“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).

Most of what is written by the Jewish apostle Yochanan (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 Biblically Jewish heritage, inclusive of the symbolism found in the ‘appointed times’ of the Lord, discrepancies and confusion slipped into the background. The Spirit of God opened my eyes to new and unique perspectives.  Several years ago I used a similar approach to study the seven congregations in Asia Minor.   Drawing from historical 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 understand the ‘hidden’ blessings and curses given by Yeshua.   The word ‘hidden’ is an Aramaic term suggesting 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 God.  

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 congregation.  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, Africa or South America.  Philadelphia was my church. Several years ago, God allowed me to attend a Messianic Jewish 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 that each representation of Messiah, the condition of the congregation, and the correction and the reward  had to do with the Jewish roots of Scripture. Every warning Yeshua gave the congregations has its roots in the Old Testament –– the Torah, the Prophets, and the Writings. Without using or misusing those Scriptures, it is easy to misinterpret Yochanan’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 through the Word 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, the promised heir for the eternal Kingdom promised to King David. He desires a Bride, a rib-portion of the Body, who loves him, loves his Hebrew name, loves his Jewish brothers and sisters, and loves his Hebrew culture. He desires a Bride who has a circumcised heart and who prepares herself to rule and reign with Him for all eternity.

It’s easy to embrace the message 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.  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 it has great value with an 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 turning a blind-eye to 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 eating ‘unclean’ foods, idolatry, and immoral sexual behavior.  We need to refine our spiritual discernment to be able to 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, but there are eternal consequences.   We need evaluate ‘church’ traditions that cause us to mix the holiness of Elohim and the profanity of false gods so we are not vomited out of Yeshua’s mouth.  We need to challenge ourselves each day to stay awake and prepare so 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 – The Seventh Seal

Chapter 9 – The Abyss

Chapter 10 – The Little Scroll

Chapter 11 – Two Witnesses

Chapter 12 – The Birth and The Dragon

Chapter 13 – The Beast and Its Mark

Chapter 14 – The New Song and the Harvest

Chapter 15 – Song of Moshe

Chapter 16 – The Bowls of Wrath

Chapter 17 – The Whore and The Beast

Chapter 18 – The Fall of Babylon

Chapter 19 – A Wedding and A War

Chapter 20 – The First Resurrection

Chapter 21 – The Restoration and Renewal

Chapter 22 – The Promise of Messiah