Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Laura J. Davis
Publisher: Laura J. Davis
“Who or what are the seven churches of Revelation? Are they still in the world today? Were the seven churches in Asia Minor real churches or do they represent a type of church (i.e.: Catholic, Baptist, Pentecostal, etc.)? Laura J. Davis asks in her book, He Who Has an Ear: Who the Seven Churches of Revelation are Today.
This one hundred and seventy-eight page paperback targets Christians or others interested in the seven churches discussed in the Bible in Revelation Chapters Two and Three. Using mainly the New International Version of the Bible, the King James is also quoted. After a dedication, acknowledgements, and introduction, thirteen chapters discuss the topic, ending with a bibliography and references. With only a small author biography on the back of the book, the author’s Biblical background and education is not stated.
Beginning the book explaining the Hebrew and Greek meaning of angels and their purpose, the author believes those mentioned being of the seven churches could be elders, not bishops and explains the differences between the two.
The next seven chapters dissect each of the seven churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Breaking down each into bullet points based on Scriptures, the author explains they are loveless, persecuted, compromised, corrupted, dead, faithful, and lukewarm.
In some of these chapters she goes into further details, explaining history, mythology, and religions of the times, as well as the hidden manna, white stone, rapture, and millennium portrayed in Revelation.
After chapters about the attributes of Jesus and an admonition to examine which church-type the reader is, there is a lengthy chapter naming current day false prophets such as Olsteen, the Word of Faith Movement, and the Emerging/Emergent Church. The ending reminds readers to focus on their first love and plunge deeper into God’s Word instead of the world that superficially encompasses our lives.
Supporting most of the writer’s views, this reader respectfully disagrees with two issues in the book: a post-tribulation rapture and that those who “don’t like the new church Bibles because they aren’t KJV” are bitter, lukewarm Christians.
With many of today’s churches and its members being so easily swayed by incorrect doctrine, legalism, or cult beliefs, believers do need to be aware, research, and question their churches to find the Truth about God, Jesus, and eternity.
This book was furnished by The Book Club Network, Inc. in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinion.
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