Rachel Potter - Olympia I, Washington Convention - 2018

One of the marvels of the fellowship is the breath across the world, and how we can enter into fellowship with those in other ages we read of in the Bible! John was on the Isle of Patmos alone, secluded, and isolated. He was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day! He turned and heard a voice. He saw a vision of Jesus – the glorified, Overcomer, pure Christ! His garments were white. From head to foot, He was pure.

After the resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples and showed them His wounds – His body. He said, “Peace be unto you.” Now years later, John heard that same voice giving him deeper understanding, and showing him he could be useful in that place. John would be reminded of blood. We don’t need more than the blood of Jesus but we do need fresh applications of it! Jesus is the One in whom all the promises of God are held!

John saw a vision of Jesus with 7 stars in His right hand, which represented the angels of the 7 churches. For each church, there was an angel ministering unto them. They were facing persecution and some doctrinal issues. Satan was trying to hinder the progress of the Christian church. Jesus was walking among them.

I Peter 1:12, “Which things the angels desire to look into.” Angels were involved from the very beginning. An angel gave Zachariah a view, and angels were singing at the birth of Christ. The Lord cares for us as individuals but He also cares for every gathering in His name. The Lord can strengthen us individually and collectively. He had a message for each. He knew their works.


The church at Ephesus had left their first love and let it slip. They needed to repent to be preserved!

Revelations 3:8, “I know thy works. Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My word, and hast not denied My name.” It wasn’t a sin for those in the church at Philadelphia to just have a little strength but He was encouraging them to increase it! “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” It’s not hindered by time or space but can speak to us today!

 

Help us overcome! We want to keep our eyes lifted to Him.