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The Seven Churches


(7)  Church of Laodicea ( Revelation 3:14-20) 

Roughly from 1878 to End of the Harvest

14. And unto the angel [messenger, Russell] of the church of the Laodiceans [the period in which justice is sought by "just people," Diaglott, Appendix] write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation [possibly here referring primarily to the New Creation] of God;

15. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot [do not cease professing Christianity nor willing to fulfill the Christian profession]: I would that thou wert cold or hot [would do one or the other].

16. So then because thou art lukewarm [in between], and neither cold [non-Christian] nor hot [true Christian], I will spue thee out of my mouth [refrain such from being my mouthpiece].

17. Because thou sayest, I am rich [in numbers], and increased with goods [possessions of truth and spirituality], and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched [cannot see the plan and purpose of God], and miserable [pitiable], and poor [toward God], and blind [without spiritual vision] and naked [in the sense of not possessing the justification furnished by the "robe of Christ’s righteousness"]:

18. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire [the divine riches, at the cost of self-sacrifice and trial], that thou mayest be [actually] rich [in spiritual riches]; and white raiment [clothing of justification], that thou mayest be clothed [thy shame covered], and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve [receive eyes of understanding by the holy Spirit’s enlightenment], that thou mayest see [have understanding and discernment].

19. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

20. Behold, I stand at the door [am present], and knock [announcing it]: if any man hear my voice [declaration], and open the door [to receive me], I will come in to him, and will sup [share the harvest message] with him, and he with me.

21. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne [have authority with me in my rulership], even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne [sharing rulership with my Father].

22. He that hath an hear [a receptive and understanding mind], let him hear what the Spirit [of promise] saith unto the churches [all seven periods of the churches].

 

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