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. Chapter 2.

The Message to Ephesus (Ephesus)

1 TO THE ANGEL of the church at Ephesus write:

'"These are the words of the One who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven lamps of gold:
2 I know all your ways, your toil and your fortitude. I know you cannot endure evil men; you have put to the proof those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 Fortitude you have; you have borne up in my cause and never flagged. 4 But I have this against you: you have lost your early love. 5 Think from what a height you have fallen; repent, and do as you once did. Otherwise, if you do not repent, I shall come to you and remove your lamp from its place. 6 Yet you have this in your favour: you hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, as I do. 7 Hear, you who have ears to hear, what the Spirit says to the churches! To him who is victorious I will give the right to eat from the tree of life that stands in the Garden of God."

The Message to Smyrna

8 'To the angel of the church at Smyrna write:

'"These are the words of the First and the Last, who was dead and came to life again: 9 I know how hard pressed you are, and poor—and yet you are rich; I know how you are slandered by those who claim to be Jews but are not—they are Satan's synagogue. 10 Do not be afraid of the suffering to come. The Devil will throw some of you into prison, to put you to the test; and for ten days you will suffer cruelly. Only be faithful till death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 Hear, you who have ears to hear, what the Spirit says to the churches! He who is victorious cannot be harmed by the second death."

The Message to Pergamum

12 'To the angel of the church at Pergamum write:

'"These are the words of the One who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13 I know where you live; it is the place where Satan has his throne. And yet you are holding fast to my cause. You did not deny your faith in me even at the time when Antipas, my faithful witness, was killed in your city, the home of Satan. 14 But I have a few matters to bring against you: you have in Pergamum some that hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put temptation in the way of the Israelites. He encouraged them to eat food sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication, 15 and in the same way you also have some who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. 16 So repent! If you do not, I shall come to you soon and make war upon them with the sword that comes out of my mouth. 17 Hear, you who have ears to hear, what the Spirit says to the churches! To him who is victorious I will give some of the hidden manna; I will give him also a white stone, and on the stone will be written a new name, known to none but him that receives it."

The Message to Thyatira

18 'To the angel of the church at Thyatira write:

'"These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes flame like fire and whose feet gleam like burnished brass: 19 I know all your ways, your love and faithfulness, your good service and your fortitude; and of late you have done even better than at first. 20 Yet I have this against you: you tolerate that Jezebel, the woman who claims to be a prophetess, who by her teaching lures my servants into fornication and into eating food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her fornication. 22 So I will throw her on to a bed of pain, [One witness reads: into a furnace.] and plunge her lovers into terrible suffering, unless they forswear what she is doing; 23 and her children I will strike dead. This will teach all the churches that I am the searcher of men's hearts and thoughts, and that I will reward each one of you according to his deeds. 24 And now I speak to you others in Thyatira, who do not accept this teaching and have had no experience of what they like to call the deep secrets of Satan; on you I will impose no further burden. 25 Only hold fast to what you have, until I come. 26 [ Ps.2.8-9, PsSol.17.23. ] To him who is victorious, to him who perseveres in doing my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 that same authority which I received from my Father—and he shall rule them with an iron rod, smashing them to bits like earthenware; 28 and I will give him also the star of dawn. 29 Hear, you who have ears to hear, what the Spirit says to the churches!"

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