Written by Christopher Sernaque
The most important step in the Christian walk is going to your knees in surrender. In fact, most of the race of faith takes place on bended knees of prayer. Today is a special anniversary, however prior to unpacking the significance of today’s date, this present writer would like to take your mind back to apostolic times. Let us travel in mind to the isle of Patmos where the apostle John is imprisoned.
Patmos is the isle where John received the vision of the book of Revelation. In keeping with the theme of the rest of the Bible, the book of Revelation, in its earliest chapters, points out humanities need for a Saviour. Lest we get to big for our own britches, Revelation is not just written to humanity in general, for it is the Revelation of Jesus, and Christ wants all to be saved. (Revelation 1:1, 2 Peter 3:9) Thus, the book of Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, not just to John, or the early church but the Revelation of Jesus Christ to each of us on a personal level. Therefore, the appeal for the church of Laodicea to see its righteousness as filthy rags, is a personal call for every self-professed Christian to see their need of the salvation of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 3:14-22)
Jesus, the Great Physician, after pointing out the Laodiceans are blind revealed the remedy for this Spritual blindness. The eighteenth verse of Revelation chapter three mentions that Laodiceans must obtain “eyesalve.” Thankfully, the Bible promises that its symbols can be made plain by comparing Scripture with Scripture.
(Proverbs 8:9, Isaiah 34:16) We find that Paul likens the gifts that Jesus gave to the church to parts of the body. (1 Corinthians 12:1-18) Since prophets are also known as seers, or one who sees into the future the eyes would best represent the gift of prophecy. (1 Samuel 9:9) We can therefore conclude that the Bible teaches that it is the gift of prophecy that functions as the “eyes” of the church.
Praise God that He has not left His people to be blind. The Bible teaches that God’s remnant church would have the Spirit of Prophecy. (Revelation 12:17, Revelation 19:10). This may all be new to you, dear reader, but please allow this present writer to have the honor of introducing you to a godly woman named Ellen White. Born on November 26th, 1827, Ellen White served God in prophetic ministry for 70 years. With a number of thrilling predictions on science, history, and many other topics there is a wealth of evidence that proves that she indeed had the prophetic gift.
However, just as the Bible is a book that both informs and, more importantly, transforms you, the Inspired Council given to Ellen White spans topics ranging from family life, proper diet, Christian experience, and daily living. However, did God give her the prophetic gift because He favored her above all other people? No, God gave Ellen White the prophetic gift because she favored Him above all else.
Ellen White was called the “weakest of the weak.” She had no power in and of herself to prophesy or provide council, rather through the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, her pen and voice proclaimed the message that the Lord was putting on her heart. We as blind Laodiceans are in great need to admit our own weakness and appreciate the writings of God’s inspired end-time messenger. Let us go to our knees and prayer and thank Jesus for this wonderful gift and for victory over our sins.
“To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”-Revelation 3:21