THE CHURCH TODAY
Revelation ( 2-3 )
June 7, 2009
There are differences of opinion regarding the Book of The Revelation and the letters to the “seven churches”. There are those that dispute the prophetic character of the letters in regards to the different “ages of the church”. We take the stand that it is obvious that the letters were written to seven actual churches, but also take the approach that the letters are indeed a prophetic statement that show us how the church decays throughout the centuries until Jesus comes.
PROPHECIES FROM THE CHURCHES
Revelation 2:22 I will cast...them...into great tribulation,... (Thyiatira)- Christ return.
Revelation 2:25 Hold fast till I come (Thyiatira)- Christ return.
Revelation 2:27 He shall rule them with a rod of iron ( Thyiatira) - The Millennium.
Revelation 3:3 I will come on thee as a thief (Sardis) - The Rapture.
Revelation 3:10 I will keep thee from the hour of temptation ( Philadelphia) - The Tribulation.
Revelation 3:12 New Jerusalem... cometh down from heaven (Philadelphia) - New Jerusalem.
Revelation 3:21 I will grant to sit with me in my throne (Laodicea) - The Millennium.
Revelation 3:14-22 There are several bad things mentioned about this “church” and zero good things. They have forgotten that Christ is the ultimate authority, that He is true, He is the Judge, that He is the faithful Almighty God and the creator of all things. They are lukewarm, meaning they “stand on the fence” with any problem issues. They are rebuked and rejected by God.
They believe that they are the “best of the best” and are rich, self sufficient and need nothing.
They are the worst of the seven churches yet are the most confident, however, God judges them to be wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked and warns them to repent, and to welcome Him into the church or they risk total rejection.
This description of the “last church” is a perfect picture of where Christ’s church is today. This shows a confident, wealthy, proud church that is totally ignorant of the fact that they are spiritually naked and empty of Holy Spirit power. The verses about the Laodicean church are in perfect harmony with what many other verses tell us about the times leading up to the Tribulation Period. This is the church age from which the Antichrist will emerge. The time period is now.
II Timothy 3:1-5 We gather at the church house, we sing, we fellowship, we pray and we give.
II Timothy 4:1-4 A few verses, a few laughs, a story and maybe a tear or two, good worship?
I Peter 2:2 Is the average church member today being fed the Word of God in order to grow?
Matthew 24:4-5 Asked about the sign of His coming, Jesus warned first of spiritual deception.
I Peter 5:8; I Corinthians 11:3 The tenacity and subtlety of Satan has snared most church people today already.
Revelation 3:4 As was the case with Sardis the actual church, and Sardis the church age, only a few were saved then as with the church age of today. Jesus Himself made that clear when He told us in Matthew 7:13-14 that only a “few” would find the right way.
Most of the truth of God’s Word has been greatly dismissed by today’s church. Just as Jesus is seen standing outside the Laodicean church doors and knocking, He is knocking today on the church doors of America.