Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

“The Seven Assemblies of Revelation, and the Philadelphian Congregation” (CH3) – When Will the Messiah Return?

In the opening chapters of the Book of Revelation, Yeshua the Messiah directs His revealing or apokalupsis to the Apostle John, who is in turn commanded to send this message “to the seven assemblies in Asia” (Revelation 1:4, LITV). Among many pre-tribulationists, who think that the Body of Messiah is to be removed from Planet Earth before the events in Revelation occur, exists a very intriguing paradigm. At the close of Revelation, Yeshua clearly says that “these things [concern] the assemblies” (Revelation 22:16, YLT), meaning that each congregation, which was sent a copy of the message given by the Messiah to John, is to benefit in some way from studying and heeding it. Yeshua specifically says, “Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:7), which obviously extends beyond the original, ancient recipients of Revelation.

In the opening chapters of the Book of Revelation, Yeshua the Messiah directs His revealing or apokalupsis to the Apostle John, who is in turn commanded to send this message “to the seven assemblies in Asia” (Revelation 1:4, LITV). Among many pre-tribulationists, who think that the Body of Messiah is to be removed from Planet Earth before the events in Revelation occur, exists a very intriguing paradigm. At the close of Revelation, Yeshua clearly says that “these things [concern] the assemblies” (Revelation 22:16, YLT), meaning that each congregation, which was sent a copy of the message given by the Messiah to John, is to benefit in some way from studying and heeding it. Yeshua specifically says, “Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book” (Revelation 22:7), which obviously extends beyond the original, ancient recipients of Revelation.