The New Testament “Christian” church of Laodicea said, “… ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’” (Rev. 3:17) They thought that, because they had employment, money, and material blessings, and health, and families and babies, etc. that they were right in the sight of God… and that THEY were the ones who could “see” how things really were!!!
But, God saw otherwise!!! They were “lukewarm” and very comfortable with the status quo…
And He (JESUS CHRIST) WARNED them,…
“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spew you out of My mouth!
You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
So I advise you to buy gold from Me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from Me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.” Revelation 3:15-19
The church of Laodicea (like MANY churches, today), NO DOUBT, WHATSOEVER, thought that “God’s people” didn’t have to REPENT!!! “Oh, no!!! We’re, ‘covered by the blood’ of Jesus… we are ‘under His grace’ and God’s wants us to ‘live life to the fullest’ and THAT’S just what we’re going to do!!!”
HOW do I know this, for a certain, they thought THAT, you ask???
They were WIPED OUT… THAT’S HOW!!!
Laodicea WAS a city southeast of Philadelphia in the Lycus River valley, in Asia… It WAS located in what is now known as Turkey!!!
And, somewhere around 60 AD & 64 AD… the church of Laodicea (along with, Laodicea) was DESTROYED!!!
Laodicea, as well as Colossae and the city of Hierapolis were DESTROYED by an earthquake!!! And the three churches in these cities were never rebuilt!!!
God done EXACTLY what He PROMISED He would do, IF they didn’t REPENT… and He “spewed them from” His mouth.
And, if God says that the things happened to the Old Testament people as WARNINGS to us who live at the end of the age, SURELY, the things that happen to God’s people in (and after) the New Testament should be a WARNING to us!!!
But, today, MANY Christians IGNORANTLY think (JUST LIKE THE CHURCH OF LAODICEA THOUGHT) that God is not going to judge the church… but God said, “… the time is come that judgment must BEGIN AT the house of God“!!!
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and REPENT.” Revelation 3:19 (KJV)
Thus saith the Lord!!!