[b]The Trumpet Is Sounding a Warning to the Fallen Away Church[/b]
[i]by Milton Green[/i]
Jesus is sounding a warning today for those who have fallen away from the faith: all those who have a false security in carnal doctrines, and to those who have built their own tower into heaven upon foundations of sand.
Jesus says, "I know thy works... because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing: and knowest not that thou are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind (with no understanding), and naked (lost, not having garments of salvation)" (Rev. 3:15, 17).
"I counsel thee to buy of Me gold (the divine nature) tried in the fire (by overcoming the fiery trials), that thou mayest be rich (in God and good works); and white raiment (robes of righteousness), that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness (lostness) do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see (and have understanding). (Because) as many as I love, I REBUKE AND CHASTEN; be zealous therefore, and repent (so that you can be perfected in holiness and love)" (Rev. 3:18, 19).
Then He extends the invitation: "Behold, I stand at the door (of the churches), and knock (with the Holy Spirit): if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup (fellowship) with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh (the world, the flesh and the devil) 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. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches" (Rev. 3:20- 22).
Jesus is speaking to the people in fallen away churches who are without discipline and reproof. Their deeds are not deeds of love because they have refused the discipline needed to be perfected in love. They are illegitimate children.
Jesus warns that the ones who will be saved are the ones who receive discipline and overcome and who will sit with Him on the throne of His Father. He is telling those who have ears to hear that they must be sanctified and holy.
"And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem (the church), shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem. When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment (brought by God's law), and by the spirit of burning (the fiery trials)" (Isa. 4:3, 4).
"If any man's work (of wood, hay and stubble which are the works of the flesh and treasures of this world) shall be burned, he shall suffer loss (of all these things on earth): but he himself shall be saved (from the ways of the world, the flesh, and the destruction of the powers of darkness); yet so as by fire (the fire burns up everything that is not the divine nature of God).., for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are" (1 Cor. 3:15, 17).
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