Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Book of Revelation by Chuck Missler – Hour 7 – Sardis

Sardis is reputed to be one of the oldest cities in Asia.  It was also one of the greatest cities in the world at one time.  It was situated on a hill 1000 feet above the valley of Hermus, and appeared to be impregnable and this instilled a false sense of security in its occupants.  This led them to be less watchful.  It also led to an enemy army discovering a vulnerability and conquering the city…five times ( to the Persians in 549 BC, the Ionians in 501 BC, Alexander the Great in 334 BC, Antigonus in 322 BC and the Seleucids in 214 BC).

The title Christ chose to address this letter showcases the seven Spirits of God, aka the Holy Spirit.  Dr. Missler mentions that the Holy Spirit is a major cause of division in the church due to the discomfort many denominations have with the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit is awesome!  His power is amazing!  I know groups that have issues with aspects of the Holy Spirit like speaking in tongues.  I am sad for those groups.  But I can see the separation that Chuck Missler is talking about.

Sadly, this letter contains no commendation and the concern is that they are dead.  Sardis’ prophetic profile is the Denominational Church.  Chuck Missler gives a history lesson showcasing the Gutenberg printing press and Martin Luther.  He talks a bit about the way the church began as home fellowships.  My former “church” used to put a lot of effort into home small groups.  My current “church”, not so much.  The church is not a building, but all of the believers in Jesus Christ.

We are being called to watchfulness and diligence, just like the church of Sardis was.  There are areas where I’ve gotten comfortable and lazy.  How about you?  Those are danger zones!  We must be deliberate about our Christian walk if our name is not to be blotted out of the book of life.  How will you live deliberately for Christ?

I learned recently from another study that some scholars believe there is a correlation between the seven kingdom parables of Matthew 13 and the letters to the churches of Revelation.  The church of Sardis corresponds to the parable of the treasure in the field in Matthew 13:44.

Homework for next time:  Read chapters 2 & 3.  Outline the letter to Philadelphia.  What are the distinctives of this letter?  What unique promise is given?

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