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The Seven Churches

(6) Church of Philadelphia - ( Revelation 3:7-12)

Roughly CE 1517-18 to 1878.

7. And to the angel [messenger, Luther] of the church in Philadelphia ["love of a brother," Diaglott, Appendix] write; These things saith he [Jesus] that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David [authority of the BelovedChrist], he that openeth [to liberty and knowledge], and no man shutteth; and shutteth [to liberty and knowledge], and no man openeth;

8. I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door [of liberty and knowledge], and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little [spiritual] strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

9. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan [of the apostate church], which say they are Jews [spiritual Israelites], 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.

10. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience [cheerful, constant endurance I commanded], I also will keep thee from the hour [hora, the whole period of the harvest] of temptation [trial], which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth [members of society].

11. Behold, I come quickly [speedily, even at the end of this period of the church]: hold that fast which thou hast [thy liberty, knowledge, and strength with cheerful endurance], that no man take thy [right to your] crown [of life].

12. Him that overcometh will I [Jesus] make a pillar [member of the church glorified] in the temple ["which temple ye are", 1 Corinthians 3:17] of my [Jesus’] God, and he shall go no more out [as he had to leave from the nominal temple or church]: and I will write [place] upon him the name of my God [character of my God], and the name of the city of my God [character necessary to be a part of the government of God], which is new Jerusalem [government of peace], which cometh down [has authorization] out of heaven from my God: and I will write [place] upon him my new name [in the sense of proved holy character].

13. He that hath an ear [a receptive and understanding mind], let him hear what the Spirit [of promise] saith unto [all seven periods of] the churches.


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