Features of the Church of Philadelphia (1): Accepting God’s New Name
Revelation chapter 3 mentions, “and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, … and I will write on him My new name.” As we know, the Book of Revelation is a book of prophecies, and “My new name” clearly refers to the Lord having a new name when He returns, and since He has a new name, He cannot be called “Jesus” again — this is for certain. Therefore, that which the people of the church of Philadelphia pray to and call on will not be the name “Jesus,” but rather it will be God’s name in the new age. It is just like when the Lord Jesus came to perform His work in the beginning, when those who accepted His redemption no longer called on the name of Jehovah God, but instead prayed in the name of the Lord Jesus. We can therefore be sure that the church of Philadelphia will be the church that accepts God’s new name. This is the first feature of the church of Philadelphia.
So what is the new name of God? Revelation 1:8 says, “I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 19:6 says, “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunder, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God Almighty reigns.” And in many verses, such as Revelation 16:14, it is prophesied that the Lord’s new name shall be “the Almighty,” meaning Almighty God. We can therefore be certain that the name “the Almighty” is indeed God’s new name as prophesied in Revelation, and that it is the name of God as He works in the last days. As long as we find which church in the world is testifying the name “Almighty God”, we can find the church of Philadelphia. Tomorrow we will continue a detailed fellowship on the second feature of the church of Philadelphia at the same time, please stay tuned!
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