Voice Of The Lord
Wade E Taylor
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone
hears My voice
and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him,
he with Me.” Rev 3:20 NKJV.
This verse immediately follows the message to the Laodicean
church, which is the seventh and last church that is addressed
by the Lord. These seven churches span the entire church age.
Thus, when we come to the Laodicean church, we are approaching
the end of the church age. That we are living in the time
of the Laodicean church is evident through the word of correction
that is given to this church,
“Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods,
and have need
of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable,
and blind, and naked”
“I counsel you to buy of Me gold tried in the fire,
that you may be rich;
and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame
nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve,
may see.” Rev 3:17-18.
We live in a time of unprecedented prosperity – “rich
and increased with goods.” For years, I have been saying
that this is the reason why the Lord is outside, knocking.
Rather, the Lord is within this church, perfecting a people
for His end-time purposes. The present day abundance of material
goods provides us with ample opportunities to overcome.
The Lord is outside knocking on a “closed” door,
because we are at the end of the church age. There is nothing
further in relation to the church. Beginning with Ephesus,
each of these churches leads to the following church. But
there is no church that follows the Laodicean church.
The response of John to this knocking confirms this.
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened
and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet
talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show
you things which must be hereafter.”
“And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold,
was set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.” Rev 4:1-2.
The end of the Laodicean church age is the time during which
the Lord will begin the process of His return. Thus, He is
saying, “If you hear my voice and respond, I will come
and make Myself known to you.” (Rev 3:20).
There is a progression of revelation concerning the manifestation
of the presence of the Lord, that begins in Genesis.
“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking
in the garden
in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves
the presence of the LORD God … ” Gen 3:8.
Voices do not walk, but this voice did, because there is
a two-fold message in this. The fact that they “heard
the voice ” tells us that the Lord desires to speak
to those He is in fellowship with. The fact that His voice
is “walking” tells us that there is a progression
in what He speaks. Thus, there is a “present word”
that did not apply to any past generation or time.
From the time of Adam, the Lord walked through history for
a thousand years, and the flood cleansed the earth. He then
walked another thousand years and Abraham was called out to
become the father of faith, and the friend of God. He walked
another thousand years and Solomon dedicated the temple in
manifest glory. As the Lord walked through another thousand
years, John the Baptist was called apart to be prepared to
introduce Jesus. Then He walked through the two thousand years
of the church age.
“On that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him,
Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill
You. And He said to them, Go, tell that fox, 'Behold, I
cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow,
and the third day I shall be perfected.” Luke 13:31-32
“Today and Tomorrow” refers to the two thousand
years of the Church age. Jesus being “perfected”
in the third day speaks of His taking His place as the head
of the Body. He is presently standing at the door of the “third
day” knocking - seeking out a corporate “John
the Baptist,” who will make Him known as the present,
active head of His body.
“If anyone hears” tells us that He is presently
“walking” within the range of our hearing, and
is seeking for those who will respond to His call. There are
many today who are spiritually hungry and are searching for
something further. If these will become quiet and intently
listen, they will hear this “present knock” of
His desire to make Himself known, beyond that which was available
to any past generation.
When Jesus appeared the first time, He came as a “lamb”
and submitted Himself to the cross in our behalf. But in His
return, He will come in a very different way. We have a description
of how He will look in Rev 1:14-15.
“His head and His hairs were white like wool, as white
as snow; and His eyes
were as a flame of fire; And His feet like unto fine brass,
as if they burned in
a furnace; and His voice as the sound of many waters.”
We are the “feet” which will move the Lord through
this time of transition into the Kingdom. His feet being like
“fine brass as if they burned in a furnace” speaks
of the “baptism of fire,” in which those who are
responding to His voice are being prepared for the outworking
of His purposes in the earth in our day. His voice being as
“the sound of many waters” tells us that the Lord
is preparing a corporate body who will all say the same thing,
having been lifted into “apostolic” enabling power.
“After this I looked, and behold a door was opened
in heaven.” (Rev 4:1a). The Lord has walked as far as
He can go in the earth realm. Now the call is for us to come
higher, into the Kingdom.
“And the first voice which I heard was, as it were,
of a trumpet talking with me.” This is a call to spiritual
warfare, in order to bring us above all that hinders. Here,
He will show us “things which must be hereafter.”
That is, the Lord will reveal to us the process of the closing
out of the church age and the birthing of the Kingdom age,
and the outworking of our part in this process.
“And immediately I was in the spirit; and, behold a
throne.” This is a time of transition from the Church
into the Kingdom, during which we are being called to a higher
It is of vital importance that we so arrange our lives in
this present time of intense busy-ness that we will, as an
over-comer, hear the present “knock” of the Lord
upon the door of our hearts.
“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says
to the churches." Rev 3:21 NKJV.