There is a term used when referring to the work of the church. “Gird up your loins” it basically refers to the practice of men whose normal dress included a long robe. This robe was pulled up and placed inside the belt or girdle of the robe in preparation to run or move quickly.
The first time I saw it used was when the children of Israel were eating the Passover meal in Egypt. The idea being that they might need to run to leave Egypt at any time. It represented the “URGENCY” of the moment.
Now notice how it is used in Luke 12;
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.
In a number of places in the new testament the end time church is being told to watch. The work emphasis of the Laodicean ERA of the Church was to watch and be in readiness for the events that are coming as signs of Christ’s return.
In contrast the work emphasis of the Philadelphian ERA was to go through the open door with the Gospel message for the world.
In this ERA the work emphasis should have been to prepare the bride and watch for the signs of Christ’s immanent return. But notice again the Urgency attached to this watch work.
Why were they told to Gird up their Loins? Why the need to open immediately when they hear the knock of the Bride Groom?
This passage plays into the description of the work that Christ is doing in this ERA.
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.
Luke 12 talks about hearing a knock and opening a door immediately. Both Luke and Revelation speak of Christ eating with or feeding the one who opens the door.
But again pay careful attention to the urgency and immediacy of hearing and then opening the door. Why the urgency?
Notice this set of scriptures from Song of Solomon Chapter 5
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.
I believe that the passage above shows us clearly what will happen to any who fail to hear because they are not watching and/or fail to open soon enough. The virgins beloved is gone because she took too much time rising up, made too many excuses so that by the time she got to the door He was gone. The passage even shows here being punished by the “keepers of the wall” surely a reference to the punishment coming at the hands of the Beast Power.
Right now the church is being tested and tried for the purpose of determining who will be taken to a place of safety and who will be left behind. If we are watching with the zeal of someone who is ready to open the door to Christ immediately, then perhaps God will decide that we can be counted worthy to escape.
Notice that His entire work during Laodicea is with the individuals not with the church groups. Just the opposite from the last ERA. He is trying to get a people prepared to be gathered to the place of safety. We must be ready for Him when He knocks on our door. We dare not be asleep or make excuses to not rise up and open the door to Him.
The Gospel Message and the Ezekiel Warning went out to the world during Philadelphia, now God is preparing and testing His people to prepare them for what is coming next.