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7Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. The Book of Revelation is the most mysterious book of the Bible. 26And whoever will prevail and will observe my works even unto the end, I will give to him authority over the nations. Repent, and do the works you did at first. Yet, Jesus, the Son of God, is the perfect revelation … * There is no admonition; rather, the Christians are told that they will suffer much, even death, but the time of tribulation will be short compared to their eternal reward (Rev 2:10), and they will thus escape final damnation (Rev 2:11). 6But you have this in your favor: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans,* which I also hate. 27And he shall rule them with an iron rod, and they shall be broken like the earthenware of a potter. However, there is also an element of future application: Modern churches will be able to see the same conditions within themselves. 5Realize how far you have fallen. 9:7, 22, 30 Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and … REV 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. New name: this is a reference to the Christian’s rebirth in Christ; cf. somewhat . 29“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’. Walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands: this signifies that Christ is always present in the church; see note on Rev 1:4. For more information on the study Bible, or to For any queries contact us through the e-mail address given below. Those who adopt this standpoint rely in the main on two fundamental objec… The manner of Christ's appearing to him. 8And to the Angel of the Church of Smyrna write: Thus says the First and the Last, he who was dead and now lives: 9I know your tribulation and your poverty, but you are rich, and that you are blasphemed by those who declare themselves to be Jews and are not, but who are a synagogue of Satan. To Ephesus. * [2:8] Smyrna: modern Izmir, ca. To the *church in Sardis. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,a. Accusations made by Jewish brethren there occasioned the persecution of Christians; cf. And thou hast tried them who say they are apostles and are not: and hast found them liars: tribulation. Revelation 2 New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB1995) Message to Ephesus. 18And to the Angel of the Church of Thyatira write: Thus says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like shining brass. Consider how far you have fallen! Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and wage war against them with the sword of my mouth. Revelation 2:8-11. 17Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. St. John is ordered to write to the seven churches in Asia. If you do less, I will come to you quickly and I will fight against these ones with the sword of my mouth. 2 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. Catholic Gallery offers Daily Mass Readings, Prayers, Quotes, Bible Online, Yearly plan to read bible, Saint of the day and much more. To him who prevails, I will give the hidden manna. * [2:17] The hidden manna: this is the food of life; cf. 10Do not be afraid of anything that you are going to suffer. Kindly note that this site is maintained by a small group of enthusiastic Catholics and this is not from any Church or any Religious Organization. 24and to the others who are at Thyatira: Whoever does not hold to this doctrine, and who has not ‘known the depths of Satan,’ as they say, I will not set any other weight upon you. The Book of Revelation (also called the Apocalypse of John, Revelation to John or Revelation from Jesus Christ) is the final book of the New Testament, and consequently is also the final book of the Christian Bible.Its title is derived from the first word of the Koine Greek text: apokalypsis, meaning "unveiling" or "revelation. 3Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary. 15Likewise, you also have some people who hold to the teaching of [the] Nicolaitans. To the *church in Smyrna. 19I know your works, and your faith and charity, and your ministry and patient endurance, and that your more recent works are greater than the earlier ones. Revelation 2:18-29. For you have, in that place, those who hold to the doctrine of Balaam, who instructed Balak to cast a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat and to commit fornication. [2:7] 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9; Mt 11:15. d. [2:14] Nm 22–24; 25:1–3; 31:16; 2 Pt 2:15; Jude 11. 14* Yet I have a few things against you. In this series, we will be going over the major themes of the Book of Revelation and decoding it from the Catholic perspective. * [2:6] Nicolaitans: these are perhaps the impostors of Rev 2:2; see note on Rev 2:14–15. And I will give to him the morning star. 22. Acts 16:14), membership in which may have involved festal meals in pagan temples. Revelation 2:12-17. Rev 22:16. Chapter 2 begins the messages to the seven churches. 5And so, call to mind the place from which you have fallen, and do penance, and do the first works. 26“‘“To the victor,* who keeps to my ways* until the end. There is little evidence for connecting this group with Nicolaus, the proselyte from Antioch, mentioned in Acts 6:5. Those who remain faithful will share in the messianic reign, having authority over nations (Rev 2:26–27), and will in fact possess Christ himself (Rev 2:28). REV 2:23 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. because--Translate, "I have against thee (this) that," &c. It is not a mere somewhat"; it … To the Church in Ephesus(Acts 19:8–12; Ephesians 1:1–2). 20But I have a few things against you. * [2:2] Who call themselves,impostors: this refers to unauthorized and perverse missionaries; cf. 4But I have this against you: that you have relinquished your first charity. 3And you have patient endurance for the sake of my name, and you have not fallen away. 28The same I also have received from my Father. To the *church in Thyatira. * [2:1–7] The letter to Ephesus praises the members of the church there for their works and virtues, including discerning false teachers (Rev 2:2–3), but admonishes them to repent and return to their former devotion (Rev 2:4–5). Revelation. ©2020 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands, The tree of life that is in the garden of God, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Explore more inspirational selections here. It also had an outstanding library (the word parchment is derived from its name). This contains study questions for the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, the only Catholic study Bible based on the Revised Standard Version – 2nd Catholic Edition. 22So I will cast her on a sickbed and plunge those who commit adultery with her into intense suffering unless they repent of her works. * [2:18] Thyatira: modern Akhisar, ca. 11“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.c The victor shall not be harmed by the second death.”’*. The other six churches were located in the same province, situated roughly in a circle; they were selected for geographical reasons rather than for the size of their Christian communities. 3 Blessed is the one* who reads aloud and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message and heed what is written in it, … 2 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. 1:14, 15 who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 19 # Rev. 2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and found them to be false; 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s … For Catholic Christians, the Bible--the Old and New Testaments--is more than a document of mere historical interest. * [2:11] The second death: this refers to the eternal death, when sinners will receive their final punishment; cf. To the victor* I will give the right to eat from the tree of life that is in the garden of God.”’a. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will … * The last book in the biblical canon of the New Testament is the book of the Apocalypse (a.k.a. 15And you also have those who hold to the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. 2 “I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors.*. 9“I know your tribulation and poverty, but you are rich. Otherwise, they too shall die (Rev 2:23). It was renowned for its loyalty to Rome, and it also had a large Jewish community very hostile toward Christians. 1 'Write to the angel of the church in Ephesus and say, "Here is the message of the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who lives among the seven golden lamp-stands: 2 I know your activities, your hard work and your perseverance. Acts 14:2, 19; 17:5, 13. Nm 25:1–3; 31:16; 2 Pt 2:15; Jude 11), the Nicolaitans in Pergamum and Ephesus (Rev 2:6) accommodated their Christian faith to paganism. Rev 3:4–5. Revelation 2:1-7. 6But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Ps 78:24–25. The Bible calls itself "the Word of God." 25Even so, that which you have, hold on to it until I return. Whoever will prevail, he shall not be harmed by the second death. White amulet: literally, “white stone,” on which was written a magical name, whose power could be tapped by one who knew the secret name. * [2:24] The so-called deep secrets of Satan: literally, “the deep things of Satan,” a scathing reference to the perverse teaching of the Nicolaitans (Rev 2:15). You have some people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block before the Israelites: to eat food sacrificed to idols and to play the harlot.d In many ways God spoke to us--He revealed Himself. CHAPTER 1. 1* “To the angel of the church* in Ephesus,* write this: “‘The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands says this: Revelation 2:1-3:22: To the *church in Ephesus. 19“I know your works, your love, faith, service, and endurance, and that your last works are greater than the first. 12And to the Angel of the Church of Pergamus write: Thus says he who holds the sharp two-edged spear: 13I know where you dwell, where the seat of Satan is, and that you hold to my name and have not denied my faith, even in those days when Antipas was my faithful witness, who was slain among you, where Satan dwells. They are warned against Satanic power or knowledge (Rev 2:24–25). To Thyatira. * [2:20] The scheming and treacherous Jezebel of old (cf. To Ephesus. To the *church in Laodicea. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 8“To the angel of the church in Smyrna,* write this: “‘The first and the last, who once died but came to life, says this: Its antagonists may be divided into two classes according to the different standpoints from which they direct their attack, viz: (1) Rationalists (under this class we include both Deist and Agnostic writers). Revelation 2 2 1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; To Pergamum. And he said to me: These are they who are come out of great tribulation and have washed their robes and have made them white in the … * [2:23] Children: spiritual descendants. 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. Directions what to write to the angels or bishops of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamus and Thyatira. Copyright 2019-2021 USCCB, please review our Privacy Policy, On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Fratelli Tutti). 12“To the angel of the church in Pergamum,* write this: “‘The one with the sharp two-edged sword says this: 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up … * [2:14–15] Like Balaam, the biblical prototype of the religious compromiser (cf. 22Behold, I will cast her onto a bed, and those who commit adultery with her shall be in a very great tribulation, unless they repent from their works. Divine Revelation "By Letter" (2 Thess 2:15): The Bible. It urges them to repent (Rev 2:16) and promises them the hidden manna and Christ’s amulet (Rev 2:17). Indeed, the devil will throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will face an ordeal for ten days. Of the three Revelation passages given for funerals, this is the one chosen most often: I saw a new heaven and a new earth. And to him I will give the morning star. 14But I have a few things against you. 17“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. If you do not repent, I will … 24But I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not uphold this teaching and know nothing of the so-called deep secrets of Satan:* on you I will place no further burden, book of Revelation 2:1–29 Revelation 2:2 I know thy works and thy labour and thy patience and how thou canst not bear them that are evil. Revelation 2, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was originally compiled by priest … In its Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum, November 18, 1965) the Second Vatican Council spelled out in some detail what the Church believes and teaches with regard to divine revelation, primarily as it is contained in the Bible. 1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show his servants what must happen soon. thirty miles north of Ephesus, and the chief city of Lydia, with a temple to the goddess Roma. Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. Ignatius Catholic Study Bible The Letters of St. John, and Revelation Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch . 28just as I received authority from my Father. 16Therefore, repent. 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them that are evil, and thou hast tried them, who say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And thou hast patience, and hast endured for my name, and hast not fainted. 21And I gave her a time, so that she might do penance, but she is not willing to repent from her fornication. To the *church in Pergamum. I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out… But it admonishes them about members who advocate an unprincipled morality (Rev 2:14; cf. Rev 22:2, 14, 19. 2 who gives witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw. 250,000; it was the capital of the Roman province of Asia and the commercial, cultural, and religious center of Asia. 2“I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors. * [2:8–11] The letter to Smyrna encourages the Christians in this important commercial center by telling them that although they are impoverished, they are nevertheless rich, and calls those Jews who are slandering them members of the assembly of Satan (Rev 2:9). The tree of life that is in the garden of God: this is a reference to the tree in the primeval paradise (Gn 2:9); cf. forty miles southeast of Pergamum, a frontier town famous for its workers’ guilds (cf. Behold, the devil will cast some of you into prison, so that you may be tested. It concludes with a reference to the Nicolaitans (see note on Rev 2:6) and a promise that the victor will have access to eternal life (Rev 2:7). * [2:1] Ephesus: this great ancient city had a population of ca. And so, you have tested those who declare themselves to be Apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars. 7“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Rev 3:12; 19:12; Is 62:2; 65:15. Acts 20:29–30. 2 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks [] among the seven golden lampstands, says this:. For you permit the woman Jezabel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants, to commit fornication and to eat the food of idolatry. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. Ps 2:8–9) and resurrection victory over death, symbolized by the morning star; cf. 2:2 “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. To Smyrna. To the *church in Philadelphia. To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna;* I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name, which no one knows except the one who receives it.”’e. (Read Revelation 2:18-29) Even when the Lord knows the works of his people to be wrought in love, faith, zeal, and patience; yet if his eyes, which are as a flame of fire, observe them committing or allowing what is evil, he will rebuke, correct, or punish them. Revelation 3:7-13. An online version of the translation of the Bible used in Catholic liturgy in the United States as well as an audio guide for daily Mass readings for the current three months can be found on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Rev 20:6, 14–15; 21:8. Christians have been interpreting this book for centuries. To him who prevails, I will give to eat from the Tree of Life, which is in the Paradise of my God. a. For this reason the Church held it necessary to issue special decrees on the subject in the Vatican Council. * Repent and do the things you did at first. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. The prophetic book is encrypted with many codes and riddles from the Old and New Testaments. forty-five miles northeast of Smyrna, a center for various kinds of pagan worship. 21I have given her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her harlotry. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB’s) mission is to encounter the mercy of Christ and to accompany His people with joy. 25except that you must hold fast to what you have until I come. * [2:7] Victor: referring to any Christian individual who holds fast to the faith and does God’s will in the face of persecution. 4Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. 3 Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for … 23And I will put her sons to death, and all the Churches shall know that I am the one who examines temperaments and hearts. * [2:26] Who keeps to my ways: literally, “who keeps my works.”. 1 Kgs 19:1–2; 21:1–14; 2 Kgs 9:22, 30–34) introduced pagan customs into the religion of Israel; this new Jezebel was doing the same to Christianity. The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. ‘These things says the Son of God, # Rev. * [2:1–3:22] Each of the seven letters follows the same pattern: address; description of the exalted Christ; blame and/or praise for the church addressed; threat and/or admonition; final exhortation and promise to all Christians. 20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman # 1 Kin. Chapters 2 and 3 are the "things that are" division of Revelation. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. The Catholic Reader's Bible - Gospels & Acts, Epistles & Revelation (2 Book Set) Scripture in its original form – without all the verse numbers, section heads, comments, references, and footnotes; Generous, single-column pages graced with handsome, readable type; 2 volumes: The 4 Gospels & Acts of the Apostles, and The Epistles and Revelation Revelation), written by John toward the end of the reign of Emperor Domitian (A.D. 95), when he was in exile on the island of Patmos. Revelation 3:1-6. * * [2:12–17] The letter to Pergamum praises the members of the church for persevering in their faith in Christ even in the midst of a pagan setting and in face of persecution and martyrdom (Rev 2:13). Be faithful even unto death, and I will give to you the crown of life. But I say to you, —The possibility of Revelation as above explained has been strenuously denied from various points of view during the last century. 1 A revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him so that he could tell his servants what is now to take place very soon; he sent his angel to make it known to his servant John, 2 and John has borne witness to the Word of God and to the witness of Jesus Christ, everything that he saw. Bible > CPDV > Revelation 2 Revelation 2 Catholic Public Domain Version: Par To the Church in Ephesus (Acts 19:8–12; Ephesians 1:1–2) 1 “And to the Angel of the Church of Ephesus write: Thus says the One who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2 Pt 2:15; Jude 11) and others who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans (Rev 2:15; see note there). 10You should fear nothing amid those things which you will suffer. * [2:18–29] The letter to Thyatira praises the progress in virtue of this small Christian community (Rev 2:19) but admonishes them for tolerating a false prophet who leads them astray (Rev 2:20). 16:31; 21:25; 2 Kin. Revelation 7:14 And I said to him: My Lord, thou knowest. 23I will also put her children* to death. 16So do penance to the same extent. . They abused the principle of liberty enunciated by Paul (1 Cor 9:19–23). * [2:9–10] The church in Smyrna was materially poor but spiritually rich. The decree excluding humanity from the tree of life has been revoked by Christ. It is used here as a symbol of victory and joy; cf. And I will give to him a white emblem, and on the emblem, a new name has been written, which no one knows, except the one who receives it. Thus shall all the churches come to know that I am the searcher of hearts and minds and that I will give each of you what your works deserve.f He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will … 20Yet I hold this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, who teaches and misleads my servants to play the harlot and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 18“To the angel of the church in Thyatira,* write this: “‘The Son of God, whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like polished brass, says this: 29Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.”. * [2:26–28] The Christian who perseveres in faith will share in Christ’s messianic authority (cf. * I know the slander of those who claim to be Jews and are not, but rather are members of the assembly of Satan.b And you will have tribulation for ten days. 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