Philadelphia  text in Revelation

Today’s post begins the discussion on Jesus’ letter to the church of Philadelphia:

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;

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.

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

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.

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

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

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches (Rev 3: 7 – 13)

Background to Philadelphia

Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love,  was a located in Lydia in the Aegean region of Turkey. The city was often shaken by earthquakes and the citizens were heavily taxed in order to pay for its repairs. Many Jews lived in the city and they had a synagogue.

According to Fausset’s Bible Dictionary, Philadelphia (with Smyrna) was one of the most afflicted churches of the era.

Modern Philadelphia

Modern Philadelphia is known as Alasehir,  a city of narrow, winding streets and a population of  about 40,000 people.

Coming up – The Key of David