Those of you who understand about the ERA’s of God’s people(church) understand that what Christ did in the Philadelphian ERA is quite different from what He is doing in the last ERA of the church, Laodicea.
On the one hand, Christ opened a door for a large grouping of God’s people, under the leadership of a man He called to do a witness work, to walk through an open door that allowed them to reach the world with the True Gospel of the Kingdom of God in power not available to any other ERA of the church to that time.
Rev 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
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.
However, the work that Christ shows that He is doing in Laodicea is completely different. Today in this ERA of the Church we find Him Knocking on the Door of each individual asking the individual to open that door so that Christ can come in a sup with him
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.
Instead of using a large grouping of God’s people to go through an open door, Christ is asking for each of us to open a door that each of us has control of so that He can come in a be with each of us as individuals.
While there is always a need for us to group together for fellowship, exhortation, and training, these groups of God’s people seem to be immaterial to what Christ is doing in this ERA of the church.
We have to wonder why.
Well, consider the condition of the people of Laodicea.
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:
They are in a situation/attitude where God cannot work with them. He wants them to be hot or cold because in either case He can work with them but being lukewarm shows that they do not think that they need anything. They are self-satisfied with themselves and yet they are not well, but they are blinded to that fact.
The only thing God can do for them to get them out of this situation is to put them through the Great End-Time Tribulation coming into the world to try them.
But He does show them a way out. He tells them to open the door for Him so that He can come in a talk to them, teach them, feed them if you will.
So how do we open the door for Him to enter?
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Here is the key, brethren, we must zealously repent in order to be able to open the door. If we become zealous or diligent toward our relationship with God, we can repent of the bad Laodicean attitudes we have developed and Christ can then save us out of what is coming on the world.
Remember Luke 25 shows that half of us who go through the tribulation will not likely make it through to the end. Many will lose their eternal lives but half will save themselves.
We have to begin now to develop more of God’s Spirit to develop that reserve of the Spirit that is needed to make it through into the Kingdom and in doing that we will begin to open that door for Christ and perhaps even be accounted worthy to escape what is 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.
Here is a link to a post made in 2016 Philadelphia vs Laodicea for a more in-depth discussion of the differences. It also contains a link to an excellent sermon on being more diligent/zealous.