Revelation 2:1 “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, ‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
“To the angel of the church of [ ], write……”.
Why did He use the word “angel”? This has caused many of us to postulate on who specifically Christ was talking about. I would suggest we look at the Hebraic and Greek meanings of the word translated “angel” in English; It means “messenger”.
Just about everyone agrees that these letters were for the entire congregations. Why then is it addressed to the messenger? Isn’t John the messenger in this instant, writing the letter to the churches? Looking at the chain of events we see that God the Father sent the message through God the Son, by an angel, to John the Apostle, who then sends it to the leaders of the congregations to pass on. This process has not ended to this day.
The revelation (apocalypse) of Jesus Christ has been continuously passed on from messenger (angel) to messenger throughout the entire church age and will be so until this age comes to an end, shortly. The conditions Christ warns against and/or compliments in these letters continue in the church to this day.
Remember, the angel came to tell John about things past, present, and future. However, with God all things are in the present tense; all thing “are” because He is!
Look around, which of the seven churches do we each belong to? Can we even tell the difference? Is there and apparent difference or have they simply morphed into one body with seven heads?
Still, God preserves his remnant!!