Revelation Chapter 3 Overview
This is rather a short and mainly direct chapter. I didn’t hit every single verse as much of this chapter is, hopefully, easily understandable. So far we still see Jesus communicating directly to “the assemblies.” At no point is there a future transition to assume that the message wasn’t directed to the assemblies of Asia Minor and the other assemblies of that time. I believe Jesus communicated in this way to ensure the message was received in the appropriate context by those who were living out the signs Jesus spoke of directly as applicable to their age.
[symple_highlight color=”blue”]God speaks to us in a language we can understand. The people of Sardis were familiar with the invasion of Cyrus the Great and Antiochus the Great. Jesus said, if you do not guard all your defenses at all times, I will come at an hour you do not expect. Jesus is saying, do not slack off.[/symple_highlight]
The Laodicean church thought it was warm , rich , respected and enterprising , but Jesus found warm , poor, blind and naked . This church was totally lost . He had missed the right path. His story appears in the book of Revelation chapter 3 verses 14 to 22. Through a strong message , Jesus Christ reveals the sad spiritual condition of the church .
The Rapture will take place in Revelation 4: 1 after Revelation chapter 3 has been fulfilled. The crowns of rewards are given out to the New Testament saints between Revelation 4: 1 and 4: 4 at the Judgment Seat of Christ. They are wearing the crowns that they have just received (Rev. 4: 4). (Note: The Old Testament saints will be judged and given rewards in Revelation 11: 18.).
‘Taking the Evening Meal‘ Jesus goes on to say: “Look! I am standing at the door and knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into his house and take the evening meal with him and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20) If the Laodicean Christians will only welcome Jesus into their congregation, he will help them to overcome their lukewarmness!–Matthew 18:20.
However, notice that the LORD Jesus Christ is standing outside of the church at Laodicea– knocking for permission to enter. Though God does give “repentance to the acknowledging of theTruth” (2Timothy 2:25), He only receives that repentancefrom a voluntary submission from the sinner. “Comenow, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet,they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be aswool” (Isaiah 1:18).
Jesus deals firmly with the Laodicean church. He is jarring the church in order to get their attention. His strong statements in the previous verses were not words of constant condemnation, but a loving rebuke. Jesus sheds light on their true heart conditions. Even though the church as a whole was unacceptable, Jesus still holds out His hand. He loves those who would follow Him, and tells them what they need to do in order to regain His favor. This illustrates that a Christian who has stumbled need never feel hopeless.
This church was in dire need of the ministry of the Holy Spirit! Jesus tells them ‘ I know thy works, that thou has a name that thou livest, and art dead.’ The problem with this church was not their lack of belief, but their spiritual death. He was basically saying “I know you have a reputation for being an ‘alive’ church, but you are dead”. Jesus had no words of commendation for the church in Sardis. They looked good on the outside, but were corrupt on the inside.
The church in Philadelphia knew exactly who this was addressing them in a letter. They had patterned their life after Jesus Christ, and were strong in the Word of God and their faith, and understood the power of prayer. This church would be difficult to deceive.
God speaks to us in a language we can understand. The people of Sardis were familiar with the invasion of Cyrus the Great and Antiochus the Great. Jesus said, if you do not guard all your defenses at all times, I will come at an hour you do not expect. Jesus is saying, do not slack off.
image courtesy: The Laodicean church – Ancient Pages
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We are now living in the absolute End Times as per biblical prophecy.
Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of Kings. 2nd Coming and return is IMMENENT!.
Please do not waist another a minute.
No matter what religion you serve, there is only one God.
If, you want to be assured that you will not have to endure the perilous times that will befall you.
Irrespective, of what sins you may have committed at any time of your life. If you humble yourself and ask for God’s forgiveness. He will forgive you and wash them all away and welcome you as his beloved son or daughter with open arms.
If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ to come into your life yet?
I implore you to do this without delay.
Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.