Laodicea (Rev 3:14-22): The Church of the People’s Rights

Dr. Mike Johnston

One of the missing ingredients in the church today is discernment. While the rise of the Antichrist and the Islamic Beast are both upon us, few seem to notice with even less sounding the alarm. Oh that God might give us men with Issachar insights: 1 Chronicles 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.

America has not only turned its back on God by outlawing His Law, it is now legalizing what He has deemed abominable (Lev. 18). With the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah serving as a reminder that God will ultimately destroy unrepentant perverts (Jude 1:7), it’s difficult to understand why most of our citizens- including the church- refuse to accept what’s really underlying the downfall of the American Empire. The fact is, Scripture predicted the Scarlet Harlot atop the world system beast drunken with the blood of the saints which is emerging around us.

The Lord Jesus warned in Revelation 3:14-22: 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 spue 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.

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (3) Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, (3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, (4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; (5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2 Timothy 4:1-4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (2) Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. (3) For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; (4) And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Many Bible scholars teach that Revelation chapters two and three picture the development of the church through specific periods. Beginning with the Church at Ephesus which pictures the Apostolic church all the way through the church at Laodicea. The church of Laodicea was known as the church of the people’s rights. As a perfect representation of today’s proud, lukewarm, apostate church, it displeases the Lord immensely. Interestingly, Laodicea was ultimately destroyed by Islamic invasion.

Smith’s Bible Dictionary:  In subsequent times, it became a Christian city of eminence, the see of bishop and a meeting-place of councils. The Mohammedan invaders destroyed it, and it is now a scene of utter desolation, as was prophesied in Rev_3:14-22 and the extensive ruins near Denislu justify all that we read of Laodicea in Greek and Roman writers.

Annotated Bible- Arno Gaebelein: Laodicea means “The judging or rights of the people.” It is opposite of Nicolaitanism. The domineerers of the people still go on in Rome, but in Protestantism the people (the laity) arise and claim their rights and do the judging. This condition was also forseen by the Apostle Paul. “For the time will come when they (The laity) will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts they shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (2Ti_4:3). We see in Laodicea the final religious and apostate conditions of Protestant Christendom and the complete rejection of the professing body. “I will spew thee out of my mouth.” He Himself is seen standing outside, which shows that He is rejected. But infinite grace! He knocks and is still willing to come in and bestow the riches of His grace.

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