Seven connections between chapter 1 and chapters 2-3

  1. Jesus holds seven stars in his hand (compare Rev. 1.16 and 2.1, 3.1)
  2. Jesus walks among seven lampstands (compare Rev. 1.13 and 2.1)
  3. Jesus is the First and the Last, was dead and came back to life (compare Rev. 1.17-18 and 2.8)
  4. A sharp, double-edged sword comes from Jesus’ mouth (compare Rev. 1.16 and 2.12)
  5. Jesus has fiery eyes and feet like polished bronze (compare Rev. 1.14-15 and 2.18)
  6. Chapter one mentions the seven spirits, as does Rev. 3.1
  7. Jesus is the faithful witness (compare Rev. 1.5 and 3.14)

Source: William Hendriksen, More Than Conquerors. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1986), p. 25.

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