In this short post we will talk about one of the churches of the Book of Revelations. The meaning of this particular church, Laodike was and is described as something that is lukewarm and a direct translation from the Greek would be "Law-People" (Dike being Law, manner, practise and Lao referring to people). In Xhosa it has (off course) a more descriptive and deeper meaning... Lets dive !
When talking about this church in Revelations, let us establish then what is a church? To be blunt it is a congregation (an assembly of people) and has nothing to do with the building church associated with the word - but with the people adhering to its thoughts and ideas about things in regards to faith. Hence we have many different thoughts and ideas about the Bible today. Too many...!
Now one take on how to read the prophecy of the churches (congregations) found in Revelations, could be interpreted as to understood something like this.
By starting with the church of Ephesus, these believers have evolved or devolved over time, being in different spiritual states across the different times. Another argument would be that these assemblies of people (congregations) still exist today. Now these seven churches, Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea, are these different congregational energies (a core value of felt beliefs and feelings) and spiritual attitudes/doctrines of the said group of people. How they was improving or failing, is supposed to be all chronicles in the last book of the Bible. The dates on the slide are subject to interpretation as with all dates from the ancient world should be.
Ephesus - Backsliding
Smyrna - Persecuted
Pergamos - Licentious
Thyatira - Laxative
Sardis - Dead
Philadelphia - Favoured
Laodicea - Lukewarm