Our ladies group was studying & breaking up the sections within the 7 letters to the 7 churches in Revelation 2-3 & we discovered an exciting pattern that I thought I'd share.
If you list out just the instruction parts of each letter & then read them in order, you'll notice an amazing crescendo of references pointing to Jesus's return. It was even more exciting to learn when we were sharing this with others, that other brothers and sisters have noticed this pattern as well.
Do you see it?
Ephesus - no mention of His return
Smyrna - no mention of His return
Pergamum - Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you. (2:16)
Thyatira - Hold on to what you have until I come. (2:25)
Sardis - If you do not wake up, I will come like a thief. (3:3)
Philedelphia - I will keep you from the hour of trial. I am coming soon. (3:10-11)
Laodicea - Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. (3:20)