Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Seven Churches Part 7 – Philadelphia

The Seven Churches
Part 7 – Philadelphia
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith Church | www.PS127.org | www.TruthDigest.org

INTRODUCTION
This is the revelation of Jesus Christ to John.

John is told to record what had seen, is seeing, and will see, which is the key to the Book of Revelation. John saw Jesus and his description defines and sets the foundation for the rest of the book. Jesus IS Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, and the Alpha and Omega.

John then records the letters to the pastor's of each of the seven churches, or, what is taking place NOW, and then record what WILL take place in the end.

Chapters 4-22 of Revelation is for those who will be left behind after the rapture.

Last week we took a look at the first of the seven churches, Ephesus, the apostolic church, and read what was good, and bad about the church. The end of the letter states, “He who has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says unto the churches.”

In other words, these things apply to US today, as The Church and Body of Christ.

Today we look at the second church, Smyrna, the martyr church.

  
SCRIPTURE REFERENCE
Revelation 3:7-13

To the Church in Philadelphia

“To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. 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. 13 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

I.       JESUS ESTABLISHES HIS AUTHORITY
a.      Dispensation
i.       The Missionary Church Age

ii.    1800AD – Present day


b.     “To the star (Pastor) of the church, write...”
i.       Remember, Jesus walks among the candle sticks (the churches)

ii.    The stars (Pastors) are in His right hand

iii. The seven-fold spirits before the throne are the operations of the Holy Spirit


c.      “...These things say;”
i.       These are the words of him who is holy
ii.     and true,
iii.  who holds the key of David.
iv.    What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.
v.      Jesus is establishing the fact that HE has complete authority in the church, not the board, not the members, not the deacons, elders or pastor...but Christ.
a.      Ephesians 1:21-2321 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

b.     Colossians 1:17-1817 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. “

c.      Christ IS the HEAD of the church, and the church (the people, not the building), are the body of Christ.



II.   I KNOW YOUR WORKS
a.      He knows our works, because He walks among the lampstands.
i.       Matthew 18:20For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” 


b.     Before Christ says He knows there deeds, He states
i.       These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open.

ii.    With all of the letters, Christ establishes HIS authority in the area He is going to speak with each church about.
a.      First giving His overall description in Revelation 1

b.     Holds the 7 stars in His right hand & walks among the 7 candle sticks
1.      Addressed the false stars (apostles/pastors) in Ephesus, who had forsaken its first love.

c.      The first & last, the dead & alive
1.      Addressed blasphemy of Synagogue of Satan (Pharisees & Sadducee) for denying Christ as God (first & last) and that He raised from death (dead & alive) in Smyrna, the church that suffered persecution.


d.     Sharp sword with two-edges (the Word)
1.       Addressed Pergamos for believing in false doctrines instead of WORD of GOD...they were the church that needed to repent.

e.      Son of God, eyes like flame of fire (Christ is Judge who sees all)
1.      Addresses the “spiritual adultery” of the church following false teachings. Christ “sees it” and “judges it” in Thyatira


f.       Christ has the 7 spirits of God (Holy Spirit) and the 7 stars (Pastors)
1.      Addresses the fact that HE determines who (in this case the Pastors) will receive the Holy Spirit and its operations in Sardis, the church that had fallen asleep.


g.      Now we see the Lord establishing His overall authority in doors He opens, and closes, that no man can change.
1.      The Lord has OPENED the door to Philadelphia, they can be the missionary church that takes the Gospel into al the world, and no one can close that door.


c.      I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
i.       NOT spiritually weak (little strength), but FEW in numbers...they wee a SMALL church.

ii.    YET (the Lord says), you have kept my Word and NOT denied my name!
d.     BEHOLD (because of THIS!)
i.       9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 
a.      God does NOT recognize the spiritual claims of national Israel.

b.     The Jews (religiously speaking), have denied the one who is HOLY, TRUE & the KEY of DAVID

c.      “falling down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you...” refers to the coming KINGDOM AGE, when Christ will rule personally over the entire earth, with Israel restored, Israel will then bow at the feet of Christ, whom the Gentiles accepted.

ii.    10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently (reward), I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth.
a.      This is the rapture of the church before the Great Tribulation



III. WARNINGS AND BLESSINGS
a.      Behold, I come quickly
i.       A warning to be prepared for the Rapture

b.     Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
i.       The devil will use religious men to try and move us away from our faith in Christ

c.      To the one who overcomes
i.       "...I will make a pillar in the temple of my God..."
a.      The overcomer is the one who trusts explicitly in Christ and what He did for us at the cross.

ii.    "...Never again will they leave it..."
a.      Refers to the constant position in the presence of God

iii. "...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..."
a.      At the cross, Christ paid the penalty for our sin.

b.     Christ is the source of all our blessings, and we are a new creation.
1.      2 Corinthians 5:17-1817 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:”

2.      Galatians 6:15 “Neither circumcision nor un-circumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation.”


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

The Holy Spirit is saying to the churches, we MUST be ready for the Rapture, which can ONLY be done by faith in Christ...LIVING FAITH, in Christ.

Ecclesiastes 9:12
no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them.





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