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    The last church to which John was bidden to send a message was Laodicea. The messages to Sardis and to Philadelphia, separately cover a period extending to the second coming of Christ; but in addition to the experiences portrayed in the MarginHence forth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day. 2 Timothy 4:8.
    Revelation 21:7 [margin.]
    Revelation 22:17.
    Isaiah 55:1.
    Zechariah 9:16.
    Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Isaiah 62:3.
    1 Peter 2:5.
    Galatians 2:9.
    Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4.
    Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. Revelation 3:12.
    Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. Galatians 4:26.
    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. Ephesians 2:10.
    Isaiah 45:23.
    Matthew 25:34.
    If a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. 2 Timothy 2:5.
    Revelation 14:12.
    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:13.
    Revelation 3:14.
    Revelation 3:3, 11.
    fifth and sixth messages, that which is directed to Laodicea is also applicable. It is given by the Amen, the One with whom yea is yea, and nay is nay,-the One who changeth not. He is also “the faithful and true Witness”; for the Laodicean message is given to the people at the time when the investigative judgment is in progress; and while the message is going forth, the names of the very ones who receive it, will be called in the court of heaven, and Christ will stand as the faithful and true Witness; but Satan as the accuser of the brethren. “The Beginning of the Creation of God,” who gave His life at the foundation of the world, is watching His people in the closing hours of probationary time. The cry, “Babylon is fallen,” was proclaimed when the churches rejected the advent message; and as in the Thyatira period, the true separated from those who turned from the light; so in the days when the principles of Protestantism are again disregarded, this time by the daughters of Babylon, a separation is necessary. The light of the sixteenth century came from an opened Bible. Justification by faith was made known as opposed to justification by works. Later the temple in heaven was opened, and the true Sabbath was made known. This had long been trampled in the dust; but its observance was a cross too heavy for many to lift, and they turned back toward the Dark Ages. The principles of Protestantism were repudiated by the churches, and the principles of Republicanism by the state; while the nominally Protestant denominations returned to the days of Pergamos. But some went forward to proclaim the third angel’s message, MarginJesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Hebrews 13:8.
    From Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood. Revelation 1:5.
    Revelation 3:5.
    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. Revelation 3:14.
    What agreement hath the temple of God with idols 2 Corinthians 6:16.
    The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psalm 119:130.
    Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest. Exodus 34:21.
    Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it. Isaiah 56:1, 2.
    The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem. Lamentations 4:12,
    as given in the fourteenth chapter of Revelation.
    SSP 86.2

    Upon this last church-the remnant,-shine the accumulated rays of all past ages. It is a church highly favored, and one of which heaven and earth have a right to expect great things. But like the churches of the past, it has disappointed heaven, and Christ sorrowfully says of them,’I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot. “Spiritual pride is the worst of evils, and the hardest to reach. Heaven and earth are waiting for the closing up of history. The climax has been reached in the controversy. Satan is preparing for the final struggle. The armory of heaven awaits the signal of its Leader. The church of God on earth, is the only object which can retard the progress of events. It becomes the center of interest for the universe. The Saviour still bids the hosts hold till the servants of God are sealed. Angels are hurrying to and fro between heaven and earth, but God will go no faster than His church. For centuries He has walked with it, holding its star in His right hand. Every encouragement has been offered to speed the work; but when the church hesitates, He goes no faster than it can go, lest the light be so far in advance that His followers will lose their way.SSP 88.1

    A spirit of lukewarmness rests upon God’s people. Says the Witness, “I would thou wert cold or hot.” If very cold, something could warm them, or if too hot, their ardor could be controlled; but “because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.” There is danger that those who have seen the signs of His coming; those who have heard the advent message, and have followed MarginLamentations 5:6.
    Isaiah 1:9.
    Revelation 12:17.
    Isaiah 1:3.
    They regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands. Isaiah 5:12.
    I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. Revelation 3:15.
    When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. Proverbs 11:2.
    Romans 8:22.
    The devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. Revelation 12:12.
    2 Thessalonians 2:9, 10.
    Genesis 19:16.
    Revelation 7:1-3.
    Hebrews 1:14.
    Genesis 33:14.
    Revelation 1:13.
    Revelation 2:1.
    Deuteronomy 3:28.
    Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. John 12:35.
    What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren’s heart faint as well as his heart. Deuteronomy 20:8.
    His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay. Jeremiah 20:9.
    Matthew 26:51-55.
    2 Samuel 7:1-13.
    So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:16.
    Jeremiah 3:32-36.
    in the light which shone from the open door; and those who have sacrificed for the cause in many ways, will, near the close, when just about ready to receive the crown, rest satisfied in their past experiences. They say they are “rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing;” and forget that he who receives most, is accountable for the most. “And knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” Think of it. He who prides himself on his wealth is, in the eyes of heaven, poverty-stricken, blind and naked. Heaven pities such a church, and the true Witness, who longs to plead for, and not against them, in the presence of the angels, counsels them, “Buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich.” Faith and love is the wealth offered by Christ, and with these the possessor can purchase the treasures of heaven. “Buy of Me white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear.” The raiment offered is the righteousness of Christ. It is a garment of light, which will attract the world to Christ. This will clothe all the redeemed who are living on the earth when Christ appears. It is a reflection of the holiness of God, and comes to him only, who lives in constant communication with the Lord of Life. The life of him who is in touch with heaven, is like the glow of the incandescent light. When this counsel is heeded, the “loud cry” of Revelation 18:1 will sound throughout the world.
    SSP 88.2

    “I counsel thee to anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” The oil for anointing, is the oil of His grace, which will give MarginTherefore thus saith the Lord, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them. Jeremiah 15:19.
    Mark 10:31.
    Luke 12:47, 48.
    Hosea 12:8.
    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. Revelation 3:17.
    Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. 1 Corinthians 4:8.
    Hosea 12:14.
    The Lord said unto Satan, The Lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Zechariah 3:1-6.
    Proverbs 8:18-21.
    Revelation 19:8.
    If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
    2 Corinthians 5:3.
    2 Corinthians 5:21.
    2 Corinthians 4:4-6.
    2 Corinthians 3:18.
    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. Revelation 3:18.
    Psalm 104:2.
    All that sat in the council, looking steadfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel. Acts 6:15.
    As truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. Numbers 14:20, 21.
    spiritual eyesight to the soul in blindness and darkness, that he may distinguish between the workings of the Spirit of God and those of the spirit of the enemy. The way which these souls must travel, is a narrow way. Satan, as his time grows short, uses every device to deceive, if possible, the very elect; and as his deceptions become more delusive, only those eyes which are anointed with the oil of grace, can discern the spirits. The heavenly Merchantman opens His wares, and counsels us to buy of Him. He addresses those who have lost their first love, those who have lost their zeal and interest in spiritual things, and urges them to buy of the heavenly store. Many will be reproved for the sins mentioned in the Laodicean message, and such reproofs, unheeded, will cause those to be shaken out who are unwilling to receive the reproof of the Spirit.
    SSP 89.1

    Eternal interests are at stake; the time of probation is almost over; and Christ, as if loath to lose one single soul, reproves and rebukes, that sin may be discarded. There is no other time for preparation, for the Laodicean message covers ecclesiastical history to the very end of time. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.”SSP 90.1

    To those hearts that have not yet admitted Christ as the one Ruler in the soul-temple, He says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock.” He does not force Himself in, although His own heart is breaking over our hardness. He pleads in gentleness, and if allowed to enter, in the capacity of an intimate friend, He will sup with us. The very closest relationship is seen to exist between God and His remnant church. It MarginThen shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. Malachi 3:18.
    For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:24.
    For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. Colossians 3:6.
    Luke 1:17.
    Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Ezekiel 18:31.
    The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. Jeremiah 8:20.
    Revelation 22:11, 12.
    Revelation 22:10.
    As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Revelation 3:19.
    John 16:8, 9.
    Ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof. Proverbs 1:25.
    John 17:23.
    Song of Solomon 5:2.
    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. Revelation 3:20.
    Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number. Job 9:10.
    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. Revelation 3:21.
    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 3:22.
    is as a brand plucked from the burning. Weak, trembling, and sinladen, this remnant of the race, is taken by the Saviour to sit with Him on His throne, even as He overcame, and sat down on the throne of the Father. Angels see the place, made vacant by the fall of Lucifer, filled by those whom sin had marred and defaced more than any other race. The Majesty of heaven reaches to the lowest depths of earth, and exalts man to the highest place in heaven,-a seat beside the King on His throne. The redeemed occupy a position nearer the Creator than they could have occupied, had there been no sin. Such is the wondrous love of Christ! To-day angels and inhabitants of unfallen worlds are watching the consummation of the plan. We who live to-day are the objects of their interest. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”
    SSP 90.2

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