R E V E L A T I O N.
The apostle John, having in the foregoing chapter
written the things which he had seen, now proceeds to write the
things that are, according to the command of God (ch. i. 19), that is, the
present state of the seven churches of Asia, with which he had a
particular acquaintance, and for which he had a tender concern. He
was directed to write to every one of them according to their
present state and circumstances, and to inscribe every letter to
the angel of that church, to the minister or rather ministry of
that church, called angels because they are the messengers of God
to mankind. In this chapter we have, I. The message sent to
Ephesus, ver. 1-7. II. To
Smyrna, ver. 8-11. III. To
Pergamos, ver. 12-17. IV.
To Thyatira, ver. 18,