This post is a look into the same scripture that we viewed yesterday, but today I want us to approach it from a different perspective, and ask a different question.
Why is it that in a time of history, which represents the end of the age (the time of the Great Tribulations imminence) that Jesus would state that our churches lack understanding of how God operates in the lives of His people? These churches that you and I attend and support are among these churches of the end time.
So how do we know that our churches might not be aware in many areas of their own spiritual relationship with our savior, and what is the significance of that revelation?
Jesus is speaking here to all of the churches, not just to Thyatira. He who has an ear to hear. There is a spiritual blindness residing in the churches of the world during these our times. This should be no surprise to those who read and pay attention. Jesus is constantly calling out to us; to those, who have ears to hear, that we would listen to what the Spirit is saying to these churches.
But within this church, which is about to see Great Tribulation there is an oblivion to a real need. Perhaps it’s because most don’t see themselves present in these churches; in their sin; and in their failure to hear His call.
Unfortunately they actually do not know that God is searching their minds and hearts for some clue as to their love and commitment for Him alone. For from this His church will come the cap stone for the lbride, which is to be made up of overcomers; those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. They don’t understand that on the whole we are still blinded to some important truth, which our Lord makes clear we need. We are the church that will see the consummation of this age.
Jesus has implied in this passage that it will take Great Tribulation to bring about the awakening needed to complete this understanding in the churches. To bring understanding ultimately creating a bride without spot or wrinkle.
Revelation 19:6 Then I heard [something] like the voice of a great multitude and like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. 7 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.” (NASB)
Revelation 2:21 ‘I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. 22 ‘Behold, I will throw her on a bed [of sickness,] and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. 23 ‘And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. (NASB)
Does the world have greater attraction to our churches in this the last days of the age of mankind? It seems as though God is and will search the hearts and minds of men up until He comes to render judgment of each and every man. Motives seem to be God’s issue with His bride. What is your motive for overlooking His words to us, which may cause within us this lack of understanding of your saviors working in you?
Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward [is] with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. 13 “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” 14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. (NASB)
Today all responsibility is placed on God to cleanse us and make us pure, the church has learned well from Jezebel to relax and enjoy and to place blame and responsibility for who we are when we fail in something or with someone else, after all we are human and sinners. To wash our robes is foreign to most. Yet He searches our hearts and our minds and will judge us for our deeds.
Remember, Peter says that we the church can hasten His coming (2Pet. 3:12), but how is that to come about? Is it when we will have ears to hear and eyes to see and when we become the overcomers He desires us to be?