The main problem that God sees with Laodicea according to His word is that they cannot see themselves the way He sees them.
They seem to think that they are rich and increased with goods and therefore have need of nothing. It doesn’t seem to be an ego problem in general just an inability to see themselves the way God does.
The result is that they are blind and naked and in danger of being sent into the Great Tribulation if they do not wake up soon.
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;
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.
Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
So with all the knowledge that we have attained over the years, why do so many of us seem to not be aware that God sees us much worse than we see ourselves?
I have been studying this for years now. This website and the Facebook Group have and are presenting one idea after another trying to reach out to our people in a way that will wake them up if you will.
That is not an easy job considering that most don’t even know that they are asleep at the wheel.
I was going over several different posts and papers that have been written that touch on this problem and an idea began to form that I want to share with you all.
If you haven’t read them I encourage you to read these two posts on this website about the subject. They both give some background into the problem but neither quite reach the basic cause of the problem:
They did however begin to point me in a different direction.
One of the posts talks about the reason why people in Jesus’ time could not seem to understand what He was trying to tell them. The post pointed out that they were relying on the leaders of their time too much. They had all been taught that the Pharisees were in Moses’ seat and as such, they could not be wrong. And yet when it came to Jesus they were.
The other post postulated that many of us were blind because we refused to see the truth. We wanted what we had in the large church before it broke up. We felt safe there. We weren’t really but it felt that way. So we sided with ministers that were trying to do the same thing that the old church did in much the same way. It made them feel safe and they did not have to do the difficult job of thinking for themselves. It had become a way of life.
Not necessarily God’s way but a way of doing “church” that we felt comfortable with.
The ministry that formed up to attract those of our people that felt that way and were, looking for that kind of an organization felt that they were continuing the work that the old church group was doing. But they are not able to do it with the same success as was had back then because Christ is not doing the same thing now that He did then.
Back then He was opening the doors for the Church to walk through. Now He is doing a different work He is asking us to wake up to rise up and get ready to open the door ourselves to let Him in.
But you see the problem is that they are not being told that He is no longer working with the church groups in the same way but rather with the individuals.
I am not saying that God does not work with the groups at all but Christ’s work has to do with the individual not the group during this phase of the church. That is why they are not having the same success that the old church group did.
Consider, what does that do to us? Those of us, who are I think the majority at this time, are being told that we are doing the Philadelphia work that we have always supported. So when someone says that we are having a Laodicean attitude it just doesn’t click with us. Just like it didn’t click with the people in Jesus’ time.
The truth is . . . the Philadelphian era of the Church and its work phase is OVER. Christ was the one who opened that door and He is the one who has shut it (Rev. 3:8). Individual Christians, who still adhere to the Philadelphian condition in attitude and zeal, and who are ACTIVELY HOLDING FAST, are now scattered across the Laodicean landscape.
With Matthew 24:14 being a prophetic SIGN that has past, the question is . . . what IS the work that Christ is doing during this final Church phase?
God the Father and Jesus Christ do not take a leave of absence in regard to their work . . . (John 5:17); they are still actively laboring.
If the seasonal work of Matthew 24:14 has been completed; then what work emphasis does Christ expect His Church to focus on TODAY?
Does Christ expect Laodicea to focus its work with a different emphasis than that of Philadelphia?
We should carefully examine some of Laodicea’s fruits over the last couple of decades. If we take a step backward, viewing the big picture, carefully evaluating the fruits that have been borne of Laodicea’s “works,” what we find should be obvious to any True Christian who is actively exercising the Spirit of God. Over the past couple of decades, the fruits of Laodicea’s works are evident and are now a part of the recent history for all to see.
The fruits have been:
The blindness of prophetic seasons
Confusion over the work of the Church
These fruits have placed this seventh and final phase of God’s Church in GRAVE DANGER!
Today, we see hundreds of splintered COG groups. They’re all divided up, each with a certain flavor of God’s Truth mixed with the elements of the above-mentioned fruits. The fact is if one were to take all of the COG works over the years since the old church broke up, and combine them together; one would see their positive impact has been barely noticeable, and somewhat of an embarrassment if compared to the powerful impact of the sixth Church phase before it, under the leadership of Jesus Christ, with Herbert W. Armstrong under Him as the human leader, during that time period.
This alone should help us to see that things are not as they seem.
In the old church, many seemed to feel that as long as they kept the laws of God, the Sabbath and Holy Days, and paid their tithes. That they were in good standing with the church and as such were OK in God’s eyes as well.
Well, much of the ministry today seems quite willing to allow that kind of thinking to exist in their groups as well. This is why they think that they are rich and have need of nothing.
[PRAY, PAY, STAY, AND YOUR OK] Sound Familiar?
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.
God says that if you only do that which you are commanded to do then you are unprofitable servants. How many of our ministers are preaching that? The point is we feel too safe and the ministers in many congregations are happy to have us feel that way whether we are really safe or not.
Think about these things brethren. Could it be that you cannot see yourself the way God sees you because you are relying on the ministry to tell you rather than looking for yourself? Remember Paul told us to “work out our own salvation”.
(Php 2:12) Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Begin now to wake up and to ask God to show you the “real you”. Ask Him for that Zeal that we are all short on.
You Must Be Ready
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.
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.
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.
The scriptures above do not speak about the time When Christ is coming at the resurrection. We will not be unaware of that event. But we may not be aware of the time when Christ comes to gather His church to a place of safety. If we are alert and watching then we may well be saved out of the coming world tribulation called Jacob’s Trouble. They do show the attitude of mind and the watchfulness that God’s people should be presenting. It also shows that those who are found doing that are to be blessed.
Take heed brethren REDEEM the TIME:
(Eph 5:16) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.