The 1000 years rule and reign
Jehu Chan - Aug 18 2016
And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write – Rev 3:14
Did you noticed in this last and seventh Letter, the focus on this letter has changed? The earlier six letters focus the church in a particular place i.e. the church in Ephesus, the church in Smyrna and so forth. The earlier six letters address a particular condition that is prevalent in that church, like lost your first love in the church in Ephesus. In this last and seventh letter, the focus changes to a specific group of people known as the Laodiceans, not to a specific place. WHY?
The Laodiceans are described as having works that are neither cold nor hot. They are rich and becoming wealthy and have need of nothing. They are advised to purchase from the Yeshua gold refined in the fire, white garments to cover their nakedness and anoint their eyes with eyesalve, that they may see the Truth. Yeshua advises them to be zealous and repent. Finally in Rev 3:20 Jesus stands at the door of their hearts and knock. He said “If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” – Rev 3:20
The language above is to a specific group of people who is living in a condition of plenty but whose works are lukewarm. Could this be describing the era of the 1,000 years reign of Yeshua with His saints and martyrs? This group of people are those who survive the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 16:16) and will live outside the Holy City of Jerusalem. These people have no lack as their living conditions are back to the days of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden where “the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox, and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain.” – Isaiah 65:25. Yet they remain lost.
Yeshua continues reaching out and pleading to the “Laodiceans” to repent, to open the doors of their heart to receive Him. The reward is very clear, Yeshua will grant them sonship, co-heir with Him. “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.” – Rev 3:21.
Isn’t this similar to the parable of the workers in the vineyard -Matthew 20:1-16? The last of the workers will also likewise receive the same reward. What a merciful and loving God we serve! Amen.