July/August 2006

The 7 Churches of Revelation

A look at Christ’s letters to the churches of Revelation


In this issue of Israel My Glory, our authors break down Christ’s letters to the seven churches of Revelation and apply them to our lives today. Also, Lorna Simcox discusses the extraordinary faith of a slave girl in the book of 2 Kings, and Elwood McQuaid shows how a crusade is under way to rid America of Christianity.

Features

Jihad, American Style

A crusade is under way to rid America of Christianity. If this statement seems harsh to you, you may change your mind after reading this article.

Ephesus: Serving Without Love Revelation 2:1–7

The church in Ephesus had much going for it. Yet it was deficient in an area that many of us are deficient in today. And God was not pleased.

The Peril of Compromise Revelation 2:12–17

Contrary to what some people believe, Satan’s throne is not in hell. In ancient days, it was in the sophisticated city of Pergamos, which also had a church.

Sardis: Averting Spiritual Suicide Revelation 3:1–6

How can a church that seems spiritually alive actually be dead? It happens all the time. The symptoms may surprise you. But, praise God, there is a cure.

Danger! Lukewarmness Ahead Revelation 3:14–22

God was upset with the church in Laodicea. And He explained its condition using a comparison the Laodiceans would have no trouble understanding.

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Up, Up, and Away!

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Hold Fast Revelation 2:18–29

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Israel’s Defilement Removed

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