"great conflict" - intense agony! Sugge...
"great conflict" - intense agony! Suggests any struggle, contest, a battle, an action, a law or a trial. Notice in reference to Laodicea. They were neighbors of each other. They were about 1 mile apart. They were instructed in chpt 4 to exchange letters.
See Rev 3:14-22
Laodicea stood midway between the hot springs of Hierapolis and the cold waters of Colossae. It was fed by an aqueduct from Hierapolis, the water being lukewarm when it arrived at Laodicea.
Laodicea was militarily undefendable. It's posture was one of compromise. Prophetically the word Laodicea means rule of the people. It's supposed to be the rule of God. It was a self satisfied church, and one of 2 letters out of the 7 that Jesus had nothing positive to say. It describes the church at large of today; the doctrinal deficiencies of the day. Its admonitions and remedies and exhortations focus on our issues today.
An inscription on the cathedrawl in Lubeck, Germany:
* Ye call Me Master and obey Me not
* Ye call Me Light and see Me not
* Ye call Me the way and walk Me not
* Ye call Me life and choose Me not
* Ye call Me wise and follow Me not
* Ye call Me fair and love Me not
* Ye call Me rich and ask Me not
* Ye call Me eternal and seek Me not
* Ye call Me noble and serve Me not
* Ye call Me gracious and then do not trust Me
* Ye call Me might and honor Me not
* Ye call Me just and fear Me not
* If I condemn you, blame Me not
Has your church failed to tell you that you are a sinner? This is the main theme of the Bible?
Has your church failed to deal with you as a lost individual without Christ?
Has your church failed to offer you salvation in Jesus Christ alone?
Has your church failed to proclaim the horrible consequences of sin, the certainty of hell, and the fact that Jesus alone can save you from it?
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