The Seven Churches of Asia Minor: The Churches in Revelation
by Dr. Orville R. Beckford, Sr.
LitFire Publishing

"[John] was one of Jesus’ closest friends. But none of his past experiences with Christ prepared him for this moment."

Students of Revelation―the final book of the Bible―are familiar with the letters Christ gave to the seven churches of Asia Minor as recorded by the Apostle John. At the time of this vision, John was exiled on the nearby island of Patmos. Some dispensational Bible scholars believe these church letters represent the history of the Church from 30-100 AD and 1960-present times. The angels mentioned may have been real people, responsible as lights to pass on Christianity to their church members. Beckford includes in each chapter information about the location of the church mentioned in Revelation, the glorified Christ’s introduction, Jesus’ critique with specific mention of each church’s works with a promise/warning to believers, and the author’s application for today’s churches.

For example, Pergamos was the third church to receive a letter from Christ. Prominent when Alexander the Great controlled Pergamum, this city became the home of many religions and false doctrines. Christ appears having a two-edged sword (his Word) and promises a white stone for those who overcome. The author uses excerpts from the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Epistles to explain the symbolism.

Beckford has produced a scholarly addition to books already written about the seven churches of Asia. A major contribution of this in-depth commentary is the gathering in one location of references from well-known Bible scholars including William Barclay, Matthew Henry, Finis Dake, and David Guzik. The included pronunciation of the Greek words is helpful, but also featuring the word’s Anglicized spelling would have been useful. The author provides helpful background and maps showing these seven actual churches situated in the shape of a horseshoe at the western end of Asia Minor. Students of the Bible may find this work a useful addition to their library.

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