Bruce Warner (22 March 2011)
"GOD IS GOING TO 'TEST THE LAODICEANS' HERE ON EARTH AFTER THE 'PHILADELPHIANS ARE RAPTURED' TO HEAVEN....."

Dear Doves,

Revelation 3:10 (TO THE CHURCH IN PHILADELPHIA)
"Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world TO TEST THOSE WHO LIFE ON THE EARTH."

God tells the 'Church in Philadelphia' that they will be raptured because they have kept his command.

God then tells the 'Church in Laodicea' that He is going to rebuke and DISCIPLINE them for being lukewarm:

Rev 3:19 (TO THE CHURCH IN LAODICEA)
"Those whom I love I rebuke and DISCIPLINE."

He also tells them that HIS DISCIPLINE is that they will have to BUY FROM HIM GOLD REFINED IN THE FIRE to become rich.

Rev 3:18
"I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich."

What do the Laodiceans possess with which to pay God that He will accept as the purchase price for "the gold refined in the fire" other than their mortal life?

I believe that the "gold" spoken of here is the 'sanctification' which the wise virgins possessed as lamp oil and the foolish virgins did not possess enough of. Notice also that the "gold" which the Laodiceans must "buy" from God comes out of "the fire" in which it is "refined". What else can this be but 'the fire' of God's wrath?

I believe that (Revelation 3:18) paraphrased means:

"I counsel you" means: I advise you

"to buy from me" means: to be martyered in my name

"gold" means: to gain sanctification

"refined in the fire" means: learned in the fire of my wrath

"so you can become rich" means: so you can also obtain heaven.

I advise you to be martyred in my name to gain sanctification learned in the fire of my wrath, so you also can obtain heaven.

According to Your Word, come Lord Jesus!

Bruce Warner