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Laodicea: The Request of Jesus (16 of 58)
Series: Revelation - From Now to Forever
14 "And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,
'These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God:15 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot.16 "So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.17 "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'-and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked-18 "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.19 "As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent.20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.21 "To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.22 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." " "
Meet the Assembly
Laodicea has the grim distinction that the Lord of the Church found nothing good He could say-
-This is the seventh historic church.
-This is the seventh type of Christian
-This is the final age of Christ's church.
-This is perhaps the church that is most prevalent today.
Let's look again at the facts:
The book of Revelation is divided into three parts by the author in (1:19) :
1) The vision of Christ - chapter 1
2) The vision of Christ's church - chapter 2, 3
3) The vision of Christ's conquest of the world - chapter 4-22
In chapters 2-3 we see Christ writing to seven churches. A select group in a circular loop. One Bible teacher has described them ...
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