"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, 'These things says He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens": "I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name....Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth Rev 3:7-10 NKJV
After this promise is made to the believers in Philadelphia, Jesus addresses the Church at Laodicea, which is usually referred to as the "Lukewarm church." In contrast to the Church at Philadelphia; this church sits behind a closed door, with Jesus standing on the outside, knocking on the door to be let in (Rev 3:20-21 NKJV).
They don't see the door that Christ has opened for the Philadelphia believers. They are satisfied with the things of this world, and their leadership lacks vision concerning the signs of the times (Matt 16:3). Jesus appeals to each member of this congregation on a one to one basis;
"If any (single) person hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."
The scriptures reveal that those who do not leave with the Philadelphia believers will come out of the Tribulation in intervals; as indicated in the original syntax of the text; by the (Greek) future progressive tense (in Revelation Chapter Seven). This progression terminates at the mid point of the Tribulation when those who remain, are caught up to be with Christ forever. This why Jesus admonished us to;
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass (the Great Tribulation), and to stand before the Son of man. Luke 21:36 KJV.
There were two disciples of John the Baptist, who one day heard John say, "Behold the lamb of God." After hearing those words, they began to follow Jesus.
Then Jesus turned, and seeing them following, said to them, "What do you seek?" John 1:38 NKJV
That question is the same one he asking all believers right now, in a deepest and most personal way, "What do you seek?"
They said to Him, "Rabbi" (Teacher), "where are You staying?" He said to them, Come and see. John 1:38-39 NKJV
These two disciples heard the testimony of John the Baptist (concerning Jesus), and then heard Jesus speak, they believed in him and followed him. This left them with only one thing to seek -
the place where Jesus lives.
I pray that each one of us will come to this same place in our walk with Christ; where there's only one thing left to seek - the place where he lives.
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About the Author
He began to study the language and culture, and became interested in eschatology, from an Old and New Testament perspective. Motivated by the realization that one cannot hope to understand the end times, without first understanding the beginning of all things, his first thesis was written about the Creation Story. It was a word study of the original Hebrew text, with an expanded interpretation of what occurred in the Garden of Eden. This work evolved into the book, "A Beautiful Delusion." Bill has since made available his second book, "The Second Exodus." This work delves into the symbolism and meaning of certain events, holy days, and Hebrew customs that provide a special insight into the Great Tribulation. Will the rapture occur at the beginning, the middle or at the end of the Tribulation? Just below the surface story of the Book of Revelation and John's Gospel; is an allegoric story of how the Church in Philadelphia believers will depart first, followed by those who remain until the middle of the tribulation. The Church in Philadelphia that received the sixth letter (in the Book of Revelation) is a simile for end time believers who see an open door (or portal); and leave this plane of existence (out of the reach of the Anti-Christ); in the same way the Hebrews crossed the Red Sea out of the reach of Pharaoh (who was a likeness of the Anti-Christ).Those who remain until the middle of the Tribulation will be tested by the Anti-Christ, to receive his mark, which is a genetic therapy that re-write a person genome, with the promise of immortal life. The strong delusion of 2Thess 2:9; is nothing more than the age old temptation that Satan offered Eve in the Garden of Eden; do this and "become like God."
Bill has also released his third book, "You Have Not Forgotten My Name," which is an in depth study of God's name.
Bill and his wife Margaret have been married for 38 years. They are originally from Long Island, New York. Their ancestors from both sides of the family tree were "Separatists." Bill and Margaret both share in many of their ancestors views.