Sunday, November 23, 2014

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER  13  (1 of 2)
P H I L A D E L P H I A
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And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. 
Revelation 3:7-13
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When the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostles to write to any Church, God being aware of any unique culture and circumstances surrounding any particular church wherever a letter was to be written, had them to write accordingly.  This could mean writing the same thing using the vernacular, expression common to their culture, character, and personality.  So it is with what God gave John to write to the seven churches of Asia.  With every church, Jesus describes Himself in a specific way to get their attention, to impress upon them the attitude of God's heart toward them. 
Just as with Smyrna, God did not have a significant reprimand for the Believers at Philadelphia, but instead there was a special attitude of love for these believers, even like that of brother to brother.  It was because of this attitude that He gives them a challenge v.8, and a special promise to help them with it, "...I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it."  God wants to use these Saints and those like them, to influence the world for Christ.  They are the Strugglers, who against all odds stand faithful and true.
These Christians possessed a special quality about them that was not found in the other churches v.8, for the exception of those in the churches who did not compromise their faith, and devotion to Christ and His doctrine for the doctrines of devils.  Thus, Jesus describes Himself as "...he that is holy, he that is true."  Jesus is the faithful and true witness, a statement He makes of Himself to the church of Laodicea.  This is Jesus' view of the Philadelphia Saints, holy and true.
God says to Philadelphia, "...for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee."  v.8-9
In the beginning paragraphs of this book I wrote: "One constant in all of the seven churches of Asia Minor, is the false and true believers.  Each church has the spectators and the participators.  The spectators of God's perfect will create trouble; the doers of God's perfect will do not.  It is because of the true believers, that God is sending a message that encompasses God's reward and judgment.What is common in all churches so it was in Philadelphia, there where those who were Religious, Hypocrite, and Lukewarm.
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The Philadelphia Saints struggling to walk with God had a heart desire and tenacity to excel, which caused God's favor to be granted them, even though their level of obedience was in need of improvement.  The Religious, Hypocrite, and Lukewarm were not making it easy on them, they had "a little strength", but enough not to be swayed by those who had none.  Here God makes a promise that He will exalt them in the sight of those in the church who were opposing them, "...I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee."v.9.
When writing about the church of Smyrna I wrote:
"It seems that the number one goal of some Believers is to destroy the faithfulness and loyalty of those Saints who are not walking in the same worldly and carnal lifestyle as they are.  Just as it was with the foolish virgins attempt against the wise virgins to try to get them to "fall" to their level of worldliness by asking for their oil." 
As the day of Jesus' coming and the unveiling of Antichrist draws near the chasm between the sincere and true Christian and those who are not, is growing wider, so that it is becoming more evident who is truthfully one of God's children, and who just have a religious intellectual experience concerning the salvation that is found in Christ. 
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It is this "religious intellectual experience" (gnosticism) that fits the following scripture reference.  Although common in the churches of Asia Minor, the following verse is a prophecy for the end time.
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:7
In the Old Testament God gave the prophet Zechariah a prophetic word about the Jews.  Without dispute this is a prophecy for the biological Jew, but the same attitude of God toward the spiritual Jew (Romans 2:29) is no different, as is His word to the Saints of Philadelphia, "...to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee."  The intent of God is to exalt them.
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Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. Zechariah 8:23
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My FaceBook Timeline http://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be found in the "Notes" section on my FaceBook Wall [timeline]; which contains more than 450 notes.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME” http://www.scribd.com/doc/76537136/A-Definite-Appraisal-of-the-ArchkoVolume-Hubert-Luns...and http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/minister/MahanWilliamDennes.htm
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I have been astonished for the past few weeks in having to search for posts to respond to, and as a result some “dry” days for conversations, but as a result most responses have been to answer the same false claims that continue to be written, basically by new participants, which means “repeat repeat.” Defending Apostle Paul is a regular event. There is a Christian who provided a link to an Arab Christian YouTube series, using the Quran to prove Muslim ignorance of it and refute common negative comments Muslims make against the Bible and those mentioned in it; Paul commonly being one of those attacked on a regular basics.
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One of the common lies laid against Paul is that he is responsible for starting Christianity; which of course totally ignores there were Christians long before Paul became one himself, another is that Paul taught doctrines and theology that contradicted Jesus and the Apostles who commissioned his Apostleship which ALSO is not true. In one of the YouTube series the Arab Christian gave Q36:14 and information in the Hadiths, that the Quran validates what is correctly written about Paul in the Bible, speaking ONLY positive things about Paul and thereby using the information to rebuke Muslims for the lies they have been taught against Paul and for believing those lies.
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Knowing that some Christians are guilty of using Quran scriptures out of context I decided to research other versions of the Quran to see if the YouTube presentation agrees with the other Quran versions I have access to and found some either omitted all the names in the verse including Paul’s name or translated Peter is the one the reference spoke of. In my research I found what appears to be Imans who held positions as if to be like a Pope from the seventh century to this day and that Paul, Peter, and John’s name in Arabic was common; therefore I was wondering if the names in Q36:14 were Imans and not any of the Apostles. The only problem with my question is that “Apostle” was in the versions that included the names. Paul is “Bulus” in Arabic and Peter is “Boutos” in Arabic; one of my questions was which VERSION of the Quran’s I have access to is the CORRECT TRANSMISSION?
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My question being valid is that Muslims constantly assert the Quran is pristine in its transmission but obviously the translations are far from it, which is also a common problem for differing versions of the Bible. With all that is written in this editorial, what amazed me is that if the names in Q36:14 are those of the first century Apostles, that they would even be mentioned in the Quran, and what appears to be POSITIVE comments about them. The following Q36:14 is found at http://www.altafsir.com/Tafasir.asp?tMadhNo=0&tTafsirNo=73&tSoraNo=36&tAyahNo=14&tDisplay=yes&UserProfile=0&LanguageId=2; all three names in this reference differ from the one the YouTube series shows:
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“(When We sent unto them twain) two apostles: Simon the Canaanite and Thomas, (and they denied them both, so We reinforced them with a third) We strengthened them with Simon Peter who confirmed the message conveyed by the other two apostles, (and they said; Lo! we have been sent unto you.”
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The version the YouTube video used had Sham’um, John, and Paul as the names in Q36:14. The differing two versions are an obvious CONTRADICTION to what the verse says or does not. There are numerous contradictions is the Quran, like how allah created Adam; there are five or six differing references to how allah did it, when the Bible gives ONLY ONE way Yehweh Elohiym created Adam; yet Muslims insist there are no contradictions is the Quran and the Bible is FULL of them; Apologists know the claims are EXTREMELY EXAGGERATED.  
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Samuel      11/23/2014