Today, I realize we're probably late in the hour as far as prophesy is concerned. Anything I write past this point is doing to be taking place soon enough from the looks of it. Understanding this, any commentary I write will be wrong. Bet on it. But if it's right, remember that this is interpretation and not prophesy in and of itself. Today, I'm going to wrap up the churches with particular attention to the last church, the church of Laodicea.
1And 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.
2Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
5He 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.
6He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
7And 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;
8I 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.
9Behold, 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.
10Because 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.
11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
12Him 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.
13He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
14And 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;
15I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
17Because 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:
18I 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.
19As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20Behold, 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.
21To 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.
22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
The church of Sardis is the dead church. This where the people are following through the motions, but are dead because they don't glorify the Lord. More importantly, they aren't watching for Him. Does this remind you of a lot of those in the body of Christ? It does with me.
Philadelphia means the city of brotherly love and this church is one of the two that Christ doesn't find fault with. Despite dealing with all the phonies, this church has held true to to Christ, and are watching for Him (waiting for His Kingdom). They will be spared from the "hour" of temptation that will come upon the earth (the tribulation).
Laodicea is hard to pronounce and even more difficult to understand. This was a city in Asia Minor (now Turkey) that was renowned for their eye salve. This is why Christ made mention of their spiritual blindness. He also admonished them for being lukewarm and wanting to spew them out of his mouth. Think about this for a moment. I like a nice hot cup of coffee, and even a glass of iced beverage of the same is yummy and refreshing, but lukewarm? It's not good. We refuse to drink lukewarm anything unless we're really thirsty. This is the point that Christ is making about Christians in general. We claim to be His, but shy away from reading the Bible or preaching the gospel. Most of us live as closet Christians. Most will openly disagree with the Bible as the Word of God, or try to convolute it to suit their own morality. This is disgusting and frustrating to someone trying to reach the lost when many refuse to be the part. Soon I believe there will be no room to be lukewarm as the cost will be too great.
Love in Christ