Revelation chapters 2 and 3 contain seven letters written by Jesus to seven first-century churches located along the western coast of modern Turkey. The angel of the Lord said to John, “Write what you see in a book 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” (Revelation 2).
Some churches received words of praise and commendation while Jesus sternly rebuked others. Still others received something akin to, “You’re doing a good job, but . . .”
The letters serve as a reminder that the church in every generation must understand her role in the world and in God’s eternal plan through the lens of Bible prophecy.