We are to go out from among the unbelievers in the churches when we shall hear His voice as He shall open up the Scriptures to our understanding in this coming time. Many will reject what they hear in favor of man’s private interpretations and will not recognize the coming of the Lord as He will send out His people … “strangers” …to speak to the churches. They will only see “strangers” and not the Lord and will be forgetful to “entertain” strangers….forgetting to let brotherly love continue as commanded by our Lord. They will be found “sleeping” at the worst possible time of their lives. Instead of giving “meat” in due season as Abraham did to the men/angels that came to his tent (being hospitable), there will be those who will think that the Lord delays His coming (not recognizing that the Lord is with these men in their words) and will begin to “beat” upon those who will be sent to speak to them the Lord’s words. They will “beat” upon them….prating against them with malicious words. They will join along with others and follow after their pernicious ways.....eating and drinking....taking pleasure with others in their unrighteousness. Luke 12:42-46 KJV (42) And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? (43) Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. (44) Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. (45) But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; (46) The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. Abraham did not “beat” upon the 3 men that showed up at his tent. He sat in the “tent door”….that is, he kept his mouth from speaking in anger (in the “heat” of the day). He was found serving “meat” in due season. He recognized the coming of the Lord…..for the LORD appeared unto Him ….with the 3 men. Genesis 18:1-8 KJV (1) And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; (2) And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, (3) And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: (4) Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: (5) And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said. (6) And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. (7) And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it. (8) And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. The church in Philadelphia….meaning “brotherly love”…will be found with “little strength”. They shall be found keeping His Word: to have love for one another….when the “open door”…the open mouth speaks His words to their ears. They will not be harsh in their response toward what they hear the “open door” speaking but shall show gentleness….meekness…. “little strength”. They will not deny His “name”…that is, His authority as they will follow the commandment of the King. Their "works" shall be found faithful to His commandments at the most crucial time.....at their visitation by the Lord. Revelation 3:7-8 KJV (7) And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; (8) I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. If we are the children of Abraham….that is, the children of FAITH, we shall also do the “works of Abraham” who did treat the 3 men that showed up to his tent with brotherly love…..being hospitable and entertaining them. But some will seek to “kill” the men sent by Him with their evil words and false accusations. They will be found without the Word…..the Saying: to have love for one another….in their hearts when they shall hear the Truth spoken to their ears. John 8:34-41 KJV (34) Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. (35) And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. (36) If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (37) I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. (38) I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. (39) They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. (40) But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. (41) Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. We may call ourselves “Abraham’s children”….people of FAITH, but FAITH WITHOUT GOOD WORKS is DEAD. We may believe there is one God but without DOING HIS COMMANDMENTS, then our faith is “dead” as the body without the spirit is dead. We are then found a "dead church"....even though we may have all faith in Him. James 2:18-26 KJV (18) Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (19) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (20) But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (21) Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? (22) Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? (23) And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. (24) Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. (25) Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? (26) For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. The Son of man comes in an hour that we think not….therefore, we are to be ready always by remembering to behave with brotherly love towards all strangers who come speaking His words. We are to be found giving “meat” in due season….displaying our faith with good works toward “strangers”. Blessed are those servants whom their Lord shall find doing so. They will not deny His authority but shall follow His commandments. Matthew 24:44-47 KJV (44) Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. (45) Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? (46) Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. (47) Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. How good it is……a word spoken in due season towards what they will hear. Proverbs 15:23 KJV (23) A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it! The church in “Sardis” ….meaning “red ones”….will be found not waking up to brotherly love as they will defile their garments by treading under foot the Son of God, and counting the blood of the covenant, wherewith they are sanctified as an unholy thing, and will be found doing despite unto the Spirit of grace. They have a name that they live but are “dead”….for FAITH WITHOUT GOOD WORKS IS DEAD. We may say we have faith in God (that we LIVE because of faith only) but if we do not His commandments, then our faith is dead just as the body without the spirit is dead. If we trample upon what we hear…defiling our garments and count the blood of the covenant a common thing, then we will not be found watching and He will come upon us at an hour that we think not. Revelation 3:1-6 KJV (1) And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. (2) Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. The “works” of many that have faith but yet shall disregard the covenant of brotherly love shall be found not perfect before God when they will hear His Word of Truth spoken to them by the Spirit. "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only". We are to remember to have love for one another and hold fast to that and change our minds from our wicked thoughts and ways. 3) Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee. (4) Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. (5) He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. We are to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches….and not behave with evil against what we hear. (6) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. The Son of man shall come in an hour that we think not….and speaking through those who are sent by Him. Those who will hear them shall hear Him and those who will despise them shall despise Him. He shall come with all the “holy angels”…all of the words of the biblical saints interpreted through the Spirit. He shall open up the “Book” to our understanding and we shall be judged according to how we react as the hearts of men shall be judged by what comes out of their mouths. Matthew 25:31-46 KJV (31) When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: (32) And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: (33) And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. The opening up of the Scriptures shall separate the sheep from the goats by how they will react to “strangers” coming to preach His words....the "holy angels"....the holy messengers. Those who will not deny His “name”…His authority…will be found doing His Word: to have brotherly love. We acknowledge Him as King by doing His commandments. (34) Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: They will be hospitable to those least brothers of Him sent out to preach the Word of truth to their ears. They will let brotherly love continue and will entertain the holy "angels"...the words of our Lord. (35) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: (36) Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. They will be “strangers” at first…..as they will not see that the Lord is with the “least of these” brothers of His… at first. But what they will do unto those brothers shall be seen as doing unto Him. (37) Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? (38) When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? (39) Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? (40) And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. But those who will be found “sleeping” ….forgetting to let brotherly love continue….shall be tormented by the fire that is their tongue. The “everlasting fire” is prepared for the devil (false accuser) and his “angels”….his messengers….his evil words. (41) Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: They will not remember to let love rule even when “strangers” shall come to their “tents”. They will be found without good works as they will prate against the strangers with malicious words…..the devil’s “angels”. (42) For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: (43) I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. (44) Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? (45) Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. (46) And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal. The 2 disciples walking toward "Emmaus" did not rail upon the "stranger" that was Jesus. Their eyes at first did not know Him but they listened to Him as He opened up the Scriptures to their understanding. Luke 24:13-16 KJV (13) And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs. (14) And they talked together of all these things which had happened. (15) And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. (16) But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. The 2 disciples were hospitable to the "stranger" as they invited Him to "abide" with them. They kept the "feast" without malice and wickedness. They remembered to have brotherly love towards Him as He opened up all the Scriptures to their understanding. Luke 24:27-35 KJV (27) And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. (28) And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. (29) But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them. (30) And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. (31) And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. The witness of God is IN our hearts as we shall hear the Son speaking to us....opening up the Scriptures to our understanding. Our hearts shall "burn" within.....which is the witness of God that is greater than the testimony of men. His testimony is that this is His Son that we should be hearing. (32) And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? (33) And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them, (34) Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon. (35) And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.