The Flourishing Laodicean Church
“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. The book
of Revelation reveals to us who Christ is – He is Alpha and Omega, the First
and the Last, the Almighty. He wears this name on His vesture, King of kings
and Lord of lords. The Revelation of Jesus Christ also tells of His church
and its condition through the ages. In chapters two and three Jesus
addresses seven different Churches and sends them a report card of sorts.
These churches existed at the time John received the
Revelation; these letters give the condition of each church.
They also give a prophecy of what Christ’s Church would go through.
is a Prophetic Profile of the Seven Churches Jesus is addressing:
– The Apostolic Church
– The Persecuted Church
Pergamos – The
Thyatira – The Medieval Church
– The Denominational Church
Philadelphia – The
Laodicea – The
Two of the churches received a good report, but the other
five were failing in some areas and Jesus warned them to shape up. The last
Church Jesus addressed was the Church at Laodicea in which He hands over the
most scathing of indictments and tells them they’d do well to heed His words.
“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. Jesus
refers to the
as being lukewarm. This Church is concerned with the materialistic riches of
this world and not God. It’s all about them and their well being. They are quite
in tune with their own feelings and believe themselves to be very spiritual as
well, but the spirituality they embrace is not of God. The Laodiceans put their
faith and trust in prosperity, outward luxury, and physical health. They are in
need of nothing, especially Jesus.
When Jesus refers to the
as being lukewarm He’s not saying they’ve almost made it to where He expects
them to be. Jesus’ reference to hot
means to be
on fire for Him and cold
compared to being refreshed with a cold drink of water on
a hot parched day. “So
then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out
of my mouth.” Revelation 3:16.
Lukewarm being so distasteful to the Lord Jesus that He cannot even swallow it,
all He can do is spit it back out of His mouth. My brethren, you don’t want to
be in that lukewarm state of affairs when Jesus raptures His Church.
What Jesus is
telling this Church is that they are spiritually naked, basically dead. The
is not currently Heaven bound. The worst part is they don’t realize how utterly
distasteful they are to God. They truly believe they’re in great shape andin
line with what God expects of them. That’s what makes it difficult to witness to
these folks. In their minds their relationship to God is faultless. But take
another look at what God says about them. They are
miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked. In the mind of God there’s no
difference between the folks of the Laodicean church, as described above, and
those who are perishing through unbelief.
“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.” Revelation 3:20.
has shut Christ out, yet He still wants to come in. He is standing on the
outside knocking, and even if one man will open the door for Him, He’ll come in
and sup (join in spiritual union) with that individual. Sadly though, the door
of that Laodicean Church
remains closed to their true Messiah.
America is replete with Laodicean Christians, and these
folks will follow anyone who tickles their
ears with soft, persuasive, and appealing words. Jesus Christ is not the
foundation in those Churches. Heaven forbidthat
Christians should look to Christ as the author and finisher of their faith and
place Him in the middle of every aspect of their lives. “Looking unto Jesus
the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the
throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2. As followers of Jesus Christ no
matter where we are, at Church, home, work or play our faith is paramount and
Jesus is always the center of our lives.
A major factor at play with this end times apostate Church is
their undying support of what the Bible plainly refers to as abominations.
They’re upside down, as these folks now call evil good and good evil. The reason
I know the Laodicean Church is alive and well is by the many emails I receive
from folks complaining about their Church leaders who’ve capitulated to Obama’s
socialistic agendas. It’s staggering when I realize that professing Christians
can be so completely deceived as to follow such blatant evil. One of these days
in the not so distant future,our
government will be fully entrenched in interfering with even the content of the
Most Churches in Americahave
bowed the knee to Baal, and it has now become more important for the Church to
retain their coveted tax exempt status than to speak out against a tyrannical
repressive government. In order to remain tax exempt, churches have surrendered
rights. They can be tax-exempt if they remain politically correct and allow the
government to police what can and cannot be said from the pulpit. Of course we
know this is to be expected as we’re watching the establishment of the apostate
Church in America and around the globe.
Think about it, the government of the
currently interferes with our Christian churches by demanding our pastors
refrain from endorsing a political candidate when addressing their
congregations. This is just the beginning of their interference. We only need to
look to China
to see where
Christian churches are headed.
fully regulates the content of sermons preached in their
government supervised quasi-Christian churches. America’s
not quite there yet, but we’re getting close. As I’ve said before, the only
church remaining in the last days unimpeded will be the apostate Church, from
which a socialist government will have nothing to fear.
On a marquee in front of a Church I
passed one day were the following words, “The cornerstone of the Christian
church is truth not tolerance”.
There’s a good possibility that Church is not of Laodicean
Were the Apostles Peter and John
known for their political
correctness? These two men had been brought before Annas the high priest, and
Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the
high priest for preaching about Jesus and for performing a miraculous healing in
His name. Peter and John listened patiently as Annas and the others told them
that they were forbidden to preach Jesus in public. Peter and John’s response to
these foolish men was quite blunt but precisely to the point.
“... Whether it be right in the
sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye,”
Acts 4:19. Who are we
hearkening unto these days?
Christians are told to submit to the
governing authorities because they are appointed by God and they serve a purpose
in His plan (Romans 13:1), although, sometimes it is to
judge the people or to ripen
the nation for judgment. Since governments derive their authority from God, we
are bound to obey them – unless, of course, they order us to do something in
contradiction to God’s law. The murder of unborn babies in the womb and the
condoning of a homosexual lifestyle contradict God’s laws. We are to hearken
unto God not man (Acts 4:19). If the state’s rulers are
they should remember that they serve the people, and they arenot
gods. Christian obedience to the state is never blind – it obeys with the eyes
of conscience wide open. Know God’s word, His commands and precepts and don’t be
Children many times follow other
children without even a second thought,but
now that we are older and able to think and discern for ourselves we should know
better than to follow anyone opposed to God. “When
I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a
child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”
1 Corinthians 13:11.
Be he eloquent of speech, or
persuasive of words, whether he’s charismatic and charming, and though his
stature be as a Greek god, he still needs to be viewed through the filter of
Scripture. And we never use scripture to promote our preconceived ideas or
agendas. Remember the one
barrier to truth is the idea we already have it.
We don’t follow after vain, puffed up, arrogant,
flamboyant, suave and articulate speaking men or women. We follow Christ and His
commandments. As born again believers we stand up for Jesus our God and we
proclaim His message until He comes. Nothing else matters, nothing of this world
can compare to what awaits believers on the other side.
If you’re on the cusp and just about
ready to head down Laodicea road, you’ve given up on the scriptures because you
just don’t agree with them anymore “They’re out dated, they don’t fit in our new
world society” or perhaps your above learning anything new when it comes to the
never changing word of God “I know the scriptures better than you do”,then
remember this “But the natural man receiveth not
the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can
he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
1 Corinthians 2:14. Only born
again believers are given the ability to grasp what the scriptures are
proclaiming while the non-believer remains in darkness. That same darkness
These apostate churches, have
thrown away their first love, Jesus the Christ, and replaced Him with a naked
spirituality. They’ve given up the battle and have lain down in the camp of the
enemy. The cause of Christ has been hurt far more by people who profess to be
knowledgeable Christians,through their very ignorance of the
scriptures do more harm than those who ignorantly and arrogantly proclaim there
is no God.
Where’s Satan in all this? He’s done
his part he’s succeeded in moving the once Christian Church into the
Satan has moved on to greener pastures so to speak, to undermine Churches on
other continents where Christianity is still flourishing and not dead. His
greatest conquest has been America’s
Oh sure he left some of his minions of evil here to supervise the remaining
slide to Laodicea, but for all intents and purposes he’s accomplished his
once Christian Churches
have largely been moved into a new arena of spiritual apathy.
Satan was defeated long ago, at the
cross, long before he began his work corrupting the
Jesus did that through His death, burial, and resurrection. But the Church
allowed Satan a stronghold, a footing as it were, so he could advance his agenda
to the uttermost extreme. He and his minions of evil have now become more
prosperous than ever before.
So what motivates believers nowadays
to keep the faith? Is it the love we have for Jesus that keeps us going in the
face of all adversity? It should be. But where does that adversity come from if
Satan’s mission is mostly complete? Sadly, Christians today are finding their
very own brethren to be their biggest stumbling blocks.
I continually receive emails from
professing Christians that disparage God’s word. I’ll point out the chapter and
verse but no matter what God’s word proclaims they still disagree. Who are they
disagreeing with? It seems we can no longer agree on what is right and what is
wrong. Any mention of sin has been banned from the pulpits of these apostate
Churches. Abortion, homosexuality, pornography, divorce are accepted in the
minds of many professing Christians today, and if those four abominations aren’t
enough to turn God’s stomach, we are quickly becoming a nation that curses
The Church at
is a body of professing believers who aren’t really followers of Christ. They’ve
stopped holding the entirety of God’s word as authority. Those congregational
into that category will not be included in the rapture of Christ’s Church. Sadly
they’ve eliminated Jesus as the foundation of their faith. People, that’s not
judging. If Jesus said He would spew them out of His mouth what makes us think
He’ll allow them into His Heavenly Kingdom in that state?
Yes my friends,the
is flourishing in the United States of America
and around the world for that matter. These thriving congregations will soon be
into full apostasy. This is the prophetic course set for the Church according to
the scriptures. They will be the only remaining Church in the last days before
Christ’s return. Yet Jesus still loves them, and considers them His friends
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be
zealous therefore, and repent.” Revelation 3:19.
If you feel you’re involved in a
Church that is Laodicea
bound, it’s time to make a change in your Christian walk.
All scripture verses are from the KJV