Revelation and the Church of Laodicea

The Church of Laodicea

This week we’re going to start with a little introspective thinking. I want the Lord to walk with you and walk with me. We’re going to conclude the Church of Philadelphia in the Book of Revelation and start on the Church of Laodicea. All that and more, coming up next.

This week we’ll be finishing up with the Church of Philadelphia, Christ’s counsel and His commendation to that church. And also, I just want to break from the norm, and just tell you a couple of things.

First, I’m really, really happy that you’re here. I mean, there are a lot of podcasts out there. There are a lot of people who are preaching the Gospel, and that’s a good thing, but I’m glad that you’re here with me. You make a difference. You.

Yeah. I don’t even know your name sometimes. There’s maybe ten people who I have correspondence with, on occasion. There’s a few that have emailed me, that have called me. There are three I have actually seen on our live chat we had that one time, but the power of the Spirit is everything.

As I start this week, I want to start it in a spirit of thanksgiving. I got a chance to see somebody, personally I know who is Covid positive, got sick from the coronavirus. It was my son, and I watched the power of God heal him. Two weeks in quarantine, our family, he was in isolation, and he’s okay now. Only God can do that.

When I look back at my life, which has been pretty…..pretty eclectic, pretty active, pretty busy. I’ve done a lot of stuff, not all good, but God has saved me from myself, allowed me to come back from it all.

Twenty-nine years of marriage, not twenty-nine all solid, good years, either. There were some hard-earned dog years in there where I gave me wife Hell. I learned from her. Her faith, strong. Her conviction, strong. She taught me. I’m still the same guy I was twenty-nine years ago, but wiser, smarter, trying to be more like Jesus. That means a lot.

That means I’m trying to walk humbly, show mercy, show justice, live this faith thing. I don’t think myself higher than I am. I make sure that I season all of my words so that it uplifts and helps somebody else. It’s made me a quieter person because I want to make sure that I listen and don’t miss what God is talking about today, what God has for me. If I can help somebody along this journey, then my living will not be in vain.

Sometimes the Lord allows you to be in situations that you’d rather not be in, but while you’re there, you get the chance to minister to somebody. You get the chance to encourage to somebody, and it always backfires and encourages and motivates you right back.

The gift of giving is as cool as I don’t know what. There are a lot of people trying to get somewhere. Where I want to get is with God. I am thankful for my daughter who lives with me. She is an excellent chef, so even though in this quarantine, I’ve been eating like a king. My wife makes sure that we walk and exercise and do physical stuff so that the weight is not there. She makes sure that I am not looking like my Dad used to look, like he was about ten-months pregnant.

I miss my Dad, and I’m quite sure there’s somebody in your life that has transitioned on and no longer here that you miss. But, while we’re down here, how about we live? How about we do the best that we can do? How about we do better, physically? How about we do better, mentally? Look in the mirror. Take a checkup from the neckup. How is your attitude? How are you taking every day? Is it doom and gloom? Are you subscribing to the same misery as the rest of social media? Or are you doing better for yourself, improving your mind, improving your spirit, improving your body? Have you got a couple of Covid pounds? A whole bunch of stuff starting to look like a triangle? That’s on you. How about if you tried to lose a few pounds for your health? How about physically, have you had some checkups from physical, medical stuff?

Sometimes marriages wane because we are no longer physically appealing to one another. That’s normal, but you’ve got to admit it and work through it. I’m not saying go on a crash diet because your husband or wife doesn’t like the way you look. I’m saying, how about ya’ll actively work together, or admit that there are some issues? Talk that thing out. Talk it through. Don’t let it be festering in your head. The worst thing you can do is let stuff fester, let it grow. How about you just say, “Hey, I’m husky. I’m fat.” You might find out that your spouse doesn’t really care about your butt being big or whatever, your stomach, your gut, but they do have a thing with your arms, or they do have a thing with your endurance. It’s usually something else that’s not physical, not visible, but if you don’t talk it out, you can work out the wrong thing. You can go on a diet and be skinny lookin’ like a bone, and nobody really cares about that, but you have to talk it out with the other person. Once it’s out, it on them. And, the same thing goes for finances, past issues that we try to cover up by either drinking, smoking, druggin’, somethin’.

We all try to hide stuff — our own pains. How about talking that thing out while we’ve got time. We’re still on lockdown. We still can’t do stuff. You might have lost your position. You might have lost your job. Something has changed. 2020 has changed awhile lot of things, but there is always opportunity in change. There’s opportunity to talk, opportunity to get closer, opportunity to love, opportunity to grow, to try new things. There’s opportunity to look a different way at the same problem.

Time is equal to everybody. How are you using yours? Since you don’t have much to do, you could be planning for 2021, ’23, ’24, ’25. This could be the season of planning. You could be writing down some stuff, some goal setting. This is a good time to get out of your funk. Let this be your launchpad year. You don’t have anything holding you back. There’s nothing keeping you down except for you. What’s in your head? The Lord shines on the just and the unjust equally.

If you were to open your Bible up to the third Book of John, chapter two, you’d find something that says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospers.” What does that mean to you? Dear friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and are in good health, just as your whole life is going well. That’s what I’m saying. And, if not, what are you keeping yourself from it? Think on that today. Make a move. Make a change. Get out of your own way.

Let us pray.

Eternal God, our Father, it is the Name of Your Son, Jesus that I ask that You would forgive me of everything I’ve done contrary to Your Will. I ask, Lord, that You would hear my prayer. Somebody right now is contemplating horrible things. Somebody is thinking the worst they can think. I’m asking, Lord God, that You will refresh their minds, that You will clear their spirit. Allow them rest when they sleep. Allow them, Lord God, to have a moment of peace so that they can get some clarity. The enemy is trying to kill, steal, and destroy. The enemy is trying so much to keep them frustrated, to keep them down, to keep them behind the bunker so that they can’t see the Light. Father, I ask just for a little bit of peace for them so they can rise above, so they can see the Glory of the Lord, so they can see the blue sky, so they can enjoy the darkness that the night has. Even in the darkest night is when you can see the stars. I’m praying for peace, for a mindset of peace in the midst of a storm. Father, I thank you for blessing me. I thank You for keeping me. I thank You, Lord God, for rescuing me. Thank You for all that You have allowed me to do. Thank you for those who are here. You know what they are standing in need of. If it be in Your Will, please, grant it. This is Your servant’s prayer, in Jesus’s Name. Amen.


Alright, we are in the Book of Revelation, chapter three, and we were talking about the commendation, the condemnation, the counsel, and the challenge of the church that Christ loved: The Church of Philadelphia. Today, we’re going to start at Christ’s counsel for this church and the church age. He said, “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one will take your crown.” Our Lord’s counsel to the Church of Philadelphia is based on the promise of His Coming. It is interesting to note that the challenge is made on the basis that the Church of Philadelphia will be in existence at His Coming. It is clear from history, that this church age — now, almost 300-years-old — is one of the shorter periods of church history. Christ’s counsel to them is to hold fast to what they’ve already been doing, and to continue faithfully until the end. The Church of Philadelphia is characterized by a spirit of revival that promotes evangelism and a missionary-minded church. You know, there are three basic essentials for building a spiritual church: evangelism, missions, and good, Bible teaching. Did you get that? If you want to build a strong, spiritual church, it has to be strong in evangelism, mission work, and Bible teaching. Churches that follow this formula are growing, even in Covid-times. Now, this is in sharp contrast to Sardis and Laodicean churches, which are having a hard time maintaining the status quo, and many are losing more members than they are taking in. Their problem is that they have not “kept His Word” and they “have denied His Name.” The emptiness of our civilization these days is because of its atheistic, humanistic philosophy. Mmm-hmm. That has given the Philadelphia churches the greatest opportunity in their almost 300-year history to harvest. For the first time in centuries, the human races is not only philosophically empty, but also aware of that emptiness. Faithful churches with a Bible-teaching, evangelistic, missionary-minded ministry are leading the way. Christ’s challenge to this church, those who are born again, is three-fold. First, He said, “Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the Temple of My God. Never again will He leave it.” A pillar speaks to stability. Christians have stability in this life only in Christ. They are often buffeted and rejected for their faith, but, in life to come, we will not be outsiders, but we will be in with the relation to Christ. Number two, “I will write on him the Name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which is coming down out of Heaven from My God.” This writing of the Name of God is indicative of the fact that true believers are identified with Christ by a seal of the Name of God, which entitles them to have entrance into the City of God. Christ promises to prepare a New Jerusalem that will come down to the New Earth, and you’ll see that more when we read Revelation 21:9 and 22:6. And three, “I will also write on him my New Name.” Believers of the Church of Philadelphia may not only have the Name of God, which entitles them to entrance into the City of God, but also the Name of Christ which, according to Revelation 22:3-4, entitles them to be “His servants.” They will see His Face. One of the blessed promises in the Word of God to us is that one day we will see the One who is the object of our affection, the Lord Jesus Christ, Whom we have worshipped in Spirit and in Truth through this Word of God. So, we will see Him face-to-face. This is the exclusive experience for all those who are overcomes. Those who are just hearers of the Word of God are not justified before God, but those who have received the Lord Jesus and are prepared to meet Him at His Coming, are justified before God. You got that?

Revelation 3:14-22 talk about the Church of Laodicea.

The last of the seven churches is the most disappointing. In fact, it is disgusting. Our Lord compares it to the nauseating experience of drinking anything lukewarm. In this sense, it is a graphic prophesy of the modern day apostate church. Laodicea was a wealthy, inland city, about forty miles from Ephesus. It was big in Greek culture and learning. It was a thriving center of commerce and industry, and the local church must’ve been wealthy as evidenced by the fact that among present day ruins are three churches dating back to early days of Christianity. But, in spite of her wealth, nothing is known of the ministry of this church in preaching the Gospel.

{weird mechanical sound heard} I can’t believe that sound just popped up. In preparation for this message, I got hit with all kinds of interruptions, but I digress. Please continue to pray for our church, this one! Please pray for this Pastor, that I not fall, that I not fail, that I not forget, that I do not forsake, that I keep on going if it be His Will. Amen?

The apostate church or the people’s church, in this church age which is from 1900’s to the tribulation age itself, for the commendation, the condemnation, the counsel, and the challenge, there was nothing that Christ commended this church for. Not one word. It was condemned: “So, because you are lukewarm — neither hot, nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich. I have acquired wealth. I do not need a thing,’ but you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.” That’s pretty harsh, right? He counsels them. He says, “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the Fire so that you can become rich and white clothes to wear so you can cover your shameful nakedness and salve to put on your eyes so you can see.” There’s some preachin’ stuff right in there.

The challenge, though: To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with Me on My Throne. The Laodicean Church Age is now, actually, when there are a lot of churches that are apostate. It should be kept in mind that the first three church ages differ from the last four in that each of the former stopped at the beginning of the next church. Ephesus was replaced by Smyrna, Smyrna by Pergamum, and Pergamum by Thyatira. A look at how this thing works will show that we have Thyatira, Sardis, and Philadelphia with us at the present time, and Laodicea adds to this church age by arises from the three that preceded it.

The Laodicean Church Age began around 1900, I said, and it’s increasing in intensity at a breakneck pace. The characteristics of a Laodicean Church Age can best be seen by a detailed examination of what Christ condemned her for. What was that? Do you remember? Being lukewarm. Aren’t there a lot of lukewarm churches right now? And, I’m going to stop right there. Why?

Because the Spirit told me to. Let’s pray again.

Heavenly Father, I’m asking, Lord God, that You allow the person listening to me right now to feel Your Presence. Help us, Lord God, to be in one accord. Forgive us of all our sins. Bring us closer to You. You know what we need. We are asking for that. You know what we want. If it be according to your Will, please grant that, too.Father, help us in our unbelief. Help us to be stronger. Help us to be more forgiving — of both to ourselves, and to what others have done. Give us a brighter outlook on tomorrow. Help us to be as You called us to be. We thank You, Lord God, for answering prayer, for saving us from ourselves, for giving us another chance to get it right. We bless Your Name. We thank You, Lord. We thank You for Your Son, Jesus The Christ. Amen.

Well, that’s it, my friend. Until next time, may the Lord continue to bless you and keep you. May heaven’s face continue to smile upon you and give you great peace. Until that great day when there is no dawning and there is no sunset, I will see you at the Feet of Jesus. Thank you for being a part of Speak Life Church online. If you’d like to contribute, there are links on the show notes. God bless you.

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