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  • Robert Petry 10:42 pm on January 27, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: angel, apokalypsis, churches, elder, john, pcg, , , ,   

    Since we are talking about the Apokalypsis, commonly called Revelation of John, let’s look at this. In ch. 2-3 we find seven “churches” that have been labeled by Bible readers for centuries the:
    “Church of Ephesus,” Church of Smyrna,” “Church of Pergamos,” “Church of Thyatira,” “Church of Sardis,” Church of Philadelphia,” “Church of Laodecia.” Now, here is what is interesting. At least one of several points. Today, many keep trying to be the “Church of Philadelphia.” Why? Why, because it is the “church” of Brotherly Love. The only one of the seven to be so described. I hate to disturb anyone, but that is NOT the “Church of Philadelphia (i.e. Brotherly Love) as its characteristic. Nope. Why? It’s only the name of the CITY. None of the other city names are translated as the characteristic of that particular group. Only is it done when the city of Philadelphia is mentioned. So, if it is not Phila Delphia, what is the true qualification for the LEADER of the ecclesia residing in Philadelphia? Why, don’t you know? Here it is, clear and simple: “And to the angel [elder] of the ekklesia IN Philadelphia write; … I know THY [the elder’s] 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.” By the way, that name he did not deny is NOT the name of the ekklesia as some now falsely claim. There it is, the real characteristic of the “angel” of the ekklesia in Philadelphia.
    Isn’t it funny. Those claiming to be the “Philadelphia Church” are the ones who deny the name the most. Go figure!

  • Robert Petry 10:23 pm on January 27, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: apostle john, churches, Ekklesia, ,   

    Have you ever read the book of Revelation? Understand it? Well, if you think so, or haven’t, here’s just one topic to consider.
    Beginning in ch. 2 the subject of seven “churches” is brought up. I put the word in quotes because “assembly” is a better translation. Revelation is talking about a group of people, NOT a church building.
    Anyway, today, some believe these seven groups were seven different groups. That is not true. They also believe these seven were seven eras of “church” history, and that today we are in that last era. This is not exactly totally true. For, on a close reading all seven exist in the story at the same time.
    But, for this post, here is a point for you to think about, especially if you think you represent one of those groups. The seven “churches” were NOT seven “churches.” Here’s why.
    Those were seven CITIES that had the ONE same EKKLESIA with members who lived in the different CITIES. Read the NT and you will find there is only ONE spiritual EKKLESIA.
    Now, John’s words were addressed actually to the LEADER of each CITY ekklesia. The instructions were to the leaders, not the group as a whole.
    Yet, within each separate letter was a statement for the groups to follow some point given in each letter. It would take a longer article to explain fully, but think about this.
    What EKKLESIA do you know today that follows all seven of those instructions? There is only ONE, and has always been only ONE. Do you know where it is? Do you know who is the HEAD of that ONE EKKLESIA today? You might want to find out, and then act accordingly.

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