7. Laodicea

As for the seventh and final period before eternity begins we can only speculate. It is interesting to note that God pleads with the lukewarm people to repent. This does raise a red flag as we consider the idea of probation. Yet, we find a most interesting verse among many, which discusses a time where evil people are given a second chance. Yet they do not repent.

Let favour be showed to the wicked, yet will he not learn righteousness: in the land of uprightness will he deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD. (Isa 26:10 KJV)

In stark contrast to the way in which God addresses Philadelphia He promises to spit Laodicea out of His mouth. This church is spoken to quite harshly. He tells them that they are blind and need to buy from him something to be able to see:

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;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
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:
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.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
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.
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.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

These words speak for themselves and speculation can only assess so much. In time this prophecy will be fulfilled and we will all see the great works that God has done. The incredible precision with which He has fulfilled His words was promised in Isaiah:

Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail, none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered them. (Isa 34:16 KJV)

These prophecies cannot all be understood now. If they could, then there would be no value to the following context.

But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. (Rev 10:7 KJV)

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