The Church in the Last Days (4 of 9) by Jeff Schreve

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The Church in the Last Days (4 of 9)
Series: Future Shock - What in the World Is Going On?
Jeff Schreve
Revelation 3:14-22

Well, we're in a series called ''Future Shock: What in the World is Going on?'' And today, we want to talk about ''The Church in the Last Days.'' And, sadly, I think, the church has become very me-church oriented. But the Lord has much to say. Actually, in the Book of the Revelation, it's not Revelations, plural; it's the Revelation to John. John the apostle is exiled on the Island of Patmos, and the Lord comes to him and gives him a revelation of what is going to happen in the future. He tells him what's going on right now, and then He shows him what's going to happen in the future. It's really the revelation of Jesus Christ to John on the Island of Patmos.

And as the Book of the Revelation opens, chapters 2 and 3 are seven letters to seven churches. It's the Lord Himself coming to the seven churches of Asia Minor and He's giving them an assessment of their church; how things are going. And the last church He visits is the church at Laodicea. And some have tried to say, ''Well, you know, each one of the churches from Ephesus all the way to Laodicea, each one of those churches represents a time period.'' And some have said that, and some have shot holes in that. But listen. I think there is significance in how the Lord lines out the seven letters. The last one is to Laodicea. And in the letter to the church at Laodicea, the Lord has absolutely nothing good to say. All the other churches He had something good to say. He would have rebuke, but He would have something good to say. Actually, two of the churches, Smyrna and Philadelphia, He didn't have anything as an order of rebuke, nothing bad to say but in Laodicea He had nothing good to say. Everything was bad to say. And right after the letter to the church at Laodicea you hit chapter 4. And in chapter 4, verse 1 of Revelation you have a reference to the Rapture.

So I believe that w ...

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