Q. Thank you for you ministry, Jack. I’ve been thinking lately on how there are references to the “synagogue of Satan”? and “those who claim to be Jews but are not”? in the only two churches which receive the Lord’s commendation in Revelation 2 and 3 (Smyrna and Philadelphia).
In the case of Philadelphia I’m wondering if it refers to the replacement theology prevalent in Catholicism and many protestant denominations. I’ve always considered that this theology is a great offense to God as it denies the glory accorded to His Son, denies His covenants with Israel and denies the truth of His prophetic Word.
I think it is significant also that of all the 7 Churches in Revelation 2 and 3 it is to the church of Philadelphia that the Lord says he holds the “key of David”?. The modern period of Philadelphia coincided with Zionism and the resurgence of the pre-millennial interpretation of prophecy. What are your thoughts on this?