Philadelphia–Going Deeper

synagogueIn today’s devotion, there were two verses that I didn’t want to leave dangling in mid-air, and I thought deserved further investigation if you wish to join in.

9 “Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie– indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.

At first glance it would seem that Jesus is going to make those in the synagogue of Satan worship before the Christians at Philadelphia, and yet we have scripture that warns us against giving worship to another being and/or receiving worship. “And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus.  (Rev 19:10 NKJ) Actually, verse 9 is several verses mixed together. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. (Isa 60:1-20 NKJ)  “Thus says the LORD: “The labor of Egypt and merchandise of Cush And of the Sabeans, men of stature, Shall come over to you, and they shall be yours; They shall walk behind you, They shall come over in chains; And they shall bow down to you. They will make supplication to you, saying, `Surely God is in you, And there is no other; There is no other God.'” (Isa 45:14 NKJ) “For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you; Therefore I will give men for you, And people for your life. (Isa 43:3-4 NKJ)

The synagogue of Satan were not the true Jews; they were like the modern day Zionists, that have no regard for God or Torah.  They will find themselves in the end being no better than gentiles, vindicating the true believers of Philadelphia.

12 “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. 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 I will write on him My new name. (Rev 3:9-12 NKJ)

“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” (Rev 21:22 NKJ)

I don’t know what some people are reading, but the only symbolic temple is the life of a believer. (1 Cor 3:17; 6:19) There will be no actual temple.  When the Kingdom of God comes down and makes all things right, we will find our life in him.  In the meantime, we wait for his coming.  Philadelphia, the church that was described as having no strength or power now finds itself described as a pillar in the temple of God.

About Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.
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