The Seventh Church of Revelation: Laodicea
This is my final post in my series titled, “The Seven Churches of Revelation.” The focus of this post is the Laodicean Church, referred to as “The Lukewarm Church.” The reference here comes from the glorified Lord. He calls the Church lukewarm because her heart is far from God. This church represents the final chapter of the church before the “pre-Tribulation Rapture.“
We can see the decline in morality today as time progresses toward the Apocalypse. Society has become more and more liberal accepting things that at one time were unacceptable. Gay and lesbian rights today are deemed to be equal to the civil rights movement.
The Faithful and True Witness
The Apostle John is given this message in a vision. “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, these things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot, I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Rev. 3:14-16).
As I have explained in previous posts, the angel referred to here is the pastor of the church. That is what makes the most sense.
I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life..!
Jesus is referred to as the “Amen.” In scripture, the word Amen means “truth,” most would agree. In the Old Testament, we find that the word Amen signifies “It is so, so let it be.” Again, Amen is agreeing that something is true. So most Bible scholars denote the meaning of Amen to be “truth.” Jesus said, “…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (Jn. 14:6).
Jesus is also called “The Faithful and True Witness.” Jesus was said to be true unto death. He came to pay our sin debt and He was faithful to the end. He was also a “True Witness.” He witnessed to the world, the truth about God. The Lord is referred to in scripture as “The Beginning of creation.”
All Things Were Made Through Him
The Gospel of John says this about Jesus: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (Jn. 1:1-3). Jesus spoke the world into existence! I’m sorry, but the evolutionists got it wrong. It takes more faith to believe that we evolved from monkeys. If we did, why don’t we see monkeys still in the evolution process—half monkeys and half human?
Jesus’ message to the church in Laodicea was a resounding rebuke! “I could wish you were cold or hot…so then, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.” This is the way the Lord feels about us when we are in the same condition! By hot or cold, Jesus is referring to the condition of the heart. He is so disgusted with the Laodicean church that He wants to vomit! Remember, this is the church representing the time right before the “pre-Tribulation Rapture.“ The Bible talks about an apostasy occurring.
Gold Refined In the Fire!
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