Thursday, September 10, 2015

Jesus Promises to Deliver the Church from His Wrath!



Replacement theology,  is when people believe that God is not going to keep His promises to Israel and the church is now the modern day Israel with the church members being the Jews. Jesus is saying in the Letter to the Church of Philadelphia, that is not what I am saying.

Jews = worshipers of God , the Jewish people are indeed God's chosen people and Israel is God's chosen place where He will dwell one day, but for now it is the promised land of the new Jerusalem and falls under the divine protection of God.

The Phildelphian people weren't PC. They weren't concerned with what the world thought of them. Jesus reminded us that the world hated Him, so they will hate His church as well. This church was also dedicated, they weren't holding to the position of what the world believed. They were dedicated as well to communicating the Word of God. They were not afraid. They were alive and doing it for God. They were fearless. Living for God.

In this study we have been asking ourselves the question as we look into the letters of each of the seven churches from the Book of Revelation, "What kind of church am I? Because each of these letters referred to a real church in the region of Asia Minor, now modern day Turkey but also refers to a stage in the life of a Christian believer. 

What kind of church are we, when the world comes against you for believing in the gospel truth.

Revelation 3:9 ~ "I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews through they are not, but are liars - I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you."

Jesus is referring to two things. (1) These were Jews that were masquerading themselves as believers in the Messiah but they crept into the churches to get people away from the grace of God and back into ritualistic law keeping. They professed to know Jesus but when they got into into the church, they got into small groups or home gatherings and they began to say, "That's really cool, I just love this church but if you really want to grow deeper, you need to keep the Sabbath, (that's wrong by the way), you need to keep the Sabbath and be circumcised." Jesus delivered us from those things. The law was only to bring us to Christ says the Bible, to pointing us as an unerring law. Whenever there is not a personal relationship with Jesus, legalism will creep in.

The word "Jew" comes from Judah, and it means a praiser of God. There are those that praise God, but they don't, they are liars, Jesus says. The word also means that there are those that will cloak themselves in legalistic ritualism and declare they are now, the new Jew! It's not Israel, it's us! It's this group of people, we are the new Jews! We are the new Israelites!

Jesus says they are Jews, but they are not. They lie. You don't mess with that. The truth is, the world will come against you and I, if we hold to and preach the gospel truth. Very powerful words from Jesus. He says in Revelation 3:9b " I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you."  to worship us and fall down at our feet is not that they will worship us as the true believer, it means they will make confession that they were wrong and we were right. Jesus is saying that one day, He will make it where they come before Him and confess it and we will be around to see it. That there worship system was wrong, and by doing so, they will be attesting that you were right.

Jesus put this another way, "Let your works so shine before the world, that they will glorify your Father which is in heaven."

The world will come against you and I, for continuing on "with Who" you know.

Revelation 3:10a ~ "Since you have kept my command to endure patiently,"

What does it mean to persevere?  Hupomone, in the Greek,  which means to stay cheerful or hopeful, to keep enduring, a constancy, being patient at continuance (at waiting).

1. The Philadelphians cared more for what the Bible had to say, then men.
2. The Philadelphians dedicated themselves to obeying the Bible, not traditions.
3. The Philadelphians communicated their faith to others, anything but sterile!

When the world comes against you, for trusting in the blessed hope of Jesus return.

Revelation 3:10b ~ "I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is to come upon the whole world to test those who live in the earth." 

Now again - remember their "shaky" history. Earthquakes ravaged the cities Sardis, Thyatira, and Laodicea, but no city was hit by earthquakes like Philadelphia. They were built on an earthquake fault. In 17AD, the city was devastated by an earthquake, they lived in tents instead of the city so buildings could not fall upon them. It was the aftershocks that took its toil on the people. Jesus himself is saying, I will also keep you (1) from the hour of trial, (2) which shall come upon the whole world, (3) to test those who dwell upon the earth.

It's not a localized trial. This is a reference to the rapture of the church.

1 Thessalonians 1:10 ~ " and to wait for His Son from heaven, who he raised from the dead, Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath."

The wrath to come it's not hell.  The term wrath to come is referring to the Tribulation period, not hell.

1 Thessalonians 2:19 ~ "For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?"

1 Thessalonians 3:13 ~ "May he strengthen your hearts to that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones."

Those that have died now are currently with Jesus as believers. 


1 Thessalonians 4:17 ~ "After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 

It's the rapture of the church. It is a great promise that the church will NOT go through the Tribulation period. The word here is not through. He did not say, "I will keep you through the Tribulation Period." The word in Greek is "From" you will be extracted, taken away, yanked out of the hour that will come upon the whole world. It is a very powerful world. He will take us from this hour of trial which will come upon the whole world. His church. His people. Believers in Jesus Christ.  

1 Thessalonians 5:9 ~ "For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ."

All of these five verses from 1 Thessalonians have to do with the rapture of the church. Write this down and never forget it. It's mentioned in no other gospel pertaining to the rapture. Jesus put His first mention of the rapture this way...

John 14:1-3 ~ ""Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms (that's in heaven) ; if it were not so, I would have told you (that's the truth). I am going there to prepare a place for you (where is that? Heaven). And if I go (He did) and prepare a place for you (heaven) , I will come back and take you to be with me (where is He, Heaven!) that you also may be where I am. (where is He, in heaven preparing a place!)" 

You can only have John 14:1-3 true if you have what is called a Pre-Tribulation Rapture view, all the others don't fit. You can entertain all the other views but the right view is the Pre-Tribulation Rapture view. What about Old Testament Scriptures to validate that?

Isaiah 26:20 ~ "Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by. See, the LORD is coming out of his dwelling to punish the people of the earth for their sins. "

"Come my people" in Hebrew means carried away or taken away my people. So this is not a regional issue here. This is a full blown promise of Jesus Christ. That from chapters 1-3, the church is mentioned 19 times. From chapters 4-19, there is no longer a mention of the church on earth, at all. It's not until chapter 19, when the church is seen again, but it is in heaven with Jesus, returning to earth with Him in the Second Coming. The church will NOT see the great Tribulation Period, but will be kept from it in heaven with Jesus Christ.
Finally, what kind of church are you, with all that He has give us.

Revelation 3:11-13 ~ "I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

The city of Philadelphia and the church at Philadelphia shared four interesting parallels. (1) They were both "mission minded." Information (2) They both lived under the constant threat of disaster. Earthquakes. (3) They both desired to live outside the city, than to live in it. Pilgrims. (4) Philadelphia took on a new name, Neoceserea, in honor of Caesar. Christians get a new name.

With all that He has given us, we need to be Philadelphian about our readiness.  Jesus warns us that He will come upon us quickly like an earthquake comes. You think an earthquake is quick, I am faster than that. Jesus is applicable to our daily lives. Get serious and make a commitment. Grab onto Him and don't let go. When He comes, it will happen instantly. Don't live for the world. Live for Jesus.

With all that He has given us, we need to be Philadelphian about our holiness. He who overcomes (conquers, gains control of = fear). I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go out no more. What happens to pillars when earthquakes come? They fall, pointing towards the direction of the quake. When he comes, Jesus will protect us and we will never fall down. After the earthquake in 17 A.D., many people lived in fear and would work inside the city during the day but would retreat outside the city walls and away from the pillars of the pagan temples because it was in those places that most of the people were killed.

Jesus is saying, "Dear Church of Philadelphia, don't let fears rob you anymore. I am so firm of a foundation for you, that I will make you a pillar in the Temple of Almighty God, and you will never need to run outside again anymore looking for safety. You will never flee in fear and your salvation is assured forever with Him.

With all that He has given us, we need to be Philadelphian about our future.

Revelation 3:12-13 ~ "Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

This is fantastic for history and for the future. After the great earthquake of 17 A.D., the Roman Emperor, ordered Philadelphia to be "tax free from Rome," for five years so that it could regain its footing in the empires economy. The city was so grateful for the tax break, that it declared its new name to be Neoceasera or Caesar's city. In gratitude, many people in Philadelphia tattooed Caesar's name and the cities name. Neoceasera on their bodies.

Jesus promises one more name in addition, His own name!

Revelation 3:12b-13 ~ I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."

This is Jesus' tax free ownership upon my life!

Ignatius, the bishop of Antioch, stopped in the city on his way to martyrdom (beheaded for Christianity)  in Rome (107 A.D.) He comments how the Church in Philadelphia had become a center for eschatology, the study of prophecies of Scripture, during the post-apostolic age. "Philadelphia" was a place where Christians were fearless in their worship, and aggressive in their witness for the faith, as they looked to the return of their Savior.

As a church, if we do not go through the doors Christ has opened, we will grow timid, fearful and unbelieving.

An opportunity neglected is a nail in the coffin for any church that fails to obey Jesus. As a Christian, if I do not go through the doors Christ has opened, I will grow timid, fearful and unbelieving. An opportunity neglected is the first step to backsliding as a Christian. When we study the aspects of this church, we can see that Jesus is coming soon and it gives us stability in life to know that God's Word is never broken. Jesus never addresses our failures in our life, when we ask Him into our life, hanging on to My Word, don't give up and He will keep us from the hour that will come upon the whole world to try them. He will make us a pillar in His temple and we don't have to live in fear for He will give us a new name and a new city to dwell with Him forever.

The church will be raptured before the Tribulation Period. The 7-year Tribulation is the wrath that will be poured down upon the whole earth.  The church has nothing to do with the God's wrath. The church does experience persecution, but that comes from man. It comes from Satan. It comes from the world. We will NEVER be beat up by God, smacked down by God, no, Jesus took our punishment on the cross, that is why Jesus says here to the Church of Philadelphia, "I will keep you from that hour", in fact, in John 14, he said remember," I will come again and take you to myself where I am you may be also."

So live for Jesus now, the Lord is coming back, you don't know when, could be today, because he is going to deliver us from the wrath that is going to come. Jesus promises that He is going to keep us "from" that hour, not through the hour, not going to bottle you up and ship you through it, I'm not going to somehow galvanize you against it, I'm not going to somehow build a bubble around you.so that you make it through, No, He said He is going to keep us FROM it. That is an awesome promise.











1 comment:

Sassy Granny ... said...

I appreciate your studious approach to this subject; a subject near-and-dear to my heart. It is in living in light of His return that we can keep everything in perspective; and in knowing that the church is spared God's wrath cause for great rejoicing. Blessed assurance ... Jesus is mine!

Blessings,
Kathleen