After the 4 Churches in Revelation 2, there are 3 more in this chapter, the lively but dead church, the faithful but few church, and the wealthy and lukewarm church.
Lively But Dead
The majority of the Churches in this city where I live are like this. They are bustling with community activity and are considered to be very lively. Youth and young people are a big part of their congregation. These are the churches that have thousands showing up to their “Trunk or Treat” events. One Church even has their very own fireworks event, but not on the 4th of July, and many hundreds show up for the festival. There is a small Church just a couple blocks from me, their parking lot might accommodate 75 cars. They have a smaller version of the liveliness that the larger attractions have with family movies, a large bounce house, etc. What they don’t have is Jesus. They are dead to the Gospel message.
“I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.” Revelation 3:1-3
Even within those churches are some who really want the Spirit of Jesus to be alive and well, they want human aspects to be immersed in the Holy Spirit. “Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:4-6
Faithful but Few
Those of us who are followers of Jesus have little strength and are few in numbers. We can be found in the lively churches, in the churches with a dual personality, in the churches who rely on “secret knowledge”, in the persecuted faithful churches, in secular churches, and in the wealthy but lukewarm churches. Some of us who feel completely unwelcomed in those churches serve Jesus within our heart and mind wherever we may be. Jesus promises that there will always be an open door for us that no one can shut. That is because we keep His Word and we do not deny His name. He will keep us from the major distresses that are coming to the WHOLE world. In the time of Christ’s return, the human robots of Satan’s “synagogue” will fall at our feet and make the acknowledgment that Jesus has loved us.
“I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.” Revelation 3:8-10
“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:11-13
Wealthy and Lukewarm
Wealth can turn a fervent Christian into a lukewarm one very quickly. In these days of the mark of the beast, the human robots, the extent of our financial welfare corresponds to how we respond to the mark. Those who abandons the Message of the Cross will have more worldly wealth than those who put Christ at the center of life. Financial success revolves around enhancing human robotics and dismissing natural human traits.
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” Revelation 3:15-17
Rebuke and discipline are to make us closer to Christ and to allow our humanness to be immersed in His Spirit. For a wealthy person that means a loss of wealth. The system of the robots does not recognize the “weakness” of our humanness and tramples on the compassion of Christ. Christ still offers repentance and is knocking on our heart’s door, “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.” Revelation 3:19-20
“To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:21