In Philadelphia

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Rev ch3:v7-13
Rev 3:7 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;
Rev 3:8 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.
Rev 3:9 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.
Rev 3:10 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.
Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Rev 3:12 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 heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Rev 3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (KJV)

The last church of the remnant (outside of the image system of the ten kings) is referenced to in this letter. Jesus opens with assurances that the works given the angel to complete his circuit and overcome satan are true promises. Christ is blameless (and we assume so His hand) and by His choice only are we counted as elect – It is He whom permits entry into the temple and house of God (the King). Such an “invite” is actually now a certainty and a response of Christ (a work) by His promise in the text. The angel merely has to watch patiently and do those last works. By opening the way into rest for the angel, Christ has shut the way for anyone else to plant another foundational work under the angel – there is no longer any requirement for the works to be repeated by one lesser… The angel’s works stand.

In this last church there is nowhere the angel is required to go. Laodicea has been effectively overcome when the angel “holds fast unto death” as in the previous letter(s). Whilst the exit through Philadelphia to Sabbath rest is after those final works of the angel (Jesus knows these works and assures the angel of success.) the “way” with these works are now open - certain and assured.

The angel it would seem has lost some amount of authority or clout, becoming as a small influence – perhaps without a fellowship but still with commendable faith. Jesus identifies the synagogue of satan (as those whom enter the church with false doctrine) as unworthy of the angel’s fellowship – and that the angel has made great things of those doctrines (“things ready to die”) that he strengthened whereas these false apostles etc. are already spiritually dead, base and “as dumb” for the gospel itself. The angel is now become a measuring rod for those that do spread such doctrine. (He is now certainly the least.) They will worship at his feet.

Jesus states that the angel has kept the word of His patience: we may assume the patience as per the “angel’s mechanism to salvation” is for the angel to be finally proven blameless and strip satan of his scales. Likewise, the stint he spent in the “church” is almost as it were doing a separate work for Jesus, perhaps the angel was moonlighting?

The cycle thus far with this letter completes the heptad’s six non-identity elements. Jesus states that the time of temptation (as to one siding with Christ or antichrist on the basis of the unity element in the octal, as sent to the empty set or not.) is not required for the angel – the angel’s circuit has already led him out of the four earthy elements and has assured the angel of “dwelling in heavenly places” as within the static subgroup.

Jesus’ foresight shows in this letter (before the angel even begins his cycle) that the letter is written to the angel to instruct him and to encourage him and to be patient until he completes this cycle.

Again the angel is instructed to hold fast what he has – to keep the good doctrine as well as the rewards, (his crown here included) for they are the tokens of his salvation in Christ. Loss of these would ensure his own loss of eternal life and his reward, his inheritance.

For overcoming the angel is promised to be made a pillar in the temple of God – built on the one foundation of Christ and leaving a work none will surpass, being somewhat one “ultimate” as the least (see the “angels mechanism to salvation” section.) The angel will not be required to ever exit from grace – a promise that the Lord will keep him from sin and will direct his steps. (I.e. “If thy right hand cause you to sin, cut it off”, need only happen the once.)

Jesus writes new names on the angel, as the letter opens with Christ stating He is “He whom is faithful and true” we may state these names are tokens of to whom this angel belongs! (Christ states that the angel, despite being “not without spot” is clearly Jesus’ own.) This is done so with new name(s) – (a superlative – Even Jesus has part in the first resurrection!) The angel is assured of resurrection into paradise (the new Jerusalem) and of like promotion, that God is to be far greater; at the last more so than the first.

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