In sharing what the Lord has written in His Revelation with other believers regarding Biblical Prophecy, it has been a most curious and frequently humbling experience. When it comes to Biblical Prophecy, even though few have ever spent any significant amount of time researching the actual Greek and Hebrew words or searched out the actual events that Bible Prophecy speaks of; most people seem to have an immovable conception of what the prophetic Biblical verses mean. And though some will give you the time of day and listen, they do not hear you and will not even question their held to belief, even when they are shown word for word straight from the Bible the evidence of what you are trying to show them. They will take the word of what a pastor or Sunday school teacher has said over what the Word of God says. That is surprising, even though it should not be because the majority are not even using the Word of God, but are instead using one of the popular easy read modern translations that have changed the Word of God to the word of man. These modern translations, (those written after 1880) have changed the Word of God to the point it is impossible to find almost any of the things you have read in this book. One could write an entire book concerning the verses where the translators have used wrong words because they did not know what a verse meant or how it connects to other portions of scripture. Even though you reveal to them the timed prophecies of Revelation (the same ones you have read), with each one of them matching the dates and the subject matter perfectly, they will not believe you. This unwillingness to research or even consider a new or different interpretation coming from the Word of God sounded much like what our Lord spoke to the Church of Laodicea, which in scripture represents the church of today.
Revelation 3:17 (KJV)
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:
In the book of Revelation, Christ spoke to seven churches. He gave His assessment to each one of these churches. Two of them, the church of Smyrna and the church of Philadelphia received no condemnation. Five of them received condemnation and were told to repent and correct the fault found with them, or He would remove their candlestick from His presence. What should be of interest to us are the assessments and warnings He gave to each of those five churches.
Like our Lord and the Feasts of the Lord, these letters to the churches are three in one. First, they were meaningful to each of the early churches to whom Paul wrote them during his time. Second, when you research and find the root meanings of each of the names of these seven churches, you will see they are a precise prophetic description of churches during seven different eras or church ages which were yet to come. Third, they serve as a warning to the churches of all ages. If you doubt this, please take note of what was told to John immediately before the letters to the churches were given in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.
Revelation 1:19 (KJV)
Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
Jesus Christ warned the churches of their errant ways and what would happen if they did not repent. Not one of the five churches He asked to repent listened to His warnings; meaning that not one of the five repented and took the advice that our Lord gave them. We can prove this by the fact that in Revelation 1:20 Christ tells us the seven candlesticks are the seven churches, and in chapter 11 there are only two of the seven candlesticks that remain standing in our Lord’s presence. He considers only the church of Smyrna and the church of Philadelphia to be His witnesses. When you look at the names and histories of these two churches, a clear cut definition of God’s witnesses becomes quite clear.
“Smyrna” means “cracked myrrh,” which is the perfume they used for embalming corpses. The people of the church of Smyrna suffered great persecution and became martyrs because of their unwavering love for Jesus Christ. They loved the Lord with all their hearts.
“Philadelphia” means “brotherly love;” and it was during this church period that more missionaries were sent out and more religious magazine and tracts circulated than at any other time in history. They truly loved the Lord and had great compassion for their fellow man. They also possessed a great desire to bring the Gospel message to the lost. If you put these two churches together, you have what Christ refers to in Mathew 22:37-40; which are the same two witnesses He speaks of in Revelation 11. You get the REAL definition of who Christ’s witnesses. They are those that “love the Lord with all their hearts and love their neighbors as themselves.
To all but the church of Smyrna, Christ mentions His Return, and as we just said, they became martyrs for Christ, so there was no need to mention it to them. However, those that teach and preach from Revelation have made these warnings to mean something other than what they were meant to say. The total lack of knowledge of the Feasts of the Lord has a lot to do with this, plus the fact the modern translations have changed the words and the messages they were meant to give. In the end, you are misled and given a wrong understanding of the warnings to the churches.
To make a bad situation worse, many preachers and teachers today teach that these seven churches do not speak to future church ages. Of course, no one would want to teach these represent church ages because we as members of the church of Laodicea would have to take a look at ourselves and admit that we have fallen far short of what Christ expects of us. Then we would have to own up to the idea that because of this, Christ will not have us to be part of His Body. That is what the letter to the church of Laodicea, the church of today, is saying. It is this church we want to take a look at because the message it contains applies to us, the church of today. We write with much hope that this will open the eyes of some and maybe even entice some to get out the Word of God and start studying, instead of relying on the words of other men. It is good to trust, but blind trust can get you in a lot of trouble. It was Ronald Regan that said, trust but verify. The truth fears no questions. So let’s take a look at what our Lord had to say to us in the letter to the Church of Laodicea.
THE CHURCH OF LAODICEA
As we mentioned previously, there is a special meaning in the name of each one of the seven churches which accurately describes the era of the future church. Also, as we just mentioned, don’t trust what you read or what someone tells you; verify it. In reading articles written by others concerning the Church of Laodicea, the conventional definition given to the word Laodicea is “the people rule.” That is not a very good or accurate translation of the word Laodicea. If you would sit down and do the research yourself, you would probably find the original Greek word in Strong’s and Vine’s Greek Dictionaries to be something a little different and more accurate to describe the church of our current time.
As the definitions pictured to the right demonstrate, Laodicea comes from two root words; laos which means people, especially of a people assembled; and dike, (pronounced dee-kay) means judicial hearing, judgment or the execution of a sentence. Putting these definitions together makes the correct meaning of Laodicea to be more like “People of the Judgement” or “People of the execution of a sentence;” of which both are excellent descriptions of what happens during the two day Feast of Trumpets and the ensuing Fall Feast Season. The first day is the Rapture of His saints, and the second day is the Day of the Lord; after which the execution of a sentence is going to be carried out.
That should leave no doubt in your mind that our Lord directed this letter to the church of today. Does it not make sense that the last church would be the existing church when Christ returns? Laodicea is the existing church at the time of the Rapture. Laodicea is the church of our time, and Christ had nothing good to say about it. Let’s take a look at what He says to the Church of Laodicea, in the hope that we may learn and make the necessary adjustments to avoid having our candlestick removed from the Lord’s presence.
Revelation 3:14-22 (KJV)
14 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;15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.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: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.19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.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. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
First, the Lord identifies Himself as the faithful and true witness. Although He does not come out directly and say it, this conveys the idea the people of the church of Laodicea are not. If He is not saying this here, He clearly demonstrates this sentiment in the verses that follow.
Next, He tells the church that He knows our works and that we are neither cold nor hot. He then states that He wishes we were either cold or hot. If we were cold having never been warmed by the Gospel light we would have a better chance of becoming hot and fervent Christians. However, being lukewarm, means the Gospel light warmed us but did not bring us to a fervent heat; meaning we have enough heat to lull us into a false sense of spiritual security, but not enough heat to save our souls from the reaping of the harvest in Revelation 14:14-16. If we were a new church and our being lukewarm was a transitional stage between the cold and hot, that would be good and acceptable; but such is not the case.
The Church of Laodicea is the last of the church ages. Our being the church of the last days means we have had more time with the written Word of God than all those before us. Despite this, and even with the fulfillment of almost all of the pre-Rapture prophecy, the Church of Laodicea still does not have a clue as to what is going on or what God has revealed to us in Bible Prophecy. The Church of Laodicea is basically in the same shape as Judaism was when Christ visited man during the time of the Roman Empire. Because of this, He says in verse 16; “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.” What does spew mean?
As you can see by the included word box, spew means to vomit and not just “to spit” as translated in almost all of the newer Bible translations. There is an enormous difference between spitting and vomiting. One has the urge to spit when one has taken in something that possesses a very bad or bitter taste; something one does not care to swallow. However, one vomits food they have already swallowed; usually, it’s a contaminated food that begins to make the body feel ill. Vomiting occurs when the brain sends a signal to the stomach to expel the contaminant it has determined will be detrimental or hazardous to the rest of the body if it remains.
What is this contaminant? That should have been made quite apparent to you by now. It is all the apostasy, (defection from the truth) found in the church of Laodicea, the church of today. All the false teaching that has been swallowed by the church, which is supposed to be the body of Christ. This false teaching has remained in the church long enough to upset the stomach, and now Christ must vomit it out of His mouth so that it doesn’t make the rest of the body ill.
What our Lord is saying here is a severe indictment of the church of today, but if you were to try to tell this to a member of the church of today the reaction you will probably encounter is:
- This whole thing about churches through the ages isn’t right.
- There’s nothing wrong with me or my beliefs; it must be those Lutherans, Methodists, or some other group because everything I believe is right on!
These reactions sound very much like the fulfilling of the prophecy of Verse 17, which informs us of the reasons Christ vomits the church of Laodicea out of His mouth are:
- ”Because thou sayest, I am rich” This must refer to spiritual wealth because and increased with goods; meaning worldly wealth, immediately follows. This describes perfectly the church of today. Each religion believes their teaching and their ways are correct, yet most of them are following the words of men and not the Word of God. Most are now using modern translations, which all but destroy Bible prophecy and are written to fit the beliefs of the translator or a particular denomination. Extremely few even know what the Feasts of the Lord are, let alone that they are prophetic. Even the churches that do deem them important do not believe that God has in any way made it possible for us to know the dates of the last three Fall Feast of the Lord because they have swallowed the false teachings of man and have not paid close attention to what His Word says. Many denominations use Sunday as the Sabbath day when the Bible clearly teaches that the day of assembly is Saturday. Genesis 2:3 states: “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.” One would think this verse alone would be enough to settle any debate. Also, the Saturday Sabbath is the very first Feast of the Lord as given in Leviticus 23. There is no place in God’s Word that “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy” was rescinded, and yet you are viewed as being ridiculous if you even try to discuss the topic. The church of today does not take God at His Word, and for that reason, they will not be raptured as they believe and will not enter into His rest (millennium reign of Christ) unless they repent and get back into the whole Word of God.
- ”And increased with goods” This speaks to worldly wealth. Many today are more interested in their balance at the bank than their balance in heaven. Many make their decisions based on money rather than trusting in the One who promised to provide all our needs. Is this not the same condition that has plagued mankind all through the ages? God blesses us with so much that we focus on our riches as though we are rich because of something we did and we forget the One that provides us with everything, the One who deserves all the glory, praise and honor?
- ”And have need of nothing” The church of today is in the same condition as the Jewish Synagogues were during the time of Christ. If Christ were to return to Earth today and do the same teaching and miracles He did 2000 years ago, the church of today would probably not know who He was. We are so far off course we need to go back to the starting line because we are running around in circles and have no idea where the finish line is. The fact of the matter is that from Christ’s viewpoint as expressed in this portion of Scripture, we are way off course and not even aware of just how far.
- 4. ”And knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked” The text box provided shows the exact definition of wretched as found in Webster’s 1913 English Dictionary. What you find by analyzing this definition is eye bursting and will most likely be rejected by the majority of Christendom today.
The first two definitions are not what He meant by wretched because He already stated that the Church of Laodicea is miserable and poor, which are Webster’s first two definitions. That leaves the third meaning to be what He means by the use of the word wretched. That description is: Hatefully contemptible; despicable, and wicked. Is it beginning to make sense why Christ does not want the Church of Laodicea to be part of His body? If that does not make one sit up and take note, what will? Do you think Christ’s return is imminent because Christ is happy with the church of today? Would not the world be a different place if the teachings of our churches were spot on and the churches were honoring and blessed by God?
We are too blind to see that we have not heeded the warnings and advice Christ gave to the four previous churches that did not take his advice and repent. We don’t even take into consideration the possibility that what our pastor or teacher told us may be wrong or that the words in the book we are reading have changed to the point we can never know the REAL meanings of the letters to the seven churches. In the end, we will realize that we are guilty of the same things the Israelites did and did not do. They did not honor the seventh day Sabbaths, nor did they understand the Feasts of the Lord. The Feasts of the Lord are the most important days in the Word of God, and yet there is hardly anyone in the Church of Laodicea that even knows what they are, let alone what they mean. They were also guilty of honoring the laws (words) of men and not the Word of God. They did not do the things God asked them to do, and they did not pay attention to prophecy. He told them exactly what they would do and how He would respond, yet in the end it made no difference to them whatsoever. If God punished Israel severely for not hearing and believing Him, why would the church of Laodicea be any different?
Blind means, there are things we are not seeing, and the importance of God’s Feasts is just one of them. Our preachers and our church doctrine are telling us we cannot know the time of Christ’s return; yet as Christ’s letter to the church of Sardis teaches us, it is the dead church that He will come upon as a thief.
Christ mentions His return to six of the seven churches. To four of the seven churches, He says that if they do not repent, He will catch them by surprise when He returns. Since Christ knows His return will be during the church of Laodicea, the counseling and warning He gives to them does not fit the same mold as the other churches.
“I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire” Christ, the absolute best counselor there can be (Isaiah 9:6) now gives His counseling to the Church of Laodicea and tells them to buy from Him, Jesus Christ, gold tried in the fire. This gold tried in the fire refers to the knowledge of Jesus Christ. The church of today is indeed rich in material things, but it is not rich in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, whose knowledge is better than all the material riches of the world combined. It is the spiritual wealth of the knowledge of Jesus Christ and not material wealth that the church needs. It is the knowledge of Jesus Christ and faith tested by fiery trial that will lead to Christ imputing to the believer the white raiment of Christ’s righteousness. It is this white raiment which will keep you from appearing naked and being ashamed at the judgment seat of Christ. Paul says this best in Philippians;
Philippians 3:7-8 (KJV) But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless and I count all things but loss for the Excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.
If Christ counseled us to buy knowledge from Him, which we can purchase without money, we should be able to find it somewhere in God’s Word. If he gave us this counseling, surely He must have told us what it was and where to find it. He did! If you do some research on the word Laodicea in Scripture you will find of the five times used in the New Testament; four of them are in the book written to the Colossians. The reason for this is they were directed to read the book of Colossians in the church at Laodicea. These two cities were neighbors, located quite close to each other, so what pertained to one was pertinent to the other.
As it turns out, in the first verse of chapter two, Paul states that this epistle is for those of Colossae and Laodicea. In verse three, Paul says that in Jesus Christ “are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Sounds like we’re in the right place for Laodicea’s membership to find the gold tried in the fire, doesn’t it?)
As it just so happens, verses 4-12 warn us of false teachers who will try to deceive us with enticing words. He tells the church at Laodicea:
Colossians 2:6-10 (KJV)
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Take note of the warning given by Paul in verse eight. We have not given this warning the attention it deserves because the church of Laodicea has listened to vain deceit after the traditions of men. We are so close to the end, yet the church of today has not yet figured out that ISIS and Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is the Man of Sin, Son of Perdition, and Lawless One of whom prophecy speaks. Almost the whole church of today is still looking for this great antichrist to come out of the European Union and sign some peace treaty with Israel. They will never find these things because they are found nowhere in God’s Word. Even worse than this, most do not even take the slightest interest in Biblical prophecy with some going as far as to say, “If it can’t be used to bring souls to Christ, it’s not worth spending time on.”
Next, in verses 16 and 17, Paul gives us two verses that prove the Church of Laodicea is guilty of everything our Lord stated. These two verses contain lots of information that is totally misconstrued and completely misinterpreted by today’s church. Because these two verses have been changed so much in the newer translations, there is no way one would ever come to know and understand the interpretation you are about to read. So let’s look at a couple of the newer translations to demonstrate what we have been saying. Believe this or not, the TLB permits you to not celebrate the Feasts of the Lord while the HCSB leaves one with the impression it’s OK to skip the Feasts of the Lord because they are a thing of the past.
Colossians 2:16-17 – The Living Bible (TLB) “So don’t let anyone criticize you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating Jewish holidays and feasts or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. 17 For these were only temporary rules that ended when Christ came. They were only shadows of the real thing—of Christ himself.”
Colossians 2:16-17 – Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) “Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. 17These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah.” The Holman Bible, to their credit, uses the word “festival,” which shows they might know what follows are Feasts of the Lord, but they obviously do not understand them. They also change the shadow of things to come to a shadow of what was to come, which seems to say the Feasts of the Lord no longer have any significance.
The modern-day church of Laodicea has no idea what a Holy Day, new moon, or even Sabbath day is. If they only had so much as a clue what these words mean they would not interpret these verses in the way they currently do.
Now let’s take a look at what the King James Bible says. What you are about to read makes complete sense if you understand the ethnic backgrounds of the congregation of the original church of Laodicea, and if you understand the real meanings behind the Sabbath days and Feasts of the Lord. If you have taken in and understood the previous book chapters regarding these feasts, you may already know how we should interpret these verses. The correct interpretation of these verses is spot on with the warning to the current church of Laodicea, the church of today. These verses are used as the main argument by the present-day Church of Laodicea as to why a Sunday gathering of the church is permissible instead of the Sabbath day. This doctrine is 180 degrees out of phase with what these verses are saying. Perhaps you will begin to see why our Lord told us we are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind.
Colossians 2:16,17 (KJV)
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Paul was covering this topic with these churches because the churches of Colossae and Laodicea were made up of a Jewish, Israelite-Gentile mix that was honoring the Feasts of the Lord and observing these practices. Remember the Jews were to have nothing to do with the Gentiles and the Gentiles shared their resentment. Most likely, the mixed Israelite-Gentile members of these churches were being questioned or ridiculed as to why they would take part in these so-called Jewish Feasts and Jewish practices which include the eating and drinking of certain foods.
The fact of the matter is that every one of these days listed in verse 16 is a Feasts of the Lord. The Sabbath is the 7th day, and it is the day God commanded His people to meet and to rest. By definition, it is a day of rest, a day in which they were not to do any servile work. It is also one of the “Feasts of the Lord.” The Holy Days are also considered to be both Sabbath Days and Feasts of the Lord in which they were to do no servile work. There can be up to 3 Sabbath days in a week according to God’s instructions. The New Moon as you should know by now is what the Israelites called the Feast of Trumpets. It is the two-day feast that represents the Rapture of the church, followed by the Day of the Lord. As you hopefully know at this point, this is the next appointed meeting time between God and man to be fulfilled on God’s calendar. The absolute proof this interpretation is correct we find in verse 17.
It states these Holy Days are a shadow of things to come, which is not that difficult to understand. It means they are a forecast or preview of the things which are going to take place in the future. According to Vines Expository Dictionary, a shadow is “the image or outline cast by an object.” The last part of the verse further defines the image that is casting the shadow of the things to come.
“But the body is of Christ” refers to the shadow. In other words, these Feasts of the Lord are a forecast of what Christ is going to do in the future because His body is the object projecting the shadow. It is only one of the verses in the New Testament that clearly states the Feasts of the Lord are prophetic appointed times.
At the risk of repeating ourselves, let’s go back to John 16 and see what Christ told us would happen when the comforter or Holy Spirit has come.
John 16:13 (KJV)
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
Do you think it is just a coincidence that things to come should show up in Colossians? Now you have indisputable proof that the things to come the Holy Spirit would show us pertain to Christ and the Rapture of his saints.
Christ was warning the church of Laodicea when He said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” That statement is a good indication of why He does not tell us to correct our errors, or He would come upon us as a thief. He just revealed to us exactly where He is. He is standing at the door, ready to return at the appointed time, but the church of Laodicea is still looking for the return of the Roman Empire. Wouldn’t you agree this is very conclusive proof that the Church of Laodicea is the church of today? As we showed you previously, the door He is standing at is the same door He mentions in Matthew 24, it’s the gateway to Heaven, and He’s about to come through.
It also tells us that He is not in the church if He has to stand at the door and knock. He is not in the church because His Holy Word is not in the church. We have so many new easy to read translations that people can’t read the Bible together or follow along in Sunday school because the wording in the modern translations varies so much. These new translations are not the Word of God; they should be called commentaries at best. It is a fact that much of what you find written here could never be revealed using most if not all of these modern translations because seemingly unimportant words like also and crucified were either entirely left out or changed to other words. If the scribes were not allowed to change or leave out one single word, why do current day Bible scholars think they can? If the Holy Spirit wrote the Bible, why do people not believe that the Holy Spirit can and will reveal its more profound meanings to us?
“If any man hear my voice” This statement says that God is still calling, but who is out there listening? It almost seems to suggest He is asking a question rather than making a statement. Is there anyone left that is studying My Word? Again, the books that most people read are not a direct translation from the Hebrew and Greek into English. They are the uncomplicated, undemanding, unchallenging, effortless, easy read versions that Satan has deceived almost the whole Christian world into using. These versions have stripped the meat (deeper understanding) right out of the Bible. If that’s not enough, they even replaced the word meat with food. Almost half of the Bible is prophecy, and yet most people have no understanding of Bible prophecy, and deleting, changing, and the adding of words surely doesn’t help the situation. Here is another example of a verse they have taken, which was not that difficult to understand and turned it into something that not only changed the meaning but makes it more challenging to find the real meaning.
Matthew 24:45 (KJV) Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
There is no question this verse which we find in the same chapter that states, “but of that day and hour knoweth no man,” is saying that the Lord will give His wise and faithful servants deeper understanding (more information about Christ’s return) at the appointed time. The meat of the Word of God is the deeper, more profound teachings in it. The treasures buried below the surface. They are referred to as Meat because Meat is harder to digest and thus symbolizes the things in scripture that are harder to grasp or understand. Using the word food in place of meat in this verse just doesn’t cut it (no pun intended) as the interpretation of this verse has nothing to do with the ruler of the house feeding food to the other people in the house!
As you learned earlier, the Hebrew word moed is used only when referring to the Lord’s Feasts or Festivals, the rehearsals for or the actual appointed meeting times between God and man. A due season as we showed you earlier, is an appointed time as defined in the definition of moed in Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary.
However, when you read the popular, so-called translations of the day, you will most likely never come up with this interpretation because they do not use the word meat and the due season has been either left out or changed to something that causes it to lose the correct meaning. We performed a quick survey questioning several younger Christians between the ages of 18 and 24 regarding the meaning of the word meat. Not one of them even knew what the meat of the Bible is! Here are some examples from a few of the newer translations.
Matthew 24:45 – New Living Translation, 2nd Edition (NLT2) “A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them.” Wasn’t there supposed to be a question here, and how does this have any relationship at all to Christ giving more information to His faithful servants at the appointed time?
Matthew 24:45 – The Living Bible (TLB) “Are you a wise and faithful servant of the Lord? Have I given you the task of managing my household, to feed my children day by day?” Now we have two questions where there once was one, and neither of the questions asked has anything to do with what should be the actual interpretation of this verse.
Matthew 24:45 – New International Version (NIV) “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time?” Food is not meat and proper time is not an appointed time. It’s no wonder the church of Laodicea does not understand what this portion of scripture is saying.
Matthew 24:45 – New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?”
Slave? From where does this idea of slavery come? It goes against all God’s creation. If you are a slave, then Christ is your slave-master. Is there anyone that prays in the name of their slave master? Why is this a common belief among many Christians today, and why is it such a popular word in the newer translations? When was it that God gave his creation no choice? Did not Satan and all the angels that followed him have a choice? Slave describes how Islam the antichrist sees their relationship with Satan. The common Muslim name Abdullah means slave of Allah which is the same as saying slave of Satan. Many of the popular male Islamic names express this concept. Islam controls every facet of your life, as you would expect of something evil. What a sad testimony for a Christian, to worship a God who sacrificed His son to pay the penalty of our sin because they have no choice. When did God command Christians to kill other Christians if they decide to leave the faith as Islam does? All one has to do is read the Old Testament and count the number of times God says My servant Jacob, or My servant Israel; not once does He consider anyone He loves a slave. If God wanted us all to love Him, He could have made us slaves and forced us to love Him, but then, that wouldn’t be love would it?
John 15:15 (KJV) Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
One would think this verse makes it very clear our Lord does not consider us to be slaves; not even servants, we are called friends because a servant doesn’t know what his master is doing. Could it be because the church of Laodicea does not believe our Lord has told them what He is doing that they look at themselves as slaves? Our Lord has told us that all things He has heard of the Father He will make known to us, but the Church of Laodicea doesn’t believe Him.
Matthew 24:45 – English Standard Version (ESV) “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?” Again, by saying food, the whole concept of deeper, more in-depth understanding is lost. Food is not the same as meat and the proper time is not the same as a due season which is an appointed time.
That is only one verse. Reading the book of Revelation where there is little understanding as to what the metaphors stand for and who the participants are; makes reading these newer interpretations a total waste of time, especially if you’re searching for truth. If the men that interpreted these books understood these things they would not have interpreted them the way that they did. Is it any wonder that Christ is going to vomit the church of Laodicea out of His mouth?
Revelation 3:20 (KJV) 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.
For those that do not believe that the letters to the seven churches are also referring to seven different church ages, this verse speaks to the Rapture of the church and the marriage supper. According to Strong’s Greek Dictionary, the word used here comes from the Greek word deipnon which means to dine. It’s the Greek word meaning supper or to take the principle (evening) meal. There can be no doubt that these events would only happen during the last church before the millennial reign of Jesus Christ.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock” The door according to the original Greek can also be a gate. In this verse, Christ is standing at heaven’s gate. Remember, Laodicea means people of the judgment and that is precisely what is about to happen here. The whole verse is concerning the Rapture of His saints on the Feast of Trumpets, also referred to by the Hebrews as the New Moon. We know this because of what is stated later in this verse.
Ezekiel 46:1 (KJV) Thus saith the Lord GOD; the gate of the inner court that looketh toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shall be opened, and in the day of the new moon it shall be opened.
“If any man hears my voice” He is standing at the gates of heaven and calling to those that are His to come up hither. (Rev. 11:12) By saying If any man, He is implying that there is not going to be many that hear his voice. Because of the false doctrine and teachings of the church of Laodicea, most will be sleeping in their beds when the cry goes out at midnight. (Matthew 25:6) They may be awaken, but they will have no clue as to what is going on or what it is they should do. Mark 13:36 (KJV) lest coming suddenly he finds you sleeping.
“And open the door” As revealed previously, when the Rapture occurs it will not be like the modern-day members of the Church of Laodicea believe. It will not be in the twinkling of an eye and you are gone. That is part of what happens to those accounted worthy, but it is not just a simple call and you are gone. That is not what the Bible teaches. Matthew 25:6, the Parable of the 10 Virgins tells us that the cry will go out at midnight and then we are commanded to go ye out to meet him. So when we hear Him call we must open the door and go out to meet him, which means we must go out and look to the eastern sky and watch for the Sign of the Son of Man to appear. It may sound unbelievable or simplistic to some because today they teach otherwise, but that is what we are told to do in Matthew 25. (It’s no different than when Naaman was told by Elisha to dunk seven times in the Jordan River to cure his leprosy.) How many miracles were done by Christ if the recipient showed no faith? Then why would you believe He will not want a demonstration of your faith before He performs more miracles on you? Miracles like changing your body into a spiritual body and zipping you up to an altitude of 30 to 40,000 feet where His angels will gather and carry you off to the uttermost parts of Heaven.
“I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” The time of The Wedding Supper of the Lamb is here. The disciple of Christ has been waiting and hoping for this most glorious event from the time of their salvation. It is the time when our sinful flesh will die, and Christ will provide us our new spiritual body. He will then dwell with you and you with Him forever. It is the sup with him, and he with me.
It will be the greatest night and most fabulous event of your life should you be accounted worthy through the blood of Jesus Christ. It is hard to believe Christendom has yet to realize you cannot attend a wedding if you are not aware of the time and date it is to happen! Our Lord is true to His Word. He tells us what He is going to do, and then He does it. That is one of the many reasons why we can trust Him completely. If you genuinely are His and honestly believe that you will be attending the Wedding of the Lamb, why would you think He has not provided you with enough information to know where and when it will occur? He has provided everyone with an invitation, why would you believe He forgot to put the date and time in the invitation? In His Word, He promised to provide you with everything you need, so why would you think He would keep information as important as this from you? Why do you think He said watch so many times if He did not tell us when and for what to watch?
The Church of Laodicea with their new modern translations has taken the word watch to mean make sure you’re ready by living a good Christian life. In other words, watch what you are doing. We have taken it and applied it to ourselves when the real meaning should be, watch what our Lord is doing!” That is so much like the Church of Laodicea.
Revelation 3:17 (KJV) 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.
Revelation 22:16-17 (KJV) I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
The Sign of the Son of Man &
The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
Book Introduction (Read for more info contained in the book)
- The REAL 4th Kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (Daniel 2)
- The REAL King of Babylon (Isaiah 14)
- The REAL Key to Deciphering Time Prophecy
- The REAL Secret Prophecy of Daniel 4
- The REAL Beast of Revelation 13
- The REAL Beast that was and is not; And the Great Whore (Revelation 17)
- The REAL 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse (Revelation 6)
- The REAL First 4 Trumpets of Revelation 8
- The REAL 4 Angels of Revelation 9 And the Plague of Islam
- The REAL Woman, Dragon and Flood of Revelation 12
- The REAL 2 Witnesses of Revelation 11
- The REAL 70 Weeks of Daniel 9
- The FEASTS OF THE LORD; The Appointed Time of Christ’s Return
- The REAL Sign of the Son of Man; and Signs of the End (Matthew 24)
- The REAL Parable of the 10 Virgins (Matthew 25)
- The Fall Feast Days as Revealed in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 6,7,8,11)
- The REAL Warning to the Church of Laodicea; the Church of Today (Revelation 3)
- Closing Thoughts & the REAL Day of the Resurrection of Our Lord