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The Church In Philadelphia
Philadelphia, from the Greek word (pronounced) fil-ad-ale-fee-awh, was an ancient city in Lydia (a province in western Asia Minor i.e. Turkey). It was founded approximately 159-138 B.C. by Attalus II Philadelphus of Pergamum and named from the king's love for his brother Eumenes II. In the original Greek, the word means love for a brother, whether a sibling, or in a larger sense, affiliation (the "phil" in Philadelphia and the "fil" in affiliation have the same root).
Due primarily to the efforts of the apostle Paul (who was also born in Turkey, at Tarsus), Christianity at first grew most widely, on its way to Europe, through Turkey (see Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey). Local churches of the one and only true Church of God were founded there, including at Philadelphia. It was to seven of those local groups that Jesus Christ addressed the book of Revelation:
"1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ [see Apocalypse], which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John" (Revelation 1:1 KJV)
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches"
The "seven churches" were contemporary in existence, not successive. What was spoken to them by Christ were lessons in behavior to everyone, that each of the seven displayed most i.e. each was an example of something good or bad (see Christian Living).
"3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write;