Church at Laodicea
The message Jesus sent to the church at Laodicea: Revelation 3:14-22
Jesus addresses the angel of the church 3:14
Jesus gives a self-description of Himself 3:14
I know thy works: Revelation 3:15
The lukewarm church
Church was rich financially, however, poor spiritually
The church had no spiritual discernment
He that overcometh
He that hath an ear
Jesus Words concerning the Church then and today
If Christians today are not considering the words of our Lord’s message to the seventh church along with the warning of Christ counsel that we are leaving His words outside of His Church. Therefore, if we the church keep the words of the Lord on the outside then we are fulfilling the meaning of the name of Laodicea of “human rights” or “the people rights.”
This list below describes the message of the Lord’s words in Revelation 3:14-22.
The last church would be neither cold or hot, however, lukewarm
The last church would proclaim they are rich
The last church would say they have increased with goods
The Last church would say that they have need for nothing
The last church would be wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked
The last church would not know they are wretched
The last church would not know they are miserable
The last church would not know they are poor
The last church would not know they are blind
The last church would be asleep
The last church would be an age of false prophets
The last church would abound with deception and false teaching
The last church would not teach the sound doctrine
The last church would teach only what people want to hear
The last church would be a church that will turn away from the truth
The last church would teach stories that are not scriptural or biblical
The last church will have many preachers who would not be following God
The last church many will not be teaching the warnings of Christ and His return to resurrect His people
The church of the last days God’s ways and God’s will would be corrupted throughout the earth
The church of the last days will bring forth teachings of the seducing spirits of evil doctrines of Satan
A Basic foundation
It would be well to note that this is the seventh church and everything God does is in the cycle of seven. It would be in order that our Lord brings a prophetic foreview of Israel, the church, and the last days in the coming events of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. For I believe that the church of Laodicea represents the modern day church of the twentieth-century in Christianity. In this foundation it is well to note that the church in Laodicea under the Roman Empire became wealthy and had a profitable business arising from the black wool for cloth.
The city of Laodicea is an ancient city of western Asia Minor which today is known as western Turkey. The city is located about fifty miles southeast of Philadelphia, in the Lycus River valley near Colossae and Hierapolis Colossians 4:13-16.The city of Laodicea is known for its wealth it is illustrated by this fact that it was rebuilt without the financial help of the Roman Empire after the disastrous earthquake of 60 AD. To most Christian readers the Laodicea in Revelation is known as the church that Jesus criticized as being lukewarm Revelation 3:15. Note: That the message or letter to the church at Laodicea contains many conditions with these early Christians.
This is the seventh church and the Lord states that their spiritual condition makes Him sick that He could vomit them out of His mouth. I am not saying that everyone in this church made the Lord sick, however, it is the way the Lord addresses this church of their lukewarm condition and that they have no place in the Body of Christ unless they repent. In this introduction of a lukewarm church we have many churches throughout the world or the nations that have the traits of Laodicean church. I can only relate this sobering thought of what is happing within the churches today to rightfully discern what we see happing across the world today that messages are so water down and sugar coated that states a lukewarm message that has no self-esteem of God’s word for daily living.
I begin in this manner to relate that this final message is an important key element relating back to the gospel of Matthew 24:21-22 where our Lord makes it clear that there will be great tribulation such as never before, and the prophet Daniel makes the same statement in Daniel 12:1. Then in Revelation 6:8 we find that this rider will kill a fourth part of the earth along with famine, and pestilence. Now from this day and time of the church at Laodicea to where I believe it is safe in saying the days are growing very short. So the letter or message to this church age shows a very rapid change happen here in the modern church today and if we do not see it as of yet the time is coming when the Lord will make it known. The Lord gave each angel a message dictated by the Lord to be minister unto the church then and today.
The Lukewarm church or the Self-satisfied Church
We have come to the last of the seven churches and it has taken us a while to arrive at this point in the seven messages that Christ sent, to which the apostle John writes Jesus message to the church in Laodicea. Before, we continue let me give you three issues or terms we should deal with in this church the first is “practically” these are the real message of Jesus dealing with the real problems. We will try to particularly focus of what is wrong with the church at Laodicea, and what is going to happen to them. It was also a church age of referring to the spiritual condition of the church that made the Lord sick.
The second is “Prophetic” the words of this message portrays, the church of the last days beginning then through the various stages of the church history. Finally “personally” this message should speak to every Christian within the church who reads the words of this message for it contains words for every congregation and every individual Christian. This church receives the most severe condemnation as is made known as the sick church. A church that makes Christ sick enough to state, that He will spue them out of His mouth. Therefore, I believe that it is a church that must be made known because of its spiritual condition that would make Christ sick.
When Jesus introduces Himself as, “He that is Holy, he that is true” I personally cannot find words humanly to describe the True and Holy One. Yes, every Christian knows that Jesus is faithful, just, and trustworthy and that we can count on that. However, this, message Jesus sent to my understanding may well be the prophecy concerning the church in the end times. There are many within the churches that see it this way. Notice how Jesus addresses this church and states something to this effect that they are a prideful thinking church and because they are rich and feel, they have need for nothing. However, with this church as well as others there are a few faithful that still believes God is still in control and His Son is their salvation. Nevertheless, there is much to be learned from this last message of Jesus.
In this introduction of Jesus is especially important in regards to believers and unbelievers, which represents the contrast of people today. Jesus also presents Himself as being the true and faithful witness from the beginning of creation. We could say that He presents Himself as ruler king of kings, and Lord of Lords. If the Christians in Laodicea were hot then their zeal would show Jesus and the Father by their zealous works. If Laodicea were cold then the Holy Spirit would help convict them of their sin and bring them back to salvation. However, lukewarm now that is another thing. Let us consider this concept: They think they are Christians, and they talk the talk in Christian words. In addition, they do works that looks like Christian works; they even show signs and wonders.
Therefore, because they consider themselves to be Christians they may even look like they are spiritually rich, however, they no longer respond to the power of conviction and teaching of the Holy Spirit. Moreover, they have nothing left for Jesus to judge; therefore, Jesus’ message is a last warning for the lukewarm church.
The church name of Laodicea means:
“people’s rights” or “the rights of the people” or “people’s opinions” “self-conceit” or “self-deceit” or “people ruling”
These meanings come from other interpreters of the Holy Scriptures. Therefore one might also interpreted this church name as the “church run by people”, rather than God. The church with a lukewarm faith or the lukewarm self-satisfied church, worldly church: Let it be known these meanings above, I believe to show a clear reference not only to the church of Laodicea, also shows why there are so many different denominations in the world today.
Jesus Self-description of Himself
Laodicea: Saith the amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God
The message to Laodicea
Here is the final church and one that has a lot of misconception about itself for it thinks highly of itself. However, it is well to consider this fact that the Lord Jesus Christ declares unto them that it is in sad condition and one of its conditions is that it is not giving a clear testimony of the one who was from the beginning. In these texts of the message sent to the angel of Laodicea there are three important issues we need to address the first “the true and faithful witness” and the second is “counsel” and the third is the “things saith the Amen”.
General reference to Revelation 3:14: Isaiah 65:16; 2 Corinthians 1:20; 5:17; Colossians 1:15-18; 4:13-16; Revelation 1:5; 3:7; 19:11
Revelation 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; KJV
Revelation 3:14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: NASB
Revelation 3:14 “To the angel of the Messianic Community in Laodicea, write: Here is the message from the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the Ruler of God’s creation: CJB
Revelation 3:14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: NKJV
Revelation 3:14 “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. NIV
The words of the Amen
Jesus is the “Amen” and He is “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords” and He is the “Alpha and Omega” it is therefore, quite clear in these titles the Lord Jesus Christ alone has the absolute authority to speak words with accuracy. Let us consider this thought that we Christians speak because we believe, however, Jesus speaks because He knows. Let me add when we are speaking our testimony concerning the spiritual state or condition of the church, I believe that there is more needed than just a commonplace for we are speaking about the one who understands perfectly our spiritual state and our eternal interest.
Is there a more faithful and true witness than Jesus Christ? According, to the Holy Scriptures Jesus “the same yesterday and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus was sent by His Father with a message of the kingdom of God (Mark 1:14). I must also state that God’s message does not change and has not changed since Christ came. Neither has Jesus message changed, however, men have tried to change it, just as they have the Old and New Testaments in our day and time.
The apostle took Christ message to Asia Minor first in his missionary journeys and then Jesus gave His message to the apostle John to write unto the seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3. As servants of the Lord we are to proclaim His message of warning and love to the churches today.
Jesus reveals in His opening words to the Church in Laodicea that He is the true and faithful witness. Another interesting thing you will find that this is the only place in the Bible where Amen is used as a proper name. Another interesting point to bring out this church Jesus has no commendation but much to say about their lukewarm atmosphere within the church. In addition, we must take into consideration in this verse of scripture Jesus is emphasizing His authority from the beginning. Christ as the true and faithful witness did only what His Father commanded no matter what the consequences. Therefore, this shows a sharp contrast between Jesus and this church for the witness of Christ’s was faithfulness even to death on the cross.
To begin with we must address the problems within the church of Laodiceans, where they only witness their own self-righteousness in their spiritual works. Furthermore, this church was spiritually arrogant in its self-satisfaction. Finally, it must have come as quite a shock when this church receive Jesus message saying that they were spiritually lukewarm. Therefore, we must consider their works in their way, and that Jesus did not have anything good to say about their works.
Before I get further into this study of the church in Laodicea, it might be good to say this it is doubtful if anyone of us wants to compare ourselves with the church of Laodiceans because of all that Christ says about them.
My reason for stating this for someone may ask the question: What could possibly inspire any individual or group of people to make their boast that they are connected or affiliated with the church of Laodiceans? Furthermore, one could say that Jesus was saying to this church that they were spiritually sick and their sickness was their self-pride, self-deception, and self-righteousness is what plagues the church with sickness. My logic and reasoning is in this question: How do we identify ourselves today with the church of Laodiceans and the message Jesus sent?
General reference to Revelation 3:15: Revelation 3:1
Revelation 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. KJV
Revelation 3:15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot, I could wish you were cold or hot. NKJV
Revelation 3:15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold or hot, I wish you were one or the other! NIV
Revelation 3:15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot, I would that you were cold or hot. NASB
Revelation 3:15 “I know what you are doing: you are neither cold nor hot. How I wish you were either one or the other! CJB
Laodicea character and condition
Here in this text of scripture it is obvious that Jesus is referring to three different spiritual states or characters which are the state of spiritual coldness, the state of spiritual warmth, and finally the spiritual state of lukewarmness. It might be well to consider along this line of thinking that Christ is referring not only to this church Christ is also referring to many individuals within the church that are cold to the things of Christ and their spiritual fervor.
First we are dealing with two important issues with the church then and the church today that we could say that is extreme, “cold nor hot.” How do we compare these two issues with the other six churches? With the other six churches, are they worse than the church of Laodiceans? Is the church at Ephesus worse because of it lost its first love? With the other, five churches one with false doctrine, one a weak church with little strength, one with a false prophetess, and finally one that would suffer for a short time. Whatever, the concept that might rise in these seven churches they all know about the doctrine of Christ, therefore, I can make no excuse for not trying to give you each church commendation, warning, and promise that Christ revealed in each of His messages.
Let us consider this text of scripture in this light that these were not backslidden in the sense of doing or going into gross sin. These individuals still attended church and had not given up on their religion. Moreover, they were not bitter or opposing the work of the Lord, and probably assumed things were going fine! Yet these individual members were in truth only a hollow shell, not cold or hot! (Revelation 3:15) One might interpret that they had an attitude problem toward the Lord. What I am about to say may sound harsh and hard, however, the way that the Lord address this church also to many may sound harsh. They went through the motions out of habit not love. They only loved those who loved them! They had no witness or testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ or for His Father or His mission. Furthermore, they were not interested in making disciples; they were not interested in church growth. Personally I believe that they would like to see church growth, but they were not willing to put forth the time or effort to try to win souls. Moreover, they did nothing!
Christ deals with them
Here in verse 16 Christ reveals one of the most startling facts that should make every Christian shiver for this reason Jesus has made a judgment that justified their spiritual state or condition. Many times when readers of the book of Revelation overlook the spiritual state the Lord is referring to, which is our spiritual attitude to which we are neither enthusiastic nor antagonistic enough for the most part to deal with it. Addressing this subject of spiritual attitude yet in another way, our halfheartedness will paralyze any effort when it comes to a spiritual attitude. Therefore, our Lord looks upon this attitude as lukewarmness on the part of every Christian as disgusting.
Revelation 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. KJV
Revelation 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth. NIV
Revelation 3:16 ‘So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot or cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. NASB
Revelation 3:16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. NKJV
Revelation 3:16 So because you are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth! CJB
In the message that Jesus sent to this church one thing that stands out is the church experience that Christ tells John to write. Again I must state that all who study the Bible know that the church at Laodicea is the seventh church mentioned in Revelation 3. What are some of the reason other than being lukewarm? I believe that this message parallels to other prophecy regarding the last stage of the church before Christ comes again.
For example the spirit of antichrist that John writes in the epistles of John. You would think that after Jesus says that He will spew them out of His mouth that they would change. However did they? I will say this that the church will either become on fire for Him or either they will turn very cold with great apostasy. This apostasy in the scriptures is call the great apostasy or the falling away of people within the church. The first prophecy of this apostasy is spoken of by Daniel 9:27. It also is spoken of by the apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2: 1-3 where it states “except there come a falling away first.”
General reference to Revelation 3:17: Hosea 12:8; Zechariah 11:5; Matthew 5:3; 1 Corinthians 4:8
Revelation 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: KJV
Revelation 3:17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But do you realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. NIV
Revelation 3:17 ‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and do you know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. NASB
Revelation 3:17 “Because you say, I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing – and do not know that you are wreathed, miserable, poor, blind, and naked – NKJV
Revelation 3:17 For you keep saying, I am rich, I have gotten Rich, I don’t need a thing! You don’t know that you are the one who is wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked! CJB
This is the verse of scripture to my understanding that tell of the attitude this church has taken and Jesus makes it clear what will happen to them because of this attitude. One attitude one might say is that they are self-centered, self-satisfied or one might go so far as to say that they were a proud self-righteous group of people. This church had become wealthy with material possessions which emphasis financial matters within the church body. In contrast with the other churches the church of Laodicea is caught up in its financial matters and not its spiritual matters and therefore, the Lord states they are lukewarm. The other side of the matter of how one might also interpret this text of scripture is they were more interested in the physical matters more than the spiritual matters.
In addition, they are content with themselves. What I believe is that this church represents the church of today which is the most deceived of all seven churches. I state this because it is filled with all sorts of half-truths and distorted and false doctrines. The point of logic is that they see themselves more totally different than what it really is. Jesus makes it clear that they are so blind and deceived it clearly does not even understand what Jesus means. Maybe be a better way of saying it is Jesus is showing them that they believe what they are saying, yet there are things they do not know.
When we look at all the illness and terminal illness all around us one might interpret this church as being terminally ill and yet unaware of their illness. Furthermore, they do not understand that they are not only going to die spiritually they are going to die the second death. Jesus continues to reveal what their true spiritual condition is in their church.
General reference to Revelation 3:18: Isaiah 55:1; Matthew 13:44; 2 Corinthians 5:3;
Revelation 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. KJV
Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye slave, that you may see. NKJV
Revelation 3:18 My advice to you is to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be dressed and not have to be ashamed of your nakedness; and eyesalve to rub on your eyes, so that you may see. CJB
Revelation 3:18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see. NASB
Revelation 3:18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so that 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. NIV
This text of scripture I believe is the verse that states Jesus advice to them on what to do. Another way of saying it is that they do not have the correct spiritual discernment. Therefore, their understanding of their condition is just the opposite of the truth. To my understanding this could truly indicate that the spiritual warfare at the hand of Satan deceptions have enter into the congregation of the church and that is why Jesus places such a great warning to this church that they may see. Furthermore, this is a good reason to follow the advice that Jesus gives this church.
Yet there is another way of looking at this text of scripture that they are in the need for some repair work to where they to get away from all of I can do it myself attitude and hear the counsel of the Lord. Yet we could also say that the church was in the need for some spiritual first aid. In addition, I would feel safe in saying that this text of scripture is not referring to the physical items mentioned here but to obtain what had been tried in the fire to gain the true spirituality they needed or the true spiritual insight they needed.
General reference to Revelation 3:19: Job 5:17; Proverbs 3:12; 2 Corinthians 11:32; Hebrews 12:6
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. KJV
Revelation 3:19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. NIV
Revelation 3:19 ‘Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; be zealous therefore, and repent. NASB
Revelation 3:19 As for me, I rebuke and discipline everyone I love; so exert yourselves, and turn from your sins. CJB
Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. NKJV
In this text of scripture it is clear that the Lord wants this church to repent because of their lack of faith and their own self-centered ways of spiritual understanding and spiritual values in the words of the Lord. Let addresses it also from this standpoint if they are in the lukewarm state then they are falling short of what they should be spiritually, and therefore, an object of rebuke from the Lord. One might also interpret it in this manner even in their total spiritual condition by that standard they are in the dynamics of the fall Babylon. All of this may sound harsh, however, when we truly look at all of the spiritual conditions that Jesus stated then they are not ready for the New Jerusalem. Is the church today facing the same condemnation from the Lord as He had written in this message?
Our Lord is not seeking to discipline those who make no effort to follow Him but the Lord deals with those who claim to be the children of God. If in confessing to have entered into the fold of God, even though they may fall short of a true witness for God and His Son, then the Lord God becomes the Divine chastening just as children are corrected by their faithful father. Furthermore, the state of lukewarmness should never exist in those who professed to believe in Christ; Christians many times are often indistinguishable from those who are making false profession. However, my Lord and my Savior knows the differences. The Holy Scriptures often warns us through the writings of the apostles and the prophets in order that we might be true Christians.
General references to Revelation 3:20: Songs 5:2; Luke 12:36-37; 22:30; John 10:3; 14:23
Revelation 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. KJV
Revelation 3:20 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 him, and he with me. NIV
Revelation 3:20 ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him, and will dine with him, and he with Me. NASB
Revelation 3:20 Here, I am standing at the door, knocking. If someone hears my voice and opens the door, I will in to him and eat with him, and he will eat with me. CJB
Revelation 3:20”Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with me. NKJV
General References to Revelation 3:21: Matthew 19:28; 2 Timothy 2:12; Revelation 2:26; 20:4; 22:1
One of the means of interpreting this text of scripture is that in the invitation is also the Lord’s way of opening the door of salvation. Even yet another means of interpreting it is this is an invitation to the heavenly banquet by accepting His invitation of which He spoke of in His parables in the gospels. I believe in the days to come that this will become more fully realized with the church today. I further believe that these are just some of the things the church will realize.
The first is that there is full pardon for their sins. The second is the full assurance of His love and His acceptance of us. The third is the power of the New Covenant and its renewing power, its regenerating power of grace, and the fourth His peace, so that we can face the trials of sorrow and that we will find rest in the Lord. Now the fifth is that we have power to bless others, so that they shall be better for having found the Lord through us, and the sixth is a bright hope in our outlook for our eternal inheritance. The seventh and at last in due time our eternal inheritance. The let me ask this question: Shall we keep the door of our heart barred against the invitation of the Lord?
I feel that one of the most important ways of interpreting this text of scripture is that the Lord is knocking at the door of our soul. Yet one could interpret it as the Lord is standing at the door of our heart knocking for He knows what is taking place in our lives that He needs to give counsel. To him that overcometh and gain victory in Jesus and remain faithful will have citizenship in the New Jerusalem? However, it is in this last message that should remind the church the nature of Christ’ eternal throne and that it is only gained through faithful obedience and death.
General references to Revelation 3:21: Matthew 19:28; John 17:5
Revelation 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. KJV
Revelation 3:21 “To him who overcomes, I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. NKJV
Revelation 3:21 ‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on MY throne, asI also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. NASB
Revelation 3:21 I will let who wins the victory sit with me on my throne, just as I myself also won the victory and sat down with my Father on his throne. CJB
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. NIV
This verse of scripture addresses one of the highest rewards that Christ can give to anyone individual and that is the right to sit beside Him on His Throne. To me personal this is one of the greatest invitations that has ever been given for it is given by the Lord Himself an invitation to come an fellowship with the Lord. Again I believe it would be safe in saying that many evangelist of the gospel use this invitation at the end of their message to call many to repentance. In addition, the Lord promise the twelve apostles that those who followed Him during the regeneration when He sit on His throne will also set on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel Matthew 19:28.
During Jesus prayer in the gospel of John, He asks the Father to glory Him with what He had before He left His kingdom in heaven and now He offers unto us to share that manifestation when we come to the kingdom of heaven. This promise I believe is given according to what the Lord states to who overcome that He will give the right to sit down beside Him on His Throne.
Furthermore, these seven promises to overcome for them that overcome gives the fullest description to be found in the complete Holy Scriptures to them that has prepared themselves for the kingdom of heaven. Now this promise of the Lord here in Revelation 2 and 3 to them that overcomes is also stated later in the book of Revelation “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Revelation 21:7 KJV)
General references to Revelation 3:22: Revelation 2:7
Revelation 3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. KJV
Revelation 3:22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit say to the churches. NIV
Revelation 3:22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” NKJV
Revelation 3: 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. NASB
Revelation 3:22 Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities. CJB
Where is the Church after Revelation 3:22
Before we go any further into the study of Revelation there is an issue we need to address with this question. Where is the church after Revelation 3:22? I state this question because there has been much discourse about this subject. However, there is another question and it is why does Jesus have; John to write about the saints and the blood of the saints after Revelation 3. I assume it is because the word church is not mention or absence after Revelation 3:22 and therefore it is concluded that the church has been resurrected. In addition, it is important to examine the discourse or assumptions to clearly understand the book of Revelation and where the church is in the book of Revelation. Furthermore, I also believe we need to consider of whom the recipients are of the book of Revelation. From my personal study, I have found two words that I believe refer to the church one is “saints” and two “servants.” Jesus has John to write in Revelation 1:1 to whom are the recipients to receive the prophetic word or revelation about the Revelation of Jesus Christ.