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 churhc 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, 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.
8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
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;
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it:
② for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word,
③ and hast not denied my name.
④ 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,
⑤ and to know that I have loved thee.
⑥ Because thou hast kept the word of my patience,
⑦ 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.
⑧ Behold, I come quickly
⑨ hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
⑩ Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God,
⑪ and he shall go no more out:
⑫ and 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.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
|① Blessed is the one who enters the gate of heaven with the key of David
② Blessed is the one who kept the words 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.
|3:7||Through Revelation 3:7 that says, “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; behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it”, the holy and true Jesus personally testifies and lets us all know that the church in Philadelphia is a place in which he has opened widely the gates of heaven that cannot be closed by anyone with the key of David (Rev 4:1/Mal 3:10/Mk 2:3-5/2 Sa 7:10-17/Isa 22:22).
Here, the open door is the one that has been opened by Jesus himself, the path with which we communicate directly with Jesus and access the spiritual world of heaven, and symbolizes the beginning of the new religious realm when the gates of heaven open because of the appearance of the kingdom of our Lord and Christ (Eze 1:1/Rev 4:1/Rev 11:6/Rev 11:15).
Also, the Philadelphia is a term based on the word from a combination of Phil, which means love, and Adelphic, which means sisters who have same husband, it symbolizes Jesus’ bride symbiotic community with love(Rev 21:9-10). It means the brides network of Jesus like Beulah.
Here, “Beulah” refers to the one who is married with Jesus, the “Lamb’s wife”. (Isa 62:4)
And the “brides of the Lamb” mean the Holy city the new Jerusalem that is Jesus’ bride symbiotic community as God’s human network (Rev 21:9-10).
4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD
delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Also, “Beulah and Philadelphia”, the name of the new Jerusalem, represents the brides who are the wives to be married with Jesus (Rev 21:9-10/Rev 22:17) and is symbolized by the bride community of Jesus, “those who are married with Jesus – Beulah”, which is God’s human network of the Holy City consisted of members of the symbiotic community of promise (Rev 19:8-9) who participate in the marriage party with Jesus.
They are the chosen people by Jesus in the end times.
The members of the Beulah(Isa 62:4) and the Church in Philadelphia(Rev 3:7-13) are all over in the world because they are the servants of God as Jesus’ bride taken from the ends of the earth and called from the chief men thereof, all of which take place in the revelation times. (Isa 41:9/Isa 65:15-16). Of course you can be one of them.
All you have to do is putting God as the priority in your life.
Going into the kingdom of righteousness through the door that Jesus personally opened with the key of David are the new things accomplished by the appearance of the new kingdom that has not been known until now.
This is the sure blessing of grace already promised by Jesus who calls those whom he has already chosen through the path of fulfilling the eternal covenant in the end times, praises those who have answered his calling as righteous, and promises that these righteous believers would be glorified (Ac 13:21-23/Isa 9:6-7/Am 9:8-12).
Also, in the Revelation times during which a spiritual trial will come upon the whole world (Rev 3:10), the church in Philadelphia is a place, we call the mount Zion, that shows God’s complete plan of revealing the hidden mysteries of Christ towards eternal life for all the thirsty seekers of truth who desire the word of living waters and hold onto the hope of resurrection as well as believers of all nations who wish to be the brides of Jesus (2 Co 2:14-17/Ps 121:1-2).
12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and 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.
7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.
13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
14 This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
17 There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.
18 His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
4 I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
5 And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
6 The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
7 As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.
|3:8||Also, in Revelation 3:8 which says, “I know thy works: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name”, it tells us that Jesus knows our minds, thoughts, will and deeds inside out (Mt 10:26/Ps 138:6) and praises how the righteous believers of the church in Philadelphia, even with little strength, have kept the words of the prophecy of Jesus in their hearts and obeyed them as best as they could (Rev 1:3/Zec 13:7/1 Ki 18:44).
Despite the shortcomings they possess, the believers of the church in Philadelphia exceed their individual differences in class, abilities and talents, and faithfully obey the words of the prophecy of Revelation and the name of Jesus in each of their lives, righteously displaying the utmost loyalty to Jesus.
Though it may be as small as a mustard seed, faith will grow with patience and refinement. It shows that, even through troubles and sufferings, an exemplary believer heads into the right path and gives all the glory to the Lord.
Even with little strengths, those who do not ever deny the name of the Lord are the true children of God who can call the Lord their father, the people who keep the mysteries of God, the faithful soldiers and the true disciples of Jesus Christ.
|3:9||Also, the brothers and sisters of the church in Philadelphia are the believers who overcome evil with good by completely conquering the self-proclaimed Jews, chosen, right people, who have left the right path and give false testimonies using sophistry and thus no longer are truly chosen people. The believers of the church in Philadelphia make these people leave the synagogue of Satan and pursue the heart of Jesus.
They are the sons of God who put a diligent effort into the Lord’s work while steadfastly holding onto the initial, pure heart without being deceived or swayed by Satan, and the believers who have been called to declare the everlasting gospel with their lips (Rev 14:6) and bring about a countless number of victories by cooperating with one another (Mk 16:17-18/Ro 8:28/Rev 17:14).
Also, since many brothers and sisters of the church in Philadelphia who obey the word of prophecy till the end overcame the synagogue of Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony (Rev 12:11), shows that the church is a symbiotic community of those who conquer and overcome the synagogue of Satan by the word of God and the testimony of Jesus in the end times (Zec 10:1-5).
That is, the church in Philadelphia is a symbiotic community of the believers who belong to God and are called Israel, the name of Jacob symbolizing the people who overcome, and an association of all the wheat churches and their believers who pursue prophesied blessings as well as the holy assembly of the non-denominational, spiritual victors in the Revelation times who wish to go together with an open heart (Zec 8:3-9/Isa 2:2-3).
Here, “those who overcome” represents the believers who are prepared in the Lord to conquer the forces of Satan, and are with Jesus, instead of signs of 666, in the Revelation times during which the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of the Lord and Christ (Rev 10:7/Rev 11:15). That is, they are the spiritually genuine ones who answer the calling as the kingdom and the priests of the Lord and Christ with the grace of Jesus, are rescued from the deceivers of Satan, work together to achieve goodness with the spiritual vision opened by the work of the seven spirits (Ro 8:28-29), and participate in the first resurrection (Rev 17:14).
14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
Moreover, “I will make them to know that I have loved thee” means that the church in Philadelphia, as implied by its name “Philadelphia” which means “brotherly love”, not only makes its believers merely realize Jesus’ love but rather enables them to experience individual kingdom and priest of God the greatest love of Jesus at every single moment.
By personally experiencing Jesus’ love, he wants us as true disciples of Jesus to be righteous, follow his great love, and show and share that love with brothers, sisters and neighbors (1Jn 3:14).
|3:10||Therefore, by Jesus’ saying to the righteous believers of the church in Philadelphia who obeyed the word of prophecy as shown in Verse 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”, he tells us that the church in Philadelphia is the place that avoids the hardships of trials that come upon the entire world in the Revelation times as well as the place of Passover for the kingdom and the priests of God who possess olive oil and wine, which symbolize the word of life. Like this, the church is the castle of truth that moves forward with Jesus while accurately aiming at following the prophecy of Jesus and also the place where the word of the way to righteous salvation exists and, thus, Jesus personally protects the hearts and thoughts of his believers. (Isa 65:16-17/Jer 31:31-34/Eph 1:7-19/Ps 15:1-5)
The believers of the church in Philadelphia whom Jesus personally protects can conquer all trials from Satan with the power of the Holy Spirit. If they are in the process of overcoming a trial, they can still avoid the times of trial once they go back to the right way through genuine repentance just as what David did (Mt 18:21-22/Lk 15:11/Lk 17:4).
Essentially, sin means, “a life against God’s will” and, when we become obsessed with this goal and lose the heart of repentance and thanksgiving as it becomes an evil practice, we will reach a spiritual death.
Thus, what warns us in advance regarding the outcome of a spiritual death is the Bible
Also, “righteous repentance” here means not only a self-examination of individual events and emotional changes but also washing ourselves with the precious blood shed on the cross by Jesus who acts as the basic antidote and, if we escape from the right way, coming back as a whole to the right way and once again walking straight towards the accurately aimed life of bearing fruit, which corresponds to God’s will (Ps 50:23/Jer 31:21-22/Lk 3:3-14).
However, there are two different types of sin, which includes the sin that does not lead to death and, on the other hand, the sin that does not allow any chances of repentance and definitely lead to death if we do not stand where God wants us to. The latter is the sin to interfere with the Holy Spirit.
Typical cases of this type of sin, in the Revelation times, includes interfering with the urgent words coming from the voice of the Holy Spirit that says, “he that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches”, the words meant to be heard with repeated emphasis as many as 7 times by the churches that have been deceived by the seven deceiving spirits of Satan, as well as purposefully rejecting God’s will even after experiencing enlightenment and grace of heaven, joining in the Holy Spirit and learning the good words of God and his otherworldly power (2 Pe 2:19-22).
The part of the verse where it says, “I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation” means that, by making the brothers and sisters of the church in Philadelphia, chosen by God in the Revelation times, to choose in advance the right way prepared by the work of the seven spirits and freeing them from the times of trial that would come upon the entire world, the Holy Spirit will work the mystery of a fundamental and complete forgiveness of sins that will not remember those sins ever again (Jer 31:31-34/Mt 6:12-13).
The believers of the church in Philadelphia only listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit, understand what the Holy Spirit says, obey the prophecy of Revelation and do not interfere with what the Holy Spirit does, resulting in a complete forgiveness of “the sins that lead to spiritual death”.
God tells us that he would not remember our sins again and, as the prophecy of Jeremiah the prophet said (Jer 31:34), the believers can essentially avoid the times of trial coming upon the entire world through the work of the seven spirits who make us obey the Lord and open our spiritual vision, shed more tears of thanksgiving with greater depth of forgiveness of sins, and turn this joyful news and the great spiritual gift of love into a more joyful heart and a greater blessing and spread them unto others.
Therefore, the starting point of participating in the grace of a complete forgiveness of sins, resurrection and eternal life after avoiding the times of trial coming unto the entire world is when we, like Joseph who kept walking on the right path even with all the obstacles in his way, understand and take to heart the urgent word of the Holy Spirit repeated 7 times and humbly obey it with the best of our abbilities under any circumstances. As a result, the great blessing of God, which cannot be imagined or anticipated by anyone, will come as promised.
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches”
There is the grace of the Lord who helps according to special times for believers who listen to and understand and obey the word of the Holy Spirit repeated 7 times (Heb 4:16), and this is the seven spirits working on the believers by opening their spiritual vision with Jesus’ perspective. This is the mystery of the forgiveness of sins already prophesied, and the blessing and the joyful news in the end times for the church in Philadelphia and Jesus’ true disciples who hold high the torch of the way and are united in love with the same word of prophecy.
Also, the grace of this forgiveness of sins is the confirmation of the noble history of redemption, which bears fruit of the new covenant of the Lord who gathers believers from all around that have taken Jesus’ word of the new covenant to their hearts and obeyed it in their lives, and lead them to the right path and promise that they will reach a city to dwell in (Lk 24:47-48).
8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:
9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord
10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
13 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.
|3:11||The word of promise in Verse 11 that reads “I come quickly” tells us that the church in Philadelphia, which is called the first heaven on earth because there is a gate to heaven opened by the key of David (Ge 28:12-14), is a place where people can tithe with thanksgiving and give the glory to God and also where the presence and the second coming of Jesus has been promised, just as the gates of heaven were shown to Jacob, symbolizing Israel, the one who overcomes, in Bethel.
Also, the part that says, “hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown” is a very important point.
Here, the crown has three crucial meanings, the first of which is the glory of Jesus. The second meaing is the crown that a believer receives as the bride of Jesus, and the last one is the partnering disciples of Jesus becoming the crown with his glory before him.
Moreover, it is more important to keep the crown than to receive it.
As God’s children who are with Jesus, the believers of the church in Philadelphia received their crowns at the moment when they became written in the book of life and, through a serious purification process during which a fine linen, the white robe symbolizing the right deed, is washed and worn, they must not carelessly lose those crowns like Esau who sold his birthright as the first son to Jacob for only a pottage of lentils. (Ge 25:29-34/Rev 19:8/Rev 22:14)
It is time for us to diligently fulfill the law of Christ of sharing one another’s burdens
(Gal 6:2), take off our crowns in front of God and give all the glory to only the Trinity God. With such a humble attitude at the basis, we must steadfastly hold onto the blessings of bearing the fruit of the new covenant given by the grace of the Lord, take them to our hearts and fulfill the calling as the workers of the new covenant.
To accomplish this, we must not forget that we need to look in all directions and keep ourselves and our partnering disciples that we love, who are the crowns heading towards the everlasting life, from the deception of Satan who, like a lion, always looks out for prey (2Pe 5:8).
|3:12||“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God” in Verse 12 represents Jesus’ prophecy that the believers of the church in Philadelphia will take on a crucial mission in the Holy City. Also, “he shall go no more out” means that the righteous believers of the church in Philadelphia who act according to God’s commands will become friends of Jesus and children of God and, as members of his Holy City, live eternally with God and Jesus and become the tetrarchs (Lk 3:1/Lk 3:19/Lk 9:7/Ac 13:1) and priests who rule over all the different regions of this universe created by God for generations after generations.
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Also in Rev 3:12, 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 church in Philadelphia is the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion(Isa 18:7) and
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 the brides of Jesus Christ. (Ps 20:4-6/2 Th 1:11-12)
7 In that time shall the present be brought unto the LORD of hosts of a people scattered and peeled, and from a people terrible from their beginning hitherto; a nation meted out and trodden under foot, whose land the rivers have spoiled, to the place of the name of the LORD of hosts, the mount Zion.
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
3. All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.
2 Lift ye up a banner upon the high mountain, exalt the voice unto them, shake the hand, that they may go into the gates of the nobles.
22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.
Also, “Beulah and Philadelphia”, the name of the new Jerusalem, represents the brides who are the wives to be married with Jesus (Rev 21:9-10/Rev 22:17) and is symbolized by the bridal community of Jesus, “those who are married with Jesus – Beulah”, which is God’s human network of the Holy City consisted of members of the symbiotic community of promise (Rev 19:8-9) who participate in the marriage party with Jesus.
They are the chosen people by Jesus in the end times.
As shown in Revelation 3:12, the believers gathered in the church in Philadelphia in the end times are those who have been already promised in the name of the Holy City “Beulah”, the messengers of Jesus with guardian angels shown in Revelation 22:16, and those who have been sealed in the name of the Lord (Rev 3:12/Mt 23:1-39/Isa 43:7/Ps 118:14-26).
Also, they are the Beulah Cavalry who ride horses to spread the word of the living waters (Zec 14:7-8) and conquer again and again the horsemen of Satan with the guardian angel symbolized by horses, showing the right path all along the way (Rev 9:16). They are also the children of Zion and the spiritually new mankind who participate in the first resurrection and set a significant mark of new progress in the history of mankind with a holy body (1 Co 15:44-52), which is the form of the one who belongs to heaven, after they fulfill their calling.
1 And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass.
2 In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;
3 And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.
4 Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord?
5 And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
Here, the four horses above Zec 6:1-5 represent the angels (Heb 1:7), which symbolize the four winds of heaven, and the horsemen refer to the Beulah Cavalry who are the “servants” (Rev 1:1) of God during the times of Revelation, participate in the symbiotic community of the people who overcome as prophesied in the name of “The BRANCH” in the book of zechariah and will appear from the ends of the earth (Isa 62:4).
12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD:
13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
14 And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD.
15 And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
15 And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:
16 That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
As the church in Philadelphia is declared to be Mount Zion from far where the name of God has been placed (Isa 18:7/Isa 30:26-27/Isa 46:10-13), it is simultaneously accomplished that the new name of Jesus symbolized as Zion. The prophecy about the new names of Jesus by Isaiah the prophet, is recorded as “Hephzi-bah”, which means the one with whom God is delighted as shown in Isaiah 62:4. Meanwhile, the name of the new Jerusalem, the land and the kingdom of Christ, is recorded as “Beulah”, which refers to the one who participate in the wedding party of the Lamb, the “bride of the Lamb” (2 Pe 1:17).
2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi-bah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distress
7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
It is now time for the believers of the church in Philadelphia, who have been sealed by the Trinity God with the same words worked by seven spirits, to follow only Jesus and fulfill the calling of making God joyful, as members of God’s network that transcends denominations, in the name of God, Jesus and the new Jerusalem.
|3:13||“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” in Verse 13 has been repeated 7 times in Revelation, and its importance is emphasized again here.
The Revelation times is a special period during which the spiritual vision of “the servants” described in Revelation 1:1, who are the receipients of Revelation, become opened through the work of the seven spirits who act as the seven eyes of Jesus (Rev 5:6) and are a special nickname for the same Holy Spirit (1 Co 12:4-13/Eph 4:4).
The work of the seven spirits, which are 1)the Spirit of the Lord, 2)the Spirit of wisdom and 3)of understanding, 4)the Spirit of counsel and 5)of power, 6)the Spirit of knowledge and 7)of the fear of the Lord.(Isa 11:1-5) is explained seven times in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3. At the moment we hear the prophecy of Jesus who tells us to the listen to the words spoken to the churches by the Holy Spirit, fully understand about the seven churches and starting obeying those words of prophecy, we automatically become evangelists of the powerful gospel as the seven Spirits, in which the seven spiritualities of the Holy Spirit continue to work, dwell in our hearts.
Also, as the receipients of the power of the Holy Spirit, Revelation and the prophecy (Mt 11:27), when the work of the Holy Spirit in the Revelation times takes place in each of our hearts, which are the temples and dwelling places of the Trinity God, we fully understand Revelation, God’s words and testimonies of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:2), through the power of the seven spirits who open our spiritual vision. As the kingdom and the priests of God who have been poured with oil, we become the people who witness the Revelation times upon hearing the urgent sound of the trumpets of the Holy Spirit repeated 7 times, and unite in love with the partnering disciples through Jesus’ same word of prophecy (Php 4:1-7/1 Co 2:10/1 Jn 2:27/Rev 12:11).
Therefore, the children of God of the church in Philadelphia who have been called in the Revelation times must focus on loving one another, transcend and ostracize mammonism and covetousness, put worshipping God as the priority and pursue the path of salvation exactly as described in the Bible, form blessed relationships of brotherly love, desire to witness only the truth with their lips and to fill their hearts with the devotion of the cross, repent immediately every time they act intemperately, and walk towards the faith of life one step at a time.
We will be called true children of God and the believers of the church in Philadelphia if we truly worship the one and only God, do not put any faith in superstitious beliefs, always give thanksgiving to God with tithes, pursue the essence of God-centered faith through the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit, possess the identical goal to reach eternal life, and are able to call God as our father anywhere anytime without any shame (Jn 13:34-35/Col 3:5/Isa 30:20-22).
Through a genuine relationship of sharing without asking for rewards, the believers of the church in Philadelphia set their goal on leading outsiders to the path of eternal life, personally experience the grace of Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Spirit, do not interfere with the Holy Spirit, fulfill the law of Christ of sharing one another’s burdens, and partici
pate in the first resurrection as they are written in the book of life. They are the final receipients of Revelation as the brides of Jesus and members of the new Jerusalem, Beulah, as they are borne into a good tree on a good soil and form the kingdom of Christ (Lk 8:15/Rev 11:15).
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