I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:

‘I know your [d]deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Behold, I [e]will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down [f]at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept the word of My [g]perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole [i]world, to [j]test those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, 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. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’  Revelation 3:7-13

The church in Philadelphia was a church filled with believers who held fast to the truth of God’s word.  The Lord’s declaration and message to them is that He alone is the one who opens doors and closes doors and that He has put an open door before them.  He encourages them to hold fast to the confession of their faith because they have been found faithful even though they have a little strength left.

Standing for Jesus is not easy and we will become weary at times.  But this is why it is important and vital that we spend time in God’s word and allow the Lord to encourage us and build us up.  It is the word of God and prayer that will sustain us on a daily basis.  We cannot survive nor thrive on a one week experience with God in a church service.  If the only time we are fellowshiping with the Lord is one day a week during a church service than we are greatly missing out on all that God has for us.

There is an incredible reward in walking faithfully with the Lord during the church age.  Those who are faithful and persevere will be kept from the hour of testing coming upon the earth.  The hour of testing refers to the seven year tribulation that will take place upon the earth when the body of Christ will be removed and the restraining work of the Holy Spirit will be removed.  It will be a time of lawlessness unlike the world has ever known and the judgement and wrath of Almighty God will be poured out through a series of twenty-one judgments that are laid out in the book of Revelation.

For those who are found faithful they will be made a pillar by the Lord in His kingdom and He shall write His new name upon them.  When the Lord speaks of making someone a pillar it points to how the early apostles were referred to in the early church.  It speaks of a position of influence and leadership in Jesus Kingdom when He establishes His kingdom upon the earth.

Our lives on this earth are for a breath moment and our lives will truly begins when we are living with the Lord in His kingdom.  Let us daily press on toward the high call in Christ Jesus and be willing to be transformed and changed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Lord is calling His people to set aside every idol and hindrance that would stand between Him and them.  He desires to do mighty things in the earth and is simply looking for those who are willing to say yes.

Every day we have a choice to be faithful or not.  There is a great reward in walking in faithfulness to the Lord.  Rewards not only in this life because the Lord will use us greatly, but rewards in His kingdom and in all eternity.  Our rewards in God’s kingdom are not based upon how much we accomplished, they are based upon our faithfulness to the gifts and talents He has given to us.  This is why competition does not exist in the body of Christ.  Our Father never compares us with our brothers and sisters.  He has given us gifts and talents and has charged us to use them for His glory.



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