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Summary: Letter to Sardis. Fourth message detailing the message Christ gave to the seven churches in Revelation.

“This Is Your Wakeup Call”

Revelation 3:1-6

3 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write,

‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.

2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect before God.

3 Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

4 You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy.

5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

PRAY

“THIS IS YOUR WAKEUP CALL”

I know that as a conveyer of God’s word...

I must be the first partaker of the message...

He gives to me...To give to you...

But this particular series...The seven letters...

To the seven churches of Revelation...

Has been especially rewarding to me...

I don’t know about you...But...

God has truly spoken to me...Through His word...

And it is my prayer...That each of you...

That has an ear...Listen...For what God has for you...

Through His word...

From the manufacturing hub of Thyatira...

A first-century postman...Continued Southward...

Another forty miles...Until arriving at the acropolis...Of Sardis...

Sitting atop a steep hill...

Roughly 1,500 feet above the main roads...

Sardis’ location formed an almost impregnable fortress...

The natural rock walls on the north...East...And west slopes...

Were almost...Completely vertical...

The only access to the city...

Was from a narrow path...On the south slope...

This made Sardis...One of the most easily...

Defensible cities...Of the ancient world...

In fact...Any attempt to capture the acropolis of Sardis...

Was considered utterly impossible...

So...You can imagine...The shockwaves...

That resonated throughout the known world...

When King Cyrus...Of Persia...Did the impossible...

What had happened was...

More than five hundred years before the birth of Jesus...

The king of Lydia instigated...An attack against Persia...

And when he was thoroughly beaten...He retreated to Sardis...

Where he felt quite safe and secure...

King Cyrus and his men surrounded the city...

And camped outside of it for days...

But the people of Sardis still didn’t feel threatened...

Sitting comfortably within their fortress...

The citizens of Sardis became overconfident and complacent...

Cyrus sent a handful of men...Around to the north side...

Of the city...Who then slowly...And carefully...

Scaled the rock wall...Which had been left completely unguarded...

One by one...The soldiers scaled the wall...Entered the city...

And slaughtered its citizens in their sleep...

A disaster...That could have been easily avoided...

Had they been awake and alert...

This attack should have been a wakeup call to Sardis...

But...Three and a half centuries later...History repeated itself...

When Antiochus the Great...Conquered Sardis...

Using the exact same tactic...

I tell you that story because...

History was about to repeat itself...Yet again...

In many ways...The church in Sardis...

Was plagued with the same problems...

As the city itself...Had been...

Let’s look at what Jesus commanded to John to write...

John...Write this to Sardis...

Deliver it to the Angel...Of the church...If he asks...

Tell him...It’s from the One...

Holding the Seven Spirits of God...In one hand...

And a firm grip on the Seven Stars...With the other...

Tell them...I said...

“I see right through your work...

You have a reputation for vigor and zest...

But you’re dead...Stone dead...

“Up on your feet!...

THIS IS YOUR WAKEUP CALL...

Take a deep breath!... Shake yourselves...

Maybe there’s life in you yet...

Maybe there’s hope for you yet...

But I wouldn’t know it...By looking at your busywork...

Your work...

Nothing of God’s work...Has been completed...

Your condition is desperate...Go back and...

Think of the gift you once had...In your hands...

The Message you heard...With your ears...

Remember it...Grasp it...Hold onto it...And turn back to God...

John...Tell them...I said...

“If you pull the covers...Back over your head...And sleep on...

Unmindful of God...Ignoring Me...And My Father...

Not to mention My Father...Not to mention...The Holy Spirit...

If you straight out ignore this WAKEUP CALL...

I’ll return...When you least expect it...

While your sleeping...

Break into your life...Like a thief in the night...

If you want to pretend you don’t know us...

At judgement Day...We will act like we don’t know you...

John...Tell them...I’ve noticed that...

That there are still a few followers of Mine in Sardis...

Who haven’t ruined themselves...

Wallowing in the filth...The world has to offer...

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