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[THE MYSTERY OF THE SEVEN GOLDEN CANDLESTICKS, CONT.]
The final letter in the revelation that was given to John was to the church of the Laodiceans. To this church did I write: ‘These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would thou were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue you out of my mouth.' (Rev. 3:14-15). The church of the Laodiceans portrays the final era of the Christian dispensation. It represents the prevailing conditions extant in the organized church world as this age draws to a close. Insipid lukewarmness is the chief characteristic. Because of this I have spewed the entire organized church out of my mouth, both Catholic and Protestant. This does not mean I have repudiated those individuals who truly believe in me and are yet in the organized systems. But before the end comes, they must hear my call: ‘come out of her, my people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues.' (Rev. 18:4).
I am presented in this letter as the ‘faithful and true witness’ in contrast to the unfaithfulness and distorted witness of the Laodicean church. I am also presented as ‘the beginning of the creation of God’ because of the inception of the new thing that I will do as the Laodicean era comes to a close. I will raise up a mighty witness in the remnant that is being called out of the Babylonish church systems, and they shall manifest the power and glory of that new creation which is coming forth through my resurrection life. Since I am the firstborn among many brethren, there shall be many who will come to that measure of maturity which will enable me to unveil them as the sons of God, giving them immortality for their physical bodies. (Rom. 8:19, 29). Some will put on the glory of the celestial as their bodies are changed into the likeness of my glorious body (Phil .3:21); and others will manifest sonship on the terrestrial plane, having their bodies changed from corruptible to incorruptible. (I Cor. 15:40-41, 53-54).
Now notice a further characteristic of the Laodicean period. ‘Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye-salve, that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.’ (Rev. 3:-1-7-19). A contributing factor to the spiritual lukewarmness of the present day church world is the prosperity which abounds in most western nations. A feeling of smug complacency has blinded the churches to their spiritual poverty and their desperate need. Clothed with their own self-righteousness, they know not their nakedness in my sight. Therefore I have raised up messengers to expose and rebuke the carnality, apostasy and ineptness of the spiritually destitute churches. I call for repentance! I am moving in my providence to bring chastening through adverse conditions in civil life and international affairs. Conditions will become so severe that the people of the predominantly Christian nations will either repent or perish. It is because of my great love for those who know not their folly and the consequences thereof that I rebuke and chasten. I must awaken those who are asleep and destined for destruction. Otherwise there would be no hope.
There is a great need now for the three things which I offer. The first is gold tried in the fire. Gold is a symbol of true spiritual character, brought about by the working of my Spirit and forged in the crucible of testing experiences. I must have a people who are completely receptive to my workings in their inner being and thoroughly purged from the dross of their own ways. The second is white raiment. This is symbolic of that righteousness and purity which only I can impart. Only those who are fully clothed with this raiment can enter into the end-time ministry of that spiritual Body which I am raising up. The third is eye-salve to anoint thine eyes. Only the revelation of my Spirit can cause you to see the mighty truths which I would have you know in this hour. Since I counsel you to ‘buy' of me, there is a price which must be paid. The price is simply the willingness to let me have your life to do with it as I please. Only as there is complete yielding and obedience, can I be the means of bringing forth in your life pure gold, impart to you white raiment, and anoint your eyes to see my truth. '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.' (Rev. 3:20). My people, I long to have that intimate communion with you which is described in these words. But so few want to invite me in to take complete control of their lives. This is the day that I am offering to make myself real to a people as never before in history. Will you not open your heart and let me have my way in you? I am ready to show myself strong on your behalf. No other generation has had as great an opportunity as I am offering to you in this hour. I stand at the door and knock; the choice is yours.
And now for the final promise to the overcomers in these seven letters. ‘To him that overcomes 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.' (Rev. 3:21). Even though I was the very Son of the Highest, functioning on the plane of Deity, I emptied myself and took on the form of man, that I might overcome as a man. Then was I highly exalted and given a place of rulership on the throne of my Father. This is the pattern for those who love me and let me bring them into an overcoming experience, rising above the spiritual level of most Christians. To ‘overcome’ means to rise above, to come up over to a higher spiritual plane. It comes only through greater yielding and submission to my will. The time is coming soon when I will sit on the throne of my glory in the heavenly Kingdom which will be set up in the realms surrounding the earth. Then shall the overcomers of all the church eras be exalted to sit on that throne with me. They shall then be kings and priests to rule with me over the earth. (Rev. 1:6, 5:10, 20:4). Truly this is the PRIZE of the high calling; it is both joint heirship on the plane of glorified life, and joint rulership with me in my Kingdom. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
You will notice that in each of the seven letters to the seven churches of
Asia, it is to the angel of the church that I address my words. What does this mean? In the vision which John saw, I was standing in the midst of the seven lamps and in my right hand I held seven stars. (Rev. 1:13, 16). Then I spoke concerning this mystery: ‘The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which you saw are the seven churches.’ (Rev. 1:20). You have already seen the mystery of the seven churches as portraying the seven epochs or eras of time from the apostolic church to the end of the age. Now let me show you the mystery of the seven angels. In its first application the seven angels are seven heavenly beings who have been given charge over the church during this age: one over each of the seven epochs. In its second application the seven angels or messengers are seven men who have been raised up: one within each of the seven church periods with a special commission and message for that time. Each of these men has fulfilled his commission; the seventh and last has finished his work. This means that a new day is breaking and a new era is at hand. And I am now raising up messengers to bring my people into the truths and power of that new day. Do not look back to the past; neither to any of the messengers of the past. But receive that which I am making known through messengers of the new day. He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.”
[end of prophecy]
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