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Nothing Good Shall Come of This [3-27-22]

This is the last letter from Jesus through John to seven churches that are part of a postal route in Asia Minor, or present-day Turkey. They are, in order of appearance:

  • Ephesus - Danger of losing their first love.

  • Smyrna - Fear of suffering.

  • Pergamum - Doctrinal compromise.

  • Thyatira - Moral compromise.

  • Sardis - Spiritual deadness.

  • Philadelphia - Needing to hold on.

  • Laodicea - Lukewarmness.

Four of these churches are so disappointing that they are threatened with judgment. Philadelphia and Smyrna contain not a single note of disapproval or reproach. Laodicea has the grim distinction of being the church to which Jesus has nothing good at all, whatsoever, to say. They are a false church.

First, let's get the lay of the land.

Laodicea was nestled in a valley at the juncture of two important trade routes. The surrounding fertile ground provided good grazing for sheep. In fact, they produced a glossy black wool that was in demand throughout the Roman Empire. That, and the prime location of the two imperial trade routes, brought great prosperity to Laodicea. Agricultural and commercial prosperity brought widespread ban