James Jacob Prasch has just released his new book called “The Dilemma of Laodicia”. It looks pretty good. I have been reading and listening Jacob’s sermons for around 12 years now and he doesn’t shy away from the hard issues that are embracing today’s Church.
He describes the seven Churches as not only time periods that overlap but Churches that have sound warnings in every period since the Church Age.
The Greek names reveal something about each church. Each church also seems to represent an approximation of a certain period of history, but the types of each church and the periods they each represent overlap. Although this is the predominant characteristic of the church overall within any given period of history, churches bearing characteristics of all seven are found to exist to one degree or another. [source]
Laodicia is made up of two words in the Greek and means:
Apparently a primary word; a people (in general; thus differing from G1218, which denotes one’s own populace): – people.
Probably from G1166; right (as self evident), that is, justice (the principle, a decision, or its execution): – judgment, punish, vengeance.
Laodicea = “justice of the people”
Putting those together you get “People’s opinions.” Can you see how postmodernism and redefinition has brought out the “People’s opinion” Church.
Even in Colossians it speaks about this particular Church having false teachers…
Col 2:1 For I would have you know how greatly I strive for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
Col 2:8 Take heed lest there shall be any one that maketh spoil of you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ:
So, if this topic interests you, you may want to look into purchasing this book. We may live in the days where the Church is blind and cannot see, but books like this are insightful for us today.