2 – 3 – seven church letters:
- Ephesis – left their first love
- Smyrna – hang in
- Perganum – Nicolatians, antinomians
- Thyatria – Jezebel salaciousness (?) Dye trade, dinners
- Sardis – dead on your feet
- Philadelphia – hang in
- Laodicea – smug and lukewarm
2:10 – typical of the affirmation passages throughout
6:9 – note the vindictiveness of the persecuted with which the author is in full sympathy – no excuse for it – he just is. Hardly "rejoicing" in persecution – but for those who've gone through it, it's where you're at at least periodically in the experience. How many of us get "full marks" every time?
6:16 – "oh sinner-man, where you gunna run to?" (Song)
19:1f – contrast again – this author deals in broad brush not detail.
19:6f – hallelujah chorus
19:10 – the spirit of prophecy now is tested against the revelation of/by Christ
21:1f – nice imagery
21:22 – no church in heaven (millennial one that is (i.e. now?!), In that God is the temple and Christ the ark of the covenant (latter part subjective speculation)).
22:7 – last of Revelation's seven Beatitudes:
- 1:3 – hearers and keepers...
- 14:13 – Christian martyrs
- 16:15 – watch and keep their garments...
- 19:9 – those invited to marriage supper of the Lamb
- 20:6 – those share in first resurrection
- 22:14 – wash ropes and right to tree of life
- 22:7 – this one
Pretty thin gruel for all the labour involved. Generally, I see a Christianized Jewish book (s) with the overall message of "hang in there" – poetic and vivid in useful imagery for Christian artwork but being careful that we don't cross up "like" to "is".