The Road To, And Through, Revelation (Pillar2-3)

” Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.” (Revelation 3:10)

Rapture vs Second Coming. (1 2) (2 2) Dr. Grant Jeffrey (deceased) A biography of Dr. Jeffrey can be seen by clicking onto the following link: http://www.grantjeffrey.com/bio.htm

“Step By Step Through The Book Of Revelation.” Key pillars of “The Revelation Of Jesus Christ” will be discussed.

References: JW (Dr. John F. Walvoord, Revelation Commentary). Mine (my comments).

References: My Comments (Mine). The John Walvoord Prophecy Commentaries, Revelation, John F. Walvoord (JW).

The road continues through two chapters of the Book of Revelation, 2 and 3. The stop will be a view of the continued growth of the early church. Churches that are mentioned in these two chapters show five congregations that were planted in cities that were not identified in the previous books of the New Testament. Ephesus and Laodicea were previously mentioned churches, with the Church at Laodicea being mentioned in the book of Colossians, and Ephesus being the recipient of one of Paul’s prison letters. The videos emphasize the difference between the rapture of the church and the second coming of Christ. The rapture of the church is also addressed in this Pillar.

Of key emphasis in the messages to the churches is a verse that is addressed to the church at Philadelphia in Chapter 3, Verse 10, as follows:

“Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”

We, who are believers in Christ, have been found faithful in our present life; we have passed the test! There is no need for us to be tested again. Those who are earth dwellers will be tested. Consider that the church is the bride of Christ. Consider God’s Word, as it relates to the proper treatment and respect that husbands should have for their wives (Ephesians 5:25, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her,”).There is no logical reason for Jesus, the Lamb of God, the Bridegroom, to leave the church in a time and place of future history where His bride will face certain persecution and murder at the hands of the forces of the Anti-Christ.Consider the Words of Jesus as He describes the situation that will be present during the tribulation. “For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” (Matthew 24:21). The purpose of the tribulation is for God to deal with sin and to call Israel to saving faith in Jesus, the Messiah (Dan 9:24). For those who say that the church at Philadelphia was guaranteed freedom from a time of persecution that took place in the first century, A.D., it should be common knowledge that there was no world-wide persecution, or tribulation, that covered the entire world at that time, that would match what Jesus described in Matthew 24:21 (Mine)

JW comment follows.

“Promise of deliverance from the hour of trial.” Because of their faithfulness, the Christians in Philadelphia are promised that they will be kept from the hour of trial that will come upon the earth as a divine judgment. It should be noted that this deliverance is not only from trial but from a period of time in which the trial exists, “the hour of trial.” If the expression had been simply “deliverance from trial,” conceivably it could have meant only partial deliverance.

The expression seems as strong as possible that the Philadelphia church would be delivered from this period, which is the great tribulation, Daniel’s seventieth week (Daniel 9:25-27). As Bailey notes, “One purpose [of the tribulation] is to bring retribution on the world to punish sin.” This pouring out of God’s wrath is not the future the Bible promises to the church, for Paul says believers are not “destined” for wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

Many have observed also the preposition “from” (Gr., ek) is best understood as “out of” rather than “from.” As the horrors of this tribulation period are unfolded in the following chapters of Revelation, it is evident that the promise here to the church at Philadelphia is one of deliverance from this time of trouble.

This event in view here that will deliver the true church from the tribulation is the rapture, which must occur prior to the tribulation for this promise to have its full force. What is said emphasizes deliverance “from” rather than deliverance “through.” Thus the pretribulational view of the rapture of the church seems to fit best with the biblical contest in Revelation 3:10.

As far as the Philadelphian church was concerned, the rapture if the church was presented to them as an imminent hope. If the rapture had occurred in the first century preceding the tribulation that the book of Revelation describes, they were assured of deliverance. By contrast, those sealed out of the twelve tribes of Israel in 7:4 clearly go through the time of trouble. This implies the rapture of the church before the time of trouble referred to as the great tribulation. Such a promise of deliverance would seemingly have been impossible if the rapture were delayed until the end of the tribulation prior to the second coming of Christ and the establishment of His millennial kingdom.

This passage therefore provides support for the hope that Christ will come for His church before the time of trial and trouble described in Rev 6-19. This time of tribulation will overtake the entire world, as God inflicts His wrath upon unbelieving Gentiles as well as upon Christ-rejecting Jews.

The Lord’s coming is compared to an imminent event, one that will come suddenly without announcement. In view of this expectation the church at Philadelphia is urged to hold fast to their testimony for Christ in order to receive their reward at His coming. The expression “soon” is to be understood as something that is sudden and unexpected, not necessarily immediate.

The coming of Christ to establish a kingdom on earth is a later event following the predicted time of tribulation that is unfolded in Revelation. By contrast, the coming of Christ for His church in the rapture (1 Thes 4:13-17) is portrayed here, as elsewhere in the book, as an event that is not separated from us by any series of events, but is one of constant expectation in the daily walk of the believer. If the church at Philadelphia foreshadows a future period of church history just as other churches seem to do, the promises given to this church can be taken as given to all churches bearing a true witness for Christ even down to the present day. (JW)

Of key significance in Revelation 3:10 is the phrase “those who dwell on the earth.” Let’s move ahead to 11:10 and 13:13-14 and consider the commentary that is made of those same words, “those who dwell on the earth.” (Mine)

Revelation 11:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

10 And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth.

The people who turn the witnesses’ death into a giant party are called “those who dwell on the earth,” almost a technical term in Rev for unbelievers who are left on the earth after the church is raptured. (JW)

Revelation 13:13-14 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men. 14 And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life.

The beast’s deceptive power is mentioned specifically in verse 14. The people on earth who see these great signs (the Greek present tense indicates the second beast does this repeatedly) are told to make an image of the first beast, described for the third time in this chapter as one who was wounded. (JW)

Revelation 2

Message To Ephesus

1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands, says this:
2 ‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; 3 and you have perseverance and have endured for My name’s sake, and have not grown weary. 4 But I have this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first; or else I am coming to you and will remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent. 6 Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 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.

Message to Smyrna

8 “And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write:
The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this:
9 ‘I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. 11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’

Message to Pergamum

12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write:
The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this:
13 ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. 15 So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.16 Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth. 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.’

Message to Thyatira

18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:
19 ‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and perseverance, and that your deeds of late are greater than at first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24 But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them—I place no other burden on you. 25 Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. 26 He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations; 27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father;28 and I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Chapter 3

Message to Sardis

1 “To the angel of the church in Sardis write:
He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars, says this: ‘I know your deeds, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die; for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God. 3 So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you. 4 But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 He who overcomes will 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. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Message to Philadelphia

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:
8 ‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

Message to Laodicea

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:
15 ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, “I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may become rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 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. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’”

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