THE NEW TESTAMENT2
THE REVELATION OF ST JOHN THE DIVINE - CHAPTER TWO3
Unto the messenger of the congregation of Ephesus write: These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, and walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not forbear them which are evil: and examinedst them which say they are apostles, and are not: and hast found them liars and didst wash thyself. And hast patience: and for my name’s sake hast laboured and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, for thou hast left thy first love.
Messenger is the preacher of the congregation.
Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works. Or else I will come unto thee shortly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast because thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which deeds I also hate. Let him that hath ears hear, what the spirit saith unto the congregations. To him that overcometh, will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
The congregation of Smyrna.
And unto the angel of the congregation of Smyrna write: These things saith he that is first, and the last, which was dead and is alive. I know thy works and tribulation and poverty, but thou art rich: And I know the blasphemy of them which call themselves Jews and are not: but are the congregation of Satan. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold, the devil shall cast of you into prison, to tempt you, and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be faithful unto the death and I will give thee a crown of life. Let him that hath ears hear, what the spirit saith to the congregations: He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
The congregation of Pergamos.
And to the messenger of the congregation in Pergamos write: This saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges. I know thy works and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is, and thou keepest my name and hast not denied my faith. And in my days Antipas was a faithful witness of mine, which was slain among you where Satan dwelleth. But I have a few things against thee: that thou hast there, they that maintain the doctrine of Balaam which taught in Balak,†† to put occasion of sin before the children of Israel, that they should eat of meat dedicated unto idols, and to commit fornication. Even so hast thou them that maintain the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. But be converted or else I will come unto thee shortly and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Let him that hath ears hear what the spirit saith unto the congregations: To him that overcometh will I give to eat manna that is hid, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth, saving he that receiveth it.
(due to length, the chapter’s remainder is here omitted, yet available in full at: www.TyndaleToday.com)