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    7 “ And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, “ These things says He who is holy, He who is true, ‘He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:8 “ I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. 9 Indeed I will make those of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but lie—indeed I will make them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept My command to persevere, I ALSO WILL KEEP YOU FROM THE HOUR OF TRIAL WHICH SHALL COME UPON THE WHOLE WORLD, TO TEST THOSE WHO DWELL ON THE EARTH. 11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. 12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. 13 “ He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” ’ (Revelation 3:7-13 NKJV)
    Will YOU be included in that faithful church spoken of by Jesus in John's vision? If so, He promises to KEEP you from that hour of trial that is coming. This word KEEP is the Greek word:
    g5083. τηρέω tēreō; from τερός teros (a watch; perhaps akin to 2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from 5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from 2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), i. e. to note (a prophecy; figuratively, to fulfil a command); by implication, to detain (in custody; figuratively, to maintain); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried):— hold fast, keep (- er), (pre-, re-) serve, watch
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    This has been falsely interpreted to mean the "rapture" but those who teach this, do so to bolster their false doctrine and themselves. This word "keep" (tēreō) is the same word Jesus used in His high priestly prayer in John 17 where He says:
    15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one (John 17:15 NKJV)
    Notice first that Jesus is not praying that the Father take us out of the world. Can you GET THAT? Does God answer every prayer of Jesus? Emphatically YES! Jesus is not praying that we, the church, "escape" through a rapture as many are teaching today. He IS praying that we are KEPT from the evil one. That is, to guard, keep an eye on, protect.

    Holy Spirit has been saying and is still saying that Christians need to walk in Psalms 91. Only with our eyes will we see the reward of the wicked but it will not come near us. This means we will BE there. If not, why then does He say, 1,000 will fall at your SIDE and 10,000 at your RIGHT HAND! You cannot get any clearer than that. If you were not here, how could so many fall at your side or at your right hand?

    Once you've already been tested by the Spirit of the Lord and have passed His test, why would He want to test you again about the same thing. You didn't see that when Abraham was tested. He was put to the test once, passed and never tested again because he was obedient unto the death of God's promise to him. The righteous ones, the ones whom God has already tested in their obedience to Him and His Spirit, will not be tested again. These are those Psalms 91 is speaking of and only with their eyes will they see the reward and destruction of the wicked and it will not come near them.

    Folks, this is GOOD NEWS! Of course it will be sad to see how many will fall away in their faith and turn from Christ but was Christ truly in their hearts from the beginning. Only God knows what the motivation of their hearts consists of and will test them accordingly, to expose their true motives. If they fall away, it is because they never truly believed in their hearts. They will then cry out to the Lord but He will not answer them because their "repentance" is not because they have sinned and offended the Holy One of Israel but because they have been "found out" and only want to get back what they lost. This is the "repentance" of Esau. He was not repenting because he offended God but because he lost his inheritance. Though he sought for with tears, yet God never accepted his form of repentance."

    True repentance can be seen by King David as recorded in Psalms 51. He realized that his sin was against God and that God was holy and just for His righteous judgment regarding that sin. King David sought to have his RELATIONSHIP restored and have his heart purified before the Lord. He sought to be made clean and holy. THIS is the righteous repentance God is looking for in His people. What child is not fearful of the discipline they are about to receive for their offense and are tearfully "repentant".

    It is because of the impending discipline and not because of their offense to their parents. It is the same with how many will "repent" when the judgment of God is revealed in this earth. This is why God rejects their cries. They never loved truth, nor sought instruction in righteousness. They never yielded their will to the will of the Father. The FEAR OF THE LORD was never truly in their hearts and they did according to their own will, sought to find their own pleasure, to speak their own words and not the words of the Lord.

    Those who have been faithful, REJOICE, for your redemption draws near. Those who have not been faithful, REPENT, for your judgment draws nearer than you suppose.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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