Recently, one of our dear church members spent his final days in the hospice center here in town. In making my daily visits, I would pray with him, talk with his family and try to encourage them, but something made a great spiritual impression on me. His wife said, “The nurses reminded us not to say anything negative about his situation around him, because the hearing is the last thing to go.”
That dear brother, 92 years of age, told me that he wanted to go to Heaven, but it was a long journey. Consider the words of Solomon in Ecclesiastes chapter twelve:
Solomon here gives a catalogue to old age: hands shall tremble, eyes shall darken, legs shall weaken, teeth shall be few, lightness of sleep, fear of heights and lack of desire shall be experienced, , etc, etc. These are the signs that the dust is returning unto the God who gave it.
We have all seen this process at work in the lives of people we love. We see their vision wane. Their strength departs. Their appetite shrinks. They do not want to go anywhere or do anything.
In light of these facts, the seven letters to the churches of Asia Minor in Revelation chapters two and three take on such a valuable lesson. If you read the letters to those churches they all conclude with this heed: He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Seven times comes the warning: LET HIM HEAR, LET HIM HEAR, LET HIM HEAR.
We find ourselves here at the end of the church age in that Laodicean church (Revelation 3:14-22)- rich, increased with goods, and have need of nothing…and know not that we in God’s sight are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind and naked. As a matter of fact, the conditions on the ground in that church are so bad that Christ Jesus says to His own church in 3:20, Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, Iwill come in to him and will sup with him, and he with me. HE THAT HATH AN EAR TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR.
That church considered itself strong. God said, “You are weak.” That church, living in the age of information, said they had knowledge and were ever-learning. God said, “Your appetite is shrinking.” They said, “We have beautiful buildings, properties, possessions, and prominence.” God said, “You are wretched and poor.” They said, “We see things the way they are.” God said, “You are blind.” They said, “We are clothed.” God said, “You are naked.” They said, “We hear,” but God said, “HE THAT HATH AN EAR TO HEAR, LET HIM HEAR.”