Revelation 3:14 Index
"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;"
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HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:

  • ...a Phrygian city, has hardly any distinctive features... and its church is described as lacking in decision and initiative. Successful in commerce and mixed in population, it was probably tolerant and easy going, with a tendency to compromise. It was so self-sufficient that it recovered from the great earthquake of A.D. 60 without the imperial aid furnished to other cities. This prosperous financial center, feel "rich" and in "need of nothing" (Revelation 3:17), had to be counseled to obtain the heavenly gold. It was offered white raiment, in place of the locally produced black wood for which it was noted, and eyesalve for the blindness which found no cure in its famous medical school -- a school which was noted for medicinal remedy, and in all likelihood was the source of the powered "Phrygian stone" used for weak eyes. (Froom 94)
  • Laodicea was founded by Antiochus II and named in honor of his wife Laodice. The city was located on the borders of Phrygia and Lydia on a hill between the narrow valleys of the small rivers Asopus and Caprus, which emptied into the Lycus. It was forty miles southeast of Philadelphia and one hundred miles east of Ephesus. It was originally called Diospolis and then Rhoas, but afterwards Laodicea. Laodicea was built between 261 and 246 B.C. It was a wealthy city. It was located on one of the great Roman roads, which led to Damascus and Arabia. At the time of the writing of Revelation in 90 A.D., there were only 7,500 Jewish men over the age of twenty-one living in Laodicea. The city was destroyed in 60 AD by an earthquake. The Laodiceans refused help from the Imperial Roman government and rebuilt the city at their own expense. (KC 73)
    • Part of the wealth of the city came from its garment industry. The sheep in Laodicea produced wool that was black, glossy, and superior to any other found in the world. (KC 73)
    • There was a medical center in Laodicea that manufactured and exported a tablet called "Tephra Phrygia." The user crushed it and put it on their eyes in order to heal any eye ailment. (KC 73)
    • There were hot mineral springs in the region around Laodicea. The water was enjoyable and soothing to bathe in, but nauseating to drink. It tasted like Alka-Seltzer spiked with kerosene. (KC 73)

CHURGE AGE:

  • Laodica: 1900 AD to the Second Coming of Christ. (KC 73)
  • In Paul's letter to the church in Colossae, he tells Epaphras to read the letter he has written to the church in Laodicea. "And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea." (Colossians 4:16). The letter spoke to the local church of their condition and the solution to their problems. (KC 73)
  • In these verses is a message to the last church in the stream of time (that would be us). A message that is clear and pointed concerning what we need to do in preparation for the return of Christ. The church has settled down and become very comfortable. Nothing seems to bother it. The church is more concerned about the "cares of this life" than they are about the kingdom of God. Spiritually likewarm and in need of nothing. God desires [us] to be uncomfortable, either hot or cold. There is no truer comparison to the church of today, which has become "increased with goods, and have need of nothing" (Revelation 3:17). Thus, we find ourselves living in the last period of time before Jesus comes. (KC 73-74)

GREETING: Salutation to the church Jesus is addressing. "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write," (KC 72)

INDETIFICATION: Presents as aspect of Jesus's life that will be an encouragement to the church. "These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God." (KC 72)

"...unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans..."

  • The word Laodicea means "Judgment of the People." (KC 72)

"...These things saith the Amen..."

  • This is the only place in Scripture were the word "Amen" is used as a proper name. It means the last or the end. The Laodicean message is the last invitation given by Christ to repent and be saved. If rejected, there will never be another. Christ, who has been faithful in watching over His people down through the ages, is addressing His church. His protection has never failed from the beginning of creation. And, He will continue to hold them in His hand. (KC 74)