Sunday, July 24, 2016

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER 13  (1 of 2)
P H I L A D E L P H I A
And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; 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: for thou hast a little strength, and  hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 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. 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. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. 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 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. 
Revelation 3:7-13
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For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Hebrews 2:11
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Romans 8:17
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  Proverbs 18:24
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.   John 15:14
When the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostles to write to any Church, God being aware of any unique culture and circumstances surrounding any particular church wherever a letter was to be written, had them to write accordingly.  This could mean writing the same thing using the vernacular, expression common to their culture, character, and personality.  So it is with what God gave John to write to the seven churches of Asia.  With every church, Jesus describes Himself in a specific way to get their attention, to impress upon them the attitude of God's heart toward them. 
Just as with Smyrna, God did not have a significant reprimand for the Believers at Philadelphia, but instead there was a special attitude of love for these believers, even like that of brother to brother.  It was because of this attitude that He gives them a challenge v.8, and a special promise to help them with it, "...I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it."  God wants to use these Saints and those like them, to influence the world for Christ.  They are the Strugglers, who against all odds stand faithful and true.
These Christians possessed a special quality about them that was not found in the other churches v.8, for the exception of those in the churches who did not compromise their faith, and devotion to Christ and His doctrine for the doctrines of devils.  Thus, Jesus describes Himself as "...he that is holy, he that is true."  Jesus is the faithful and true witness, a statement He makes of Himself to the church of Laodicea.  This is Jesus' view of the Philadelphia Saints, holy and true.
God says to Philadelphia, "...for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 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." v.8-9
In the beginning paragraphs of this book I wrote: "One constant in all of the seven churches of Asia Minor, is the false and true believers.  Each church has the spectators and the participators.  The spectators of God's perfect will create trouble; the doers of God's perfect will do not.  It is because of the true believers, that God is sending a message that encompasses God's reward and judgment.What is common in all churches so it was in Philadelphia, there where those who were Religious, Hypocrite, and Lukewarm.
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The Philadelphia Saints struggling to walk with God had a heart desire and tenacity to excel, which caused God's favor to be granted them, even though their level of obedience was in need of improvement.  The Religious, Hypocrite, and Lukewarm were not making it easy on them, they had "a little strength", but enough not to be swayed by those who had none.  Here God makes a promise that He will exalt them in the sight of those in the church who were opposing them, "...I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee."v.9.
When writing about the church of Smyrna I wrote:
"It seems that the number one goal of some Believers is to destroy the faithfulness and loyalty of those Saints who are not walking in the same worldly and carnal lifestyle as they are.  Just as it was with the foolish virgins attempt against the wise virgins to try to get them to "fall" to their level of worldliness by asking for their oil." 
As the day of Jesus' coming and the unveiling of Antichrist draws near the chasm between the sincere and true Christian and those who are not, is growing wider, so that it is becoming more evident who is truthfully one of God's children, and who just have a religious intellectual experience concerning the salvation that is found in Christ. 
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It is this "religious intellectual experience" (gnosticism) that fits the following scripture reference.  Although common in the churches of Asia Minor, the following verse is a prophecy for the end time.
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth2 Timothy 3:7
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My FaceBook Timeline https://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders ; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be on my FaceBook Timeline spanning over seven years.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME” 

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The majority of my conversations this past week was about the Angel of the Lord, while the discussions continued I was asked for information about others who agree with my denial Jesus is not that angel. I found what I consider and unbiased article found at this link some information about the differing theologies: http://servetustheevangelical.com/doc/Did_Jesus_Preexist_as_the_Angel_of_the_LORD.pdf . I ended my Saturday sharing about God and Jesus with three or four atheists; ONLY God can prove HE exists to their satisfaction, something I had to keep reiterating for them.
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The Abomination of Desolation was a topic of discussion in which a person believed happened with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE; this person confused what Jesus said about it with the future event similar to it. Matthew and Mark’s account is one of two prophesies Jesus said in Luke 21, and the phrase “Abomination of Desolation” is not mentioned in Luke 21 even though the future event (only) as recorded in Matthew and Mark is. When reading Luke 21:12-24 this is the first century prophecy; Luke 21:8-11 and 25-36 is the second prophesy of the end time event. Preterism believes everything in Revelation happened in the first century, and Revelation was written before 70 CE, which disagrees with the history of 94-96 CE when John was exiled to the Island of Patmos.
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The one I was sharing with denied he is Preterist, but was not totally clear if he is Futurist like me. Something I learned from the converstation is that Jesuits were responsible for the three theologies for the timeline of Revelation written in the 1500s after the start of the Reformation. Preterism was the first theology in an attempt to make Antichrist the Roman Catholic Church, while the Futurist theology was created to prove the Preterist Theology false. The Historicist theology was not far behind the other two. Origen and Augustine are credited for the Idealist interpretation, overusing allegory to build on that theology.  Here is one article for those interested what each teach: https://www.probe.org/four-views-of-revelation/
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As is common Trinity, Hypostatic union, and Logos were discussed, at one point Jesus not being a trained Rabbi was discussed, and the dinosaurs in Job chapters 40 and 41. GOD is the one who described the fire breathing dragon; therefore they are not myth, and I have read bones have been found for them. One person brought up the Angel of God in Judges 13 told Manoak his name is “secret”(KJV) and in the NKJV “wonderful;” it was because of the word “wonderful” the respondent used Isaiah 9:6 to conclude the Angel who took solid human form was Jesus. After checking the definition for the Hebrew word translated “secret/wonderful” I found the KJV was more aptly translated. The Hebrew definition included “incomprehensible” (i.e. “secret” KJV is more correct).  
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Basically what the Angel said to Manoah is “if I would tell you, you would not be able to understand or comprehend it.” When I saw the Hebrew definition, God reminded me of Revelation 2:17 about the “white stone.” To him that over comes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows (understands) saving he that receives it.” There will come a day in eternity, like the Angel of God had, when we will receive an “incomprehensible” name that no one but us as an individual will be able to comprehend the meaning of, other than God of course. I ended my Saturday sharing about God and Jesus with three or four atheists
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Samuel   7/24/2016