He Who Has an Ear: Who the Seven Churches of Revelation are Today by Laura J. DavisMore than two thousand years ago the Apostle John had a vision he received from the Lord. He was told to write seven letters to the churches of Asia Minor. Out of the seven churches only two received commendation from the Lord. The rest were letters of warning. The letters to the seven churches are a message for this generation during these last days. He who has an ear will know what to do and act accordingly.
The Seven Churches Described in the Book of Revelation
These Old Testament allusions are not greatly debated, so here we can merely give the references and a summary of their content:. Christ again is portrayed with Old Testament ascriptions of the Messiah and the Danielic angel of God in addressing the church. That believers would be identified with this star enhances further their identification with the messianic kingdom in Revelation — Now Christ is a greater Eliakim in his address to the church. Revelation is more saturated with the Old Testament than many other passages in Revelation. The first two allusions refer to Old Testament realities that are eschatologically escalated to apply to Christians, so that they are identified with these heightened realities.
All of them are located in the Asia Minor , present-day Turkey. According to Revelation , on the Greek island of Patmos , Jesus Christ instructs John of Patmos to: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus , and to Smyrna , and to Pergamum , and to Thyatira , and to Sardis , and to Philadelphia , and to Laodicea. The "churches" in this context refers to the community or local congregations of Christians living in each city, and not merely to the building or buildings in which they gathered for worship. The seven Churches are named for their locations. The Book of Revelation provides descriptions of each Church. The letters follow a common pattern. For example: the Lord first addresses each church and identifies Himself,  then defines things that He knows about the church in question.
W hen you study the Book of Revelation, one of the first things that you will look at are the seven churches listed in Revelation chapters 2 and 3. There you will see seven actual letters from Jesus — one to each church. In the letters He applauds and chastises each church and He offers them advice on how to get back on track. Much of the dialog is directed towards the leaders in the churches regarding the way the truth is being taught, or not. All of these seven churches mentioned in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 are literal churches that were located in Asia Minor. These churches were planted and cultivated by the Apostle Paul, with the church at Ephesus being the lead church.
The Church in the Book of Revelation
During this exile, Jesus Christ spoke to John in a vision. He revealed far-off future events, and He gave John messages for each of the seven churches in Asia Minor. Named for their geographical locations, the churches were strategically located along a major Roman road. Nothing remains of these churches today. Persecution has been an ongoing threat to Christianity in Asia Minor, particularly since Constantinople fell to the Ottomans in