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;
Again, it becomes obvious that this is our Lord Jesus speaking to us.
Revelation 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Jesus knows all of our works, this church is no different. He opens doors and He shuts them, but for this church the door is open. The door before them is open because they have even with little strength kept what was given them, His word, not denying Him. The word translated strength here is more often associated with a mighty or supernatural power. This church could be spiritually weak, but true to Him.
But the fact that they are weak makes them strong in the Lord. 2 Corinthians 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (KJV)
Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.
Many Jews in our day are deep into the occult (the realm of Satan). In Jesus’ days on earth His enemies from the Jews were deeply in league with Satan as well. An odd thing happens here. The worship by Satan’s False Jewish hoard of these overcomers.
It is difficult for one to understand this even happening at all, but Jesus is the one who brings this about (this worship), and it is not the worship of Him or of the Father. It is doubtful that this worship would take place during this age. Is it possible that this is the worship of the bride following the marriage feast at the time of the judgment of these enemies of Messiah, and just before their sentences are handed down? I think all of the overcomers will be present for this occasion.
Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
These have kept His word which in some way has required His own patience (the word of His patience). Is Jesus implying His own patience with regard to His coming? Or is His patience required of Him because He awaits our obedience? Consider He says that these have kept the word of His patience. This is strange language, is it thus because He expects us to ponder it in light of all that He has said to us in His message to the churches? Is His an awaiting for the revealing of the sons of God?In the very next verse He is speaking of that very day of that revealing at the time of His coming.
I need to say that I’m not avoiding The Revelation 3:10 hour that is coming, because I’ve recently done a couple of posts focused on that hour. One is titled “Rev 3:10 — Does It Mean Great Tribulation? How Do We Know?” Apr 22, 2019. The other is “Making Sense of Revelation’s Wrath And Jesus’ Coming Without Adding To or Subtracting From What Jesus Sent His Angel to Tell Us”, Apr 27, 2019. These should be read in the order of their posting. They offer proof concerning the meaning of wrath and why this promise is not a promise to escape the Tribulation.
Revelation 3:11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
Not only does the Lord tell us that His coming will be Quickly, but it seems that He is telling them (us) to hold fast to what they (we) have, even as He has done with His message to many of the churches. The absence of this challenge to hold on to the Laodicean Church is most significant. But was this holding on challenge having anything to do with their (our) own patience concerning His coming? And if so why would that be? Remember He had said before: “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience”. If so what may this imply? This may be a Church patiently awaiting His coming in the midst of even tribulations, and they are encouraged to hold fast. Jesus we know had warned of men’s falling both in the Gospels, and here in the messages to the seven churches. There is implied hear a danger to their crown. So what is this crown of which our Lord speaks, and why would it be in danger?
21 times in the New Testament crown is mentioned. Five of those times it is Jesus’ crown of thorns; twice it is Paul’s brethren, who are his crown; once it is Paul’s crown or righteousness, which could also imply our own, but we cannot lose righteousness and enter God’s kingdom. So is this the crown? Two times in Hebrews it is Jesus Crown; Peter speaks of our crown of Glory, but we cannot lose Glory and still enter heaven; then in Revelation 4, it is the crowns of the 24 elders; in Rev 6, it is He who went out on a white horse conquering and to conquer; in Rev 9, it is locusts with crowns; in Rev 12, it is the woman crowned with 12 stars; then in Rev 14, it is one with a sickle who is like a son of man; in Rev 19, Jesus is returning with crowns; and in James and in Rev 2 it is the crown of life. But here to Philadelphia it is your crown (thy crown). What crown would you chose from these three crowns which we are eligible for based on all of these verses revealing what we could possibly lose. There is the crown of righteousness that Paul mentions; the crown of Glory which Peter mentions. And the Crown of life mentioned by both James and the Lord. James says:
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12 NASB
Our Lord says:
10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Revelation 2:10 NASB
So which is it at risk the crown? Can any of us really afford to lose any one of these? But testing is involved with the crown of life, and Jesus says that they will be kept from an hour of testing involving the whole world. Yet, these as part of the seven churches themselves, all of whom need to have ears to hear what is told in Rev. 2:22-23 stating that they the churches will see and learn from great Tribulation.
Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh 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, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.
Again a promise to the overcomer. But it must be only the overcomer who will receive any of the promises to believers in these messages. Is that not the real implication to these seven churches?
Why is it, do you think, that our Lord constantly tells us to hold on to what we have — as in have been given or gifted. Solomon, was given great wisdom, but in his own life, before the time of his end he heeded practically none of his own wise advise. Is this why our Lord is so concerned with us? Is it because we are predictable, and easily led astray by easy believism — neglecting so great a salvation, which is our greatest gift.
Not much is said to the one from these churches, who does not overcome, but there is warning and silence. The silence carries with it a loud warning — maybe even louder than the actual warnings given. Does this overcoming mean the same thing as enduring to the end?
Revelation 3:13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (KJV)
Just as with the other messages this is meant for all of us. No one is allowed to not hear these messages to the churches, even where there is silence. If you refuse to hear these messages, where does that place you with Christ Jesus? In Him there is life eternal. There is one more church that Jesus spoke to from His heart, and we must hear that message also.