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Jack Hibbs: My Dear Laodicea, I’ve Written You A Letter

Laodicea is the only church that Jesus had nothing good to say. However, this was not always the case. Pastor Jack teaches that the Church is more than just a building and that if Jesus is not within a church, it is dead inside.

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00:00I’m gonna ask all of you to stand right00:01now wherever you’re at and open your00:03your Bibles to the book of Revelation00:05chapter 3 as we look to the seventh00:09letter to the seventh church that Jesus00:11spoke to and that is the church at00:14Laodicea the Laodicean Church Revelation00:20chapter 3 beginning in verse 14 by the00:22way if you’re still turning there make00:24note of this it’s the longest letter of00:27the seven you’re gonna hear things today00:30that are gonna prep shock you in the way00:33of what you’ve been taught before or00:35you’ve assumed before but we’re going to00:38read this carefully and you’re gonna00:39come out of this Bible study today wiser00:42and smarter than when you went into it00:43and I want to give you a warning right00:46up front it’s the letter to the seven00:49churches and we’re gonna dial down on00:53that word Church and what it means and00:55what it doesn’t mean Jesus speaks00:58revelation three verse 14 and to the01:02Angel of the Church of the Laodiceans01:04write these things says the Amen the01:08faithful the true witness the beginning01:12of the creation of God I know your works01:17that you are neither cold nor hot I01:21could wish you were cold or hot so then01:26because you are lukewarm and neither01:27cold nor hot I will vomit you out of my01:31mouth because you say I’m rich I have01:37become wealthy I have need of nothing01:40and do not know that you are wretched01:43miserable poor blind and naked verse 1801:49I counsel you says Jesus to buy from me01:53gold refined in the fire that you may be01:56rich and white garments that you make be01:59clothed that the shame of your nakedness02:02may not be revealed and anoint your eyes02:06with eyesalve that you may see as many02:11as I love I rebuke02:13and chasten therefore be zealous and02:17repent verse 20 behold I stand at the02:21door and knock if anyone hears my voice02:24and opens the door I will come into him02:27and dine with him and he with me and to02:33him who overcomes I will grant to sit02:35with me on my throne as I also overcame02:38and sat on my father or with my father02:42on his throne verse 22 he was in ear to02:45hear let him hear what the Spirit says02:47to the churches Heavenly Father we pray02:51that your Holy Spirit would be the02:53deliverer of this message that dear God02:56in heaven above as we consummate our03:01teachings in this series and we come to03:03the last church on this last of these03:06seven weeks God I cannot help but03:11believe that this is a time period03:14ordained by you and how precious you are03:17God that as we even come to this last03:19Sunday before we meet publicly I didn’t03:22engineered these seven weeks you did on03:25April 26 when you spoke to my heart03:28about May 31st I didn’t think that up03:32you did and for this world to be in the03:36moment that we are in globally at the03:40same moment we didn’t concoct that you03:44did and all of this tells us Heavenly03:47Father that you are wanting and willing03:50now to do an eternal work in the life of03:54the believer in the life of the03:56unbeliever and in the life of those that03:59are wayward and they need to come back04:00to Jesus so oh mighty God I beg of you04:03now that you would be the instructor in04:06this message and we pray it in Jesus04:07name and all God’s people said amen04:10friends you can be seated as we get into04:14the background of Laodicea it’s a04:16fascinating church it’s a fascinating04:18study and as I said a moment ago it’s04:21one that Jesus dedicated more words to04:25this04:26Church than all the others Jesus gives04:30invitation to them with a sense of mercy04:33more than all others and yet you’ll04:38learn some things today about this04:39church that might chuck you a little bit04:42of the background it’s important to us04:44because first of all the location the04:47city of Laodicea finishes off that Roman04:53Imperial mail route that we’ve been04:56talking about we’ve almost completed now04:58a perfect oval that began with Ephesus05:02and we’ve gone through these six05:04churches and now come to the seventh05:06church which is now have gone down south05:09and then East and now a little bit East05:12and West heading down to close the loop05:16as it were on the Roman mail routes and05:20Laodicea is the last stop of that05:23message system think of it as an05:25internet or a link of information05:29technology it was the route for commerce05:32it was the route to communicate it was05:35the route that God picked to send the05:37Gospel message preached and it’s the05:39very route that Jesus delivers the05:42message to his churches and in this last05:45day and age those seven letters to those05:48seven churches also remarkably05:50miraculously correlate with the with05:54church history over the last two05:56thousand years05:57that’s right right now you and I are06:00living in the Laodicean period and06:02you’ll see why in a moment but it’s an06:05amazing location we also know that06:07there’s a hallmark to the city of06:10Laodicea and if you’ve ever been06:12involved in real estate or buying a home06:15what’s what’s the biggest thing at least06:17in America about buying a home the06:20biggest thing in fact it’s so important06:22that you might even buy a home that06:23you’re gonna have to eat beans and06:25potatoes or hot dogs for the rest of06:27your life just to pay for it because06:29there’s something that is so valuable to06:32the development or the income or the06:35equity of the home it’s not the size of06:38the house it’s not the look of a06:40else what is it I can hear it right now06:43location location location you can have06:47the right location and put a tent up and06:50it could be worth a million bucks at06:52least it is in California expensive06:57location and Laodicea had that location07:00remarkable location it became the07:04wealthiest area of that region of the07:08Roman Empire and by the way the07:10Laodicean church was well known to be07:13the wealthiest Church and all of the07:17churches of Asia Minor and especially07:20out of the seven churches mentioned in07:22the book of Revelation they had a very07:24desirable zip code if you know what I’m07:27talking about07:28they had the highest annual income per07:30household in Asia Minor07:32they had key locations of banking07:35textiles and medicine they were a very07:39where the Silicon Valley as it were of07:44the Laodicean region and its origin07:48Laodicea the city got its name from07:50Antiochus the second07:52you all remember Antiochus Epiphanes07:55Antiochus the third that that’s his son07:58this guy’s Antiochus the second and he08:01dedicated the city to his wife Laodicea08:05and it was named after her after by the08:08way after he named after he gave her the08:12gift of the city and named it after her08:14he then divorced her but I guess that’s08:18the way it goes but her name by the way08:21man’s strange name listen up but the08:24name means to rule the people or to rule08:27over the people or the rule of the08:29people and it suggests that there is a08:33system the way though the way it’s08:35wrapped it’s understood then we can08:37understand it now that there’s a system08:39in place of religion it speaks about man08:42governing over man that speaks about man08:45governing man’s power man’s institution08:48man’s ways it speaks of man08:51made activities it speaks of a man08:54centric location a man controlled08:59location and think about it as Jesus09:02looks at it will see that it implies09:03that it is a man driven man supported09:07man executed church it’s all about man09:10in that church it’s not about Jesus as09:14you’ll see it’s not about doctrine it’s09:16not about missionary work it’s not about09:19preaching that’s not about disciple09:21making you’re gonna see that it’s all09:22about a church exalting man and the09:27pursuits of man and then one final thing09:30by way of background the point of09:31interest regarding the load Laodicean09:34period that there’s a grave warning to09:39us theologically here out of the city09:41and sociologically and that is wherever09:45man’s pursuits09:48wherever man’s pursuits are held in high09:50esteem the focal point of man’s09:54existence then there is a great move to09:58answer to the cry of man when when man10:02wants something bad enough the pressure10:05of the society or of the culture is to10:07give man what he wants think of it it’s10:12important when man starts to say this is10:16what I want the push behind Laodicea is10:20this because it was driven by man’s10:23wisdom and man’s passion and yet it was10:26still called a church according to Jesus10:28it delivered whatever the community10:31whatever the political correctness was10:34it was a church that compromised10:36everything to be all things to all10:39people but not for Bible doctrine but to10:42be accepted by the world it was a10:44man-made Church as we shall see and it10:48was all about going around finding out10:51what kind of church do you want because10:54we want to bring it to you take this10:57poll check off the boxes what do you11:00want to see in a church let us know and11:04we’ll11:04take it for you it’s Laodicean and it’s11:08an affront to God as we shall see this11:12is the only church in the book of11:14Revelation that Jesus Christ has nothing11:16good to say about it I’m passionate11:20about this study I got to tell you these11:23last seven weeks every study I’ve done11:25bringing you this message to the letter11:27to the seven churches always had this11:28one in the back of my mind I knew where11:32we were going and it’s a dangerous thing11:35Jesus has nothing good to say about it11:37you say how could that be11:38just wait you know sad about it is that11:43it wasn’t possibly it wasn’t always the11:46case you got to remember Jesus wrote11:49this letter to them in 95 80 when it was11:56given to John what happened at Laodicea11:59before that time well the book of12:02Colossians chapter 2 verse 1 says Paul12:05the Apostle writes for I want you to12:07know that a great conflict I have for12:11those who are in Laodicea and as for12:13many as I have not seen my in the face12:16or in the flesh Paul is saying I have a12:19great conflict I love them I pray for12:22them i minister for them and not only12:24the church at Laodicea but for all of12:26those that I’ve not seen in the flesh12:28face to face again Colossians 4:13 says12:31for I bear witness that he has a great12:35zeal for you and those who are in12:38Laodicea and those in hierapolis you’re12:42going to want to remember those two12:44names Laodicea and hierapolis very very12:47important that you write that down we’re12:50gonna come back to it12:51Colossians chapter 4 verse 15 greet the12:55Brethren who are in Laodicea and nymph12:58as’ and the church that is in his house13:02Colossians 4:16 now when this epistle is13:06read among you see that it is read also13:09in the Church of the Laodiceans and that13:13you likewise read the Epistle from the13:17Laodiceans13:18so the church at Colossae was reading13:20their letter written to them and then13:22they sent that letter on on the road so13:24to speak and then the church that had13:27instructions Laodicea read it and then13:30they sent it on to colossi the whole13:33circuit of exchanging passing along the13:36message of God so here we go in our13:38study today church and I got to tell you13:40right now this would probably be a good13:41time for you to turn off the message and13:45go do something else if you don’t want13:48to get serious with God but if you want13:51to have the Holy Spirit speak to you I13:54have been begging him to bypass me and13:59to speak directly to you and where14:02you’re at so you remember the title14:05right my dear Laodicea I’ve written you14:08a letter and the first thing that we see14:11about the letter is this I’ve written14:13you a letter so why will you not listen14:15to me we write that down Jesus writes a14:18letter to the church at Laodicea and14:20he’s saying this he’s asking this why14:23don’t you listen to me why won’t you14:25listen verse 14 and to the angel of the14:29church at Laodicea to the pastor of the14:32church at Laodicea write these things14:33says the Amen the faithful the true14:36witness the beginning of the creation of14:38God this is awesome14:40this is almost too difficult for you and14:42I to wrap our mind around these factual14:45statements that Jesus is presenting here14:47it’s absolutely incredible what he says14:50Jesus is announcing to them will you14:52listen to me the Church of Laodicea hey14:57will you listen to me the Church of the14:5921st century15:00I am the Amen15:05I am the faithful I am the true witness15:09I am the beginning of the creation of15:12God all of these things the church at15:14Laodicea had left off from they left15:17believing it they stopped believing15:18these things they said once they started15:22as a church and we just saw four times15:23the Apostle Paul addressed them they15:26started off as a church but they don’t15:28end this way as a church Jesus15:31the assessment when we look at the words15:34here the statement the I am I need all15:37of you to pay close attention because15:38this is absolutely I can’t even think in15:41distress you how important this is when15:44he says to the Church of Laodicea that15:46he’s the Amen the word means this it’s a15:51declaration by Christ which is number15:53one theologically undeniable it’s the15:57claim of deity by Jesus himself and it15:59cannot be refuted Jesus uses the Amen16:05out of the book of Isaiah that is16:07reserved for Almighty God alone and you16:12want to know why that’s important16:14because if anyone 2,000 years ago would16:18have said that they were the Amen of God16:22they would be dead by sundown you would16:26have been stoned to death for committing16:29blasphemy16:29so a Jesus is committing blasphemy and16:34we need to run from him and avoid him at16:38all cost or he’s the one who he says he16:41is the Amen and the word Amen in Hebrew16:45means this is the truth let it be done16:47so it is it is a statement of that’s it16:54you know how you and I sing a song and16:57say Amen we say a prayer and say Amen16:59it’s the last statement of everything17:03when Jesus said I I’m the Amen it is the17:07grand exclamation point on the claim of17:12deity those of you who are involved in a17:14cult right now you’re squirming right17:16now because your cult leaders didn’t17:18tell you that Jesus is it he’s not one17:20of many he is it every cult every17:24aberrant doctrine departs at this point17:27a lot of them have similarities but not17:29here they don’t their similarities are17:35out there and able to be studied and17:39able to be looked at and maybe even17:41tolerated but at this point there’s a17:44breakpoint all17:45Colts agree Jesus cannot be the Amen and17:49Christianity declares Jesus is the only17:52Amen17:54why because Jesus says he’s the only17:57Amen and then he says that he’s the17:59faithful the faithful the church18:02believers at Laodicea were not faithful18:06they were not faithful by faithful he18:10means that he’s faithful to speak truth18:16faithful to do truth listen I don’t know18:20if this is something that we entertain18:23often but we must to speak truth or to18:26claim that you know truth or in this18:29case for Jesus to say that he is in fact18:31truth faithful it means to not only say18:35it18:35that’s only fifty percent of it the18:38other half is to do it18:39faithfulness is the declaration based on18:43activity faithfulness based on what I’ve18:46done faithfulness Jesus is the faithful18:50and what else he is the true witness see18:55all these things it’s as though watch18:57watch everybody it says the jesus walks19:00up in the courtroom and he’s submitting19:04evidence it would be something like this19:07yes I have been abandoned by this church19:09and here’s my indictment against the19:12church they do not recognize anymore19:15that I am the Amen they no longer adhere19:19to the fact that I am faithful and they19:22no longer embraced the fact that I am19:24the true witness of the things of God19:26they have rejected me and I want to put19:28that on the record that’s what he’s19:30doing but before heaven and hell Jesus19:34is saying this is the record and then19:40listen to this he says I am the19:42beginning of creation I’m gonna give you19:45a bunch of verses get ready to write19:46this down before I do remember this we19:49worship God as Christians we follow him19:53who is the uncreated creator19:59you know how people say well what20:01existed before God oh my dear friend you20:05have you need to raise your standard of20:07questioning we don’t worship a God that20:11was created we worship a God that’s20:13never been created he listened he’s the20:17uncreated creator and he’s the uncaused20:23cause nothing preempts him nothing is20:32prerequisite in other words his doctrine20:35and his very presence is prescient he’s20:42the beginning of creation this is who20:44Jesus Christ is you see Jack you sure20:46you got that right20:47you mean Jesus the beginning of creation20:48don’t you mean to say that Jesus is the20:50first one that was created by God no20:53that’s a cult view the Bible says in20:57John 1 verse 1 sorry I’m yelling I am so21:00excited about this I love you know what21:03if you take away the deity of Jesus21:05Christ then the Christian has nothing21:11but knowing the truth about this21:13I find myself yelling at you because not21:16at you I’m sorry I’m just so excited21:18about the God that has saved me and the21:21God that has been so good to me will21:23never change because he’s the eternal21:26God and his salvation that was wrought21:28at the cross and the guarantee of it21:30when he rose again from the dead I know21:33that more sure that I can trace21:35geologically my last name and if that21:38wasn’t true I’d quit this post today21:42listen to this John 1:1 in the beginning21:45was the word that is at the beginning of21:48the physical creation of the universe21:50what was the word was and the Word was21:54with God and the Word was God and in the21:57beginning with God that is of the21:58physical universe21:59the Word was with God verse 3 all things22:03were made or we get the word created22:06through him through who read it read it22:10carefully22:11logos the word and without the logos22:16nothing was made that was made22:20isn’t it romantic22:21God spoke the universe into existence22:24how did he do that he logos the world22:30into existence Genesis 1:1 was the work22:36of Jesus Christ according to the Bible22:39Old and New Testament argues this listen22:42this by the way powerful verse but it22:44might be the saddest verse in the Bible22:46I’m serious John 1:10 he was in the22:49world the world was made through him and22:51the world did not know him in that22:56horrible you ever been not recognized22:59for something you’ve done for your kids23:00or your grandkids there’s nothing you23:04don’t do it to get recognized but it is23:05nice it is sweet that somebody23:10recognized something that’s been done23:11for them and they turn and they say23:14thanks that’s awesome which by the way23:17is a great practice for us to always be23:20thankful and appreciative listen you and23:26I are living in an age where we are23:27guilty of making assumptions I do23:29believe we assume that if a building for23:32example this building here we assume23:37that if it has a sign out front Church23:39that it’s a church listen up everybody23:43how do you know the church you go to as23:46a church23:47how do you how can you possibly know23:49that well it’s this church on the23:51outside of it if you google churches23:55their address comes up that’s an23:59assumption that’s a human assumption24:01only Jesus can determine if it’s a24:05church or not and the Holy Spirit in the24:08life of the believer knows if they’re in24:10a church or not how do you know you’re24:13in a church does it exalt the Lord Jesus24:16Christ is he known for who he is or is24:20it a man-made Church driven by great24:24agenda24:25and wonderful programs and fantastic24:28topics and great series and and and24:33great graphics but down deep has it24:38departed from the doctrines of God24:40where’s Jesus and all of this look you24:43can have those things I’m not knocking24:45those things but if that’s the power24:48you’re leaning upon to bring to the24:50populace that look at us let me remind24:55you that the Bible said that when the24:57Kings came to worship Jesus they said24:59we’ve come to worship Him25:02not your sound system not the color of25:06the pews or the carpet he came into the25:10world he created the world but those he25:12came to did not even recognize them so25:15we can have a marquee that says church25:18we can have Church letterhead we can25:19have bulletins we can have the word25:21title Church it’s not a church until25:25Jesus says yes it is and I’m gonna25:28submit to you today that there’s a lot25:31of churches in America today that are25:32not churches at all and we’re gonna see25:35this today they’re not a church they25:37might have 501c3 status they might have25:40an address they might have a clergy they25:42might have a parking lot and Jesus might25:45say no what does your Bible believe25:49about who Jesus Christ is listen listen25:52who is Jesus Christ at your church25:57what does your church say about the26:01authority of the Bible is it the26:03inerrant Word of God or do you only26:06teach some parts of the Bible that’s26:09heretical you said was anything wrong26:13pastor we just teach certain parts26:15heretical why because you’re leaving out26:17the other counsel of God to teach part26:21of the truth is to promote a lie26:26you got to teach all the counsel of God26:29what does your church believe about the26:31Bible and then listen what does your26:32church do in light of the will of God in26:37other words is your church I am26:39a church where you acquire knowledge and26:41you don’t do anything about it come26:43Monday morning none of its in effect26:45it’s not governing your life I think26:49it’s safe to say that after this26:51coronavirus stuff people are done26:54playing Church I hope you are I think26:59people are gonna come back to church I27:00heard Fox News the other day Pete27:03hagseth on Fox News says I think there’s27:05going to be a great flooding of churches27:08in America people are gonna go for the27:10truth I think he’s right there’s many27:15that have departed I say that every week27:17since this has happened all but there’s27:19far more that have come on people are27:22looking for truth Colossians chapter 127:24verse 15 Colossians 1:15 regarding Jesus27:28does your church believe this he is the27:30image of the invisible God the firstborn27:32this word means preeminent one over all27:35creation it means that he was the27:37governor the architect the genesis of27:41creation it doesn’t mean that he was the27:44firstborn like a firstborn son in your27:47family and means that he is the one that27:50it came out from preeminence position27:53over all creation for by him all things27:56were created that are in heaven and that27:58are on earth visible and invisible28:00whether they be Thrones dominions28:03principalities or powers this is my28:05Jesus is he here Jesus all things were28:09created through him and for him and he28:12is before all things and he and in him28:16all things consist are held together28:18hebrews chapter 1 verse 1 hebrews 128:21verse 1 God who at various times and in28:24various ways spoke in times past by the28:26father’s to the prophets has in these28:28last days spoken to us by his son whom28:31he has appointed heir of all things28:34through whom also he made the world’s28:39Jesus is the cosmos maker who being the28:43brightness of his glory and the Express28:46image of his person you look at Jesus28:50you’re looking at God incarnate28:52awesome is that that Jesus at your28:55church is he that Jesus that governs the28:59leadership of your church is either29:01Jesus that has all authority over your29:03home and over your life Jesus here in29:10this great Proclamation announces his29:13undeniable Authority the overwhelming29:16fact that Jesus Christ is the Almighty29:18God revealed in human flesh now29:21glorified is without denial unless you29:26reject he’s made it so clear he’s not29:29playing games he has revealed himself to29:32all of mankind and every one of us we29:34have access to a Bible which everybody29:36does in the world you need to read that29:38and then you make a decision but don’t29:40let anyone come along and say he’s not29:43God he’s not the Almighty because that’s29:48what the cults of 2,000 years ago we’re29:52all about and that’s what they’re about29:54today they all agree on this one thing29:56Jesus is not God29:59Mormonism they dilute the fact by making30:03everybody God and I say that lovingly to30:06my Mormon friends they’re beautiful30:08people but their doctrine is wrong there30:12is one God one creator and there’s no30:15other gods there’ll be no other gods and30:16men cannot engineer or make a God out of30:19himself that doctrine failed in the30:22Garden of Eden and it fails today30:24Jehovah Witnesses they’ve redefined30:27Jesus has been a very elaborate angel in30:31fact Jehovah Witnesses tell us that is30:33he goes by another name also in the30:35Bible by the name of Michael Jesus is30:38not an angel the Bible just said here a30:41moment ago in Colossians he’s the30:42creator of angels revelation chapter 130:46verse 8 revelation 1:8 the Bible says30:49and as this is Jesus at your church I am30:52the Alpha and the Omega okay that’s30:55that’s the label of God the God of the30:57Old Testament is the Alpha in the Omega30:59he’s the beginning in the end that’s31:02that’s the God of the Bible31:05says the Lord who is who was who is to31:08come the Almighty friends go searchin31:13see whoever the Alpha the Omega is he’s31:16the beginning in the end whoever he is31:19he is the Lord whoever he is he’s the31:22one who was who is who is to come and31:25whoever he is he is the Almighty you31:28can’t have two you can’t have ten you31:32can only have one that’s not my opinion31:35that is Bible doctrine revelation 4:831:38the four living creatures each having31:41six wings full of eyes around and within31:43they do not rest there now it’s day or31:46night saying holy holy holy Lord God31:51Almighty who was who is who is to come31:57this is the God of the Bible this is who32:00Jesus Christ is32:01revelation 11 17 I saw the hosts of32:05heaven saying we give you thanks O Lord32:08God Almighty the one who is and who was32:13and who is to come do you see that is32:15that the Jesus of your church if that’s32:19not the Jesus of your church you don’t32:21have a church you only have a church in32:24title only it’s not a church it’s not a32:29church may be called a church not a32:31church revelation 21 22 john when he32:37looked at heaven he said he saw no32:40temple in heaven for the Lord God32:42Almighty and the lamb are its temple32:48first Timothy 3:16 this is one of the32:51most graphic verses you’ll ever read in32:53the Bible it is shockingly awesome first32:56Timothy 3:16 for without controversy32:58without debate without the ability to33:02deny or refute great is the mystery of33:06godliness what is it33:08God was manifested in the flesh is that33:12your Jesus that’s my Jesus justified in33:16the spirit went to the cross33:20lived a perfect life seen by angels33:24that’s a reference to his incarnation33:28his birth preached among the Gentiles33:32that’s even happening right now33:34Bella believed on in the world33:37moment-by-moment evangelism around the33:39world received up into glory question33:43where’s Jesus now the Bible says he’s at33:48the right hand of God the Father right33:50now number 2 in our study today church33:52number 2 in our study today’s this33:56verses 15 to 16 is my dear Laodicea I’ve33:59written you a letter so why will you not34:01honor me you won’t listen and that goes34:08to34:08then you won’t honor me he says in verse34:1215 I know your works that you’re neither34:15cold nor hot I wish you were cold or34:17HUD’s34:17so then because you are lukewarm or34:20neither cold nor hot I will vomit you34:22out of my mouth wow this is graphic34:25write the word cold the word cold here34:29in the Greek language means absolutely34:32ice cold but you might find interesting34:37is that it is a cold not that is not the34:41type of cold that’s being condemned this34:45is the kind of cold that refreshes now34:48maybe there’s some clarity for you now I34:51want you to look at this and I want you34:53to think there’s this is this is the34:55region of Turkey I told you before that34:58in fact that image you’re looking at34:59right now I kid you not some of you who35:03live locally here you’re probably35:05thinking wait a minute you’re standing35:08in Chino Hills and you are looking35:11toward the San Gabriel Mountains or35:13you’re looking toward the san bernardino35:20mountain range but I’m not that35:25photograph is taken while standing in35:27Laodicea and you see those great35:29mountains that are there they’re just35:31like our mountains35:32right here that are so close to us35:35same-same topography same geological35:39look but mark this down a few ways see35:42those mountains they get great snow and35:44that snow melts and that snow goes down35:47deep into the rock of that mountain and35:51it comes and flows out of the base of35:53that mountain into a series of35:57tributaries that flows into the Lycus35:59River and the water that comes out of36:02the base of that mountain is ice36:04ice-cold but also you’ll see on the36:09screen hot pools hot water beautiful36:16boiling hot mineral pools Jesus said I36:20wish you were cold or I wish you were36:22hot the cold waters based there at the36:26mountains flows out of colossi it makes36:30its way towards Laodicea but the hot36:32water flows out of the region of36:34Hierapolis by the way see those pools36:37that’s a modern-day photograph of those36:38pools today you can go to Turkey and36:41many people do and they go into those36:43pools and it’s quite a tourist gathering36:46and it’s quite a healthy experience the36:49word hot here in Greek is éstos and it36:51means boiling water the hot water flows36:57out from hierapolis the ice-cold water36:59flows out of colossi and the tributaries37:02lead down into the Lycus Valley and they37:05come together and then the next city37:07that is downstream as a city called37:09Laodicea and Jesus is saying this you37:15could have been cold water and refreshed37:17me I would have loved it if you could37:18have been a refreshment to me like37:20colossi is a refreshment to me and in a37:24hot day I can scoop up ice-cold water37:26that comes out of the base of the37:28mountain and it’s so refreshing I wish37:30you were cold37:32that you would refresh me Jesus says if37:37you’re not going to be cold I oh I wish37:39you were hot like the hot waters of37:42Hierapolis that are so medicinal and37:45so healing and just soak in it and all37:48of those minerals and all of that warmth37:52to the bone brings healing oh I wish you37:54were hot but you’re none of those things37:58you’re neither one of those things he38:01says you’re lukewarm the Luke the word38:04lukewarm means to become warm38:11Tippett the word also implies without38:16movement without effect without purpose38:22ice-cold water refreshing hot water38:26comforting they both come together and38:30they both cancel out each other and38:34that’s where Laodicea is you couldn’t38:39drink the water from the river in fact I38:43can’t even pronounce the term the people38:46of that day would sip the water at38:52Laodicea to induce vomiting if you were38:55sick if you were not just you would38:57sipped the water in the river and you39:00would throw up you would vomit and you39:04would have to be very careful because39:05you only have to take a little bit of it39:08and there would be a reaction and by the39:09way that very word is a word that is39:12used today in the treatment for some39:15reasons some cause where they need to39:19induce vomiting part of the inducing of39:23vomiting is that same chemical that’s39:25found in that mixture of the two at39:28Laodicea is that fascinating Jesus said39:31I wish you were hot I wish you were cold39:33but because you’re neither one you make39:34me want to puke39:35you make me want to vomit can you39:37imagine him speaking to a church you39:39make me sick you make me want to throw39:43up and the word vomit if you think I’m39:45making this up the word vomit is where39:47we get the thought of projectile39:49vomiting this is not in fact the King39:52James Version of your Bible says Jesus39:54says I will spew you out of my39:58doesn’t that sound nice that’s King40:00James it’s proper English it’s just oh I40:03don’t feel good oh I don’t know about40:06you maybe women’s spiel40:09it sounds so polite excuse me I need to40:11go spiel men don’t spiel men vomit or40:16men puke he said Jack I don’t like the40:19way you’re talking it’s too bad40:20imagine what Jesus is saying it means40:23you make me so sick in your carnality40:26and you make me so sick in the way that40:28you are I can’t even drink you for40:31refreshment and I can’t even soak in you40:33for healing you have come together in a40:37place where you’ve left off both of40:40those realities and you’ve become40:42ineffective40:43you’ve become irrelevant and you don’t40:47make a difference and it all comes about40:50because you have denied the deity of Who40:54I am you have compromised my authority40:57in your church you have compromised why40:59my word you’ve made excuses for your41:01actions you still hung on to the Bible41:03you still call yourself a church but the41:05reality is I’m not there out of all the41:10seven letters to the seven churches six41:12of them are churches this one is a show41:14it’s fake it’s not a church I find it41:21fascinating by the way in physics for41:24something to be hot it has to have a41:25source of heat has to if something’s41:30cold did you know that it can only41:31remain cold if it has a source of energy41:34yeah there’s a there there is an there41:37is a negative energy for the you know41:41it’s amazing because the power to the41:44power of the atmosphere to get the air41:46down to 32 degrees kelvin is insane41:50power amazing power you never think41:54about the idea but lukewarm requires41:58nothing that which is cold without a42:04source eventually becomes lukewarm42:06that which is hot without a source42:09eventually becomes the worm42:13doesn’t have to be but it happens that42:16way thirdly in our study right now42:18number three is verse 17 the Bible tells42:21us here as we learned verse 17 my dear42:24Laodicea I’ve written you a letter so42:26why will you not recognize me why will42:29you not recognize me notice the42:31progression in this you’ve got Jesus42:34Christ issuing the fact that you don’t42:35listen to me and because you don’t42:37listen to me you don’t honor me and42:39because you don’t honor me you won’t you42:41don’t even recognize me because you say42:44I’m rich notice what they say about42:46themselves they say about this is their42:49self-assessment as a church we’re rich42:51man look look around we’re rich we’ve42:56become wealthy we have need of nothing43:02did you know why that was said by the43:04way and 60 ad 60 ad massive earthquake43:08hit the area of Laodicea devastated it43:12do you know what Laodicea refused to ask43:16Rome and the Empire for financial43:19assistance in its rebuilding43:21do you know what they did they’d43:22literally published a statement to the43:25Rome to the Roman Empire into Rome43:28itself and they said we listen we have43:32all that we need43:35we Caesar have need of nothing they were43:40so proud in their resources they they43:43showed Rome we can do it ourselves this43:47was written in 95 ad that is the letter43:49to the seven churches and Jesus picks up43:51on a very famous saying that came out of43:54the 60 80 earthquake he turns right on43:57them in instant relevance he turns to44:00them and says you say that you have need44:02of nothing and imagine they would have44:04went home we did say that to the Roman44:08Empire we’re so proud about not needing44:10anything of course they didn’t gasp they44:14didn’t care because they didn’t44:16recognize his authority anymore44:17if you were to stop them friends and say44:20ask them hey do you believe in Jesus you44:22know if their answer would be absolutely44:24do you believe in the Bible yep do you44:27believe yep yep yep and then here’s44:31what’s implied I kid you not44:32are you listening this is what’s implied44:38they knew theologically had answer but44:45how they lived was different than what44:48the Word of God said they knew it they44:53did it anyway44:54oh Jesus is Lord but was he he wasn’t to45:05them their values failed mark that down45:08their values evaporated you say you’re45:12rich you say that you’re wealthy you say45:14that you have need of nothing do you not45:16know Jesus says listen to him this is45:19God speaking to a church is God speaking45:23to you right now jesus said your45:29wretched your miserable you are poor and45:34you are blind and you are naked if you45:38know of a church that has a building or45:42a sign and Jesus Christ is not the45:46authority the head of the church is45:50Christ but is your church headless has45:56your church been beheaded from the45:58authority of Jesus is it just a body46:00flopping around and men have gotten to46:03the top and taken the place of the head46:05and they’re pulling the strings and46:07blowing the the horns and pressing the46:09buttons and it’s become a totally self46:12man driven Church we will decide this we46:16will decide the other I got to tell you46:18personally right now all of this debate46:23and question about when to open the46:25church and when not to open the church I46:27got to tell you something right now46:28I complied with the request of the46:30president I I complied with the request46:33of the governor and all along the way I46:36had a check in my gut46:38I made them I don’t know if it was the46:44right thing I don’t know if this whole46:51thing was it some sort of a satanic46:53attack on the world now we hear about46:56the corona virus being something that is46:59so now low on the list for causing death47:02literally47:04isn’t it funny now that what’s happening47:10using it as an argument of how much47:14control now the world wants in your life47:17people are even talking about if you47:19don’t have certain documents now or47:24certain things now you won’t be able to47:27get on an airplane you won’t be able to47:29get a passport you won’t be able to go47:30to certain places47:34it sounds like an endtime event to me47:38I’m sure I’m blowing some of your minds47:40but you need to go look at the new data47:42now that has come out of great47:46institutions since January first you47:51know what has exceeded the death toll of47:54coronavirus in california suicide just48:00this last week suicide up over 300%48:05suicide people calling hotlines48:09depression suicide hotlines up 70048:15percent in America I think Satan48:17launched an attack God’s gonna use it48:19God may not have caused it but God’s48:22gonna use it it’s time to wake up the48:24church is transcendent but this stuff48:28about the church being essential or48:29non-essential that’s an embarrassment48:31that church is not a business it’s not48:33an entity of this world the church is48:36transcendent it’s the ground in pillar48:38of all truth the church belongs to48:42Christ it doesn’t belong to America and48:44that doesn’t belong to California it48:47belongs to Jesus Christ and we as its48:51managers be48:52Shepherd’s being angels to the church at48:56fill in the blank we had better be48:58careful what we decide about his church49:02has eternal consequences we need to49:05recognize him in the midst of the corona49:07virus and the perverse movement to try49:15to think and hint to the ignorant of49:18this nation oh we have to suspend the49:20First Amendment because of this virus do49:22you understand that is insane49:24that is the tipping point for49:26lawlessness the First Amendment of the49:29Constitution of the United States of49:30America was designed for times like this49:33not to jump away from it or to deny it49:37how much more the Word of God Jesus says49:42to this church can you imagine him he49:44would never tell a church of his can you49:47imagine Jesus saying to his own church49:50your wretched miserable poor blind and49:53naked49:54he would never he’s speaking to an49:59institutionalized thing that inside of50:03it we’ll see in a moment there may be a50:06solar – that can be saved he’s talking50:09to an unconverted church he’s talking to50:11unconverted leadership he’s talking to50:13an unconverted entity and Jesus says50:20you’re absolutely bankrupt I want to50:25read something to you I quote they had50:30become proud of their own church they50:33were delighted in their own opinion of50:35themselves they would be the kind of50:39church that would say look what we’ve50:42done we’ve achieved this by our superior50:48approach to ministry and by the latest50:51and greatest techniques let’s remember50:56everyone this author wrote that these50:58cameras that we use in our day in the51:0121st century the computers the chairs51:04the51:04means they have no anointing there’s no51:08power in social media and its platform51:11or in the color of your church’s carpet51:14there is no special dispensation to some51:17men or women who have a name for51:21themselves in the family of God that in51:26fact that is the antithesis to what and51:30who Jesus Christ is all about close51:33quote51:34the church at Laodicea had drifted from51:37their initial calling and they ceased51:40from being a church a what are many51:41churches in America today have just51:42stopped being a church they don’t even51:44know it but Jesus isn’t there it’s51:54terrifying how prone we are to our own51:55propaganda isn’t it it’s a sad day when51:59we begin to believe our own press52:01release it’s self deception it’s self52:03delusion52:04and James excuse me in Galatians 652:08Galatians 6 verse 7 the Bible says do52:10not be deceived God is not mocked52:12whatever a man sows that shall he also52:14reap that’s a that’s a truth and a52:18reality I know this is tough stuff this52:20has to be if I backed away from the52:24intensity of this message I’d I’d have52:26to just go hide my head this is Jesus52:28telling to church they’re not only not52:30saved they’re not even a church but see52:34you know what you and I we see the word52:36Church and we want to include them in52:37with the rest and some people have gone52:38to so much length looking at the church52:41at Laodicea and they asked the question52:42do you think these people are on the52:44brink of losing their salvation or did52:46they lose their salvation that question52:49doesn’t apply to the context they’re not52:53even a saved church and they have sown52:58and now Jesus assesses them and they’re53:03reaping James chapter 1 verse 22 I know53:07this is tough can you imagine I’m just a53:09mere bozo mortal can you imagine when53:12Jesus assesses us and Jesus looks at53:15this church where I pastor or the church53:17that you go to53:18and he’s constantly speaking and the53:22only way that we can keep our church53:24from going astray is to stay in the word53:27and to be humble and broken before the53:29word and let it go up and down that’s53:32like a laser analyzing us but God help53:35us on the day that we in our staff53:38meetings and board meetings come to this53:40place that we don’t need to see God53:42anymore we got enough money to do it all53:44the old American way throw money at it53:48we’ll pull it off and you know what God53:51will let you do it when something gets53:56institutionalized it’s probably be that54:00by that time it’s probably already dead54:06this message is being preached to me to54:08you to this church and beyond God help54:12us at this church this church I’m happy54:15to tell you right now to the best of my54:16ability the assessment is this the last54:18time I checked with Jesus which was54:20about an hour and a half ago but I’m54:22trusting them to be here with me now is54:25that this church lives from hand to54:27mouth did you know that well you have54:32nice chairs54:33they’re not anointed well the nice54:36screen not anointed nice sound system54:39not anointed are we dependent upon him54:48James 1:22 says be doers of the word not54:51hearers only deceiving yourselves for if54:53anyone is a hearer of the word and not a54:56doer I go to church doesn’t matter what54:58are you doing he’s like a man observing55:00his natural face in a mirror for he55:04observes himself goes away and55:06immediately forgets what kind of man he55:08was55:08oh my goodness that’s so graphic is it55:12not strong words you do understand right55:19that Jesus is not condemning the wealthy55:21there are those who love God that are55:23rich is that nothing to do with monetary55:25things it has to do with where you’ve55:27placed your trust if you’re wealthy55:31watching this55:31program don’t think that this is to beat55:34you up no do you love God with all of55:35your heart and in is God using you like55:38the poor man to channel whatever you55:40have to God’s glory god bless you55:42but when you step back and say I don’t55:45need to hear this I’m rich hey I’m too55:48honey turn that off that really bothers55:51me I just want to hear only good news I55:56just want to hear only fun stuff we’ve56:00come to a dangerous point number four56:03found in verse 1856:05dear Laodicea I’ve written you a letter56:07so why will you not receive from me why56:09would you receive from me Jesus is56:12saying I counsel you to buy from me gold56:15refined in the fire that you may be rich56:21listen to this this isn’t one of the56:23biggest displays of Mercy to an56:26unbelieving group of religionist that56:29you’ll ever read and white garments that56:32you may be clothed that the shame of56:34your nakedness may not be revealed56:36notice they’re naked and anoint your56:38eyes all Wow in Laodicea medicine they56:42were world-famous for exporting a salve56:45they actually made tablets they had56:48little things the shape of a tablet they56:50took the soil and they took the56:52chemicals that are in the the ground in56:55that part of the world and they mixed it56:57up into this pill form they let it dry56:59like a tablet not a capsule a tablet and57:02they would ship it off and then you57:03would grind the tablet once you’ve got57:05it in your mail and you would put water57:08on it and you’d put it on your eyes and57:10it was famously known to help take away57:12infection and increase your ability to57:16heal up in your eyes so that you can see57:18again Jesus says notice how no notice57:22how relevant is you need to get I owe a57:26mint from me yours doesn’t work oh and57:30nakedness Laodicea was famous for57:33incredibly shiny looks plastic by the57:36way black wool that came from sheep of57:40the region and when that wool is put57:42together it’s so shiny black it looks57:44like it’s plastic57:45it’s super valuable Jesus says you need57:50what these look you need not just a57:53garment you need a white garment57:59contrast58:06you need to Reese receive from me he’s58:08saying in revelation 22 verse 17 in58:13revelation 17 22 17 the Bible says there58:16and the spirit and the bride say come58:19and let him who hears say come and let58:22him who thirst come whoever desires let58:26him take the water of life freely it58:32means without money right here Jesus58:35said come to me and buy gold refined in58:38the fire he’s not saying lear financial58:42right or call now and get this ounce of58:46gold you know blah blah blah buy gold58:49buy gold James warns people and says and58:52the last days right before Christ58:54returns people are going to be peddling58:57gold right before the end comes and the59:00Bible warns that your gold will turn59:02into rot and it will not save you why59:05because you were rich only in monetary59:07things not eat not eternal things Jesus59:10when he says buy from me gold that’s59:12refined in the fire he’s not talking59:13about metal he’s talking about listen59:16buy from me a life that’s been refined59:21in the fire what do you mean by oh it’s59:23free it’s free here’s what it means come59:26and take it with the economy the59:29transaction come with the currency of59:32eternity not money you come to me what59:36buys listen what buys salvation faith59:39towards God repentance of sin Jesus is59:43Lord he’s the Alpha the Omega that began59:48in the end the first and the last the59:49one who was who is who is to come the59:51Almighty that’s who he is that’s how you59:53buy gold refined in the fire Jesus has59:57come to me and he says that your shame59:59of your nakedness will not be revealed60:05remarkable finally I got an I’m at a60:07time60:09five found in verses 19 to 22 My dear60:13laod to see I’ve written you a letter so60:15why will you not answer me why will you60:18not answer60:20as many as I love I rebuke and chasten60:23listen therefore be zealous and repent60:25Wow verse 19 listen if you’re right now60:29watching because somebody has made you60:30watch this sermon this preaching from60:33the Bible from the Word of God not from60:35Jack’s mouth or from this church or from60:37this website or from this channel if you60:40are a little hearing right now verse 1960:42from Almighty God you’re gonna have one60:46of two responses right now you are60:47either thinking shut up and get off this60:52broadcast or you’re saying what do I do60:58what in the world am I supposed to do61:01put your put your initials next to verse61:0519 listen to this and I want to show you61:09this picture should freaky freak you out61:10this is an old picture from ancient61:13Greece but verse 20 we all know this61:17behold can you imagine it’s a shout61:19behold behold I stand at the door knocks61:25as Jesus if anyone I want to go like61:29this if anyone hears my voice and opens61:39the door he shouted in a church notice61:44he’s on the outside shouting at it if61:46anybody will open the door the famous61:50painting shows a door with no handle it61:53shows a door with no knob the door has61:56to be open from the inside this church61:58is so shut up it’s so exclusive it’s so62:02right in its own eyes it’s so the church62:06in their mind they’re so messed up have62:10you ever had somebody leave the leave62:12the verse leave the picture have you62:15ever had a ministry or a pastor makes me62:18sick it makes me want to throw up when62:20you hear a pastor say well at my church62:24this is what we excuse me whose church62:28well wait what you uh you’re you’re no62:32longer going to62:33and my church what’s happened oh my dear62:40friend you’re going to another Church oh62:43how could this be you know it come down62:48from your tower that is so fair cynical62:52and is exactly Laodicean it sucks62:56your church is so amazing that it’s got62:59a doorknob only on the inside not on the63:02outside we are a group of super Saints63:07guess where Jesus is he’s not even in it63:16answer please63:19anyone if you open the door I will come63:25in and have dinner with you dine sup63:30food and he with me speaking about the63:33word to him overcomes I will grant to63:37sit with me on my Father’s throne listen63:39this is an evangelistic right I also63:43have overcome Oh sat down to my father’s63:44throne he a verse 22 he who has an ear63:47let him hear what the Spirit says to the63:50churches so I want to ask you this63:55question does your church does your64:00church bow to the deity of Jesus Christ64:01does your church does the Bible in your64:04church you do understand when I say64:06church I’m also talking about your64:07church where you’re at and your life64:09that you have is this book the absolute64:14dictate of your actions is this the64:17answer this book the Bible is this the64:22sovereign over your life is this what64:27you consult before you making decisions64:29is this what you must read when you wake64:32up and or before you go to bed you must64:34eat of this word is this it or is this a64:38recreational use item do you bring this64:40out like you bring out your CD do you64:43bring this out like you bring out your64:44snow skis or your surfboard64:48or is this word eternal governing over64:52your life and it has the final say our64:57nation is in a great struggle right now65:01it’s completely winnable if if our65:07nation as a government goes back to the65:09Constitution that our founders gave us65:11all will be well65:12but there’s enemies of that Constitution65:15many of them are in power I find it65:21interesting that they constantly seek65:23control of the populace they won’t let65:27go what about the church there is the65:34Bible the Word of God and in a church65:39that love Jesus this word is the65:41absolute final authority and to the best65:44of their flesh abilities because we all65:47struggle with our flesh we do all that65:50we can according to this word and we’re65:51constantly open to our failures Lord65:54show me where I’ve done wrong show me65:56where I’m messing up show me if any of65:58the theology if I’ve got it wrong with66:01my wife with my kids with my mom with my66:04dad show me where I’ve got it wrong Oh66:07God teach me for out of my word comes66:09forth life or there’s the church that66:18says in action well that’s what the66:23Bible says but that was then and we have66:29read to find what love means because66:33we’re more refined now we’ve even66:38created the definition of those old66:40words we’ve renewed the definitions we66:42have reconstructed them redefined them66:46of what marriage is we have now66:53discovered things like66:58there’s as many genders as you want to67:01have so we just cut Genesis right out of67:04the Bible and Matthew five and six and67:07seven and are you hearing me I don’t67:08like what you’re saying it doesn’t67:10matter if you like what I’m saying what67:11i’m telling you is truth this church was67:16lost it had a title of a church jesus67:20wasn’t even in it don’t be that kind of67:25a church if you are in that kind of a67:30church get out now before sundown run67:34for your life67:35flee that city of destruction flee that67:40church of destruction so well pastor my67:43church doesn’t believe in the deity of67:44Christ but I’m gonna turn it around I’m67:47gonna hang in there and run well they67:50have a great they have a great picnic67:52program they have a great bingo club67:54they got a fantastic youth Brun run to67:58Jesus run to Jesus thanks for watching68:01the real life YouTube channel we love68:04bringing you content that will help you68:06grow in your relationship with Jesus68:08Christ you can subscribe to this channel68:10so that you don’t miss one single video68:13or live stream and you can share it with68:16friends and family if you’d like to68:18support this ministry by helping us68:20reach others by taking the gospel and68:23the teaching around the world you can do68:25so by clicking the give Now button so68:27thanks again for watching and God bless68:30[Music]

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