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seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks, is: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches ; and, the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

SECTION II.

Address to the Ministry and Church of Ephesus. II. 1.–Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus

write ; These things saith he that holdeth the

seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the 2 midst of the seven golden candlesticks; I know

thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil : and thou hast tried them which say they are

apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars : 3 and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my

name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, 5 because thou hast left thy first love. Remember

therefore from whence thou art fallen; and repent, and do the first works ; or else I will come

unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick 6 out of his place, except thou repent. But this

thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Ni7. colaitanes, which I also hate. He that hath an

ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches'; To him that overcometh will I give

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to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.

SECTION III.

Address to the Ministry and Church of Smyrna.

8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna

write; These things saith the first and the last, 9 which was dead, and is alive; I know thy works,

and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich,) and I know the blasphemy of those who say they

are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of 10 Satan. Fear none of those things which thou

shalt suffer : behold the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried : and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful

unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear let him hear what the

Spirit saith unto the churches ; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

SECTION IV.

Address to the Ministry and Church of Pergamos.

12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos

write; These things saith he which hath the 13 sharp sword with two edges ; I know thy works,

and where thou dwellest, even where Satan's seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein

Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain 14 among you, where Satan dwelleth. But I have

a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling-block be

fore the children of Israel, to eat things sacri15 ficed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So

hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of 16 the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. Repent ;

or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of

my

mouth. 17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the

Spirit saith unto the churches ; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

SECTION V.

Address to the Ministry and Church of Thyatira.

18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira

write; These things saith the Son of God, who

hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his 19 feet are like fine brass; I know thy. works,

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and charity, and service, and faith, and thy

patience, and thy last works to be more than the 20 first. Notwithstanding, I have a few things

against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit for

nication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. 21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornica22 tion; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast

her into a bed, and them that commit adultery

with her into great tribulation, except they re23 pent of their deeds. And I will kill her children

with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts;

and I will give unto every one of you according 24 to your works. But unto you I say, the rest in

Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as

they speak; I will put upon you none other 25 burden. But that which ye have already, hold 26 fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and

keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I 27 give power over the nations : and he shall rule

them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a

potter shall they be broken to shivers ; even as 28 I received of my Father. And I will give him 29 the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him

hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

SECTION VI.

Address to the Ministry and Church of Sardis.

III. 1.–And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars ;

I know thy works, that thou hast a name that 2 thou livest, and art dead. Be watchful, and

strengthen the things which remain, that are

ready to die: for I have not found thy works 3 perfect before God. Remember therefore how

thou hast received and heard; and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I

will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not 4 know what hour I will come upon thee. Thou

hast a few names even in Sardis which have not

defiled their garments; and they shall walk with 5 me in white; for they are worthy. He that

overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out

of the book of life, but I will confess his name 6 before my Father, and before his angels. He

that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spiri saith unto the churches.

SECTION VII.

Address to the Ministry and Church of Philadelphia. 7 And to the angel of the church of Philadelphia

write; These things saith he that is holy, he

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