Rev 21:5 Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
In the Letters to the Seven Churches in Revelation…
“In verses 9 and 43, we can’t miss the familiar phrase, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” It is interesting that Jesus demarked His “Seven Letters to Seven Churches”(in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3) with this very phrase.”
“In fact, in verses 34-35, Jesus announces that the revelations in these parables are not to be found in the Old Testament! Paul, in Ephesians 3:4-7 indicates that this very mystery is the Church itself, not revealed in the Old Testament. This uniqueness is also alluded to in verse 52.”
Parallel to parables of Jesus?
“As we study carefully, these seven letters, dictated by Jesus Himself, we notice that they bear evidence of very precise structure and design. We notice that the fourth letter features a woman who introduces false doctrine. Could this correspond to the fourth parable, the woman introducing the leaven? We notice that the sixth letter speaks of the removal of the church. Could this correspond to the sixth parable, the pearl which must removed from its place of growth to become the object of adornment?”
Parallel to Paul’s letters?
“The Seven Churches of Paul: The Apostle Paul signed 13 epistles in the New Testament. But three of these are “doubles:” Corinthians, Timothy, and Thessalonians. That leaves 10 addressees. But three of these are “pastors,” not churches. That leaves seven churches that Paul addressed. Is there a mystical significance to this? Is there an intrinsic, designed, relationship between the seven churches that Paul addressed and the seven churches of Revelation 2 and 3?
“Here I’ll pass the ball to you. If you take the time to really study them, you are in for a pleasant surprise. The fingerprints of the Holy Spirit are all over them. Good hunting!” -Chuck Missler
I was flipping through one of my library books today, “The Bible and its People” which has a lot of pictures of antique bibles, and one of the pictures caught my eye and I thought I’d google it so I could see if I could find a color picture of it. Well, one search leads to another which leads to another, and then I stumbled on a gold-mine, on Wikipedia, from the Ottheinrich Bible (or “Bibel” in German), a set of illustrations of Revelation, in beautiful full color, very detailed, from the 1500s (ie: old, public domain, not copyright…) exactly what I’d been looking for to go along with the Revelation bible study I’ve been working on. And then I found a site (in German) that is a “digital library” with scans of like every page from that bible (for some reason wikipedia only had the revelation images). Anyway, just for fun, here’s one of the images: