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January 20, 2021 8:00 am
God has an encouraging word for you and me today to the Bible-based preaching up Dr. Don Wilton in a message on things for people. He headed Revelation chapter 3 in just a moment. But remember, were available for you right now the other end of 866-899-WORD that 866-899-9673 or TW online.org relation three is an incredible passage of Scripture. So I guess what I wanted just lay on the table with you many of you been worshiping with us for many many weeks for those who Davison first-time visitors today. In the first three chapters of the book of Revelation, Jesus speaks to people like me people like Jana Kate, as we are believers okay believers we trust Jesus. Jesus lives in our hearts. So if you know the Lord Jesus then Jesus wants you and I to know something very very important and he's actually telling us this in the book of Revelation. Because in chapter full, here comes Jesus the people all the time I do I do the same thing say when is Jesus coming that could be at any moment we can look at all those signs of everything but the bottom line we need to know is that Jesus is coming back.
You gonna come in the clouds and if we were alive we going to be called up into the clouds. If we were already dead.
We've already foster way. Then we gonna come with Jesus where we are in heaven. So Jesus wanted us to know that just before he comes back at the number one thing we need to be concerned about is us. The church, so if I was Starsky right now what what you really concerned about what a crazy? Can we start with politics, unrest and just start listing the things that we are concerned about living in a very challenging world is a lot going on all the opinions Jesus said I'm going to tell you how you know whether I'm about to come back. Let me show you and he picks out seven churches we on the number six during the church at Philadelphia. I want to talk about that woman's breath and and can I get to the bottom line here Jesus. It's so fantastic because this church is in the middle of the coven and all Jesus can say to them as well done you so faithful that in the middle of the grief there in the middle of the challenge and Jesus looks at them and says will done your faithful so this is about Jesus and what he sees to a faithful people on I'm just a little posturing. A little place but but if you don't mind I want to say that to you.
I'm not Jesus I don't doesn't have any meaning, just as your posture.
I've watched you for over seven months you been faithful this is for you. So what did Jesus say to the church at Philadelphia cannot read it for you. So in chapter 3 and verse seven to the angel in the church at Philadelphia right. These are the words of him is holy and true, who holds the key of David when he opens no one can shut when he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door, which nobody can shut. I know that you got little strength you've kept my word, and you have not denied my name. While I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews although they are not by the lies I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I Jesus have loved you since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to happen on the whole, to the whole world where to test those who are on the earth.
By the way you want to write some of those who are left behind on the earth.
I'm coming soon.
Jesus said hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
The one who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will that person leave it the temple as a pillar. I will write on that person. The name of my God, in the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out from heaven from God, and I will also write on that person.
My new name. The one who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the church so does the question we list are you hearing your listening right now I'm just encouraging just listen to what Jesus sees that's all I'm going to cite that's what he said. Just listen to what Jesus guys can we come we can you not just do one thing, just forget the White House run forget these disgraceful debates. The embarrassment of showing the pagans of how Americans behave. We just leave that from an excess hear what the Spirit says to the church its check our own temperature and it's interesting when Jesus spoke to the church at Philadelphia spoke to them from four perspectives he does that with each one of the churches you see that with all of it.
So Alderson fired Tyron Pergamum in Ephesus. So it goes on heat he tells you where he's coming from any he gives us four perspectives he speaks to them. First of all, from his sovereign holiness. He said I think I got to go back to chapter 3 he said these are the words of the one who is holy, so Jesus once the people at Philadelphia to know that he's speaking to them please please hear this word. This is not the speckle from the perch from the label of these holiness. So how high is the holiness of God and you get any higher than that in a pure or magnificent. God said, I'm speaking to you out of the absoluteness of my sovereign holiness. Secondly, I'm I'm speaking to you from my genuine truthfulness, holy and true, once you know people church people. I'm saying this to you as truth.
That's a word for us. By the way, let me just Oscar summing help what is truth. How do you and I evaluate you can take any of the big subjects that are out there in the things that are important. What cannot pick abortion, you know, the matter of life so someone this week sent me in a long article written by somebody giving the perspective that you know abortion is really not that bad.
If you think through you really think through numbing. What about the mother.
What about the mother so what we deal with all the time we get immediately taken and put into correct emotions. That's you write is by the way mother's bed children so her body and her life is part of this issue and everywhere. So how do you find truth is a believer.
God, he's truth so he has my question. What does God say about life. That's the only question is a believer, we can all God's you want me to suggest we got here a few opinions you an opinion was God's this what Jesus is saying to the church at Philadelphia. That's why he establishes that he's doing it on purpose because these people found themselves in the middle of their big challenge I will like this group of Christians you lived in this town. They were believers and they were surrounded by people who didn't believe their kids went to school and did everything at school but I was surrounded by a lot of other kids who don't value God's holiness or his truthfulness.
It doesn't matter fact that many don't consider it a 30 says I'm speaking to you from my divine axis, by the way, did you see that little word there.
It's an interesting one. He says the one who holds the key of David if if you want to really get to grips with that. I'm just as a reference.
Love you, take notes, go to Isaiah 22 and verse 20 that passage there and in the Bible tells us there about the high priest who is given the key of David, by the way many of you being with me to Israel and I see a lot of you today and we love elaborate trips planned regarding family trip so let God willing whereon anytime you go to Israel almost from the moment you land, you start hearing David David David, the city of David King David.
The Davidic line. Why because David King David was considered to be the highest authority. He was the ultimate access. Jesus was born of the line in the lineage of David to the Jews. When you said Jesus said to the Jews. I but the key of David. What Jesus was saying excuse me, is no higher authority on the only one that can give access into the throne room because I am the throne I made number four.
He speaks to them from the perspective of his final absoluteness up with those two words final absoluteness.
He said I open and are shocked when covert hit us back in February and we knew we had just telling you I found myself on my face before God, saying, Lord showed you open will. That's his final absoluteness. Please forgive the interruption, but as we hear from Doug talk about these times that we have been in one of 2020 2021 transition wherein right now.
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Again, it's firstname.lastname@example.org that activates teaching you know the final absoluteness of God means go to him and he see. So Jesus is looking at these people Philadelphia and he sees the why what's so interesting about the Delphic by the way, we love the name Philadelphia and we associate with our Philadelphia the city of brotherly love right, but any of you know where that comes from where is the origin. I'll tell you, you gotta go all the way back to 190 7B. C, B, C stands for before Christ.
So this is a few years back. Okay, so if you are one of the shows and you win $100,000 50,000 comes to me because I'm the one that told you that on Seca 197 BC and the Emperor who established the town. The city of Philadelphia loved his brother and he named it out of love for his brother. Simple as that. 197 BC just blocking 200 BC and you got it in Philadelphia was an interesting place. Like many of the other places they got slamdunk by the earthquake of A.D. 17.
Even because of that, they began to develop allegiances to the Roman empire, so they even change the name Philadelphia couple times to the name of the Emperor. Like Flavius, it became known as Flavius. What a lousy neighbors, but I would never tell anybody.
I grew up, born and raised in Flavius. I called Flavius that I got over it, but they were trying to win the favor of government to do anything to get good books of the pagans in the Roman government was a pagan government. They worship God's sacrificed to idols and everything else.
Essentially, by the way, Philadelphia trying to summarize all the stuff that's in my head you was essentially a center of Greek learning and culture. So it was really a very you and I would call it block of University Center.
Great intellects and they started to export this and they started to spread an understanding of brands of the Greek language mean they were sharp people and in the midst of all of this. There was a group of people. And Jesus looks at them any.
He commands them for a number of things or having to do with being faithful to me just list them for you.
Okay, so what did he commend them for the first one which is fantastic. He commands them for their little power for the lack of strength.
What a weird kind of will done.
You don't have any strength. What was he saying to them, you saying I'm commanding you because you got no strength. He wasn't to let this kind of strength which you can obviously see in my incredible arms. He was talking about the fact that they were a few people who love the Lord that lived in this surrounded pagan world. By the way, do you find it easy to be a Christian you know most of us go to restaurants and we battle even to say the blessing because we we are conscious of people looking at us.
Would you be willing to admit that most of us lose our khakis like would you blessed okay yeah you watched when you got that restaurant next week March Christians peeping. They do this because they went we know people are saying. Can you imagine they they cite like saying grace and we become intimidated by that and you feel that with Philadelphia here.
I never look at what Jesus said, I'm commanding you, for you will because you got little strength.
I like that he commanded them, he commanded them because they had major obedience with the Bible tells us right they see is yet you have yet you have your little strength, yet you have kept my word, they major obedience. They he commend them because they were totally surrounded. He said you living in the middle of the synagogue of Satan.
You got a bunch of people. They who actually claim to be God fears but by not really, like sounds like America doesn't. I've often wondered in the average American town. If we would it took take a survey of how many people claimed to be Christian, and then match that against their action and their behavior in line with Christ see Jesus was looking at Philadelphia, said Sid Dr. menu had little power commend you for your major abuser commend you for your totally surrounded. I commend you because you shows stay in foster allegiance you've never denied my name that you act. I'm telling you guys, you being faithful in the midst of their circumstance. I never denied the name of Jesus continue they may sometimes when you we put up to you going to have to take a stand for the name of Jesus I got to come off to you.
We live, we live in a world today. Jesus, are you kidding me Scott Sweetman anyone seen a movie like either doesn't use Jesus name as a blasphemy. I watched a movie with my son and daughter-in-law on Karen on Friday, not in Atlanta. I mean just a great story met Mr. wonderful story.
Guess what, not even not even rated PG Jesus Christ has to come in and by the way, not worshiping him other started bleeding going to be let you know and he signed well and you didn't deny my name EE congratulates them because of a patient endurance, so he just says thank you for being faithful and then he says he is what I'm going to do for you because the promise of Jesus. He just he puts it on said first of all is what I want to do on the term the Tybalt you're in the middle you being persecuted, the very people that persecute you all going to recognize how much I love you Bible says the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess I'm going to give you total safety. Total safety during the tribulation. He sees I'm going to keep you from our of trial you want to know what that is, start reading in chapter 4 I read so many of you say to me.please keep going. Tell us about the end times it's it's unbelievably fascinating.
It's what the Bible says I want these guys are just going to do take a little shorter paradigm, but if I do that.you go to at least give me three months.
You know I have done that in our church would took me nine years on a Sunday, not big subject, you will eventually settle we can stay at everybody's is meant today's generation done to more than four or five at a time because they will leave and I don't believe that actually what was Jesus saying here in the midst of all of this say I'm I'm going to turn the tables. I'm going to give you total safety sit I'm going to give you a permanent position.
See that little would tell her I'm in a make you a pillar in the temple know why they understood the permanency of that black weed you can go all over Europe today and the pillars of temples still standing everywhere.
Everywhere. Come with me to Athens go to the seven churches go… Go to Israel. One of the place. What was the first thing Isis wanted to do when Isis to control anybody know when I wanted. They do, I want to destroy all the pellets are you connecting the dots. You guys signs of the times. Jesus said I'm in a make you a pillar in the temple sit I'm going to give you eternal security. Should you never leave got you in my hand.
That's what he sees nieces I'm gonna make everything new. What is he mean by that, to give you new ownership brought talks about a minute give you new city Ranger city, Jerusalem, Jerusalem is going to come down out of heaven to the service because heaven where is heaven going to be eternal heaven on earth. Go to Revelation chapter 21 Jesus said from now on I make my dwelling place on earth. Use the phrase heaven on earth. By the way, where was the garden of Eden and when I wasn't in heaven was up there where was it. What is the new creation God's earth perfect now can't get that one around my head Avenue city. You have a new name. You have my name in the see me as I am new name written down in glory, you know Jesus. What a powerful question to close today's broadcast with Dr. Don Wilton but your listing is a podcast on the air wherever you might be on our website. I pray that more than just hearing Dr. Don teach you heard the call of God, and that challenge of knowing Jesus. Before we get away closing thoughts from Dr. Don Wilton are you ready to give your heart and life to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Why don't you pray this prayer with me right now. Dear God, I know that Iversen and I know that Jesus died for me on the cross today.
I repainted my sent in by faith I receive you into my in Jesus night, my friend. I welcome you today into the family of God. This is exciting new.
If God is spoken.
Perhaps in your heart Justin, you prayed to receive Jesus Christ.
Or, you know that you're so close you just have a few questions.
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