To the Church in Philadelphia
7 “To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:
These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the
key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts
no one can open. 8 I know your deeds. See, I have placed before
you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have
little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied
my name. 9 I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan,
who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will
make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I
have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure
patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is
going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the
Note the words - "I know that you have little strength". This
tells me that we are going to witness some pretty horrendous
stuff. Stuff that will horrify us - making us feel weak and
ineffectual. Although I maintain that the letters to the
churches in the book of Revelation are Middle East specific -
the admonitions pertain to all. Maybe we are going to witness
horrifying things that will almost drive us to drink. Weighed
down by the cares of this world.
We must pray for strength, courage and guidance. Protection -
spiritually, mentally and physically.
In Jesus' Name.