(From: REVELATION #3 - 2:1-11)
D. 2:1-7 EPHESUS: A CHURCH HAVING LOST ITS FIRST LOVE
a. 2:1-3 8-FOLD COMMENDATION OF JESUS TO EPHESUS
Toag-GElotoen E-PHEsoek-kleSIas  GRApson:
To the angel :of the church in Ephesus write:
TAde LEgei ho kraTON  tous hepTA aSTEras en tede-xiA auTOU,
These things says he who holds the seven stars in his :right,
ho pe-ri-paTON  en MEsoton hepTA luch-niON  ton chruSON:
who walks midst the seven :golden lampstands:
OIda ta ERga sou, kai ton KOpon  kai ten hu-po-moNEN  sou,
2 I know your :works, and your :toil and :patience,
kai HOti ou DUnebasTAsai  kaKOUS, kai ePEIra-sas  tous LEgon-tas he-auTOUS a-posTOlou,
and that you cannot bear evil men ,and did try them that call themselves apostles,
kai ouk eiSIN, kai HEUres auTOUS pseuDEIS ;
and they are not, and did find them false;
kai hu-po-moNEN Echeis kai eBAsta-sas  diA to OnoMAmou, kai ou ke-koPIa-kes .
3 and you have patience and did bear for my :name’s sake, and have not grown weary.
b. 2:4 But I have thisagainst you, that you did leave your first :love.
alLA Echo kaTA sou, HOti ten aGApen  sou ten PROten  aPHEkes .
c. 2:5 REMEMBER AND REPENT – OR REMOVAL!
mneMOneu-e  oun POthen PEPto-kes , kai me-taNOe-son 
Remember therefore whence you are fallen, and repent
kai ta PROta ERga  POIe-son; ei de meERchoMAI soi,
and do the first works; else I come to you,
kai kiNEso ten luchNIan sou ek tou TOpou  auTES, eAN meme-ta-noEses.
and will move your :lampstand out of its :place, except you repent.
d. 2:6 But this you have, that you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
alLA TOUto Echeis, HOti miSEIS  ta ERga ton Ni-ko-la-iTON, ha ka’ ’GOmiSO.
e. 2:7a Who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
HO Echon ous, a-kouSAto ti to PNEUma  LEgei tais ek-kleSIais.
f. 2:7b PROMISE TO OVERCOMERS – PARTAKERS OF THE TREE OF LIFE
ToniKONti , DOsoauTOphaGEIN ek tou XUlou  tes zo-ES,
To him that overcomes, to him will I give to eat of the tree of :life,
ho es-tin en topa-raDEIso tou TheOU.
which is in the Paradise of :God.
E. 2:8-11 SMYRNA: A CHURCH IN TRIBULATION
a. 2:8-9 CHRIST KNOWS AND CARES ABOUT ALL OUR TROUBLES
Kai toagGElotoen SMURneek-kleSIas GRApson:
And to the angel :of thechurch in Smyrna write:
TAde LEgei ho PROtos kai ho EScha-tos , Hos eGEne-to neKROS, kai Eze-sen :
These thingssays the first and the last, who became dead, and lived:
OiDA sou ten THLIpsin , kai ten ptoCHEIan  (alLA PLOUsi-os ) ei,
9 I know your :tribulation, and :poverty (but you are rich),
kai ten blas-pheMIan  ek ton leGONton I-ouDAIous EInai he-auTOUS,
and the blasphemy from them that say they are Jews,
kai ouk eiSIN, alLA su-na-goGE tou Sa-taNA .
and are not, but are:Satan’s synagogue.
b. 2:10a CHRIST CAN FORETELL EXCEPTIONALLY FIERY TRIALS
mephoBOU ha MELleis PASchein :
Fear not what thingsyou are about to suffer:
iDOU, MELlei BALlein ho diAbo-los  ex huMON eis phu-laKEN ,
lo, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison,
HIna pei-rasTHEte  kai Eche-te THLIpsin he-meRON DEka.
that you may be tried and have a tribulation of ten days.
c. 1:10b Be you faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of :life.
GInou pisTOS Achri thaNAtou, kai DOsosoi ton STEpha-non  tes zo-ES.
d. 2:11a Who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
ho Echon ous, a-kouSAtoti to PNEUma LEgei tais ek-kleSIais.
e. 2:11b Who overcomes shall in no wise be hurt of the second death.
ho niKON  ou mea-di-keTHE ek tou thaNAtou tou deuTErou.
NOTE: Many books have been written on the 7 churches of Revelation, from many points of view. The Book of Revelation has been interpreted in 4 major ways:
THE HISTORICAL – Everything recorded took place at the beginning of the church age.
THE DISPENSATIONAL -- Each church represents one of the 7 church ages from the beginning to the end.
THE SYMBOLICAL -- Everything represents a symbolical or spiritual counterpart.
THE FUTURISTIC – All will take place in the future.
Daniel Juster sees all 4 as having some relevancy, but with the emphasis upon the future. The key to this book however is to see how it totally unfolds from understanding the Passover and Exodus:
Pharaoh represents the coming antichrist
Egypt represents the world
Moses represents Jesus
Goshen represents God’s safety place for His people during tribulations and judgments
Israel represents the church
Juster has a message on this that he gave at an April Conference in Kansas City for IHOP. By all means look into it.
Following is another thought. Many have noted that there is a remarkable association in many instances between various groupings of 7. With what other groups of 7 might the 7 churches of Revelation be grouped? For instance, look at Deuteronomy 7:1 and the 7 Canaanitish nations God commanded Israel to drive them out of the Promised Land.
Then see the 7 Capital sins that the Contemplative Movement of the Middle Ages saw related in this area. And how about the 7 days of Creation?
Then let’s consider EPHESUS, the first church of Asia Minor (Modern Turkey) that Jesus addressed. The derivation of its name means “Desirable” or “A Throwing.” The Hivites of Deuteronomy 7:1 moved strongly in a spirit of “Self desire, selfishness or self love.” This is one of the powerful capital sins that men like St. John of the Cross and Madame Guyon learned to see crucified by Christ ruling us inwardly through the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
When Ephesus left her “first love,” then this otherspirit crept back in. Is it any wonder that Jesus honed in on this one failure, that endangered all the other 8-fold commendations?
And what of SMYRNA? This name derives from “myrrh.” It is a precious ointment associated with death and burial. And what brought Smyrna down to such a low level? The spirit of envy, another of the 7 capital sins, and associated with the Jebusite spirit.
But Jesus would not allow Smyrna to rest in this spirit. He had no real word of rebuke for her, bringing her into the fellowship of Philadelphia! Yes – testings and fiery trials wereappointed for her, but through the love, power and goodness of the Lord – He would bring her successfully through them all, with a tremendous promise for the Overcomer! Note also that Jesus wanted his message to each individual church to be shared with the other 6. We can actually see the spirit of each of these churches in each of the succeeding church ages.
The other 5 churches have equally revealing words from Jesus, and helpful associations. And remember – The Interlinear texts above are from Ivan Panin’s Numerically tested texts, the signature God chose to use to protect His Word from counterfeiting. J.A.Watt