- Philadelphia – Things Jesus liked – Rev. 3:8 – I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Jesus made a couple of promises to the church of Philadelphia and the promises are mentioned In Revelation 3:9-10 – 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Jesus also issued a warning to the church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3:11, and it reads: Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Out of the seven churches this church is the odd one out, not only figuratively but literally. What do I mean? Well, let’s start at the beginning. Jesus told the church of Philadelphia I know your works. Jesus never said that he found any fault with the works of the church of Philadelphia. So, in a sense Jesus found that the works or deeds of this church to be blameless and their works were good in the sight of The Lord. Jesus said, I have put before you an open door, and no man can shut it. It is interesting that the door is open and not closed. Keep in mind, in Revelation 3:20 it states: Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. In this verse the door is closed and the person has to open the door himself or herself. Why is it that the members of the church of Philadelphia don’t even have to open the door? The reason is, because they have little strength and they have kept the word of Christ’s patience, and have not denied His name.
Next, we will examine the two promises that Jesus made with the church of Philadelphia. First, Jesus said that, those belonging to the synagogue of Satan, those who claim to be Jew but are not, I will make them come worship at your feet, and they, those who are the liars (synagogue of Satan) will know that I have loved you. My belief starts here → I believe what this specific verse means is that, Jesus will show the members of the synagogue of Satan that Jesus has loved the members of the church of Philadelphia all along. Jesus said, that I will make them come worship before thy feet. This part of the verse does not mean that these members of the synagogue of Satan will worship the members of the church of Philadelphia. This part of the verse means that the members of the synagogue of Satan will actually worship Jesus Christ, but in front of the members of the church of Philadelphia. The church of Philadelphia will be standing by Jesus Christ, but the synagogue of Satan will be bowed down in front of Jesus Christ in an act of worship ← my belief stops here.
Now, the second promise. The second promise is unique indeed. I will repeat the verse so we can break it down and analyze it. In Revelation 3:10 it states: Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. What is this verse talking about? What hour? What is this word of patience? My belief starts here → I believe that this verse is talking about the great tribulation, that hour of trial. The verse also states, that this will come upon the whole world. It did not say that this hour will come upon part of the world. The whole world will experience this. The reason for this hour is to try the people of earth. Try as in the court of law. People will be judged during this hour. Jesus tells the church of Philadelphia that they will be kept from this hour as they have kept the word of His patience. Christ’s word of patience is that the members of the church of Philadelphia have been patiently waiting for the Lord’s return. That is why Christ told them, don’t worry I am going to come back quickly. I believe that this means that the members of the church of Philadelphia will not have to go through this hour, they will be exempt from this trial, as long as they are able to keep their crown ← my belief stops here.
Don’t forget, Jesus did issue a warning to the church of Philadelphia. The warning was that Jesus is coming back quickly and to hold on to what you have, and let no man take your crown. So, this warning let’s us know, that the members of the church of Philadelphia are not guaranteed a free pass out of the hour of trial. Before, the appointed time of the trial the members of the church of Philadelphia must remain faithful to Christ and let no man take their crown from them. If they keep their crown, then they will be kept from that hour, and if they do not, then they must go through the trials and tribulations just like everyone else. This is the only church that is told that they will be kept from the hour of trial. No other church is promised this. In my next post I will talk about the seventh church, and that church is the church of the Laodiceans. The post will be titled Revelation Chapter 3 Part (C). Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter: