The Laodicean Church

 

            I’m going to begin with a premise in our opening scene, and the premise is this: it may not be that we are the last generation or at the end of the age or are that Laodicean church spoken of in Revelation 3:14-22; that may or may not be true. But, what I believe is true is that the American church is manifesting all of the signs as if she were that Laodicean church, that end of the age church, that last generation church. In this first introduction it is our intent to share with you from the word in such a way that you can determine whether or not you want to continue with the words that follow. I believe everything that we are sharing has to do with a woman who wants to make herself ready. There are really two things at the end of the age: the bride making herself ready, and a church that is so deceived that she does not even know where she is.

            Let’s look at that Laodicean church just to use it as an illustration. I’m not saying that we are that church. I am saying it would seem that all of the manifestations of that church are with the American church or the church particularly in the west.

            Verse 14 of Revelation 3:

 

    To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: Christ is speaking, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot.”

 

And neither a cold or hot church is this Laodicean church. It’s not our objective or our point here but it is something you can put back in the corner of your heart. Jesus is speaking to all 7 of these churches on the basis of “I know your deeds. Not your heart, not your intentions, I know your deeds.”

Verse 17.  The reason why you are lukewarm is:

 

   “Because you say, ‘I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,’ and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.”

 

            This Laodicean church is a church that thinks she has it together, and is wealthy and rich, perhaps at least in the things of God. But she is so deceived that she does not know that she is wretched and miserable – poor – naked – blind. Now that’s deceived.

 

Verses 18 & 19.    I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and the  shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.”

 

            Christ’s solution and answer to this church is that she become zealous and repent and buy gold that is refined by fire, and buy white garments. And she has great needs. She thinks she is rich. She’s seen by Him as very poor, wretched and miserable. I wonder what she’s going to buy these things with. I wonder where this gold comes from. I believe we will discover the answer in the body of this study. The point is, there is a purchasing that is necessary; a purchasing of gold, a purchasing of clothing, white garments, and the purchasing of eye salve, so that you may see.

            Within the body of this study there will be a spiritual exercise around each of these. There are many exercises in the scriptures which are those things that enable us to turn toward God, enable us to break through the flesh, the natural man, so we can touch the things of God.

            The Laodicean church is totally unaware of her true condition. She is lukewarm, neither hot or cold; she believes she’s rich – she’s poor; she believes she’s clothed – she’s naked. It’s the Emperor who has no clothes. What is the cause of this church being so far from the mark and not even knowing it? Actually the cause is found in almost every prophecy concerning the church at the end of the age.

            If we were to look in Matthew, chapter 24, for example, and we’ll go through these very quickly. I’m just laying a foundation here for our theme.  In Matthew 24, is the text where Jesus is answering three questions: when will the destruction of this temple be when there will not be left one stone on another, what will be a sign of your coming, when will be the end of the age.

            You might think that these three questions all point to the same time but they do not, as we know, because history has proven to us that the temple was destroyed some 35 years later. In this text there is a common denominator that is found in every major text concerning the end of the age.

            And in verses 4 & 5 we find it.

 

   And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ.’ And will mislead many.”

 

            This is the Laodicean church – misled.

            Verses 10 & 11:

 

   “At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another. Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.”

           

            This Laodicean church is misled – deceived.

            Verses 23 & 24. 

   “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Behold, here is the Christ,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe him. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.”

 

            There is a misleading going on. And there is a falling away. If it were possible, even the elect would be falling away.

 

Next will be The Apostasy Revealed.

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5 Responses to “The Laodicean Church”

  1. wesleyhuth Says:

    Jerald! This is very powerful! I love John Brown’s teachings so much, they have played a significant role in my formation as a Christian.
    It is so good to be hearing from both you and Marie. Thank you so much for your encouragement and willingness to invest in a young man that doesn’t have a clue what he is doing except wanting to love Jesus well. I have been missing New River quite a bit these days, and am so thrilled about where the Lord is leading that fellowship. I hear that you are all headed into some End Time teaching! This excites me so much. I was looking in 2 Thessalonians the other day and Paul is assuring those that he is writing to not to worry because the day of the Lord has not come yet, and he gives them some reasons and discusses the antichrist a little bit and then he says “do you not remember I spoke this to you when I was with you?” That statement is powerful, because most scholars agree that when Paul visited Thessalonica the first time (I’m not sure if it was the only time) that he spent a very short time there. And if he is saying that he released end time teaching in a very short time of being with a people, that tells me that it was a priority on his list to teach the end times. The church in the west is certainly showing signs of the Laodicean church in that she is deceived into an unwatchful lethargic state. She needs reality.
    love you brother,
    thank you and Marie for the donation through my paypal, you have no idea how much it is needed, and how much of a blessing it was! I love you brother! and I am praying for you.

  2. jeraldd Says:

    Wesley, you are the kind of young man that the true church needs today. Keep doing what you are doing because it is the right thing to do and keep following after the One you are following because He is the only One who can show the way. He is the Word and the Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I stay close to Him because I don’t know my way – but He does.
    If everything else in taken away, we still have Him and, in the end, it’s Him that we strive after anyway.

    One more thing, remember that I told you that I would pray for you often but that there was probably a particular day of the week that your needs might be greater than at other times? I want to be sure to pray for you on that day. Think about it and let me know so I can put you in my ‘book.’
    Love you too, Wes.

  3. brotherjohnny Says:

    Praise the Lord that it is impossible for the elect to fall away and that they cannot be misled!!!!

    There is only one Christ and He is the same yesterday, today, and forver!!!!
    Died on a cross and rose from the grave.
    ALIVE AND WELL AT THE RIGHT HAND OF THE FATHER!!!!
    Hallelujah!!

    JESUS!!!!!

  4. JeraldD Says:

    Johnny,
    Thanks for your comments and I agree that it’s impossible for the elect to fall away. Thing about it is, there are those in what is called ‘the church’ who are trying to act the part but who have been deceived.
    Let’s pray for them that they will see the real “Truth” and respond.

  5. brotherjohnny Says:

    Amen.

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