It is spiritual light and true worship that exposes and destroys spiritual darkness and the deception of false worship. And true spiritual light and true worship is what Jesus’ Revelation message is all about! The Revelation message also is the “vengeance” or “revenge” of God against those (professing Christianity or otherwise) who have persecuted and falsely accused and condemned the true church of God, the true Christians (see Rev 18). This vengeance was also prophesied in the Psalms as happening in a “sevenfold manner”
“Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed. Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die; And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord. So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.” (Psalms 79:9-13)
So with that somewhat long introduction to the second chapter of Revelations (this post and the two previous ones), we next start to read about the 7 churches of Asia, laying out the battlefield of the 7 days of the Gospel day, and the vengeance of God against false Christianity and all false worship. Note: within each message to the churches of Asia is a prophesy or warning of what will come next – the consequence of which is described in the next “church age” message. Please understand, God first holds the church accountable to his message, so it is appropriate that the Revelation of Jesus Christ should be addressed first to those who profess to be part of the church.
And so, in our next post we start with Revelations the 2nd chapter and the first verse: “to the church of Ephesus write…”