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Philadelphia Earth Tremors
(Revelation 3.7-8)
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"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.'" (Revelation 3.7-8)✞

Asian Christianity

Ancient Philadelphia coinThis sixth letter of seven to Asian cities was addressed to Philadelphia later named Alesir in Turkey. In the letters, we find that those who still dared to live in Philadelphia during the earthquakes were reckoned to be mad. They spent their time shoring up the shaking buildings from the earth tremors and every now and then fleeing to the open spaces for safety.✞

Go Out No More

Earthquake Graph of WaveThe terrible days of the earth tremors were constantly on people's minds, and they waited fearfully for the ground shaking to end. Christians in Philadelphia knew what security lay in the promise in Revelation 3.12 that "they would go out no more" when they had no earthquakes to contend with. John of Patmos wrote, "The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it."

Bastion Christianity

Bastion of Asian ChristianityIn later days, Philadelphia which meant "city of brotherly love" would become a great city. When the Turks and Muslims flooded Asia Minor and every other town had fallen, Philadelphia stood firm against the invaders. For centuries, it was a free Greek Christian city in the midst of a Muslim people. It was the last bastion of Asian Christianity in that area.✞

Faithful Christians

Ruins of PhiladelphiaIt was not until midway through the fourteenth century that Philadelphia eventually fell, but to this day there is still a Christian bishop and a thousand or so Christians there. With the exception of Smyrna, the other Churches addressed in the seven letters in Revelation are now in ruins. Philadelphia however still holds aloft the banner of the Christian faith.✞

"Philadelphia Earth Tremors"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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