The Angel Of The Laodiceans

Continuing on to the last of the seven letters

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Rev ch3v14-22
Rev 3:14 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;
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17 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:
Rev 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; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev 3:20 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.
Rev 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.
Rev 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (KJV)

This letter is actually the easiest one of the seven to understand. We are all to be convicted that we are not perfect.

Jesus introduces himself as the one for whom all things are made, the one with whom God's covenant is Himself made (from God's side) and that it is "His way or the highway". Only Jesus is faithful and true in the sense that the angel himself, has next to no knowledge of the gospel, it may safely be assumed.

The angel is lukewarm, unpalatable, easy to judge as unworthy, simpler to expel, full of himself with his "own doctrine" found only of the Laodicean amalgam. These "goods" of his doctrine are nothing before Christ but a heavy burden for a pack animal. In knowing no better, following the crowd, the angel of the Laodiceans is without honour, without salvation, without strength in doctrine, having no discernment or righteousness as of Christ, and no reward waiting for him as yet.

This couldn't seem more unlike the other letters at all! It is way too extreme a reversal of grace, until it is realised that this "angel" is the only product that the scarlet beast system can produce. Christ's angel instead, is made of "better stuff". This angel of the collective is advised to likewise be convicted by the circuit of Christ's same angel and buy for himself of Christ all that which would enable him to also find approval. (verse 3:18.) (Not to buy doctrine from the Church amalgam as a "foolish virgin".)

Those blind to the doctrinal engine of the church that merely leavens doctrine without refreshing it are advised to likewise follow the angel of Philadelphia out to find approval. (He alone is in good standing in this sense.) (verse 3:19) The exit to God's approval is an open invitation to all those that hear His voice. (verse 3:20)

To tread the winepress, the angel is rewarded as in overcoming - by the circuit of the least, the angel in Philadelphia is now as the zero element, and this letter merely states that the zero is to be poured out on the exeunt rather than the seven vials of the winepress trod out. The right to sit enthroned is given the least, and all those that repent likewise overcome and escape said wrath. His overcoming justifies every other that accomplishes the same. (And condemns those that will not do so.) I expect that the angel is given judgement out of his own action, as he should be able to choose who his work condemns, to retain their sins or loose them with regards to his own work (or not).

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