“At the beginning I announce the end, proclaim in advance things not yet done; and I say that my plan will hold, I will do everything I please to do” (Isaiah 46:10).

Much of what is written in by the Jewish apostle Yochanon (John) in the Book of Revelation is found throughout the Torah and the Prophets beginning in Genesis with the creation of the heavens and the earth.   This shouldn’t be surprising because everything that Yochanan knew and understood came from the only Scriptures available – The Hebrew Scriptures. 

As I have studied Revelation throughout the years adding my understanding of my Biblical heritage inclusive of the symbolism found in the ‘appointed times’ of the Lord, discrepancies and confusion slipped into the background and the Spirit opened my eyes to new and unique perspectives.  I used that understanding several years ago to study the seven congregations.   Drawing from events that happened to Isra’el transformed preconceived ideas and previous teachings that didn’t include a Hebrew perspective and were even anti-semitic at their core. 

“These things happened to them as prefigurative historical events, and they were written down as a warning to us who are living in the acharit-hayamim [days of redemption, when fullness of peace shall come for all generations]” (1 Corinthians 10:11).

Adding to my faith, knowledge, I  began to understanding the ‘hidden’ blessings and curses given by Yeshua grounded in Biblically Jewish history.   The word ‘hidden’ is an Aramaic term that suggests there is more to Revelation than what is on the surface or the Hebrew sod – the mysterious meaning of the words of Yochanan given through the inspiration of the Spirit of Elohim.  

Growing up near Philadelphia, I always believed the Congregation in Philadelphia was my church because God talked directly to me through the words to that church.  I hung on every sentence even though I was only ten years old and didn’t understand much of what I was reading.   I had no idea if the churches were in Asia Minor or Africa or South America.  Philadelphia was my church. Several years ago, God allowed me to attend a Messianic congregation in Philadelphia on the Feast of Trumpets.  A desire of my heart was fulfilled and I cherished the whole experience – even being escorted to the front row with my entire family!

I also had no idea as a child each representation of Messiah, the condition of the congregation, the correction and the reward  had to do with the Jewish roots of Scripture. Every warning Yeshua gave the congregations can be found throughout the Old Testament, the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings.  Without using those Scriptures, it is easy to misinterpret John’s already confusing vision and the importance of the messages given to the angels who guarded each first century Messianic congregation in Asia Minor.

I no longer live near the city of Philadelphia, but that congregation took hold of my heart over 50 years ago and has never let go.  I believe the reason comes from knowing who holds the Key of David.  Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah,  is the promised heir for the eternal Kingdom promised to King David. He desires a Bride who loves him, his Hebrew name, his Jewish people, his Hebrew culture. He desire a Bride who has a circumcised heart and who prepares herself to rule and reign with Him in for all eternity.

It’s easy to embrace the messages to Philadelphia or even Smyrna because Yeshua has no corrections for them.  However, we must as individual believers consider the spiritual condition of each congregation, the rebuke, the challenge to overcome and their reward.  None of us are in a perfect spiritual condition as long as we are in this world.  We need to take to heart the messages given to these seven congregations so we do not  lose our first love and our light to the world.  We need to embrace suffering because Yeshua sees it as having great value with eternal reward.  We need to repent from sinning against Elohim by breaking those commandments that we either neglect or rationalize no longer have value.  We need to stop denying the spots on our robes and purify ourselves.  We need to discern false Messiahs and shepherds who lead us away from the pure Word into practices that include ‘unclean’ foods, idolatry, and immoral sexual behavior.  We need to refine our spiritual discernment and fight against the secret ways of the Adversary.  No one seeks to be thrown into the lake of fire and be eternally separated from Elohim.  We need reconsider ‘church’ traditions that make us lukewarm and worthy of being vomited out of Yeshua’s mouth.  We need to challenge ourselves everyday to stay awake and prepare we can receive a crown of glory, a white linen garment, a new name and a new home in the New Jerusalem.

Chapter 1 – Unveiling Yeshua

Chapter 2 – Ephesus

Chapter 2 – Smyrna

Chapter 2 – Pergamum

Chapter 2 – Thyatira

Chapter 3 – Sardis

Chapter 3 – Philadelphia

Chapter 3 – Laodicea

Chapter 4 – Heavenly Throne

Chapter 5 – The Scroll

Chapter 6 – The Seals

Chapter 7 – Servants of God

Chapter 7 – The White Robes

Chapter 8 – Seventh Seal and Trumpets