Pergamum – Sexual Immorality – Satan’s Throne – Food Sacrificed to Idols – 7 Churches – Revelation 2:12-17

PERGAMUM

Study Guide & Cross Reference!


"You Dwell where Satan's Throne is!"
"Teaching of Balaam"
"Eating Foods Sacrificed to Idols"
"Practicing Sexual Immorality"
"White Stone"
"Hidden Manna" ???

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JESUS in the MIDST of 7 LAMPSTANDS - Revelation Ch. 1

PATTERNS of the 7 CHURCHES

EPHESUS
SMYRNA

PERGAMUM
Revelation Chapter 2:12-17
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12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write:


Each Letter to ALL 7 Churches is Addressed to the Angel of that Church: Rev 2:1, 8, 12, 18, 3:1, 7, 14.
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:1
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:8
➥ Pergamum - 2:12
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:18
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:1
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:7
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:14
("angle" appears 64 times in Revelation, aggelos Strongs G32.
Use of Angel in the rest of Revelation - Rev 1:1, 2, 20, 3:5, 5:2, 11, 7:1-2, 11, 8:2-13, 9:1, 11, 13-15, 10:1-10, 11:15, 12:7, 9, 14:6-10, 15-19, 15:1, 6-8)
(Angel or Angels appears 294 times in the Bible, Heb 1:6-7, 14, Heb 2:2, Rev 14:6-12, Exo 3:2, 14:19, 23:20-23, 32:34, 33:2, 2 Kin 6:17)


‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.


"Sharp two-edged Sword"
"out of Mouth"

The sharp two-edged sword is mentioned twice to Pergamum at Revelation 2:12, 16.
Armageddon, 6th Vial of Wrath during 6th Sea and 7th Trumpet Wrath - Revelation 19:14-16, 21.
Opening vision, Revelation 1:16.
Sword and Mouth mentioned at 2 Thessalonians 2:8 and Isaiah 11:4.

In ALL 7 Letters to the Churches, Jesus is the Speaker & Provides a Brief Reference back to the description of Himself in the 1st Vision of Chapter 1 & foward to other descriptions of Himself in visions in latter chapters.
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:1 quoting Rev 1:12-13, 16, 20
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:8 quoting Rev 1:17, 22:13
➥ Pergamum - Rev 2:12 quoting Rev 1:16, 2:16, 19:15, 21
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:18 quoting Rev 1:14, 15, 19:12
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:1 quoting Rev 1:4, 4:5-6, Rev 1:16, 20
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:7 quoting Rev 1:18
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:14 quoting Rev 1:5, 19:11, 21:6


13 “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan's throne is.


Satan's Throne
The Devil Replaces New Jerusalem with Old Jerusalem (Zionism)
Where will Satan's Throne be during Revelation?
Scriptures that give clues!

Daniel 11:45 Identifies the Location or place of Rule of the King who sets up the "Abomination of Desolation" (Daniel 11:36-38) as, "he shall pitch his palatial tents between the sea and the glorious holy mountain." The Glorious Holy Mountain is only Mount Zion and the sea or seas (plural rendered by many translations) around Mount Zion are the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea.

Old Jerusalem is also the SAME location of where are the 2 Witnesses of Revelation 13 Prophesying? Revelation 11:8 clearly identifies the location as Jerusalem in the Middle east when it says, "their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified." The Lord was crucified in Jerusalem in the Middle East!
The showdown between Elijah and the false prophets of Baal which parallels the 2 witnesses also took place in Jerusalem. Some similarities include, Location, 3.5 years, killing of God's true prophets, fire from sky devouring enemies & no rain or drought.

According to 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 which is quoting from Daniel 11:36-38, the "man of lawlessness" or the "King of the North," "exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Zionism, Freemasonry and many other groups will rebuild Solomon's temple so the Jewish messiah will rule from Jerusalem in the Middle East. Unfortunately most of Lamestream Twistianity sends money to the Jewish state supporting the Devil's future rule from Old Jerusalem.

A few supporting scriptures regarding the "King of the North:"
Isaiah 14:13-14 - "far reaches of the north"
Jeremiah 1:13-15 - “Out of the north disaster shall be let loose upon all the inhabitants of the land" & "calling all the tribes of the kingdoms of the north"
Jeremiah 3:18 - "come from the land of the north"
Jeremiah 4:6 - "I bring disaster from the north"
Jeremiah 6:1 - "disaster looms out of the north,
and great destruction."
Jeremiah 6:22 - “Behold, a people is coming from the northcountry,
a great nation is stirring from the farthest parts of the earth."
Jeremiah 10:22 - "great commotion out of the north country
to make the cities of Judah a desolation"

The Book of Revelation offers 2 possibilities for the location of Satan's Throne, the Beast or False Prophet of Revelation 13. According to Revelation 13:4 the Beast is militarily dominate on planet earth. The False Prophet also bears a military super weapon at Revelation 13:13, "making fire come down from heaven." (Whoever the  first beast of Revelation 13 turns out to be, it will suffer a "mortal wound" "by the sword" and be "healed" according to Revelation 13:3, 14.)
For a scriptural answer to determine which is really in control, compare the first Beast of Revelation 13:2 with the second beast at Revelation 13:11-12 (referred to as False Prophet at Revelation 16:13, 19:20, 20:10). The conclusion is, the False Prophet is superior to the Beast because Revelation 13:11-12 says it "exercises all the authority over the first beast."
In the 5th Bowl of Wrath, the vial is poured out "on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness."

In ALL 7 Letters, Jesus expresses complete Awareness of the 7 Churches condition, good and lacking when He says to each, "I Know..."
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:2
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:9
➥ Pergamum - 2:13
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:19
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:1
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:8
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:22
Revelation 2:23 - I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.
This gives deeper understand the meaning of the words,  Jesus "walks in the midst of the 7 golden lampstands" Rev 1:12-13, Rev 2:1.


Yet you hold fast my name,
and you did not deny my faith
even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.



Jesus commends 3 Churches for holding fast His Name!
➥ Ephesus – Rev 2:3,  "bearing up for my name’s sake & you have not grown weary."
➥ Pergamum – 2:13, Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells."
➥ Philadelphia – Rev 3:8,  "I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.
Those who deny Christ are denied - Matthew 10:22, 32-33.
All nations will hate you on account of His Name - Matthew 24:9.
Peter Denies Christ Luke 22:54-62.
During the Beast, Image and Mark, most fake christians deny and exchange Christ's Name for the Name & Mark of the Beast! Revelation 13:16-18


14 But I have a few things against you:
you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam,
who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel,
so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.


"Teaching of Balaam"

The Full story of Balak & Balaam is found at Numbers 22-25
Summary & Bottom Line -  If Evil wants to attack & corrupt God's people, demonic divination won't work because you can't curse what God has blessed. Therefore to successfully attack and seduce God's people one should use Sexual Immorality and Pagan Celebrations as Balaam taught Balak.
Balak wanted to destroy the Israelites for fear of them so he hired Balaam to demonically conjure a curse against the Israelites (Numbers 22:1-6).
First attempt to curse Israel - Numbers 23:7-13
Second attempt to curse Israel - Numbers 23:16-27
Third attempt to curse Israel - Numbers 24:3-10, 15-25
Numbers 25:11-13, 24,000 Fall from plague as a result of Sexual Immorality whoring with the daughters of Moab.

"Practice Sexual Immorality"

"Sexual immorality" Strongs G4205, Pornos, Destination is Lake of Fire - Revelation 21:8, Not have right to tree of life or enter gates - Revelation 22:14-15.

"Sexual immorality" Strongs G4203, porneuō,  Pergamum - Rev 2:14,  Thyatira - Rev 2:20-23, 1 Corinthians 6:9-20
"Do not associate" & "Do not eat"
with Believers who are sexually immoral, "Purge the Evil Person" - 1 Corinthians 5:7-13
Sexual Immorality as a Thought Crime - Matthew 5:27-28
Sexual Immorality not even to be named among you - Ephesians 5:3

"Eat Foods Sacrificed to Idols"

The WILLFUL WORSHIP of False gods or idols sealed or consummated with a meal.
Exodus 34:11-17 - Warning of foods sacrificed to idols.
Paul is refers to Exodus 43:11-17 at Acts 15:19-21 and Acts 21:25


Reproof, Discipline & Zealous Repentance!

 To 5 of the 7 Churches Jesus Provides "REPROVE" & "DISCIPLINE"
with a call to REPENTANCE.
Rev 3:19 "Those whom I love, I reprove & discipline, so be ZEALOUS & REPENT."
Only 2 of the 7 Churches, Smyrna & Philadelphia received no reprove or discipline.
5 of the 7 Churches needed to Repent of Jesus' reprove & discipline or perish. His reprove & discipline to these 5 Churches is:
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:4-5 - Abandoned the love you had at first.
➥ Pergamum - 2:14-15 - Teaching of Balaam, eat food sacrificed to idols, practice sexual immorality & teaching of Nicolatians.
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:20, 24 - Tolerate Jezebel, practice sexual immorality, eat food sacrificed to idols & learned the deep things of Satan.
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:1-3 - Reputation for being alive but dead, Wake up, strengthen what remains and is about to die, have not found your works complete in the sight of my God,
Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent.
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:15-18 - I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot, lukewarm, for you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.


15 So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.


Works & Teaching of the Nicolaitans are mentioned to 2 Churches.
The other mention is to Ephesus at Revelation 2:6, "
Yet this you have: you hate the works of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate."


16 Therefore repent.
If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth.



The sharp two-edged sword is mentioned twice to Pergamum at Revelation 2:12, 16.
Armageddon, 6th Vial of Wrath during 6th Sea and 7th Trumpet Wrath - Revelation 19:14-16, 21.
Opening vision, Revelation 1:16.
Sword and Mouth mentioned at 2 Thessalonians 2:8 and Isaiah 11:4.

 To 5 of the 7 Churches Jesus Provides DEADLY CONSEQUENCES for NOT ZEALOUSLY REPENTING of  His REPROVE & DISCIPLINE :
Jesus states His PURPOSE of Deadly Consequences at Rev elation 2:23 "ALL the CHURCHES WILL KNOW that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works."
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:5, "Remove your Lampstand."
➥ Pergamum - 2:16, "War against them with the sword of my mouth."
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:20-23, "throw her onto a sickbed," "throw into great tribulation," & I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works."
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:3, "If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you."
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:16, " I will spit you out of my mouth."
Rev 3:19 "Those whom I love, I reprove & discipline, so be zealous & repent."


17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.


 Jesus Concludes All 7 Letters to each Church with the words, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches". Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29, 3:6, 13, 22.
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:7
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:11
➥ Pergamum - 2:17
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:29
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:6
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:13
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:22

1 other occurrence in Rev 13:9-10
Phrase used in the Bible is equated with REMEMBERING, PERCEIVING & UNDERSTANDING God's Words.
➥ Matt 11:15, John the Baptist is Elijah, Matt 11:10-15, 36-43
➥ Matt 13:9, 43, Parable of the Sower, Matt 13:3-23
Not Hearing Matt 13:14-15, 19, 22
Fruitful Hearing Matt 13:23
Blessings for Hearing Matt 13:16
➥ Mark 8:17-18, 21, Remembering, Perceiving & Understanding Mark 8:13-21
➥ Jesus concludes all His Parables at Luke 14 with the saying, Luke 14:35
Parable - Luke 14:7-11,  Honored Position at Wedding Feast.
Parable - Luke 14:12-14, Invite the poor, crippled, lame & blind for repayment at the Resurrection of the Just.
Parable - Luke 14:15-24, Excuses for not attending banquet.
Luke 14: 26-27, 33, Requirements for being a disciple: Hate all family & own life, bear his own cross & renounce all that he has.
Parable - Luke 14:28-30, Counting the cost of building a tower.
Parable - Luke 14:31-32, Counting cost for battle
Acts 7:51 - Uncircumcised in hearts, ears & resist holy spirit.
also : Acts 28:27, Rom 11:8


To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna,
and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’


White Stone & New Name
Zechariah 3:1-10
Zechariah 3:9 - "For behold, on the stone that I have set before Joshua, on a single stone with seven eyes, I will engrave its inscription, declares the LORD of hosts."
“New Names” - Rev 3:12 “Name of My God,” “Name of the City of My God” & “My own New Name”,
Rev 14:1, “His Father’s Name Written on their foreheads”
Rev 19:12 - “He has a Name Written that no one know but Himself”
New Name - Isaiah 62:2-4 and Isaiah 62:1-12 for context! Beautiful!

Hidden Mannah
Mannah was placed in the Arc of the testimony at Hebrews 9:4, Exodus 16:33-35
Mannah in the wilderness Foreshadowed Jesus as the Bread from Heaven that gives eternal life, John 6:35, 48-51, 57

REWARD

Jesus Concludes ALL 7 Letters to the Churches with a Reward for Overcomes or Conquerors:
➥ Ephesus - Rev 2:7, "I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God."
➥  Smyrna - Rev 2:11, "will not be hurt by the second death."
➥ Pergamum - 2:17, "I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it."
➥ Thyatira - Rev 2:26-29, "I will give authority over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. And I will give him the morning star."
➥ Sardis - Rev 3:5, "clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels."
➥ Philadelphia - Rev 3:12, "I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name."
➥  Laodicea - Rev 3:21, "I will grant him to sit with me on my throne."
Overcomers - 1 John 5:4

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