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Summary: Letter to Philadelphia. Fifth message detailing the message Christ gave to the seven churches in Revelation.

God Opens Doors

Revelation 3:7-13

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write,

‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”;

8 “I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.

9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.

10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.

11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.

13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”’

Pray The Open Door

After leaving Sardis...

We now find ourselves...

At the door to the church...Of Philadelphia...

With one more letter to go...

This has been a fascinating journey...

One that will remain with me...

For some time to come...

About twenty-five miles...Southeast of Sardis...

On a high plateau...Some 800 feet above...

The surrounding countryside...Sat a small...

But important city known as Philadelphia...

Philadelphia was the youngest...Of the seven cities...

To which Jesus sent letters...

Only about two hundred years old...At the time...

Located at the intersection...Of several trade routes...

As well as...The Imperial Post Road...

Philadelphia...Quickly became known as...

“The gateway to the East.”...

It was originally built as a missionary outpost...

To the regions of Lydia...And Phrygia...

Although the city...Benefited greatly...From its prime location...

It also sat...Right on a geological fault...

So it suffered frequent earthquakes...And aftershocks...

The tremors were so devastating...

That folks often had to abandon their homes...And businesses...

To live in tents...On the plains...Outside the city...

Despite the constant dread...Of yet...

Another underground eruption...

Despite the danger...Philadelphia...

Was a bustling...Little town...Full of life...And energy...

When a letter carrier following the Imperial Post Road...

Arrived in town...There were probably plenty of friendly folks...

Willing to point him toward the small group...

Of Christ-follower’s that gathered together...

Every Sunday morning...

This band of believers was small...But exceptionally significant...

Let’s see what Jesus had to say to them...

John...

“Write this letter...To the angel of the church...In Philadelphia...

This is the message from the One who is Holy...

And...True...The One who has the key of David...

What He opens...No one can close...

And...What He closes...No one can open...

I don’t know about you...But...That’s good news...

Jesus says...

“I know all the things you do...

See...I have set before you...An open door...

That no one can shut...

You have little strength...

Yet you obeyed My word...And have not denied Me...

Philadelphia...

I will force those who belong to Satan’s synagogue...

Those liars...Who say they are Jews...But are not...

I will cause them...I will make them...

I will make your enemies...Your foot stool...

At My command...They will bow down...At your feet...

These Jewish impersonators...

Will acknowledge...That you are the ones...I love...

Because you have obeyed My command to persevere...

I will protect you...From the great time of testing...

That will come upon the whole world...

To test those...Who belong...To this world...

Don’t be discouraged...For...I am coming soon...

Hold on...To what you have...

Don’t allow these...Wanna-bees...To rob you...

Don’t allow these...Impersonators...

These that stand on Holy ground...

Preaching...Thus says...The Lord...On Sunday...

And living like the devil...On Monday...

Don’t let them steal your crown...

Don’t let them steal your joy...

Don’t let them...Steal your peace...

Don’t let them...Steal your light...

Don’t let them...Break your stride...

Listen to what I’m saying church...

All who are victorious...All who persevere...And Persist...

Stick with it...Hang in there...

All who endure...

Will become pillars...In the Temple of My God...

And they will never...Be separated from it...

Jesus promises...

I will write on those conquerors...The name of My God...

And the name of the city...Of My God...

The new...Jerusalem...Which comes down out of heaven...

From My God...And I will write on him...My new name...

“Anyone with ears to hear...Let him hear...Let him understand...

Let him comprehend...Recognize...Realize...Grasp...

That which the Spirit...Is saying to the...Churches...

You can act like you don’t know...If you want to...

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