The Loudmouth Protestant

May 29, 2009

Laodicean Spelling Bee Prophecy

Yesterday night, Kavya Shivashankar won the Scripps National Spelling Bee for spelling the word “Laodicean.” Interesting, right? I don’t think it is any coincidence that of all of the multi-syllabic words that could have been chosen for her to spell in her final opportunity to win the bee, that this word with biblical origins would be chosen. The church in Laodicea, as referenced in the new testament book of Revelations, was a church full of lukewarm believers. They were neither hot not cold, in this day and age they would be considered the believers who straddle the fence. Paul’s words to this church through divine inspiration were that it was better for them to be either hot or cold, because as lukewarm they were only worthy enough for God to spit out. Paul would go on to tell them that they were much too caught up in their own concerns:

“You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.”

Last night, when the girl asked the judged to define the word he told her it meant being lukewarm as it pertains to religion or politics.  But I believe very strongly that this is God’s message to the believers today and it has nothing to do with politics. I don’t claim to be a prophet, I don’t know that that’s the gift God has given me, but I do believe everything happens for a reason. And it’s no coincidence that two days before Pentecost, God would use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. A spelling bee! (And guess what? Laodicean is not really the most difficult word she could have spelled last night. So look at God!) And now millions of people are searching to find out what Laodicean means and in that searching they will discover the origin and in discovering the origin they will happen upon Revelations 3:14-22 and in reading that they will either choose to be renewed or consumed. God’s message to his believers on this day is that we’ve been straddling the fence for too long, our lukewarmth is unsavory, and He needs us to choose sides because in doing that, His remnant of believers will be the ones He shows Himself to. He wants to show up in a mighty way, but He’s waiting for us to choose.

Choose ye this day whom you will serve…

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6 Comments »

  1. Good post and an intriguing message–keep up the good work.

    Comment by slamdunk — May 29, 2009 @ 1:20 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Slamdunk and thank you for stopping by. Have a blessed day!

      Comment by loudmouthprotestant — May 29, 2009 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  2. As usual…I need to marinate on this. But in the interim, this is a great illustration that nothing on this PLANET goes without giving God the glory. And what’s so “God about God” is–HE don’t need us to GIVE it to HIM! He’ll take it! I, too, do not find it a coincidence that that was the last word…I have seen and heard far more treacherous words when I did spelling bees in junior high school. But let it be a lesson that sometimes there is infinite wisdom in the simple. Thanks LMP!

    Comment by missifyjd — May 29, 2009 @ 1:48 pm | Reply

  3. Very, very interesting. Saw it on the news last night and again this morning & thought of the verse in the letter to the Laodiceans–you make good connections here. Thank you for this.

    Comment by sandals7 — May 29, 2009 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

    • Yeah it’s definitely an interesting story. One that I believe the community of believers has to pay close attention to, to see where we are in this. I mean really, of all words Laodicean??? God’s trying to same something…

      Comment by loudmouthprotestant — May 29, 2009 @ 5:48 pm | Reply

  4. This to felt i, (even that very hour).

    a few years ago, i saw on national news, two bald eagles fighting- in WASHINGTON D.C..

    Then too, i felt in the Spirit- that it meant citizen, on citizen violence,- even unto death.

    WAKE-up – (become ‘aware’)
    SUIT-up – (dress EVERYDAY, in the ‘armor of God’.
    SHOW-up – (come boldly before God,{and man}
    THROW-DOWN – this is a battle in the Spirit, there is no ‘tomorrow’- (act like it)

    Comment by SPIRITBLADE — June 9, 2009 @ 1:39 pm | Reply


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