Book of Revelation 3:1-6

In Revelation 3:1-6 .
The message to Sardis  sardis
3 To the angel of the church in Sardis write: He who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars , says this: I know thy works , that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead . 2 Be watchful , and strengthen the things that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. Well if you will not watch, I will come like a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon ti.4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments, and they shall walk with me in white , because they are dignas.5 who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the book of life , I will confess his name before my Father, and before his ángels.6 who has an ear , let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches .

The city of Sardis  sardis 2was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia and undoubtedly , in his time, was an important city . It was located roughly 80 miles of Ephesus and her five major roads converged , so that Sardis was an important trade center . It also had its military significance because it was located on top of a hill , which made it almost impassable . Spiritually , Sardis was saturated with the cult of pagan goddess Artemis. Moreover, this city was known for its textile industry. There fine cotton fabrics were manufactured . But at the time John wrote Revelation, Sardis had lost much of the splendor it enjoyed in the past. We would say it was a city that only thing left is the name . A city living in the shadow of the glory.
Sardis was a church works , but with little life. Once had a reputation of being alive , but now even Faith was dead.
Jesus warns the saints ( 1) Be vigilant, be alert , (2 ) affirm the little they have , (3 ) recall the word that they have received and heard, (4 ) preserve and prepare for when He comes .
Verse 5 Amucha bothered people, because it seems to suggest that the names of the unfaithful Christians will be erased from the book of life. The book of life contains the names of all who are born . The names of those who reject Jesus Christ are erased from the book because they are dead .
The sender is presented as one who has the seven spirits of God . Seven is the number of perfection and what is complete. With this, Jesus is showing that nothing escapes his questioning look. Jesus Christ knows the actions and attitudes that cause those actions. Furthermore, Jesus Christ, the sender of the message is presented as having the seven stars . This means that Jesus has control of the churches and their leaders , because the seven stars represent the leaders or spokespersons in these seven churches.
We found the evaluation of the reality of the church of Sardis, intimately connected with the claim that Jesus makes this church . Unfortunately , something like what happened to the city of Sardis was going on with the church of Sardis . It was a church living under the shadow of the glory.
Revelation 3:1 in the second part says: ” I know thy works , that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead ”
He who knows absolutely everything that hath the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars , has detected the deplorable condition of the church of Sardis . His verdict is clear: you have a name that you live , but are dead. For all practical purposes , the church in Sardis was nothing more than a neat mausoleum. It looked attractive on the outside , but inside was full of corpses. Speaking of bodies , I mean people who had fallen asleep on the laurels of past victories . Sure, they thought everything was fine. They had a beautiful temple , lavish buildings, enjoying fellowship , attendance was very good , finances were at their peak , but in reality , it was all artificial. Things were done out of habit. It was just a mechanical exercise of singing, praying , collect the offering , hear the message and go until Sunday to repeat the process , and so Sunday after Sunday .

Jesus therefore said to them : Have name that thou livest and art dead . Many churches today are like the church in Sardis , right? A church and Jesus Christ makes a recommendation .

Jesus says to this church and all who are like her: Be watchful or awake. Do not go more like you’re dead asleep . Then, once you wake up , strengthen the things , perhaps few , still living , but also die soon if you do something about it. Immediately after , remember what you have received and heard , save it and repent. This means , again do what you did in the past, to not only live the glories of past victories .
What recommendation as precise and clear. If you notice that your church is a well maintained , etc. , it is time to wake up and not continue to act as dead, because you have the name of one who lives . Begin to cultivate the things that have not yet been extinguished in his spiritual life . Perhaps prayer or reading and studying the word of God or Christian service. Anything that is still on but with a flame and shuts down. Start with something. Stoke that fire and that will lead you to revive other things I used to do before, but inexplicably have become extinct in your life. If the church in Sardis was ignoring the recommendation of Jesus Christ , we expected a severe judgment from Jesus Christ . In her dream come Jesus Christ as a thief in the night , that is, at the least expected to give their due to this church’s name lives but in practice it is dead now. Amid the recommendation , Jesus refers to a small group of believers in the church in Sardis , who refused to be carried away by the stream of mortality prevailing in the church.
They Revelation 3:4 where it says relates : ” Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments, and they shall walk with me in white , for they are worthy ” Thank God throughout the existence of the church There has always been a small remnant that has remained true to the principles of the word of God. In the darkest night , a few stars will always shine . They are not allowed to take his clothes pervasive smell of death that pervaded the church in Sardis . These people will be awarded , walking with Christ in white . Denoting intimate communion with the Savior in an atmosphere where sin has no involvement .
The reward in Revelation 3:5-6 says: “He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the book of life , I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches ”

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The winners are the true believers. His works are the result of their genuine faith. To them Jesus promises the following : To be clothed in white garments . This denotes a righteous life before God. Then , their names will not be blotted out of the book of life . This indicates security salvation. Nothing can make a true believer to lose his salvation . Finally , confess your name before the Father and the angels . This is a kind of celestial appreciation for the loyalty of the victors.

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Apocalipsis 3:1-6

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 ” Bienaventurado el que lee, y los que oyen las palabras de esta profecía, y guarda las cosas en ella escritas; porque el tiempo está cerca.” Ap 1:3

Estudio  libro Apocalipsis 3:1-6.

El mensaje a Sardis                                                   Image
3 Escribe al ángel de la iglesia en Sardis: El que tiene los siete espíritus de Dios, y las siete estrellas, dice esto:Yo conozco tus obras, que tienes nombre de que vives, y estás muerto. 2 Sé vigilante, y afirma las otras cosas que están para morir; porque no he hallado tus obras perfectas delante de Dios.3 Acuérdate, pues, de lo que has recibido y oído; y guárdalo, y arrepiéntete. Pues si no velas, vendré sobre ti como ladrón, y no sabrás a qué hora vendré sobre ti.4 Pero tienes unas pocas personas en Sardis que no han manchado sus vestiduras; y andarán conmigo en vestiduras blancas, porque son dignas.5 El que venciere será vestido de vestiduras blancas; y no borraré su nombre del libro de la vida, y confesaré su nombre delante de mi Padre, y delante de sus ángeles.6 El que tiene oído, oiga lo que el Espíritu dice a las iglesias.

La ciudad de Sardis fue la capital del antiguo reino de Lidia y sin lugar a dudas, en su tiempo, era una ciudad importante. Estaba localizada más o menos a 80 Kilómetros de Efeso y a ella confluían cinco vías importantes, de modo que Sardis era un centro de comercio importante. También tenía su importancia militar por cuanto estaba localizada en la cima de un promontorio, que lo hacía prácticamente infranqueable. En lo espiritual, Sardis estaba saturada del culto a la diosa pagana Artemisa. Además, esta ciudad era reconocida por su industria textil. Allí se fabricaban finas telas de algodón. Pero en la época en que Juan escribió el Apocalipsis, Sardis había perdido gran parte del esplendor que gozó en el pasado. Diríamos que era una ciudad que lo único que le quedaba es el nombre. Una ciudad que vivía a la sombra de la gloria del pasado.
Sardis era una iglesia con obras, pero con poca vida. Una vez había tenido una reputación de estar viva, pero ahora hasta en la Fe estaba muerta.

Jesucristo advierte a los santos que (1) Sean vigilantes, que estén alerta; (2) afirmen lo poco que tienen; (3) recuerden la Palabra que han recibido y oído; (4) preserven y se preparen para cuando El venga .
El versículo 5 ha molestado amucha gente, porque parece sugerir que los nombres de los cristianos infieles serán borrados del libro de la vida. El libro de la vida contiene los nombres de todos los que han nacido. Los nombres de los que rechazan a Jesucristo son borrados del libro porque están muertos.

El remitente del mensaje se presenta como aquel que tiene los siete espíritus de Dios. Siete es el número de la perfección y de lo que está completo. Con esto, Jesucristo está mostrando que nada escapa de su inquisitiva mirada.

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Jesucristo conoce tanto las acciones como las actitudes que originan esas acciones. Además, Jesucristo, el remitente del mensaje se presenta como el que tiene las siete estrellas. Esto significa que Jesucristo tiene control de las iglesias y de sus líderes, por cuanto las siete estrellas representan a los líderes o voceros en esas siete iglesias.
Encontramos la evaluación de la realidad de la iglesia de Sardis, íntimamente unido con el reclamo que hace Jesucristo a esta iglesia. Lamentablemente, algo parecido a lo que pasaba con la ciudad de Sardis estaba pasando con la iglesia de Sardis. Era una iglesia que vivía bajo la sombra de la gloria del pasado.

Apocalipsis 3:1 en su segunda parte dice: “Yo conozco tus obras, que tienes nombre que vives, y estás muerto”
Aquel que conoce absolutamente todo porque tiene los siete espíritus de Dios y las siete estrellas, ha detectado la deplorable condición de la iglesia de Sardis. Su veredicto es contundente: tienes nombre que vives pero estás muerto. Para todo propósito práctico, la iglesia en Sardis era nada más que un bien cuidado mausoleo. Se veía atractivo por fuera, pero por dentro estaba repleto de cadáveres. Al hablar de cadáveres me refiero a gente que se había dormido en los laureles de las victorias del pasado. Claro, ellos pensaban que todo estaba muy bien. Tenían un hermoso templo, fastuosas edificaciones, disfrutaban la comunión, la asistencia era muy buena, las finanzas estaban en su apogeo, pero en la realidad, todo era artificial. Las cosas se hacían por costumbre. Era simplemente un ejercicio mecánico de cantar, orar, recoger la ofrenda, oír el mensaje y salir hasta el próximo domingo para repetir el proceso, y así Domingo tras Domingo.

Jesucristo les dice por tanto: Tienes nombre que vives y estás muerto. Cuántas iglesias hoy en día se asemejan a la iglesia en Sardis, ¿verdad? A iglesias así, Jesucristo hace una recomendación.
Jesucristo dice a esta iglesia y a todas las que están como ella: Sé vigilante, o despierta. No sigas más dormida como si estuvieras muerta. Luego, una vez que despiertes, afirma las otras cosas, quizá pocas, que todavía viven, pero que pronto morirán también si no haces algo al respecto. Inmediatamente después, acuérdate de lo que has recibido y oído, guárdalo y arrepiéntete. Esto significa, vuelve a hacer lo que hacías en el pasado, para que no vivas solo de las glorias de las victorias pasadas.
Qué recomendación tan precisa y clara. Si Usted nota que su iglesia es un bien cuidado mausoleo, es hora de despertar, no siga actuando como muerto, porque Usted tiene nombre de uno que vive. Comience por cultivar las cosas que todavía no se han extinguido en su vida espiritual. Quizá la oración, o la lectura y estudio de la palabra de Dios, o el servicio cristiano. Cualquier cosa que esté todavía encendida aunque con una llama que ya se apaga. Comience por algo. Avive ese fuego y eso le conducirá a reavivar otras cosas que solía hacer antes, pero que inexplicablemente se han extinguido en su vida. Si la iglesia en Sardis no hacía caso a la recomendación de Jesucristo, le esperaba un juicio severo de parte de Jesucristo. En medio de su sueño vendrá Jesucristo como ladrón en la noche, es decir, en el momento menos esperado para dar su merecido a esta iglesia que tiene nombre que vive pero en la práctica está muerta. En medio de la recomendación, Jesucristo hace referencia a un pequeño grupo de creyentes de la iglesia en Sardis, quienes no se dejaron arrastrar por la corriente de mortandad que imperaba en la iglesia.
A ellos se refiere Apocalipsis 3:4 donde dice: “Pero tienes unas pocas personas en Sardis que no han manchado sus vestiduras; y andarán conmigo en vestiduras blancas, porque son dignas” Gracias a Dios que a lo largo de la existencia de la iglesia siempre ha existido un pequeño remanente que se ha mantenido fiel a los principios de la palabra de Dios. En la más obscura noche, siempre brillarán unas pocas estrellas. Son los que no permitieron que sus vestiduras tomen el penetrante olor a muerte que saturaba la iglesia en Sardis. Estas personas recibirán como premio, el andar con Jesucristo en vestiduras blancas. Lo cual denota comunión íntima con el Salvador en una atmósfera donde el pecado no tiene ninguna participación.

La recompense en Apocalipsis 3:5-6 dice: “El que venciere será vestido de vestiduras blancas; y no borraré su nombre del libro de la vida, y confesaré su nombre delante de mi Padre, y delante de sus ángeles. El que tiene oído oiga lo que el Espíritu dice a las iglesias”

Los vencedores, son los verdaderos creyentes. Sus obras son el resultado de su fe genuina. A ellos promete Jesucristo lo siguiente: Ser vestido de vestiduras blancas. Esto denota una vida justa delante de Dios. Luego, que sus nombres no serán borrados del libro de la vida. Esto denota seguridad de Salvación. Nada ni nadie puede hacer que un verdadero creyente pierda su salvación. Por último, confesar su nombre delante del Padre y de los ángeles. Esto es una especie de reconocimiento celestial por la fidelidad de los vencedores.

Book of Revelation 2:18-29

Revelation 2:18-29

The message to Thyatira Image

18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; 19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. 20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. 24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. 26 And he that overcome, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Thyatira Church impenitent

The eyes of fire and feet of bronze Image come to see and judge, but this corrupt Church will not regret. The church had works, service and patience, but was full of sin. Jezebel Here , the only woman mentioned in the seven letters , referring to the wicked Queen Jezebel , wife of Ahab (1 R16 :2 -10) was a pagan woman , daughter of a priest of Baal worship and promoted Baal in Israel. He practiced both prostitution and sorcery ( 2R9 : 22) as idolatry , murder , deceit, and the priestly office . And the Thyatira Church was following his example and leadership! .

The recommendation to the church.
Revelation 2:24-25 says, “But you and the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold to her teaching and have not known what they call the depths of Satan , I tell you none other burden ; but that which ye have already hold fast till I come . ”
Notice how Jesus sets aside the church belonged to Jezebel, the papal church.
Puts to the side of the road and focuses on a group within it, which has not been contaminated with the doctrine of Jezebel. During this period the church were faithful believers in the word of God who were reluctant to follow the path of the papal church. It is these believers to Jesus Christ recommends that remain faithful . The only burden placed on them that Jesus Christ is to retain the principles of the word of God until Jesus Christ comes again.
the reward

Revelation 2:26-29 says: “He who overcomes , and keeps My works until the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, and shall be broken like pottery , as I also have received my Father , and I will give him the morning star . He who has an ear , let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches . “

Believers who are faithful , without yielding to the pressure of the corrupt church compared to Jezebel , will award authority over the nations . This means that reign with Christ during the millennium. How interesting .
The corrupt church of this age, eagerly sought authority over the nations , but never got it. In contrast, those who remained faithful to the word of God will receive , from God , authority over the nations . Also receive the morning star . John is responsible for displaying the Morning Star is Jesus Christ himself . Revelation 22:16 , in the words of Jesus we read: “I am the root and offspring of David, the bright morning star ”
The period of the dense darkness which engulfed the corrupt church , has an end. It will not be always so. Before the end , Jesus appears , the morning star , to lead the true believers to always be with him. In this passage we have seen a stern message to a corrupt church . May God ‘s warnings and admonitions make us all meditate on the need to stay true to the simple principles of the Bible , without yielding to the pressures to compromise faith for worldly power

Apocalipsis 2:18-29

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“Bienaventurado el que lee, y los que oyen las palabras de esta profecía, y guardan las cosas en ella escritas; porque el tiempo está cerca.” Apo.1:3 

El mensaje a Tiatira  

18 Y escribe al ángel de la iglesia en Tiatira: El Hijo de Dios, el que tiene ojos como llama de fuego, y pies semejantes al bronce bruñido, dice esto: 19 Yo conozco tus obras, y amor, y fe, y servicio, y tu paciencia, y que tus obras postreras son más que las primeras. 20 Pero tengo unas pocas cosas contra ti: que toleras que esa mujer Jezabel     Image que se dice profetisa, enseñe y seduzca a mis siervos a fornicar y a comer cosas sacrificadas a los ídolos.21 Y le he dado tiempo para que se arrepienta, pero no quiere arrepentirse de su fornicación.22 He aquí, yo la arrojo en cama, y en gran tribulación a los que con ella adulteran, si no se arrepienten de las obras de ella.23 Y a sus hijos heriré de muerte, y todas las iglesias sabrán que yo soy el que escudriña la mente y el corazón;y os daré a cada uno según vuestras obras.24 Pero a vosotros y a los demás que están en Tiatira, a cuantos no tienen esa doctrina, y no han conocido lo que ellos llaman las profundidades de Satanás, yo os digo: No os impondré otra carga;25 pero lo que tenéis, retenedlo hasta que yo venga.26 Al que venciere y guardare mis obras hasta el fin, yo le daré autoridad sobre las naciones,27 y las regirá con vara de hierro, y serán quebradas como vaso de alfarero; como yo también la he recibido de mi Padre;28 y le daré la estrella de la mañana.

Tiatira la Iglesia impenitente

Los ojos de fuego y los pies de bronce Imagevienen a ver y a juzgar, pero esta Iglesia perversa no se arrepentirá. La iglesia tenia obras, servicio y paciencia, pero estaba llena de pecado. Aquí tenemos a Jezabel, la única mujer que se menciona en las siete cartas, refiriéndose a la perversa reina Jezabel, esposa de Acab (1 R16:2-10) Fue una mujer pagana, hija de un sacerdote de Baal; y promovió la adoración a Baal en Israel. Practicaba tanto la prostitución y la hechicería (2R9:22) como la idolatría, el homicidio, el engaño, y el oficio sacerdotal. Y la Iglesia Tiatira estaba siguiendo su ejemplo y liderazgo!.

La recomendación a la iglesia.

Apocalipsis 2:24-25 dice: “Pero a vosotros y a los demás que están en Tiatira, a cuantos no tienen esa doctrina, y no han conocido lo que ellos llaman las profundidades de Satanás, yo os digo: No os impondré otra carga; pero lo que tenéis, retenedlo hasta que yo venga.”

Note como Jesucristo deja a un lado la iglesia dominada por Jezabel, la iglesia papal.

La pone a la vera del camino y se concentra en un grupo dentro de ella, que no se ha contaminado con la doctrina de Jezabel. Durante este período de la iglesia hubo creyentes fieles a la palabra de Dios quienes se resistieron a seguir por el camino de la iglesia papal. Es a estos creyentes a quienes Jesucristo recomienda que se mantengan fieles. La única carga que Jesucristo pone sobre ellos es retener los principios de la palabra del Señor hasta que Jesucristo venga otra vez.

La recompensa

Apocalipsis 2:26-29 dice: “Al que venciere y guardare mis obras hasta el fin, yo le daré autoridad sobre las naciones, y las regirá con vara de hierro, y serán quebradas como vaso de alfarero; como yo también la he recibido de mi Padre, y le daré la estrella de la mañana. El que tiene oído, oiga lo que el Espíritu dice a las iglesias.”

Los creyentes que se mantengan fieles, sin ceder a la presión de la iglesia corrupta comparada con Jezabel, recibirán como recompensa autoridad sobre las naciones. Esto significa que reinarán con Cristo durante el milenio. Qué interesante.

La iglesia corrupta de esta época, afanosamente buscaba autoridad sobre las naciones, pero jamás la obtuvo. En cambio, los que se mantuvieron fieles a la palabra de Señor recibirán, de parte de Dios, autoridad sobre las naciones. Además recibirán la estrella de la mañana. Juan se encarga de mostrar que la estrella de la mañana es Jesucristo mismo. Apocalipsis 22:16, en palabras de Jesucristo leemos lo siguiente: “Yo soy la raíz y linaje de David, la estrella resplandeciente de la mañana”

El periodo de las densas tinieblas en las cuales se sumió la iglesia corrupta, tiene su fin. No será siempre así. Antes del fin, aparecerá Jesucristo, la estrella de la mañana, para llevar a los verdaderos creyentes a estar siempre con él. En este pasaje hemos visto un mensaje severo para una iglesia corrupta. Quiera Dios que las advertencias y las amonestaciones nos hagan meditar a todos en la necesidad de mantenernos fieles a los sencillos principios de la Biblia, sin ceder a las presiones de comprometer la fe para obtener poder mundano.

Book of Revelation 2:12-17

 

 

Revelation 2:12-17 Church of Pergamum

“Blessed is ( blessing falls on the person ) who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein : for the time is near. ” Rev 1:3

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12 » Write this to the angel of the church in Pergamum ” This is what he says who has the double-edged sword : 13 ” I know you live where Satan has his throne, even so, has been very loyal to me and do not quit your faith in me even when killed Antipas , my faithful witness, in that city where Satan.14 lives ” However, I have a few things against you : there are some of you who follow the teachings that gave Balaam [ a] Balak to make the people of Israel sin by eating food offered in sacrifice to idols and by committing sexual sins . 15 In addition , there are some who believe in what they say nicolaítas.16 Therefore, changes , otherwise , I will come and fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 ” Listen carefully to what the Spirit says to the churches . Whoever emerges victorious , I will give the hidden manna . I also give him a white stone on which is written a new name that can only know the recipient .

Notes: Pergamum means ” married ” , and this church was married to some erroneous doctrines and practices. There were three serious problems in Pergamum : Mystery Cults “also worship the emperor. They began to worship false gods and Balaam , idols fakes were made and given to fornication . In Pergamum church was with the world in order to achieve the advantages mundanas.También fell doctrines of the Nicolaitans then the church was divided between priests and people. This church had members who claimed that it was easy to confess the Lord , while simultaneously living in sin . People were living under the heavy hand of dictators spiritual self exalted , not the Lord.

Exactly the same thing is happening today, there are many pastors and religious leaders who are self exalting as if they were a god. Beware of the false prophets , teachers, pastors , evangelists as the Lord himself says that he is against all false worship false idols teaching, as is also against eating these false gods sacrificed for meals. The suggests that the more we move away from all this and much more of all sexual sin ! because if not, he will come soon and fight against all of them with the sword of his mouth.

The call to the church
Here is where the major problem of the church in Pergamum . Revelation 2:14-15 says: ” But I have a few things against you, because you hold there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam , who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols , and to commit fornication . So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate . ”
Jesus is putting the record straight in this church. They had good stuff, but there was always a but. In this case was that the church was tolerating in its bosom those who hold the doctrine of Balaam . Balaam was a prophet who sought personal gain from their office . In the church of Pergamum there were people who were profiting by his service , in quotes, the Lord.
Besides that Balaam counseled Balak to weaken Israel incite the people to join pagan cults , in which sexual immorality was part of the order of worship . Many Israelites did not think twice about joining this tantalizing religion. As a result , God punished them and died as 24,000 in a single day. Sad end to this painful episode. This is exactly what they were doing certain people in the church in Pergamum . The name means Pergamum : Married . The church is married to Christ and therefore must be faithful to Jesus Christ. But that promoted the doctrine of Balaam , incited the true believers to be unfaithful to Christ. They did it by saying things like : No problem that believers walk in the things of the world. No problem getting into politics , no problem you take an occasional drink , no problem that all smoke another cigarette one , no problem if they are drawn for meat and commit adultery or fornication , after they fix it with God and ready . These are examples of the doctrine of Balaam . This is how the church of Christ lived between the years 313 and 606. Being married to Christ , lay in the arms of the world. Lover turned Roman Empire . But unfortunately , that’s how he lives much of the church of Christ today. I mean true believers who dance to playing them . When in the church seem holy , do not even need the halo, but when you are in the world seem real demons , speaking as the world speaks , think like the world thinks and do what the world does. His love of the world makes them spiritually adulterous , because her true husband is Christ Jesus who died for them.
But the church of Pergamum tolerated also those with the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. Not much is known about this doctrine , but it seems it has to do with the absurd separating siblings , to make some other clergy and the laity . If you are looking for in the New Testament believers called a group of clergy and another group of believers called laity, not find it , because the New Testament says that all believers are priests of God. Moreover , we are a royal priesthood . So there is no reason to make separations as clergy and laity. But apparently this is what made ​​the Nicolaitans . Jesus Christ has strongly censured .

Jesus recommendation
Revelation 2:16 says, ” Repent, or else I will come unto thee quickly , and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. ”

Jesus wanted the church of Pergamum, recognize itself in the situation he was in, repent and rectify . Otherwise, Jesus Christ would come soon to the church to take care of himself attacking with the sword coming out of his mouth, the word of God , to those who teach the doctrine of Balaam and the doctrine of the Nicolaitans .
 Reward
Revelation 2:17 says , “He that hath an ear , let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches . He who overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written , which no one knows except him who receives it. ”
These are not just words to the church at Pergamum , but for all believers in general.
The winner is he who has Christ as Savior. This we know from what we read in 1 John 5:5 . These winners show that your faith is real by its fidelity to Christ. For all believers , Jesus promises to reward them with two things : Give them to eat of the hidden manna which is a reference to enjoy the delights of Christ, who is the true manna from heaven , and give them a white stone . As for the white stone, we must recognize that when an athlete winning a competition, as part of his prize was handed a white stone with his name on it, this was his entry ticket to the conclusion. This suggests that believers have received your admission ticket to glory when you received Christ as Savior. In the stone , Jesus Christ a new name written , which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it . This refers to the name of love that Jesus Christ used for His own glory in , is so personal that no one knows but he who receives it.

 

Apocalipsis 2:12-17

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Iglesia de Pergamo Apocalipsis 2:12-17
“Bienaventurado es ( bendición cae sobre la persona) el que lee, y los que oyen estas palabras de esta profecía, y guardan las cosas en ella escritas, porque el tiempo esta cerca.” Ap 1:3
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Carta a la iglesia de Pérgamo
12 »Escribe esto al ángel de la iglesia de Pérgamo »Esto es lo que dice el que tiene la espada de doble filo: 13 »Sé que vives donde Satanás tiene su trono; aun así, has sido muy leal conmigo y no renunciaste a tu fe en mí ni siquiera cuando mataron a Antipas, mi fiel testigo, en esa ciudad donde vive Satanás.14 »Sin embargo, tengo algunas cosas en tu contra: hay entre ustedes algunos que siguen las enseñanzas que le dio Balán [a] a Balac para que hiciera pecar al pueblo de Israel comiendo alimentos ofrecidos en sacrificio a los ídolos y cometiendo pecados sexuales[b]. 15 Además, hay algunos que creen en lo que dicen los nicolaítas.16 Por lo tanto, cambia; de lo contrario, vendré pronto y pelearé contra ellos con la espada que sale de mi boca. 17 »Oigan bien lo que el Espíritu dice a las iglesias. Al que salga victorioso, le daré el maná escondido. También le daré una piedrita blanca en la que estará escrito un nuevo nombre que sólo puede conocer el que la recibe.
Notas: Pergamo significa “casada”, y esta iglesia estaba casada con algunas doctrinas y prácticas erradas. Existían tres problemas serios en Pergamo: Cultos de misterio” , también adoración al emperador. Comenzaron a adorar dioses falsos como a Balaam, se hicieron ídolos farsantes y se dieron a la fornicación. En Pergamo la iglesia estaba con el mundo para poder lograr ventajas mundanas.También cayeron en la doctrinas de los nicolaitas NICOLAITASentonces la iglesia se dividió entre sacerdotes y pueblo. Esta Iglesia tenia miembros que sostenían de que era fácil confesar al Señor, mientras que al mismo tiempo se vivía en pecado. La gente vivian bajo la pesada mano de dictadores espirituales que se auto exaltaban, no al Señor.
Exacto lo mismo que está pasando hoy en día, hay muchos pastores y líderes religiosos que se están auto exaltando como si ellos fuesen un dios. Cuidado de estos falsos profetas, maestros, pastores, evangelistas pues El Señor mismo dice que el está en contra de toda enseñanza falsas a la adoración a los falsos ídolos, como también esta en contra de los que comen comidas sacrificadas para estos falsos dioses. El mas el nos sugiere que nos alejemos de todo esto y mucho mas de todo pecado sexual! porque si no, El mismo vendrá pronto y peleara contra todos ellos con la espada que sale de su boca .
El reclamo a la iglesia

Aquí es donde está el gran problema de la iglesia de Pérgamo. Apocalipsis 2:14-15 dice: “Pero tengo unas pocas cosas contra ti: que retienes ahí a los que retienen la doctrina de Balaam, que enseñaba a Balac a poner tropiezo ante los hijos de Israel, a comer de cosas sacrificadas a los ídolos, y a cometer fornicación. Y también tienes a los que retienen la doctrina de los nicolaítas, la que yo aborrezco.”

Jesucristo está poniendo los puntos sobre las íes en esta iglesia. Tenían cosas buenas, pero, siempre habría un pero. En este caso era que la iglesia estaba tolerando en su seno a los que retienen la doctrina de Balaam. Balaam fue un profeta que buscó beneficio personal de su oficio. En la iglesia de Pérgamo había gente que estaba lucrando por medio de su servicio, entre comillas, al Señor.

Además Balaam aconsejó a Balac que para debilitar a Israel incitara al pueblo a unirse a cultos paganos, en los cuales la inmoralidad sexual era parte del orden del culto. Muchos israelitas no pensaron dos veces en unirse a esta tentadora religión. Como resultado, Dios les castigó y murieron como 24.000 en un solo día. Triste final de este doloroso episodio. Esto es justamente lo que estaban haciendo ciertas personas en la iglesia de Pérgamo. El nombre Pergamo significa: Casada. La iglesia está casada con Jesucristo Bride-of-Christ-323x250y por tanto debe ser fiel a Jesucristo. Pero los que impulsaban la doctrina de Balaam, incitaban a los verdaderos creyentes a ser infieles a Cristo. Lo hacían por medio de decir cosas como: No hay problema que los creyentes anden en las cosas del mundo. No hay problema que se metan en la política, no hay problema que se tomen uno que otro trago, no hay problema que se fumen uno que otro cigarro, no hay problema si se dejan arrastrar por su carne y cometen adulterio o fornicación, total, después lo arreglan con Dios y listo. Estos son ejemplos de la doctrina de Balaam. Así es como vivió la iglesia de Cristo entre los años 313 y 606. Estando casada con Cristo, se echó en los brazos del mundo. Se volvió amante del imperio romano. Pero lamentablemente, así es como vive gran parte de la iglesia de Cristo hoy en día. Me refiero a creyentes verdaderos que bailan al ritmo que les tocan. Cuando están en la iglesia parecen santos, no les falta ni el halo, pero cuando están en el mundo, parecen verdaderos demonios, hablan como el mundo habla, piensan como el mundo piensa y hacen lo que el mundo hace. Su amor al mundo les convierte en adúlteros espiritualmente hablando, porque su esposo verdadero es Cristo Jesús quien murió por ellos.

Pero la iglesia de Pérgamo también toleraba a los que tenían la doctrina de los nicolaítas. No se sabe mucho en cuanto a esta doctrina, pero parece que tiene que ver con la absurda separación de los hermanos, para hacer de algunos de ellos el clero y los demás, los laicos. Si Usted busca en el Nuevo Testamento un grupo de creyentes llamados clero y otro grupo de creyentes llamados laicos, no lo encontrará, porque el Nuevo Testamento dice que todos los creyentes somos sacerdotes de Dios. Más aún, somos real sacerdocio. Entonces no hay motivo para hacer separaciones como clero y laicos. Pero aparentemente esto es lo que hacían los nicolaítas. Jesucristo los ha censurado con firmeza.

  • La recomendación

Apocalipsis 2:16 dice: “Por tanto, arrepiéntete; pues si no, vendré a ti pronto, y pelearé contra ellos con la espada de mi boca.”

Jesucristo quería que la iglesia de Pérgamo, reconociera por sí misma la situación en la que estaba, se arrepienta y rectifique. De lo contrario, Jesucristo vendría muy pronto a esa iglesia, para él mismo hacerse cargo de atacar con la espada que sale de su boca, la palabra de Dios, a los que enseñan la doctrina de Balaam y la doctrina de los nicolaítas.

  • La recompensa

Apocalipsis 2:17 dice: “El que tiene oído, oiga lo que el Espíritu dice a las iglesias. Al que venciere, daré a comer del maná escondido, y le daré una piedrecita blanca, y en la piedrecita escrito un nombre nuevo, el cual ninguno conoce sino aquel que lo recibe.”

Estas son palabras no solo para la iglesia de Pérgamo, sino para todos los creyentes en general.

El vencedor es aquel que tiene a Cristo como Salvador. Esto lo sabemos por lo que leemos en 1 Juan 5:5. Estos vencedores muestran que su fe es verdadera por medio de su fidelidad a Cristo. Para todos los creyentes, Jesucristo promete recompensarles con dos cosas: Darles a comer del maná escondido piedras lo cual es una referencia a disfrutar de las delicias de Cristo, quien es el verdadero maná que descendió del cielo, y darles una piedrecita blanca. En cuanto a la piedrecita blanca, es necesario reconocer que cuando un atleta ganaba una competencia, como parte de su premio se le entregaba una piedrecita blanca, con su nombre en ella, esto era su ticket de entrada a la celebración posterior. Esto nos hace pensar que los creyentes han recibido su ticket de entrada a la gloria el momento que recibieron a Cristo como Salvador. En la piedrecita, Jesucristo escribirá un nombre nuevo, el cual ninguno conoce sino el que lo recibe. Esto hace referencia al nombre de cariño que Jesucristo utilizará para los suyos en la gloria, es algo tan personal que nadie lo conoce sino el que lo recibe. 

Book of Revelation 1:9-11

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A vision of the Son of Man
9 I John , your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and patience in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day , and heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet , 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last . Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia : to Ephesus , Smyrna, Pergamum , Thyatira , Sardis , Philadelphia and Laodicea.

Our  Bible study today is in Revelation 1 : 9-11 . But before we get to an analysis of this Scripture , fact remains that Revelation is divided into three parts. The division clearly in Revelation 1:19 where it says : ” Write the things which thou hast seen, and they are, and the things which shall be hereafter . ”
The first part , things you’ve seen . Revelation 1:9-20 . The second part, the things that are , Revelation 2 and 3 and the third part , the things that shall be hereafter , Revelation 4-22 .

The first part revolves around John’s vision on the island of Patmos. The portion for our study is the first section of this part. We might call it the circumstances of vision.

Revelation 1:9 says: I John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and patience in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ”

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Several things worth taking into account within this verse. We see that the person who received the vision identified himself as John. This is the apostle John as already mentioned previously , the same who wrote the Gospel that bears his name and the three letters that also bear his name. This John is the simple and humble fisherman , son of Zebedee and brother of James . His life took a 180 degree turn when he met Jesus . John is the beloved disciple , who had the privilege to sit down on the side of Jesus at the Last Supper . Now, when you receive the vision was an old man, must have had more than 90 years . But note the humility of this great man. By identifying himself does not put the big title of Apostle , and chest out , but chooses to describe himself in a simple but beautiful way .
It’s just your brother . The greatness of character do not give titles to be acquired but the actions are performed . Brother is the most sublime epithet that a believer can be prefixed to his name. The great apostle John preferred to simply call brother. Also John testified that other believers is a partner in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ . John had received a dose of trouble in the work of the Lord and was a partner of all those who are afflicted in the Lord’s work . But John was also part of the great kingdom of the Lord is King and therefore was a partner of all those who are also part of that kingdom. Also Juan longed with his whole being back to see her beloved Jesus Christ and therefore is a partner of all those who patiently await the coming of our Savior. Then John gives us a detailed report of the situation when he received the vision. He says he was on the island called Patmos. I was on vacation.

Patmos Island was not an island that someone would go willingly . It was a barren island , volcanic , rocky, with little vegetation. A bleak about 24 kilometers from Ephesus on the Aegean sea. Measures just 15 kilometers long and 10 kilometers wide. On this island a prison for dangerous criminals was established. Alcatraz was the first century . It was equivalent to being in Siberia in winter. There were the galleys where prisoners were worked to exhaustion without the least convenience . The power was scarce. Inmates dressed in rags . Many of them had to sleep in damp, dark caverns. Some of the prisoners were so dangerous that it was better to be as far away from them. Loneliness was the best companion . Would you like to be in a place? Well, John, 90 years came to this place . Why? The text says that it was by the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. John came to the island as a result of persecution by reason only follow and serve Jesus Christ . Tradition has it that the Roman emperor Domitian took the ferocious prisoner Juan and to end his life ordered to be thrown into boiling oil. However, John did not die. In a miraculous way , his life was preserved . Domitian was so frightened by this fact did not dare to try to kill him again , but he banished the barren island of Patmos. In this deserted island surrounded by many dangers , Juan could have complained against God.
Maybe John could have said to Jesus : I followed you and I have served all my life until old age and now that I am old Why you treat me so ? Or maybe John could have said to Jesus : I ‘m too old . It’s time to give me some comfort in my old age . But John does not think so and prayed . John knew that follow and serve Jesus has its price. That price is persecution or misunderstanding or opposition , and John was always willing to pay . Follow and serve Jesus does not guarantee that we will live comfortably in this world.
Revelation 1:10-11 . He says: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day , and heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last . Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia . Ephesus , Smyrna, Pergamum , Thyatira , Sardis , Philadelphia and Laodicea “

When John says he was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day , does not mean that John was filled with the Holy Spirit in a sun day on a Sunday service . On the island of Patmos because there was no church other than Juan had not believers. In addition , John was filled with the Holy Spirit also from Monday to Saturday , not only on Sundays. What John says is that by the power of the Holy Spirit was supernaturally transported the material to the celestial sphere , where he received the revelation of Jesus Christ to be recorded in a book area.
When John says that was the Lord’s day , it means that the events that were seen are related to what the Bible calls the Lord’s day , which is something different on Sunday . On Sunday in the Bible is known as the first day of the week. The Lord’s day means the period of time in which God will pour out His judgment on the unbelieving world and impose their sovereign government. Seen this way, the day of the Lord extends from the beginning of the tribulation and ending with the Great White Throne judgment , including the second coming of Christ and the millennial kingdom. If some of these terms are a bit dark for you , do not worry as we proceed with the study of Revelation will become clearer . The first experience of John in the Spirit on the Lord’s day , is heard behind him a loud voice like a trumpet . This means it was a clear and intelligible sound. You could understand perfectly . The message echoed in the ears of John. It read: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last . This is how Jesus described himself. It shuts everything.

He is the eternal God and preeminent . Then John was ordered by Jesus Christ : The order read: Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches in Asia : A Ephesus, Smyrna , Pergamum , Thyatira , Sardis , Philadelphia and Laodicea. What John was about to receive is the book of Revelation. Now John knew he had to record everything that was to be seen in a book , which , should be sent to seven churches in what is now Asia Minor. Of these churches discussed in detail later in our study. While John is about to turn around to see with their eyes who was talking behind him, we were thinking how lucky I was to perceive Juan so heavenly glory . It is the reward for their suffering. The road to exaltation always paved with suffering