In sharing what the Lord has written in His Revelation with other believers regarding Biblical Prophecy, it has been a most interesting and often times 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 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. This is surprising, even though it should not be because the majority are not even using the “Word of God,” but instead are 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 since 1881) have changed the “Word of God” so much that it is impossible to find almost any of the things you will 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 is connected to other portions of scripture. Even though you will find all but one of the timed prophecies of the book of Revelation revealed in this book, with each one of them being exactly what is spoken of with the dates matching the prophecy, they will not believe you. This unwillingness to research or even consider a new or different idea coming from the Word of God sounded much like what our Lord wrote to the Church of Laodicea, which in scripture represents the church of today.
In the book of Revelation Christ spoke to seven churches. He gave His assessment to each one of these churches. Five of them received condemnation and were told to repent and correct the fault that He found with them or their candlestick would be removed from His presence. Two of them, the church of Smyrna and Philadelphia received no condemnation. What should be of interest to us are the assessments and warnings He gave to each of those 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 they were written to during the apostle Paul’s day. 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 time periods 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.
Revelation 1:19 (KJV)
Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
If we were to compare what’s written to these seven churches to a similar Bible passage in the Old Testament, it would be Deuteronomy 32, the song of Moses. This is the song that Moses wrote to the Israelite’s before he died and Israel crossed over the Jordan River. Even before they entered the Promised Land God told them they were going to rebel against Him and what He would do because of their rebellion against him. It was God’s warning that one would think would have helped them to prevent their errors; but it did not.
The same is true with the letters to the seven churches. Jesus Christ warned the churches of their errant ways and what would happen if they did not repent. Not one of the 5 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. This is proven 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 standing before the God of the earth. 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 who God’s witnesses actually are becomes quite clear.
“Smyrna” means “cracked myrrh” which was used for embalming corpses. The people of the church of Smyrna suffered great persecution and were being martyred for their unwavering love of Jesus Christ. They loved the Lord with all their heart.
“Philadelphia” means “brotherly love;” and it was during this church period that more missionaries were sent out and more religious magazine and tracts were printed than at any other time in history. They truly loved the Lord and had great compassion for their fellow man and a great desire to bring the Gospel message to the lost. If you put these two churches together you get what Christ spoke in Mathew 22:37-40. The two witnesses spoken of in Revelation 11 are those that “love the Lord with all their heart, and love their neighbors as themselves.
To all but the church of Smyrna Christ mentions His Return, and as we just said, they were being martyred 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 mean. The modern translations have changed the words and the messages they were meant to give, so 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 this because we would have to take a look at ourselves and admit that we have fallen far short of what Christ expects of us and because of this Christ will not have us to be part of His Body. This is what the letter to the church of today is saying. It is this church we want to take a look at. Hopefully it 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. As Ronald Regan said, trust but verify. The truth fears no question. With that being said, let’s take a look at the church of Laodicea.
THE CHURCH OF LAODICEA
As we stated earlier, there is a special meaning in the name of each one of the seven churches which accurately describes the future church. As we also just stated, don’t trust what you read or what someone tells you; verify it. In reading articles written by others on the Church of Laodicea it was stated that “Laodicea” means “The people rule.” This is not a totally accurate translation of the word Laodicea. If one did the research they would find the original Greek word in Strong’s and Vine’s Greek Dictionaries to be something quite different and more accurate in describing the church of our current time.
As shown in the illustrations at right, Laodicea comes from two root words; “laos” which means people, especially of people assembled; and “Dike,” (pronounced dee-kay) means “a judicial hearing” or “the execution of a sentence.” Putting these together makes the correct meaning of “Laodicea” to be “People of the Judgement” or the “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 being the Rapture of His saints, and the second day being the “Day of the Lord;” after which the execution of a sentence is going to be carried out.
This should leave no doubt that this letter is to the church of today. 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.
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 hints at the idea the people of the church of Laodicea are not. This sentiment is definitely demonstrated in the verses that follow.
Next He tells the church that He knows our works and that we are neither cold or 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 there would be a better chance or our becoming hot and fervent Christians. However being lukewarm means we have been warmed by the Gospel light without being brought 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. If we were a new church and our being lukewarm were 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. Being the last church we have had more time with the written Word of God than all those before us. Almost all of the pre-Rapture prophecy has been fulfilled and 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 spew means to vomit and not just to spit as it has been translated in almost all the newer translations. There is a very big difference between spitting and vomiting. One vomits when the brain sends a signal to the stomach to expel something it has determined will be detrimental or hazardous to the rest of the body if it is not expelled. This in itself is a very serious 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 can’t be right.
- There’s nothing wrong with me or my beliefs, it must be those Lutheran’s, Methodists, or some other group because everything I believe is right on!
Verse 17 tells us that the reason He vomits us out of His mouth is because:
1.—Because thou sayest, I am rich–– This must refer to spiritual wealth because “and increased with goods;” meaning worldly wealth, immediately follows. This describes the church of today perfectly. 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 completely destroy Bible prophesy 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 Days because they have swallowed the false teachings of man and have not payed 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. There is no place in God’s Word that “Remember the Sabbath and 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 they will be unless they repent and get back into the whole Word of God.
2.—And increased with goods– This speaks to worldly wealth. Many today are more interested in their balance in 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?
3.–And have need of nothing– The church of today is in the exact 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 aware of it.
4.–And knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked–
According to Webster’s 1913 dictionary “wretched” means:
The first two definitions are not what He meant by wretched because He already stated that the Church of Laodicea is miserable and poor. This leaves the third meaning to be what He means by the use of wretched. That description is “Hatefully contemptible; despicable; 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 you sit up and take note, what will? Do you really think Christ’s return is eminent 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 being 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 been changed to the point we can never know the “REAL” meanings of the letters to the seven churches. In the end it will be found that we are guilty of the exact same things that the Israelites did and did not do. They did not honor the Sabbaths, nor did they honor 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 are about. 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. God punished Israel severely for not hearing and believing Him, why should we be any different?
Being blind means that there are things that we and our churches 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 Christs return; yet as Christ’s letter to the church of Sardis teaches us, it is the “dead church” that He comes upon as a thief.
Christ mentions His return to six of the seven churches and mentions to four of the seven 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 best “Counselor” there is (Isaiah 9:6) now gives His counseling to the Church of Laodicea and tells them to buy from Him, Jesus Christ, gold which has been 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 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 judgement 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 them to buy knowledge from Him, which is purchased without money, it must be located somewhere in God’s Word, but where? If you do some research on the use of the word Laodicea in Scripture you will find of the five times it is used in the New Testament, four of them are located in the book written to the Colossians. This is because the book of Colossians was also directed to be read 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 states that in Jesus Christ “are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Sounds like were in the right place for Laodiceans to find the gold tried in the fire doesn’t it?)
Verses 4-12 warn us of false teachers who try to deceive us with enticing words. He tells Laodiceans:
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 that has not been heeded because the church of today, the church of Laodicea, has listened to vain deceit after the tradition of men and after the rudiments of the world. 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 that prophesy speaks of. 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. As a matter of fact, the church does not even take the slightest interest in Biblical prophecy with many saying, “If I can’t use it to bring souls to Christ, I’m not interested.”
Next in verses 16 and 17 Paul gives us two verses which are loaded with information that is totally misconstrued and completely misinterpreted by today’s church.
Colossians 2:16-17 (KJV)
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an 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.
The modern day church of Laodicea interprets this verse to mean that you should not judge someone by what they eat or drink, or what day they honor as their Holy Day. They use these verses as proof that the church meeting every Sunday instead of on the Sabbath is Biblically correct. This current day interpretation of this verse could not be further from the truth.
Paul made this statement because the churches of Colossae and Laodicea were made up of a Jewish – Israelite-Gentile mix that were honoring the Holy Days and doing these practices. Most likely the Gentile members of these churches were being questioned or ridiculed as to why they would take part in these Jewish practices. The modern day church of Laodicea has no idea what a Holy Day, new moon, or Sabbath day is. If they did they would not interpret these verses the way they do.
The fact of the matter is that every one of these days listed in verse 16 are Sabbath Days. The Sabbath is the 7th day and is the day God commanded His people to meet. The “Holy Days” are also considered to be “sabbath days” or days in which no servantile work is to be done. There can be up to 3 Sabbaths in a week according to God’s instructions. This verse is speaking of the “Feasts of the Lord.” The “new moon” is what the Israelites called the “Feast of Trumpets.” This is the two day feast that represents the Rapture of the church, (day 1) which is immediately 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 of what is being said here is found in verse 17. It says these “Holy Days” are a shadow of things to come, which you should be able to figure out as meaning they are a forecast or preview of the things which are going to happen.
At the chance of repeating ourselves, let’s go back to John 16 and see what Christ told us would happen when the comforter or Holy Spirit is 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 coincidence that “things to come” should show up in this verse?
—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. This is only one of the verses in the New Testament that clearly states the “Feasts of the Lord” are “appointed times.”
Christ warned Laodicea (us) when He said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.” This is a good indication of why He does not tell them to correct their errors or He would come upon them as a thief. He just told them 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. This is very conclusive proof that the Church of Laodicea is the church of today. As we showed you in the last chapter, 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.
This 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 even follow along in Sunday school because the translations vary 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 is written here could never be revealed using most if not all of these newer translations, because seemingly unimportant words like “also” and “crucified” were either left completely 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 deeper meanings to us?
—If any man hear my voice— This statement says that God is still calling, but who is out there listening? This 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 easy read versions that Satan has deceived almost the whole Christian world into using. Furthermore these versions have stripped the “meat” (deeper understanding) right out of the Bible. In fact they even replace the word “meat” with “food.” Almost two thirds of the Bible is prophecy, and yet you have people that have almost no understanding of Bible prophecy, deleting, changing and adding words. Here is an example of just one verse they have taken what was easy to understand and turned it into something that not only changes the meaning, but makes it very hard to even 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 absolutely no question that this verse which is located 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 understanding of the teachings in it. 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 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” means “Feasts or Festivals” which are the 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 that interpretation because they do not use the word meat, and in questioning several younger Christians between the ages of 18 and 24, none of them even knew what the “meat” of the Bible is! Here is what the newer translations say.
Matthew 24:45 (New Living Translation, 2nd Edition)
“A faithful, sensible servant is one to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his other household servants and feeding them. (I thought there was 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)
“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 2 questions where there was 1)
Matthew 24:45 (New International Version)
“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 has now clue about what’s happening!)
Matthew 24:45 (New American Standard Bible)
“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? You have got to be kidding? This goes against all God’s creation. If you are a slave, then Christ is your slave-master. Are there any of you when you pray, pray in the name of your slave master? Yet this is a common belief among many Christians today, and is a very common word used in the newer translations. I was not aware that God gave his creation no choice. Did not Satan and all the angels that followed him have a choice? This is what Muslims are to Satan. The common Muslim name “Abdullah” means “slave of Allah” which is the same as saying slave to Satan. 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 are forced to. 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?
Matthew 24:45 (English Standard Version)
“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 understanding is lost. Food is not the same as meat and the “proper time” is not the same as a due season.
This is just 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 if you want to sit down and find some 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 vomits the church of Laodicea out of His body?
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, which could 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 judgement” and that is exactly what is about to happen here. This is speaking of the “Rapture” on the Feast of Trumpets or what Hebrew’s call the “new moon.” We know this because of what is stated later in the 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 hear 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 are 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 His voice cries out at midnight. (Matthew 25:6) They may be awoken, but 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 find you sleeping.
—And open the door— As we mentioned previously, when the Rapture occurs it will not be as you have been taught. It will not be in the “twinkling of an eye” and you are gone. That will happen (if you are 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 then when we hear Him call we must open the door and go out and watch for the “Sign of the Son of Man” to appear in the sky. So we will have to “open the door” and go out to meet Him. I know this may sound unbelievable or simplistic to some 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 7 times in the Jordan River to be cured of leprosy.) How many miracles were done by Christ if the recipient showed no faith? Then why would you believe He will just up and perform many miracles by changing your body into a spiritual body and zipping you up to an altitude of 35,000 feet where His angels will gather you and carry you off to the uttermost parts of Heaven if there is no demonstration of your faith?
Next after opening the door and going out to meet Him, we are to look to the east for the “Sign of the Son of Man” which will be the sky starting to lighten in the east just as it does in the early dawn, except that it will be in the middle of the night.
—I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me— This is “The Wedding Supper.” It is the most glorious event that the disciple of Christ has been waiting and hoping for. The time when our sinful flesh will die and Christ will provide us our new spiritual body and He will dwell with us and we with Him forever more. That is the “sup with him, and he with me.”
It will be the greatest night and greatest event of your life should you be found worthy through the blood of Jesus Christ. It is hard to believe that all of Christendom has yet to figure out that you cannot attend a wedding that you have not been given the date of! Our God is a just God; 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 truly are His, and truly believe that you will be attending the “Wedding of the Lamb;” why would you believe He has not provided you with enough information to know where to be and what to do? If you believe He will provide you with everything you need, why would you think He has not given you the day to attend the “Marriage of the Lamb?” Why do you think He said “watch” so many times if He did not tell us exactly what to watch for?
The Church of Laodicea in their new modern translations has taken the word “watch” and made it 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 God is doing!” This 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:
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