Jesus promised to make the Jews acknowledge that the Christians at Philadelphia were true followers of God

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. (Revelation 3:7-9)

It is easy for human beings to cling to the symbols or ritual of religion rather than practice true religion, which is true obedience and faith in the One true God. There apparently were many Jews in the ancient city of Philadelphia that fell into this category. They were extremely devoted to the outward form of God’s law, but ultimately broke God’s law by not loving their neighbor and obediently worshipping God in their hearts. Rather then worship God in true humility, they used their religious deeds to show themselves as being better than other people. Under the pretense of being Holy, they ultimately rejected the Messiah whom they were supposed to obey. They also persecuted His followers.

Jesus tells the church at Philadelphia not to be intimidated by this behavior. He promised that in the end those who falsely claim to be worshipers of the one true God would be exposed. They will “come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.” This will probably happen in the day of judgment when all people, both believers and unbelievers, will be forced by revelation of the truth to worship Jesus:

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father. (Phillipians 2:9-11)

 

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