* 3Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for my name, and you have not grown weary. 23I will also put her children* to death. And to him I will give the morning star. 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. Repent and do the things you did at first. 11“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.c The victor shall not be harmed by the second death.”’*. * [2:8–11] The letter to Smyrna encourages the Christians in this important commercial center by telling them that although they are impoverished, they are nevertheless rich, and calls those Jews who are slandering them members of the assembly of Satan (Rev 2:9). And thou hast tried them who say they are apostles and are not: and hast found them liars: tribulation. An online version of the translation of the Bible used in Catholic liturgy in the United States as well as an audio guide for daily Mass readings for the current three months can be found on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Rev 22:16. 4Yet I hold this against you: you have lost the love you had at first. 6But you have this in your favor: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans,* which I also hate. However, there is also an element of future application: Modern churches will be able to see the same conditions within themselves. Chapter 2 begins the messages to the seven churches. 22So I will cast her on a sickbed and plunge those who commit adultery with her into intense suffering unless they repent of her works. 7Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. 10You should fear nothing amid those things which you will suffer. Ps 2:8–9) and resurrection victory over death, symbolized by the morning star; cf. There is little evidence for connecting this group with Nicolaus, the proselyte from Antioch, mentioned in Acts 6:5. thirty miles north of Ephesus, and the chief city of Lydia, with a temple to the goddess Roma. Revelation 3:7-13. Revelation 2:8-11. In its Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum, November 18, 1965) the Second Vatican Council spelled out in some detail what the Church believes and teaches with regard to divine revelation, primarily as it is contained in the Bible. There is no admonition; rather, the Christians are told that they will suffer much, even death, but the time of tribulation will be short compared to their eternal reward (Rev 2:10), and they will thus escape final damnation (Rev 2:11). Revelation 2:1-7. St. John is ordered to write to the seven churches in Asia. 26“‘“To the victor,* who keeps to my ways* until the end. For any queries contact us through the e-mail address given below. God sees and addresses the conditions that existed within the seven churches at that time. For you permit the woman Jezabel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants, to commit fornication and to eat the food of idolatry. * For Catholic Christians, the Bible--the Old and New Testaments--is more than a document of mere historical interest. REV 2:23 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 to your works. Rev 3:4–5. Divine Revelation "By Letter" (2 Thess 2:15): The Bible. 18“To the angel of the church in Thyatira,* write this: “‘The Son of God, whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like polished brass, says this: The manner of Christ's appearing to him. Otherwise, they too shall die (Rev 2:23). 9:7, 22, 30 Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and … Revelation 2:18-29. To the *church in Sardis. Behold, the devil will cast some of you into prison, so that you may be tested. Indeed, the devil will throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will face an ordeal for ten days. Otherwise, I will come to you quickly and wage war against them with the sword of my mouth. 1 A revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him so that he could tell his servants what is now to take place very soon; he sent his angel to make it known to his servant John, 2 and John has borne witness to the Word of God and to the witness of Jesus Christ, everything that he saw. 1 'Write to the angel of the church in Ephesus and say, "Here is the message of the one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and who lives among the seven golden lamp-stands: 2 I know your activities, your hard work and your perseverance. Nm 25:1–3; 31:16; 2 Pt 2:15; Jude 11), the Nicolaitans in Pergamum and Ephesus (Rev 2:6) accommodated their Christian faith to paganism. Thus shall all the churches come to know that I am the searcher of hearts and minds and that I will give each of you what your works deserve.f The Bible calls itself "the Word of God." 15Likewise, you also have some people who hold to the teaching of [the] Nicolaitans. 12And to the Angel of the Church of Pergamus write: Thus says he who holds the sharp two-edged spear: 13I know where you dwell, where the seat of Satan is, and that you hold to my name and have not denied my faith, even in those days when Antipas was my faithful witness, who was slain among you, where Satan dwells. Directions what to write to the angels or bishops of Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamus and Thyatira. * [2:13] Satan’s throne: the reference is to emperor worship and other pagan practices that flourished in Pergamum, perhaps specifically to the white marble altar erected and dedicated to Zeus by Eumenes II (197–160 B.C.). It also had an outstanding library (the word parchment is derived from its name). Of the three Revelation passages given for funerals, this is the one chosen most often: I saw a new heaven and a new earth. 2 “I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors.*. forty-five miles northeast of Smyrna, a center for various kinds of pagan worship. 3And you have patient endurance for the sake of my name, and you have not fallen away. * [2:1] Ephesus: this great ancient city had a population of ca. 14But I have a few things against you. * Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. Otherwise, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. * [2:12] Pergamum: modern Bergama, ca. If you do not repent, I will … The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB’s) mission is to encounter the mercy of Christ and to accompany His people with joy. The prophetic book is encrypted with many codes and riddles from the Old and New Testaments. 2 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. You have some people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who instructed Balak to put a stumbling block before the Israelites: to eat food sacrificed to idols and to play the harlot.d The tree of life that is in the garden of God: this is a reference to the tree in the primeval paradise (Gn 2:9); cf. Acts 16:14), membership in which may have involved festal meals in pagan temples. Consider how far you have fallen! * [2:6] Nicolaitans: these are perhaps the impostors of Rev 2:2; see note on Rev 2:14–15. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. Rev 22:2, 14, 19. They abused the principle of liberty enunciated by Paul (1 Cor 9:19–23). 5And so, call to mind the place from which you have fallen, and do penance, and do the first works. 28just as I received authority from my Father. 13“I know that you live where Satan’s throne* is, and yet you hold fast to my name and have not denied your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was martyred among you, where Satan lives. * Those who remain faithful will share in the messianic reign, having authority over nations (Rev 2:26–27), and will in fact possess Christ himself (Rev 2:28). * [2:18–29] The letter to Thyatira praises the progress in virtue of this small Christian community (Rev 2:19) but admonishes them for tolerating a false prophet who leads them astray (Rev 2:20). Those who adopt this standpoint rely in the main on two fundamental objec… * [2:23] Children: spiritual descendants. 2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. Ps 78:24–25. 14* Yet I have a few things against you. White amulet: literally, “white stone,” on which was written a magical name, whose power could be tapped by one who knew the secret name. Repent, and do the works you did at first. To him who prevails, I will give to eat from the Tree of Life, which is in the Paradise of my God. 27And he shall rule them with an iron rod, and they shall be broken like the earthenware of a potter. * [2:17] The hidden manna: this is the food of life; cf. 2 Pt 2:15; Jude 11) and others who follow the teaching of the Nicolaitans (Rev 2:15; see note there). Revelation 2:1-3:22: To the *church in Ephesus. 20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman # 1 Kin. 3 Blessed is the one* who reads aloud and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message and heed what is written in it, … Accusations made by Jewish brethren there occasioned the persecution of Christians; cf. And I will give to him the morning star. To the Church in Ephesus(Acts 19:8–12; Ephesians 1:1–2). —The possibility of Revelation as above explained has been strenuously denied from various points of view during the last century. 2 “‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and found them to be false; 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s … And so, you have tested those who declare themselves to be Apostles and are not, and you have found them to be liars. 5Realize how far you have fallen. 21And I gave her a time, so that she might do penance, but she is not willing to repent from her fornication. The Catholic faith is based on divine revelation. 22. New name: this is a reference to the Christian’s rebirth in Christ; cf. 2“I know your works, your labor, and your endurance, and that you cannot tolerate the wicked; you have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, and discovered that they are impostors. And I will give to each one of you according to your works. To him who prevails, I will give the hidden manna. It was renowned for its loyalty to Rome, and it also had a large Jewish community very hostile toward Christians. 9“I know your tribulation and poverty, but you are rich. 19“I know your works, your love, faith, service, and endurance, and that your last works are greater than the first. 2 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks [] among the seven golden lampstands, says this:. * [2:7] Victor: referring to any Christian individual who holds fast to the faith and does God’s will in the face of persecution. Revelation. Revelation 2:2 I know thy works and thy labour and thy patience and how thou canst not bear them that are evil. book of Revelation 2:1–29 19I know your works, and your faith and charity, and your ministry and patient endurance, and that your more recent works are greater than the earlier ones. It is used here as a symbol of victory and joy; cf. Its antagonists may be divided into two classes according to the different standpoints from which they direct their attack, viz: (1) Rationalists (under this class we include both Deist and Agnostic writers). Acts 14:2, 19; 17:5, 13. To Smyrna. To the victor I shall give some of the hidden manna;* I shall also give a white amulet upon which is inscribed a new name, which no one knows except the one who receives it.”’e. forty miles southeast of Pergamum, a frontier town famous for its workers’ guilds (cf. 8And to the Angel of the Church of Smyrna write: Thus says the First and the Last, he who was dead and now lives: 9I know your tribulation and your poverty, but you are rich, and that you are blasphemed by those who declare themselves to be Jews and are not, but who are a synagogue of Satan. To the *church in Philadelphia. It concludes with a reference to the Nicolaitans (see note on Rev 2:6) and a promise that the victor will have access to eternal life (Rev 2:7). * [2:26] Who keeps to my ways: literally, “who keeps my works.”. Chapters 2 and 3 are the "things that are" division of Revelation. 1 Kgs 19:1–2; 21:1–14; 2 Kgs 9:22, 30–34) introduced pagan customs into the religion of Israel; this new Jezebel was doing the same to Christianity. If you do less, I will come to you quickly and I will fight against these ones with the sword of my mouth. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,a. 21I have given her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her harlotry. * [2:12–17] The letter to Pergamum praises the members of the church for persevering in their faith in Christ even in the midst of a pagan setting and in face of persecution and martyrdom (Rev 2:13). 7“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 2:12-17. Whoever will prevail, he shall not be harmed by the second death. Ignatius Catholic Study Bible The Letters of St. John, and Revelation Scott Hahn and Curtis Mitch . * [2:1–7] The letter to Ephesus praises the members of the church there for their works and virtues, including discerning false teachers (Rev 2:2–3), but admonishes them to repent and return to their former devotion (Rev 2:4–5). Be faithful even unto death, and I will give to you the crown of life. Yet, Jesus, the Son of God, is the perfect revelation … * [2:1–3:22] Each of the seven letters follows the same pattern: address; description of the exalted Christ; blame and/or praise for the church addressed; threat and/or admonition; final exhortation and promise to all Christians. 1“And to the Angel of the Church of Ephesus write: Thus says the One who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 2I know your works, and your hardship and patient endurance, and that you cannot stand those who are evil. * [2:8] Smyrna: modern Izmir, ca. * [2:9–10] The church in Smyrna was materially poor but spiritually rich. * [2:20] The scheming and treacherous Jezebel of old (cf. 3 Moreover, you have endurance and have suffered for … 25Even so, that which you have, hold on to it until I return. It urges them to repent (Rev 2:16) and promises them the hidden manna and Christ’s amulet (Rev 2:17). To Ephesus. REV 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. To Ephesus. 29Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.”. a. because--Translate, "I have against thee (this) that," &c. It is not a mere somewhat"; it … He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will … To the victor* I will give the right to eat from the tree of life that is in the garden of God.”’a. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. 29“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’. And you will have tribulation for ten days. * I know the slander of those who claim to be Jews and are not, but rather are members of the assembly of Satan.b 16Therefore, repent. To Thyatira. 16So do penance to the same extent. Revelation 2 2 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 midst of the seven golden candlesticks; The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. Rev 20:6, 14–15; 21:8. ©2020 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands, The tree of life that is in the garden of God, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Explore more inspirational selections here. * [2:2] Who call themselves,impostors: this refers to unauthorized and perverse missionaries; cf. ‘These things says the Son of God, # Rev. 24But I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not uphold this teaching and know nothing of the so-called deep secrets of Satan:* on you I will place no further burden, (Read Revelation 2:18-29) Even when the Lord knows the works of his people to be wrought in love, faith, zeal, and patience; yet if his eyes, which are as a flame of fire, observe them committing or allowing what is evil, he will rebuke, correct, or punish them. . And I will give to him a white emblem, and on the emblem, a new name has been written, which no one knows, except the one who receives it. Walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands: this signifies that Christ is always present in the church; see note on Rev 1:4. * [2:26–28] The Christian who perseveres in faith will share in Christ’s messianic authority (cf. [2:7] 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; 13:9; Mt 11:15. d. [2:14] Nm 22–24; 25:1–3; 31:16; 2 Pt 2:15; Jude 11. 20Yet I hold this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, who teaches and misleads my servants to play the harlot and to eat food sacrificed to idols. To the *church in Laodicea. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will … For this reason the Church held it necessary to issue special decrees on the subject in the Vatican Council. Kindly note that this site is maintained by a small group of enthusiastic Catholics and this is not from any Church or any Religious Organization. 2 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands. And he said to me: These are they who are come out of great tribulation and have washed their robes and have made them white in the … 16:31; 21:25; 2 Kin. In this series, we will be going over the major themes of the Book of Revelation and decoding it from the Catholic perspective. 15And you also have those who hold to the doctrine of the Nicolaitans. Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 22Behold, I will cast her onto a bed, and those who commit adultery with her shall be in a very great tribulation, unless they repent from their works. 23And I will put her sons to death, and all the Churches shall know that I am the one who examines temperaments and hearts. This contains study questions for the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, the only Catholic study Bible based on the Revised Standard Version – 2nd Catholic Edition. CHAPTER 1. Revelation 2, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was originally compiled by priest … Acts 20:29–30. But I say to you, 2:2 “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first. To the *church in Pergamum. * [2:24] The so-called deep secrets of Satan: literally, “the deep things of Satan,” a scathing reference to the perverse teaching of the Nicolaitans (Rev 2:15). 4But I have this against you: that you have relinquished your first charity. 8“To the angel of the church in Smyrna,* write this: “‘The first and the last, who once died but came to life, says this: Revelation), written by John toward the end of the reign of Emperor Domitian (A.D. 95), when he was in exile on the island of Patmos. 1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show his servants what must happen soon. 24and to the others who are at Thyatira: Whoever does not hold to this doctrine, and who has not ‘known the depths of Satan,’ as they say, I will not set any other weight upon you. Copyright 2019-2021 USCCB, please review our Privacy Policy, On Fraternity and Social Friendship (Fratelli Tutti). The Catholic Reader's Bible - Gospels & Acts, Epistles & Revelation (2 Book Set) Scripture in its original form – without all the verse numbers, section heads, comments, references, and footnotes; Generous, single-column pages graced with handsome, readable type; 2 volumes: The 4 Gospels & Acts of the Apostles, and The Epistles and Revelation Christians have been interpreting this book for centuries. * 1:14, 15 who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass: 19 # Rev. Catholic Gallery offers Daily Mass Readings, Prayers, Quotes, Bible Online, Yearly plan to read bible, Saint of the day and much more. Revelation 7, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was originally compiled by priest … The last book in the biblical canon of the New Testament is the book of the Apocalypse (a.k.a. To the *church in Smyrna. 20But I have a few things against you. 12“To the angel of the church in Pergamum,* write this: “‘The one with the sharp two-edged sword says this: 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them that are evil, and thou hast tried them, who say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 And thou hast patience, and hast endured for my name, and hast not fainted. 28The same I also have received from my Father. The Book of Revelation is the most mysterious book of the Bible. 26And whoever will prevail and will observe my works even unto the end, I will give to him authority over the nations. The decree excluding humanity from the tree of life has been revoked by Christ. For more information on the study Bible, or to I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out… The Book of Revelation (also called the Apocalypse of John, Revelation to John or Revelation from Jesus Christ) is the final book of the New Testament, and consequently is also the final book of the Christian Bible.Its title is derived from the first word of the Koine Greek text: apokalypsis, meaning "unveiling" or "revelation. Bible > CPDV > Revelation 2 Revelation 2 Catholic Public Domain Version: Par To the Church in Ephesus (Acts 19:8–12; Ephesians 1:1–2) 1 “And to the Angel of the Church of Ephesus write: Thus says the One who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands: 17Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. somewhat . 11Whoever has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. . Revelation 7:14 And I said to him: My Lord, thou knowest. 3 I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up … In many ways God spoke to us--He revealed Himself. * [2:18] Thyatira: modern Akhisar, ca. The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. To Pergamum. 2 who gives witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw. They are warned against Satanic power or knowledge (Rev 2:24–25). 25except that you must hold fast to what you have until I come. But it admonishes them about members who advocate an unprincipled morality (Rev 2:14; cf. * [2:11] The second death: this refers to the eternal death, when sinners will receive their final punishment; cf. Her fate is sealed, but there is hope of repentance for her followers (Rev 2:21–22). For you have, in that place, those who hold to the doctrine of Balaam, who instructed Balak to cast a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat and to commit fornication. To the *church in Thyatira. 1* “To the angel of the church* in Ephesus,* write this: “‘The one who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks in the midst of the seven gold lampstands says this: * [2:14–15] Like Balaam, the biblical prototype of the religious compromiser (cf. 6But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. Revelation 3:1-6. The other six churches were located in the same province, situated roughly in a circle; they were selected for geographical reasons rather than for the size of their Christian communities. Revelation 2 New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB1995) Message to Ephesus. 250,000; it was the capital of the Roman province of Asia and the commercial, cultural, and religious center of Asia. 10Do not be afraid of anything that you are going to suffer. Rev 3:12; 19:12; Is 62:2; 65:15. 17“‘“Whoever has ears ought to hear what the Spirit says to the churches. 18And to the Angel of the Church of Thyatira write: Thus says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and his feet are like shining brass.