Why did God call out those seven churches in particular in the Book of Revelation?
Because they were all along the same Roman road that started opposite of Patmos from which John wrote Revelation.
I mean Jesus tells him why, lol. They were all doing specific things and Christ wanted them to stop the bad and persevere in the good.
Would you say that it’s possible they were doing the worst compared to the rest of the churches?
John had been bishop of the Church in Asia Minor. These Churches existed in the metropolitans that had been under his care.
So basically he was the shepherd of these churches? @Hodos
If you don’t mind… Where do you get that information? I’d like to write that in my bible.
You’ll find your answer in the first chapter of Revelation.
Besides, 7 is a magic number in Christianity
Um, no. 7 is not a magic number in Christianity.
Why not? Immediately I can think of Jericho siege, the latter seven commandments (not directly directed to God), menorah and finally 7 sacraments.
What’s that got to do with magic?
It’s a figure of speech. It’s not literally to do with magic; the Oxford American College Dictionary (which provides Google’s definition function) defines “magic number” as “a figure regarded as significant in a particular context.”
I asume @TryingtoGainFaith was suggesting that the number 7 is of symbolic significance in Christian theology.
He wanted to… It’s interesting and Instructive what He says to each “Church”
To demonstrate the various schisms that had formed, and as a prefigurement of the heresy’s that will form in the future Church, to help us avoid such errors.
Instead of thinking of them as churches think of them as individuals - which one are you?
Well, it’s got meaning in ancient (pre-Christian) culture as well, true. Perhaps TryingtoGainFaith should have clarified if that’s the intended meaning. “Magic”, per se, is understood differently in Christianity than the description you provide , and it’s important enough a distinction that it warrants clarification or correction.
Eusebius speaks of John being the bishop of the Churches in Asia Minor and actually gives some interesting stories about John in his History of the Church.
To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 I will make those who are of the Synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. 13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.