Phase 7–Church that is Wealthy but Wretched

Revelation 3:14-21

This is the seventh of seven churches. At this point the Gospel of Christ has been left, the faithful are being slandered and persecuted, the church is corrupted, they are teaching their members to live by the “secret knowledge,” they are lively but dead to God, the faithful has little strength left, and now they are wealthy and completely wretched.

This message is from the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. Wealth isn’t the same thing as being the one in charge. Jesus Christ, the faithful and true witness will put an end to the prosperity of a wretched world. He is the ruler over God’s creation.

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, 
the ruler of God’s creation.”
Revelation 3:4

Indifference of the Wealthy
Indifference is the same as being lukewarm which is neither cold nor hot. The present church has a complete lack of interest, concern, or sympathy towards the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God has no place for them in His heart. They have made their decision to live by the inner presence of the mark of the beast which establishes itself as God. In exchange, they acquire wealth and think they have it all with their community connections and the influence that comes with their prosperity. Really, they are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.

They are naked because, through the eyes of God, it is easy for those who live for Jesus Christ to see exactly what they are doing. They are tossing aside Jesus Christ, ignoring the Holy Spirit, and accepting the mark of the beast as God. They are blind because they do not see that they are this seventh church, and they do not understand the scriptures. They are poor because they do not have the Holy Spirit but instead, they have emotions that make them feel lively, righteous, and moral. They are pitiful because they are trusting in their wealth and flatteries from the public instead of seeking lost souls to bring to the Cross of Christ. They are wretched for knowingly drawing masses to the inner presence of the mark of the beast.

“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

Call for Earnest Repentance
The same way that the wealthy acquires their wealth is how they need to come back to the Gospel roots. They rejected the Gospel of Christ and made the mark of the beast their god, now they need to reject the ungodly source of their wealth and come back to God. That would require giving up their wealth and influence to include themselves with the faithful few who are slandered, persecuted, and have little strength. It would throw them out of favor with city government and throw them into the fiery trials of community disapproval. God’s discipline would bring their Salvation, open their eyes, and clothe them. Jesus Christ stands at the door ready and willing to enter into the heart of those who open themselves to Him.

I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich;
and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; 
and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
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 3:18-20

Faithful Will Sit on the Throne with Christ

“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 3:21-22

Phase One…..Gospel of Jesus Christ is Abandoned
Phase Two….Those Faithful to Christ are Slandered and Persecuted
Phase Three…Corruption sets In
Phase Four…..Learning to Live By the “Deep Secrets”
Phase Five…..Lively but Dead to Jesus Christ

Phase Six……Those Faithful to Jesus Christ have Little Strength
Phase 7………Wealthy but Wretched

I found this laying on the ground near to my front door on July 30th. This church is just one of the several lively and wealthy churches in the city. There is another church that is known for its fireworks extravaganza in August, and another one that is known for its “Trunk or Treat” extravaganza in October. The music is fun, lively, good-feel music but no real Gospel roots. It almost recreates the environment of a county fair. Every church in this city is on the same sheet of music, and the chords are composed by the inner presence of the mark of the beast. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a part of what they do.

“….to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets,
‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’”
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.”
Revelation 2:24-25
, 3:11

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