Just Why is Christ outside Knocking?

Monday, April 24th, 2017

While there are many points to be made throughout this study the main point I want us to see is there is a reason Christ is on the outside Knocking.

That whole concept seems strange when you think about. If we are part of the body of Christ doesn’t Christ reside within us? So how come He is shown in Revelation 3:20 standing outside Knocking?

Turn to Revelation 3:14 and lets read the scriptures given to the Church of the Laodiceans by Christ:

To the Church in Laodicea

Rev 3:14  And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Notice the phraseology that is used in the KJV is different than any other of the Church ERAs. In all the other places it says “the church in Sardis or the Church in Philadelphia. But here it is saying the church of the Laodiceans (plural) Not in Laodicea but of the Laodiceans. Obviously a reference to the scattering of the church during this age.

Rev 3:15  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

We see here that this ERA of the church has a lukewarm attitude regarding their works. They are not cold but neither are they hot regarding the works being done. I might suggest here that perhaps the problem is that they are not following Christ in Laodicea as they followed His lead in Philadelphia. But more on that as we go through this.

Rev 3:17  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:

Here is where Christ is telling us Why they have this lukewarm attitude toward the work they are doing. “Because” they say they are rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing. Because they think they need nothing they have become completely unaware of their true condition. (miserable. poor,blind and naked)

Rev 3:18  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.

We will touch on some of this as we go through the study

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Here is the key that Christ is telling them they must do to recover themselves. Repent and become truly Zealous again.

Rev 3:20  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.

Here we see Christ standing outside and knocing, He wants those of us who can hear to get up and open the door so He can come in and eat with us. Christ wants to feed us personally but we have to open the door to allow that to happen.

Rev 3:21  To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Rev 3:22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

So lets see if we can determine how this situation came about and what it relates to.

WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT WHAT CHRIST IS DOING IN LAODICEA AS OPPOSED TO PHILADELPHIA?

Lets read what it says about what Christ did in the Philadelphian ERA of the church.

Read the Full Article here:

Why is Christ outside Knocking on our Door?

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Are we really looking for sin in our lives?

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

During these days of Unleavened bread, I was in the middle of chasing down some leavening in my office when it suddenly occurred to me; if we spent the same amount of effort and enthusiasm looking for sin in our own lives that we do searching out the leavening in our homes, we would be a lot better off than we are.

In fact, that is one of the telltale signs of a Laodicean mindset isn’t it:

Rev 3:17  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:

Do you see the attitude? They have all this knowledge and it has blinded them to the fact that they still have sin in their lives and hearts. They really are self-satisfied and that is destroying them and is going to cause many to have to go through the Great Tribulation to be saved at all.

These days of putting sin out of our lives should be spent in an EARNEST and ZEALOUS effort to find and destroy the sins in our lives. The deeply hidden sins that only come out in private or in stressful situations where we can blame the event instead of realizing that we should have been prepared for the event.

Do you think satan was ever able to “blindside” Christ?

Take the time to put as much or MORE effort especially during the days of unleavened bread while we are focused as a group on putting sin out as we put into finding those pesky, sneaky and wily leavened products that are hiding from us in our homes, cars, and offices.

It sounds funny but doesn’t it seem like that at times? Well, what about the real sins in our lives? Have we been in the church so long that we no longer think we have in real sins to deal with? Remember Christ did not come to fulfill the law the way the world sees it He came to magnify it.

Isa_42:21  The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.

Now the law has taken on a spiritual component not just the letter of the law but the spirit of the law is required. So are looking at the spirit of the law to get it out of your life or just the letter?

Think about it:

  1. Do you have feelings of anger especially toward a brother? Don’t let the sun go down on anger brethren.
  2. Are you still dealing with Lusts of any kind? Paul said he beat his body into subjection so those lusts could not cause him to ever fail
  3. Do you ever tell a lie? Not that anyone would know or anything that would hurt anyone. But does that make it any less a lie? How many times have you given an excuse for not doing something that you should have done so as not to cause hurt feelings to another? Does that make you feel justified in telling the lie? OR should you have been very careful to do what you had agreed to do so that you would not have been tempted to lie in the first place? You see behind a lie there is generally another sin at work as well.
  4. Do you ever experience feelings of Jealousy at work toward a brother or co-worker or family member? Instead of being excited for them do you secretly envy what they have earned thinking it should have been you? Maybe you are able to not show it to others but what does God think about us when instead of being extremely happy that they got a reward we are rather bitter about it. Do you see God’s Spirit at work there or do you see our own wickedness at work?
  5. Does it excite you to find that you know something about someone else that no one else knows? Do you see the spirit of gossip raising its ugly head demanding that you tell others of this TRUTH!

I could go on and on just from my own life’s experiences.

Let’s think about all the energy and effort we put into getting rid of the leaven, how dutifully we search in every nook and corner, how closely we observe for any place we might find this TERRIBLE leavened stuff. What if during this week we spent the same effort to examine our own selves. Let’s put our lives under that spiritual microscope and find those pesky sins of our own that still linger hidden in our lives and expose them to the light so they can be swept away from us.

Make this Feast of Unleavened Bread work for us this year like it never has before. Here is a good tool to begin to shed any Laodicean attitude of lukewarm self-satisfaction. Work hard at it and perhaps God the Father will be able to account you worthy to escape what is coming on the world very soon now.

 

By Raymond Mills

 

 

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Why do so many Laodiceans have a Lukewarm attitude?

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Where does this lukewarm, lackadaisical attitude come from? How can a people of God who have been given so much knowledge of God’s Plan and purpose ever get into a lukewarm feeling about it?

You remember when you first began to learn about the plan of God. Remember how excited you were? Remember the first flush of excitement, how you wanted to run out and tell your family and friends convinced that they must be able to understand and how disappointed you were when you discovered that they could not? Over the years this “First Love” waned. It was like if you could not go out and convince the world of this new found truth yourself, that it was somehow not as exciting as before. Can you see how pride is getting in the way of excitement?

Let me tell you a story that happened to me about 3 years ago where pride had crept in and really surprised me. You see as long as we can see pride for what it is, it has no real power over us.

I learned this lesson from a friend who is part of this world’s religious system, but he saw something in me that I had kept carefully hidden from myself.

He and I have these long conversations over the years about religion. He asks me questions, which is not the best thing for a person steeped in this world’s religions to do. But they are all asked and answered in a spirit of friendship and curiosity.

In any event I was discussing with him a long held fear of mine and he asked me why I had not given that fear over to God. I told him that I had and then he asked why I still had the fear if I had given it to God? That stumped me. At first I tried to get around it because I could not answer it but being a long time friend of mine he could see through the dodges. He knew I did not really want to answer the question so he hung on. Bull dog stubborn this fellow can be.

Suddenly in the midst of this rather animated, as opposed to heated, conversation I blurted out that I did not want to give this to God. I wanted to retain control of this situation. Needless to say there was a sudden break in the talking on both sides. He wasn’t sure what to say and I suddenly realized that I really meant what I had just said. I told him I needed to think about this and would speak with him later. Yeah I know that was a cop out but I really did need to take this to God and figure out what was wrong.

What I discovered amazed me. There was a portion of my life that I never wanted to relinquish control over to God. I wanted to stay in charge and to be the one who was solely in control of that aspect of my life. Even if I failed utterly at least it would be MY failure. Do you begin to see the hidden sin lurking behind the scenes?

The bible tells us that we can do all things thru Christ.

Php 4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

But we have to relinquish control and let the Spirit do its thing. As long as we rush out trying to do it in our own strength we will fail.

I think that this is what Paul meant when he said we should walk in the spirit and not in the flesh.

Rom 8:4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

That sin that was hidden from me was Pride brethren. Pride so strong and so deeply ingrained in me that I was actually willing to fail at what I wanted to do rather than to share the credit of being successful. Pride is a strange sin brethren it is only powerful when it is hidden. The moment you shine the light of God’s truth on pride it begins to shrivel and die. It loses it’s power over us almost immediately.

As I prayed and meditated on this I began to see a little more clearly why many in the Laodicean ERA of the God’s church are lukewarm. God said that they were lukewarm because they said they were rich and increased with goods and had no need of anything.

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17 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:

In the light of what has just been said can you see here the sin that is driving many of our people? They are so “PROUD” of what they know, knowledge that in fact has been given to them by God, that they refuse to see that they could possibly need anything more. It is the sin of Pride that is “BLINDING” them to what is wrong and allowing this lukewarm attitude to prevail in their lives. They do not WANT to see anything else that they did not think they already knew. They have blinded themselves by putting blinders on refusing to accept that they might need more. They stand like an Ostrich with his head in a hole in the sand thinking he is safe because he can’t see anything.

They have blinded themselves to false ministers, to minor and even major changes in doctrines both good and bad.

We are called to a life of constant overcoming. When we stop believing that we have anything left to overcome or to learn then we have blinded ourselves. This attitude is driven by pride by not wanting to relinquish control to God to continue to show us what we are and what we need to know.

Christ has devoted Himself to trying to teach us what we need to know during this ERA of the Church. There is a reason why He is knocking on the doors of the individual members of the body of Christ rather than the groupings of God’s people as a whole. It is the individual that is most at fault. It is we ourselves who have through pride and ignorance blinded ourselves to the fact that we need to continue to grow and overcome.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. ← Here is how you open the door so the light of God shines inside
Rev 3:20 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.

We need to get back to our first love and the excitment, can I say zeal, that came with it. We should always continue to be excited by our calling and what God has given us. Just because we can’t convince others of the truth does not take away from the exciting truth of God’s plan and our calling.

As we prepare ourselves for Passover, let us shine the light of God’s Truth on this pride that lays hidden within us. It can only remain strong and in control if it is kept in the darkness. It will shrivel and die once exposed to the light.

We need to come before Christ with these hidden sins of pride exposed and be willing to move forward allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives and to give credit to that Spirit for the changes it causes in us.

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Is Laodicea the “Snowflake Generation”/ERA of the Church?

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

I have been reading a lot lately about the “Snowflake Generation”. This term is used to describe people who are offended by things that they do not agree with.

Mr. Bowles mentioned in the last postIn America, the problems start in the universities, where the “snowflake generation” see their liberal world disintegrate about them!” he also said ” Are students really demanding “safe places” and “safe zones” where they will be sheltered from anything that remotely offends them? The short answer is – yes! Surely this is the most fragile and thin-skinned generation ever? When you read the following article, be aware that members of this “snowflake generation” are tomorrow’s leaders!

Brethren we are destined to be tomorrow’s leaders in the Kingdom of God! Could this be describing the  Laodicean generation of God’s people/church? Think  about it, here is a generation of people whom God says, think that they have need of nothing.

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; ……..

Could we be so sure of ourselves that we refuse to see anything that might upset our vaulted opinion of our worthiness? God says in the scripture above that BECAUSE we think that way, He is going to Spew us out of His mouth.

Rev 3:16  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. 

He goes on to say that even though we think we have all that we need, we are in fact “wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked”.

Rev 3:17  ………… and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 

The old adage about “there are none so blind as those who will not see” is certainly at work with many of the people of Laodicea.

This brings us back to this “Snowflake Generation” who are so sensitive about the fact that others may not share their world view. People that are so upset about the election among other things that they want to establish safe places where no one is allowed to present views that collide with their own. I could go on and on with examples of this phenomenon but I want to see how this might apply to our own situation in the churches of God.

This certainly isn’t taught from our point of view. We are not taught as people of God that the world we live in should be a safe place and yet many of  our people tend to congregate in church groups and affiliations where they are not allowed to associate with brethren who believe the same almost the same as they do. They have placed themselves in “safe places” where contrary thought or expression is not allowed.

They think that because of the knowledge they have been given and because of the “safety” their group employs that they truly have need of nothing else. Yet God says many are blind and naked. Vulnerable if you will.

It is my thought that because of the “scattering” of the large core group that taught us originally that many of us rather than think through what God may want from us in this ERA, are in reality trying to seek a safe haven if you will, where they can depend on someone else to do their thinking for them and to protect them from other ideas from their brothers and sisters in the overall body of Christ.

It’s not that there is anything truly wrong with any of the groups except when they do not allow fellowship with brethren outside their groups. The fault is in the reasoning for why they attend where they do. Are they seeking a safe zone? Does God want us to seek safety in this time of scattering or does He wish us to learn to stand on our own, to learn to think on our own and not depend so much on others to think for us.

The job of the ministry is to do just that. To teach us how to think. To teach us how to be teachers. But way to many of us have stopped trying to learn, to grow, to defeat sin within us and have become content with what we have. That is deadly! We have become a snowflake generation of the church of God. We are so protected and so sure of ourselves that like a snowflake the slightest heat will destroy us. We haven’t been taught how to survive.

No wonder God tells us to go and buy gold tried in the fire.

Rev 3:18  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. 

Our Calling is a “vocation” it is a job that we must be learning to do. Take a moment to read this portion of Ephesians 4 that shows us how to walk worthy of that “vocation”.

Eph 4:1  I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 
Eph 4:2  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love
Eph 4:3  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 
Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 

Not separate groups – one body

Eph 4:5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 
Eph 4:6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 
Eph 4:7  But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 
Eph 4:8  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 
Eph 4:9  (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 
Eph 4:10  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 
Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 
Eph 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 

The ministry is there to help perfect us not protect us. We are learning to survive in a hostile world. Not be protected from not only the world but our own brethren.

Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 

Are we struggling with ourselves to come to the stature of the FULNESS of CHRIST? Or are we just warming a bench in church content that we are protected from any outside opinion that might shows us that we need to change to rise up and begin to do the work wherein we were called.

Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 

We are to be trained to NOT BE tossed about by every wind of doctrine. Not necessarily protected from it. 

Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 

WE are to grow up to rise up if you will and become the leaders we are destined to be. Get out there and buy that Gold tried in the fire while there is still time.

Eph 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Every one of us is important to the body as a whole. Like the parable of the talents we need to be working at this job and increasing those talents not hiding them by clinging to our Snowflake generation safe places.

Indeed overall Laodicea seems to be the “Snowflake Generation” of the Church ERA’s seeking safe places rather than going about the Job that God has called us to do. Remember this admonition of Paul;

Straining Toward the Goal

Php 3:12  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 
Php 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 
Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 

The church of God should not be considered a safe place for a protected and spoiled people but rather a training ground for a generation of Spiritual Warriors. Men and Women of Valor being trained to take their places in the soon coming Kingdom of God.

This is what the Knock of Jesus Christ is all about brethren. We are to wake up to Rise up like that sleepy virgin of SO
S chapter 5. Christ is Knocking, we best get up while there is still time.

Christ tells us;

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 
Rev 3:20  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. 

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What is it that we NEED?

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

In Revelation 3:17 Christ tell us that many in Laodicea, the last ERA of God’s church, are going to be spewed out of His mouth into the great tribulation because they think that they truly have NEED of nothing.

Rev 3:17  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: 

Obviously we see ourselves as a group as needing nothing but God thinks otherwise. It seems like we should take a little time to explore what it is we NEED, that we don’t have now.

How can we think that we have everything and yet been in this terrible condition where He calls us wretched, miserable, poor blind and naked?

I am sure you have heard full sermons on just this verse alone.

But instead of drilling deep let’s back up a step and look at it from the big picture. What are we not seeing? How did we get to such a position that we cannot see our true condition.

Somehow we are seeing ourselves as profitable servants where God the Father and Christ do not. Look what Luke 17 tells us;

Luk 17:10  So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Christ tells us in Luke that if you are keeping the commands and attending the Holy days going to church every Sabbath that we are still unprofitable servants. So what makes us profitable servants in His eyes? Well lets look at what does not make us profitable. See what Christ tells us in Matthew 25:30

Mat 25:30  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

This is the parable of the Talents, the unprofitable servant is the one who did nothing to increase the talents that God had given him. He thought he was doing the right thing by holding on to the single talent and not trying to expand on it. He was undoubtedly doing all the things that were expected of him. He went to church, he kept the holy days, he kept the laws of God, he may even have studied and learned all the doctrines and prophecies of the church. But what didn’t have? HE DID NOT GROW!

God may have called the weak of the world but He absolutely does not expect for any of us to stay that way. I Cor. 1:27

Peter commands us to GROW in Grace and Knowledge;

2Pe 3:18  But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Now we have already seen that knowledge alone is not enough, The Laodicean Church is rich in spiritual knowledge yet it is still in a wretched state.

Let’s analyze verse 18 a bit to see if we can get more meaning from it.

Growing in grace simply means growing in God’s Favor . Notice Luke 2:52;

Luke 2:52  And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

Notice the word favor in this scripture. It is the same word (Charis in the Greek ) that is translated Grace in verse 18 above.

We find favor with God by continuing to grow spiritually by overcoming our sins and desires that are contrary to God’s way of life. We must be living a life that is constantly seeking to improve and as the second half of verse 18 indicated, to grow in the knowledge of Jesus. Does that mean knowledge of what He taught or knowledge of how He lived.

We are told to let Christ live His life in us;

Gal_2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

This what pleases God, when He sees us learning to live like Christ and apply that learning to ourselves. Learning by itself does nothing.

Paul said we could know all things and still be of no value if we did not have love. We grow our talents by developing the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are available to all of us.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Are you showing these talents more and more in your life or are you still showing their opposite:

Do you get angry sometimes, is it hard for you to turn the other cheek so to speak.

Do you seem to be in a constantly negative state of mind.  Joy is an attitude of mind that overrides circumstances and feelings.

Do you worry a lot. Are you in a constant state of anxiety? The Peace that comes from God’s spirit is dependent on you developing a complete trust in God to make things work for your good.

Now you can go through all of these fruits of God’s Spirit and see for your self the antithesis or opposite of each of them in this world. The point is these are the talents that you have been given and you are commanded by word and example to grow those talents in your life. Here is a link to an excellent chart showing all of the fruits of the spirit and the antithesis of each. A great check on your progress.

Are you REALLY examining yourselves daily? This is not an easy thing to do brethren, it takes work, dedication and honesty to see the weaknesses and sins that are hidden in your life. And it takes a lot of ZEAL to root them out.

These are the things that you need to be doing if you want to more find favor/grace with God and as you are doing these things you are letting Christ live in your life because you are learning live and think and reactive like Christ does.

Rev_21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

It is only the overcomer that will inherit all things. That means GROWTH brethren. We must have real Spiritual Growth utilizing God’s Holy Spirit if we expect God to account us as worry to escape what is coming. Those who are not growing in this manner are likely to find themselves spewed out of God’s mouth into the Great Tribulation.

We have all been given a tremendous legacy of Spiritual Truths a great foundation to build on. Now we need to grow in God’s favor by building our spiritual house. We cannot rest on what we have been given we must grow.

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What does Assembling ourselves together entail?

Saturday, November 12th, 2016

Today the Church of God is scattered all over the globe. Many are in small or large groupings of our people and can fellowship and gather together easily. But there are large numbers who for one reason or another do not have anyone to fellowship with.

The key scripture for today’s message is of course Hebrews 10:25 which says:

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

Now notice that that verse not only commands us to assemble together but also to exhort one another as a part of the assembling process.

In fact the verse just before it says:

Heb 10:24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

So it would seem that one of the primary reasons to assemble is to help us provoke each other unto love and good works.

Another primary scripture that shows God’s thoughts and attitudes about this is found in Malachi 3:16-18

Mal 3:16  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.
Mal 3:17  And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
Mal 3:18  Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.

There is a special blessing attached to those who speak often to one another here in Malachi. Notice that verse 17 seems to indicate that the time frame and focus of this blessing is at the end time where he makes up His jewels.

Then notice in the third verse these jewels that He spared are returning probably as Spirit Beings at Christ return with the ability to discern between the righteous and the wicked.

Now that is quite a blessing and it is focused on those who have the attitude of fellowship a spiritual gathering together to talk about the things of God.

Going along in this same vein lets look at another scripture that relates;

Mat 24:42  Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Mat 24:43  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.
Mat 24:44  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
Mat 24:45  Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
Mat 24:46  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
Mat 24:47  Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 

Now notice something here we are commanded as servants to watch for the return of our Lord. That He is going to come in an hour when we think not.

Stop and think about that for a minute. Are we going to know when Christ returns for the resurrection? Are we not going to be aware of when the countdown to His return starts? Of course we are. From the time some in the church are taken to a place of safety, the countdown will begin 1335 days ahead.

So what event related to Christ’s return are we not going to be aware of?

When Christ comes in Spirit or in Person, whichever to gather His people to a place of safety. This is what we should be watching for, this is what we should be getting ready for.

Verse 44 quoted above tells us that we not only have to be watching but we must also be ready. We will look at that in a moment but for now notice that he calls those who are watching wise and faithful servants to whom He extends a special blessing to make them rulers over all His goods.

Do you notice how closely that resembles the blessing given to those who are fellowshipping with His people and talking about the Lord’s doings?

Let’s look at another set of related scriptures that show us what we are to be ready to do, in Luke chapter 12 sarting in verse 35;

Luk 12:35  Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
Luk 12:36  And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
Luk 12:37  Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.

Here is another verse that talks about God commanding His servants to be watching but notice here that He is showing them that they should be ready to open the door to Him immediately.

They are blessed for doing this an notice what He does for them that open that door immediately;

He makes them to sit down to meat and comes forth and serves them. Please do not miss the comparison to what Christ says that He is doing in this ERA of the Church.

Rev 3:20  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.

If we are watching, if we are fellowshipping(talking to each other about what is coming), if we have our loins girded about(as in zealously watching), if we are ready to immediately open the door when Christ knocks on it(we are alreay living a rightwous life in constant contact with the Living Christ through prayer study and a righteous zealous life style) then Christ will choose to come into us and sup with us(train us,feed us).

Can you see that all of this relates to Christs return to gather HIs people to a place of safety where He will feed us for 3.5 years preparing us for what is coming?

Notice what Luke 17 says about this event in time. the gathering of His people to a place of safety.

Luk 17:22  And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

This is a day and event if you will that the disciples wanted to see but would not because they would be in the grave. We are all going to see the resurrection whether dead of alive that is a day we will all rejoice in.

So what day or event will happen that we might see that the disciples of Christ day will not/

this is the day when Christ will be revealed to some of His people but not all.

Luk 17:30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

It is my belief that Christ will knock on the doors of those of us who are watching and ready to open it and take us to a place of safety. this is not something I feel that is proven but all the scriptures above seem to me to relate to the same event.

The rest of Luke 17 show us the gathering of the people of God to a place of safety.

But the point of the study is about assembling ourselves together, why it is important and how we can do it sucessfully.

You see taken as a whole to truly assemble as God instructed we must be involved with out brethren in a two way flow of information and exhortation.

Many of our groups provide sermons online so those of us who are un-affilliated with any particular grouping of our people can listen and be fed.

BUT, is this assembling together? No brethren, it is not. You cannot exhort one another if you cannot talk to and listen to the brethren.

What we have here is a blessing because we can and do talk to each other as we are being fed and afterwards.

But we need to pray and exhort those of our groups who do not have this available to thier people to do so.

People need to be able to assemble together on the Internet as for many that is the only way that they can gather together.

We provide this service as a temporary stopgap. Until folks can find a group to fellowship with physically or to find another group that provides online fellowship where brethren can actually talk with and relate to others.

This is true assembly of the body of Christ. We must be able to talk with and share with our brethren in regular fellowship and gatherings.

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Why is Christ knocking on the door instead of opening it?

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Revelation 2 and 3 show seven consecutive ERAs of God’s Church since the resurrection of Christ.

In only two of these ERAs has the bible indicated a specific work being done by Christ during a specific ERA.

Rev 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
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.
Rev 3:9 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.
Rev 3:10 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.
Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Rev 3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17 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:
Rev 3:18 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.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev 3:20 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.
Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Notice that Rev 3:8 shows Christ opening a door for those in the Philadelphian ERA to go through. It is a work that Christ was doing in Philadelphia. Those in the ERA or time phase of the church came to understand that Christ wanted us to use that open door to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God in power to the world and to it’s leaders as a witness.

We tied the prophecy of Mat. 24:14 and the promise of the Elijah to come to the work that Christ was doing for His church on Philadelphia. We deduced that the reason Christ was doing this was because time was short. The world was going to go into a terrible time of trouble ahead and Christ was giving especially the physical nations that have come from the tribes of Israel a last chance to repent. To change their ways so that God could protect them from what was coming. It was in a sense the world’s last chance to avoid the time of Jacob’s Trouble. The Great Tribulation prophesied to come on the Nations of Israel and on the whole world.

So what is Christ doing in this ERA of the church and why is He doing it?

Rev 3:20 shows Him standing outside the door of His people and knocking. His work in this ERA of the Laodicians is not for the world or physical Israel, this work is for those that can hear his voice. This is for Spiritual Israel. The literal “body of Christ” Those of His people who are alive in the end time age of the church and the world.

He is trying to get our attention is He not? The mental picture shown of Him knocking shows that he is reaching out to us as individuals not to the church groups or the church leaders but to each of us as individuals.

His concern is with us. With our lackadaisical attitudes and our self satisfied view of ourselves Rev 3:16-17. He commands us to repent and to do so with ZEAL. This is how we open that door to let Him in. Rev 3:18-19

But WHY? In Philadelphia we surmised that He was reaching out to physical Israel in an attempt to bring them to repentance. He did these kinds of things all the time to ancient Israel to try and get them to change so he would not have to destroy them and take them into captivity.

So now He has turned His attention to Spiritual Israel. Why? Is there something that is going to happen to Spiritual Israel that He wants to save them out of?

Notice

Luk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.
Luk 21:35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Luk 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Most of our church groups today seem to be focused on watching for the return of Christ at the resurrection. But something else is going to happen before that. Something that Christ said we would all want to see. A special day that even the Apostles would want to see but would not because it was not going to happen in their day, but it is going to happen in our day.

Luk 17:22  And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.

Matthew told us that once the Mat 24:14 prophecy was fulfilled, that all these things that he was talking about in that chapter would be fulfilled in one generation of humanity.

Mat 24:34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Those of us living in the Laodicean ERA or time phase of the Church of God are living in that last generation of mankind before Christ begins to rule the Earth.

So how does that relate to what Christ is doing now?

Clearly Christ is reaching out to His church(Spiritual Israel) just like He reached out to physical Israel in the Philadelphian ERA and for the same reason. He said that He was going to send physical Israel into captivity and great tribulation and He tried to give them a last chance to repent and be saved out of that but they did not. Now in this last endtime generation of makind this Laodicean ERA of the church He is once again reaching out to save as many as possible from this time of Great Tribulation. Only this time He is reaching out to His people Spiritual Israel.

So how can he save us out of this period of terrible destruction?

Rev 12:13  And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
Rev 12:14  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Rev 12:15  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
Rev 12:16  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
Rev 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Do you see that a place of safety is provided by God for some of His people just before the Great Tribulation begins. Do you remember above where Christ said that we should pray always that we might be accounted worthy to escape?Luk 21:36

This is what Christ is doing now and why He is doing it. Just like with physical Israel he is trying to save us from what is coming.

He says that he is going to spew the people of Laodicea out of His mouth if they do not repent of their ways. He is knocking our our doors individually in the same way he knocked on the doors of the Nations of Israel by opening up the power of the media to reach the world with the true Gospel in a way that had never been done before.

Now he is knocking on each of our doors to get us to rise up, to get awake to begin to see ourselves and to zealously repent so that as many of us as possible can be counted worthy by God the Father to escape what is coming.

Don’t be like that sleepy virgin (the church) who did not wake up in time, who made excuses and ended up missing the opportunity to go with her betrothed to safety and ended up on the streets(the Great Tribulation) you can read about that in Song of Soloman chapter 5. Song 5:2-7

Raymond Mills

 

 

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Why do we Believe what we do?

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

I was checking out a sermon to use this week about giving a reason for the hope that lies within us;

1Pe_3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

In the course of instructing us how to give an answer the concept arose – What is the reason that we have this hope within us?

I don’t believe that I have ever considered that question properly.

Why do we believe?

At first it is hard to give an answer to that. I mean everyone believes in something, but the why of it gets a little strange.

Our people who are part of the Church of the Laodiceans. Seem completely confident. They seem to believe so strongly that they don’t feel they even need anything else. And because of that they have incurred God’s displeasure. But isn’t it interesting that we always speak of them as if we are not included in them. Brethren we are all in the laodicean ERA of the Church of God and are subject to this kind of attitude if we are not very careful.

Given what is just ahead on the prophetic timeline we are all going to absolutely need to have unwavering faith in what we believe.

I can only give you what I find within myself as to why I believe so strongly in the tenets of my faith. You may have other factors that strengthen you faith and if so I would love to hear about them.

I began to think about this and I found that there were apparently many factors and they all seemed to act upon each other to lock down my beliefs into a cohesive whole that seems to me to be unbreakable. But how did it get that way and what started me on this journey and what kept me on it till this point in my life.

The bible states that only those who are called by God the Father can come to Christ. If you are not called then you will not understand and will not be a part of the body of Christ.

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

So this is how it begins, God the Father begins to use His Holy Spirit to work with our minds. We are given understanding on certain issues and when we hear these things being discussed or preached then they come alive in our minds. Do you remember when you first heard the true Gospel preached? Do you remember the feelings that it brought out in you? How excited you felt how you wanted to run out and share it with everyone. Which of course didn’t work out well as not everyone was being called.

Christ said that His Sheep would hear His Voice;

Joh_10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

That is the beginning. As we begin to learn more about God and Christ about who they were and what they were doing with man. As we began to understand the Gospel of the Kingdom of God and our part in it. We continued to see God’s Plan being worked via the understanding given by His Sabbath and Holy Days.

From the true meaning of the Born Again Doctrine to the fantastic Millennial Reign of Christ on the earth, the doctrines fit together like the were meant for each other which in fact they do. Mr. Armstrong brought back all of the foundational doctrines that were needed by His people to form an unbreakable foundation upon which to build our spiritual lives. Each Doctrine of the Church support and fit within each of the other doctrines. Until truly from a physical standpoint there is no way to deny them.

But it doesn’t stop there. Mr. Armstrong and the WCG provided the physical Foundation from which to build a spiritual building. The church was broken apart by apostasy and cruel treatment. So that we could learn/apply the Holy Spirit the “Spiritual Glue” that we need to Grow Up Spiritually. We needed to learn how to stand up on our own. As a people going into another different age of the church suddenly we had no leader on whom we could truly depend. Oh we have and had good leaders but they were not together themselves and so did not have the ability to decide for all of us which way was right. And I believe that was intended by God.

It was time for us to decide what was right and what was wrong and act on it using the power of God’s Holy Spirit. No doubt in the process we have all made wrong choices as well as right choices but that is the way we learn. It has always been God’s way to teach us from our mistakes as well as from our successes.

So now we have been forced to draw closer to God, we have been forced to get back into the bible to determine what is right and wrong and to have our senses exercised to understand right from wrong.

Heb_5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Not all of us are exercising our spiritual selves to grow up. Some have out of fear perhaps or even the pleasure of it tried to keep the same church environment that we had going with world wide. But too many who have taken that route are not growing they have stagnated and have begun to feel safe and satisfied and in so doing they have become true Laodiceans and are in need of eye salve for sure.

Rev 3:18  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.

The reason we believe is because God has called us and taken the veil from our eyes so we can see the truth. We can understand how Christ became a doorway for us into the Kingdom of God and all that that entails. Now we have all of the interlocking doctrines of the foundation and are building our spiritual house using God’s Holy Spirit. That spirit which imparts to us the faith of Christ and grants through the Father true godly repentance so that our sins are washed away daily.

Sometimes it is good to think on these things and realize the process that we have gone though and are still going through that makes it possible for us to believe, to KNOW THAT WE KNOW!

If you haven’t done so you need to rise up on your feet and learn to stand on your own for what you believe. Zealously Repent and get right with God and Christ.

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

That is what opens the door to Christ.

Rev 3:20 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.

Open the door now before it is too late. Don’t be like the virgin in the Song of Solomon 5:2-6 who waited until it was too late to open the door.

Son 5:2  I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.
Son 5:3  I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
Son 5:4  My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.
Son 5:5  I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.
Son 5:6  I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.

Yes, I believe, and now I see the more clearly why I believe and why I can believe so strongly. Humble yourselves right now. Ask God to direct your steps so you can know what to do. We have to get right with God. It is our heart and minds that God is interested in not how many spiritual riches we have. The doctrines of our church are true spiritual riches that even the angels have wanted to know about. BUT, they are not what is important they only form the foundation which we need to build on.

1Co 3:10  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
1Co 3:11  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

Are you building your Spiritual House or have you decided that you already have enough and have need of nothing? The decision is yours, life or death may well be a consequence of that decision. WAKE UP AND OPEN THE DOOR BRETHREN and then you will really have a reason for the hope that lies within you.

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Is there Evidence for Church ERAS

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Editors Note: There is a booklet out from the Eternal Church of God in Billings, Montana called Evidence for ERAS. This is the concluding chapter of that booklet which gives a powerful call for Repentance in this Laodicean ERA of the Church. You can read the entire booklet here.

Chapter 10
A Call to Repentance

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. ~ Revelation 3:19 ~

Pogo was the central character of a long-running comic strip. In 1971, author Walt Kelly published a famous cartoon relating the state of our environment. In this, he unmistakably captured the predicament that the Church finds itself in today. In the final scene, Pogo sits on the edge of a vastly polluted forest. He is saddened and confused at the sea of rubbish that has been generated. As the realization of what caused this calamity sets in, the caption reads:

enemyisus

Perhaps the enemy has always been us. We may have recklessly ignored the debris our sins generate as we continue polluting our lives. From childhood, it is been our nature to justify our actions and ignore the need to clean up spiritually. Sometimes we willingly distance ourselves from God to lessen the pain of our conscience (Heb. 10:22).

We are living in a very dangerous age. We need to know what spirit is affecting us. Therefore, this knowledge of Church eras is of enormous value.

It is time to wake up! Christ is coming quickly (Rev. 22:7), and we must realize that we are living in the last era of God’s Church (Mat. 24:34). Right now our King and future Husband is knocking at the door of our minds and hearts. He wants us to rise from our self-righteous complacency and answer His call (Sol. 5:2; Rev. 3:20). He desires that we live our lives in Him, and He in us (John 15:4). He wants us to develop and grow so that we will become the absolute best we can be.

In that light, it is our hope that we will consider the evidence God has provided us in His word and throughout documents of history. We need to understand that these seven letters to the churches are prophetic and written to God’s people living during seven eras in time. We must anoint our eyes with salve so we can see the error of our ways—realize that we are the last era—and we desperately need to repent!

Now that we have the evidence, we can be confident of this important truth. All of God’s people are living during the Laodicean era. We have been given the proof, and we need to realize what this means to each of us.

We exist among those Christ spoke of saying they have a form of Godliness but deny His power (2Tim. 3). Many act as if it is too difficult to change, or we don’t really believe that the Messiah has the power to transform our character. As a result, many are letting down. We seem to think that, because we cannot overcome every temptation, there is little reason to increase our efforts. We have come to feel that we are basically good enough, and that Christ will accept us as we are.

Admit the truth! We don’t fear the Almighty God the way we should! Many have become those who Jesus prophesied of and believe things are continuing as they always have, and that Christ has delayed His return (2Pet. 3:4; Mat. 24:48). We no longer hold a vivid picture in our mind of God’s wrath. Preaching about the day of the Lord is being pushed aside in many of the churches. Sermons have become weak and often only deal with tangential issues (Heb. 5:12-14). They don’t encourage real change and, as a result, we have been lulled into a spiritual slumber. The return of Christ is no longer the powerful and profound reality that it once was, and it seems we don’t deeply revere God and fear His correction that is soon to come.

If we remain doubtful that this final letter to Laodecia was written to us, if we close our eyes to Christ’s reproof and turn our heads to the insurmountable evidence for eras, if we choose to ignore Jesus’ rebuke, then consider the following prophetic scenario written to us:

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Why is the WORK that CHRIST is doing in this ERA different?

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

There are seven ERAs described in the bible, depicting 7 periods of time and the activity and prevalent attitudes in the Church of God during those periods of time.

However in two of these time periods, the last two, Christ is shown doing something Himself to aide these two specific eras or time frames of the Church. Rev. 3:7-22

At no other time during the entire history of the new testament church has the bible indicated that Christ did something specific for a specific ERA of the Church.

Now during the Philadelphian ERA of the church, Christ opened a door for the leader of that church to walk through to preach the true Gospel to the world in power for the first time ever. At no time in the history of the church did the true Gospel of God and Christ go out to the whole world in such power.

It was determined that God had sent Mr. Armstrong in the spirit and power of Elijah to bring back to the church, foundational doctrines and the understanding of key data that unlocked our understanding of Prophecy.

Having received this deluge of Spiritual Knowledge, Christ stepped into the picture directly for the first time recorded in the Bible. This is not to say that Christ has not worked with His church before He surely has but here is recorded that Christ is personally doing something in a specific ERA of His church. In Rev 3:7 Christ begins to speak to the angel of the church(the called out ones) in Philadelphia.

Rev 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
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.
Rev 3:9 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.
Rev 3:10 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.
Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Rev 3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Notice verse 8 Christ Himself opened a door for the called out ones in Philadelphia. It was determined that this tied in to the prophetic “Witness Work” of Matthew 24 :14;

Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

In fact Mr. Armstrong often talked about how God had called such a large number of people to the body of Christ during this ERA so that they would have the resources to do the Witness Work of taking the Gospel to the World as a witness and to the Leaders as well.

This was the first time that Christ had done something directly relating to a specific ERA of the Called Out ones throughout the history of the Church. Each ERA of the Called out ones of God had works, He says that He knows the works of each of the ERAs. But in Philadelphia He actually steps in to help them accomplish a huge mission.

We are of course all intimately familiar with all of this as most of us came out of the Philadelphian ERA. So Is Christ doing something similar again during Laodicea? Well lets look at what He says.

Rev 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17 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:
Rev 3:18 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.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev 3:20 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.
Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Notice verse 20. Just as He shows us in verse 8 what He did during Philadelphia, in verse 20 He does the same. He says that He is standing at the door knocking and that if any man hears Him and opens the door to Him He will come in a eat with him. Feed Him if you will.

Notice some peculiar differences here:

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