“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans…” (Rev 3:14)
This message is to the church made up of Laodiceans in the last days. This is for us of the Christian faith that are deceived during this time. This is not written to anyone else. It is not written to an unbelieving person because they are not part of the church. It is written to us, God’s witnesses to the world, in this time just before the return of Christ. As in the messages to all the church ages in Revelation chapters 2 and 3, we are to examine ourselves with these words. But this time we are in the last days when many prophecies of the bible will come to pass. This is the time we should be watching for the seven seals of Revelation that are now being opened, also the seven trumpet judgments, and the 3 woes, and identifying the Antichrist and the great whore and the false prophet. We should know those who say they are Jews, but are not (about 90% of all Jewry are not of Israelite blood). Its time for the rise of a single world government (much in the news today), and the mark of the beast and the time of Jacob’s trouble (the tribulation). We should be looking for coming ministry of the two witnesses and to be sure we have come out of the doctrines of the Great Whore. And it is time for the long awaited, the earnest expectation, of the manifestation of the sons of God. Its not long until the return of Christ as King, ruling his earthly kingdom and putting down the ungodly world system with those who rule over it. A lot is to happen in our time and much of it won’t be pleasant.
Here is our problem
In Luke 18:8 Jesus asks, when the son of man returns “shall he find faith on the earth?” This is the time when ungodly men are preaching prosperity and centering in on our own blessings. “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped the creature [man] more than the Creator”. We have been deceived into thinking the reason we are here is so God can bless us, rather than being a blessing to God. This is the time of judgment for us and for the whole world. We need to see where we fit in, it is time for self examination to see if we be in the faith.
In Rev.3:14, the Son of God addresses himself and the “Amen”. That is, “the Lord do so”(Jer. 28:6), or what he does is final and eternal. He also says he is the “faithful and true witness”. He is faithful to see that all of these things will be accomplished: that God’s word will be carried out, (the Lord do so).
What then are we to be doing? In the 6 other messages to the church, Jesus always has something positive to say about the believer’s walk, but not this one. We, in this age, are neither “cold nor hot”. We are neither as refreshing as a cup of cold water on a hot day nor hot with a zealous desire to be God’s witness here on the earth. Since we are neither cold nor hot he will spue us out of his mouth. Not a very good testimonial of our Christian walk and not a place I care to be. Then, in verse 17 he says,“Because”. Here is the reason we are neither cold nor hot. It is “because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing”. If you think this is written to someone else the you don’t understand at all what this message is about. This is written to the church of the Laodiceans, which we are. He continues, “and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked”. That is God’s judgment of his church in these last days. We, of all people ought to be able to see that we have increased in goods and in many cases are ready to tear down our present ‘barns’ and build a new and bigger one to hold all our goods we have gathered unto ourselves. We are content. We have gone to sleep. We have deceived ourselves into believing we are in need of nothing in our walk before our God. He says we are wretched, miserable, poor , blind and naked, not before others, but before him. This is no time to sleep, but a time to awake and become the servant of God that he offers us with his great salvation.
Here is the solution
After this rebuke, he shows us that “for all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still”. In the next verse he tells us what we can do about this walk of ours. He, our Creator, counsels us “to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich”. It is being “rich in the faith” that will carry us through what is coming, not our possessions, not our bank account, not our IRA’s. Hebrews, chapter 11, shows us this faith that is tested under fire. This gold is refined by repeated firings to purge out the dross. The potter may reform the clay many times to get the vessel he needs. To do his counsel then, we will have to shake ourselves from our apathy and seek his help.
Also, we are to obtain white raiment to cover our nakedness. Before, in our life of sin, our own righteousness was as filthy rags. But now, if we have overcome as admonished in the Sardis church (Rev. 3:5). we are clothed in white raiment. In Isaiah 61:10, God says he will clothe us “with the garments of salvation, [and cover us] with the robe of righteousness”. Again in Rev. 19:8, “for fine linen is the righteousness of saints”. To do righteousness is to do what is right. Look at Matt. 25:35, 36, “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat,: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came to me.” Have we not the spirit of Christ motivating our very lives? Are we not as he is? He “went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him”. God is with us. He bought us with a price. He will never leave us. God, through Hosea gave us this; “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy, break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” This is our white raiment.
The next thing we are counseled to do is “anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” Until we were born again, we were unable to see the kingdom of God. We could not see the things of the spirit. But what are we seeing now of the kingdom? Not much if we are content and have need of nothing. There is no incentive. The ungodly doctrine of the ‘rapture of the church’ (started by the Jesuits in the 1800’s) feeds this lack of incentive. If we are not seeing then we are not watching. Peter tells us “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye sober, and watch unto prayer.” To be of help to God we must see and know his plan and purpose, we need this eyesalve. If we are not aware of, and not following his desire for the earth, then we must be following our own desires. We must watch for and see his intentions, the fulfillment of his word. God works to fulfill his word. Jesus said, “My father worketh hererto, and I work.” We must be about our father’s business. We are also admonished to “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.” We will be caught unaware unless we change.
After all our apathy and neglect, with his judgment and counseling, God give us his love by saying, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” The Laodicean church has been deceived into thinking we are in good standing with God and we have need of nothing. Many sincere preachers have propagated the false and misleading doctrines given through the centuries by the enemy of God. We are warned time and again against these who have crept in unaware. They have preached Christ, but we are warned, “take heed lest any man deceive you: for many will come in my name, saying I am Christ; and deceive many.” This ecclesiastical deception of the false prophet (and the governmental deception of the beast) has its own end when they meet their own deceiver, the devil, in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:10). Don’t be partakers of their deceptions. We must do as admonished and repent.
There is much more that can be written on this and the rest of the message to the Laodiceans, but I hope this will get us to see we have to look deeper into our own walk before God. God has shown us his judgment, we can see our need. Lets heed the scripture in Hebrews 4:16, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
For information on the ‘manifestation of the sons of God’, contact Wayne Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org or see his blog at immortalityroad.wordpress.com. For an excellent source on ‘those that call themeselves Jews, but are not’, contact Des Thomas at Kingdom Publishing, P.O. Box 442, Calhoun, Ga 30703-442. For a treatise on the false doctrine of the ‘rapture’ contact Jim Close at email@example.com.