1 To the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things said he that holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks in the middle of the seven golden candlesticks;
Candlesticks = Menorah’s
Stars = Angels who administer the 7 churches.
Ephesus was a city build around the temple of Artemis also known as Dianna, Aeginaea, Alphaea, Locheia, Cynthia, light bringer, Cybele and Phoebe who was the goddess of hunt, animals, infants, child birth, fertility, girls, dance, song, disease, plague and sudden death. During Paul’s time the Artemis worship in Ephesus mostly involved lots of prostitution and orgies.
This temple is known as one of the 7 wonders of the world
The early church labored intensely to bring the Gospel to a pagan world
Nickname: The Laboring Church.
Reward: Tree of life.
Nicolaitans is comprised of two Greek words
Church leaders acting like gods.
Many scholars think the Nicolaitans refers to a sect that taught the best way to understand sin is to indulge in it.
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.”
Ephesus was so busy with their works they lost focus on their groom, Jesus.
Adam left his first love God for Eve.
“Remember the height from which you have fallen!”,
Just like Adam they fell from a great relationship with Jesus (as a bride). Ephesus did very well when supervised by John. But when John was exiled on Patmos they left their first love and fell from great height
To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the middle of the paradise of God.
This is another reference to Adam who had access to the Tree of Life.