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Revelation 3:7-13 - The Church of Philadelphia (part II)

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“Because you have kept the word of My patient endurance, I also will keep you out of the hour of the trial being about to come upon the whole inhabited world, to try those dwelling upon the earth.

The “hour of trial” is another designation for the long prophesied “day of the Lord” the time of God’s coming wrath, which will be carried out via the seals, trumpets and bowl judgments which also includes all of the plagues that the two witnesses will bring upon the earth, as well as the persecution of the antichrist/beast and his reign.

The Lord’s promise to keep those who are victorious within the church of Philadelphia and all of the churches out of that time of tribulation, is in reference to the Lord’s gathering of the church. This would demonstrate that since those of the original church of Philadelphia have long since died and the “hour of trial” has yet to take place, then the promise must find its fulfillment in that type of Philadelphian church that will exist just prior to the time of God’s wrath. This is another good indicator that each of these types of churches, with their commendations and rebukes, have existed throughout the entire church period, as well as today.

Regarding this hour of trial, all those who are victorious within each of the churches, must be removed from the earth, for as Jesus said, “it will come upon the whole inhabited world.” We who have already received Christ have been credited with righteousness and have been reconciled to God and are therefore not appointed to suffer God’s coming wrath. Therefore, He will keep us out of that hour of trial, the time of His wrath. (Rom.5:9, 1 Thes.1:10, 5:9)

“I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown”

As previously stated the words “I am coming soon,” as well as with “must soon take place” as found in 1:1 and as prophesied by the OT saints as “the day of the Lord is near” and “is coming” and “is close at hand,” are all referring to that future time of God’s wrath, the day of the Lord. Regarding this, since the time of God’s wrath has not yet taken place, then those references to being near, close at hand and coming soon, cannot be something that we can set a date to, as so many have attempted to do.

For the OT saints as well as the apostles speaking of God’s coming wrath and the world has yet to experience it. Therefore, the reference to those terms must carry the meaning of imminency, i.e. on the horizon, about to happen, looming, in the workings, pending, etc. The on-going error of expositors today because of those termes, is to force the fulfillment of God’s wrath as having already taken place by historicizing or allegorizing those events.

The rest of the verse is a warning to hold on to the faith that you have. Don’t let anyone deceive you by turning you away from the truth and by doing so rob you of your crown. This is why we have so much counterfeit teachings within Christianity today, which is meant to get us off the true path to eternal life. And the only way that we can know the truth is by studying God’s word and believing what it says, grounded and unmoved.

The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it.

You’ve heard the expression “He is a pillar of the community,” the meaning being to be a prominent member, a shining example, top notch citizen. well, that is what is being referred to here. This is a phrase of honor for those who are victorious, which may even be a reference to God erecting a pillar in heaven in honor of those who are victorious.

I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them My new name.

The Lord’s reference to the “name of my God” of course is referring to the name of God the Father, as well as the name of the city, the New Jerusalem. Jesus also mentions that for those who are victorious, he will write on them, His new name, which is also mentioned, but not revealed, in Rev.19:12 “His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.”

These are all signs of honor and prestige of belonging to God and the family of God.

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Whoever has understanding, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the individual believer and to the churches as a whole.

Next and finally, Laodicea …..
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  1. Desertsrose's Avatar
    Good evening Ahwatukee,

    NASB says, "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."

    Keep means to watch over or guard. I'm not sure if that would mean that God snatches them out of the world. I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just thinking out loud here.

    In 1 Thessalonians harpazoto means to catch up. I'm not sure that's what is being said here. Will the Lord watch over or will He catch them up? Will the church of Philadelphia stay on the earth, but be protected as in Noah's ark or will they be raptured up?

    I don't know, I'm not sure on that. But I will consider it more as we go along.

    Thanks for another great blog post. I really enjoy them.
  2. Ahwatukee's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Desertsrose
    Good evening Ahwatukee,

    NASB says, "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."

    Keep means to watch over or guard. I'm not sure if that would mean that God snatches them out of the world. I'm not disagreeing with you, I'm just thinking out loud here.

    In 1 Thessalonians harpazoto means to catch up. I'm not sure that's what is being said here. Will the Lord watch over or will He catch them up? Will the church of Philadelphia stay on the earth, but be protected as in Noah's ark or will they be raptured up?

    I don't know, I'm not sure on that. But I will consider it more as we go along.

    Thanks for another great blog post. I really enjoy them.
    Hello Desertsrose!

    As always, thank you for taking the time to read the post and being involved. You are correct, the word "Tereo" means to guard over, keep watch, maintain. Regarding keeping us out of that time of tribulaton, most of the translations have it "keep you from" the hour of trial. There are a few translations, the literal Berean being one of them, who translate it "out of" which is derived from the actual Greek word "Ek", meaning "out of." Below is the "Berean Literal" translation, which is the closest to the interlinear that you can get.

    Berean Literal Bible

    "Because you have kept the word of My patient endurance, I also will keep you out of the hour of the trial being about to come upon the whole inhabited world, to try those dwelling upon the earth."

    So, the Lord's promise is to keep those who endure patiently and who are victorious, out of that hour of trial, which is in reference to the day of the Lord, the time of God's coming wrath, which will be carried out via the seals, trumpets and bowl judgments. And the way in which the Lord will keep us out of that time of trial, will be the fulfillment of John 14:1-3 which is given in detail in 1 Thes.4:13-18.

    Rev.4:1, which we will be going over when we get there, is an allusion to when the church is gathered up, which in the chronological order of events, takes place prior to the opening of the 1st seal.

    I hope that this sheds a little more light on this subject.
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  3. Desertsrose's Avatar
    ​Hi Ahwatukee,

    I looked in Thayer's Greek Text commentary. It says that ek in Revelation 3:10 means:

    to keep one at a distance from etc.

    Verse 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.

    So would that read - I also will keep you at a distance from the hour of testing?