Why is Christ outside Knocking on our Door?

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 let’s 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 let’s 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?

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

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.

Christ opened a door before us that no man could shut. As a church, we followed Mr. Armstrong through that door to deliver a message of warning to the world and to the Tribes/nations of Israel about what was coming and what they had to do if they wanted to escape that judgment.

The world was going to have to go through the Great Tribulation, the time of Jacob’s trouble if they did not repent and turn away from what they were doing. This is the first instance recorded of where Christ was doing something in a specific ERA of the Church. Notice it was only for this particular ERA.

Here is a work blessed by Christ opening a door for the Church as a whole to do for the world. In particular the Nations of Israel. A lot of things came together to make that work possible. The Gospel message was clarified for the church so that it could be shown to the world, many new doctrines came to the awareness of the church as well as many technological breakthroughs which could really be considered opened doorways.

But what about Laodicea? What is Christ doing now and how is it different and what does that mean for the work that the church is doing?

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.

Look at the difference. Now we see Christ doing a completely different work in the Laodicean ERA of the Church He is not opening a doorway for us he is asking us to open a door for HIM.

Christ is no longer working with the group now He is working with the individual. Individuals whose attitude has been corrupted. People who seem self-satisfied with themselves and do not see any need to change. People who are Spiritually asleep. Christ is going wake these people who do not open the door to Him sooner by putting them into the Great Tribulation. Pretty hard to remain lukewarm when the world is doing its best to kill you. The problem is according to Matthew 25 (The parable of the ten virgins) half of those who have to go through it are not going to make is to the other side. They are going to lose their eternal lives by losing God’s spirit.

Mat 25:1  Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Mat 25:2  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Mat 25:3  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
Mat 25:4  But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Mat 25:5  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Mat 25:6  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Mat 25:7  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8  And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Mat 25:9  But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
Mat 25:10  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Mat 25:11  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Mat 25:12  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Mat 25:13  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

We have always been taught that these are those who are going to be going through the Tribulation and basically only half of them are going to make it.

So the work that the Church as a group should be focused on is preparing the people for what is coming and getting us awake and ready so that God can account us worthy to escape what is coming. Why risk your eternal life by going through the Tribulation when Christ has given us a way to escape it.

SO WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BE PREPARING FOR?

Notice the last verse in the Parable of the Ten Virgins. Mat 25:13  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. We are admonished to WATCH THEREFORE because we are not going to know the day or the hour when the bridegroom is coming.

To me, the confusing part of the parable and its meaning to the church is what we are watching for. Once the tribulation begins, we as a group, are going to be in a countdown situation to Christ’s return. The tribulation itself last 3 1/2 years so we KNOW when Christ is going to return as in the Resurrection. NO way to surprise us so what are we to be watching for?

Here are a few scriptures that might shed some light on that.

Watch Yourselves

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.

Notice the use of the phrase “that day“. What is that day that is going to catch us by surprise if we are not watching carefully?

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.

Look carefully here, we are told to not only watch but to PRAY always that we might be accounted worthy to escape all these things that are going to come to pass. This isn’t talking about the Resurrection at the 7th trump this is talking about an event to happen BEFORE the Great Tribulation begins. We are told to not only watch for the event but to watch ourselves so that we are prepared and in a right relationship with God so that we CAN BE accounted worthy to escape.

Here is another scripture that related to “that day” mentioned above.

Luk 17:26  And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Luk 17:27  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Luk 17:28  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luk 17:29  But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
Luk 17:30  Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Luk 17:31  In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

These passages are not talking about the Resurrection you won’t be worried about your stuff when you are changed in the twinkling of an eye.

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 scripture just above those quoted makes an interesting point. He is saying to His disciples that they will desire to see ONE of the days of the Son of man but will not be able to see it. Again this cannot be the resurrection as the Disciples will be a part of that day. No this is talking about a day when Christ gathers His people(those accounted worthy to escape) to a place of safety.

Luk 17:31  In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

What is happening here that you would want to go inside to get your stuff but not be allowed to do so?

Luk 17:32  Remember Lot’s wife.
Luk 17:33  Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

What was it about Lot’s wife and the fact that she lost her life? She looked back she regretted leaving Sodom behind. The Angels were, in fact, taking her by the hand and leading her away from the destruction that was coming but she wanted to go back. This was a rescue accomplished by Angels. They could not take their stuff with them they had to leave immediately and they had to follow the instructions given by the angels or as in Lot’s wife suffer the consequences.

Luk 17:34  I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

Notice “in that night”, what night. The same night or day referred to in Luke 17:22 and Luke 21:31

Luk 17:35  Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Luk 17:36  Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Some people are being taken away while others are being left behind. Angels are being referred to in the references to Lot above. The situation is an immediate one they cannot go back to get anything.

Luk 17:37  And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together

The people are being taken to a gathering place. It refers to the agent that is gathering them as eagles

aetos
ah-et-os’
From the same as G109; an eagle (from its wind like flight): – eagle.
Angels are referred to as eagles in the bible.

The reference here is to an event where God is gathering those He has accounted worthy to escape to a place of safety and He appears to be using angels to do it. This is the event that we need to be watching for as the Body of Christ. This is the event that we need to be preparing for because it is God’s choice who he takes and who He leaves behind.

SO GIVEN ALL THIS HOW IS CHRIST OUTSIDE WHILE WE HAVE HIS SPIRIT INSIDE?

Look at these scriptures now from the Song of Solomon. They describe an event where the Bridegroom is outside the door of his virgin trying to get her attention. A very similar situation to what is described in Revelation 3 regarding Laodicea.

The Bride Searches for Her 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.

Notice that He the bridegroom uses His voice to Knock. Christ is our elder brother so the term my sister refers to the church, the body of Christ.

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?

Notice the church is asleep and now see the excuses being used for not opening the door while he was there.

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.

She finally gets up but He has already gone. He has gathered those that were ready for Him and were watching so that they could open the door quickly

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.

So you can see here what happens to those who are not able to hear Christ soon enough. They have to go into the Great Tribulation.

Notice another scripture about being watchful and quick to open the door for the bridegroom.

You Must Be Ready

Luk 12:35  Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;

This is the attitude we should have not lukewarm but ready and prepared

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.

Notice again the wedding reference of a bridegroom knocking and we open to 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.

Look at the similarities here, He knocks if we open immediately then he begins to feed us. 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 want to hear Him we must be awake and watching not asleep and making excuses like the virgin in Song of Solomon.

But note that these servants will receive a blessing for being prepared and watchful. Could that blessing be that they are taken to a place of safety while others who are not so prepared are not? Seems a reasonable conclusion to me.

Luk 12:38  And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

This always seemed a curious way to say this until I connected it with Daniel 12 and the “1335”.

(Dan 12:12)  Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

This is the beginning countdown to the Resurrection and the Return of Christ as the ruler of this world.

  1. The church is gathered at the “1335” by the eagles/angels of Luke 17
  2. It flees as a group at the “1290” to the place of safety when the Abomination of Desolation is set up
  3. The “1260” then begins the Great Tribulation

Luk 12:39  And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
Luk 12:40  Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.

Here is the event that we need to be watching and preparing for. This is the one where we can be caught off guard.

So why is Christ Outside when we have His Spirit inside?

Because He is doing a work in this ERA of the church a work that is reaching out to those who have prepared themselves and who have been accounted worthy to escape what is coming. Just as He did a work in Philadelphia that reached out to the world in an attempt to give them a chance to repent and be saved from having to go through the Great Tribulation so now he is reaching out to His people those who have His spirit but need to shed this Lukewarm attitude that prevails in this ERA. Like in the Song of Solomon verses He is trying to wake up the individuals who make up the Body of Christ in the ERA. He is knocking and asking them to RISE UP and OPEN the DOOR. Those who are prepared and hear His voice in time will be taken to a place of Safety those who do not will have to go into the Great Tribulation.

We open that door by repenting and becoming Zealous again. We need to get that first love we had when we first came into the church. We need to be searching ourselves daily and repenting of any sins that we find. So that when He knocks we will be awake and aware and able to open the door immediately and receive that special blessing that he promised to those he found so doing when he appears to them.

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