There are approximately 8,810 promises in the entire Bible. In the Old Testament there are 7,706
and in the New Testament there are 1,104 wonderful promises. Deuteronomy 28 has 133 promises,
which is more than any other chapter in the Bible. “We’re sitting on the prem … More
Philadelphia was situated about 28 miles southeast of Sardis and bordered on Mysia, Lydia and Phrygia. The name means brotherly love and was named after its founder, Attalus Philadelphia, king of Pergamos. It is said that because of severe earthquakes which destroyed the city several times, many of its inhabitants lived outside the city limits. A Christian testimony has continued here until the present century. This church is commended for four things: (vv. 7-8)
1. Using opportunities afforded by open doors.
2. Has little power (probably only a few people).
3. Keeping His word through obedience and submission.
4. Separation with no apostasy.
Christ referred to their enemies as the “synagogue of Satan” (v. 9). This is in reference to the Jews who opposed the believers. False religion has always been against the true Christian faith. However, the day will come when all opponents of this faith will have to acknowledge the truth. The church in Philadelphia received no rebuke from Christ, but instead was commended and given a promise because they were willing to endure patiently (v. 10). This promise was that they would not enter the time of trial which shall come upon all the world (vv. 11-13). Most Bible scholars believe that this refers to the “tribulation.” This promise seems to go beyond the Philadelphia church to all those who are believers in Christ. This means that the church will be kept from that hour. These must have been precious promises to a church that was plagued by enemies.
What open doors has Christ placed before me and what promises has He made to me? Have I taken advantage of these?
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Revelation 1:17-20Outline of The Book of Revelation (v. 19)
Revelation 2:1-7The Church at Ephesus Lost Its First Love
Revelation 2:8-11The Persecuted Church at Smyrna
Revelation 2:12-17The Church at Pergamos Was Worldly
Revelation 2:18-29The Church at Thyatira Compromised
Revelation 3:1-6The Church at Sardis Was Spiritually Dead
Revelation 3:7-13The Church at Philadelphia Was Obedient
Revelation 3:14-22The Church at Laodicea Was Lukewarm
Revelation 4:1-11Worship in Heaven
Revelation 5:1-7The Lamb Takes The Scroll
Revelation 5:8-14What is True Worship?
Revelation 6:1-8Four riders on different horses
Revelation 6:9-17The voice of the Martyrs