Philadelphia – Study Guide and Scriptural Cross-reference – 7 Churches of the Book of Revelation

Study Guide & Cross Reference!

"Key of David"
"Open Door"
"Little Power"
"Kept my word"
"Lying" "Jews" - "Synagogue of Satan"
"Hour of Trial"
"New Jerusalem"


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“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens.

"holy one" - Strong's G40, hagios - occurs 229 times in New Covenant writings. The KJV translates Strong's G40 in the following manner: holy (161x), saints (61x), Holy One (4x), miscellaneous (3x). Strong's defines hagios as sacred (physically, pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially, consecrated):—(most) holy (one, thing), saint.
Hagios occurs times 23 times in Revelation 3:7, 4:8, 5:8, 6:10, 8:3-4, 11:2, 11:18, 13:7, 13:10, 14:10, 12, 16:6, 17:6, 18:20, 24, 19:8, 20:6, 9, 21:2, 10-11, 19.

"the true one" - Strong's G228, alethinos occurs 27 times in the New Covenant Writings and 10 times in Revelation 3:7, 14, 6:10, 15:3, 16:7, 19:2, 9, 11, 21:5, 22:6.

"Key of David" - Isaiah 22:20-24

Each Letter to ALL 7 Churches is Addressed to the Angel of that Church: Rev 2:1, 8, 12, 18, 3:1, 7, 14.
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:1
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:8
➥ Pergamum - 2:12
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:18
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:1
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:7
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:14
("angle" appears 64 times in Revelation, aggelos Strongs G32.
Use of Angel in the rest of Revelation - Rev 1:1, 2, 20, 3:5, 5:2, 11, 7:1-2, 11, 8:2-13, 9:1, 11, 13-15, 10:1-10, 11:15, 12:7, 9, 14:6-10, 15-19, 15:1, 6-8)
(Angel or Angels appears 294 times in the Bible, Heb 1:6-7, 14, Heb 2:2, Rev 14:6-12, Exo 3:2, 14:19, 23:20-23, 32:34, 33:2, 2 Kin 6:17)

“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

"door" - thyra, Strong's G2374, is used 39 times in New Covenant writings and 3 times in Revelation 3:8, 20, 4:1.
Matthew 24:33, 25:10, Luke 13:24-25, John 10:1-2, 7-9

Luke 12:35 - “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, (Matt 5:14-16, Phil 2:15)
Luke 12:37-40 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

"I know..."

In ALL 7 Letters, Jesus expresses complete Awareness of the 7 Churches condition, good and lacking when He says to each, "I Know..."
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:2
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:9
➥ Pergamum - 2:13
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:19
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:1
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:8
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:22
Revelation 2:23 - I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.
This gives deeper understand the meaning of the words,  Jesus "walks in the midst of the 7 golden lampstands" Rev 1:12-13, Rev 2:1.

WORKS & the 7 Churches

Strong's G2041 "Ergon,"  appears 176 times and is translated work (152x), deed (22x), doing (1x), labour (1x).
"Ergon" appears 19 times in Revelation!
"Ergon" appears 11 times to the 7 Churches: Rev 2:2, 5-6, 19, 22-23, 26, 3:1, 2, 8, 15 and 8 times following: Rev 9:20, 14:3, 15:3, 16:11, 18:6, 20:12-13, 22:12.

Ephesus - Rev 2:4-5 " have abandoned the love you had at first.Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first."Love for Jesus is Equated to WORKS!
Rev 2:6 "you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate."

Sardis - Rev 3:1“‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God."

Laodicea - Rev 3:15-16 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!" 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

"WORKS  EXCEED the 1st"
Thyatira  - "Works" mentioned 3 times!
Rev:2:19, "your latter works exceed the first."
Rev 2:23, "I will give to each of you according to your works."
Rev 2:26-29, Reward for Keeping Jesus' works until the end!

Philadelphia  “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.

The Corrupt Doctrines of "Once Saved always saved" & "Saved by Grace" is NOT compatible with Jesus' repeated consistent words Judging the Churches based on the level of their "Works!"
Is the Doctrine of compatible with Jesus' repeated consistent words to the Churches?
Brings new meaning to the words at James 2:17, "faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead" & James 2:26, "so also faith apart from works is dead."
Jesus words to Ephesus also reinforces, "that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works" James 2:22. (For Context consider James 2:14-22)
Acts 26:20 - Repentance in connection with Deeds or Works
Just a couple of references to "Works" in the Bible: Titus 2:14, 3:8, 14, 1 Peter 2:11-12, 2 Peter 1:3-8, Eph 2:10.

Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you.

Jesus repeats the Same words to both Churches He Approves and offers no reproof or discipline - Philadelphia, Revelation 3:9
Biblical Definition of a REAL Jew: Romans 2:29, Deuteronomy 30:6

➥ Fake Jews include all Jews who reject Jesus: 1 John 2:22-23, 1 John 4:2-3 ,2 John 1:7,10
➥ Over 95% of Jews who Live in the State of Israel & around the world reject Jesus Christ as the Messiah and are still waiting for another messiah.
➥ YHWH's  Views of the Modern State of  Israel as "the Great City" & "Sodom & Egypt" Revelation 11:8:
➥ In the 7th Vial of WRATH at Rev 16:17-19, YHWH says in the future He will SPLIT the  the "Great City," Modern State of Israel into "3 parts!"
➥ The "8th King" or "Little Horn" who is "Anti-Christ" will make his home in the Modern State of Israel according to Daniel 11:36-45.
➥ The Star of David does not exist in the Bible. The Hexagram within a circle is the historic method to conjure & summon Demons. The Rothschild's are responsible for popularizing this satanic conjuring tool on the State of Israel Flag in 1948 and successfully selling it to the Laimstream Twiststianity Churches to adopt as a symbol from YHWH. All one needs to do is do an Image Search on the "Star of Remphan" of Acts 7:43 to see how the Devil has Corrupted Laimstream Twistianity Churches with the historic calling card of the Demons!
➥ Modern Israel has Replaced YHWH's words, the Torah & Biblical Prophets with the demonically conjured Babylonian inspired TALMUD.
In contrast, according to Revelation 21:1-7, NEW JERUSALEM is the Real Hope of the Future!
New Jerusalem comes "down from God out of heaven" (Rev 21:2, 3:12), NOT from the Earth.
➥ Will YHWH Bless a nation that has forgotten Him, does not keep His commands & rejects His Son? Only in the Land of the Devil. May YHWH bring the "Curses" on this Disobedient Oppressive Blood Guilty Nation described at Deuteronomy 28-32.
➥ 1 John 5:19 - "The whole world IS lying in the power of the wicked one," Including Lamestream Twistianity & the Modern State of Israel.

10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.

"Keep" "Words" or "Commands" -
THE Theme of Revelation & THE Theme of the Bible!

➥ Revelation 1:3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
➥ Revelation 22:7 “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
➥ Revelation 3:3, Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you.
➥ Revelation 12:17, Then the dragon became furious with the woman and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.
➥ Revelation 22:9 but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers the prophets, and with those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
➥ Revelation 22:14 -  (KJV), Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

➥ Matthew 28:20 "teaching them to observe all that I commanded you."
➥ Luke 11:27-28, But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
➥ John 15:14 - "You are My friends if you do what I command you.
➥ John 14:15 - "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
➥ John 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him."
➥ John 15:10 - "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
➥ 1 John 2:3 - By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.
➥ 2 John 1:6 - And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.
➥ John 8:51 - "Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death."
➥ 1 John 2:4-5, The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected By this we know that we are in Him:

("patient endurance" hypomone Strongs G5281 Rev 1:9, 2:2-3, 19, 3:10, 13:10, 14;12)

Difference Between "The Hour of Trial" Versus "The Great Tribulation"

The Great Tribulation is specifically dealing with a limited group, "Jerusalem" (Luke 21:20), or "Judea" (Luke 21:21), or the "Holy City" (Revelation 11:1-2), whereas the "Hour of Trial" comes upon the "whole world."
What event in the Book of Revelation comes upon the "entire world" to "try those who dwell on the earth?"
1)Beginning of Birth Pains or Seals 1-4 where 1/4th of the Earth is Killed.
2) Trumpets 1-4 where God Reduces production by 1/3rd - Trees, Sea, Sea Creatures, Ships, Rivers, Springs, Sun, Moon, Stars and all Grass in Trumpet 1.
3) Judgment of world based on how they treated Christ's Brothers - Matt 25:31-46.
4) Hour of Trial coming upon the whole world could involve the Beast, Image & Mark of Revelation 13:8, 15-18
5) The Harvest & 7 Vials of Wrath of Revelation 14, 15 & 16 may be more an hour of Judgment rather than the hour of Trial.
What we do know for sure is the Hour of Trial is NOT the Great Tribulation which most get confused.

For more detailed info on the Great Tribulation:
Jesus describes the Great Tribulation in detail at Matthew 24:15-18, Luke 21:20-24 & Marc 13:14-23.
Revelation speaks about the Great Tribulation at Revelation 11:1-2. Compare with Luke 21:24.

11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.

Same words spoken to a few in Thyatira at Revelation 2:24-25.

"Crown," Strong's G4735, stephanos, occurs 18 times in New Covenant Writings and 8 times in Revelation 2:10, 3:11, 4:4, 10, 6:2, 9:7, 12:1, 14:14.
1 Cor 9:25, 1 Thess 2:19, 2 Tim 4:8, James 1:12, 1 Pet 5:4
Crown used for the High Priest of Israel Exodus 29:6, 39:30, Leviticus 8:9, 21:12

12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, 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 from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.

"Conquers," or "Overcome" Strong's G3528, nikao occurs  28 times in the New Testament and 15 times in the Book of Revelation.
7 times mentioned to 7 Churches at Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21.
3 times regarding Jesus at Revelation 5:5, 6:2, 17:14.
2 times regarding Beast at Revelation 11:7, 13:7.
3 times regarding the 144,000 at Revelation 12:11, 15:2,17:14,
1 time regarding fulfillment of the Feast of Tabernacles as reward at Revelation 21:7
New Testamate occurances: John 16:33, Romans 3:4, 12:21, 1 John 2:13-14, 1 John 4:4, 5:4-5.

"pillar in temple" compare with Revelation 21:14

New Jerusalem

Revelation 21 offers an entire chapter about New Jerusalem which extends to Revelation 22:5!
Why does YHWH use the adjective "New?"
Where does New Jerusalem come from? Answer at Revelation 21:2
What are Scriptural Synonyms for New Jerusalem?  Answer at Revelation 21:2-3 9-10 "Holy City,"Bride," "Dwelling place of God." "Wife of the Lamb," "a great high mountain."
What is New Jerusalem shaped as? Answer at Revelation 21:16
What is the Size of New Jerusalem? Answer at Revelation 21:16
What is the measurement of New Jerusalem's wall? Answer at Revelation 21:17
What is the temple of New Jerusalem? Answer at Revelation 21:22

Most in Lamestream Twistianity are completely disconnected and  unaware of New Jerusalem, or have heard the wo but couldn't tell you anything about New Jerusalem.
According to Hebrews 11:8-10, Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, "were looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God."

Galatians 4:26; Hebrews 11:10; 12:22–24; 13:14

In Revelation 21:1 God does a complete make-over of heaven and earth (Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:12–13).

The New Jerusalem will be fantastically huge. John records that the city is nearly 1,400 miles long, and it is as wide and as high as it is long—a perfect cube (Revelation 21:15–17). The city will also be dazzling in every way. It is lighted by the glory of God (verse 23). Its twelve foundations, bearing the names of the twelve apostles, are “decorated with every kind of precious stone” (verse 19). It has twelve gates, each a single pearl, bearing the names of the twelve tribes of Israel (verses 12 and 21). The street will be made of pure gold (verse 21).

The New Jerusalem will be a place of unimagined blessing. The curse of the old earth will be gone (Revelation 22:3). In the city are the tree of life “for the healing of the nations” and the river of life (verses 1–2). It is the place that Paul spoke of: “In the coming ages [God] might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). The New Jerusalem is the ultimate fulfillment of all God’s promises. The New Jerusalem is God’s goodness made fully manifest.

Who are the residents of the New Jerusalem? The Father and the Lamb are there (Revelation 21:22). Angels are at the gates (verse 12). But the city will be filled with God’s redeemed children. The New Jerusalem is the righteous counter to the evil Babylon (Revelation 17), destroyed by God’s judgment (Revelation 18). The wicked had their city, and God has His. To which city do you belong? Babylon the Great or the New Jerusalem? If you believe that Jesus, the Son of God, died and rose again and have asked God to save you by His grace, then you are a citizen of the New Jerusalem. “God raised [you] up with Christ and seated [you] with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6). You have “an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade” (1 Peter 1:4). If you have not yet trusted Christ as your Savior, then we urge you to receive Him. The invitation is extended: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17).


Jesus Concludes ALL 7 Letters to the Churches with a Reward for Overcomes or Conquerors:
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:7, "I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God."
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:11, "will not be hurt by the second death."
➥ Pergamum - 2:17, "I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it."
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:26-29, "I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. And I will give him the morning star."
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:5, "clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels."
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:12, "I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, 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 from my God out of heaven, and my own new name."
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:21, "I will grant him to sit with me on my throne."
Overcomers - 1 John 5:4

13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

"Let Him Hear what the Spirit Says to the Churches"

 Jesus Concludes All 7 Letters to each Church with the words, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches". Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22.
Believers are to listen to what the Spirit says to ALL 7 Churches (es) PLURAL.
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:7
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:11
➥ Pergamum - Rev 2:17
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:29
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:6
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:13
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:22
1 other occurrence in Rev 13:9-10

According to Jesus, True Hearing, Seeing, Perceiving & Understanding is "Small" (Matt 13:31-32) "Secret" (Matt 13:11) & "Hidden" ( Matt 13:33-35, 44).

Parable of the Sower

➥ Parable of the Sower Jesus uses word "hear" 12 times! Matt 13:9, 13-23, 43. Consider Matt 13:3-23 for context.
First occurrence at Matthew 13:9 after Jesus lists 4 scenarios :
1) Birds devoured seeds along PATH,
2) Seeds along ROCKY GROUND were scorched by sun and withered away, 3) THORNS choked seeds among them,
4) GOOD SOIL PRODUCES 100, 60 & 30.
Matthew 13:9-17, 35 Purpose of Parables is for Jesus to impart the "hidden" "secrets of the kingdom" to those He considers worthy verses those who remain blind and deaf worshiping God in vanity & name only.
Not Hearing, Not Seeing, Not Understanding, Not Perceiving -  Matt 13:14-15, 19, 22,
Jesus is quoting from Isaiah 6:8-11. As for the future fulfillment compare Isaiah 6:11 with the 7th Vial of Wrath at Revelation 16:17, 19.
Fruitful Hearing Matt 13:23
BlESSINGS & HEALING for Hearing, Seeing, Perceiving & Understanding "secrets of the Kingdom" Matt 13:16-17, 11, 15.
Jesus lists what PREVENTS see from falling on Good Soil and Producing:
1) PATH = Devil snatches away - Matt 13:19
2) ROCKY GROUND = Tribulation & Persecution on account of Word & immediately falls away, Matt 13:20-21
3) THORN = cares of the world & deceitfulness of riches choke the word, Matt 13:22
In contrast, Jesus equates GOOD SOIL & Hearing & Understanding with PRODUCING FRUIT - 100, 60 & 30, Matt 13:23.
According to Jesus, True Hearing, Seeing, Perceiving & Understanding is "Small" (Matt 13:31-32) "Secret" (Matt 13:11) & "Hidden" ( Matt 13:33-35, 44).
Jesus Privately explains the Parable of the Sower to his disciples at Matthew 13:-36-43

➥ Mark 8:17-18, 21, REMEMBERING, Hard Hearts, Perceiving & Understanding Mark 8:13-21
➥ Jesus concludes all His Parables at Luke 14 with the saying, Luke 14:35
Parable - Luke 14:7-11,  Honored Position at Wedding Feast.
Parable - Luke 14:12-14, Invite the poor, crippled, lame & blind for repayment at the Resurrection of the Just.
Parable - Luke 14:15-24, Excuses for not attending banquet.
Luke 14: 26-27, 33, Requirements for being a disciple: Hate all family & own life, bear his own cross & renounce all that he has.
Parable - Luke 14:28-30, Counting the cost of building a tower.
Parable - Luke 14:31-32, Counting cost for battle
➥ Matt 11:15, John the Baptist is Elijah, Matt 11:10-15,
Acts 7:51 - Uncircumcised in hearts, ears & resist holy spirit.
also : Acts 28:27, Rom 11:8


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