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    Rev 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

    the seven churches
    The number seven appears 54 times in this book, appearing more frequently than any other number. In the Bible seven is associated with completion, fulfillment and perfection. That should be exactly what we expect to find at the end of God's revelation to mankind. These seven literal churches were in the area we now know as Turkey. Their ruins have been found and explored. They are Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. The fact their ruins have been found is a testimony of why they do not exist today. When a church begins to build an elaborate building, the kind that would become a landmark, it's a testimony that church is dead or dying. Many believe the seven churches represent a period in church history from the time of John to the end. That could be true and we will touch that later, but there is also much to learn about churches today from each one of the letters Jesus told John to write. It's important to note that not one of the seven local churches mentioned by Christ in this book has survived to modern times.

    Grace be unto you, and peace - Grace is the undeserved favor of God for Christ's sake. The gift of salvation from sin and the help to be a living sacrifice unto God. We have access to God's grace by faith, that is believing Him. Part of God's grace to us is His precious word of which The Revelation is a part. Peace is quietness and rest through a harmonious relationship with God. We can have peace with God. Rom 5:1 ...we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We can have the peace of God. Isa 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Phil 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 1 Pet 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. We have access to peace through a choice to rest in God. Knowing what the future holds can be a source of great peace and The Revelation is certainly about the future.

    from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come One of the great messages of the Bible is that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (three persons, one God) is everlasting. Everlasting is an interesting word because as we find it in the Bible it looks both to the past and the future. Moses said in Ps 90:1-2 Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Everlasting means without beginning and without end, that which always has been and always will be. It's very hard for our finite mind to grasp the concept of someone being everlasting. God has stated the concept here in a way we can best understand it. Someone once said, "Try to define the Eternal God and you'll lose your mind, deny Him and you'll loose your soul." There are many things, this being one of them, that we must accept wholly by faith.

    the seven Spirits which are before His throne Seven is a number associated with God, signifying completeness. What are these seven Spirits? The closest we might come to finding an answer is in Isa 11:1-2 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him (that's 1), the spirit of wisdom (that's 2) and understanding (that's 3), the spirit of counsel (that's 4) and might (that's 5), the spirit of knowledge (that's 6) and of the fear of the Lord (that's 7). Those seven things certainly describe how we should view God. God is the LORD, He is wise, He understands all, He has all the answers, He is all powerful, He knows all and we should fear Him, that makes Him completely God. However, we can't be sure these are the seven spirits which John spoke of.
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