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Laodicea Lukewarm Water (Revelation 3.14-16)

"And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: 'These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler [or "origin" or "beginning"] of God's creation: 'I know your deeds; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm - neither cold nor hot - I am about to spit you out of my mouth.'" (Revelation 3.14-16)✞

Hierapolis Building Remains

Earthquake crack in pavementIn 61 AD, Laodicea, which was a wealthy city in Roman Asia, was devastated by an earthquake. The citizens of that city which is now called Denizli in Turkey however were so rich and independent that they refused any help from the Roman government and out of their own resources rebuilt their city. No wonder Laodicea could boast that it was rich and had amassed wealth and had need of nothing. It was also so wealthy that it did not even feel the need for God.✞

Problem Water Supply

Hierapolis Building RemainsLaodicea had always had problems with its water supply. It was "lukewarm" and neither hot enough for a bath nor cold enough to drink. Its neighbor, Hierapolis, had hot springs used for healing and Colossae had streams of refreshing cold pure water for drinking. Laodicea's Christianity was likewise lukewarm, neither hot nor cold.

"Laodicea Lukewarm Water"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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