In the Bible there are two sets of seven letters.
God used Paul to write the first set to seven churches; namely, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.
He used John to record the second set of letters – likewise sent to seven churches.
The first set of letters deals with the Church in a time of relative normalcy, while the second set of letters deals with the Church in an extraordinary time.
Just as the three Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke convey a normalcy about them in that they help men to know God, the Gospel of John is God’s reaction to men’s distortion, and hence this latter Gospel lays much stress on truth and grace.
The Epistles of John are also God’s reaction to abnormality, so they touch a great deal on light and love.
In Revelation chapters 2 and 3, God can be seen dealing the abnormal conditions of the Church.
The first set of letters to seven churches – those written by Paul – consider the proper conduct and behavior of the Church.
But in the time of John’s writing, the Church has degenerated terribly.
Accordingly, he was commanded to put into writing the second set of letters to seven churches as found in the Book of Revelation.
The first set of church letters confirm the truths the Church should know; the latter set communicate the way the Church ought to travel during her earthly pilgrimage.
Today we who really desire to walk in the way of the Lord should read chapters 2 and 3.
Today the Church constitutes a very serious problem for the Lord.
So Revelation tells us what we should do.
If Christians are not going to Revelation to find the way, I wonder where they are heading!