What are the similarities and differences between Christ opening the door for Philadelphia and Christ Knocking on the door of the Laodiceans?
In both cases the church as in the body of Christ was expected to do something.
In Philadelphia a great grouping of God’s people and others that supported the work was raised up to provide the funding to go through the open doorway of Mass Publishing, Radio and TV broadcast to provide their physical leader with the opportunity to preach the Good News of the Kingdom of God, the true Gospel, to the world with more power and effectiveness than had ever been possible before.
(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.
The leaders of this grouping of God’s people recognized the work of Christ and the mandate to do that work in support of Him. Something no other era of God’s church in the past had ever been asked to do.
It was a stunning and exciting concept and we all got behind that magnificent work that was being done. An exciting time for God’s People.
But look at Laodicea now.
Here we find the people of God scattered into hundreds of groupings. some trying to continue to do the work that was before but what they do is a pale shadow of the work actually done in Philadelphia.
So what is the work being done in Laodicea by 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.
What a curious difference in what Christ did then and what He is doing now!
Where as before Christ opened a door for the leader of the people of God, who were supporting him, to walk through or use. Now we see Christ not opening a door but knocking on a door related to each of His people asking THEM to open the door for HIM!!
He opened a door that made it possible for all of us to be called by the Father to Christ. Now He is knocking on the door of each one of us that responded to that call to open the door to Him so that He can come in and sup with or feed us if you think about it. He even shows us how to open that door.
(Rev 3:19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Notice that He found Zeal lacking in Laodicea and the need to repent of the fact that THEY (Laodicea) did not think that they needed anything else. So becoming zealous or diligent again and repenting of this prideful attitude about themselves and what they needed corrects the problem and opens the door to Him so He can begin to work with each of us again.
Here is an audio link to a sermon we listened too this Sabbath about how to “Be Diligent Disciples“. It is very instructive.
So we see that In Philadelphia, Christ was in fact making a last ditch effort to reach as many people called by God as possible with the true Gospel message to call them to the truth AND He was at the same time putting out a warning message to Israel in particular and the world in general about what was about to on the prophetic scene if they did not repent.
While in Laodicea the reach out so to speak is to those people who have been called out of this world, the people of God and is in fact a last ditch effort by Christ to save as many of them as possible from what is coming. If we can repent in time and get back the diligence and zeal that we had in Philadelphia, then it is possible to be saved out of what is coming.
In Philadelphia every thing was about whether or not you were part of the Grouping of God’s people that were doing the work of Christ to this world.
But now it is about reaching those individuals within the body of Christ no matter what grouping of God’s people they attend with. In Philadelphia it seemed important to be a part of the right Grouping of God’s people in Laodicea what Group you are with is immaterial Christ is going after the individual not the Groups.
But what ever you do, you need to realize that there is an Urgency in the work that Christ is doing now. We have to respond NOW, right now! If we don’t respond in time then two things are going to happen. If we have enough of God’s Spirit to withstand the Great Tribulation and stay apart of the First Fruits of God’s Kingdom then we are likely going to die physically but gain our eternal salvation in the process, or we are going to fail and lose our eternal live.
The Hidden Story in the “The Song of Solomon”.
In the 5th Chapter of the Song of Solomon there is a brief story about the master knocking on the door of his espoused bride. The story shows her in bed asleep. She awakens to his knocking but is reluctant to arise from the bed. She makes excuse to her self for why she is not getting up. As the story goes she finally arises all excited only to find that He is gone she was too late. And then as she goes about looking for her she is punished by the guards in the street. Does the sound similar to you to what the People of God who are left behind when God gather those of His people whom have been deemed worthy to escape, will have to go through symbolically?
(Son 5:1) I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
(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.
(Son 5:7) The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
We need to Rise up from our Sleep now and repent of our prideful attitudes and become diligent(Zealous) students of Jesus Christ once again. If we do so, in time to really change, then perhaps God the father will see us as being worthy to escape what is coming soon on the 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.
Brethren Luke do not look down on yourself for wanting to avoid what is coming. Luke 21:36 is Jesus Christ Himself commanding us to “pray always” that we might be accounted worthy to escape”. He knows what a terrible time it is going to be and He know how hard it will be on us to get through that terrible time of Jacob’s Trouble. Start the process of opening the door to Christ as soon as possible so you can begin to build the relationship and store up as much of God’s Spirit as is needed in case you are called on to go through it. We must be prepared for either eventuality because only God the Father knows which can be saved and which need to go through what is coming.