Over the last few months I have been thinking about what Christ says that He is doing in this Laodicean ERA of the Church.
Of all the ERA’s of God’s church only 2 of them show Christ doing an active work Himself. In Philadelphia he opened the doors of mass media so that the church could fulfill the Prophetic Work of taking the Gospel to the world as a witness. But in Laodicea He says that He is knocking on the doors of the individual within the body of Christ to be let in.
Notice the related scriptures talking about the work that Christ is doing today:
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.
I have looked around at brethren in the various COG groups and I have wondered what they need to repent of, myself included. What are we doing that is so bad that Christ would spew us out of His mouth into the Great Tribulation?
I see people who have had God’s truth most of their lives now, they keep the laws, the keep God’s Holy Days and the Sabbath. They go to church each week, they pay their tithes, they have a nice church home and friends in God’s church. Life is pretty good for most so what is so terrible about us that God would want us to suffer?
The truth is He doesn’t want us to suffer, that is the point of the Knock work that He is doing in Laodicea.
He says several things about Laodiceans. They are rich in spiritual knowledge but BECAUSE they think or say that it has caused them to be;
The very act of thinking that they have so much of God’s truth that they have need of nothing has created in them a spiritual condition that causes them to be in such terrible shape spiritually that God has to send them into the Great Tribulation in order to correct it.
God says that at its best our righteousness is as filthy rags to Him;
Isa_64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
We cannot be good enough it simply does not work that way. We must love the Lord our God over everything else;
Deu_11:13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
When we see our selves as being good enough that we don’t need anything more then our spiritual condition begins to deteriorate from that moment. It is only the overcomer that will sit with Christ in His throne. We must be overcoming to the very end or we will not make it into the Kingdom of God. The minute we stop overcoming we begin to slide back into the clutches of the world.
Rev_2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
We begin to look around ourselves and we begin to compare our selves with others instead of comparing ourselves with Christ. Once we do that we begin to lose our zest(zeal) for the things of God. Instead of actively looking for the Kingdom of God and for the protection that Christ offered us if we would only pray always that we would be accounted worthy to escape, we begin to look at our selves and our churches at the world all around us. We begin to move toward the world and away from God. Not because we intend to, we are in fact unaware, blinded if you will because again we thought we had it all and had no need of anything else.
Brethren it has never been about what we know. It has always been about what we do with what we know. God wants our hearts and minds. The church has had very little of the fulness of the Gospel over the last two millennia. Yet there were members of the first-fruits born in every ERA of the church. They developed all the character they needed with what laws and doctrines that they had been given. More was not necessary to make it into the Kingdom. Just as the parable of the talents shows us, it is not a matter of how much you are given but how well you use what you have.
(Mat 25:14) For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
(Mat 25:15) And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
(Mat 25:16) Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
(Mat 25:17) And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
(Mat 25:18) But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
(Mat 25:19) After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
(Mat 25:20) And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
(Mat 25:21) His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
(Mat 25:22) He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
(Mat 25:23) His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
(Mat 25:24) Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
(Mat 25:25) And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
(Mat 25:26) His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
(Mat 25:27) Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
(Mat 25:28) Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
(Mat 25:29) For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
(Mat 25:30) And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Do you begin to see what the Laodicean church as a whole and as individuals have to repent of? Because they feel they have all they need stopped trying to develop the talents that God gave them to use to develop true character, character that has been refined in the fire of adversity. Because they are not developing, they are lukewarm. They have lost the Zeal for God and His Kingdom. They are like the unprofitable servant;
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.
Because you have been given SO MUCH of God’s truths in these latter years they have become a common place routine. There is none of the “LOVE OF THE TRUTH” that we were all filled with back in the WCG. This is why God tells us to not only REPENT but to also bring back the Zest, the Zeal, the Love of God’s Truth that we used to have.
We must go beyond what is required of us. We must develop those gifts that we have been given, develop the character in the crucible of tribulation now so that we might be accounted worthy to escape what is coming.
Most of you are aware of the Armor of God that is spoken of in Eph 6:13 – Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Did you also know that there is another integral part of the armor that is not listed here?
Isa_59:17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
The very thing that Christ told lukewarm Laodicea that it needed is indeed part of the very Armor of God that Paul told us to put on.
So can we now see that in order to keep from being spewed out of Christ’s mouth into the Great Tribulation. Or in order to have enough of God’s Holy Spirit in our lamps to successfully make it through to the resurrection, we must be striving zealously and watchfully to develop the character and gifts that we have been given. We cannot bury those gifts in the ground or we will be cast into the outer darkness.
Could that “outer darkness”, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth, be the Great Tribulation?
You see if we have not got into that relationship with God where we are actively developing our gifts and character when God gathers that portion of the church together to take them to a place of Safety, then we who are left behind will go into the Great Tribulation.
Brethren I pray that we will be able to prepare ourselves and to gather more of God’s Holy Spirit so that whether we are counted worthy to be taken to a place of safety or left behind to develop more in the fires of the Great Tribulation, we will be able to meet again at the Gathering of the Firstfruits in the First Resurrection.