To Philadelphia: "I will open a door of ministry and witness for you."

To Laodicea: "Don't yield to complacency. Invite me in! Let me revolutionize and transform your life! If you do, you will have a princely position in the age to come!"

Sobered by the knowledge that we live in the lukewarm, Laodicean age of church history, stirred by the confrontational yet comforting message of these seven profound letters to seven churches, we now turn our attention to the next section of the book of Revelation. It is time to see what the world to come will look like.

(from God's Final Word, Copyright 1991 Ray Stedman.)