Just days ago, as the Feasts of Passover and Unleavened Bread approach, I saw this parallel in Acts Ch. 12. I put it in two columns so it could easily be seen. The parallel is too strong to be coincidence.
|Acts 12, Peter's name means 'Rock'||Yeshua is THE ROCK (1 Cor )|
|1. During feast of Passover||Yeshua is our Passover|
|2. "they came to the iron gate that leads into the city" (vs. 10)||"And so Jesus also suffered outside the gate"
|3. hands and feet restrained in chains||hands and feet nailed to cross|
|4. between two guards||between two criminals|
|5. fell asleep||died|
|6. struck on the side||pierced in the side|
|7. led out by an angel||angel(s) sitting on His tomb slab|
|8. went to Mary's house||went to His disciples|
|9. stood at the gate knocking||“Behold, I stand at the door and knock”|
|10. Rhoda heard his voice ….
but did NOT open the gate
no one inside believed her
|“if anyone hears My voice ….
and opens the door"
Rev. 3:20 [to the Laodicean (lukewarm) church] so Peter kept on knocking...
Peter's miraculous escape ('resurrection') happens during Unleavened Bread and this story ends by making connection to the Laodicean church, i.e., Peter stood at the gate and kept knocking. Acts 12:14 says, “When (Rhoda) recognized Peter’s voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate.” Am I doing the same thing? Am I so thrilled with Yeshua's voice (words) that I do not follow through with the whole marriage package? Am I being 'laodicean' (which has come to mean lukewarm and indifferent) by tolerating worldliness and pride?
Let's look at Yeshua's assessment of this church. “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this: 'I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Rev 3:14-22)
The letter to Laodicea is the last of the seven and the only one that had no commendation whatsoever. Laodicea was a wealthy, prosperous, self-reliant city. However, they had a serious shortcoming: no good water source. “Water piped into Laodicea by aqueduct from the south was so concentrated with minerals that the Roman engineers designed vents, capped by removable stones, so the aqueduct pipes could periodically be cleared of deposits.” (John McRay, Archaeology And The New Testament, p. 248). By the time water reached the city it was unpalatable. Yeshua was comparing the Laodicean believers' spiritual fervor to their city's water. Water, in the scriptures, often symbolized the cleansing by the Holy Spirit.
One view of the seven letters to the seven churches is historical, that is, these seven letters represent seven stages of the Church from its inception up to the return of Messiah and the millenium. This interpretation would make Laodicea the Church of the millenium. Are we on the threshold of the millenium? Perhaps this is a call for discernment and self-reflection as we anticipate this year's spring feasts and celebrate the glorious Resurrection of our Messiah.