In Revelation chapters 2 and 3, Jesus speaks about the churches of Christ. In Jesus’ own words, He is very critical of five of those seven churches. The only two He finds no fault in are the churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna. The rest He speaks against. Of those He speaks against, Jesus threatens to remove one of them entirely as being a church of Christ. That is the church of Ephesus. How they will be removed from being a church of Christ is it will become part of the synagogue of Satan.
The reason why Jesus finds no fault in the churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna really are for two separate reasons. The church of Philadelphia are only the election of grace of the last generation. Only they will not be here on Earth in the hour of temptation. God’s elect will have their work to do, and when their jobs are done and the two dead witnesses hear “come up hither”, they will be gone right afterward. The church of Smyrna will teach the true word of God, as will the church of Philadelphia. The church of Smyrna will follow the lead of the church of Philadelphia and will realize those of the church of Philadelphia were sent by God. They will follow their doctrine, which is God’s true word.
When that time comes, it would be good to keep your eyes on those called the election of grace. They will seemingly insult you and your ways. They won’t play pattycake with your sinful nature. The whole world will at times hate these people for saying what they’re doing is wrong, even if it doesn’t seem so to the people of this world. Their feet will be firmly planted and their jobs will have greater responsibility than you can imagine. They are not allowed to fail God, and God will be full of anger in that day. The world will wish that they’ll be gone and will receive their wish . When they are gone, this world will ruin the day of their hatred against the church of Philadelphia.
This will be the time when the power of Satan and the fallen angels will be at their greatest. For five months they will torment men by twisting God’s word to sound appealing to the sinner to sin. The fallen and the time will tempt men to do the wrong thing when each and everyone on Earth will know it will be the wrong thing. With no counter given by the church of Philadelphia, God’s true elect, it will be extremely difficult to keep faithful when every human weakness is magnified many times over. Satan and the fallen will know every human weakness to take advantage of. They’ll feel they have no other choice but to accept him to save their lives, but as Jesus puts it, “Those who look to save their lives will lose them and those who lose them for My sake will find life everlasting.”
The church of Smyna, Jesus says in Rev. 2:10 that they will be imprisoned by Satan to be tested for ten days, but then they will offer testimony where they are to have no forethought about what they will say. Where it says they will offer testimony is in the gospels when Jesus would prophecy of Christians becoming imprisoned and even killed after their testimony.
When one church will become part of the synagogue of Satan, the churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna will have its detractors and persecutors. For those of the future church of Smyrna, stay strong and keep your faith. Look to the church of Philadelphia and you will not go wrong. When those five months come, Smyrna will grow beyond leaps and bounds. The ones who are willing to stick to their principles and what they know is right will turn to you and create one great fellowship. To the future members of the church of Philadelphia… I don’t need to say a thing about keeping your strength. You cannot fail. God bless the future churches of Philadelphia and Smyrna.
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