20
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:7 quoting Rev 1:18
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:14 quoting Rev 1:5, 19:11, 21:6
("Seven" in Revelation hepta Strongs G2033, Rev 1:4, 11-12, 16, 20, 2:1, 3:1, 4:5, 5:1, 5-6, 6:1, 8:2, 6, 10:3-4, 11:13, 12:3, 13:1, 15:1, 6-8, 16:1, 17:1, 3, 7, 9-11, 21:9)
("7 stars" Rev 1:16, 1:20, 2:1, 3:1)
("right hand" dexios Strongs G1188 occurs 9 times in Revelation, Rev 1:16-17, 20, 2:1, 5:1, 7, 10:2, 5, 13:16,
Right Hand in Scriptures: 1 Pet 3:22, Heb 1:3, 13, 8:1, 10:12, 12:2, Col 3:1, Eph 1:20, Gal 2:9, Rom 8:34, Acts 2:25-34, 5:31, 7:55-56, Luke 20:42, 22:69, Mark 10:37-40,  12:36, 14:62, 16:19.)


who walks among the seven golden lampstands.

("Seven" in Revelation hepta Strongs G2033,  Rev 1:4, 11-12, 16, 20, 2:1, 3:1, 4:5, 5:1, 5-6, 6:1, 8:2, 6, 10:3-4, 11:13, 12:3, 13:1, 15:1, 6-8, 16:1, 17:1, 3, 7, 9-11, 21:9)
("Lampstands" in Revelation, Rev 1:12, 2:1, 5, 11:4)
Instruction for Lampstand construction - Exo 25:31-40,
Priest Duties with Lampstand, Exo 27:20-21, 30:7-8, Lev 24:2-4, 2 Chr 13:11
Lampstand's purpose was for Light - Exo 35:14, 39:37,  John 8:12, 9:5, 1:4, 9, Matt 5:14-16 (Linked to WORKS!), Phil 2:15, Eph 5:8
Lampstand was 1 piece - Exo 25:31 - John 17:21-22
Lampstand was 1 shaft with 6 Branches - Exo 25:31 - John 15:5
Lampstand was pure gold - Exo 25:31 - Rev 3:18, 21:18
Lampstand has almond blossoms - Exo 25:33 - The Almond tree was the first tree to bloom after winter - Jesus as "firstborn" "first" "dead" Rev 1:5, 1:18, 2:8, Col 1:15, 18, John 3:13. Jesus "firstborn among many brothers" Rom 8:29
144,000 as firstfruits - "First Resurrection" Rev 20:4-6, "order" of  "firstfruits" 1 Cor 15:20, "assembly of firstborn" Heb 12:22-24,  "firstfruits" 2 Thes 2:13, James 1:18.


2 "'I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance,

In ALL 7 Letters, Jesus expresses complete Awareness of the 7 Churches condition, good and lacking when He says to each, "I Know:"
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:2
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:9
➥ Pergamum - 2:13
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:19
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:1
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:8
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:22
This gives deeper understand the meaning of the words,  Jesus "walks in the midst of the 7 golden lampstands" Rev 1:12-13, Rev 2:1.
("works" eregon Strongs G2041 occurs 19 times in Revelation, Rev 2:2, 5-6, 19, 22-23, 26, 3:1-2, 8, 15, 9:20, 14:13, 15:3, 16:11, 18:6, 20:12-13, 22:12)
("toil" Kopos Strongs G2873, Rev 2:2, 14:3)
("patient endurance" hypomonē Strongs G5281 occurs 7 times in Revelation, Rev 1:9, 2:2-3, 2:19, 3:10, 13:10, 14:12)


and how you cannot bear with those who are evil,
but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false.

Testing false apostles -  2 Cor 11:12-15
In the Book of Revelation, real Apostles are connected to the 12 foundations of New Jerusalem at Rev 21:14 where it says, the "wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb" - Revelation 21:17 then connects"wall of the city," with the "12 names of the 12 apostles" to the 144,000 stating: "He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement." According to the words of Revelation 21:9-10, New Jerusalem is synonymous with "Bride," "Wife of the Lamb," "a Great High Mountain" & "Holy City." Revelation 14:4 calls the 144,000 "Firstfruits" of  those who "have been redeemed from mankind." Revelation 5:9-10 calls these redeemed firstfruits "a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.”
When any man or woman on earth call themselves an Apostle, they are claiming to be part of the 144,000, Priests, Kings, Judges, who will reign with Christ for the 1,000 years. Rev 20:4-6


Some Biblical qualifications for an Apostle
➥ Must be Martyred, 11 of 12 Apostles were Martyred. (John was in Jail). 1 Cor 4:9, Rev 6:11, 12:11, 20:4
➥ Must abandon all that He has: Luke:14:33
➥ All 12 Apostles were poor materially & did not sell or peddle God's words or Shepherding the flock in exchange for money. Matt 10:8-9, 1 Cor 9:7-18, 2 Cor 2:17
➥ Bear Christ's suffering: Luke 14:27
➥ Left families to Harvest Souls Luke 14: 26
➥ Left Business to Fish for Men
➥ Taught Correct Doctrine - Matt 28:19-20
➥ All 12 Apostles were chosen by Jesus as most today self appoint, self anoint & self seal themselves. Rev 7:3, Honored Position at Wedding Feast Luke 14:7-11
(Testing Fake Jews - Rev 2:9, 3:9)


Women?
Were any women apostles in the scriptures?
Were women ever priests in the Scriptures?
Does the Levitical Priests Foreshadow the Priests of Revelation?
Can a woman be a King?
Would not we have to add the word "Queens" to Revelation?
Can a woman be part of Rev 14:4?
Has it ever been in God's arrangement for a woman to take the Lead?


3 I know you are enduring patiently
and bearing up for my name's sake,
and you have not grown weary.

("name's sake" 2:3, 13, 3:8 Opposite - Rev 13:7)
("patient endurance" hypomonē Strongs G5281 occurs 7 times in Revelation, Rev 1:9, 2:2-3, 2:19, 3:10, 13:10, 14:12)


4 But I have this against you,

To 5 of the 7 Churches Jesus Provides REPROVE & DISCIPLINE.
Rev 3:19 "Those whom I love, I reprove & discipline, so be zealous & repent."
Only 2 of the 7 Churches, Smyrna & Philadelphia received no reprove or discipline.
5 of the 7 Churches needed to Repent of Jesus' reprove & discipline or perish. His reprove & discipline to these 5 Churches is:
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:4-5
➥ Pergamum - 2:14-16
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:20-23
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:1-3
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:15-18


that you have abandoned the love you had at first.
5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first.

Defines the Level & Measure of Love demonstrated by works required for First Fruit Survivors!
Love for Jesus is Equated to WORKS!

Jesus again reconfirms & repeats the most important Command for believers at Matt 22:37, quoting from Deuteronomy 6:5, "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."

Believers Love for God were forshadowed by the Levitical Requirements for one to bring their BEST as an offering. Exodus 23:19, 34:26, Numbers 18:26, 29, 30, 32.

YHWH's requirements of the Best Offerings under the Levitical System foreshadowed or pictured the High Standard requirements of "Living Sacrifices" (1 Peter 2:5, 9 & Romans 12:1) who would labor for the Spiritual Harvest of  Human Souls (Phil 2:17, Luke 10:1-2) and witness of Christ even to Death (2 Tim 4:5-7).

Light & Lampstand Linked to works at Matt 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Brings new meaning to the words at James 2:17, "faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead" & James 2:26, "so also faith apart from works is dead."
Jesus words to Ephesus also reinforces, "that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works" James 2:22
For Context consider James 2:14-22

Love for Jesus is Equated to WORKS!
WORKS & the 7 Churches
➥Ephesus - Rev 2:4-5 "...you have abandoned the love you had at first.Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first."
Rev 2:6 "you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate."
➥ Thyatira -  Rev:2:19, "your latter works exceed the first."
Rev 2:23, "I will give to each of you according to your works."
Rev 2:26-29, Reward for Keeping Jesus' works until the end!
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:1“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God."
➥ Laodicea - Rev 3:15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!"
Few Places with "Works" in the Bible: Titus 2:14, 3:8, 14, 1 Peter 2:11-12, 2 Peter 1:3-8, Eph 2:10.


If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.

Light & Lampstand Linked to works at Matt 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
CONSEQUENCES
 for NOT zealously repenting of Jesus' REPROVE & DISCIPLINE are:
Rev 3:19 "Those whom I love, I reprove & discipline, so be zealous & repent."
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:5,
➥ Pergamum - 2:14-16,
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:20-23
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:1-3
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:15-18


6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

"Nicolatians" Pergamum - Rev 2:12-15


7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

 Jesus Concludes All 7 Letters to each Church with the words, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22.
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:7
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:11
➥ Pergamum - 2:17
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:29
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:6
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:13
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:22
1 other occurrence in Rev 13:9-10
Phrase used in the Bible is equated with REMEMBERING, PERCEIVING & UNDERSTANDING God's Words.
➥ Matt 11:15, John the Baptist is Elijah, Matt 11:10-15, 36-43
➥ Matt 13:9, 43, Parable of the Sower, Matt 13:3-23
Not Hearing Matt 13:14-15, 19, 22
Fruitful Hearing Matt 13:23
Blessings for Hearing Matt 13:16
➥ Mark 8:17-18, 21, Remembering, Perceiving & Understanding Mark 8:13-21

➥ Jesus concludes all His Parables at Luke 14 with the saying, Luke 14:35
Parable - Luke 14:7-11,  Honored Position at Wedding Feast.
Parable - Luke 14:12-14, Invite the poor, crippled, lame & blind for repayment at the Resurrection of the Just.
Parable - Luke 14:15-24, Excuses for not attending banquet.
Luke 14: 26-27, 33, Requirements for being a disciple: Hate all family & own life, bear his own cross & renounce all that he has.
Parable - Luke 14:28-30, Counting the cost of building a tower.
Parable - Luke 14:31-32, Counting cost for battle
Acts 7:51 - Uncircumcised in hearts, ears & resist holy spirit.
also : Acts 28:27, Rom 11:8


To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.'

Jesus Concludes ALL 7 Letters to the Churches with a Reward for Overcomes or Conquerors:
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:7
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:11
➥ Pergamum - 2:17
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:26-29
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:5
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:12
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:21

("Tree of Life" in Revelation 2:7, 22:2, 14, 19,
"Tree of Life" in Genesis:2:9, 3:22-24,
"Tree of Life" in Proverbs 3:18, 11:30, 13:12, 15:4)

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