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Does the footwashing come before or after the bread and wine?
Was the footwashing Christ adminstered to the disciples only a routine matter at the beginning of the Passover service? Is it geared toward humbling ourselves before God prior to partaking of the Passover?
Passover Night is the Night to be Much Observed. Passover is the First Day of Unleavened Bread. So says your Bible! Why didn't we read that before? We did. At least we read over it and missed it completely. Is the Passover and the First Day of Unleavened observed separate days as we have always done? Is that the way Christ kept it? What does your Bible say?
It seems people despise, resent and complain about government most of the time. Perhaps it is because most governments try to fool most of the people most of the time. But we also need to address another key reason.
This series on Revelation 2-3 has shown from internal biblical evidence that the seven churches all exist in the end time. It has also agreed with our traditional understanding that the seven churches form a chronological chain stretching from the days of the apostles until today. The last of the seven, Laodicea, is the most prevalent right now.
Very few among us wish to be associated with "the church of the Laodiceans." Among the seven churches, Laodicea is the last before the return of Christ, and it is unquestionably dominant today. The far-reaching works conducted under the direction of Herbert W. Armstrong are fading memories.
The letter to the church at Philadelphia is the one to which most current church members relate. Upon analyzing Revelation 2 and 3, the vast majority among us consider it to be the best of the churches through the ages. Is our evaluation of Philadelphia justified, or have we allowed our bias to color our understanding?
In dealing with the first four churches of Revelation 2, we have examined churches that the church of God has considered to have existed before the "end-time era." We have generally taught that the last three churches exist in this age. Let us first examine Sardis, an era few would knowingly choose for themselves, to see if Sardis fits this perceived pigeonhole.
The messages to the seven churches are intended for those whom God has called in the end time wherever they are fellowshipping today, whether in an organized church or scattered as individuals. The attitudes of one or several of these messages, then, could reflect our character traits and should be approached as such, Thyatira included.
In examining the seven churches of Revelation 2-3, we have found that Christ usually commends them for their good works, though He also includes some negative analysis and correction. Christ finds good and bad mixed fairly consistently throughout the whole church and warns all to overcome.
Internal evidence in Revelation shows that a fulfillment of these messages to the churches--perhaps the major one--is an end-time message to all seven at once. Therefore, no matter the historical application, all seven messages are pertinent to the end-time church.