Faithful Philadelphia Chapter 15

MESSENGER PREAMBLE FORMULA—3:7 ..... p. 399

  • Description of the suzerain—3:7 .....p. 399
  • The transcendent suzerain is the holy one—3:7b ..... p. 400
  • The transcendent suzerain is the true one—3:7c ..... p. 400
  • The transcendent suzerain has the key of David—3:7d ..... p. 401
  •     Fig. 129. Drawing of a locking mechanism.
  •     Fig. 130. House keys. Cave of the Letters, Nahal Hever.
  • The transcendent suzerain opens and shuts doors—3:7d ..... p. 402

 HISTORICAL PROLOGUE—3:8–9 .....p. 403

  • The suzerain knows their works—3:8a .....p. 403
  • The suzerain knows they have little strength—3:8b ..... p. 405
  • The suzerain knows they have kept his word—3:8c ..... p. 405
  • The suzerain knows they have not denied his name—3:8d ..... p. 406
  • The suzerain knows the enemy—3:9a .....p. 407
  • Forced to come and grovel at your feet—3:9b ..... p. 408
  • The suzerain knows they are loved—3:9c ......p. 409
  •     Fig. 131. Black Obelisk depicting the Israelite King Jehu.
  • The suzerain knows they have kept his word—3:10a ..... p. 410

SANCTIONS: BLESSINGS—3:10A .....p. 411

  • Blessing of being kept from the hour of trial—3:10b ..... p. 411
  • Blessing of the suzerain’s soon coming—3:11a ..... p. 413

ETHICAL STIPULATIONS—3:11B .....p. 415

  • Imperative: Hold fast what you have—3:11b ..... p. 415

SANCTIONS: BLESSINGS—3:12 .....p. 416

  • Blessing of becoming a temple pillar—3:12a ..... p. 417
  •     Fig. 132. The Caryatid Porch of the Erechtheion, Athens.
  •     Fig. 133. Greek inscription on a pillar in the Capernaum synagogue.
  • Blessing of never leaving the temple of God—3:12b ..... p. 421
  • Blessing of wearing the name of God—3:12c ..... p. 421
  • Blessing of wearing the name of the new Jerusalem—3:12d..... p. 422
  • Blessing of wearing God’s new name—3:12e ..... p. 423

PROCLAMATION WITNESS FORMULA—3:13..... p. 424

CONCLUSION .....p. 424

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Figure 173

Kunsthistorisches Museum (no. IX A 79) Photograph by James Steakley, PD Roman cameo of Gemma Augustea (AD 9–12). A depiction of Emperor...