No one going to argue and say the Laodiceans was not a church. So lets look at this church through the eyes of the Spirit. A few of the first things Jesus has to say to the Laodicea’s is he is ‘the Amen.’ The Amen is the trust worthy person to believe. The Amen will do what He promises. The Amen is the beginning and the end of all He has promised. The Amen shows that Jesus is truly God and as God what He swore to do He will carry out as God. Not only does Jesus tell the Laodicea’s that He is the Amen he goes on to tell them He is ‘the Faithful and true Witness.”
Again Jesus is assuring His church that He is a God that is able to bring to pass what He has promised in His word. He is ‘faithful’ to His word and He is the 'true witness' to His word. There is no other witness greater then God Himself concerning His promises towards the church and the unsaved soul.
What the Son of God promised to us and for us is His assurance as God upon the throne. That is why He is ‘the beginning of the creation of God.’
Why would Jesus speak these qualities’ concerning Himself to the Laodicea’s? Before I begin lets look at this church and the city they lived in from history. Laodicea was situated on the bank of a river and stood at the junction of three great roads traversing Asia Minor. It became a large commercial and administrative centre. History says it was a banking centre and extremely wealthy; it had a medical school and it manufactured clothing and woolen carpets. We see this church was not accused of idolatry, nor immorality or of open apostasy.
However, the condemnation spoken to it was due to the pride and self-satisfaction of the pagan element that was within the church, so that it was all but entirely devoid of fellowship with Jesus Christ.
The rebukes it receives are expressed by the three activities of the city. Lets move on to the rebukes for in them holds a door to escaping the judgment pronounced upon this church.
“Because thou sayest, ...” “I counsel thee to buy…”
The laodiceans taught and believed in their heart that their wealth was a blessing from the LORD for their service to God. The statement that their life style taught was they “have need of nothing...” Their moral conduct and knowledge of His word was why they had such “increase with goods” and this self-effort of theirs made them “rich.”
Sad to say but in the eyes of the Amen their real condition be one of a wretched and miserable and poor lifestyle. They were blind though they confessed they believe the words of the ‘faithful and true witness’ And not only being blind they were found to be ‘naked’ before the God of creation. I don’t want to spend time on them issues but on the fact that they are a ‘faithless’ church in their responsibilities towards the gospel of the LORD Jesus.
This church was good for nothing but the vomit upon the earth.
Her lifestyle reflected nothing more then the vomit of the earth she was saved from. She parades herself in the fashions of the world. She played the whore in her divorcing and lustful desires. She sat in front of the worldly idols of game consoles and TV and slowly left the fellowship of her heart to close the door to Jesus as she sat shut in with her new lover .... the world.
All the time she ignored the commission of her lost LORD.
To go at any cost and win the lost!!!!
Look at Paul before King Agrippa, He said to the king “...was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: ....” Paul goes on to say he showed all in Israel first then to the gentiles he went ‘witnessing’ that Christ died for their sins and arose to be a light unto their path of new birth. However, we see the Laodicea was dead in their witness and the light that they walked in was the darkness of the world, as a blind and faithless child.
She did not even know she failed as a witness of the LORD, and her life was one of miserly because so much of the world was in her. And for this cause she is going to be vomit out for she is spiritually useless. Jesus is not fooled by this lukewarm church for the “True and Faithfull Witness stands before her and rebukes her for her “compromise.”
He the One they claim to live for and to love looks no different then the unsaved
that worship Babylon's false gods.
If she were to look at herself as Jesus sees her, she would see she lives in ‘spiritual poverty.’ For the One that paid the price for her was “Faithful” and He was a “True Witness” of the God of creation, and the church knew this. However, she was no where to be walking like this for her lifestyle was a false witness to Him who sits upon the throne. Because of her false witness and worldliness she became a church without “POWER” She worked at drawing men in with enticing words and adopted much of the world entertainment to keep them in all the while she was naked and blind spiritual.
For them who have ears to hear and eyes to see Look at the “counsel” of His word and know a true witness of Him is a reflected example of the life He lived in word and deed.
You need to acknowledge your “lack of devotion” to the Lord and his word; which is His commission onto the church. To be blunt Jesus does not ‘trust’ this church for she is neither for or against him and He rather have one or the other, For he object to the fact that they confessed they were for Him but their lifestyle and works were but worldly. This of course, is pure hypocrisy and a lack of insincerity and the results is a lack of faith in Jesus.
For this reason they talk a walk that has no fellowship in their hearts for Him.
It’s not enough to run from the Babylon lies of her churches but a child of God must also forsake completely the Babylon world they are in. The power of this Babylon system is very alluring to the flesh and all of its physical senses. And all of her charm is muster up towards the child of the most high to spiritual distracted them from fellowship with the LORD.
This laodiceanism is so subtle for its style, and is lukewarm that its ministers don’t realize they are in that spiritual state. They who should be hot and preaching and living out of this spiritual state they selves are not equipped to do so. They are blind and wretched themselves and keep feeding the sheep the same spiritual state. They are blind to their state and though they preach against it they are powerless to break free from it for they are in fellowship with Babylon.
Her actions shout at the God of heaven as she prances before Him with a lifestyle of pride showing Him how she “have need of nothing.” It is the lack of fellowship that is on prance for though she thinks she in a marriage she really a whore living an adulteress lifestyle. God is not a fool He see her actions and they speak the truth to Him.
Repent you have so little left to hang onto. Forsake the lukewarmness of your lifestyle and heart and realize there is nothing to hold unto but faith!!!!!! Look child the name ‘laodicea’ means “people ruling” that is the condition of this modern church and is clearly an indication that Jesus is no longer in control of her. She is simply doing her own things while still professing to believe.
Do you child what to be an ‘overcomer?’ Then cast off your works and pick up His. Repent ... REPENT, of you faithless life style and confess how wretched you are ... how miserable your have become .... How poor you are spiritual ... How blind you are to His works and most of all how naked you are.
Child be not ashamed of what they will say around you. They will scream and shout at the truth for they love their dead life as a profession Christian. Child cry unto the LORD and obey His “counsel” and buy. They way you strive at being someone, or rich and increased with the world turn it to him and strive at getting from Him the “gold tried in the fire” that your life in the here now will nothing more then be pure and holy and reflect the LORD of glory! Then child you shall be rich spiritual. And ask of Him for ‘white raiment’ His covering. He desires to be in fellowship with you He wants to be your LORD. He wants to walk and talk and flow through you. He wants to be your covering. Look and see child offered unto you ‘eyesalve’ so that thou mayest see and live as He in the now.’
He says unto you
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.”
Receive that Fatherly love and chastisement, be not afraid of it for its proof He loves you. However child, your action must be one of a ‘zealous’ lifestyle. You must at any cost be sold unto the LORD and be the fool He chooses to bring home.
Repent! REPENT! and realize the knocking at your hearts' door is not one of a sound but rather one of fellowship. He is seeking them that will fellowship with Him “IF” you but hear his voice.” This Babylon world is one full of voices, music, and information and in the midst of it is a drowned out voice beaconing them who hear to have fellowship with Him. For He promises unto you if you do fellowship with Him He will fellowship with you and grant unto you in the here and now to sit down with Him on His throne. The place where the power of heaven to change and flow from shall be yours in the here and now.
To live the change ... to see them about you witness the awesome display of His power through you. Let the devils flee ... let the blind eyes open ..... let the lame jump and shout .... let cancer in all move out for life .... let aids victims be healed in the mighty name .... let He be in you as He on earth. In Jesus name!