The message to the church of Philadelphia is the sixth prophetic message to the Christian Church and covers the 18th and 19th centuries.
It comes after the grim message to the post-reformation church of Sardis. The warning to Sardis believers ended with: “You have a name that you are alive, but you are dead,” and even “the few things which remain…are ready to die” (Revelation 3:1,2).
How refreshing it is, then, when we come to the message to the church of Philadelphia. “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These things said He that is holy, He that is true, He that has the key of David, He that opens, and no one shuts; and shuts, and no one opens: ‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have little strength, and have kept My word, and have not denied my name” (Revelation 3:7,8).
In this video we will see that in contrast to all the other churches, the Philadelphia church is not condemned for anything.
This period, from the mid-eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries, was one in which the Christian church woke up from their “dead” Sardis condition and with their “little Strength” they “kept His word”, triggering the greatest revivals since the day of Pentecost.
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