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Revelation 3:14

14 And to the messenger of the church in 1aLaodicea write: These things says the 2bAmen, the faithful and true cWitness, the 3dbeginning of the creation of God:

141 The Greek word means opinion, judgment, of the people or of the laymen. As a sign, the church in Laodicea prefigures the degraded recovered church. Less than one century after the Lord recovered the proper church in the early part of the nineteenth century, some of the recovered "assemblies" (called such by the Brethren) became degraded. The degraded recovered church differs from the reformed church, signified by the church in Sardis, and from the proper recovered church, signified by the church in Philadelphia. It will exist until the Lord comes back.