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

    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 10:03 pm on January 27, 2017 Permalink |
    Tags: , , gta, hwa, , , wcg   

    Slogans are great, but are useless unless applied in one’s own life. When I first went to college in late 1959, I learned the college slogan. “Recapture True Values.” Sounds great doesn’t it? Well, here’s the thing, to this day I still try my best to apply that slogan. I wonder if you do? It’s not an easy road, but it is worth every effort.
    During the years approx. 1963-1968 I noticed something strange happening. The people at college were changing. The whole attitude was turning away from that slogan. New people had come in and deliberately began to tear that down. They worked internally to destroy the college and the church connected to that college. They did their job. BUT, what they could not do was turn everyone against that slogan. Sadly, what the world sees and hears are all the bad and deliberately distorted stories about the college and church personnel.
    And, on top of that, those characters that came in to destroy also worked to mislead the leaders. And are still at it to this day with their childish websites, and childish accusations.
    Yet, here I am today telling you plainly and clearly that during the years I was at college, the leaders and people I knew personally were striving to live that slogan.
    But, it doesn’t matter what men did, for that was long ago prophesied. What matters is this: What are YOU and I going to do in our personal lives? Why don’t you join me in once again “Recapturing the TRUE Values” and live them? Individual examples are actually even more impressive than what a group does. Peope don’t and can’t always relate to a group as much as to individuals. Try it, you’ll like it.

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