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Jesus' Promise to the Church at Philadelphia

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;
Revelation: 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.  
Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. 
Revelation 3:11Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
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.
Revelation 3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. "

Commentary: Because the church at Philadelphia had proven itself faithful - patiently enduring trials and steadfastly obeying the Lord - Jesus promised to take care of them, and guard them from the coming trials that would test the "earth dwellers". The phrase "them that dwell upon the earth" is used in Revelation to describe God's enemies - the beast worshippers who killed the martyrs in Rev. 6:10, the ones celebrating the death of the Two Witnesses in Rev. 11:10, the ones warned of woes in 12:12 after Satan is cast to the earth, the ones who are deceived by false signs in Rev. 13:14, the ones receiving the final preaching from the angel in Rev. 14:6 - whose names are not written in the Lamb's Book of Life - Rev. 17:8.

The takeaway lesson here is to make sure you're steadfast and faithful in your walk with Jesus (don't be lukewarm or dead, or go after New Agey doctrines, always rely on the Lord, not your own strength) so you can be preserved and protected, and your works will be acceptable before the King on Judgement Day.

Also, be aware that the judgement of the "inhabitants of the earth" is the Day of the Lord - the Last Day, when the Last Trump sounds and the dead in Christ rise first, then we all go to meet Him in the clouds - The First Resurrection. The church will endure persecution during the tribulation period (hence, the rewards for overcomers - those that overcome the beast and his mark, and the existence of martyrs calling for wrath on those who dwell on the earth.) While there are numerous scriptures explicitly describing the resurrection on the Last Day, there are no texts that clearly describe a Pre-Tribulation Rapture.
Proof texts of First Resurrection Timing - What the Bible Says About a Pre-Trib Rapture

Strong's numbers below

(I know thy)

works (Strong's G2041 - ergon)

2) any product whatever, any thing accomplished by hand, art, industry, or mind
3) an act, deed, thing done: the idea of working is emphasised in opp. to that which is less than work

(behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it:)

(for thou hast a little) strength (Strong's G1411 - dynamis )

1) strength, power d) the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
e) power and resources arising from numbers
f) power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts

(Because thou hast kept the)

word (Strong's G3056 - logos)

1) of speech b) what someone has said 4) of the moral precepts given by God d) doctrine, teaching

(of my) patience (Strong's G5281 - hypomone)

1) steadfastness, constancy, endurance a) in the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings
b) patiently, and steadfastly
2) a patient, steadfast waiting for
3) a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance

I also (Strong's G2504 - kago)

2) I also, I as well, I likewise, in like manner I

(will) keep (Strong's G5083 - tereo)

1) to attend to carefully, take care of
a) to guard
b) metaph. to keep, one in the state in which he is
c) to observe
d) to reserve: to undergo something


from (Strong's G1537 - ek)

1) out of, from, by, away from

the hour (Strong's G5610 - hora)

4) any definite time, point of time, moment

(of) temptation (Strong's G3986 - peirasmòs)

1) an experiment, attempt, trial, proving
b) the trial of man's fidelity, integrity, virtue, constancy 1) an enticement to sin, temptation, whether arising from the desires or from the outward circumstances
3) of the condition of things, or a mental state, by which we are enticed to sin, or to a lapse from the faith and holiness
4) adversity, affliction, trouble: sent by God and serving to test or prove one's character, faith, holiness

(that is) to come (Strong's G3195 - mello)

1) to be about
a) to be on the point of doing or suffering something

upon (Strong's G1909 - epi)

3) to, over, on, at, across, against

the earth (Strong's G3625 - oikoumene)

1) the inhabited earth
d) the inhabitants of the earth, men

to try (Strong's G3985 - peirazo)

2) to try, make trial of, test: for the purpose of ascertaining his quantity, or what he thinks, or how he will behave himself
a) in a good sense
d) after the OT usage
1) of God: to inflict evils upon one in order to prove his character and the steadfastness of his faith

them that dwell upon the earth.


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