There have been two super helpful resources I’ve been using for this teaching series. The first is Revelation: Four Views–A Parallel Commentary by Steve Gregg. What I love about this one is that it takes each passage of Revelation and presents the four classic interpretations (historicist, preterist, futurist, spiritual) in parallel columns). A word of warning, though: as I learned last week, trying to present all four interpretations in a teaching time is overwhelming. This week, I tried to just cover the two I thought were most relevant for our discussion.
The second is the volume on Revelation in the Christ Centered Exposition series. I can’t say enough good things about this commentary. It is thorough, well-written, inexpensive, and practical. If you are using The Gospel Project or a similar curriculum that shows how all Scripture points to Jesus, you won’t find a better resource.
2 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.
2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, 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.3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary.4 But I have this against you, 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. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.6 Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
February 3, 2019
Glynwood Baptist Church, Prattville AL
James Jackson, Lead Pastor
Text: Revelation 2:12-17
12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.
13 “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith[a] even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. 15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’
During the teaching time, I referenced the excellent video series from Joe Stowell’s Day of Discovery program. Dr. Stowell went on location to each of the seven cities mentioned in Revelation. Here is a link to the series.
Another helpful video I came across is this one, from the Christian Broadcasting Network. This is where I got the information about the altar of Zeus and the healing rituals in the Asklepion. See you next week!