Four-fold Reference for the Five (5) Churches to Repent:
- … “Remember thererfore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto the quickly and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.” (Rev. 2:5). (Emphasis added).
- … “Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.” (Rev. 2:16). (Emphasis added).
- … “Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, exept they repent of their deeds.” (Rev. 2:22). (Emphasis added).
- … “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 know what hour I will come upon thee.” (Rev. 3:3). (Emphasis added).
Commentary: These are the only references, in all of Revelation, for the Church and/or it’s members, to repent. These four exhortations by Christ come at the very beginning of Revelation in chapters two and three, when he is addressing the seven churches in Asia-Minor. These exhortations are made by Christ when he sees the sin being committed by these churches. No where else in Revelation is there a command by Christ, to repent. There are several verses indicating that men do not repent of their sins, however, the context of those verses do not include any exhortation to repent. The urging by Christ, for the Church to repent does NOT occur later in Revelation, since the Church is no longer on the earth. Put another checkmark on the logical list of reasons (mathematical axioms) for a pre-tribulation rapture. All four commands by Christ come with four consequences if the Christians of the five (5) Churches don’t repent.
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