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Laodicea - The Final State

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Sardis was the next of the churches to receive a message from Jesus. The Sardis church period begins approximately 1517 and extending possibly to 1798. It is the Reformation period of the church during which time the great reformers like Luther, Knox, Calvin and the like protested the abuses and false doctrines that had crept into the Roman Church.

1. What did Jesus say those in Sardis were?

"And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead." (Revelation 3:1)

NOTE: Interestingly, many of the Protestants churches that left Roman lapsed back into formal structures that resembled Roman Catholicism. This happened toward the end of this period of church history.

2. What did Jesus say about their works?

"Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God." (Revelation 3:2)

NOTE: The reformers did not completely separate from Catholicism. After a while, after the initial excited had passed, many churches reverted back to following doctrines of the fallen church. Subsequently, the reformation movement never reached its full potential.

3. What did Jesus say He would NOT do to the overcomers?

"He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels." (Revelation 3:5)

NOTE: This verse destroys the idea of "Once Saved Always Saved." It reveals that a person's name can be blotted out of the book of life.

4. What did Jesus set before the church at Philadelphia?

"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." (Revelation 3:8)

NOTE: The Philadelphia period of church history is the one just before the last period – Laodicea. Hence, it must refer to a period of relatively modern times as far as the prophetic application is concerned. Many scholars believe that this period would describe the church from the late 1700s through the Great Second Advent Movement of the 1830s and early 40s through 1844.

5. What did the Lord call those during this period who ridiculed the great revivals and the great Second Advent movement that took place during this period and to what “synagogue” did He say they belonged to?

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” (Revelation 3:9)

NOTE: Many during this time were put out of their churches simply for believing in the doctrine of Jesus' soon return!

6. Those who lived during this period escaped what hour?

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.” (Revelation 3:10)

NOTE: This refers to the great test that will come upon the world in the last days. The last days of the church are represented by the Laodicean period which we are now in! Those of the Philadelphia period fell asleep in Jesus before the trials of the last days. But God's grace will get us through all that shall come upon the earth! See Psalm 91.

7. Why did Jesus tell us to “hold fast” to what we have in faith?

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” (Revelation 3:11)

NOTE: This verse along with many others shows that it is possible to make shipwreck of faith and lose salvation. If we do not maintain a close relationship with Jesus! Jesus said “he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.” See Matthew 10:22 & Hebrews 10:26-31. 

8. Whom will Jesus make a “pillar” in His temple? Upon whom shall He write the Father's name and the name of the New Jerusalem, and also name of the New Jerusalem, and also His own “new name”?

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” (Revelation 3:12)

NOTE: We must be overcomers in Jesus and not just drift along with the tide! Jesus will seal forever those who overcome through His blood and the word of their testimony. See Revelation 12:11. Having a testimony means having a personal experience with Jesus Christ!

9. What is the name of the seventh church mentioned in Jesus' message to the churches?

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” (Revelation 3:14).

NOTE: The church symbolizes the last church on the earth before Jesus returns. Christians living today are included in this Laodicean period. We should especially heed the words of Jesus in this section of the book of Revelation because it comes from “the faithful and true Witness”!

Also, notice that Jesus calls Himself the “beginning of the creation of God” in this verse. Some try to use this text to show that Jesus was a created Being. But the word translated “beginning” here is more accurately “beginning” here is more accurately translated “origin” as most study Bibles show. Jesus was the One who originated all of creation. This agrees perfectly with Colossians 1:16-17, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”

10. Jesus said that many during this period are not hot or cold. What did He say they were?”

I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15, 16).

NOTE: The church's lukewarm state makes the Lord sick to the point that He will “spue” out (reject) those who are in this state! He wants us to be “hot” and on fire for Him. He would even rather we be “cold” and realize our need for Him than be comfortable in a religion of compromise and formality!

11. What do many in the Laodicean church say they are?

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:” (Revelation 3:17)

12. But how does Jesus describe their condition?

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:

NOTE: One can hardly imagine a more wretched condition! Yet many of the Laodiceans are blind to their spiritual poverty!

13. What three things did Jesus counsel Laodicean Christians to “buy” for Him?

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.

NOTE: The gold tried in the fire probably refers to faith and love. These are attributes that the true believer will have. (See 1 Peter 1:7 & 1 John 3:14).

The “white raiment” no doubt refers to the righteousness of Christ which the Lord will place on the truly converted. This robe replaces our filthy rages of our own righteousness! (See Isaiah 64:6 and Revelation 7:9 & 13-14).

The “eye-salve” refers to the spiritual discernment we receive through the Holy Spirit that enables us to see clearly the great issues of life and death!

The gold, the white raiment and the eyesalve all can be bought from Jesus for free. (See Isaiah 55:1, 2).

14. What does the Lord do to those He loves?

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

NOTE: A loving Father disciplines his children because he wants to protect them and keep them safe. He wants them to grow up and be happy and successful. Our heavenly Father wants that for us, but we need His discipline and nurture! He wants us to repent of our sins and be saved and forgiven! Let us not become angry at God when He teaches us new things, or when He disciplines us! (See Hebrews 12:6-11 & 1 Peter 4:12-13).

15. In these last days, where is Jesus standing and what is He doing?

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.

NOTE: This door is the door of our heart. Jesus is asking us to let Him in. Have you opened that door yet? If you haven't, won't you do it just now!


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