Author: cglamboy

The Book of Ruth:

The Book of Ruth is one of the most fascinating Books in the Bible.  It does compose only of four chapters, never the less, is an elegant designed loved story.  It is very important to say that this particular book encapsulates what we could call a “Redemptive Love Story”.

Must be read through the eyes of the “ancient Israel”, in where the “LAWS” of the ancient Israel will play a significant role in presenting to “Future Generations” the purpose of the “Redemption, Gleaning, and (unknown or ignored by many) the Levirate Marriage”

This particular book used to be included, by the ancient Israel, in the Books of the Prophets.  It is a prophetic book and should be regarded as a pre-requisite for the Study of the Book of Revelation, especially Chapter Five of the Book of Revelation.  This particular Chapter will not be properly understood without the knowledge and understanding of the Book of Ruth (this will and must be achieved by prayers and supplication to the Lord).

There is a very important detail that must be added, and that is, the Bible (66 Books written by multiple individuals at different times and locations in the human history) is a single message system intricately designed by God and with the ultimate purpose of given the knowledge of the Truth of the Gospel of Christ and the Redemption of His Creation through the Lord Jesus Christ to mankind through the Holy Spirit guidance.

Let explain some terms before we continue with this Book:

  1. Redemption:
    1. REDEMP’TION, n. [L. redemptio. See Redeem.]
      • Repurchase of captured goods or prisoners; the act of procuring the deliverance of persons or things from the possession and power of captors by the payment of an equivalent; ransom; release; as the redemption of prisoners taken in war; the redemption of a ship and cargo.
      • Deliverance from bondage, distress, or from liability to any evil or forfeiture, either by money, labor or other means.
      • Repurchase, as of lands alienated. Lev 25. Jer 32.
      • The liberation of an estate from a mortgage; or the purchase of the right to re-enter upon it by paying the principal sum for which it was mortgaged with interest and cost; also, the right of redeeming and re-entering.
      • Repurchase of notes, bills or other evidence of debt by paying their value in specie to their holders.
      • In theology, the purchase of God’s favor by the death and sufferings of Christ; the ransom or deliverance of sinners from the bondage of sin and the penalties of God’s violated law by the atonement of Christ.
      • In whom we have redemption through his blood. (Eph 1. Col 1.)
  2. Glean, v.t.
    • To gather the stalks and ears of grain which reapers leave behind them.  Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn—Ruth 2.
    • To collect things thinly scattered; to gather what is left in small parcels or numbers, or what is found in detached parcels; as, to glean a few passages from an author.
    • They gleaned of them in the highways five thousand men. Judg 20.
    • GLEAN, v.i. To gather stalks or ears of grain left by reapers.
    • And she went, and came and gleaned in the field after the reapers. Rth 2.
    • GLEAN, n. A collection made by gleaning, or by gathering here and there a little.
    • The gleans of yellow thyme distend his thighs.
  3. Levirate Marriage:
    • A levirate marriage (Hebrew: yibbum) is mandated by Deuteronomy 25:5-6 of the Hebrew Bible, which obliges the oldest surviving brother of a man who dies childless to marry the widow of his childless deceased brother, with the firstborn child being treated as that of the deceased brother (see also Genesis 38:8) which renders the child the heir of the deceased brother, and not the genetic father.
    • Religion Professor Tikva Frymer-Kensky has pointed out the economic implications of a Hebrew Levirate marriage: The first child born to the brother’s widow would be deemed the heir of the deceased brother, and entitled to claim the deceased brother’s share of the inheritance. If the deceased brother was the firstborn son, the levirate child’s inheritance was the double share to which the deceased was entitled. However, if the deceased brother died childless, his living brother would be entitled to inherit an increased share, or if the oldest surviving son, a double share of the increased share.
    • However, if either of the parties refuses to go through with the marriage, both are required to go through a ceremony known as “halitzah”, involving a symbolic act of renunciation of their obligation to enter into this marriage. Jewish law (halakha) has seen a gradual decline of “yibbum” in favor of “halitzah”, to the point where in most contemporary Jewish communities the former is strongly discouraged.

There is also a concept that is called “Kinsman Redeemer

  1. Kinsman Redeemer:
    • Goel (the Go’el HaDahm) is a Hebrew term which comes from the word lig’ol (“to redeem“), hence meaning “Redeemer”, which in the Hebrew Bible and the rabbinical tradition denotes;
      • a person who as the nearest relative of another is charged with the duty of restoring the rights of another and avenging his wrongs.

Among the believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, there is a gloomy (not clear view) of the difference between “Israel” as an entity and the “Body of Christ” as another separate and different entity from the “People of GOD” (Israel).  Their role in the Plan of God is totally unique and separate among the two, even though they might run in a parallel way.  Must not be confused as a single entity in the Plan of Salvation.

The Book of Ruth will and can be applied in different ways:

  1. This event really happen.
    1. It has a time and space in the history of humankind
  2. Could be used as personal application for the growth of the Christian believer in the spiritual sense
  3. It is a “Prophetic Revelation”
    1. Due to our “Greek Influence” through the “Latin-Greek” culture under the Roman Empire, today’s society thinks that the prophecy is the event of “predicting” and even and to expect for it’s “fulfillment”. The actual Hebrew thinking in terms of a “Prophetic Revelation” is determined or to use a “pattern or similitudes (parables)”:
      1. Hos 12:10 LITV
        1. (10)  I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions; and by the hand of the prophets use parables.

Historical Background:

The Book of Ruth (Hebrew: מגילת רות‎‎, Ashkenazi pronunciation: [məˈɡɪləs rus], Megilath Ruth, “the Scroll of Ruth”, one of the Five Megillot) is included in the third division, or the Writings (Ketuvim), of the Hebrew Bible; in the Christian canon it is treated as a history book and placed between Judges and 1 Samuel, as it is set “in the days when the judges judged”.  It is named after its central figure, Ruth the Moabites, the great-grandmother of David.

The period that is referred here as “in the days when the judges judged…”  is in regard to the period after Moses but before the kings.  A very turbulent time for the People of Israel.  This was not only true about the Social and Political arena, but more so in the Spiritual Lives of the People of Israel.

It is always read at the time of “Shavuot”, ( the Shavuot is the only feast that Moses uses leaven bread/ this is a very important point to keep in mind as we study this Book).

The Book anatomy is very clear but incredibly misunderstood by many including believers of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. Chapter One
    1. Ruth Promise Fidelity to Naomi
      1. Determined Love
        1. Rth 1:16-17 LITV
          1. (16)  And Ruth said, Do not entreat me to leave you, to turn back from following you. For where you go, I will go. And where you stay, I will stay. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
          2. (17)  Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May Jehovah do to me, and more so, if anything but death part you and me.
  2. Chapter Two
      1. Ruth is providing for Naomi (gleaning)
        1. Loving Act
          1. Rth 2:2 LITV
            1. (2)  And Ruth of Moab said to Naomi, Let me now go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor. And she said to her, Go, my daughter.
  3. Chapter Three
    1. Request of Love
      1. Threshing Floor
        1. Very misinterpreted and as a result provocative scene.
        2. Rth 3:2-5 LITV
          1. (2)  And now, is not Boaz of our kindred, with whose young women you have been? Behold, he is winnowing the threshing floor of barley tonight.
          2. (3)  And you shall bathe, and anoint yourself, and put your garments on you, and go down to the threshing floor. Do not let yourself be known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.
          3. (4)  And it shall be, when he lies down, you shall know the place where he lies down. And you shall go in and uncover his feet, and lie down. And he will tell you that which you are to do.
          4. (5)  And she said to her, All that you say, I will do.
  4. Chapter Four
    1. Love is Rewarded
      1. The Land/Bride/Family’s Name is Redeemed
        1. Rth 4:13 LITV
          1. (13)  And Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and Jehovah gave her conception, and she bore a son.

(Click on the Link Below to see a PDF File with the Genealogy Descendent of King David from Ruth the Moabite).
Genealogy Descendant of King David from Ruth

The Assembly of Laodicea

The Assembly of Laodicea

Background and History:

Laodicea on the Lycus (Greek: Λαοδίκεια πρὸς τοῦ Λύκου; Latin: Laodicea ad Lycum, also transliterated as Laodiceia or Laodikeia) (modern Turkish: Laodikeia) was an ancient city built on the river Lycus (Çürüksu). It was located in the Hellenistic regions of Caria and Lydia, which later became the Roman Province of Phrygia Pacatiana. It is now situated near the modern city of Denizli.  This particular city was near Hierapolis and not too far from Colossae.  Hierapolis was well known for their “Hot Springs” and Colossae for their cold fresh waters.  As the waters run through the aqueduct to the city of Laodicea from Hierapolis it became “Lukewarm” waters (this could be emedic).

  • 2000 BC Originally founded by the Ionians as a relatively small town of Diospolis.
  • 19th Century BC the Hittites added it to their empire.
  • 900 BC captured by the Phrygians and soon afterward by the Lydians (renamed Rhoas).
  • 250 BC taken by the Syrians.
  • Antiochus II rebuilt the town renaming it after his wife “Laodice”.
  • 190 BC Became part of the kingdom of Pergamos.
  • Ultimately pass into the hands of the Roman Empire.
  • It was recorded by several historians, such as Josephus, of been populated by a great Jewish colony.

Economy:

  • The economy of the city was based on;
    • Bankers
    • Merchants
    • Gold refiners
  • I was in a junction roads leading from Ephesus and Smyrna.
  • It is recorded the caravan trades where as far as the “Yellow River” in Punjab by the China Sea.
  • Populated with very Wealthy Society members of the area, it was considered a “Neutral City” and never in need of a military power to defend it.
  • During the middle of the First Century, it was destroyed by an earthquake and rather on waiting, or asking for, or even depending on any help from the Roman Empire, its own society members rebuild it without any help from Rome. This was indicative of a very “prideful society”.
  • There are many architectural remains today testifying of its former luxury.
  • Textile Manufacturing was well known in the region at the time. The production and manufacturing of “Black Wool” (from a very particular strain of sheep bred in the Lycus Valley) with a glossy look and a soft and warm texture.  It was used in Clothing and Carpets.

Science:

The city was also well known for their school of medicine, especially for an ointment known at the time as “Phrygian Powder” ( a mixture of oil and collyrium powder).

Definition:

the Name of Laodicea
G2994

Λαοδικεύς

Laodikeus

lah-od-ik-yooce’

From G2993; a Laodicean, that is, inhabitant of Laodicia: – Laodicean.

Total KJV occurrences: 2

The  name of this particular city is a compound name;  “Lao” = people and “Diceans”= rulers, “Rule by the People”, this mean it was a democratic government, we will never know.  Never the less when this particular letter is brought to the point of view from the assembly (church), it is obvious that the “Ruler” of the Church is and always will be the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Inside the Word:


 

Rev 3:14 LITV

(14)  And to the angel of the assembly of Laodicea, write: These things says the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Head of the creation of God:

 

The verse 14 of this chapter Three in Revelation, starts by, as the other letters from the Lord, assigned to the angel that was going to deliver it to the assembly of Laodicea.  Many of you have had heard traditionally that this is referring to the leader of the assembly, and that the Lord is directing the letter to such individual.  I do not share this point of view.  I clearly explained the reasons why on one of my previous letters on my Blog, but for the benefits of many, I will retouch some of those points that make me think differently from the traditional way.

  1. God is dictating this letter to John the Apostle and is not dictating to John to send this letter to the leader of this particular assembly. God tells directly to John to “…write…”, but what I believe the phrase is indicating is the command from God to the messenger or angel assign for this direct communication with this assembly, so He cal the angel to be alert and ready.  God always rely on His angels to deliver the messages and answers that the people of God are either requesting in prayer or the Lord God in His mercy send to them.
  2. God works through mysterious ways, and as you know the apostle was left on the island of Patmos to die due to his sentence. My question to you is, how the letters came to the hands of the assemblies?  How the letters came to be known after the apostle wrote them?  In one way or another, it does require a special messenger to delivered them in the event of a spiritual battle take place.  Please referred to the Book of Daniel Chapter 10 (read below);
    1. Dan 10:12-13 LITV
      1. (12) And he said to me, Do not fear, Daniel. For from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. And I have come because of your words.
      2. (13) But the king of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty one days. But, lo, Michael, one of the first rulers, came to help me. And I stayed there with the kings of Persia.

 

In the assembly of the Lord (The Church), not one and I mean no one is above of anyone, all the members of the assembly have the same responsibilities and obligations, everyone is equal in the eyes of the Lord.  Please read the following:

  1. Luk 22:24-30 LITV
    1. (24) And there was also a dispute among them, who of them seems to be greater.
    2. (25) And He said to them, The kings of the nations lord it over them, and those exercising authority over them are called benefactors.
    3. (26) But you be not so, but the greater among you, let him be as the lesser; and the one governing as the one
    4. (27) For who is greater, the one reclining, or the one serving? Is it not the one reclining? But I am in your midst as One
    5. (28) But you are those continuing with Me in My temptation.
    6. (29) And I appoint a kingdom to you, as My Father appointed to Me,
    7. (30) that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom; and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

 

Orthographically it is very important to notice the separator that exists between the name of the assembly and the command verb, it is a comma “,” which exist to denote a pause and a separation of time and direction.  It is like if after He directs His command to the angel calling for his attention, He looked to the apostle giving to the apostle the command to write.  Never the less that is much irrelevant in regard to the message of the letter to the assembly, I think.

As we continue to noticed in this particular verse 14 of chapter 3 in the Book of Revelation, there are three descriptive Titles for the Identification of the Lord God:

  1. …These things says the Amen…
    1. G281
    2. ἀμήν / amēn / am-ane’
    3. Of Hebrew origin [H543]; properly firm, that is, (figuratively) trustworthy; adverbially surely (often as interjection so be it): – amen, verily.
      1. Total KJV occurrences: 152
        1. H543
          1. אָמֵן / ‘âmên / aw-mane’
          2. From H539; sure; abstractly faithfulness; adverbially truly: – Amen, so be it, truth.
            1. Total KJV occurrences: 30

This particular descriptive title occurs only once in the Bible, that is on this particular occasion only.  It is very clear that God is assuring His Church that Hi is the One to be trusted

  1. …the faithful and true Witness…
    1. Once again this particular descriptive title is used only in this particular verse of this chapter in the Bible. But the difference in this title versus the first one is that in this second title God is using two:
      1. …faithful…
      2. …true Witness…
    2. Notice also how the word “Witness” is spelled out, with capital letter “W”, indicative of the authority and ownership of His Name and position. He is our only Witness to the Father.
  2. The third and most impressive of them all is the one He uses here; …the Head of the creation of God…
    1. To get into the analysis of this particular title used here by the Lord God, will take much longer that we can have for this particular Blog, but let be brief;
      1. First, if you count the words used in this particular title, using the “KJV” or the “LITV” of the Bible notice that there are a total of seven words, indicative of “Consummation”, this is indicating that Jesus is not only the Beginning of the Creation (see; Gen 1:1; 1:26: John 1: 1-5) and also He is the Consummation of ALL Creation (Rev 21: 6).
    2. Christ is the “Head” of the Body (Col 1:17-20), which is the Church (1Co 12:27; Eph 5:30)

Rev 3:15 LITV

(15)  I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold, or hot.

 

In this particular letter to the assembly of Laodicea, the Lord goes directly to the point without hesitation.  There is no commendations on this letter, nothing good at all to say, and neither any softening words of consolation.  There is no place to hide from the presence of the Almighty.  God is telling this assembly that there is one way and one way only to do the works in the field of the Lord’s Gospel, and that is to proceed and act as is requested by Him in His Word.  That preaching the Word of the Gospel of the Lord is not just about screaming it out of our lungs in front of a multitude, or to proceed to do good for us to be seeing by others, or even to do good deeds to those that blessed us only, not at all.  But to live a life as “Ambassadors” of the Gospel of Truth in the Lord Jesus Christ and from which, we can bring to the knowledge of salvation, those that never heard of such wonderful Way of Life.  If we are capable of living our lives as is described by the Lord’s Word, we as “Followers of the Way” not only will discover the truthful happiness of “Living”, but then again we will become witnesses of the Gospel of Christ through our actions.

By us, as followers of the Lord, living our lives as we are requested on the Word of God, our lives will grow without us even noticing such changes.  The more we act and live as true Christians, the closer we will be to the Lord.  Every day becomes a step closer to the “man” that the Lord wants us to become, and a step farther from the man that we were in our past life.  There is no science into this, there is no mystery, there is absolutely nothing but a simple step forward to the man that the lord wants us to become every day in Him.

Many leaders, preachers, minister and others concentrate on the fact that this is “not cold nor hot waters, but instead lukewarm”, and indeed that is very important in this letter.  But the fact is not this assembly is “lukewarm” but more so the reason why is a “lukewarm”.

Rev 3:16-18 LITV

(16)  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to vomit you out of My mouth.

(17)  Because you say, I am rich, and I am made rich, and I have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.

(18)  I advise you to buy from Me gold having been fired by fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, and your shame and nakedness may not be revealed. And anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

 

Many time over in our lives we can tell our mistakes and also the road we are taking is the wrong road to take, but on our own risk and blinded by our own understanding we continue without hesitation moving forward until we fall, and is then at that very moment we start to look for the hand of the Lord to come to our help.

Verse 16 chapter 3 in Revelation tell us just that, we should look once again at what the Book of Proverbs tells us about it:

  1. Pro 3:1-12 LITV

(1)  My son, do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands,

(2)  for they shall add length of days and long life and peace to you.

(3)  Mercy and truth will not forsake you, tie them on your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart,

(4)  and you shall find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man.

(5)  Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding.

(6)  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

(7)  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Jehovah and depart from evil.

(8)  Healing shall be to your navel and marrow to your bones.

(9)  Honor Jehovah with your substance, and with the firstfruits of all your increase,

(10)  and your barns shall be filled with plenty, and your presses shall burst with new wine.

(11)  My son, do not reject the chastening of Jehovah, and do not loathe His correction;

(12)  for whom Jehovah loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son with whom he is pleased.

Please read verse 17 of Chapter 3 in Revelation, and you will come to the same conclusion as mine, there is nothing in the Word of God about us imposing our will over the will of the Creator, and expect all to be great and accepted in the eyes of the Lord.  That is what is happening in this assembly.  A misconception of life fundamental values and the misappropriation of such as we disrupt our own way of life and path of our mortal journey.  We do understand that there is a purpose for our lives in the Christian journey, but to reject the notion that we as a human can’t take control of our own journey make us challenge the very principal for the one we, as “Followers of the Way”, had been called:

  1. Rom 8:28-29 LITV

(28)  But we know that to the ones loving God all things work together for good, to those being called according to purpose;

(29)  because whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers.

By rejecting the role that we had been given and possess our own interpretation of what we think we should be and we are, based on our “own understanding”.  We become blindfolded to the spiritual truth on the eye of the One that predestines us to be who we must be under His will.  At that very moment, we are no longer part of Him, who called us, but a member of this world looking to be like the ones that are not from this world.  By doing so, we are part of something that doesn’t belong to the Body of Christ but a “Spot” on the Gospel of the Lord.

Once again, GOD is willing to give us the opportunity to be part of His Body (The Church), and the only way to do so is as in verse 18 of chapter three in Revelation indicates, we must buy directly from HIM, the gold that has been fired by fire.  For you and I, in this contemporary world, this expression may not make much sense at all, but for the assembly in question, this is very clear to them.  Their main economy was based, in three important and key items.  What will be accomplished by doing what it is said by God in this particular verse?  Let see:

  1. Refine Gold
    1. One important key element of their economy was the refinery of Gold.
    2. We are getting what we need from the Main Supplier, no middle man, no misunderstanding, no confusion, no dilemmas, no disruption of supply, no impurity on the product (none).
    3. Buying gold at the main source provider will not only give you the certainty of receiving a quality product but and unlimited source of the gold needed. This will make you rich in every way imaginable.
  2. Textile
    1. Another key item on their economy was the “Black Wool”, used among other things for garments.
    2. The Lord is asking to this assembly to get garments from Him, not the regular “Black Wool” but instead “White Garments”.
    3. Why so important? You may ask;
      1. White Garment are more balance and delicates to the appearance.
      2. White Garments are the one that the Church will be adorned with and no other color or imitation of it, none.
  3. Medicine
    1. The Lord in a brief but very clear and explicit way expressed to the assembly that if they get from Him the anointing of the Holy Spirit and to get into the WORD of GOD. Here in this part of the verse, there are two words we must look in an individual way to understanding them:
    2. Anoint;
      1. G1472 / ἐγκρίω / egchriō / eng-khree’-o
      2. From G1722 and G5548; to rub in (oil), that is, besmear: – anoint.
        1. Total KJV occurrences: 1
    3. Eye salve
      1. G2854 /  Κολλούριον / kollourion / kol-loo’-ree-on
      2. Neuter of a presumed derivative of κολλύρα kollura (a cake; probably akin to the base of G2853); properly a poultice (as made of or in the form of crackers), that is, (by analogy) a plaster: – eyesalve.
      3. Total KJV occurrences:
      4. So the Lord is asking to this assembly to rub in the oil of the Holy Spirit to be able to eat the “Bread” through their eyes of spiritual knowledge of the WORD of GOD, which is the “Bread of Life”.
        1. Eph_1:13  in whom also you, hearing the Word of Truth, the gospel of your salvation, in whom also believing you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,
        2. Eph_4:29  Let not any filthy word go out of your mouth, but if any is good to building up in respect to the need, that it may give grace to the ones hearing.
        3. Col_3:17  And everything, whatever you do in word or in work, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through Him.
        4. 2Th_2:17  encourage your hearts, and may He establish you in every good word and work.
        5. 2Ti_4:2  preach the Word, be urgent in season, out of season, convict, warn, encourage with all long-suffering and teaching.

Rev 3:19 LITV

(19)  I, as many “as I love, I rebuke and I chasten.” Be zealous, then, and repent. Prov. 3:12

Verse 19 of chapter three in the Book of revelation is as clear and simple, that only by spiritual blindness the individual won’t be able to understand.  God desire for all us the only best from Him.  As a Father, He only rebukes and chastens the ones He loves.  All you and I must be very dedicated to observed is to ask in prayer, that we (you and I) can and will be counted among those to be “rebuke and chasten” by the love of Christ and under His Mercy.  There is a very important point to observed on this verse and that is that the believer must step in and not just to “REPENT” but for the process of repentance to take effect in the heart of the believer, it must be creating with it some degree of zealously, moving the life of the believer to a life of action.

  • Pro 3:11-12 LITV
    • (11)  My son, do not reject the chastening of Jehovah, and do not loathe His correction;
    • (12)  for whom Jehovah loves He corrects, even as a father corrects the son with whom he is pleased.

Rev 3:20 LITV

(20)  Behold, I stand at the door and knock: If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will enter to him, and I will dine with him, and he with Me.

 

In this verse 20, the Lord says to the assembly very clearly that He stand at the Door.  In previous chapters and verses we see how the Lord is in the midst of the assembly but in this particular case, the Lord is outside the door.  It is a dramatical implication to it.

  1. In ancient times doors were designed with only one lock or secure mechanism, but from the inside of the house, and not to be capable of being open from the outside as it is done today. The implication here is very important because required from the believer to open the door for any visual communication to take
  2. The second point to consider is that the invitation is to the individual and not to the assembly. The Lord specifically said, “…If Anyone…”, this is an individual invitation to take action and not a group invitation for the action to take place.  Each individual is part of the Church and the individual is the important and integral part of the plan of Salvation.  He/she  are the Temple of God and as result of the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, he/she is the Body of Christ which is the Church.
  3. The Lord is inviting the individual that give him/herself to the Lord to be partaker of the Glory of the Lord.

Rev 3:21 LITV

(21)  The one overcoming, I will give to him to sit with Me in My throne, as I also overcame and sat with My Father in His throne.

 

Here is the promise to the overcomer, and that is to sit with the Lord in His throne…  This is very special promise because the throne that was given to the Lord Jesus Christ, in addition, to be sitting with the Father in Heaven was also the one of “King David”.  But King David’s throne was not in existence at the time of Jesus Birth, how could that be, you may ask?

Here is a Biblical reference that will clear for you that question:

  1. Luk 1:29-33 KJV
    1. (29)  And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
    2. (30)  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
    3. (31)  And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
    4. (32)  He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
    5. (33)  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Rev 3:22 LITV

(22)  The one who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.

 

And of course here is the closing statement from the Holy Spirit to the ones that are not only reading this but more so hearing this message of Salvation.  If you have an ear hear what the Holy Spirit is telling you.  The Lord Is Coming Soon, Be Ready!

The Assembly of Philadelphia

The Assembly of Philadelphia

I. Geographical / Historical point of View:

  • G5359
  1. Φιλαδέλφεια (Philadelpheia) fil-ad-el’-fee-ah
    1. From Φιλάδέλφος Philadelphos (the same as G5361), a king of Pergamos; Philadelphia, a place in Asia Minor: – Philadelphia.
    2. City of Brotherly Love

Total KJV occurrences: 2

Sat in the Plateau in a river valley.  Located in the region of Lydia at the foot Mount Tmolus, twenty-four miles east of Sardis, and seventy-two from Smyrna.  An agricultural economy renowned for its vineyards.  Its coins bore the head of Bacchus and the figure of a Bacchante.  Bacchus was the main deity of the Romans (Bacchus – (classical mythology) god of wine; the equivalent of Dionysus).

This was the youngest of the cities acquired by Pergamos in 189 BC.  This city was used by the Romans as an outreach post for the “Greek Culture” due to the location in the area. In 17 AD was destroyed almost totally by an earthquake and the tremors were felt for years after the main event. The main population was composed of Jews, Christians and converted Heathens.  During the mid-1600 it was surrounded by the Islamist and Byzantine forces that were located in Turkey.  It wasn’t but until 20 years after that the city succumb to the forces by being deprived of all the basics for subsistence.

Of all the seven churches it had the longest duration of prosperity as a Christian city. It still exists as a Turkish town under the name of Allah Shehr, “City of Allah”; many historians and translators define this term as “City of god” implying that “Allah” is another name for the “Only Living GOD YHWH”, such implication and assumption are far from the truth.

One of the mosques is believed by the native Christians, to have been the gathering-place of the church addressed in Revelation. “One solitary pillar of high antiquity has been often noticed as reminding beholders of the words in Rev_3:12 : ‘Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God.’”



II.  Inside the Text:



Rev 3:7 LITV

(7)  And to the angel of the assembly in Philadelphia, write: These things says the Holy One, the True One, the One having “the key of David,” “the One opening, and no one shuts; and shuts, and no one opens:” Isa. 22:22

In Revelation 3 verse 7 we start to see the letter to the assembly of the location in the city of Philadelphia.  The letter started by the Lord given the order to the angel who will be the messenger of the assembly, to be ready to bring forward the message or letter.  This subject was covered in the letter of Sardis with more in depth, so please refer to “The Assembly of Sardis”.

GOD continues by ordering to the prophet John the apostle to write what he is seeing and hearing during God’s dictation.

What we will bring our main attention to the titles chosen by GOD in this particular letter;

  1. The Holy One
  2. The True One
  3. The One having “the Key of David”
  4. The One opening
  5. The One no one shuts
  6. The One that shuts
  7. The One that no one opens

There is another Book in the Bible that makes reference to the above names and Titles chosen by God, that is located in Isa 22:22, Let’s read it;

  • Isa 22:22 LITV
    • (22) And the key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder, so that he opens, and no one shuts; and he shuts, and no one opens.

In the verse of the Book of Isaiah 22:22 the person who is declaring and describing the Titles is the Father GOD toward His Son Jesus Christ, but in the Book of revelation is Jesus Himself who is declaring such Titles and authority over them.  Of course, we know that there is only ONE GOD and He is a Trilogy, Father God “YHWH”, His Only Begotten SON Jesus Christ our Savior, and The Holy Spirit.

Also noticed how the Devil is trying to imitate and trying to “be like” God Himself in every and anyway since the beginning of time:

  • Isa 14:12-15 LITV
    • (12)Oh shining star, son of the morning, how you have fallen from the heavens! You weakening the nations, you are cut down to the ground.
    • (13)For you have said In your heart, I will go up to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit in the mount of meeting, in the sides of the north.
    • (14)I will rise over the heights of the clouds; I will be compared to the Most High.
    • (15)Yet you shall go down to Sheol, to the sides of the Pit.

The devil as default, is trying to copying GOD’s action on having his own city as God have the city of Jerusalem, in this case, it is renaming the city that represented the “Brotherly Love” and holding strong for many years against the Islamic invasion as Allah Shehr, “City of Allah.

Rev 3:8 LITV

(8)  I know your works. Behold, I have given a door being opened before you, and no one is able to shut it, for you have a little power and have kept My Word, and have not denied My name.

Verse eight in the same chapter three in the Book of Revelation show us how GOD in an immediate way declares to the assembly what He knows.  God does not go around the subject, nor confuses the assembly but instead it goes directly to the subject in question.  For all the believers one thing is for sure and that is, God is not a God of confusion;

  • 1Co_14:33 For God is not of confusion, but of peace, as in all the assemblies of the saints.
  • Jas_3:16 For where jealousy and contention are, there is confusion and every foul deed.

Continuing on our subject, we must ask ourselves concerning which “works” does God is referring too?

The word “work” is defined by the Strong dictionary as follows;

  • G2041
  • ἔργον / ergon / er’-gon
  • From ἔργω ergō (a primary but obsolete word; to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication an act: – deed, doing, labour, work.
  • Total KJV occurrences: 176

God knows the actions of compassion, the behavior, and doings of this particular assembly.  There is nothing that is hidden from the eyes of the Lord, remember.

God continues declaring how He gave a door open before the believer as if the believer had a choice to which he and only him (the believer / follower of the WAY) will be able to reach at any time he will like to get out of whichever place he is  in. we can see this in the following verses:

  • Isa_48:17 So says Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, I am Jehovah your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.
  • Jer_10:23 O Jehovah, I know that his way does not belong to man; it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.
  • Mat_7:14 For narrow is the gate, and constricted is the way that leads away into life, and few are the ones finding it.
  • Luk_1:79 to appear to those sitting in darkness and in shadow of death, to direct our feet into the way of peace. 9:2
  • Joh_14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

This particular door which He and only Him can open and shuts it has to be seeing once before in human history.  During the flood in where the Lord God saved Noah and his family with him.

  • Gen 7:16 LITV

(16)  And those going in went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him. And Jehovah shut him within.

As you can see even though we as believers have the option to walk through the door open for us, there is only One that open and shuts the door, that is the Lord GOD.

In Rev 3:7 the lord continues saying that the assembly has “little power”, many might think this has to do with the power of the Holy Spirit among believers and it might be so.  I do have a different point of view, and this is the following;  The mentioning here of a “little power” is (in my personal interpretation) the degree and level of Faith you have when you act toward the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit is part of GOD Himself, but in order for anyone to have part of the kingdom of GOD, you must have Faith on the One that gives Himself on the Cross.  Read below:

  • Hab_2:4 Behold, the soul of him is puffed up and is not upright; but the just shall live by his faith.
  • Mar_4:40 And He said to them, Why are you so fearful? How do you not have faith?
  • Mar_11:22 And answering, Jesus said to them, Have faith of
  • Act_6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, was doing wonders and great signs among the people.
  • Rom_1:5 by whom we received grace and apostleship to obedience of faith among all the nations, for His name’s sake,
  • Rom_1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of in all the world.
  • Rom_3:28 Then we conclude a man to be justified by faith without works of Law.
  • Rom_4:20 and did not stagger by unbelief at the promise of God, but was empowered by faith, giving glory to God,
  • Rom_5:1 Then being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Also, the Lord continues saying that the assembly kept His Word. And have not used His Name in vain.

These two responsibilities are normally overlooked by the believer of the Lord and or in many instances it is also misunderstood.  We as believers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we don’t belong to this world, but on the other hand, we are citizens of Heaven.  While we are here in this world, the believer must represent the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in an ambassadorship authority and responsibility state of mind.  When you are designated to be an ambassador of any given Country, you will be placed in a limited boundary area, normally a building and designated area for that building, that will represent the Country you are from.  the Laws abiding that particular small area is the Laws of your Country and not the one that is hosting you.  At the same time, you as an ambassador must behave in an ethical, moral, spiritual and for that matter in all and every way in a responsible and respectful manner toward the Host.  Otherwise, you will be asked to leave losing all power and authority, putting a shameful spot on your Country represented.

That is exactly what we, the believer of Jesus Christ are commanded to do as we are going through this world.  We don’t belong to this world but we are representing the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ to everyone that has contact with us in one way or other.  Read below:

Joh_8:23  And He said to them, You are from below; I am from above. You are from this world; I am not from this world.

Joh_18:36  Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would have fought that I might not be delivered up to the Jews. But now My kingdom is not from here.

1Jn_4:3  And every spirit which does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not from God; and this is the antichrist which you heard is coming, and now is already in the world.

Eph 3:15 KJV

(15)  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

2Co_4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Eph_6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Jas_2:5  Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?

Mat_24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

Act_22:15  For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.

Rom_8:16  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Rev 3:9 LITV

(9)  Behold, I give out of the synagogue of Satan those saying themselves to be Jews, and they are not, but they lie. Behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they shall know that I loved you.

In this verse 9 of Chapter 3 of Revelation is also in part related to what the Lord God said to the assembly of Smyrna (persecuted assembly) in chapter 2:9 (notice please, it is the same verse number different chapter), let’s read this verse:

Rev 2:9 LITV

(9)  I know your works, and the affliction, and the poverty; but you are rich. And I know the evil speaking of those saying themselves to be Jews, and they are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.

Those that the Lord God is referring as “synagogue of Satan” they call themselves to be “Jews”, as if these individuals are boasting on saying they are Jews when they are not.  This most be for a special, particular and important reason.  It is my belief and understanding that by this synagogue of impostors calling themselves Jews without being so, is giving to them and their followers the appearance and boasting needed for them to be able to get the internal in-depths knowledge and understanding of the assembly, becoming spies among the Body of the assembly.  It is important to know that the devil does not have the Holy Spirit in him nor his followers, and for you to have the power of the Holy Spirit you must be given yourself to the Lord in the body, mind, and soul.  Without such power from above, you will not be able to understand the Word of the Gospel of Salvation of the Lord Jesus Christ.   The only way the enemy can understand the battle field from the other side is by infiltrating spies capable of diluting the knowledge from the believers that have such knowledge, bring that knowledge acquired, to their side, in order for the devil to be more prepared to confront and subjugate those with the Word of Truth.  In such way that even when the devil knows the Word “verbatim”, he is capable of distorting it but incapable of understanding it in the spiritual life.  Two examples of such power from the synagogue of Satan are:

  1. The moment the Lord Jesus was fastening (Read Mathew 4:1-11)
  2. The moment in where the serpent quotes the Word of GOD to the woman in the Garden but in a distorted way (Read Genesis 3)

This is a reason why the apostle Paul ask to the assembly to test ourselves:

  • 2Co_13:5Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Or do you not yourselves perceive that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are disapproved?
  • 1Th_5:21Test all things, hold fast the good.
  • 1Co_11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread, and let him drink of the cup;
  • 2Co_13:5  Examine yourselves, whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Or do you not yourselves perceive that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are disapproved?

The devil is the father of all deceivers, capable of transforming himself into an angel of light:

  • 2Co_11:14And did not Satan marvelously transform himself into an angel of light?

Notice how the Lord Himself is indicating to the assembly that He will make them (those of the synagogue of Satan) come and bow down to the feet of the assembly and they will know how deep is the love of Christ for the Body of Christ call the Church.

Rev 3:10 LITV

(10)  Because you kept the Word of My patience, I also will keep you out of the hour of trial which is going to come on all the habitable world in order to try those dwelling on the earth.

If we continue with the same theme in mind, we will understand better the meaning of this verse, that is the Lord God will reward us with the “rapture of the Church” (Greek verb is harpazō (ἁρπάζω)) if and only if “we” as the assembly will keep the Word of GOD encouraging, instructing and teaching each other until the end, but with the Word of Truth.

It is very interesting to notice that in the above verse (Rev 3:10), The Lord God made a very specific mention of what is known by the Body of Christ as the “Great Tribulation” but the term He used is “The Hour of Trial”.  This assembly “will not” go through such event.  This is not a normal trial period in human history, this is a very specific trial time in which humanity (dwellers on the Earth = those belong to Earth = those without the Seal of the Holy Spirit) will go through.

Rev 3:11 LITV

(11)  Behold, I am coming quickly. Hold what you have that no one take your crown.

Once again the Lord God is advising the assembly that He is coming by surprise.  There is no doubt on the side of the believer that such event is expected to happen anytime.  We as the Body of Christ should not be caught up by surprise as is stated, as long as we keep the Word of the Lord as our main source of information, instruction and education keeping us alert.  It does also advise us to hold what we have as if there was a strong wind or some kind of strong sudden move or reaction, opposite to our direction and moving against us, trying to trow us away and breaking us apart.

 

 

The term “crown” used here is defined as follows, in the strong numbers:

  • G4735
  • Στέφανος = (stephanos) stef’-an-os
    • From an apparently primary “stepho” (to twine or wreathe); a chaplet (as a badge of royalty, a prize in the public games or a symbol of honor generally; but more conspicuous and elaborate than the simple fillet, G1238), literally or figuratively: – crown.
    • Total KJV occurrences: 18

Rev 3:12 LITV

(12)  The one overcoming, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall not go out anymore. And I will write the name of My God on him, 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.

On verse 12, the Lord continues on his message to the assembly by giving to the one overcoming a few rewards:

The term Overcomer in the Dictionary is define as follows:

  1. succeeds in dealing with (a problem or difficulty).

synonyms:                      get the better of, prevail over, control, get/bring under control, master, conquer, defeat, beat; More

  1. defeat (an opponent); prevail.

synonyms:                      defeat, beat, conquer, trounce, thrash, rout, vanquish, overwhelm, overpower, get the better of, triumph over, prevail over, win over/against, outdo, outclass, worst, crush; More

  1. (of an emotion) overpower or overwhelm.

synonyms:             overwhelmed, emotional, moved, affected, speechless

The Lord continue indicating that He (The Lord) will make the overcomer a pilar in the temple of “…My GOD…”.

It is interesting how the Lord Himself demonstrates respect and to venerate the Only Living GOD “YHWH”; even when He Himself is God Himself.  The Lord also makes mention of making the overcomer a pillar in the Temple of GOD.  As you remember and based on historical data, this particular city was devastated by many tremors and put to the ground, what was standing for future generations was exactly a residual of a pilar from the temple of the city.  By the Lord making the overcomer the pilar of such temple of GOD, that verifies what the Word of God had said all alone in respect to us as a member of the Body of Christ, and that is that we are the Temple of the Lord:

  • 2Co_6:16And what agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are a temple of the living God, even as God said, “I will” dwell in them and “walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” 26:12; Ezek. 37:27

The Lord continues and expressed how He will write:

  1. the name of GOD “YHWH”
  2. the name of Jerusalem, the city of GOD
    1. You must remember in the history of this particular assembly the name was changed by the “Islamist” after it was conquered, and GOD will correct such heresy and make it as it should be for ever and ever lasting.
  3. “New Name of the SON of GOD”

in the overcomer; this alone is a significant point, because;

  1. You are sanctified, holy, separated, dedicated, claim, sacred, purified
  2. You have been given the “Seal of Approval by the Holy Spirit of GOD”
  3. You will not be “LOST”

Rev 3:13 LITV

(13)  The one who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.Seven Assemblies Map

Once again the Lord God is making clear that this letter is not only for one and only one assembly but for “ALL” of those that are part of the Body of Christ.

We all must listen and be prepared because “Time is NEAR”.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!