Next we are going to learn about seven churches in Revelations, and Jesus pointed out the wrong things.
For the seven churches described in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3 excluding the church in Philadelphia, Jesus rebukes that they,
First, have lost the first love and the first deed (the church in Ephesus)
Second, merely repeat the initial stage of faith even in such a spiritual thirst (the church in Smyrna),
Third, have fallen into idolatry and authoritarianism based on covetousness (the church in Pergamum),
Fourth, pursue secular powers and superstitious elements together (the church in Thyatira),
Fifth, are soaked with empty formalities and vanity and pleasure of the world (the church in Sardis),
Sixth, lack repentance and diligence due to spiritual arrogance (the church in Laodicea).
On the other hand, by saying that “I know thy works: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name” (Rev 3:8) and “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” (Rev 3:10), Jesus praises and chooses the church in Philadelphia as the righteous church in the end times.
Among the seven types of churches depicted in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3, the church in Philadelphia is the only one that achieves the relationship of brotherly love and conquers the synagogue of Satan. Jesus protects its believers and keeps them away from the times of trial that would come to the whole earth. They form a symbiotic community of those who overcome in the end times, and the church, which has received all the nations(all peoples who have the religious faith with the kingdom of God), is especially blessed with believers who participate in the kingdom of our Lord and Christ.
15. And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
7. But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
51. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
1. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
3. If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
4. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
Since this is a very essential notion, the twelve blessings prophesied to the church in Philadelphia will be examined more in-depth in twelve paragraphs.
The prophecies of Jesus and the twelve blessings for the church in Philadelphia are summarized and explained in the table as follows.
The 12 Blessings to the Church in Philadelphia
|To the Church in Philadelphia <Rev 3:7-13>||The 12 Blessings to the Church in Philadelphia Believer|
1. These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
|1. Blessed is the one who enters into the gate of heaven with the key of David,
2. Blessed is the one who kept the words in his heart of the prophecy in the revelation in his heart.
3. Blessed is the one who is faithful to the end in the name of Jesus.
4. To him who overcomes the synagogue of Satan which says they are Jews, and they are not, but do lie; Jesus will make them come and fall down at his feet,
5. Blessed is the one who acknowledges that Jesus has loved him,
6. Blessed is the one who overcomes since he has kept the word of Jesus with patience,
7. Jesus will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
8. Blessed is the one who meets Jesus who is coming soon.
9. Blessed is the one who holds onto what he has, so that no one will take your crown.
10. Blessed is the one who overcomes, Jesus will make a pillar in the temple of God,
11. Blessed is the one who shall go no more out in the temple of God
12. Blessed is the one who writes upon him the name of God and the name of the city of God, the new Jerusalem and write upon him of new name of Jesus.
Here, by saying “I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name” (Mt 23:39/Isa 26:8-13), Jesus declares that the fruit of the new covenant in the end times will be borne for the believers of the church in Philadelphia who have gathered under the flag of Jesus Christ (Ps 20:4-6/2 Th 1:11-12).
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