Revelation 3

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The Letters to the Seven Kehilot cont...

(The things which are now)


To Sardis

The Authority

3:1a To the messenger of the kehilah at Sardis write: These things says he who has the seven Spirits of hwhy, and the seven stars!”{1}”

{3:1.1} Revelation 1:4, 16, 20; 2:1; 3:1; 4:5; 5:6


The Grievance

3:1b I know your works. You have a reputation that you are alive – but you are dead!


The Warning

2Be watchful. Strengthen the things which still remain – but are ready to die. I have not found your works perfect before YHVH.

3Remember what you once received and heard. Return to it. Hold fast to it! If you refuse to watch, I will come upon you like a thief – in an hour you do not expect. You will not know what hit you!


The Praise

4You have just a few in Sardis who have not defiled their garments. Only those in white garments will walk with me, because they alone are worthy.


The Promise

5He who overcomes these things shall be clothed in white garments. I will not blot his name out of the scroll of life,{1} but I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels!{2}

6He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the kehilot.

{3:5.1} Psalm 69:28; Revelation 20:11-15; 21:27

{3:5.2} Matthew 10:32; Luke 12:8


To Philadelphia

The Authority

3:7 To the messenger of the kehilah at Philadelphia write: These things says he who is holy, he who is true, he who has the key of David{1} – he who opens and no man shuts – and shuts and no man opens!{2}

{3:7.1} Revelation 1:18 – David is dead and buried and his grave is with us today (Acts 2:29). Yeshua holds the keys to unlock the grave that now holds David until the Resurrection of the Just.

{3:7.2} Job 12:14; Isaiah 22:22; Matthew16:19


The Praise

3:8 I know your works. Look, I have set before you an open door that no man can shut. You have a little strength, and have kept my Torah, and have not denied my name.


The Counsel

9Behold the assembly of hasatan! Those who lie and say they are Israel,{1} but they are not! I will force these posers to bow down before you and kiss your feet{2} – then they will know that I have loved you. 10Because you have endured and have kept my Torah, I will also keep you{1} in the time of temptation that shall come upon the entire world, to test everyone who dwells upon the face of the Earth!

{3:9.1} Jews (KJV) see note {2:9b.1}. “Israel” and “Jew” are used interchangeably according to context.

{3:9.2} Isaiah 45:14; 49:23; 60:14

{3:10.1} <tereo ek – tereo ek> to take into the hands and hold out from – akin to a peculiar treasure (Exodus 19:5). < hlgs – segulah> = a treasure so precious that a king will hold it in his hands and will allow none other than himself to touch it.


The Promise

3:11 Behold, I am coming soon. Hold fast to that which you have so that no man can steal your crown. 12He who overcomes will I make a pillar in the Temple of hwhy, and he shall go out no more. I will write upon him the Name of my Elohim, and the name of the city of my Elohim, which is the new Yerushalayim, which will come down out of heaven from YHVH. I will also write upon him my new name!{1}

13He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the kehilot.”

{3:12.1} Revelation 21:1-7, Isaiah 56:5, 62:2, 65:15; Revelation 2:17


To Laodicea

The Authority

3:14YeHoVaH To the messenger of the kehilah at Laodicea write: These things says the Truth, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the creation of !{1}

{3:14.1} Revelation 1:5-6


The Grievance

3:15 I know your works. You are neither cold nor hot: I would that you were either cold or hot.


The Warning

16But because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth! 17Because you say, ‘I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing,’ you have no idea that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.


The Counsel

18 I counsel you to buy gold from me so that you may be rich – gold purified in the fire. Buy white garments from me, so that you may be clothed and that the shame of your nakedness will not be exposed. Anoint your eyes with eye salve, so that you may see.{1}

{3:18.1} Laodicea was widely known for its apothecary, especially its Eye Salve. “Take your own medicine.”


The Promise

3:19 Those whom I love, I rebuke and chasten. Be zealous for me and return to me!

20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me.

21To him who overcomes will I grant to sit with me on my throne, even as I also overcame, and have sat down with my Father on his throne!{1}

22He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the kehilot.”

{3:21.1} Matthew 19:28; II Timothy 2:12; Revelation 2:26; 20:4-7”


Excerpt From: Michael J. Rood. “The Chronological Gospels.” iBooks.

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