So, today I can bring this study on Jesus’ letters to the seven churches to a conclusion.
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Revelation 3:21 ‘To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father, on his throne. He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’
We have been looking at the letter to the church of Laodicea from a forward-looking perspective. This letter was relevant to John’s audience, and it has been relevant to every generation since. But this letter also holds out a tremendous encouragement to those facing the pressures of persecution, especially as the times of tribulation are approaching.
Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father but the road to the throne was tough indeed!
Philippians 2:8 ‘And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on the cross. Therefore God exalted him to the highest place…’
Jesus was fully prepared for his own personal tribulation and he stood firm in the presence of His heavenly Father. He withstood everything the authorities could throw at him.
The pressures of persecution are always formidible. Many will find themselves slipping away. There is an urgent need for us to build our faith on strong rock.
Matthew 7:24 ‘Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is lke a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against the house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.’
Many in the West are still living in a kind of dream, hopelesly unaware of what is coming upon us.
Dwelling in the presence of the Lord will strengthen us, it will strengthen our roots, so that we might stand against the storm that is coming.
But we also need to hold on to the promise. The storm will rage but yet the light will shine radiantly in the darkness. Our Lord will return and bring heaven to earth, as the Holy City, the new Jerusalem descends from above. A wedding awaits us!
Jesus passed through his time of tribulation, holding faithfully to his Father. And we will pass through our time of persecution, as we hold faithfully to our Lord and keep our eyes firmly fixed upon the direction home.
Hebrews 12:2 ‘Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.’
Dear friends, the hour is late, and we need to prepare our hearts, for the golden storm is fast approaching.
Thank you for reading this and all your support.
On Monday I will continue with Revelation chapter 6.
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