“Sardius” or sardonyx refers to a brilliant red stone. It represents a bloody time in church history, the Reformation and the following Inquisition.
It was the first step out of the adulterous Church and back to Scripture only. However, they left some wrong teachings and needed to correct them, e.g. replacement theology, claiming that the Church had replaced Israel.
Revelation 3:1: “He that hath the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars.” The number seven is used repeatedly to demonstrate completeness and fullness. Jesus has the fullness of the Holy Spirit in Him and to give to the Church. Isaiah wrote about it.
Isaiah 11:1-2 “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:
And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD.”
“I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.” This Church had a good reputation, but Jesus saw them as dead. They were inoffensive; they gave up the fight and lost the struggle.
Revelation 3:2: “Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die.” There is a little bit of life and truth left, but it is about to die, too. “I have not found thy works perfect before God.” Though they were to be a lamp stand to give light to the world, their light was about to go out.
Revelation 3:3: “Remember therefore how thou hast received and hear, and hold fast, and repent.” Remember what you were told by the prophets, and return to the prophetic truth. Repent, that is, change your mind. “I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.” This Church is unaware of prophecy and not watching for His second coming.
Paul too wrote about this, in his letter to the Church, speaking about those unaware of the second coming of Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 “But of the times and the seasons, ye have no need that I write unto you.” Your prophets has already told you about the signs. Ye are not in darkness, that that day would overtake you as a thief… let us watch and be sober.”
Revelation 3:4: “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.” A few remained faithful believers, not letting go of God’s purpose and plans, and they will be rewarded for it.
Revelation 3:5: “And I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Jesus assured the overcomers of their heavenly citizenship.
Revelation 3:6: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Listen up, and don’t ignore it.
Philadelphia means “city of brotherly love.”
Church history was a time of spreading the Gospel to every tongue, tribe, and nation. Philadelphia is the Church that Jesus loves, and He had no admonishing for them.
Revelation 3:7: “He that is holy, he that is true.” Holy and true describe the very being of Jesus. The Greek word “alethinos” means He is genuine and not fake. And He is holy confirms that Jesus is Yahweh because He alone is holy.
“He that hath the key of David.” When we hear David, we understand the kingdom on Earth. The fulfilment of the covenant that God made with King David.
“He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth.” God will open and close doors to fulfil His covenant with David. God will open and close doors to fulfil His covenant with David.
Revelation 3:8: “I have set before thee an open door.” Philadelphia was built deliberately as a missionary city to spread the Greek language and culture, including the Gospel. “Thou has a little strength, and has kept my word, and hast not denied my name.” Little strength does not imply weakness, but little in themselves and true strength in the Lord.
Revelation 3:9: “Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan.” The synagogue of Satan refers to a group of unbelieving Jews who persecuted Christians here.
“Which say they are Jews and are not, but do lie.” By rejecting the Jewish Messiah, Jesus, they renounced their status as “true” Jews. Thus, they are liars.
“I will make them to come and worship before thy feet and to know that I have loved thee.” God promised that the Church would one day be vindicated.
Revelation 3:10: “Thou hast kept the word of my patience. I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation.” Their faithful endurance would serve as a blessing. Jesus will take them to be with Him before the coming Tribulation when God will pour His wrath on Earth. See more The Rapture.
“Which shall come upon all the world.” The Tribulation happens not only in some countries but throughout the world simultaneously. “To try them that dwell upon the earth.” The word them refers to earth dwellers, unbelievers, and not saved.
Revelation 3:11: “Behold I come quickly: hold fast which thou hast.” The quickly refers to Jesus’ sudden and unexpected coming rather than in an immediate sense.
“That no man take thy crown.” The crown is not about your salvation. It is the reward for living according to God’s truth. No one can steal it from you, but you can give it away.
Revelation 3:12: “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my god: and I will write upon him my new name.” At the end of Revelation, there is much talk about pillars in his sanctuary in the new heaven and Earth. There is a special place of permanence and stability for the overcomer.
Revelation 3:13: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” An appeal to all who will hear.
END TIME CHURCH
Laodicea means “rule of the people.” It was a prosperous city of commercial success. It had no water supply of its own but received from nearby towns. Therefore, it seeks never to offend anyone and to keep the peace at all costs.
Revelation 3:14: “And unto the angel of the church of the Lodiceans write; These things saith the Amen.” Jesus is the “it is done.” All the promises of God in Him are “Yes” and “Amen.” See 2 Corinthians 1:20.
“The faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God.” The Greek word “archer” is used for beginning; it refers to a source or origin, not sequential order. It does not mean that Jesus was the first being created, but that He is the source and origin of all creation.
There was never a time that Jesus Christ did not exist. He is eternal.
Revelation 3:15: “Thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.” The water they drank every day was lukewarm, not hot or cold. Likewise, they become indifferent and compromised in playing safe in the middle.
Revelation 3:16: “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.” This attitude of this Church made Jesus sick. They were seeking peace to the point of compromising their faith.
Revelation 3:17: “Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knows not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” They had plenty of wealth and material possessions and thought God it was because God pleased them. But Jesus saw them as poor in spirit to the point of being shameful.
Revelation 3:18: “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.“ Jesus advised them to acquire spiritual clothes that wouldn’t burn up in a fire. And, the blood of Jesus Christ, to cover your shame.
“Anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.” Please open your eyes and see it for what it is.
Revelation 3:19: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” A loving father chastens his children. The Greek word for love is “phileo,” which signifies an intense personal affection.
Revelation 3:20: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.” The knocking at the door is an invitation. Jesus doesn’t just knock and leave; He stands there waiting.
“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.” To dine with Him is even deeper fellowship and intimacy.
Revelation 3:21: “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.” A promise to the overcomer a place with the enthroned Jesus.
Revelation 3:22: “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” An appeal to all who will hear.
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