2Write this to Ephesus, to the Angel of the church. The One with Seven Stars in his right-fist grip, striding through the golden seven-lights' circle, speaks:G32G1577G2179G1125G3592G3004G2902G2033G792G1722G846G1188G3588G4043G1722G3319G2033G5552G3087 2"I see what you've done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can't stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders.G1492G4675G2041G2532G4675G2873G2532G4675G5281G2532G3754G1410G3756G941G2556G2532G3985G5335G1511G652G2532G1526G3756G2532G2147G846G5571 3I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out.G2532G941G2532G2192G5281G2532G1223G3450G1223G3686G2872G2532G2577G3756G2577 4"But you walked away from your first love—why? What's going on with you, anyway?G235G2192G2596G4675G3754G863G4675G4413G26 5Do you have any idea how far you've fallen? A Lucifer fall! "Turn back! Recover your dear early love. No time to waste, for I'm well on my way to removing your light from the golden circle.G3421G3767G4159G1601G2532G3340G2532G4160G4413G2041G1490G2064G4671G5035G2532G2795G4675G3087G1537G846G5117G3362G3340 6"You do have this to your credit: You hate the Nicolaitan business. I hate it, too.G235G5124G2192G3754G3404G2041G3531G3739G2504G3404 7"Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I'm about to call each conqueror to dinner. I'm spreading a banquet of Tree-of-Life fruit, a supper plucked from God's orchard."G2192G3775G191G5101G4151G3004G1577G846G3528G1325G5315G1537G3586G2222G3739G2076G1722G3319G3857G2316 8Write this to Smyrna, to the Angel of the church. The Beginning and Ending, the First and Final One, the Once Dead and Then Come Alive, speaks:G2532G32G1577G4668G1125G3592G3004G4413G2532G2078G3739G1096G3498G2532G2198 9"I can see your pain and poverty—constant pain, dire poverty—but I also see your wealth. And I hear the lie in the claims of those who pretend to be good Jews, who in fact belong to Satan's crowd.G1492G4675G2041G2532G2347G2532G4432G1161G1488G4145G2532G988G3588G3004G1438G1511G2453G2532G1526G3756G235G4864G4567 10"Fear nothing in the things you're about to suffer—but stay on guard! Fear nothing! The Devil is about to throw you in jail for a time of testing—ten days. It won't last forever. "Don't quit, even if it costs you your life. Stay there believing. I have a Life-Crown sized and ready for you.G5399G3367G3739G3195G3958G2400G1228G3195G906G1537G5216G1519G5438G2443G3985G2532G2192G2347G1176G2250G1096G4103G891G2288G2532G1325G4671G4735G2222 11"Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. Christ-conquerors are safe from Devil-death."G2192G3775G191G5101G4151G3004G1577G3528G91G3364G91G1537G1208G2288 12Write this to Pergamum, to the Angel of the church. The One with the sharp-biting sword draws from the sheath of his mouth—out come the sword words:G2532G32G1577G1722G4010G1125G3592G3004G2192G3691G4501G1366 13"I see where you live, right under the shadow of Satan's throne. But you continue boldly in my Name; you never once denied my Name, even when the pressure was worst, when they martyred Antipas, my witness who stayed faithful to me on Satan's turf.G1492G4675G2041G2532G4226G2730G3699G4567G2362G2532G2902G3450G3686G2532G720G3756G720G3450G4102G2532G1722G2250G1722G3739G493G3450G4103G3144G3739G615G3844G5213G3699G4567G2730 14"But why do you indulge that Balaam crowd? Don't you remember that Balaam was an enemy agent, seducing Balak and sabotaging Israel's holy pilgrimage by throwing unholy parties?G235G2192G3641G2596G4675G3754G2192G1563G2902G1322G903G3739G1722G1321G904G906G4625G1799G5207G2474G5315G1494G2532G4203 15And why do you put up with the Nicolaitans, who do the same thing?G3779G2192G4771G2532G2902G1322G3531G3739G3404 16"Enough! Don't give in to them; I'll be with you soon. I'm fed up and about to cut them to pieces with my sword-sharp words.G3340G1490G2064G4671G5035G2532G4170G3326G846G1722G4501G3450G4750 17"Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I'll give the sacred manna to every conqueror; I'll also give a clear, smooth stone inscribed with your new name, your secret new name."G2192G3775G191G5101G4151G3004G1577G846G3528G1325G5315G575G2928G3131G2532G1325G846G3022G5586G2532G1909G5586G2537G3686G1125G3739G3762G1097G1508G2983 18Write this to Thyatira, to the Angel of the church. God's Son, eyes pouring fire-blaze, standing on feet of furnace-fired bronze, says this:G2532G32G1577G1722G2363G1125G3592G3004G5207G2316G3588G2192G846G3788G5613G5395G4442G2532G846G4228G3664G5474 19"I see everything you're doing for me. Impressive! The love and the faith, the service and persistence. Yes, very impressive! You get better at it every day.G1492G4675G2041G2532G26G2532G1248G2532G4102G2532G4675G5281G2532G4675G2041G2532G2078G4119G4413 20"But why do you let that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet mislead my dear servants into Cross-denying, self-indulging religion?G235G2192G3641G2596G4675G3754G1439G1135G2403G3588G3004G1438G4398G1321G2532G4105G1699G1401G4203G2532G5315G1494 21I gave her a chance to change her ways, but she has no intention of giving up a career in the god-business.G2532G1325G846G5550G2443G3340G1537G846G4202G2532G3340G3756 22I'm about to lay her low, along with her partners, as they play their sex-and-religion games.G2400G1473G906G846G1519G2825G2532G3431G3326G846G1519G3173G2347G3362G3340G1537G846G2041 23The bastard offspring of their idol-whoring I'll kill. Then every church will know that appearances don't impress me. I x-ray every motive and make sure you get what's coming to you.G2532G615G846G5043G1722G2288G2532G3956G1577G1097G3754G1473G1510G3588G2045G3510G2532G2588G2532G1325G1538G5213G2596G5216G2041 24"The rest of you Thyatirans, who have nothing to do with this outrage, who scorn this playing around with the Devil that gets paraded as profundity, be assured I'll not make life any harder for you than it already is.G1161G5213G3004G2532G3062G1722G2363G3745G2192G3756G5026G1322G2532G3748G1097G3756G1097G899G4567G5613G3004G906G1909G5209G3756G243G922 25Hold on to the truth you have until I get there.G4133G3739G2192G2902G891G3739G302G2240 26"Here's the reward I have for every conqueror, everyone who keeps at it, refusing to give up: You'll rule the nations,G2532G3528G2532G5083G3450G2041G891G5056G846G1325G1849G1909G1484 27your Shepherd-King rule as firm as an iron staff, their resistance fragile as clay pots. This was the gift my Father gave me; I pass it along to you—G2532G4165G846G1722G4464G4603G5613G4632G2764G4937G2504G5613G2504G2983G3844G3450G3962 28and with it, the Morning Star!G2532G1325G846G4407G792 29"Are your ears awake? Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches."G2192G3775G191G5101G4151G3004G1577
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