Today, some christian insists that “new name” indicates the churches in Rev. 3: 1 “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things…”
However, according to the Bible’s teaching, you are misunderstanding the Book of Revelation.
We should not twist a piece of Scripture, we must read whole verses of the Bible.
If you read all verses of the book of Revelation in detail, you might know your thought is wrong.
What did Revelation describe?
Let’s see Rev 1:1
“The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw–that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
The book of Revelation prophesied what must soon take place, and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Actually, chapter 2 and chapter 3 of the Revelation described John delivered Jesus’ teachings to 7 churches. Through follow verses, we can understand “I” of Rev 3:12, Rev 2:17 indicates Jesus.
” “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” “
Here, Who is “I”? church? Jesus?
” When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.”
Here, Who can be the Alpha and the Omega and the First and the Last ? church? Jesus?
“The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.”
Here, the seven lampstands represents the seven churches.
“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands: I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.”
Here, Who is “I”? Who can have 7 church? Church or Jesus?
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death.”
Here, We can understand very clearly through this verse.
What does “The Spirit says to the churches” mean?
Who is “I”? Church or Jesus?
Here, He is the saints or churches who overcomes.
If you read in more detail, you can understand “I” indicates Jesus in Rev 3.