CREDENTIALS OF A PHILADELPHIAN

I think it is understood that everyone wants to be a Philadelphian because of the promises made in Revelation 3.  God has written down plainly their conditions, characteristics and their attributes. These credentials define them. Becoming an end time Philadelphian is not something that we will stumble into nor will it be thrust upon us.  Philadelphians will be Philadelphians by choice not chance. We will have to make conscious decisions to obtain that position. If we fail to make the proper decisions we will automatically fall into one of the other church slots or start a descent toward the lake of fire.  The choice is yours and the choice requires action and belief of God’s word on your part. By the end of this paper you will have access to the knowledge to make an informed decision.

A lot of Church of God people, and I am among them, believe that all seven church attitudes exist simultaneously with one dominant attitude.  It is obvious from God’s Word that three of these dominant attitudes will have existed in the end time era which may span many years. Let’s look at the dominant characteristics of each church era, and then we will spend some time specifically on Philadelphian credentials.

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KNOW YOU NOT THAT WE SHALL JUDGE ANGELS

Do you not know that the saints shall judge the world, I Cor. 6:2, 3?

1 Corinthians 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

1 Corinthians 6:3 Know yea not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

What is meant by these two verses?  It certainly wasn’t what I thought it was until last month, March 2000.  Personally, I thought we would be judging demons (fallen angels) after we were spirit beings.  That is not correct.  Let’s look at what Christ really says about this subject.

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POWER PLAYS BY SPIRIT BEINGS

It would be helpful if you read all of the papers on this website about demons before reading this paper.  These are:  Know Ye Not That We Shall Judge Angels, Demons and Health, Our Delivery from Slavery, Prisoner of War Have You Been One?, Satan and the Demons,  Satan’s Execution, See Satan Coming, Physical Creation, He Went and Preached to Spirits in Prison.

There are two positions behind what I am calling “power plays.”  God has a position and Satan has his own position.  Satan’s position is to take over everything that God has, does and controls.

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DEEDS & DOCTRINES OF THE NICOLAITANS

Rev 2:6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which I also hate.

Rev 2:15  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.

These two verses need to be looked at closely.  Why does God HATE the deeds and doctrines of the Nicolaitans?  The word “deeds” in Strong’s Greek Dictionary of the New Testament  is #2041 meaning, “to work; toil (as an effort or occupation); by inpl. An act:-deed, doing, labour, work.”  Zodhiates’ Lexical Aids to the New Testament lists the following as the primary meaning, “work, performance, the result or object of employment, making or working…”

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SARDIS, AN ATTITUDE?

Were you a member of the Sardis church?  Was I?  You may very well be surprised as to what we were members of.  Did the Sardis church have an era?  Can we find and understand this in the end time?  The Bible is written for us:

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

The Philadelphian Church has an era.  When does it start?  It starts when Revelation 7:1-4, 9 and 14 begins.  But Christ claims he has sheep that are not of this fold (John 10:16) so is there a dominant fold as well as six others, making a total of seven at any given time.

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SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN

Is there a “Synagogue of Satan?”  The Bible makes clear that there is.  This knowledge is critical to our salvation.   Read on to get the astonishing facts about Satan and the devices that God allows him to use against us.   As you read through this article, you will notice a common thread:  Satan’s ministers are always in charge, and the “good seed” are always in subjection to them because the “good seed” are so few in number.

The Bible is written for those upon whom the end of the age is come.

I Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them  which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

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LAODICEA CHURCH

Revelation 3:14-22 contains the message to the end-time Laodicean church. We need to remember 1 Corinthians 10:11.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Ensamples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

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PHILADELPHIA CHURCH

Revelation 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;

In Revelation 3:7, Christ gives a partial description of Himself.  We know that Christ is holy.  The Philadelphians of the end-time have to know that Christ is true, that His word is true, and that this Bible is written to the end-time Christians.  If we believe His word is true, we must believe that the Bible is written to us.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

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SARDIS CHURCH

Revelation 3:1 tells us a number of things:

Revelation 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

The seven stars are clearly identified in Revelation 1:20:

Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

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THYATIRA CHURCH

Revelation 2:18-29 is the message to the Thyatiran church (attitude) in the end-time.  As I have said many times, this is written for the end-time Christians:

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Ensamples” (examples) is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says, “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

Do we have the ears to hear as God warns at the end time in each of the seven messages to the seven churches?

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