God’s comforting promise to the church at Philadelphia

To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:

These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. 10 Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. (Revelation 3:8-10)

Verse 10 of Revelation chapter 3 records an incredible promise by Jesus to the believers at Philadelphia that they will not have to go through “the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world.” Obviously, this hour of trial is the horrible tribulation period that is picture in chapters 6-19 of Revelation. Because they had survived small tribulations, and had “kept my command to endure patiently” Jesus assured them with clear words that they would not have to go through the tribulation itself.

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3 Responses to God’s comforting promise to the church at Philadelphia

  1. robind333 says:

    Hi great post but I have a question. What if the “hour of trial: isn’t the tribulation period but more specific to a certain event or person such as the antichrist? The reason I ask is because Jesus never mentioned this in Matthew 24. In fact, he spoke of the days being shortened due to the elect. Which leads one to believe Christians will go through tribulations. Maybe not all of it, but I do believe a part of it….Just curious as to “why” you believe this is referencing the tribulation. Many, many blessings to you…Robin

    • schildan10 says:

      Good question. The reason why I think that the hour of trial applies to the whole tribulation, is because it is too hard to pick out a single event from chapters 6 through 18. I think he’s assuring them that they will not go through any of it.

      However, I want to be clear that this verse does not by itself prove a pre-tribulation rapture. This verse does not apply to the whole church, only the church at Philadelphia. God has already kept this promise to them by keeping them out of the tribulation. I honestly do not think that Revelation 3:10 has anything to do with the rapture.

      Thanks for the comment, Robin

      God bless

      • robind333 says:

        Thank you for helping me understand this. I greatly appreciate it. Definitely a great post and I thank you for sharing…Many, many blessings to you…Robin

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