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 seem to back up what I think. 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 the Philadelphian work phase of the Church of God, we see Christ doing a work Himself during that ERA.

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. 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. 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?

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.

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 the 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?

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.

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.

Luke 17:20-37 The coming of the Kingdom is the header I see in my bible.

(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 Christs 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 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?

This is, afterall, 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.

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/

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 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.

I would love to hear what each of you think. As I said this is speculation and yet it fits very nicely into what is prophesied to happen in this work phase of the Church of God. This is open to comments so feel free to use the comment section for your replies.

Raymond Mills
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