The Vision of the

Church in Philadelphia

Part 6

 

Revelation 3:7-13

 

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;

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

11.   Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

 

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.

 

13.   He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. KJV


 

Revelation 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.

 

The text of Revelation 3:12 was translated literally in its entirety to preserve integrity and continuity.  It reads as follows (bold type): “The one who is conquering I will be raising up to stand in the dwelling place of the Deity of Me; and he shall not at all depart out of the doors any longer; and I will be engraving upon this one the name the Deity of me, and the name of the city with great walls of the Deity of me, which is the fresh, new maternal thresher; she is walking down out of the heavenly power from the Deity of me, and knows absolutely and can speak My freshly new name, character and authority.”

 

The Philadelphia church is a body of believers who are “conquering”; they are a great army of believers who have overcome the strong cravings of the flesh, and the devil.  They overcome by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony.  Though not sinless, they are pure in heart and blameless in Christ. 

 

The Philadelphia church has followed the example of the Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.  As a result, when they leave this earth, and the material realm, they will be standing in the “dwelling place” of their Lord Jesus, and in the inner sanctuary (i.e. -the temple) of his Deity (of Jesus’ God Yahweh).  This entrance of theirs into the eternal dwelling place is perpetual; they will never “depart out of the doors” any longer. 

 

Jesus, as head of this glorified body, will “be engraving” the name of His “Deity,” the Divine Magistrate (Yahweh).  In the Greek the text reads, “the Deity of me.”  His Father, who is His Judge, and the Judge of us all, gave Jesus delegated authority.  The name of Jesus’ Divine Magistrate is His Father, (Yahweh).  The proof for this is found in 1 Corinthians15: 21-28:

 

·         1 Corinthians 15:21-28 For since by a man {came} death, by a man also {came} the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.  But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming, then {comes} the end, when He delivers up the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.  For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.  The last enemy that will be abolished is death.  For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.  And when all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all in all. (NAS)

 

All earthly things become subject to Christ, but Christ Himself is subject to God the Father.  As previously stated, the Father’s name, when He is addressed from a human standpoint, is the name “Yahweh.” 

 

The word Yahweh means “He is.”  Yahweh is a Hebrew word, and is used in the third person singular form. Yahweh is the name of the Father.  Therefore, when we address the Father by name, we would be saying, “He is.” 

 

During our time on earth, we can say of Yahweh (Deity), “He is salvation” or “He is the healer” or “He is our righteousness,” “He is strength” etc.  However, in heaven, our eternal dwelling place, the Philadelphia church is been made one with Jesus, who is one with Yahweh. 

 

Those in Philadelphia are given the collective new name, “I Am.”  In the English idiom we would say it like this, “I am in Him.”  Together with Jesus, the church in Philadelphia is eternally dwelling “in Yahweh” (i.e. – in his presence, sharing in the inheritance and position of Jesus the Christ).

 

·         The name “Jesus” means “Yah saves.”  Regarding having the name of the “I Am” being engraved upon them, we look at the prayer of Jesus:  John 17:11  “And I am no more in the world; and {yet} they themselves are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy name, {the name}, which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We {are.}  (NAS)

 

The Father gave His own name to His Son Jesus, and once we have escaped our earthly tent (i.e.-our human bodies) we will share that name eternally.  At that time we no longer need to say, “He is,” (i.e.-Yahweh).  Having been united together with the Father, and the Son, we share the Fathers great name, “I Am.” 

 

The “city with great walls” is a metaphor for describing God’s glorified saints; we are the city of God, inhabited by the His Spirit.  As believers who have overcome, and ruled by King Jesus, we become the “walls” of God’s great city as living stones fitted together:

 

·         1 Peter 2:4-6 And coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, but choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  For {this} is contained in Scripture: "Behold I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner {stone} and he who believes in Him shall not be disappointed."  (NAS)

 

Final salvation is accomplished when we stand in the eternal dwelling place of God:

 

·         Revelation 12:10-11 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.  And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.  (NAS)

 

Collectively the Philadelphia church is seen here in heaven, as the glorified body of Christ.  Of course, this would include all the past faithful martyrs throughout the ages (READ Hebrews 11:1-40). 

 

It is this body that will rule and reign with Jesus over the earth.  Jesus is God’s appointed human judge, executing justice on the Father’s behalf to the nations of the earth.  His glorified body of believers will act, as ministers of fire, to carry out his will at that time.

 

The last part of Revelation 3:12 speaks of what the ancient harvesters called the threshing floor.  The threshing floor was the place where harvested wheat was separated from the chaff with an instrument known as the threshing sledge (READ Isaiah 28:27-28; 41:15-16).

 

The glorified Philadelphia church is compared to a woman working as harvesters in God’s threshing floor.  Here is how the LITERAL TRANSLATION reads, “ which is the fresh, new maternal thresher; she is walking down out of the heavenly power from the Deity me, and knows absolutely and can speak My freshly new name, character and authority.”  This is most likely one aspect of the reign that the church has together with Christ.

 

Philadelphia will also do a great deal of “threshing” during their time on earth.  They are called to thresh the traditional teachings of the Christian church that are contrary to the scriptures.  The handle of Philadelphia’s threshing sledge will be the love of God.  They will speak the truth in love and so separate the truth from the chaff of manmade teaching.

 

The walled city is seen as a mother who is threshing.  She is coming down (indicating an earthbound direction) out of the heavenly power of the Father God.  She “knows absolutely,” which shows her understanding of what it is she should be doing as she threshes.  She works and speaks with Jesus’,  “ freshly new name, character and authority.” 

 

John the Baptist taught that Messiah would use a winnowing fork to separate wheat from chaff.  The winnowing fork is the NT equivalent of what the Old Testament calls a “threshing sledge.”

 

·         Luke 3:15-17 Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he might be the Christ, John answered and said to them all, "As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  And His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (NAS)

 

John the Baptist was addressing the people and nation of Israel.  The Philadelphia church will work together with Jesus at His coming during and after the battle of Armageddon.  They will execute judgment with Jesus as He delivers Israel from her enemies (i.e. the nations).   Jesus will use His believers who rule and reign with Him to separate the true believers in Israel from those who are false. 

 

There could also be an application at this same time period to the peoples of all nations.  When Christ rules the earth in the Millennium, He will rule with a rod of iron.  At that time, the wheat grain symbolizes those who bow their knee to Jesus’ kingship; the chaff represents those stiff-necked and hard-hearted ones who rebel against Him.  The grain goes into Jesus’ barn, which represents Christ’s kingdom.  The chaff goes into unquenchable fire, which would symbolize eternal punishment (i.e. the lake of fire). 

 

The Philadelphia church are overcomers who, as Christ’s living and active body, work together with him and under His rule, having been given a, “freshly new name, character and authority.”

“Him that overcometh”

 

·         Overcometh” = 3528 nikao (nik-ah'-o); from 3529; to subdue (literally or figuratively): 3529 nike (nee'-kay); apparently a primary word; conquest (abstractly), i.e. (figuratively) the means of success: (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

Only they who are overcomers, and have subdued their fleshly desires, and the devil’s accusations will be a part of the church in Philadelphia.  The scriptures which use “nikao” comes from a root word “nike.” 

 

Nike means “the means of success.”  The famous Nike athletic shoes derive their name from this Greek word; they are a high-end line of shoes that can be a ‘means of success’ for the serious athlete.  But the success depends not only on the quality of the shoe, but on the willingness of the athlete to train diligently, and then run the race with endurance. 

 

We have Jesus; He is our “Nike,” yet, we must use His strength and promises to prevail in this race towards the throne of God:

 

·         John 16:33  “These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace.  In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome (nikao; subdue; conquer) the world.”  (NAS)

 

Philadelphia will overcome and have victory because of Jesus.  Jesus has subdued the tribulations of this world; he provides an example to the Philadelphia church to follow.  He was made like his brethren in all ways; he was tempted, and tried, and overcame! 

 

·         Romans 3:3-4 What if some did not have faith?  Will their lack of faith nullify God's faithfulness?  Not at all!  Let God be true, and every man a liar.  As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail (nikao; subdue; conquer) when you judge.”  (NIV)

 

The testimony of God in Jesus is proof of His faithfulness to honor those who honor Him:

 

·         2 Timothy 2:8-13 Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned.  For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus {and} with {it} eternal glory.  It is a trustworthy statement: for if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him; if we endure, we shall also reign with Him; if we deny Him, He also will deny us; if we are faithless, He remains faithful; for He cannot deny himself.  (NAS)

 

Philadelphia is a church that has learned to love their enemies.  They have been betrayed by their own brethren, and by so-called brethren who are of the synagogue of Satan.  Yet, in spite of intense persecution, they have learned to never take vengeance, for that belongs to God.  They not only forgive, but they even do well to those who are their enemies, and so prove to be children of God:

 

·         Romans 12:17-21 Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.  Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath {of God,} for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.  “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.”  Do not be overcome (nikao; subdue; conquer) by evil, but overcome (nikao; subdue; conquer) evil with good.  (NAS)

 

Philadelphia is a church that has gone through the various stages of maturity; from being “children” who come to know the Father heart of God, to overcoming (nikao) the wicked one (the devil) as young men, to becoming fathers in the faith by knowing Him who is from the beginning:

 

·         I John 2:13-14 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning.  I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome (nikao; subdue; conquer) the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.  I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning.  I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome (nikao; subdue; conquer) the evil one.  (NAS)

 

Philadelphia has come into the truth of knowing Jesus as the man; the son of God.  They do not adhere to the traditional teaching of Jesus as the, “God-man,” and therefore can follow his example of living for their own lives. 

 

It is more than doctrinal correctness that motivates Philadelphia; it is a desire to know Jesus, and to be one with him.  They learn to love one another, as Jesus has loved them.  They speak and live his truth, and discern the spirit of error, which denies who Jesus is (both doctrinally and in the manner of life).

 

Philadelphia thus discerns the spirit of antichrist (against the anointed one), and is not ensnared by this deception:

 

·         I John 4:2-7 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the {spirit} of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.  You are from God, little children, and have overcome (nikao; subdued; conquered) them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.  They are from the world; therefore they speak {as} from the world, and the world listens to them.  We are from God; he who knows God listens to us; he who is not from God does not listen to us.  By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  (NAS)

 

Philadelphia overcomes the world, and it’s fleshly pull (even within Christianity), through faith in the son of God (i.e. - knowing who Jesus truly is).  They know him and they know his love, because they are obedient to God’s commandments.

 

·         I John 5:2-6 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.  For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome (nikao; subdued; conquered) the world-- our faith.  And who is the one who overcomes (nikao; subdued; conquered) the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood.  (NAS)

 

There are several references to nikao in the Book of Revelation.  Each reference shows a different aspect of the benefit of becoming an overcomer, whether in the church age of Philadelphia, or throughout any age:

 

·         Revelation 2:7  ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.’  (NAS)

 

·         Revelation 2:11  ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.’  (NAS)

 

·         Revelation 2:17  ‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To him who overcomes, to him I will give {some} of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’  (NAS)

 

·         Revelation 2:26  ‘And he who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations.’  (NAS)

 

·         Revelation 3:5  ‘He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels.’  (NAS)

 

·         Revelation 3:21  ‘He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.’  (NAS)

 

·         Revelation 12:11  “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even to death.”  (NAS)

 

·         Revelation 21:7  “He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.”  (NAS)

 

“Will I make a pillar in the temple of my God…”

 

The Literal translation of this part of verse 12 reads,to stand as a post in the dwelling place of the Deity of Me.”

 

The picture here is of something which stands as a support post in the dwelling place of God; that is, the church.  The church of Jesus IS the sanctuary and dwelling place of God’s Spirit. 

 

Those in Philadelphia have become support posts, strengthening the structure of the church of Jesus Christ.  Picture the temple; with its massive pillars; without the pillars, the roof and walls would have not integrity.  It is the life of commitment to walk in the truth, to persevere in it, that makes them such a pillar.

 

Below are the meanings of the Greek words used for “pillar” and “temple”:

 

·         Pillar” = 4769 stulos (stoo'-los); from stuo (to stiffen; properly akin to the base of 2476); a post ("style"), i.e. (figuratively) support: 2476 histemi (his'-tay-mee); a prolonged form of a primary stao (stah'-o) (of the same meaning, and used for it in certain tenses); to stand (transitively or intransitively), used in various applications (literally or figuratively)  (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

Temple” = 3485 naos (nah-os'); from a primary naio (to dwell); a fane, shrine, temple.  Comp 2411.  2411 hieron (hee-er-on'); neuter of 2413; a sacred place, i.e. the entire precincts (whereas 3485 denotes the central sanctuary itself) of the Temple (at Jerusalem or elsewhere): (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

The temple is the “naos,” or the inner sanctuary, the “sacred place” of the temple of God.  It represents the human spirit, where God’s intimate dealings with His people take place.  This is where Philadelphia has brought strength to the inner man of the church of Jesus Christ.

 

·         James 5:7-8 Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.  You too be patient; strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.  (NAS)

 

Below is a list of scriptures that use either “pillar” (stulos) or “temple” (naos) to refer to God’s workings within the church:

 

·         Galatians 2:8-9  (for He who effectually worked for Peter in {his} apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles), and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we {might go} to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised.  (NAS) 

 

The apostles were noted as “pillars” in the church, specifically Peter and John.  These men were eyewitnesses of our Lord, and thus became those who could best exemplify Jesus’ example to the new church.  The Philadelphians will be noted as pillars because of their relationship with the Lord Jesus as well. READ Acts 4:13.

 

·         1 Timothy 3:15 But in case I am delayed, {I write} so that you may know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.  (NAS) 

 

The Philadelphia church has a love for the truth, and therefore they become a support of truth for God’s sacred dwelling.  God cannot dwell where there is darkness and deception.

 

·         John 2:19-21 Jesus answered and said to them, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."  The Jews therefore said, "It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?"  But He was speaking of the temple (naos) of His body.  (NAS) 

 

In these verses, the “naos” is only used in reference to Jesus’ body!  Since the naos is the “sacred place” we can deduce that Jesus is referring to Himself as the true dwelling place of God, not some building which the Jews made, or will ever attempt to make!

 

·         Acts 17:24-25  The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples (naos) made with hands; neither is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things.  (NAS)

 

God is not served in anything man-made; His sacred dwelling is not in church buildings, but rather, in the hearts of His people.

 

·         1 Corinthians 3:16-17 Do you not know that you are a temple (naos) of God, and {that} the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If any man destroys the temple (naos) of God, God will destroy him, for the temple (naos) of God is holy, and that is what you are.  (NAS)

 

·         1 Corinthians 6:18-20 Flee from sexual immorality.  All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.  Do you not know that your body is a temple (naos) of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.  (NIV)

 

Our body is the naos, or sacred dwelling of God’s spirit while here upon the earth.  To be a part of the church in Philadelphia, one must know how to possess their body.  Philadelphia will be characterized by their freedom from immorality and sexual impurity.  They will not be fornicators, or given to pornography and masturbation.  They will not be homosexuals. 

 

This is not to say Philadelphia believers have not strived with the flesh in any of the areas mentioned above.  It is quite the opposite.  Rather, they will have overcome this sexual immorality through the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony (see Revelation 12:11).

 

·         2 Corinthians 6:15-18 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?  Or what agreement has the temple (naos) of God with idols?  For we are the temple (naos) of the living God; just as God said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate,” says the Lord.  “And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you.  And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me,” says the Lord Almighty.  (NAS)

 

The Philadelphia will fulfill 2 Corinthians 6:15-18 by coming “out” of any union with the world, or with the worldly Christian church.

 

·         Ephesians 2:19-22 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner {stone} in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple (naos) in the Lord; in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling (naos) of God in the Spirit.  (NAS)

 

Individually, and collectively, Philadelphia is being built up in Jesus Christ to become the sacred dwelling place of God.  They will be called a holy temple, in which God can eternally dwell.  They will be a completed building, jointly fit together, by that which each members supplies. (READ Ephesians 4:11-16)

 

·         Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple (naos).  (NAS)

 

“And he shall go no more out.”

 

Literally, this phrase reads, “and he shall not at all depart out of the doors any longer.”

 

·         He shall go” = 1831 exerchomai (ex-er'-khom-ahee); from 1537 and 2064; to issue (literally or figuratively) from 1537 ek (ek) or ex (ex); a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote); from 2064 erchomai (er'-khom-ahee); middle voice of a primary verb (used only in the present and imperfect tenses, the others being supplied by a kindred [middle voice] eleuthomai (el-yoo'-thom-ahee); or [active] eltho (el'-tho); which do not otherwise occur); to come or go (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively).  (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

·         No” = 3364 oume (oo may); i.e. 3756 and 3361; a double negative strengthening the denial; not at all.   (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

 

·         Out” = 1854 exo (ex'-o); adverb from 1537; out (-side, of doors), literally or figuratively:   (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

Once Philadelphia has been established as a pillar in the church of God, in His sacred dwelling place, they are a permanent part of that structure.  They shall spend eternity in that dwelling. 

 

No longer can they go “out” (out from, or “out of”) it.  Because “exerchomai” is denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), this means that Philadelphia is in a fixed position as a part of God’s dwelling.

 

And I will write upon him the name of my God

 

LITERAL TRANSLATION:  “…and I will be engraving upon this one the name (authority & character) the Deity of me.”

 

·         Write” = 1125 grapho (graf'-o); a primary verb; to "grave", especially to write; figuratively, to describe.  (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

·         Name” = 3686 ónomá (on'-om-ah); from a presumed derivative of the base of 1097 (compare 3685); a "name" (literally or figuratively) [authority, character]  (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

Jesus shall engrave the name of His God and Father upon Philadelphia.  This term “grapho” can refer to an engraving upon or a permanent marking of something as one’s own personal possession. 

 

Jesus marks his own with the name of his God (Yahweh), the great, “I AM.”  By describing the Philadelphia church with God’s name, it not only shows them as His possession, but also His likeness (i.e. -His love, compassion, desire for truth, etc.).

 

The Greek word “grapho” is frequently used of the scripture, the word of God, which has been, “written.”  Therefore, when Jesus says he will “write” the name of his God upon Philadelphia, it also implies the character of what has been formed within Philadelphia through their obedience and conforming to God’s word.

 

·         Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written (grapho), ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”  (NAS)

 

Grapho speaks of the singleness of Philadelphia’s eye towards God, and serving Him alone.  They honor His name this way.  They don’t allow the devil’s temptations to override their desire to serve God alone:

 

·         Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan!  For it is written (grapho), ‘you shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”  (NAS)

 

Much more could be discussed regarding how and what Jesus has written upon the hearts of his people.  Two scripture passages stand out in light of having God’s name, character, and authority written upon the hearts of the Philadelphian overcomers:

 

·         Luke 10:20-24  “However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written (eggrapho; engraved; described) in heaven.”  At that time Jesus, full of joy through the Holy Spirit, said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.  All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”  Then he turned to his disciples and said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.  For I tell you that many prophets and kings wanted to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”  (NIV)

 

Philadelphia rejoices that their names are engraved in heaven; that is, that Jesus can stand before the Father, and describe them as being God’s faithful servants, and ones who know the Father (of course the Father knows this, but Jesus is their Advocate before Him).  It is because the Philadelphia’s believers “know” God that they have been chosen to have His name permanently and eternally engraved upon them

 

·         2 Corinthians 3:1-4 Are we beginning to commend ourselves again?  Or do we need, as some, letters of commendation to you or from you?  You are our letter, written (eggrapho; engraved; described) in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written (eggrapho; engraved; described) not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts.  And such confidence we have through Christ toward God.  (NAS)

 

Philadelphia becomes like a living letter, which mankind can look at, observe, and declare the Spirit of the living God is permanently engraved their lives.  Unlike the commandments that God wrote in stone when He gave the commandments to Moses, the church in Philadelphia has the spirit of the Law written on the tablets of their hearts.  For this reason, God engraves His name upon them, like one would emboss the title of a book on its cover. 

 

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches It’s like God saying, “Open this book (the Philadelphia church), and the contents of it’s pages (their lives) will describe what My character is like, being revealed in a people who are one with Me, and with My son Jesus.”

 

And the name of the city of my God”

 

LITERAL TRANSLATION:  “and the name of the city with great walls of the Deity of me…”

 

This portion of scripture alludes to the Philadelphia church that reigns together with Christ from their heavenly position with him.  The “walled city” is allegorized as a “mother” who is threshing (this is the literal meaning of the word used for “Jerusalem”).

 

She (the church) is coming down (indicating an earthbound direction) out of the heavenly power of the Father God, yet under the leadership of Christ.  She “knows absolutely,” which shows her understanding of what it is she should be doing as she threshes. 

 

She works and speaks with Jesus’,  “freshly new name, character and authority.”  Jesus taught about how He would use a winnowing fork to separate wheat from chaff, and this he does, using his delegated authority, and his glorified church as the instrument of threshing.

 

Christians rarely consider what their role will be in reigning with Christ.  It is something too far away for them; they can’t conceive of it.  Yet, many scriptures discuss the reigning of glorified believers with Jesus:

 

·         Isaiah 24:23 Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed, for the LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and {His} glory will be before His elders. (NAS)

 

In Isaiah 24:23 Jerusalem prefigures the church, which will be called the New Jerusalem.  Mount Zion speaks of the presence of God, the place where Yahweh of hosts is Ruler supreme.  Mount Zion also speaks of the place where those believers who have grown to maturity dwell together with Christ. 

 

Also, Jerusalem is used allegorically to refer to the NT covenant relationship with God, and is contrasted with the present day Jerusalem, which represents the OT covenant.  The Jerusalem from “above” refers to the works of the Spirit, whereas the present day Jerusalem corresponds to man’s religious efforts and the works of the flesh:

 

·         Galatians 4:22-31 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman.  But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise.  This is allegorically speaking: for these {women} are two covenants, one {proceeding} from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar.  Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children.  But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.  For it is written, "Rejoice, barren woman who does not bear; break forth and shout, you who are not in labor; for more are the children of the desolate than of the one who has a husband."  And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise.  But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him {who was born} according to the Spirit, so it is now also.  But what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be an heir with the son of the free woman."  So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.  (NAS)

 

The key phrase, which ties into Rev. 3:12, is, “But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother.”  Mother?  Yes, another allegory to show that Philadelphia has become a part of the church which is from the “free” woman; they have grown with respect to the freedom and liberty found by walking according to the spirit, and not according to the works of the flesh.

 

That is why Revelation 3:12 says that Philadelphia will be, “walking down out of the heavenly power from the Deity of me.”  Philadelphia learned how to walk in the spirit, and by this means, overcome the works of the flesh:

 

·         Galatians 5:14-25 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the {statement}  "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."  But if you bite and devour one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another.  But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.  For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.  But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law.  Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.  (NAS)

 

Philadelphia walks by the law of the Spirit of life, keeping one main commandment as the basis for this walk:  Galatians 5:14 “For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the {statement}  “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  This command was foremost in their minds and hearts, and as they sought to live by it, the works of the flesh dropped off.  You cannot love others as you love yourself, and at the same time walk continually in sin.

 

“The New Jerusalem…The Maternal Thresher”

 

The following is a breakdown of the meanings of the Greek words used in Revelation 3:12, ““and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God.”

 

·         City” = 4172 polis (pol'-is); probably from the same as 4171, or perhaps from 4183; a town (properly, with walls, of greater or less size); 4171 polemos (pol'-em-os); from pelomai (to bustle); warfare (literally or figuratively; a single encounter or a series). (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

·         New” = 2537 kainos (kahee-nos'); of uncertain affinity; new (especially in freshness; while 3501 is properly so with respect to age)  (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

·         Jerusalem” = 2419 Hierousalem (hee-er-oo-sal-ame'); of Hebrew origin [3389]; Hierusalem (i.e. Jerushalem), the capitol of Palestine: 3389 metroloas (may-trol-o'-as) or metraloas (may-tral-o'-as); from 3384 and the base of 257; a mother-thresher, i.e. matricide; 3384 meter (may'-tare); apparently a primary word; a "mother" (literally or figuratively, immediate or remote); 257 halon (hal'-ohn); probably from the base of 1507; a threshing-floor (as rolled hard), i.e. (figuratively) the grain (and chaff, as just threshed); 1507  heilisso (hi-lis'-so); a prolonged form of a primary but defective verb heilo (of the same meaning); to coil or wrap.  (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

·         Cometh down” = 2597 katabaino (kat-ab-ah'-ee-no); from 2596 and the base of 939; to descend (literally or figuratively): 2596 kata (kat-ah'); a primary particle; (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive case, dative case or accusative case] with which it: is joined): 939 basis (bas'-ece); from baino (to walk); a pace ("base"), i.e. (by implication) the foot.  (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

·         Out of” = 1537 ek (ek) or ex (ex); a primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; direct or remote).  (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

·         Heaven” = 3772 ouranoís (oo-ran-os'); perhaps from the same as 3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extension, heaven (as the abode of God); by implication, happiness, power, eternity; 3735 oros (or'-os); probably from an obsolete oro (to rise or "rear"; perhaps akin to 142; compare 3733); a mountain (as lifting itself above the plain); 142 airo  (ah'-ee-ro); a primary root; to lift up; by implication, to take up or away; figuratively, to raise (the voice), keep in suspense (the mind), specially, to sail away (i.e. weigh anchor); by Hebraism [compare 5375] to expiate sin: (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

Next we will examine the term, “New Jerusalem” aptly translated from the original Greek text to read literally, “fresh, new maternal thresher.”

 

The last part of Revelation 3:12 portrays the church in Philadelphia as a pregnant (i.e. – maternal) woman working in what the harvesters called the ‘threshing floor’. 

 

This was where farmers would take their grain, crush it with livestock or with horse drawn planks imbedded with sharp pieces of rock, and then use winnowing forks to separate the wheat grain from the chaff by tossing the “threshed” heads of grain into the air. The wind would carry away the chaff, and only good grain would remain.

 

Here is how the LITERAL TRANSLATION reads, “which is the fresh, new maternal thresher; she is walking down out of the heavenly power from the Deity me, and knows absolutely and can speak my freshly new name, character and authority.”

 

To gain a better perspective of ancient threshing, the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia comments on this aspect of agriculture:

 

·         AGRICULTURE - (3) Threshing.-- The threshing-floors are constructed in the fields, preferably in an exposed position in order to get the full benefit of the winds. If there is a danger of marauders they are clustered together close to the village. The floor is a level, circular area 25 to 40 ft. in diameter, prepared by first picking out the stones, and then wetting the ground, tamping or rolling it, and finally sweeping it. A border of stones usually surrounds the floor to keep in the grain. The sheaves of grain, which have been brought on the backs of men, donkeys, camels, or oxen, are heaped on this area, and the process of tramping out begins. In some localities several animals, commonly oxen or donkeys, are tied abreast and driven round and round the floor. In other places two oxen are yoked together to a drag, the bottom of which is studded with pieces of basaltic stone. This drag, on which the driver, and perhaps his family, sits or stands, is driven in a circular path over the grain.  In still other districts an instrument resembling a wheel harrow is used, the Egyptian records confirm the antiquity of which. The supply of unthreshed grain is kept in the center of the floor. Some of this is pulled down from time to time into the path of the animals. All the while the partly threshed grain is being turned over with a fork. The stalks gradually become broken into short pieces and the husks about the grain are torn off. This mixture of chaff and grain must now be winnowed. This is done by tossing it into the air so that the wind may blow away the chaff (see WINNOWING). When the chaff is gone then the grain is tossed in a wooden tray to separate from it the stones and lumps of soil, which clung to the roots when the grain was reaped. The difference in weight between the stones and grain makes separation by this process possible (see SIFTED). The grain is now poled in heaps and in many localities is also sealed. This process consists in pressing a large wooden seal against the pile. When the instrument is removed it leaves an impression which would be destroyed should any of the grain be taken away. This allows the government offers to keep account of the tithes and enables the owner to detect any theft of grain. Until the wheat is transferred to bags some one sleeps by the pries on the threshing-floor. If the wheat is to be stored for home consumption it is often first washed with water and spread out on goats' hair mats to dry before it is stored in the wall compartments found in every house (see STOREHOUSE). Formerly the wheat was ground only as needed. This was then a household task, which was accomplished with the hand-mill or mortar (see MILL). (From International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Electronic Database Copyright (C) 1996 by Biblesoft)

 

The maternal thresher is another metaphor representing a glorified church in Philadelphia.  She is not the only one of God’s threshers throughout history, but at this time she is known as a “fresh new maternal thresher.”  She is the mature group of believers in the last days; Christ’s laborers and co-laborers together with him. 

 

The walled city is now viewed as a mother who is threshing the heads of grain.  The instrument used to “thresh” grain is called a “threshing sledge.”  This process of threshing typifies the kind of work that Philadelphia will be doing within the body of Christ in the last days.  They will be separating wheat from chaff.  They will separate false doctrine from the truth of scripture. 

 

Also, they will separate the true disciples of Jesus from those who are lukewarm, or deceitful workers. Her threshing represents both the maturation course of action in God’s end-time harvest, as well as a dividing of those who call themselves “Christian” from those who take up their cross daily.

 

The maternal thresher is coming down (indicating an earthbound direction) out of the heavenly power of the Father God.  She “knows absolutely,” showing her understanding of what she is doing as she threshes.  She works and speaks with Jesus’, “freshly new name, character and authority.” 

 

John the Baptist taught how the Christ (i.e. – the “anointed”) would use a winnowing fork to “clear his threshing floor.”

 

·         Luke 3:15-17 Now while the people were in a state of expectation and all were wondering in their hearts about John, as to whether he might be the Christ, John answered and said to them all, "As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.  And His winnowing fork is in His hand to thoroughly clear His threshing floor, and to gather the wheat into His barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (NAS)

 

John the Baptist had been addressing the people and nation of Israel in the context of Luke 3:15-17.  Jesus will return again to Israel with all of his disciples in a unified glorified body.

 

His coming will be during and after the battle of Armageddon, as He delivers Israel from her enemies, the nations.   Jesus will use His believers who rule and reign with Him to separate the true believers in Israel from those who are false.

 

There is a second application at this same time period to the peoples of all nations.  When Christ rules the earth in the Millennium, He will rule with a rod of iron.  At that time, the wheat grain symbolizes those who bow their knee to rule and kingship of Jesus.  The chaff represents those stiff-necked and hard-hearted ones who rebel against Him.  The grain goes into Jesus’ barn, which represents Christ’s kingdom.  The chaff goes into unquenchable fire, which would symbolize eternal punishment (i.e.-the lake of fire).

 

Isaiah speaks prophetically of the threshing that will take place in the church.  While we must first apply Isaiah’s words to Israel, it would be a great loss to miss the application in Philadelphia.

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Isaiah 28:24-29

 

24        Does the farmer plow continually to plant seed? Does he {continually} turn and harrow the ground?

25        Does he not level its surface, and sow dill and scatter cummin, and plant wheat in rows, barley in its place, and rye within its area?

26         For his God instructs and teaches him properly.

27         For dill is not threshed with a threshing sledge, nor is the cartwheel driven over cummin; but dill is beaten out with a rod, and cummin with a club.

28         {Grain for} bread is crushed, indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever. Because the wheel of {his} cart and his horses {eventually} damage {it,} He does not thresh it longer.

29         This also comes from the LORD of hosts, {who} has made {His} counsel wonderful and {His} wisdom great.

(NAS)

 

Isaiah speaks very specifically of the “threshing sledge” and has particular prophetic significance to us today.  Just as Babylon of old would take Judah, Benjamin and Levi captive, the one-world antichrist Babylon will take captive those were intended to be the praise of Yahweh.  The Lukewarm Laodicean church is the antitype of Israel that walked in disobedience to Yahweh.

 

 

Isaiah 41:14-17

14        "Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel; I will help you," declares the LORD, "and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.

15        "Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges; you will thresh the mountains, and pulverize {them,} and will make the hills like chaff.

16        "You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, and the storm will scatter them; but you will rejoice in the LORD, you will glory in the Holy One of Israel.

17        "The afflicted and needy are seeking water, but there is none, and their tongue is parched with thirst; I, the LORD, will answer them myself, {as} the God of Israel I will not forsake them.

(NAS)

 

This threshing of Christians will precede the time of the “two horsemen” that are mentioned in Isaiah 2:7 & 9.   Isaiah makes it clear that it is the people of Israel who are being threshed.  God’s people forsook His word, and were threshed by their fierce enemies (Babylon & Assyria).

 

In these last days Philadelphia will be God’s eternal double-edged threshing sledge.  The LORD tells them, “Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges; you will thresh the mountains, and pulverize {them,} and will make the hills like chaff.  You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away, and the storm will scatter them; but you will rejoice in the LORD, you will glory in the Holy One of Israel.”

 

Philadelphia will “thresh” (i.e. – pulverize) the “mountains” that are before them.  Mountains represent obstructions to high to climb over.  There are mountains and hills of tradition and lethargy in the Christian church.   These seemingly impassible obstacles have been established through centuries of deceit, pride, self-righteousness, apathy, greed and fraud.

 

The Almighty shall use His anointed church to pound and break apart the chaff clinging to the good grain of people’s hearts and minds.  Then He will blow the chaff away with a mighty tempest, and the fury of His wrath.

 

The threshing sledge is different than the winnowing fork.  The threshing sledge is an instrument used to pound the heads of wheat to separate the last remaining traces of chaff.  Jesus will take the chaff, and it shall be burned with an unquenchable fire.

 

·         Matthew 3:12 "And His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."  (NAS)

 

In the next vision, we see a time when “Babylon is fallen.”  The time frame is sequential to the “horsemen in pairs.”  This is prophetic of the time of the Great Tribulation in these last days. 

 

Isaiah 21:2-11

 

2          A harsh vision has been shown to me; the treacherous one still deals treacherously, {and} the destroyer still destroys. Go up, Elam, lay siege, Media; I have made an end of all the groaning she has caused.

3          For this reason my loins are full of anguish; pains have seized me like the pains of a woman in labor. I am so bewildered I cannot hear, so terrified I cannot see.

4          My mind reels, horror overwhelms me; the twilight I longed for has been turned for me into trembling.

5          They set the table, they spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink; "Rise up, captains, oil the shields,"

6          For thus the Lord says to me, "Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees.

7          "When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, a train of donkeys, a train of camels, let him pay close attention, very close attention."

8          Then the lookout called, "O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower, and I am stationed every night at my guard post.

9          "Now behold, here comes a troop of riders, horsemen in pairs." And one answered and said, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon; and all the images of her gods are shattered on the ground."

10        O my threshed {people,} and my afflicted of the threshing floor! What I have heard from the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, I make known to you.

11        The oracle concerning Edom. One keeps calling to me from Seir, "Watchman, how far gone is the night? Watchman, how far gone is the night?"

(NAS)

 

Philadelphia will be God’s threshing sledge before the Great Tribulation and shall speak to the lukewarm Laodicean church.  Their words will be the truth of God spoken in love, but it shall convict and separate. 

 

The message that Philadelphia shares with the lukewarm counterpart is “repent.”  “Repent of your materialism, repent of your selfishness, repent of your immorality, repent for the corruption in your leadership, repent for not seeking and saving the lost, repent for not loving the brethren and providing for their needs, repent for failing to clothe the naked, feed the hungry, visit the prisoner, care for the sick, and for not welcoming the stranger in Jesus’ name.”

 

Laodicea has mingled with Babylon, and the church elders in Philadelphia will proclaim a message with more than mere words.  They shall prove to be examples to the flock, and shall guard God’s sheep with the integrity and love for the truth that is characteristic of the life found in Jesus Christ.  Those Christians who fail to heed their message and repent shall face a more impending decision as the last day Babylon and the beast rise to full power over the earth.

 

Revelation 14:6-13

 

6          And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people;

7          and he said with a loud voice, "Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters."

8          And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality."

9          And another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or upon his hand,

10        he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.

11        "And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; and they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."

12        Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.

13        And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, "Write, 'Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'" "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them."

(NAS)

 

Revelation18: 1-5

 

1          After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illumined with his glory.

2          And he cried out with a mighty voice, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! And she has become a dwelling place of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird.

3          "For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the passion of her immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed {acts of} immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich by the wealth of her sensuality."

4          And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues;

5          for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.

(NAS)

 

Specifically, it is the elders who are leading the way for the church in Philadelphia who are symbolized as “oxen” and who are “threshing” the grain.  It is a “spiritual” threshing, and these men should have been compensated for their labors.  However, because their message of truth went against the grain of orthodox Christianity, they toiled for the wages of eternal life without the benefit of an earthly wage.

 

·         Corinthians 9:7-12 Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense?  Who plants a vineyard, and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?  I am not speaking these things according to human judgment, am I? Or does not the Law also say these things?  For it is written in the Law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing." God is not concerned about oxen, is He?  Or is He speaking altogether for our sake? Yes, for our sake it was written, because the plowman ought to plow in hope, and the thresher {to thresh} in hope of sharing {the crops.}  If we sowed spiritual things in you, is it too much if we should reap material things from you?  If others share the right over you, do we not more? Nevertheless, we did not use this right, but we endure all things, that we may cause no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.  (NAS)

 

Isaiah paints a picture of a pregnant woman who is about to travail in birth, yet she continues to work.  Further, Isaiah (who is a man) actually feels the pain of labor.  This is akin to the language used in Paul’s letters to the church as he travailed in pain to give birth to Christ in the church.

 

·         Galatians 4:19 My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you--(NAS)

 

For those who fail to repent and allow Christ to be formed in them, they shall face the birth pangs of God’s wrath.  While they preach and prophesy of “peace & safety” they shall face the sudden birth pangs of destruction coming upon the whole earth.

 

1Thessalonians 5:3-23

 

3          While they are saying, "Peace and safety!" then destruction will come upon them suddenly like birth pangs upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

4          But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you like a thief;

5          for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness;

6          so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober.

7          For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night.

8          But since we are of {the} day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.

9          For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,

10        who died for us, that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with Him.

11        Therefore encourage one another, and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

12        But we request of you, brethren, that you appreciate those who diligently labor among you, and have charge over you in the Lord and give you instruction,

13        and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another.

14        And we urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all men.

15        See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all men.

16        Rejoice always;

17        pray without ceasing;

18        in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

19        Do not quench the Spirit;

20        do not despise prophetic utterances.

21        But examine everything {carefully}  hold fast to that which is good;

22        abstain from every form of evil.

23        Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(NAS)

 

Isaiah typifies the last day believer in Philadelphia who is continually working with the wheat.  The wheat represents souls that have already been harvested and separated from the straw by winnowing forks.  Now they must be subjected to the constant “pounding” of the Lord’s threshing sledge.

 

Philadelphia will work as the “watchman” Isaiah mentions.  They know that the time comes when no man shall work, so they labor on while it is still called the “day.”  The works of Philadelphia will be their vigilance to characterize Jesus in both word and deed.

 

·         John 9:4-5 "We must work the works of Him who sent me, as long as it is day; night is coming, when no man can work.  "While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."  (NAS)

 

Because Philadelphia is a church characterized as a “maternal thresher” she will be as a woman who travails in pain, laboring to give birth to a believer who will be God’s anointed child.  Philadelphia is busy being about her Father’s business, not playing church on Sunday.  She looks at the heart, soul and mind of every one she disciples, travailing in sorrow and suffering to see Christ formed within them.  She will not leave the work undone. 

 

As Jesus cried out loud, “It is finished!” so too, Philadelphia shall be crucified with him, and cry out, “Lord, I have finished the work Thou hast given me to do.”  Philadelphia is crucified with Christ, nevertheless they live, and the life they live, they live by faith in the son of God.

 

·         Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the {life} which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me.”  (NAS)

 

Isaiah 42:13-43:19

 

13        The LORD will go forth like a warrior, He will arouse {His} zeal like a man of war. He will utter a shout, yes, He will raise a war cry. He will prevail against His enemies.

14         "I have kept silent for a long time, I have kept still and restrained myself. {Now} like a woman in labor I will groan, I will both gasp and pant.

15         "I will lay waste the mountains and hills, and wither all their vegetation; I will make the rivers into coastlands, and dry up the ponds.

16         "And I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, in paths they do not know I will guide them. I will make darkness into light before them and rugged places into plains. These are the things I will do, and I will not leave them undone."

17         They shall be turned back and be utterly put to shame (Laodicea), who trust in idols, who say to molten images, "You are our gods."

18        Hear, you deaf! And look, you blind that you may see.

19        Who is blind but My servant, or so deaf as My messenger whom I send? Who is so blind as he that is at peace {with me,} or so blind as the servant of the LORD?

20         You have seen many things, but you do not observe {them}  {your} ears are open, but none hears.

21         The LORD was pleased for His righteousness' sake to make the law great and glorious.

22         But this is a people plundered and despoiled; all of them are trapped in caves, or are hidden away in prisons; they have become a prey with none to deliver {them,} and a spoil, with none to say, "Give {them} back!"

23         Who among you will give ear to this? Who will give heed and listen hereafter?

24         Who gave Jacob up for spoil, and Israel to plunderers? Was it not the LORD, against whom we have sinned, and in whose ways they were not willing to walk, and whose law they did not obey?

25         So He poured out on him the heat of His anger and the fierceness of battle; and it set him aflame all around, yet he did not recognize {it;} and it burned him, but he paid no attention.

 

CHAPTER 43

 

1          But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!

2          "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.

3          "For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I have given Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in your place.

4          "Since you are precious in My sight, {since} you are honored and I love you, I will give {other} men in your place and {other} peoples in exchange for your life (God exchanges Laodicea’s lukewarm commitment for Philadelphia’s integrity).

5          "Do not fear, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and gather you from the west.

6          "I will say to the north, 'Give {them} up!' And to the south, 'Do not hold {them} back.' Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth,

7          Everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made (Philadelphia = those whom GOD formed)."

8          Bring out the people who are blind, even though they have eyes, and the deaf, even though they have ears.

9          All the nations have gathered together in order that the peoples may be assembled. Who among them can declare this and proclaim to us the former things? (Philadelphia can do it!)  Let them present their witnesses that they may be justified, or let them hear and say, "It is true."

10        "You are My witnesses," declares the LORD, "And My servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and believe me, and understand that I am He. Before me there was no God formed, and there will be none after me (Philadelphia does NOT believe in the Trinity god, nor the ‘God the son’ concept).

11        "I, even I, am the LORD; and there is no savior besides me.

12        "It is I who have declared and saved and proclaimed, and there was no strange {god} among you; so you are My witnesses," declares the LORD, "And I am God.

13        "Even from eternity I am He; and there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?"

14        Thus says the LORD your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and will bring them all down as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, into the ships in which they rejoice.

15        "I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King."

16        Thus says the LORD, who makes a way through the sea and a path through the mighty waters,

17        Who brings forth the chariot and the horse, the army and the mighty man (they will lie down together {and} not rise again; they have been quenched {and} extinguished like a wick):

18        "Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past.

19        "Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”

(NAS)

 

The Philadelphian church are overcomers who, as integral part of Christ’s living and active body, work together with Jesus, and under His rule, having been given a,freshly new name, character and authority.”

 

Because Philadelphia had become skilled at spiritual warfare, she will also act as a maternal thresher, winnowing out the evil and wickedness manifested by the devil through antichrist in the world.  This will begin when Jesus returns with myriads of messengers to fight against those who have surrounded Jerusalem. 

 

In that day, when the devil and those who have followed his evil have been subdued, then the New Jerusalem, the church, and Philadelphia, will become a maternal thresher in a very literal sense.  That is, the weapons of warfare will be turned into plowshares, and made into instruments for farming and harvest, both of the land, and of the ground of men’s hearts:

 

·         Isaiah 2:2-4 Now it will come about that in the last days, the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it.  And many peoples will come and say, “: Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways, and that we may walk in His paths.”  For the law will go forth from Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.  And He will judge between the nations, and will render decisions for many peoples; and they will hammer their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks.  Nation will not lift up sword against nation, and never again will they learn war.  (NAS)

 

The reign of the church in Philadelphia, along with other saints who have been glorified together with Christ as the Head, will result in a global manifestation of God’s glory in them.  They, the glorified church, together with Jesus, will be one unified house of the LORD. 

 

There will not be a stone temple rebuilt in Jerusalem, as so many scholars have supposed, but Yahweh will be revealed in and through His people.  His people will be His habitation, and they will be called, “the house of the LORD.” They will be a people made as “one,” thus fulfilling Jesus’ prayer in John 17; they will be joined, and “compacted” together as one in Jesus:

 

·         Psalms 122:1-9 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.”  Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together; to which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD-- an ordinance for Israel-- to give thanks to the name of the LORD.  For there thrones were set for judgment, the thrones of the house of David.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.  May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces.”  For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, “May peace be within you.”  For the sake of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.”   (NAS)

 

So much can be said about how Jerusalem represents the true city of God, His church.  Jesus will also return at the Father’s command to defeat the enemies of the literal city of Jerusalem in present day Israel, but the more important issue is the New Jerusalem, the true city of God. 

 

 

 

Revelation 21:2-5

 

2          And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 

3          And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He shall dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be among them,

4          and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall no longer be {any} death; there shall no longer be {any} mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away."

5          And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."  (NAS)

 

Revelation 21:22-24

 

22        And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple.

23        And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp {is} the Lamb.

24        And the nations shall walk by its light, and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it.  (NAS)

 

Philadelphia being called the New Jerusalem, or the city of God, which “comes down out of the heaven,” speaks prophetically of their return with Christ, and coming from Yahweh’s heavenly position, to defeat the Lord’s enemies, and subdue the earth and it’s inhabitants to the reign of Jesus the Christ:

 

·         Jude 1:14-15 And about these also Enoch, {in} the seventh {generation} from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones, to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”  (NAS)

 

·         Revelation 1:7 Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. Even so.  Amen.  (NAS)

 

·         Zechariah 12:7-11  “The LORD also will save the tents of Judah first in order that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be magnified above Judah.  In that day the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David {will be} like God, like the angel of the LORD before them.  “And it will come about in that day that I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.  And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born.  In that day there will be great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the plain of Megiddo.  (NAS)

 

·         Zechariah 14:1-9 Behold, a day is coming for the LORD when the spoil taken from you will be divided among you. For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished, and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city.  Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle.  And in that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south.  And you will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah.  Then the LORD, my God, will come, {and} all the holy ones with Him!  And it will come about in that day that there will be no light; the luminaries will dwindle.  For it will be a unique day, which is known to the LORD, neither day nor night, but it will come about that at evening time there will be light.  And it will come about in that day that living waters will flow out of Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and the other half toward the western sea; it will be in summer as well as in winter.  And the LORD will be king over all the earth; in that day the LORD will be {the only} one, and His name {the only} one.  (NAS)

 

“And I will write upon him my new name.”

 

·         “I will write upon him” = 9999 inserted words (x); this word was added by the translators for better readability in the English. There is no actual word in the Greek text. The word may be displayed in italics, or in parentheses or other brackets, to indicate that it is not in the original text.  (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

Jesus doesn’t have to “write” his new name upon Philadelphia, because they will be partakers of it, being made “one” with him.  The following definitions of the Greek words give a better understanding of what this phrase, “my new name” means:

 

·         My” = 3450 mou (moo); the simpler form of 1700; of me: 1700 emou (em-oo'); a prolonged form of 3449; of me: 3449 mochthos (mokh'-thos); from the base of 3425; toil, i.e. (by implication) sadness: 3425 mogis (mog'-is); adverb from a primary mogos (toil); with difficulty.  (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

·         New” = 2537 kainos (kahee-nos'); of uncertain affinity; new (especially in freshness); while 3501 is properly so with respect to age.  (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

·         Name” = 3686 ónomá (on'-om-ah); from a presumed derivative of the base of 1097 (compare 3685); a "name" (literally or figuratively) [authority, character]; 1097 ginosko (ghin-oce'-ko); a prolonged form of a primary verb; to "know" (absolutely) in a great variety of applications and with many implications (as follow, with others not thus clearly expressed).  (Strong’s Dictionary)

 

Literally, Jesus is saying, “from the toil of me, a freshness of name, character and authority.”  Is it really a “new” name Jesus imparts to the church at Philadelphia, or is it the same eternal name that he received from his Father God (i.e.- I AM), but with a fresh application of the name?  Again, we quote what Jesus prayed regarding his own name:

 

·          John 17:9-11  ”I ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom Thou hast given Me; for they are Thine; and all things that are Mine are Thine, and Thine are Mine; and I have been glorified in them.  And I am no more in the world; and {yet} they themselves are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy name, {the} name which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We {are.}   (NAS)

 

Notice:  the Father had given His own name to Jesus.  The Father’s name was “I AM.” (Hebrew = ehyeh; see Exodus 3: 14)

 

·         Exodus 3:13-15   Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’  Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?”  And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”; and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”  And God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’  This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.  (NAS)

 

 

Yahweh’s name is “forever.”  Jesus had his Father’s name.  Therefore, Jesus name must be “forever.”  So, what would be “new” or “fresh” about it? 

 

The name Jesus is derived from two words:  “yah” (a shortened form of Yahweh; the third person singular form of “I AM” - ehyeh) + “oshea” (meaning, ‘to save.’).  Thus, the name Jesus means, “Yah saves.” 

 

Jesus’ Father (God) gave Jesus His own name, but added “oshea” to it, to indicate that Jesus, the Christ (anointed one), would be His instrument of redemption for mankind.  Jesus is the “Lamb” of God, which takes away the sins of the world.  That is why the angel told Joseph (Mary’s husband) to name their child Jesus (Yah saves):

 

·         Matthew 1:21  “And she will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.”  (NAS)

 

     God the Father was in Jesus, the Christ, reconciling the world to Himself through him:

 

·         2 Corinthians 5:19 Namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  (NAS)

 

Once salvation has become completed, to all who are left upon the earth, during and after the Millennium, what need is there for it?  An example of this is seen in Revelation 12:

 

·         Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.  (NAS)

 

Salvation and deliverance are only needed as long as Satan, the accuser, is around.  Once the Philadelphia believer has been finally redeemed in heaven, there is a “fresh” application of the “name” of Jesus to his life. 

 

Jesus’ name for the believer in Philadelphia is not changed; that is, he doesn’t get a “new” name.  Rather, the aspect of “salvation” of “deliverance” no longer becomes necessary, because salvation has been completed.  Therefore, the “freshness” of Jesus name to him is in what it represents throughout eternity. 

 

Just as the name of God (ehyeh...I AM) has the meaning, “I Am what I am, what I always have been, and what I always shall be,” so the “fresh” application of Jesus’ name imparted to Philadelphia, shall be to have their eternal existence in the Father’s name and character.

 

Now, what exactly is that “fresh” application?  If we knew that, where would be the application now?   For now, we need the name of Jesus; we need “Yah saves.”  We need salvation. 

 

Once we have entered into our eternal dwelling, we will understand our existence there.  This is a faith walk, not a walk by sight.  One thing we know...our existence there is beyond our greatest expectation here:

 

·         1 Corinthians 2:4-10 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.  We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.  No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.  None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”-- but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.  The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.  (NIV)

 

 

·         2 Corinthians 4:16-18 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.  For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.  (NAS)

 

·         Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of {things} hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  (NAS)

 

·         1 Peter 1:6-9 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, that the proof of your faith, {being} more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.  (NAS)

 

Selah

 

Continued in Part 7


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