Revelation Chapter 3 Part (C)

It is now time to talk about the final church. This is church number seven, and it is the church of Laodicea.

  1. Laodicea – Things Jesus liked – Rev. 3:19 – As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Things Jesus did not like – Rev. 3:15-18 – 15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Jesus said that I correct and discipline all who I love. So be diligent and repent. Jesus said that the thing He doesn’t like about the church of Laodicea is that based on their works they neither have complete love for The lord and they don’t have complete hate for The Lord. The church of Laodicea are in the middle of the love, hate spectrum. Jesus said I would prefer that you were either hot or cold, that you loved me with all of your heart or you hated Me, but because you are lukewarm I will spit you out of my mouth. The people of the church of Laodicea are physically rich they have a lot of money, a lot of possessions, and they like to think to themselves that they need nothing else. Jesus says, that because you are blinded by your wealth, you don’t see that you are miserable, spiritually poor, spiritually blind and spiritually naked. Jesus says that what you need to do is buy from me gold tried in the fire, so that you become spiritually rich. What happens to gold that is tried in the fire? It gets rid of all of the impuities/sin. Jesus added that the church of Laodicea needs to put on white raiment so they are not naked. The white raiment signifies this church going to heaven to be with the Lord forevermore. Jesus Christ continues and advises that this church also needs to get ointment and apply it to their eyes, so that they are no longer spiritually blind.

Jesus Christ was not very impressed with this church’s works. Jesus advised this church to repent and get back on track or He will spit them out. Yet, with all of the shortcomings Jesus still loves this church. That was the first thing Christ said to this church. I love you that’s why I rebuke/correct you. So, that you may spend eternity with Me. I am very excited  for my next post. I am going to discuss how the seven churches are important? Why they are important? And why we should be concerned? The title of the post will be Seven Churches Conclusion Part (A). Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter:

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Revelation Chapter 3 Part (B)

Now it is time to discuss church number six. This church is called the church of Philadelphia.

  1. Philadelphia – Things Jesus liked – Rev. 3:8 – I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Jesus made a couple of promises to the church of Philadelphia and the promises are mentioned In Revelation 3:9-10 – 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Jesus also issued a warning to the church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3:11, and it reads: Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Out of the seven churches this church is the odd one out, not only figuratively but literally. What do I mean? Well, let’s start at the beginning. Jesus told the church of Philadelphia I know your works. Jesus never said that he found any fault with the works of the church of Philadelphia. So, in a sense Jesus found that the works or deeds of this church to be blameless and their works were good in the sight of The Lord. Jesus said, I have put before you an open door, and no man can shut it. It is interesting that the door is open and not closed. Keep in mind, in Revelation 3:20 it states: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. In this verse the door is closed and the person has to open the door himself or herself. Why is it that the members of the church of Philadelphia don’t even have to open the door? The reason is, because they have little strength and they have kept the word of Christ’s patience, and have not denied His name.

Next, we will examine the two promises that Jesus made with the church of Philadelphia. First, Jesus said that, those belonging to the synagogue of Satan, those who claim to be Jew but are not, I will make them come worship at your feet, and they, those who are the liars (synagogue of Satan) will know that I have loved you. My belief starts here → I believe what this specific verse means is that, Jesus will show the members of the synagogue of Satan that Jesus has loved the members of the church of Philadelphia all along. Jesus said, that I will make them come worship before thy feet. This part of the verse does not mean that these members of the synagogue of Satan will worship the members of the church of Philadelphia. This part of the verse means that the members of the synagogue of Satan will actually worship Jesus Christ, but in front of the members of the church of Philadelphia. The church of Philadelphia will be standing by Jesus Christ, but the synagogue of Satan will be bowed down in front of Jesus Christ in an act of worship ← my belief stops here.

Now, the second promise. The second promise is unique indeed. I will repeat the verse so we can break it down and analyze it. In Revelation 3:10 it states: Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. What is this verse talking about? What hour? What is this word of patience? My belief starts here → I believe that this verse is talking about the great tribulation, that hour of trial. The verse also states, that this will come upon the whole world. It did not say that this hour will come upon part of the world. The whole world will experience this. The reason for this hour is to try the people of earth. Try as in the court of law. People will be judged during this hour. Jesus tells the church of Philadelphia that they will be kept from this hour as they have kept the word of His patience. Christ’s word of patience is that the members of the church of Philadelphia have been patiently waiting for the Lord’s return. That is why Christ told them, don’t worry I am going to come back quickly. I believe that this means that the members of the church of Philadelphia will not have to go through this hour, they will be exempt from this trial, as long as they are able to keep their crown ← my belief stops here. 

Don’t forget, Jesus did issue a warning to the church of Philadelphia. The warning was that Jesus is coming back quickly and to hold on to what you have, and let no man take your crown. So, this warning let’s us know, that the members of the church of Philadelphia are not guaranteed a free pass out of the hour of trial. Before, the appointed time of the trial the members of the church of Philadelphia must remain faithful to Christ and let no man take their crown from them. If they keep their crown, then they will be kept from that hour, and if they do not, then they must go through the trials and tribulations just like everyone else. This is the only church that is told that they will be kept from the hour of trial. No other church is promised this. In my next post I will talk about the seventh church, and that church is the church of the Laodiceans. The post will be titled Revelation Chapter 3 Part (C). Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter:

 

Revelation Chapter 3 Part (A)

Today, I will discuss church number five which is the church of Sardis. As, I have been doing, I will start with what Jesus liked about the church of Sardis and what Jesus Christ did not like about the church of Sardis.

  1. Sardis – Things Jesus liked – Rev. 3:4 – Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. Things Jesus did not like – Rev. 3:1-2 – 1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. 2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. Jesus Christ also gave a warning to the church of Sardis, and the warning is contained in Revelation 3:3 which states: Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Jesus Christ liked that there were still a few people from the church of Sardis that were found worthy and had not defiled their garments. There are things that Jesus did not like, one being that the church of Sardis had a reputation that it is an “alive” church. Meaning that this church was alive in Jesus Christ, but in reality this church was dead. Meaning that the church of Sardis was without Christ. There were a few people who were alive in Christ and it seems there were more people who were dead – living without Christ in the church of Sardis. Jesus tells these people that they have to be very careful, and strengthen the things that they have, because they are almost about to lose those beliefs. According to Jesus He did not find their works perfect before God. Jesus also issued a warning to the people who have defiled their garments. And, He said, remember what you have learned, and hold on to your belief. Don’t let your unbelief guide you. Jesus advised these people in the church of Sardis to repent and return to Him. The actual warning that Jesus issued was that if they don’t watch for His return, than Jesus would come to them as a thief, and they won’t know what hour He will come.

In the warning Jesus made it seem like if the church of Sardis watch for Christ’s return they will know approximately when He will come back for His bride. In 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10 it is written: 1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that, that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

Let’s start with the key verse and that verse is 1 Thessalonians 5:4 which states: But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that, that day should overtake you as a thief. So, that day will not overtake the people who belong to the church of Sardis as long as they are the children of light, but if they are the children of darkness than that day will overtake them. Then it is clear with these verses that if the church of Sardis watch for Christ’s return and stay the children of light then they will be fine. In the next post I will be discussing church number 6 which is the Church of Philadelphia and the post will be titled Revelation Chapter 3 Part (B) . Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter: