“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” (Revelation 3:9)
Remember where the “synagogue of Satan” was first established by those who “say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie”? Earlier in Smyrna (see Revelation 2:9) these false worshipers were established right around where the true worshipers worship. Now we find that later in Philadelphia that there are still some of these “false Jews” (or false Christians) hanging around. These people are more mindful of the approval of men than they are of pleasing and worshiping God. These kind of people can be staunchly religious minded and they will even hang around where the true worshipers have a “little strength”; where even the doors of true spiritual understanding and light have been opened.
“For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” (Romans 2:28-29)
Spiritual earthquakes have happened throughout history, but I would like to bring our attention to a great spiritual earthquake and shaking of people that happened starting around 1880; due to the strength and clarity of the message preached by a true, Holy Ghost anointed ministry. This caused sincere true worshipers to be gathered together as one in true Bible love and in honour and praise to God. When the confusion of different conflicting: doctrines, churches, interpretations, and revelations are removed and people worship in agreement and in the true love of God, then the confused and the sinner can be convicted of their error, and they will acknowledge the reality of God working amongst his true people:
“But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of all: And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on his face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth. How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.” (1 Corinthians 14:24-26)
The effect of people in heart felt agreement and in true unity and love worshiping God in truth, (especially in the middle of tribulation and persecution) has always had a spiritual shaking and fearful effect on people:
“And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:25-30)
Not everyone is as honest as the keeper of the prison at Thyatira. Some out of fear will acknowledge that God is working amongst the true church of God, but that does not mean that they themselves have really fully repented of false doctrine and devisive attitudes. Two examples stand out in the book of the Acts of the Apostles:
- Ananias and his wife Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11)
- Simon the sorcerer (Acts 8:5-24)
Although both of these acknowledged that God was working amongst his true people and “put on” that they were also fully woshipping, the reality was that they were doing what they did to be seen and religiously accepted of men. In their hearts they really were not right with God.
Although people are shaken and amazed by a true ministry revealing the truth, when Jesus states that “I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee” he is not advocating that people should worship men. He is simply stating the fact that Jesus will make them acknowledge the truth working in true Christians. Even later in Revelations when the Apostle John was amazed by the angel messenger revealing the Revelations to him, that preacher told him to only worship God:
“And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.” (Revelation 22:8-9)
What Jesus is saying is that these who “hang around” where the true worshippers are will be made to show honour and respect, for Jesus himself will put fear into their hearts by his very presence and authority amongst them. The shaking of the preaching of solid truth and true worship cannot be ignored:
- “The sons of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despise thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The City of the LORD, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel. Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.” (Isaiah 60:14)
- “The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.” (Proverbs 14:19)
- “See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:25-29)
Jesus said concerning these “which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” They are going to understand that Jesus loves these that have held true to loving him and have suffered for standing against false teachings and false churches:
- “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” (John 15:9-12)
- “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (John 17:20-23)
- “And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Rev 7:13-18)
When Jesus opens the doors of heaven, there are still those who “hang around” but still do not fully let go of their own way; and they eventually lose out:
“Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.” (Luke 13:23-30)
Those who have placed their own way “last” shall be “first” in Jesus’ Kingdom. But those who have put their way “first” shall be “last”. We live in a very selfish age where people want to be a part of the Kingdom, and yet place their plans and their ways first. That way has never been accepted by Christ, and never will. Putting your plans and ways first is a fools game, yet many are still trying to play and win at it.