Your Questions Answered
Q. Of what is the Laodicean Church symbolic? Does it refer to non-Christian religions, or to liberal denominations within nominal Christianity?
The Laodicean church is comprised of those who claim the name of Christ and go through the motions of Christianity, but who have no saving knowledge of our Lord. The Bible speaks of them in Revelation 3:15-16.
We cannot associate this lukewarmness with particular denominations. While we often speak of liberal, mainline denominations within Christianity, it is on an individual basis that a person is saved or lost. While, for the most part, the individuals in some of these bodies are lost, we recognize that a certain percentage of people within them have come to Christ as personal Savior. On the other hand, it is a sad but true fact that there are people in evangelical, Biblebelieving churches who have no such relationship with Christ, and who are lost. So, it is not by denominational affiliation that a person is a member of either the Laodicean church or the Philadelphian church; this is determined by an individuals relationshipor lack thereofwith Jesus Christ. To those within the Laodicean church who wish to come out, Christ offers them the opportunity in Revelation 3:20.
Q. If a person takes the mark of the beast out of ignorance or misinformation, how do they repent and have the mark removed?
The people who you refer to as ignorant or misinformed are actually under the strong delusion described by the Apostle Paul: And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).
Although there will be an opportunity for those left behind after the Rapture to be saved, they will have to resist the Antichrist and his mark. This will be hard to do, since no one will be able to buy or sell without the mark. Also, the Antichrist will be a very persuasive individual who will convince multitudes to follow his strong delusion. Yet, the Bible says that there will still be many saved during the Tribulation (Revelation 7:9-17), despite the fact that most of them will pay for their decision with their lives.
Q. Why is it that some people fear Bible Prophecy?
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