By Brenda B Taylor
9 I am John, your brother. In Jesus we are partners in suffering and in the Kingdom and in patient endurance. I was exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and speaking about Jesus. 10 It was the Lord’s Day, and I was worshiping in the Spirit. Suddenly, I heard a loud voice behind me, a voice that sounded like a trumpet blast. 11 It said, “Write down what you see, and send it to the seven churches: Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea.”
John languished in exile on the island of Patmos for preaching the Word of God during the reign of the Roman Emperor Domitian (A.D. 90-95). Domitian had proclaimed himself to be a god and demanded worship by his subjects throughout the Roman Empire. Patmos, a rocky barren island in the Aegean Sea, was located about fifty miles from the city of Ephesus off the coast of Asia Minor. Christians throughout the Roman Empire faced persecution and death at the hand of Domitian, because they refused to worship him. Many believers are persecuted and put to death for their faith today. You may not face persecution and death for your faith, but do you take a stand for Jesus? There are many ways to spread the Gospel. Every time you cast a vote, or voice your opinion, you are taking a stand. Is it for the right?
John worshipped on the Lord’s Day in the Spirit. Jesus had ascended into Heaven to be with the Father, and had sent the Comforter to indwell believers, giving them power to live for Him and spread the Good News. John experienced the power of the Holy Spirit as he worshipped. You have the same indwelling power. The Lord commands you not to be afraid to do His work (Joshua 1:9). The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, giving you courage to live a Godly life and tell others about Him.
A voice that sounded like a trumpet told John to write to the seven churches of Asia Minor. When Moses received the Law on Mt. Sinai, God’s voice spoke to the people and sounded like a trumpet. The trumpet sound is that of a shophar or ram’s horn. The priests blew the shophar from the parapet of the temple to call God’s people to worship. The ancient Hebrews blew the shophar in battle and at the fall of Jericho when Joshua and his army took the city. The shophar will be blown when Jesus returns. The mighty voice of Jesus calls His people to worship, wage war against evil and will announce His return. The time is short. Are you ready, dear one, to hear His mighty voice calling you home?