Revelation 1:10-11a – On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches. (NIV)
Recently, my Bible study group began studying the book of Revelation. Contemplating our discussions in regards to the seven churches, I was inspired to write what I felt Jesus may be saying to the Church in the West today. From a Christian perspective, the following letter expresses my view of the rapidly changing world in which we live, a critical period in church history. Now is the time for believers to stand up for the faith.
- To the angel of the Church in the West:
I blessed you because you established and based yourselves in My holy name — a church that would continue to spread the gospel news. By keeping the Word and continually denying yourselves with sacrifice, you have assisted many, both at home and abroad. Even to the least of these, you've done it to Me.
But due to sheer complacency and refutation, your heart has been changed. Satan has deceived you and you have accepted it. My name has been removed from your schools, meeting places, institutions, and government; atrociously, my helpless ones are being slaughtered by the millions. Because of your lukewarm hearts and backsliding, My patience will cease. Time is of the essence.
Concerning the above message, what do you believe the angel of God would say to your church? Will there be praise, tidings of gladness, and fruitful sayings, or will there be harsh words and demands of repentance? How blameless will it be? Ask these questions. My prayer and hope is that it will be the former.
Prayer: O heavenly Father, we pray that people will contemplate and come to the realization of the ultimate sacrifice that Your beloved Son made for the sins of mankind. We know that it is not too late for us to receive total salvation through Your grace, if we simply come to Him and accept Him as our one and only Lord and Saviour, for You are a forgiving and loving God. In Jesus' holy name, we pray. Amen.