NOTE: This essay is adapted from
and deals with the Revelation.
“And in the Midst of the Seven Candlesticks
One Like unto the Son of man,
Clothed with a Garment Down to the Foot,
Girt about the Paps with a Golden Girdle…
… The Mystery of the Seven Stars which you
( John the Apostle )
saw in My Right Hand
( in JESUS’ Right Hand ),
and the Seven Golden Candlesticks.
The Seven Stars are the Angels
( JESUS’ Ministers, Messengers, Pastors )
of the Seven Churches
( of Asia that Jesus Had Instituted, Organized
and Was Continuing to Build ):
the Seven Candlesticks which you saw
are the Seven Churches”
( that Jesus Built * ).
“Neither do men light a candle,
and put it under a bushel,
but on a candlestick;
and it gives light to all that are in the house.
Let your Light so Shine before men,
that they may see your Good Works,
Glorify your Father
which is in Heaven.”
( BY SURRENDERING
to SCRIPTURAL BAPTISM
ONE of THE CHURCHES
THAT JESUS BUILT.)
Matthew 5:15, 16.
With the benefit of hindsight,
we can see that history bears out
this important truth.
Like these seven churches,
all of The Lord’s New Testament churches
have had strengths and weaknesses;
like the seven churches,
she has always faced persecution,
deception, and temptation;
and like the seven churches,
she has therefore always needed the Revelation.
The book is, then, a Great Gift
from the Head of the Individual Assemblies
of The Lord’s churches Organized
throughout the Recorded History
of The Age of The Lord’s Churches,
for their Help, Comfort and Encouragement.
Note carefully an important implication
of this Truth:
the Revelation was not meant
to be a Closed Book:
not when it was Given,
not now, and not ever
The Lord Desires for His Churches
—past, present, and future—
is to understand, obey, preach,
and profit from the Revelation.
And that includes chapter 20, as well !