We are in the Philadelphian church age

May 25, 2008 by: KJVOnly

Through the years there has been a lot of discussion as to which of the 7 churches (mentioned in Revelation 2 and 3) applies to us today. Rightly dividing the King James Bible answers this question for us. Let’s see what God’s Word has to say.


The 7 churches are:

  • Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7)
  • Smyrna (Revelation 2:8-11)
  • Pergamos (Revelation 2:12-17)
  • Thyatira (Revelation 2:18-29)
  • Sardis (Revelation 3:1-6)
  • Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13)
  • Laodiceans (Revelation 3:14-22)

The very first thing that jumps out is that the last church is the only one that doesn’t directly name a place. All the other churches start “And to the angel of the church in … write;” but the last one is “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans”. We know that Laodicea is a place, because Paul mentions it in Colossians 2:1 and Colossians 4:13-16.

  1. For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

Colossians 2:1 KJV

  1. For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and for them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.
  2. Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
  3. Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
  4. And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.

Colossians 4:13-16 KJV

Revelation 1:11 likewise mentions the city in the list of the seven churches.

  1. Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

Revelation 1:11 KJV

So if Laodicea is a city, why not just mention it the same way as the other 6? Because, as we will see, Laodicea represents the time of the tribulation. The way of living during the tribulation is far different than what’s come before. God is emphasizing this by listing the 7th church a different way.


The promises made to the first 5 churches (“He that overcometh…”) are different than the promises made to the Philadelphian church.

Let’s look at some of the warnings to each church, and the promises made.

Ephesus:

  1. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.
  2. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
  3. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Revelation 2:5-7 KJV

Smyrna:

  1. Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
  2. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Revelation 2:10-11 KJV

Pergamos:

  1. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
  2. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Revelation 2:16-17 KJV

Thyatira:

  1. But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
  2. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
  3. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
  4. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
  5. And I will give him the morning star.

Revelation 2:24-28 KJV

Sardis:

  1. Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
  2. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
  3. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 3:3-5 KJV

Philadelphia:

  1. Because thou hast kept the word of thy 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.
  2. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
  3. 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.

Revelation 3:10-12 KJV

Laodiceans:

  1. And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
  2. I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
  3. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
  4. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
  5. I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
  6. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
  7. Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
  8. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Revelation 3:14-21 KJV

Just for good measure:

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Revelation 2:7a KJV

Revelation 2:11a KJV

Revelation 2:17a KJV

Revelation 2:29 KJV

Revelation 3:6 KJV

Revelation 3:13 KJV

Revelation 3:22 KJV


  • The promises to the first five churches all talk about “holding fast unto the end”, “faithful unto death”, etc. Yet the Philadelphian church has none of that.
  • The other churches are warned that they can still lose their place, their reward, their very salvation but the Philadelphian church isn’t.
  • The crown that the other churches will receive has ALREADY been received by the Philadelphian church!
  • The church in Pergamos is promised that each man will receive a new name. The Philadelphian church will have the name of God, the name of the city of God and the new name of Jesus Christ.

The statements made to the Philadelphian church match Paul’s gospel in his epistles.
We don’t have to worry about losing our salvation because we have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, the SAME Spirit that made the promises to the churches!

  1. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
  2. Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Ephesians 1:13-14 KJV

As we are living by the faith OF Christ today, he would have to fall and err for us to lose our salvation. He would have to deny himself. We know that cannot happen! He cannot err and he cannot deny himself.

  1. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20 KJV

  1. If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

2 Timothy 2:13 KJV


In Revelation 3:10 we are commended for holding “the word of my patience”. 1 Corinthians 13:10 shows us “the word of my patience” refers to the King James Bible.

  1. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

1 Corinthians 13:10 KJV

When the King James Bible came along and was polished, all “that which is in part” was done away. Prophesying, visions, healings, all the gifts needed to give the Word to people were no longer needed.

Also, it’s only by rightly dividing the King James Bible that we can even understand God’s patience. A major industry today is predicting the Last Days. There is so much confusion out there as to the mode of salvation, is baptism needed, what’s the proper way to take communion, etc. Rightly dividing the King James Bible clears that all up.

If it wasn’t for the King James Bible rightly divided we wouldn’t know that God was being patient, and waiting for the “fulness of the Gentiles” to finish before commencing the tribulation. To quote my pastor, “We’re in ‘the Pause that Refreshes'”.

  1. For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.

Romans 11:25 KJV

So, we cannot lose our salvation because it’s not us living today! We’re dead, crucified with Christ. As I mentioned earlier, we’ve already received the crown of life because we’ve been sealed with the Holy Spirit and have Christ living in us. We also are already sitting in heavenly places. We don’t have to fear!

  1. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
  2. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
  3. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
  4. That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 2:4-7 KJV


Another thing to note is that we are the body of Christ, the temple of the Holy Spirit. We will not be separate from Christ because we are Christ’s body! We will be the dwelling of God.

  1. Know ye not, that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth within you?

1 Corinthians 3:16 KJV

  1. And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

2 Corinthians 6:16 KJV


The other point I wanted to make about “the word of my patience” was that the word will be removed from the earth at the time of the rapture. Since we have the word with us in the King James Bible, the rapture can’t have come yet.

  1. Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.

Jeremiah 7:34 KJV

  1. For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride.

Jeremiah 16:9 KJV

  1. Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.

Jeremiah 25:10 KJV

  1. The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.

Jeremiah 33:11 KJV

Notice how all these verses mention the bride and the bridegroom. Who is referred to as the bridegroom? Christ! Who is referred to as the bride? We are! If the voice of the bride and the voice of the bridegroom will be removed, then we will be removed at the Rapture! We will not be made to go through the Tribulation because we won’t be here!

Notice also the several mentions of “desolate”. Daniel spoke of “the abomination that maketh desolate” in several verses. That is further proof those verses in Jeremiah are speaking of the Rapture and then the Tribulation.


The last point is one key verse in the book of James. The entire book is written to the people in the Tribulation. Look at James 5:9.

  1. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

James 5:9 KJV

Compare that with Revelation 3:20.

  1. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

Revelation 3:20 KJV

Revelation 3:20 is mis-used so often today as a picture of salvation. I am greatly saddened that they are missing the glorious truth.

Notice how the two verses have “behold” and someone standing at the door. James says the judge standeth before the door and Jesus says he is standing at the door! Guess what? Jesus IS the judge! How can we use that verse today when it is not written TO us?!?

Not only that but all mentions of “the door” in the New Testament are in the Gospels, Acts, James and Revelation. Paul doesn’t mention “the door” at all!

How can Jesus come in and sup with us if we are dead? Look again at Galatians 2:20.

  1. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20 KJV

We are crucified with Christ. He lives in our place, not “with” us.


Dear reader, please do not allow modern preachers and Bibles to confuse the issue. The ONLY way to understand what’s going on today is to take God at His Word and His Word is ONLY found in the King James Bible.

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