PHILADELPHIA





Ruach Spirit




Facing the Consequences
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PHILADELPHIA
Revelation Church #6



Letter to the church in Philadelphia, the GOOD Church
Revelation Chapter 3  verses 7 thru 13

One prophetic person believes Philadelphia and Laodicea
are placed TOGETHER in time, and we now live here.

PHILADELPHIA CAPSULE: 
Jesus has the key of David. What He opens, no one can shut;
what He shuts no one can open. I have placed before you an
open door no one can shut. I know you have little strength,
yet you have kept my word and not denied My Name,
so I will keep you from the hour of trial that is going to
come on the whole world.


PHILADELPHA in JORDAN
The Church of Philadelphia in Bible times was in Jordan
See the rise of the hashemite kingdom posted in ZionsCRY

There is plenty of evidence indicating Amman, Jordan
was named Philadelphia during the time of the Apostles.
Some say it is the Philadelphia mentioned in Revelation.
However there is too much disagreement as to
whether it is THE Philadelphia.


To the angel of the church in PHILADELPHIA write
These are the words of Him who is holy & true, who holds
the key of David. What He opens, no one can shut;
what He shuts, no one can open.

PHILADELPHIA
Revelation 3:7-13

7 "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David,
who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts
and no one opens, says this:

8 'I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you
an open door which no one can shut, because you
have a little power, and have kept My word,
and have not denied My name.


SYNAGOGUE of SATAN

9 'Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan,
who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie;
I will make them come and bow down at your feet,
and make them know that I have loved you.

10 'Because you have kept the word of My perseverance,
I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour
which is about to come upon the whole world, to test
those who dwell on the earth.

11 'I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have,
so that no one will take your crown.

12 'He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the
temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore;
and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name
of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes
down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.

He who has an ear, let him hear
what the Spirit says to the churchs.

Revelation 3:7-13   LISTEN!!!!
 
MESSAGE to PHILADELPHIA
Revelation 3:7-10
Philadelphia was founded as a border town to spread Greek culture to surrounding areas. The church knew what it meant to be missionary minded, to have an open door for the spread of the gospel. Philadelphia means brotherly love. The church name gave the believers a constant reminder, they must love one another if they were going to fulfill their missionary calling. Philadelphia knew what it was to live in the midst of insecure surroundings and under constant stress and strain. The city sat over a large earthquake fault. In AD17 a terrifying earthquake hit a huge area. It completely destroyed Sardis and 10 other cities. Philadelphia was spared total destruction. But for years it was constantly being hit by tremors, crumbling the walls to complete destruction. The experience of having to constantly run in and out of safety terrorized the population. Philadelphia after its destruction by the earthquake, was given aid by the emperor Tiberius for rebuilding. In appreciation the city changed its name to Neocaesarea, the New City of Caesar. Philadelphia has a Jewish synagogue within its city limits. The Jews claimed to be the only followers of the true God. They claimed the keys of David, the right open and to shut the door to God and His kingdom. Have you ever seen a church that was so alive & faithful to Christ? A church that focuses on Jesus Christ? A church that focuses upon reaching and growing people for Christ? A church that focuses upon teaching people to love Christ & to love one another more and more? Have you ever seen that type of church? This was the church at Philadelphia. The believers at Philadelphia loved Christ. They lived like Christ said to live and they carried out the mission of Christ upon earth. The church was alive and faithful. It represents all the churches down through the ages that are alive and faithful. There is no complaint or against this church. Christ has only praise and exhortation for the church that is alive and faithful. Verse 7 Once again the letter is addressed to the minister of the church, and he is expected to share it with the church. The speaker is the Lord Jesus Christ. What Jesus says about himself speaks to the heart of the church that is alive and faithful. There are 3 things in this verse. Let1s look at them! 1. Jesus Christ is holy. Jesus being diving shares the holiness of God the Father. Jesus claims here to have the same nature as God the Father. Holiness means to be set apart and different from all other beings. 2. Jesus is the one who is true. He is genuine and not a counterfeit. He is the only living and true God. God is not far off somewhere out in space, too far off to be known and reached. God has not left us in the dark to grope and grasp and to stumble about trying to find Him. The faithful church must continue to follow Christ, continue to make Him the focus of all that it does. 3. Jesus Christ alone is the key of David, the key that opens, and no man shuts, and shuts, and no man opens. What is the KEY of David? The key of David is the symbol of authority. Christ alone opens and shuts the door into God's court and presence. He alone determines who lives in heaven with God the Father. He alone grants entrance into the presence of God. The door into heaven is opened and closed by him and Him alone. Jesus Christ alone holds the key to open and shut the door to life eternal. The church that takes all its ministries, activities, meetings and makes Jesus Christ the center of them all shall live forever. When did he start exercising this authority? When he commissioned the church and began working with them. Verse 8 This verse right here is the commendation that Christ gives this church. This is the picture of what a church should be. Once again he commends this church for three things. 1. The church used the open door of evangelism and missions to reach people for Christ. It was a border town and touched the borders of Lydia, Mysia, Phrygia. They had plenty of mission and evangelistic opportunities. It was built on a major road that stretched east on into Asia minor. Businessmen, sales people, military people, tourists etc. all had to pass thru this town. What an opportunity! Christ commends them for the evangelic and missionary work. They were reaching out. Christ knew their works. He had set an open door before them and they had stepped in and taken advantage of the opportunity. Because they had faithfully reached out to the lost, Christ says that He was not going to let anyone close the door. He was going to make sure the door to evangelism and missions stayed open. They had one small problem, though, the church had only a little strength. What do you think that means? Most likely it means that they were a small church, small in number & small in resources, which also may have meant that they had very little spiritual power, but they were the most faithful Imagine being just a small church, yet reaching out to the lost, witnessing and bearing testimony to the salvation and hope of eternal life. Imagine making such evangelistic and mission thrusts that Christ is so impressed that he commends the church for it. And he also guarantees the open door to evangelism and missions will always remain open. What we are seeing here is the first mission of a church is to reach out to the lost. I want to insert a thought here: How many of our churches are strategically located? Most are. Some sit right in the heart of cities where thousands of people live. Others sit on the main roads of cities, and others on the main roads of country land farm areas. Why then are so many of our churches not reaching out in evangelism and missions? Why are so few of the lost being won to Christ? The church that is alive and faithful is a church that used the open door of evangelism and missions. The believers are a people who witness and do all they can to reach the lost for Christ. They go house to house. They witness to fellow workers, neighbors, friends, and family. They are always looking for opportunities to witness and share Christ. 2. They were faithful to the Word of God. They lived the Word of God, they studied the Word of God, and proclaimed the Word of God to believers and unbelievers alike. 3. They did not deny the name of Christ. They confessed Christ. They confessed Christ in all they did. In their lives their services, ministries, programs, and activities of the church. They did not focus on ritual, ceremony, but focused on Jesus Christ. A church that is faithful and alive will not deny the name of Christ. Matthew 10:32-33 The world does all they can to lead the true believer to give in and join them. But a believer must never cave in and deny Christ. We who are alive and faithful will not deny the name of Christ! Verse 9 The synagogue of satan refers to the Jews who say that they follow the true God, but they do not, they reject Jesus Christ. Jesus didn1t recognize them as true Jews, even though they claimed to be. They were like the Pharisees that opposed Jesus, they were of their father the devil. We see Jesus coming to his people but as the scriptures says; He came unto his own, and his own received him not. John 8:39-45 - John 1:11 He says I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, indicating these Jews would bow down and worship prostrating themselves before Christians. Stanley Horton in his book Ultimate Victory says it seems more likely that the bowing and recognition of Christ1s love for his people will come as a result of a revival move of God1s spirit. It may be that such a revival occurred shortly after the Book of Revelation was written, or it may be that this is a promise to be fulfilled when Jews as a who accept Christ as their Messiah and Saviour at His second coming. Verse 10 The Philadelphia believers had "kept the Word" or teaching about the patient endurance of Christ. They kept looking to Jesus as the author and finisher of our faith. Christ1s promise to deliver the faithful in Philadelphia from the hour of trial is identical to Paul1s promise to the Thessalonians that they would be delivered from the wrath to come. 1 Thess. 1:10 It extend to all of God1s faithful throughout the ages. This hour of temptation includes the divinely appointed time of trial, wrath, and tribulation that will come on "all the World" in the last years of this age, just prior to the establishment of Christ1s kingdom on earth. This time of trial is speaking of the wrath of God on the ungodly. Read Isaiah 13:6-13 - These verses have to do with the destruction of Babylon, but they are a type of the end time destruction of God1s enemies and final judgment to come over all the earth during the tribulation. Read Daniel 9:27 There will be covenant made between "the prince that shall come" and Israel, which will signal the beginning of the 70th week or the final 7 years of the age. The prince who makes the covenant with Israel will be the antichrist, but at the time will not revealed. It is believed that a peace treaty will be negotiated by the antichrist between Israel and its enemies concerning a land dispute. What are they fighting over right now over there? In the middle of that 7 years which is 3 * years the prince will break his covenant with Israel, declare himself to be God, take over the temple in Jerusalem, forbid the worship of the Lord and devastate Palestine (ISRAEL). Matthew 24:15-28 These verses describe the great tribulation. But for the overcomers that are alive before the tribulation, God will keep them from the hour of trial, most likely through the rapture, the catching up of the faithful to meet Christ in the air before God pours out his wrath. This deliverance is a reward for those who persevere in keeping God1s word in true faith. Present day believers who hope to escape all these things will do so only by faithfulness to Christ and his Word and by constant vigilance in prayer, lest they be deceived. There is some controversy among various Bible interpreters about the phrase "keep thee from the hour of temptation". The same phrase is found in John 17:15 Where Jesus does not ask the Father to take his disciples out of the world but to "keep them from the evil one." How one can take a phrase and use it as a basis to say the church will go through the tribulation needs to be careful. But some do. The evil in John 17:15 means the evil one. In other words kept out of the clutches of satan. The context of verse 10 is talking about the end of the age. The believers are not merely to be kept from satan but kept out of a time that is coming on all the world. The Greek clearly means "from," or "out of," not "through." The judgments indicated by the seals, trumpets, and vials or bowls are all judgments of wrath, and God has not appointed us to wrath. 1 Thessalonians 5:9 The return of our Lord is the Blessed hope of the church a hope that encourages holiness now. Titus 2:12-14 & 1 John 3:2-3 TIME is SHORT! Things happen SUDDENLY! UNEXPECTEDLY! The SEALS ARE OPEN - NOW! Revelation Chapter 6

* PLEASE Email me if a link does NOT work!! The vision is yet for the appointed time. It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; For it will certainly come, it will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3

THIS IS THE JUDGMENT that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. GOD so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have Eternal LIFE. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. John 3:16-19