John picks up his pen and begins to write what he has already seen (chapter 1) but also about things that Jesus Christ as the Lord of the Church is seeing amongst the seven city churches and the churches that come under their influence (chapter 2-3) and then things that are going to take place (chapters 4-22).
“Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. 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.” (Revelation 1 v 19-20)
He writes to the churches but also to the ‘angels’ or ‘messengers’ of these churches. Obviously some will believe that every church has an angel then and perhaps they do. But in this context seeing as what is about to come in the next 2 chapters is some correction to the sinful ‘angels’ and their churches then it is right to assume these are not heavenly messengers but earthly ones. I believe they are the leaders of these churches.
What does the Lord see when He looks at your Pastor/Minister/Spiritual leader? What does He see when He looks at your church, at you? Recently I have seen social media threads of criticism of Pastors and of churches. Sometimes the feeds become quite abusive. Maybe in some cases it is right for there to be outrage. But well done to you if you are still hanging on in Church trying to improve it, doing you best to make it what God created it to be.
He hasn’t finished with you, your church or your Pastor yet! We are all works under construction. But in order for us to progress into the next season that God has for us we must acknowledge where we are and that may be painful. So stray on your seatbelt as we enter into these tough messages to the seven Pastors and their churches and to all of us in that generation of John and in 2022!