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The Seven Churches

(5)  Church of Sardis - ( Revelation 3:1-4) 

Roughly between CE 1378-1528.

1. And unto the angel [messenger, Wycliff] of the church in Sardis [traditionally defined as "that which remains," but this definition is difficult to confirm, however, the Diaglott, Appendix, defines Sardis as, "Prince of Joy," which could be the fact that Wycliff placed Christ as the center of Christian hope and joy] write: These things saith he that hath the seven spirits [promises recorded in Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26-28; 3:5, 12, 21 which come from God, Revelation 4:5 and through the Lamb Rev. 5:6] of God, and the seven stars [messengers given to the seven churches]; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest [in name only], and art dead.

2. Be watchful, and strengthen the things [good works] which remain, that are ready to die [cease entirely]: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

3. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast [to these], and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I [Jesus] will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour [of the coming harvest] I will come upon thee.

4. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis [during this fifth period of the church], which have not defiled their garments [become impure and contaminated]; and they shall walk with me in white [in actual righteousness]: for they are worthy.

5. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment [with actual righteousness]; and I will not blot out his name out of the book [scroll] of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels [messengers].

6. He that hath an ear [a receptive and understanding mind], let him hear what the Spirit [of promise] saith unto the churches [all seven periods of the churches].


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