“The Secret Revealed”; scripture and questions for Nov. 4

Revelation 3:1-3
“And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: These are the words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: ‘I know your works; you have a name of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is on the point of death, for I have not found your works perfect in the sight of my God. Remember then what you received and heard; obey it, and repent. If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you.'”
Revelation 22:1-5
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Nothing accursed will be found there any more. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.
1. The Book of Revelation is a much misunderstood and misinterpreted book. In the opening, the author, presumably a man named John, writes to seven churches. If a prophet, like John of Patmos, were to write to Plymouth Church, what would he say? What affirmations would he give and what exhortations?

2. The original Greek word apokalypis, translated in English as “revelation” or “apocalypse,” is meant to convey a sense of giving insight into mystery. Today apocalypse conjures images of disaster and the end of the world but the writer of Revelation meant and act of apocalypse is an act of disclosure. In that vein, what is the secret to be revealed from the Book of Revelations?

Rev. Dr. Paula Northwood
Minister for Education

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One Response to “The Secret Revealed”; scripture and questions for Nov. 4

  1. The main secret revealed in Rev. 2-3 is that most of the churches need to repent. Thus, 3:1-3 calls for the church at Sardis to repent; all together, five of the churches are warned strongly, while two churches (Smyrna and Philadelphia) are commended for their faithfulness in keeping Jesus’ word, and thus suffering tribulation, poverty, and powerlessness, especially from a powerful “synagogue of Satan.” Perhaps the rich and comfortable church at Laodicea is the final epitome of churches that seek to compromise with a greedy and violent world (a world revealed later by “images” like a rich harlot and a wild beast).

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