REVELATION 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with Him and he with Me.
He is expressing the appeal of the lover of the souls of men. The origin of the passage is much more likely to be in Solomon’s Song when the lover stands at the door of his beloved and pleads with her to open. “Hark! my beloved is knocking. Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, perfect one” (Solomon’s Song 5:2–6). Here is Christ the lover knocking at the door of the hearts of men.
It speaks of the call to know Him deeply - 'Experiencing the depths of Jesus Christ' and the unveiling of the Song of Solomon in the wilderness.
As the Authorized Version has it, “I will come in and sup with him.” The word translated sup is deipnein and its corresponding noun is deipnon. The Greek has three meals in the day. There was akratisma , breakfast, which was no more than a piece of dried bread dipped in wine. There was ariston , the midday meal. A man did not go home for it; it was simply a picnic snack eaten by the side of the pavement, or in some colonnade, or in the city square. There was deipnon ; this was the evening meal; the main meal of the day; people lingered over it, for the day’s work was done. It was the deipnon that Christ would share with the man who answered his knock, no hurried meal, but that where people lingered in fellowship. If a man will open the door, Jesus Christ will come in and linger long with him.
It is also the call into the WILDERNESS. As the true condition of the church and the true condition of their own hearts is discerned and revealed, many have responded by entering the wilderness. This may seem strange to some but it is of God. The greatest harvest that will occur at the end of the age - a time of grace before the coming dark tribulation period and will come forth from those set apart unto Him in the WILDERNESS.
There seems to be a separation between Laodicea and those called out of Laodicea. Some of the prophecies such as the CIVIL WAR seem to portray the warfare between these two groups of believers. Note that those called out of Laodicea are aware that they too could still have been a part of Laodicea if it were not for His grace. They should have compassion and identify with those who are still in Laodicea and enter into the work of the Shepherd seeking to woo others to experience Jesus in a deeper way.
We see the pleading of Christ. He stands at the door of the human heart and knocks. The unique new fact that Christianity brought into this world is that God is the seeker of men. No other religion has the vision of a seeking God.
It is a sad life for those who are part of Laodicea who follow church programmes year after year and involve themselves in this and that and yet are never truly satisfied. They deserve our pity yet we need to be careful lest we fall back into Laodicea. The danger lies in that those in Laodicea are blind to their own condition and positional leaders - 5-fold
leaders - will try to persuade you that you are mistaken and have become backsliders.
It seems as verse 14
These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the
Beginning of the creation of God.
is encouraging those who have responded to the call of Laodicea - entering into something new, not knowing where they are going and feeling alone in their pursuit of the Lord - that the Lord is sure to His promises and to His call. He will take you through the wilderness into the coming move of God. He reassures us by saying that He is the AMEN and the FAITHFUL and TRUE WITNESS. He almost implies by the BEGINNING OF THE CREATION OF GOD that it was He who worked when we were saved. I personally recall His Presence in a profound way when I was first saved. It seems that He is saying that He was the author of our salvation and that He will continue and restore that which He had started through the wilderness of God.
It is better not even to start on the Christian way than to start and then to drift into a conventional and meaningless Christianity. The fire must be kept burning. There is an unwritten saying of Jesus: “He who is near me is near the fire.” And the way to “maintain the spiritual glow” (Romans 12:11, Moffat) is to live close to Christ.
Laodice was named after the wife of Antiochus Epithanes who was a type of the Antichrist who is to come. We see a sign that the end of the age is upon us. Laodicea was originally a fortress yet was not effective in that it had a poor water supply. Later when the Roman peace came, Laodicea flourished as a city because of its position. This is also true of the
spiritual condition today. Laodicea has those who are positional leaders and has at times large number of followers. However, they lack the depth and strength and not fortresses in God. That lack the unction and Presence of God in their lives. Outwardly they appear to be rich but inwardly they are poor. On the other hand, those called out of Laodicea are of the opposite character. They are hidden and b. They are moist with His Presence and they don't speak from authority - they speak with authority.
Laodicea has a water problem. Those who are part of Laodicea have no moisture in their lives. On the other hand, those in the wilderness have found water - much water and it is the snow water from Lebanon.
JOHN 7: 37b-38 If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes (FAITH noun, BELIEVE verb) in Me AS THE SCRIPTURE HAS SAID, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.
JER 2:11-13 Has a nation changed its gods,which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory For what does not profit. Be astonished, O heavens, at this, And be horrible afraid; Be very desolate, says the Lord. For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns - broken cisterns that can hold no water.
ACTS 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your young men shall see visions,Your old men shall dream dreams.
The opening the door of the heart in REVELATION 3:20 leads to the opening of the door of heaven - an open heaven - and then to the Lord's return.
REVELATION 4:1 After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, 'Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.'
The end of those who have not responded to the Laodicean call is conveyed in the Parable of the Ten Virgins:
MATTHEW 25: 1-13
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.
“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, do not know you.’
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.
Holman Hunt was right when in his famous picture The Light of the World he painted the door of the human heart with no handle on the outside, for it can be opened only from within. As Trench has it: “Every man is lord of the house of his own heart; it is his fortress; he must open the gates of it,” and he has “the mournful prerogative and privilege of refusing to open.” The man who refuses to open is “blindly at strife with his own blessedness.”
REV 3:21 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.
Many have entered the wilderness of God. Those who come out the wilderness and who have not lost their way in the desolation have been given this promise in Revelation 3.
The overcoming is different in the different seasons of God.
IN THE WILDERNESS
In the wilderness, the overcoming is the ROMANS 8 victory. The shift from soulish to spiritual. In our walk before God there are many things that are soulish - striving in our work for God, too much of our mind, will and emotions in the things of God - too much reading and studying with our mind and too little revelation to our spirit from His Spirit - focus on the gifts and ministry instead of on Him. In the wilderness, there is a death to all these things. This is the way of the cross.
Not only are we to enter through the cross into the Kingdom of God but on the inside of hearts the cross needs to be inscribed - and in a very unique way. Many have mortified this and that over the centuries but self and the will has still been central and no eternal good has been wrought. The way of the cross needs to be looked at very carefully.
This death extends to what has been called 'the dark night of the soul.' A place where even His Presence is distant for a season. Have you been through this process and extent of death? Only a dead man can hold the coming glory.
At this point, we move fully into ROMANS 8, overcoming and finding Him truly. Before there was more of a searching, a restlessness, much reading, much listening to tapes, much running to and fro from meeting to meeting and yet now there a sense of having found Him, a rest and a peace and more of quietly enjoying His communion and His Presence. Instead of much reading, we are satisfied with what He gives and desire no more and only with what He reveals. Discernment grows. Ministry is more of what He reveals and less of giving what has been studied or obtained from books and tapes.
INTO THE CHURCHES
It is important that the work of death has been completed before entering into this work otherwise damage is done to the Body of Christ. The spirit of Jezebel can manifest in those who have not been through this deep death.
The overcoming is two-fold. Firstly, many who have been through the wilderness and have overcome tend to desire to remain in the wilderness. The warning is given by the prophet Zechariah.
ZECHARIAH 11:17 Woe to the worthless shepherd,Who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm And against his right eye; His arm shall completely wither, And his right eye shall be totally blinded.
We need to be faithful to Him and fulfill the work that He has for us in the churches. At times, the prophet and his message will be rejected and we feel the loathing and animosity of the leaders as we remain in the place that we are called to work this unusual work. Sometimes there is a tendency to say in our hearts - 'Let me go back into the wilderness and enjoy His Presence - the leaders don't desire or welcome the fresh anointing and are threatened by it and I don't need this animosity in my life - there is no good being done - they are not changing - they resist Your word - let me leave them to their own designs and let me go back to the wilderness.' We are only to depart from a place when the Lord instructs us and tells us that His work is done. Much is happening in the unseen realm and it is needed. A witness is being established and is the work of God even if the prophet is not received.
Secondly, as Zechariah spoke prophetically of the suffering of our Lord Jesus and by the principle of double reference, speaks prophetically of the same suffering experienced by these prophets of the wilderness as they work in churches. This comes from the warfare and conflict between the old and new order. His fire must be brought boldly in the right spirit
and the spirit of Jezebel must not be in the hearts of the prophets of the wilderness. To allow the spirit of Jezebel to manifest is to fail in the work of God - and there is a promise to those who overcome: much authority in the coming move of God and many who have overcome these hurdles will be the leaders of the coming move of the Spirit.
Those who have their brother's blood on their hands in this work will not be permitted to build the temple of God; so we need to heed the warning to do the work of God as a dead man and not manifesting the warlike, and destructive spirit of Jezebel.
Let us be faithful to each of the seasons of God and He will promote us to the next. Let us look unto Him trusting in the Amen who is faithful in leading us through the wilderness into the promised land.
He gives AUTHORITYto those who overcome. They will sit with Him on His throne. This speaks of the tremendous authority that those who have overcome will possess and this authority is not a positional authority but true authority in the things of God.