Revelation 3:7 Index
"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;"
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"...to the angel of the church in Philadelphia..."

  • HISTORICAL BACKGROUND:
    • To Philadelphia speaks "He that is true" -- to the church which has "kept my word" (Revelation 3:8), and is promised protection in the coming hour of trial. Philadelphia had suffered from earthquakes more than any other city of Asia. One in A.D. 17 was followed by years of repeated minor shocks which hindered rebuilding and induced a large proportion of the population to flee to safety outside the city. The Philadelphians who remembered that long period of instability and dread would appreciate the assurance: "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar" -- the symbol of stability -- "and he shall go no more out" (Revelation 3:12). Furthermore, "I will write upon him My new name" (Revelation 3:12). The new name was appropriate, for the city had formerly, during a number of years, taken a new name in honor of an emperor; and now the Philadelphian church was to be given the name of the true God. (Froom94)