As I begin this post I want to preface this by saying that this is what I am seeing about the Knock message. I could be wrong but I will be quoting a number of scriptures that point to this conclusion. At the very least take a look at this concept as food for thought. I would love to hear what you folks have to say about it.
First of all, during, what was referred to as the Philadelphian work phase of the Church of God, we see Christ doing a work Himself during that phase of God’s 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 is here opening a door for this phase of the church. We concentrated on this work that Christ was doing and did our very best to go through that open door to, in essence, preach the True Gospel in power to the world and it’s leadership as a WITNESS to the world prior to Christ’s return.
As a church, we got behind that concept big time. The ministry and Mr. Armstrong made going through the door that Christ opened the major focus of the “work” of the church.
But, this is now a different work phase of the church, this Laodicean phase, of the church has a different work to do and Christ is also doing something different. Notice what Christ 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.
This is the Knock of Jesus Christ to Laodicea. Notice it is addressed to those who are a part of this Laodicean work phase or ERA of the church. Plus Christ is outside the door of the individuals in this ERA of the Church. He is knocking so that they can open the door for Him to come in.
What does this mean? How is Christ Knocking? How do we open the door? If we are part of the church then we have God’s Holy Spirit, if we have God’s Holy Spirit then why isn’t Christ inside already? Why don’t the Corporate church groups seem to pay more attention to this work? Why is it important enough for Christ himself to take a hand in this work?
These questions deserve answers and they have bothered me for a long time. You all know how important Christ’s work was in the last phase of the church so it should be equally important in this phase.
Why is the Knock of Jesus Christ to Laodicea Important anyway?
There are some key references here that are found in other parts of the bible that might shed some light on this.
Let’s look at the prophetic message found in Song of Solomon;
(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.
If you read this verse you will see that the bridegroom an obvious reference to Christ is “KNOCKING” on the door of his bride. You see that she is asleep and makes excuses about getting out of bed and going to the door:
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?
By the time she finally gets there and opens the door he is gone.
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.
So what happens to her now?
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.
She went through tribulation from the world as she searched for the bridegroom.
Can we see how easily this could be showing what happens to those of the church who do not go to a place of safety before the tribulation begins; those who do not open the door in time and get prepared for what is coming?
Now notice a new testament scripture that appears to be speaking of something very similar and shows us what our attitude and response should be;
(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.
So when the Lord knocks His people should be ready to immediately open the door for Him. We should be in an attitude of readiness waiting for His appearance and knock so we can respond immediately. If you tie this with the Song of Solomon passage the urgency appears to be that if we do not open quickly Christ may be gone by the time we do and then we find ourselves in the Great Tribulation.
But what are we seeing described here? Christ is physically knocking on a door where we are physically located. He expects us to open that physical door immediately. If we do not open it very quickly He goes away.
This has a really ominous ring to it in my opinion.
Let’s look at a few more scriptures that might bring some clarity.
The coming of the Kingdom is the header I see in my bible. Luke 17:20-37
(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 interesting passage indicates that the disciples would desire to see one of these days that are coming but would not be able to. As we read on we can see what day, what single day this is referring to that we would all desire to see but what the disciples of Christ’s time would not be able to see. Remember this is Christ speaking to His disciples of the time.
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;
Notice here that the world is going on in a normal fashion. There is no great war, tribulation, or Trumpet plagues going on, it is a normal day, this one single day that the disciples would have liked to have seen themselves.
So what happens next? This passage shows an event that happened to Lot and what happened to his world, the world where he lived afterward.
Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
How did Lot get out of Sodom?
Gen 19:15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
Gen 19:16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
Angels appeared to Lot and took him by the hand and brought him out of Sodom to a safe place. Are you beginning to see a picture forming here?
(Luk 17:30) Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
Just like in the day that Lot was brought out of Sodom it will be the same when the Lord is revealed. But how is the Lord revealed? Remember we are talking about that single day mentioned above.
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.
This shows people in various places who seem to want to get some of their stuff but are told not to do so. Then it goes on to point out the problem associated with Lot’s wife;
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.
She wasn’t ready to leave this world, Her world behind. She was not ready to open the door if you will, to Christ immediately. This is showing you the attitude of mind that you should avoid in this circumstance.
So what happens next in this scenario:
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.
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.
Notice you are looking at a 24-hour scene of people resting and people working but some are being taken away while others are left behind. Again our response would be an immediate opening of the door to Christ, no looking back.
But look at what the disciples asked next.
(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.
Where were they taken? They were gathered together in one place and they were taken there by angels/eagles. I can’t see any other scenario that fits what is going on here.
So look again at the scripture about what Christ is doing in this age 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.
We have always looked at this as if Christ is trying to reach our minds and hearts to repent and become zealous again so that we might be counted worthy to escape the terrible events that are coming.
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.
But What if it is more physical than that? What if it is like what happened in Chapter 5 of the Song of Solomon?
What if Christ is going to reveal himself to us by knocking on the door of those of us who are watching and waiting for this very event? What if the Knock message shown here is Christ coming to each of us who have made ourselves ready and to whom the Father has accounted worthy to escape and is asking us to come with Him to that place of safety without taking anything with us or without looking back as Lot’s wife did? Are we ready for that? Do you see the need for advanced preparation on our part that our Faith would be up to the task?
This is after all brethren the very next scheduled event to take place with God’s called-out ones. This comes before the Tribulation, before the resurrection. This is that event that even we might not be ready for nor will we know when it is going to happen. We must be prepared in advance in our minds and hearts.
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.
If we are watching and open the door immediately he will come in and serve us/teach us/. It has been said about the place of safety that this is where we will receive our final training. Christ is going to indeed feed us if we let Him in when He knocks. The Knock message is all about getting our attention while the knock itself is about our being ready to open the door immediately when the bridegroom is revealed. Further, it says that if we do these things we will be blessed. Surely escaping the great tribulation could be considered a blessing!
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.
How are these servants blessed? Could it not be that because they were awake, watching events and themselves, and ready to open the door immediately so that Christ could be revealed to them and take them to a place of safety prepared for them.
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.
Understand here brethren, this is not speaking of the coming of Christ at the Resurrection. There is no way that event will catch any of God’s people unaware. No this is all about Christ gathering His people to a place of safety.
Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
So the speculation here is that the KNOCK Message that we talk about here so often may well be a more direct act of Christ than we think. He is not just trying to reach our minds He is likely trying to actually KNOCK on our very doors, in essence, to take us to a place of safety if we are watching, waiting, and ready to answer that door immediately.
So Why is Christ doing this work?
Well isn’t that what Christ was doing for the world back in the Philadelphian phase of His work? He was trying to reach out to the world especially the Nations of Israel with a warning and a call to repentance so that they might avoid the time of trouble coming.
If He would do that for the world would He not also do it for His People? Those that have His Spirit are getting ready to go through a terrible time of trouble coming on the whole world.
You see during this particular time period there is going to, come, an event upon the whole world which is greater in magnitude, destruction, and misery than has ever happened on this earth.
Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
The problem is many of God’s people are in that lukewarm attitude that seems to be so prevalent in this time phase of the church. As such they are not aware of the time and danger that is just ahead or they feel protected from such because of their affiliation with this group or minister or that.
But the word says that because of that sleepy, unaware attitude of Laodicea, MANY, as many as 50%, of those who must go through this terrible time will lose their eternal salvation.
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
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.
This is saying that as many as half may not make it through the Great Tribulation. Remember that God is not willing that ANY should perish. As an additional thought take note that God’s people are simply NOT going to be surprised by the Resurrection at Christ’s coming. We are going to know exactly when by then because we will be counting down from when those were taken to a place of safety, 1335 days till Christ returns. So Mat 25:13 simply cannot be referring to the resurrection, no it is referring to that moment in time when Christ reveals Himself to those of His people whom the Father has selected to come to the place of safety. This is the time that we have to be, preparing ahead for. In hopes that we might be accounted worthy to escape or at worse so that we can be spiritually prepared to go through the terrible time of trouble.
The Parable of the Lost Sheep
Mat 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 18:11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
Mat 18:12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
Mat 18:13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
Mat 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
So think about all this for a moment. Look at God’s attitude of not wanting any to perish, yet He is seeing His end-time people in a sleepy lethargic attitude of mind that will ultimately cause Him to actually cast them into the Great Tribulation in order to save as many as can be saved.
What would you think would be important to God in this scenario?
Do you begin to see what this Knock of Jesus Christ to Laodicea is really all about?
Revelation 12 shows us that some are going to be saved out of this tribulation or satan’s wrath against the people of God.
Satan Thrown Down to Earth
Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.
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.
Most of Laodicea is just not spiritually or mentally prepared for what is coming. They are so sure they are safe that they have stopped really trying to overcome and because of that spiritual state of mind God is going to allow them to go into this tribulation where as many as half are going to lose their spiritual lives. God does not want that to happen so Christ is doing, a work now in this time phase of ERA of the church, if you will, trying to reach out to each individual member of the Body of Christ to wake them up.
In this scenario, the groupings of God’s people no longer have any relevance. You are not safe because of where you attend church because God is looking at the hearts of each of us to determine who can be taken to the place of safety and who cannot. That is what The Knock is really all about. The message of Revelation 3: 14-22 shows what is wrong and how we need to prepare to hear and respond to the actual knock of Jesus Christ to Laodicea.
It is and should be the job of the Leaders and people of God in this end-time phase of the work of God to prepare His people. To make them aware of the seriousness of the situation ahead of them and to be showing them exactly what they need to do in order to be accounted worthy to escape or to at least have enough of the Spirit of God to endure the hardships ahead and stay true to the Way of God throughout it.
But are they doing that? Not really at least not that I can see. They seem to want you to believe that as long as you are in good standing with their particular grouping of God’s people that you will likely be taken to the place of safety. As if being a member of their group is a lifeline to end-time protection. But what does Christ say about that?
He says that because they think that they are rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing that they are safe. Because of that attitude of mind, they have gone to sleep and are lukewarm in all their activities. They no longer have the eyes to see or the ears to hear the reality of their individual situations. Christ says that they are miserable, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. But how is it that ANY of us can be in that situation and not know it?
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.
Our problem seems to be that way too many of us are not aware that just doing what we are commanded to do is simply not enough in God’s eyes. If that is all we do then He says we are “unprofitable Servants”
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.
This is how we prepare for what is coming. By going the extra mile as Christ did for us by learning how to truly love others, by putting the laws of God into our hearts and minds until we begin to see things the way God sees them. We begin to react to things the same way He does. We do the right things always because to us it is simply the right thing to do. This brethren is putting on the mind of Christ. And this is what qualifies us to be accounted worthy to escape what is coming and to enter into that final period of training where Christ sups with us in the place of safety.
This what Peter is trying to tell us in 2 Peter 1
Confirm Your Calling and Election
2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
2Pe 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Pe 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
2Pe 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
2Pe 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
This is your guarantee of entrance into the Kingdom and what you need to be diligently doing in order that you might be accounted worthy to escape what is coming or at the very least have developed enough of God’s Holy Spirit to make it through the Great tribulation.
The Knock of Jesus Christ to Laodicea is Christ’s Lifeline being thrown out to His people in a last-ditch effort to help them avoid having to go through the most mind-blowing time of trouble and pain that the world has ever seen or ever will again.
So get yourself in gear. Wake up and begin to get ready so that when the bridegroom comes you will be able to open the door to Him immediately. It is time to RISE UP brethren to begin to do the work He is calling us to do.
We are, among others, bringing to light the eyesalve that can help those of us who are trapped in the Laodicean mindset to begin to see ourselves clearly. To begin to Zealously repent to get ready for the Next end-time event that is coming to His church, the people of God.