The CHURCH – Part 7 (Continuation from Part 6) (Open Letter pages 71-78).
Lord, I want to go into Your last correspondence with Your Church (Rev. chapters 2 and 3) and quote from it this word: “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment and I shall not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before His angels” (Rev.3:5). Now, this word is found in Your letter to the church in Sardis. The most typical feature of this church is that it came out from dark Thyatira by obtaining Light from You.
Thyatira is the church that began to grow in Rome and then branched off to Constantinople and Moscow, and represents the “Dark Age” of Church history. Then, You sent Your Light through Martin Luther and others after him and whoever received that Light was separated from Thyatira and began to form Sardis – Protestantism in its childhood and young age. And later on, in addition to Your Light, You sent Life from heaven – showers of the latter rain that it may produce the fruit of the earth for which You have been so patiently waiting (Jas.5:7; Lk.13:6-9). And whoever had received Your rain, was separated from Sardis, from Thyatira and everybody else and began to form Philadelphia, the core of Your Bride.
This church alone has already received the crown of life (Rev.3:11), that is, the entry into the Kingdom of heaven and the right to rule with You there. (The “crown” also means “rulership”.)
And then, You did nothing more. Why? There is nothing more to come from heaven before the harvest but the latter rain. Philadelphia is the LAST station. And yet, even from Philadelphia, a new branch began to grow out – Laodicea. Who are they, Lord? Well, whoever received the latter rain, and instead of producing the fruits of the Spirit, became puffed up, then proud, self-righteous, hypocritical, then arrogant, then refusing to repent … was separated from Philadelphia and fell into Laodicea.
Laodicea – is the hypocritical, self-righteous, diplomatic, proud, arrogant and impenitent outgrowth of Philadelphia! That is also why You addressed Your letter to the angel – messenger – of the church OF THE Laodiceans, and not IN Laodicea (Rev.3:14).
Furthermore, these Christians, again, became blind and naked! (Rev.3:17). That is to say, they lost the light and the robe of righteousness of Philadelphia … and with it they lost also the crown of Philadelphia. No wonder, Lord, that You are standing at the door of Laodicea from OUTSIDE and knocking! (Rev.3:20). And truthfully so, for You cannot be inside the heart and sup and fellowship with the proud and arrogant and, at the same time, resist them! For it is written that “God resists the proud” (1Pet.5:5).
What shall I say now, Lord? Can I conclude in a simple but truthful way? Please, help me do so, Lord. Thank You.
Both Sardis and Laodicea are commanded to repent! This means that we, sons and daughters of the Most High God, are quite ABLE to misuse, abuse or neglect both Your Light (Sardis) and Your rain – gifts and blessings of Your Spirit to us (Laodicea). This further means that both Your Light and Your rain, gifts and blessings, possess an inherent “danger” to bring forth from us our TRUE state, our TRUE nature, our TRUE conditions – even to precipitate this process.
Let all “Protestant” brothers and sisters notice that out of all Protestants of Sardis, only a few have retained the Light granted to them and kept their garment, righteousness, undefiled! They alone shall walk with You – in Your and their Kingdom – for they ARE WORTHY!! (Rev.3:4). The rest shall be in outer darkness for one thousand years. They shall be resurrected at the last resurrection and shall appear at the Great White Throne Judgement.
All of them that shall overcome (repent and do all they should have done before the Millennial Kingdom) shall also obtain the white robe of righteousness and thus the entry into New Jerusalem. All of those who will KEEP REFUSING TO REPENT, who will KEEP RESISTING Your Light, shall have built an armour around the roots of their sinfulness – pride, jealousy, self-righteousness, arrogance, hypocrisy – the roots which the Light would have EXPOSED and thus prepared for destruction.
These are the ones walking in the footsteps of Judas Iscariot – sons and daughters of perdition! Their names shall be blotted out of the Book of Life. Since they willfully retained and loved their darkness and the roots of evil and sinfulness within themselves, and since at the Last Judgement ALL Sin and Evil must be judged, condemned and destroyed – they MUST be judged, condemned and destroyed with it!!!
I repeat that it is strictly decreed in Your Word that into Your New Creation, into New Jerusalem, New Earth and New Heaven, “…there shall in no wise enter anything that defiles, neither anything that works abomination or makes a lie, but only they that are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life“! (Rev.21:27).
How about Laodicea? Can anyone from this church be blotted out of the Book of Life? Let me say … let me CRY … let me ROAR like a lion into the ears of all my deaf brothers and sisters: EVERY CHRISTIAN FROM EVERY CHURCH MUST OVERCOME and thus obtain the robe of righteousness at one time or another!!!
Either one does it before Your second Judgement arrives, that is, before the Millenial Kingdom arrives, OR before the Last Judgement arrives! Every one else shall be blotted out! Is it not so, Lord?
Well, it is certainly not so in the minds of countless Christians, even sincere and devoted ones, for they say that after we die our state is “fixed”, we can do nothing more nor can we “undo” anything. Some even believe that after our death – we sleep. But if this is so, why had You preached the Gospel to the dead??? (1Pet.3:18,19 and 4:6). Can these brethren truly tell me why? Would the Son of God speak to someone who is sleeping? Would He bring any “Good News” to someone who could not possibly benefit from it? Let all those who truly love Your Truth and Your Ways pause and meditate on these things; and let them read on.
Your Spirit is not speaking to Sardis only – when it comes to the “overcoming” paragraph in each of the seven letters, it is preceded or concluded by these words: “…what the Spirit saith unto the churches”. ChurchES, not one church – ALL seven churches! Otherwise, Your Word in Matthew 22:11-14 would be meaningless. Equally meaningless would be Your warnings in Hebrews 6:4-6, in John 15:2 and 15:6, in Luke 17:32, in Mark 10:15! Also meaningless would be Your Word in 1Peter 4:12, in all Your parables about the Kingdom of heaven and in many other passages of the Scripture.
Greatly beloved Lord Christ Jesus, I come to You at this very moment on my knees and thank You for all things. For all things have been created by You, arranged by You and all things obey You. The Church, which is Your Body, even Your fulness, has been created by You and for You and it shall also obey You in all things even though it has NOT obeyed You so far. All that You have purposed in Your heart and mind shall come to pass. Every Word that had come, is coming or will yet come from Your mouth, whether written or spoken, shall come to pass.
You had said: “Many are called but few are chosen” (Mt.22:14). Many are called to the Kingdom of heaven, in fact, all Christians are called to the Kingdom of heaven – but few are chosen to enter in and rule (Mt.22:1-10). You have confirmed this again when You described Your Bride. Only the bride carries the name of the bridegroom as described in Revelation 3:12.
And this Bride of Yours has “a little strength”, which means “few in number” (Rev.3:8). And, indeed, we have very little strength. Nevertheless, You shall even deliver us from the hour of temptation, from the Tribulation, that is coming upon all the world (Rev.3:10). Because You shall have destroyed our pride, jealousy, fears, unbelief, self-righteousness, arrogance, hypocrisy and all haughtiness and evil within us – through Your chastisement and Grace. But the Day of the Lord, the Great Tribulation, shall be upon EVERY ONE, pagan, Israelite or Christian, that remains proud and lofty … and upon every one, pagan, Israelite or Christian that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low! (Is.2:12).
And Zion shall be redeemed with judgement and her converts with righteousness (Is.1:27). Yes, even Zion, the Holy Mount of God, the Seat of God, the New Jerusalem, shall be fully redeemed with the triple Judgement – all three Judgement Seats.
Thank You, Lord, for Your Love and Grace on the one hand and for Your Righteousness and Judgements on the other! Thank You for leading us, even encouraging us, to JUDGE OURSELVES NOW and thus avoid the future Judgements.
Thank You for Your second Judgement Seat where the absolute necessity to judge all evil, all unrighteousness, all unholiness outside and inside us, shall be shown with a horrible clarity; even the price to be paid for this Judgement. Yet, what an additional Grace to give another one thousand years to Your disobedient children to understand, believe and fulfill the demands of Your second Judgement Seat!
I repeat here that for the same cause, You preached Your Gospel to them that were dead before Calvary that also “…they might be judged as men in flesh are judged and live according to God (and His Will) in the spirit”!! (1Pet.4:6).
Will Your Grace ever cease, Lord? It shall never cease, but Your Justice shall be fully dispensed and completed at the Last Judgement.
I am still on my knees, Lord, and pray that we may not only be born into Your Family and grow in Your Grace, but that we may be delivered from ALL Evil, outside AND inside us and thus be transformed into Your Holy Image! That we may thus receive You and be received by You at Your coming … and rule with You in Our Kingdom of heaven. First, for one thousand years, and then, for ever and ever. Amen.