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Len Hutsell's End-Times Trumpet Article
"Blow ye the Trumpet in Zion, sound an alarm in My holy mountain...
for the Day of the Lord comes, it is nigh at hand!"
Joel 2:1


Disclaimer - Please Note: Author/Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell is an individual contributor not affiliated with Miracle Revival Center, who provides this webspace as a courtesy to him and his evangelistic team. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and are not to be attributed to, Miracle Revival Center.

The Prophetic Church Of Philadelphia
by Pastor/Evangelist Len Hutsell
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      Over the past few months I have been writing — in this End-Times Trumpet — articles about the prophetic significance of the “Seven Letters To the Seven Churches” in Rev. 2-3, and we have taken note of the fact that because those “Seven Letters” are in a “Book of Prophecy” (Rev. 1:3; Rev. 22:19) they are therefore prophetic in nature. And as we study the “Seven Letters To The Seven Churches” we note that the content of those “Seven Letters” perfectly parallel “seven stages of church history” that have historically occurred during the “Dispensation of the Church”.

      With that in mind, let us take note of the fact that:

1) "The Prophetic Church Of Ephesus" (Rev. 2:1-7) (that I wrote about in End-Times Trumpet — March 2014) — was prophetic of the “Early Apostolic Era Of Church History”.

2) “The Prophetical Church Of Smyrna” (Rev. 2:8-11) (that I wrote about in End-Times Trumpet — April 2014) — was prophetic of the “Late and Post-Apostolic Era Of Church History”.

3) “The Prophetical Church Of Pergamos” (Rev. 2:12-17) (that I wrote about in End-Times Trumpet — May 2014) — was prophetic of the “Pre-Catholic Era Of Church History”.

4) “The Prophetical Church Of Thyatira” (Rev. 2:18-29) (that I wrote about in End-Times Trumpet — August 2014) — was prophetic of the “Catholic Era Of Church History”.

5) “The Prophetic Church Of Sardis” (Rev. 3:1-6) (that I wrote about in End-Times Trumpet — January 2015) — was prophetic of the “Protestant Era Of Church History”.

      Now in this edition of End-Times Trumpet I am writing about “The Prophetic Church Of Philadelphia” (Rev. 3:7-13), which, as we will see, was prophetic of the next significant events in church history that took place after the “Protestant Era Of Church History“ which was the “Great Spiritual Awakenings” that brought about the birth and formation of the Fundamentalist/Full Gospel/Evangelical/Pentecostal/Charismatic Churches.

Rev. 3:7 — “And to the Angel of the Church of Philadelphia write…”

      The name “Philadelphia” means “brotherly love” and is taken from the Greek word “Phileos” which means “brotherly love”, and thus the “Letter To The Church Of Philadelphia” is prophetic of the true born-again believers of the “last days” who have love one for another, even as Jesus said in Jn. 13:35 — “By this shall all men know that you are My Disciples if you have love one for another.”

      The ancient Biblical town of Philadelphia was about 30 miles southeast of the city of Smyrna. It was founded in 189 BC by King Eumenes II of Pergamum who gave it the name of “Philadelphia” (“brotherly love”) because of his love for his brother — Attalus II — who would be his successor. Later on King Attalus III Philometer bequeathed his Kingdom, including Philadelphia, to his Roman allies since he did not have a successor. In 17 AD the ancient city of Philadelphia was destroyed in an earthquake which also destroyed the city of Sardis, but it was then rebuilt by Emperor Tiberius Caesar.

Remaining columns of ancient Byzantine Philadelphia
Fig. 1. Remaining columns of ancient Byzantine Philadelphia — Wayne Blank — Daily Bible Study. (Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Alaşehir location in Turkey
Fig. 2. Alaşehir location in Turkey (Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.org)


      The modern name of the ancient city of Philadelphia is Alasehir, Turkey (which is taken from the Arabic words “Allah shehur” which means “City of God” which is significant of the fact that the true “born-again” (Jn. 3:3) believers do yield their bodies — or “temples” — as “dwelling places” for God.

      The city of Philadelphia had a thriving business in wine, due to the many vineyards that grew in and around Philadelphia. Because of that the Roman “god” Bacchus — the “god of wine” — had many followers there. The prophetic significance of that is the fact that the Pentecostal/Charismatic part of the “Great Spiritual Awakenings” was likened unto the partaking of wine, even as on the “Day Of Pentecost” — in Acts 2:1-4 — when the early church believers received the infilling of the Holy Spirit and began “to speak in unknown tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance” they were accused of being “full of New Wine”(Acts 2:13).

Rev. 3:7 (cont.) — “…these thing says He that is Holy, he that is True, He that has the Key of David, he that opens and no man shuts, and shuts and no man opens.”

      In this Verse we see that Christ reveals Himself to the Church in four ways:

1) “He that is Holy” — Christ is also revealed this way in Heb. 7:26 — “For such a High Priest became us who is Holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher then the heavens.” This means that Christ is perfectly sinless.

2) “He that is True” — Rev. 19:11 also says of Christ that “He is called Faithful and True.” Dr. J. Vernon McGee says: “True means genuine with an added note of perfection and completeness.” This means that Christ will be true to His Word and will do what He says.

3) “He that has the Key of David” — This identifies Christ, in His earthly body, being a Descendent of King David and therefore Heir to the Throne of David. In Rev. 22:16 Christ says: “I am the Root” (Origin of) “and Offspring” (Earthly Descendent of) “of David.”

4) “He that opens and no man shuts and shuts and no man opens” — This shows that Christ has the ultimate authority to open doors and to close doors of ministry and opportunity and advancement.

Rev. 3:8 — “I know your works; behold I have set before you an open door and no man can shut it…”

      This Verse identifies the period of Church History that is portrayed by the “Letter To The Church Of Philadelphia”, and that is the “period of evangelism” of the opening of doors for the preaching of the Gospel to the entire World to prepare the World for the returning of Jesus Christ, even as Jesus foretold in Matt. 24:14 — “And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the World as a witness unto all Nations and then the End will come.” The preaching of the Gospel to all the world came about and is coming about as a result of the “Great Spiritual Awakenings” that began in the 1500’s and is carrying on to this present day.

      After the “Protestant Reformation”, led my former Catholic Priest Martin Luther and prophetically portrayed by the “Letter To The Church Of Sardis”, there — in the 1500’s — came about a split off of the main-line Protestant Denominations by a group of “Fundamentalists” called “Anabaptists” who felt that the Protestant “Reformers” did not go far enough in their “reforms”. The name “Anabaptist” means “one who baptizes again” Concerning this Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia — Vol. 2 — states: “This refers to the Anabaptist practice of Adult Baptism, even in the case of persons who had previously been baptized as infants” (in the pouring of water from a “baptismal fount” over the head of an infant, as is practiced in Roman Catholic Churches and in main-line Protestant Churches). The Anabaptists believed in the paramount importance of a personal faith in Jesus Christ to be openly manifested by Adult Water Baptism in a Baptismal Tank or in an open body of water, like John the Baptist baptized in the Jordan River. Funk and Wagnall’s Encyclopedia states: “In the early 1520’s several religious leaders began to preach Anabaptism in Switzerland, Germany, and Austria and despite persecution” (from the Catholics and main-line Protestants) “rapidly gained adherents in those areas. Anabaptist groups continued to arise in Europe but assumed different names…”

     One important sector of modern “Fundamentalism” that sprang off/split off of the “Anabaptists” were the “Baptists” which is an evangelistic group who has been responsible for much of “World Evangelism” throughout the 20th and 21st Centuries. Britannica Junior Encyclopedia — Vol. 3 — states: “In 1603 a congregation of English separatists under the leadership of John Smyth (who had been Ordained as an Anglican Priest in England in 1594) sought refuge in Holland. After careful study of the Scriptural basis for church membership, Smyth became convinced that only persons capable of giving their life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, should be baptized. He invited his followers to join him in forming a new Church based on that principle, known as the ’Baptists’ in which only those persons who declared themselves to be ’believers’ were Baptized.”

     In 1611 Smyth’s “Baptist Church” split into two separate groups: the “General Baptists” who believed that Christ died on the Cross to save everyone, and the “Particular Baptists” who believed that Salvation was only for the “chosen ones”.

Roger Williams statue by Franklin Simmons
Fig. 3. "Roger Williams statue by Franklin Simmons" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Billy Graham
Fig. 4. Billy Graham (Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.org)


      Britannica continues: “The Baptists, as well as others who desired religious liberty were persecuted in England during the reign of King Charles II. The Baptist principle of religious liberty appealed strongly to a Roger Williams” (who was born into the “Church Of England” but who then became a Puritan at age 12, against the wishes of his father) “a young Puritan Minister who migrated to Massachusetts” (from England) “early in the 17th Century. Williams sought freedom but discovered instead that his fellow Puritans tried to enforce their religious beliefs upon him. So in 1636 he founded, in Providence, Rhode Island, the first Colony to grant complete religious freedom. In 1639 he established what is claimed to be the first Baptist Church in the United States Of America. One of the goals of the Baptists was that of World Evangelism “to preach the Gospel to all the World” so that Jesus might then return, and this has continued right on through the present time through the ministry of Baptist Evangelists like Billy Graham whose ministry became a world-wide ministry of World Evangelism, who, according to his staff has preached in person to more people than any other Protestant/Fundamentalist in the history of the World. According to the statistics of his organization, as of 1993 more then 2.5 Million people have come forward in his Crusades to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. As of 2008 Evangelist Billy Graham’s lifetime audience, including radio and television broadcasts, topped 2.4 Billion.

The First “Great Awakening”

      What has come to be known historically — according to Wikipedia — as “The ‘First Great Awakening’ was an evangelical and revitalization movement that swept Protestant Europe and British America in the 1730’s and 1740’s leaving a permanent impact on American Protestantism which resulted from powerful preaching — from men like Jonathan Edwards, John and Charles Wesley, and George Whitfield — “that gave listeners a sense of deep personal revelation of their need of Salvation by Jesus Christ. The revivalists who encouraged emotional involvement had a deep impact on reshaping the Congregational Church, the Presbyterian Church, the Dutch Reformed Church, the German Reformed Denomination, and strengthened the Baptist and Anglican Denominations. It had little impact, however, on Lutherans, Quakers, and non-Protestants.

Jonathan Edwards
Fig. 5. Jonathan Edwards (Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
      “The ‘First Great Awakening’ Revival began with Jonathan Edwards in Northampton, Massachusetts who came from Puritan and Calvinist roots, but who emphasized — in his preaching — the power of immediate personal religious experience. His sermons were powerful and attracted a large following. He is best remembered for a very powerful moving sermon that he preached during a Revival Meeting in 1741, which has become a classic of American Literature, titled ‘Sinners In The Hands Of An Angry God’.” (Wikipedia)

John Wesley
Fig. 6. Portrait of John Wesley by Frank O. Salisbury (Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
Charles Wesley
Fig. 7. Portrait of Charles Wesley by John Russell (Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.org)


      While Jonathan Edwards was traveling throughout the Eastern part of the United States doing evangelistic preaching, in helping to spark “The Great Awakening”, in the year 1734 an Anglican Evangelist-Preacher named John Wesley, together with his brother — Charles Wesley — began evangelizing in England and Ireland and brought about great revival there as part of “The Great Awakening”. According to Wikipedia, “John Wesley is credited with the evangelical movement of the foundation of Methodism” (the Methodist Church). “His work and writings also played a leading role in the development of the Holiness Movement and also of Pentecostalism. Wesley embraced the Arminian doctrines that dominated the Church Of England at the time. Moving across Great Britain, North America, and Ireland he helped to form and organize small Christian groups that developed intensive and personal accountability, discipleship, and religious instruction. He held that, in this life, Christians could achieve a state where ‘the love of God’ reigned supreme in their hearts.” John Wesley’s brother — Charles Wesley — who traveled and ministered with his brother — is best remembered for the over 6000 hymns that he wrote.

George Whitefield
Fig. 8. "Renowned English open air preacher and evangelist George Whitefield" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
      Another well-known Evangelist who helped to spread “The Great Awakening” in Britain and especially in the American Colonies was George Whitfield, who was one of the founders of Methodism. He attended Pembroke College, Oxford University where he met and came under the influence of the Wesley Brothers. According to Wikipedia: “He became the best-known preacher in Great Britain and North America because he traveled throughout the American Colonies and drew great crowds and news coverage. He joined Jonathan Edwards in his Crusade to spread ‘The Great Awakening’.” Wikipedia states: “He declared the whole World his parish. ‘God’ Whitfield proclaimed ’was merciful. Men and women were not predestined to damnation but could be saved by repenting of their sins. His techniques were copied by numerous imitators, both lay and clerical, who became itinerant preachers themselves spreading ‘The Great Awakening’ from New England to Georgia, among rich and poor, educated and illiterate, in the back country as well as in seaboard towns and cities. Benjamin Franklin became an enthusiastic supporter of Whitfield. He printed Whitfield’s sermons on the front page of his Gazette, devoting 45 issues to Whitfield’s activities which served to spread Whitfield’s fame.”

      According to Wikipedia: “This new style of sermons and the way that people practiced their faith breathed new life into religion in America. Participants became passionately and emotionally involved in their religion, rather then passively listening to intellectual discourses in a detached manner. Ministers who used this new style of preaching were generally called ‘new lights’. ‘The Great Awakening’ however, bitterly divided Congregationalists between ‘The New Lights’ or ‘Armenians’ who welcomed the Revivals and the ‘Old Lights’ or ‘Calvinists’ who used governmental authority to suppress the Revivals.”

      This First “Great Awakening” served to bring the evangelical Gospel to America and it has been from the shores of America that the Gospel message has been taken by Missionaries, and Radio, and Television evangelism as well as printed literature to the entire World, to fulfill the words of Jesus that “this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached as a witness to all Nations and then the End will come.”

Second Great Awakening

      According to Wikipedia, “‘The Second Great Awakening’ was a Protestant Revival Movement that began around 1790 and gained momentum by 1800 and after 1820 it’s membership rose rapidly among Baptist and Methodist congregations.” During this period of time many Baptist Churches in America began sending Missionaries to many other nations and organized National Societies for Home Missions and Christian Publications for the furtherance of the Gospel. Soon the Baptists, together with the Methodists became the two largest Fundamentalist/Protestant church denominations in the United States of America.

Thomas Chalmers
Fig. 9. Thomas Chalmers (Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
      About 1812 Thomas Chalmers, a Scottish Mathematician and a leader in the Free Church Of Scotland began evangelizing preaching what he called “A New Awakening” that then became what history has called the “Second Great Awakening”.

Charles Grandison Finney
Fig. 10. "Second President of Oberlin College Charles Grandison Finney" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
      Another Evangelist/Preacher who was also a leading force in the “Second Great Awakening” was Charles Finney, an American Presbyterian Minister who has been dubbed “The Father of Modern Revivalism.”

     In the newly settled frontier region the “Second Great Awakening” Revival movement — according to Wikipedia — “was implemented through Camp Meetings which was a series of religious services of several days length with Evangelists/Preachers. The sheer exhilaration of participating in a religious Revival with crowds of hundreds and sometimes thousands of people inspired the dancing, shouting, and singing associated with these events, with an emphasis on the individual’s sins and the need to turn to Christ.”

1839 Methodist camp meeting
Fig. 11. Painting of "1839 Methodist camp meeting" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
      Another important Evangelist that played an important part in the “Second Great Awakening” was an Evangelist named Dwight L. Moody who became well known as an Evangelist in the Spring of 1872 during an evangelistic trip to England where he preached about 100 times and came into communion with the Plymouth Brethren. On several occasions he filled a stadium with capacity crowds of 2000 to 4000. In the Botanic Gardens Palace he preached to an audience between 15000 and 30000. Some have claimed that he was the greatest Evangelist of the Century.

Dwight L. Moody
Fig. 12. "Dwight Lyman Moody, Preacher, Evangelist and Publisher" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)


      "The Second Great Awakening" served to enroll many new members in existing evangelical denominations and led to the formation of many new denominations, which many believed was heralding a ‘New Millennial Age’ before the anticipated "Second Coming Of Jesus Christ."

Charles Fox Parham
Fig. 13. Charles Fox Parham (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
      In the early 1900’s another “Spiritual Awakening” —a great “Pentecostal Revival” — which ultimately brought about the formation of many “Pentecostal” churches like the Assemblies of God, the Church of God, the United Pentecostal Denomination, and the Foursquare Church — broke out as a result of the initial ministry of a former Methodist Preacher — Charles F. Parham — establishing a Bible School in Topeka, Kansas called Bethel that was established to find out exactly what it was that made the “Early Church” of the New Testament so effective in reaching the society of their day with the Gospel message, and in their studies the students arrived at the conclusion that it was the experience of the “Infilling of the Holy Spirit”, which they then began praying and seeking the Lord for, which resulted in the “Outpouring of the Holy Spirit” upon their group beginning on the date of Jan. 1, 1901. This came about as the students held a “Watchnight Service” at Bethel on Dec. 31, 1900 and then the next evening — Jan. 1, 1901 — they also held a worship service and it was that evening that a Agnes Ozman felt impressed to ask to be prayed over for her to receive “the fullness of the Holy Spirit”. Immediately after being prayed for she began to speak “in tongues”, and shortly thereafter one-by-one the various students also received that experience of being “Baptized in the Holy Spirit” which then sparked a “Revival of Pentecostalism” as Newspapers from all around the World began reporting on “Pentecost at Topeka”.

William J. Seymour
Fig. 14. William J. Seymour — "Leader of the Azusa Street Revival" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
      One of Parham’s students was a black man named William Seymour, who then took the Pentecostal message to California where he established what has come to be known historically as the “Azuza Street Revival” in Los Angeles, California. Wikipedia states: “The Azuza Street Revival was a historic Pentecostal Revival Meeting that took place in Los Angeles, California and is the origin of the Pentecostal Movement. It was led by William J. Seymour, an African American Preacher. It began with a meeting on April 9, 1906 and continued until roughly 1915. The Revival was characterized by ecstatic spiritual experiences, speaking in tongues, and interracial mingling. Today the Azuza Street Revival is considered by historians to be the primary catalyst for the spread of Pentecostalism in the 20th Century.”

312 Azusa Street, Los Angeles, California, prior to its purchase by the revivalists.
Fig. 15. "312 Azusa Street, Los Angeles, California, prior to its purchase by the revivalists." (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
      It was a result of this Azuza Street Revival that most of the modern Pentecostal denominations were formed which includes the Assemblies of God which is the largest of the Pentecostal denominations. Wikipedia states: “In 1914 a group of 300 white Pentecostal Ministers and laymen from all regions of the United States gathered in Hot Springs, Arkansas to create a new national Pentecostal fellowship: The General Council of the Assemblies Of God. These white Ministers had been nominally affiliated with C.H. Mason’s African-American Church Of God In Christ, but by 1911 many of them had become dissatisfied with the existing arrangement. Thus the creation of the Assemblies of God marked an official end of Pentecostal doctrinal unity.” The A/G also set a goal of “World Evangelism”.

      The article on “Pentecostalism” by Wikipedia stated: “The three-year long Azuza Street Revival in Los Angeles, California resulted in the spread of Pentecostalism throughout the United States and the rest of the World as visitors carried the Pentecostal experience back to their home churches or else felt called to go to the Mission Field,” to carry this Gospel Message to prepare the world for the coming of Jesus Christ.

      In the 1960’s another “wave of revival” broke out beginning on the West Coast of America termed “The Jesus Movement” as many “hippie” young people from the drugs and rock and roll culture began turning to Christ as “Jesus People”. Wikipedia states: “The Jesus Movement was restorationist in theology, seeking to return to the original life of the early Christians. As a result, ‘Jesus People’ often viewed churches, especially those in the United States, as apostate, and took a decidedly counter cultural political stance in general. The theology of the Jesus Movement also called for a return to simple living and asceticism in some cases. The Jesus People had a strong belief in miracles, signs and wonders, faith, healing, prayer, the Bible, and powerful works of the Holy Spirit. A miracle-filled Revival at Asbury College in 1970 grabbed the attention of the mainstream media and became known nation-wide.” The “Jesus People” Movement spread throughout North America and Europe in the 1970’s.

      In the 1960’s and 1970’s another “Stream of Revival” broke out, this time mainly among people of main-line Protestant denominations, which Revival became known as the “Charismatic Renewal”. The high church wing of the American Episcopal Church was the first to feel the impact of the new “Charismatic Movement” according to Wikipedia: “The beginning of the Charismatic Movement usually dates to Easter 1960 when Dennis Bennett, Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Van Nuys, California recounted his Pentecostal experience to his Parish. The resulting controversy and press coverage created an awareness of the emerging Charismatic Movement” which continued into the 1970’s and 1980’s mainly in the Episcopal Church, Lutheran Church, and Catholic Church. Some of the leaders of the Charismatic Movement were “Faith Preachers” televangelists like Oral Roberts, Kenneth Copeland, and Kenneth Hagin.
Oral Roberts
Fig. 16. Oral Roberts (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)

      Oral Roberts — according to Wikipedia — “was an American Methodist-Pentecostal televangelist and Christian Charismatic. He founded the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association and Oral Roberts University. As one of the most well-known and controversial American religious leaders of the 20th Century, Roberts preached and emphasized ‘Seed Faith’. His ministries reached millions of followers worldwide spanning a period of over six decades. His healing ministry and bringing American Pentecostalism into the mainstream had the most impact but he also pioneered TV Evangelism and laid the foundations of the ‘prosperity gospel’ and ‘abundant life’ teachings.
312 Azusa Street, Los Angeles, California, prior to its purchase by the revivalists.
Fig. 17. Kenneth Erwin Hagin (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
      Kenneth Hagin was an influential American Pentecostal/Charismatic preacher — one of the leaders in the Charismatic Movement — often referred to as “the father of the Word of Faith movement”.

Kenneth and Gloria on The Believer's Voice of Victory
Fig. 18. "Kenneth and Gloria on The Believer's Voice of Victory" (Photo/Caption Credit: www.wikipedia.org)
      Kenneth Copeland and his wife — Gloria — also one of the leaders of the Charismatic Movement — is an American author, musician, public speaker, and televangelist. He attended Oral Roberts University where he became acquainted with Oral Roberts and became the chauffeur for Oral Roberts.

      One of the latest “Revival Movements” to take place was a 5-year Revival, known as the “Pensacola Outpouring” at Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida that began on the date of Father’s Day June 18, 1995 and lasted until 2000. “Characteristics of the Brownsville Revival movement, as with other Christian religious Revivals, included acts of repentance by parishioners, and a call to Holiness, inspired by the manifestations of the Holy Spirit.” (Wikipedia) The Evangelist for that Revival was Steve Hill and the Pastor of Brownsville Assembly Of God was John Kilpatrick. “The primary part of the Revival ended in 2000 when Evangelist Steve Hill moved on to pursue other works.” (Wikipedia). Wikipedia states: “During the Revival nearly 200,000 people claimed to have given their lives to Jesus.” Thousands of Pastors visited the Brownsville Revival to return to their own churches to spark outbreaks of Revival in their churches as well.

      The evangelistic “Revival Movement” of carrying the Gospel to all the World has continued through Missionary activities of various Evangelical and Pentecostal denominations like the Missionary activities of Fundamentalist organizations like Baptist Churches and of Pentecostal organizations like the Assemblies of God, and through “televangelism” ministries like that of former Assembly of God Evangelists Jim Baker (and his former “PTL Club”), and Jimmy Swaggart (cousin of famous rock and roll/country music singer Jerry Lee Lewis), Charismatic Baptist televangelist Pat Robertson (and his “700 Club“ TV ministry), and miracle ministry televangelist Benny Hinn (who is a protege of the deceased miracle ministry Evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman).

      Through all of these various “Spiritual Awakenings” and “Revival Movements” in the Fundamentalist/Full Gospel/Evangelical/Pentecostal/Charismatic churches, which also resulted in World Evangelism, God was “opening doors that no man could shut” for the preaching of the Gospel as a witness to all Nations, preparing the World for the returning of Jesus Christ!

      Rev. 3:8 — “I know your works; behold I have set before you an open door and no man can shut it.”

      This Verse which primarily was prophetic of the “open doors” of Evangelism that has taken place during the “Era of the Spiritual Awakenings” which gave birth to the Fundamentalist/Full Gospel/Evangelical/Pentecostal/Charismatic churches, also had a 2nd prophetic meaning which is that it also prophetically refers to the event of the “Rapture Of The Church” which is portrayed as an “Open Door into Heaven” in Rev. 4:1 — “After this I looked and behold a Door was opened in Heaven and the first voice that I heard was like a Trumpet talking with me which said ‘Come up here!’”.

      The “Open Door into Heaven” that John sees in this Verse also relates to the “open door” promised to the “Prophetic Church Of Philadelphia” (the Fundamentalist/Full Gospel/Evangelical/Pentecostal/Charismatic/“born-again” and “Spirit-filled” believers of “the last days”), which is the event of the “Rapture Of The Church”, which is also announced with the “sounding of a trumpet”, foretold in I Thess. 4:13-17 — “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep” (the “dead-in-Christ who died as “believers”) that you sorrow not as others who have no hope.
     “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so those also who sleep in Jesus” (who died as “believers”) “will God” (Jesus Christ — the Son of God) “bring with Him.
     “For this we say to you by the Word of the Lord, that we” (“born-again” “believers”) “who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord will not prevent” (the resurrection of) “those” (“believers”) “who are asleep” (dead).
      “For the Lord Himself” (Jesus Christ) “will descend” (come down) “from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of an Archangel, and with the Trump Of God, and the dead-in-Christ will rise first.
     “Then we” (“born-again” “believers”) “who are alive and remain” (alive upon the Earth) “will be caught up” (“Raptured”) “together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air” (and then to be transported into Heaven, passing through “the open door into Heaven”) “and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

      The event of the “Rapture Of The Church” is what is also referred to prophetically to the Prophetic Church Of Philadelphia (the “born-again” Fundamentalist/Full Gospel/Evangelical/”Spirit-filled” Pentecostal/Charismatics Christians of “the last days”) in:

Rev. 3:10 — “Because you have kept the word of My patience” (“because you have been faithful to Me”) “I will also keep you” (by way of the event of the “Rapture Of The Church”) “from the Hour Of Temptation” (the “Great Tribulation” — Matt. 24:21) “that will come upon all the World to try those who dwell upon the Earth.”

      The way in which the “Philadelphian Believers” of “the Last Days” will be “kept” from going through the events of the “Great Tribulation” will be by virtue of the fact that they will be “Raptured” into Heaven to be with the Lord before that event takes place upon the Earth, or at the time that it is getting ready to begin transpiring upon the Earth. This promise is also foretold in the next Verse:

Rev. 3:11 — “Behold I come quickly so hold fast to that” (Salvation) “which you have, so that no man can take away your Crown” (your Heavenly reward).

      There are rewards in Heaven for those who are faithful to the Lord so as the Lord is giving this promise to the “Philadelphian Church Age Believers” that He is coming for them in the event of the “Rapture Of The Church” so that they will not have to endure the “tribulations” of the “Great Tribulation” and the reign of the Antichrist, He also admonishes them (us) to keep being faithful to Him so that we will not lose the reward that is waiting for them (us) in Heaven.

Rev. 3:8 — “For you have a little strength and you have kept My Word and you have not denied My Name.”
      The “strength” for the Church is the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that the “believer” receives when he/she receives the “Baptism In The Holy Spirit”, even as Acts 1:8 says: “You shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you…” Even though some of the “last days” “Philadelphian Church Age Believers” have received that experience while others of that Church Age have not, yet even those who have received that “empowerment” by receiving the “Baptism In the Holy Spirit” are not fully utilizing that “power” to the extent that the Early Church “Spirit-filled” believers did so the Lord says that they only have “a little strength”. However the Lord still commends them for not “denying His Name”, and for “keeping His Word”.

Rev. 3:9 — “Behold I will make those of the ‘Synagogue Of Satan’, who say that they are Jews and are not, but do lie; behold I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.”

      This Verse is a prophetic promise to the “Philadelphian Church Age” “last days” believers that one day — which will occur at the time of the “Great White Throne Judgement” (Rev. 20:11-15) — that those who professed to be Christians (“spiritual Jews”) but who were not true genuine “born-again” Christians, who the Lord, therefore, judged to actually be the “Synagogue Of Satan”, will have to, at that day — the day of the “Great White Throne Judgment” — bow before the true “born-again” believers to acknowledge that they — the “Synagogue Of Satan” — will have to suffer eternal judgment and suffering in the eternal Lake Of Fire while the true “born-again” believers will get to enjoy all the wonders of Heaven forever, and that they — the “Synagogue Of Satan” — will know that the Lord truly loved the true “born-again” believers who chose to give their lives to Jesus Christ and live for Him and serve Him, while they — the “Synagogue Of Satan” — chose not to give their lives to Jesus Christ and thus they, from then on, will have to suffer torment in the eternal Lake Of Fire forever and ever.

Rev. 3:12 — “He that overcomes will I make a Pillar in the Temple of My God and he shall go no more out, and I will write upon him the Name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is ‘New Jerusalem’ that comes down out of Heaven from My God, and I will write upon him My new Name.”

      The promise to the Overcomers, given to the “last days” “Philadelphian Church Age” believers is that they will be claimed by Christ and by God the Father as being a resident of the Heavenly “New Jerusalem” (described in Rev. 21-22) by having the Name of God and of Christ and of the “New Jerusalem” inscribed (spiritually) upon them.

      And the secondarily promise to the Overcomers is that as long as they are still alive on the Earth, waiting for Jesus to come for them, that He — Jesus Christ — will make them strong and stable like a “Pillar” so that they will not lose their faith in Christ and “go out” from the Church and be “lost”.

Rev. 3:13 — “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the Churches.”

      This letter, like the 5 “Letters To The Churches” before it, also ends with the admonition for the believers to be listening to what the Lord says to them and to take heed to it to obey it: “let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches.”


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