And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
As I watch America and the spiritual collapse with the morals that followed I become very upset with the church and especially the church leaders. The general lack of zeal for the things of God and the lack of the Holy Spirit’s power in the church is appalling. It just seems that the more the prophetic word is revealed, and we can see God working all around us, the colder the church has become. I realize that God always has a remnant that has not “bent their knees to baal”, but this posting is for the church in general.
What the church is suffering from is lukewarmness to the things of God. This lukewarmness is one of the outstanding characteristics of the Laodicean church of the book of Revelation. The Lord Jesus had NOTHING good to say about this church. It is the attitude that now permeates the modern western church. The lukewarmness is so nauseating to the LORD that He wants to spew these people out of His mouth! This is very serious to be lukewarm with God.
Revelation 3:15,16 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.
I believe that every church throughout history, and right up to today, fits into one of the seven churches of Revelation. The last one being Laodicea. I also believe that the churches collectively can make up an era. The seven churches then have a prophetic element to them with the Laodicean church representing the general atmosphere of the church just prior to the rapture of the church which is lukewarm!
The second characteristic of this church is wealth. The church in America has to be the wealthiest in history. The sheer number of mega-churches with all its costs ties this into the wealth associated with the church of Laodicea. The idea of a wealthy church is not necessarily that it is a sign of God’s blessings.
Revelation 3:17 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:
The combination of the lukewarmness and wealth are proof, to me, that we are living in the Laodicean age. Once again, I want to state that not everyone or every church is of the Laodicean church; however the vast majority fall under this identity.
The church in America is unique in history as it has had great political power. America was built upon Christian principals and the church was the foundation of America and the glue that held the country together. God blessed the nation because of the church and its faithfulness to Him. There was so much spiritual power in America that God directly used the nation to help establish and protect His state of Israel. (See my book As America Has Done to Israel) What I see happening now is the Laodicean church in America is allowing the Antichrist’s system to come to power. If the church was strong and crying out to God, this system could not form and gain control. The church was a direct block to this system, but the antichrist’s system is now filling the void created by the lukewarm, Laodicean church. The election of Obama as President is overwhelming evidence of how weak the church is. He is advancing the sodomite agenda along with killing babies in the womb. He is doing everything to advance and protect Islam. God would never allow this if the church was strong. As the church retreats from standing for the LORD, the devil is moving his system into place. The church has traded its authority with God for peace with the world and prosperity. It has been bought off. I see the church now like Esau who traded his birthright for a little food! Hebrews 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. The church has committed fornication with the world system and lost its power just like Esau lost his birthright.
Great numbers are not needed for the Holy Spirit to block satan. I posted on this blog how just a handful of us were able to defeat the entire corrupt York Pennsylvania government that was protecting the Planned Parenthood abortion center. See: ProLife Battles at York, PA
What I am saying is not theory, as I lived what I am preaching. We had no church support whatsoever, but just a few of us trusted in the LORD. It was a nine year battle, but in the end the LORD won the war for us. Planned Parenthood stopped doing abortions and the City of York paid a substantial amount of money for violating my Constitutional rights.
What would happen if the entire church of the Lord Jesus Christ rose up and stood like we did in York! The power of God would move throughout the country and untold numbers would be won to the Lord Jesus and God’s Holy Spirit would arrest and stop the spirit of antichrist moving in America. Look at the glory the Lord Jesus would receive from the answered prayer, and His kingdom on earth getting the victory.
Unfortunately, this is not the case. The only reason the antichrist’s system can make the advances it is now making is because the church is lukewarm and spiritually anesthetized by wealth. The vast amount of believers are spiritually blinded because they have fallen under the Laodicean church. The Lord Jesus tells this church to obtain gold that is tried in fire, which is character that is produced by the Holy Spirit in one’s life and not physical gold. When a person has this gold, God will open their eyes so they can see and understand the prophetic word.
Revelation 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me
gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
There is an eerie connection between the Laodicean church and the whore of Babylon that is found in Revelation 17. This whore is the false religion that is in place during the period just prior to Second Coming of the Lord Jesus with His church. This is a world-wide false religious system. The eerie connection is wealth and both are on earth at the same time. The outstanding characteristic of both these religious systems is wealth.
Revelation 17:4,5 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. It appears there is a connection between the dead Laodicean church and the whore. With the apostasies of the modern “church” including Chrislam, new age ideas, and ecumenicalism, it is easy to see how this Laodicean church could evolve into the great whore. It certainly is going to be a major player in the coming one-world apostate religion that operates without Jesus Christ as the only begotten Son of God. The modern Bible translations that remove the Lord is the Only Begotten Son of God, are part of this Laodicean church heading into the whore.
What is so sad about the Laodicean church is that Christ is on the outside trying to get in. I think this is the exact situation of today’s churches. Christ is on the outside, and anyone who stands for real Christianity is looked at as an extremist, or radical, or narrow minded.
Revelation 3:20 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. In Revelation 3:14, the Lord Jesus Christ is called the faithful and true witness: “These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness”. This is exactly what is needed in the Laodicean church: a faithful and true witness for the Lord. We now live in an age of compromised, faithless church in that the overwhelming amount of believers refuse to stand with God. They live without understanding God’s holiness and without walking in the true fear of the LORD. This church is compromised and fears the government more than God. The result is a church that gives lip service but the heart is lukewarm at best. This is God’s remedy for people in such a state.
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
There is an interesting verse found in Revelation 17. This entire chapter is about the religious system that will be in affect when the Lord Jesus returns with His church. This chapter reveals that the religious system will unite and attempt to make war with the Lamb, the Lord Jesus. He will overcome this system, which takes place at the battle of Armageddon. The Scriptures states that the church is returning with Him. The people returning are identified as the called, chosen and the FAITHFUL. In the chapter identifying the whore religion, the Bible states that the Lord Jesus is returning with the FAITHFUL! This is the LORD’S heart: faithful and true believers. What a contrast this is with the whore, as God’s church is called the faithful!
Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
This is exactly what is missing from the Laodicean church: faithful witnesses. Within the church of the Lord Jesus that returns with Him are the faithful witnesses which were overcomers during the Laodicean era. You must fight through the Laodicean spirit, which now permeates everything around us. You cannot go along with the heresies, which are also all around us.
People that are part of the Laodicean church are helping satan bring in his system, which the antichrist will use to rise to power. Stand for the LORD and His word no matter what the price. You will then be identified as a true and faithful witness for the Lord Jesus and not part of the system that laid the foundation for the antichrist.
Revelation 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.