I will not attempt to get into a LONG discussion as to why this is NOT about an escape plan (rapture) Standard for Churchesfor Christians. Suffice it to say most modern renderings and interpretations do not do the original Greek or context justice (See Below).
What is important is the fact that the Lord singles out the Church at Philadelphia for their endurance (KJV= Word of Patience, NASB = Perseverance). There is no negativity imposed upon this church, only praise and the promise of reward(s).
My question today is simple, would your church meet the standard of the church of Philadelphia? Would you?
Pray with me that God would preserve us till the day he calls us home to Glory or He returns:
Lord, deliver me from every evil work and preserve me to thy heavenly kingdom, 2 Timothy 4:18(KJV) being kept from falling, that I may be presented faultless at the coming of thy glory, with exceeding joy. Jude 1:24(KJV)
Lord, make me to increase and abound in love, towards your people and towards all men, that my heart may be established unblameable in holiness before God, even my Father, at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13(KJV)
If Satan desires to have me that he may sift me as wheat, yet let Christ’s intercession prevail for me, that my faith fail not. Luke 22:31-32(KJV)
Build me up, I pray thee, in my most holy faith, and keep me in the love of God, looking for the mercy of my Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. Jude 1:20-21(KJV)
Grant that I may continue to call upon thee as long as I live, Psalm 116:2(KJV) and till I die may I never remove my integrity from me; and that my righteousness I may hold fast, and never let it go, and my heart may not reproach me so long as I live. Job 27:5-6(KJV)