PERGAMOS is The Church that we are about to study. And This is the start of the SmyrnaChurch morphing into
A POLITICAL system, a system that God hates.
We know it today as the Roman Catholic Church. If you are Roman Catholic and take offense by that then know that I was named after a Jesuit priest and all of my relatives are Catholic and many are staunch Catholics. I don’t hate the people, indeed I love the Catholic people. It is the doctrine that I hate, not those whom the god of this world hath blinded the eyes of – 2Corinthians 4:4. Read the KJV Bible and find out for yourself. This is too important to get mad and ignore the truth as found in the Bible.
I have a couple of posts on salvation. They are named at the top of this page so just click and read.
let’s look at the previous Church, Smyrna
It was the severe persecution In the SmyrnaChurch period and the final persecution enforced by the Roman emperor, Diocletian
That made possible the merging of paganism with the Christian Church
DECIUS 249 – 251 AD
AND VALERIAN 253 – 259 AD
persecuted the Church unmercifully
Diocletian is credited as being the very worse of all previous Roman emperors.
He mounted the imperial throne in, A.D. 284,
and for about 19 years he showed great favor to the Christians.
Satan must have been roaring mad, He had been sure the idiot Christians would have surrendered by now but instead of the Christians renouncing their faith and bringing to a halt new converts,
the opposite was happening
THE CHRISTIAN FAITH WAS SPREADING AS IF SOMEBODY WAS SPREADING GASOLINE THROUGHOUT THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND SOMEONE From above was igniting it.
Satan would give THOSE BELIEVERS the worst persecution ever.
They would soon run and hide
like the cowards he thought them to be.
The persecutions began on the pagan holiday
Terminalia on February 23, 303 A.D.
· Diocletian sent soldiers to known Churches – he burned all the sacred books, and leveled the Churches to the ground
· He sent out an edict to destroy all Churches, books, and rendered all Christians outlaws throughout Roman territory
Diocletian also had the imperial palace set on fire
so the Christians would be blamed, inciting even more hatred.
Christian homes were set on fire
Christians were arrested, tortured and slowly put to death
whole families were burned alive
stones were tied around the necks of many then driven into the sea to drown
“Racks, scourges, swords, daggers, crosses, poison, and famine, were made use of in various parts to dispatch the Christians; and invention was exhausted to devise tortures against such as had no crime, but thinking differently from the votaries of superstition.
A city of Phrygia, consisting entirely of Christians, was burnt, and all the inhabitants perished in the flames.”
the ones not killed:
“though they were not put to death, as much as possible was done to render their lives miserable, many of them having their ears cut off, their noses slit, their right eyes put out, their limbs rendered useless by dreadful dislocations, and their flesh seared in conspicuous places with red-hot irons.”
The persecution lasted ten years.
I read that TODAY in the last 50 YEARS more Christians have been killed – murdered – MARTYRED then in all of the SmyrnaChurch period.
But what do we get on TV? Politics and for months now 24 hours of Obama care coverage.
The Devil went back to his drawing board and came up with:
IF YOU CAN’T BEAT THEM JOIN THEM
THE NEXT BIG EVENT IN CHURCH HISTORY is about to begin with the future Roman emperor CONSTANTINE.
SOME SAY HE WAS A GREAT CHRISTIAN
I SAY HE WAS AN UNSAVED SERVANT OF EVIL
The following is A SHORT tutorial on how Constantine became emperor of Rome.
DIOCLETIAN ABDICATED his throne IN
AND after some hocus pocus political intrigue Galereius Maximinus became the Roman emperor in the EAST
Flavius Severus became the Roman emperor in the WEST
in 306 AD Constantine and his dad invaded Brittan
Constantine‘s dad was killed
and the army made Constantine emperor
Emperor Maxentius was in Rome and Constantine went there to fight him for who would control the Roman empire
Constantine is said to have had a vision of a cross in the sky and he heard someone saying “in this sign conquer” Maybe he did. It is common to hear or read about people today having some type of vision or dream or seeing someone dear to them in an after life experience. That is all hocus pocus from the beast of Revelation chapter 13, or your imagination. The dead don’t come back Luke 16.
In 312, Constantine fought Maxentious at the MilvianBridge.
Constantine won, and the PergamosChurch period began.
PERGAMOS Is the STATECHURCH THAT MORPHS INTO THE CATHOLICCHURCH
325A.D. -590 A.D.
CONSTANTINE on February of 313AD
sent out the Edict of Milan, which ordered the Roman empire to treat the Christians with kindness
“History tells us how cruel Rome was in its persecution of God’s people. An estimated
80,000 Christians were martyred in the Coliseum.
and More than two million others were also brutally killed during the first 300 years after Christ ascended to heaven.”
Now PEACE not just A local peace but an official peace throughout the Roman Empire
· MANY THOUGHT THE MILLENNIUM HAD ARRIVED
No longer did the PergamosChurch look for the second coming of Christ Jesus. They now thought that the millennium had begun and a thousand years of peace would begin.
· THE FIGHT IN THIS CHURCH AGE |
WAS FOR CHURCH INDEPENDENCE
THOSE IN THAT FIGHT are in the letter that Jesus wrote to the Smyrna Church
THEY were considered heretics, apostates, and the enemy of the cross. Therefore anything you read saying why they were a cult should be ignored. These were all of the SmyrnaChurch and the initiation into that Church was a baptism of pain death and hatred.
They lived Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
THE SmyrnaChurch is always active. So we will continue to study this Church as we examine the rest of the 7 Churches of Revelation.
The following is a quote on what the SmyrnaChurch had to suffer and much of the same is happening to them even today.
“In the year 416 infant baptism was made compulsory throughout the Roman Empire by law. This, of course, filled the churches with unconverted members who had only been baptized into favor, and whatever power the church had retained was now gone. The world was plunged into the gloom of the Dark Ages, which endured for more than twelve centuries, until the Reformation. But all the time, from the beginning of the church age, God always had a remnant remaining faithful to Him. They never consented to the union of church and state, or to baptismal regeneration, or to infant baptism.
“These nonconformists were not a sect, and they were not even called Christians. Indeed, it became illegal for them to be called Christians or to call themselves Christians. They bore nicknames, depending sometimes upon a leader’s name, or the name of their locality. They were Montanists, Novatians, Paulicans, Arnoldists, Waldenses, Paterines, Albigenses, Donatists, etc.; but their generic name was Anabaptist, meaning re-baptizers, for they ignored infant baptism and re-baptized those who had been saved through personal faith. They also had a generic name for themselves: they called themselves Antipedobaptists, meaning opponents of infant baptism.”
This church period initiated:
337 AD, Relic worship
366 AD Rosary
375 AD, worship of saints and angels
394 AD, Mass first instituted
431 AD, Worship of Mary begun
500 AD, Priests began dressing differently then laypeople
526 AD, Extreme unction
593 AD, The doctrine of purgatory
600 AD, Worship services conducted in Latin
600 AD, Prayers directed to Mary
Let us now examine some verses on this Perganos Church. You will find it starting with verse 12 of chapter two in The Revelation
Rev 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
Dr J Vernon McGee, who went home on December 1, 1988, was a terrific Bible teacher and today he is still on the radio. Brother McGee said, “I like to think that it refers to the local pastors. It is good to hear a pastor being called an angel: sometimes we are called other things.”
I am a nobody and disagreeing with someone of his education and statue may border on arrogance. However that is what he would urge me to do if I had a Scriptural reason. You also but always in a humble Scriptural manner knowing that these dedicated workers are employed, that is chosen, to teach us Scripture truth.
I have read that angel means a messenger in the Greek. However I am not so familiar with the Greek. How about you? Probably not. We don’t need to know Greek or to put our faith in a Greek scholar, who may be wrong, because we have the KJV Bible. Just read it as it is and study it as it is and I promise you that it is indeed the words of the living God.
Angel is in the Bible 203 times
And I can’t ever remember reading angel as being anything but an angel.
if Jesus meant pastor then why didn’t He say elder or Bishop.
So I am going to say an angel is an angel and not a flesh and blood person
“These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;”
This 2 edge sword is THE SWORD OF judgment
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
this 2 edged sword is a sword of separation from the world the flesh and the devil.
2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
We have available to us
God’s WORD WRITTEN DOWN. Think about that
THE CREATOR, THE GOD OF GENESIS, actually giving us His written Words. If we had not of grown up with that concept it would be UNBELIEVABLE.
I love books
the library of congress has millions of books
WE HAVE THE WORDS OF GOD
WE HAVE THE KING JAMES BIBLE
AND God gives most of us decades to read it.
Most people today read the internet, newspapers, books, comics, biographies.
They watch TV and wish they could be rich and live in a big house with a great view.
They will gamble, rob and steal,
take drugs, curse, swear, and hurt anyone who gets in the way of their pleasure.
that is why divorce, murders, and crime happen.
But waste time reading the Bible! WHAT YA THINK IM NUTS OR SUMPPON.
Rev 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.
SOMEONE SAID FIND SOMETHING YOU LOVE TO DO AND YOU WONT HAVE TO WORK A DAY IN YOUR LIFE.
working for Jesus today, that ought to be fun.
The pastor preached a GREAT message on works last Sunday.
And what I got out of it is if you are not concerned about the men and women that Jesus Christ went to the cross to die for
then you are not really working for God.
And if you hear a message like that and you are all fired up to work at getting souls saved but when you leave the Church you also leave the commitment then you left just like you came in
“holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith”
They confessed the Deity of Christ
They believed That Jesus died and rose again
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
as we shall find in the next verse
THEY WERE CARNAL CHRISTIANS THEY WERE
FRANK SANATRA CHRISTIANS: I DID IT MY WAY
We have a lot of those kinds of Christians today
Most of them attend
the first Christian church of the Laodiceans
This should be a reminder for us today. Remember these were the ones willing to die a most horrible death for Jesus, but now we see them compromising with the pagan Constantine.
I think they had the same thinking as many Charismatic, Pentecostal, name it and claim it folks, have today. Read on as we will comment further on this apostasy.
I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is
· Satan’s seat is
President Obama’s seat is in Washington the capital of America
Satan has a capital.
BABYLON GEN 10, is where Satan’s seat first was
then it moved to Pergamos when the Persians conquered Babylon.
In Pergamos they worship Satan publicly in the
ALTER OF ZEUS
Pergamos had a huge library it was
2nd to the library at Alexandria.
It had 200,000 volumes –
when you consider that the printing press would not get invented for another 1500 years that was a lot of books.
Pergamos was the center for healings, THE MEDICAL SYMBOL WAS A POLE WITH A SNAKE RAPPED AROUND IT. Does that remind you of anything?
The patient would go into the temple and spend the night sleeping on the floor with hundreds of snakes crawling over him.
Pergamos was the first to deify the Roman Emperors
Perhaps today Satan’s throne – Satan’s worship center –
THE CENTER OF HIS GOVERNMENT is IN ROME orWASHINGTON or the UN which is located in New York.
Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
doctrine of Balaam
Is found in Numbers 22 – 31
that is a lot of chapters and that shows the importance that God places on the doctrine of Balaam
Balaam was from Mesopotamia
· Moses was leading Israel through Moab
Today Moab is Jordan
· Balak was king of Moab and he wanted the prophet Balaak to curse Israel.
But God wouldn’t let him.
Instead Balaam prophesied what would happen to Israel and Moab in the end times.
we will study that at a latter time.
Balaam was not about to give up the riches promised to him by king Balaak
· Told Balak that there was another way.
Just get Israel to sin and God would punish them
Balak did as instructed and sent Moabite women into the Israelite camp
He arranged a great feast to honor the
Israelites. The Israelites ate the bait by fornicating and marrying non Israelites, and thereby corrupting the Israelite race.
anytime there is carnal parties God looses
God sent a plague just as Balaam said he would and 24,000 Israelites died.
There wasn’t more dead because Phinehas stopped it by killing Zimri who was one of the leaders of the apostate Israelites.
You can read about it in Numbers Chapter 25. Read it. That is how you learn what really happened and not what someone says happened. Stop being someone’s fool and find out for yourself.
Christians do not kill for God, we love for God. That is what soul winning is all about.
We can stand as Zimri did against the evil of the Devil
our stand is truth and separation
our stand is on the truth of God’s word
Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication
fornication The fornication that was in the Israelite camp was physical.
But an even more serious kind is spiritual
fornication – which is what the book of Hosea is about – spiritual fornication is more serious because everyone knows physical fornication when they see it.
NOT SO WITH spiritual fornication
Here in America there are a bunch of spiritual apostates, who are in it for the money, and personal gain.
That is what happens in a rich pampered society
1Ti 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. MEMORIZE that verse
The true Church was a few who would not compromise. Today just because a church has only a few in attendance that doesn’t mean God is not blessing it. The above verse says,”supposing that gain is godliness”
Today’s mantra is, and has been for a very long time ,
God doesn’t want you to drive a ford
GOD doesn’t want you sick
God wants you happy, wealthy and rich
JUST name it and claim it.
The Churches that preach that stuff are mostly full to over flowing,
“supposing that gain is godliness”
THAT ONLY WORKS IN America
TRY it in Syria or Somalia.
Many of God’s people are starving and suffering illness in antichrist countries
Those who are teaching the
name it and claim it doctrine
are arrogant and stupid
to think they can
by uttering magic words force God to obey them – when you misuse the Scriptures and believe that you can force God into obeying you then that is a magic thing and in the Old Testament magic was a capital offence –
Heb 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
Heb 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
THE WORD FAITH GROUP WOULD HAVE TOLD MOSES TO STAY IN EGYPT. God wants you rich and powerful so you can free your people.
IF MOSES would have stayed in Egypt
he would have been out of the will of God and
OUT IN THE COLD. for proof read Hebrews 11:25 again
· JOB of the Bible – and AMERICA
In Job chapter 2 and 3 Satan tells God that the only reason Job is such a good man is because he has been blessed but if God took away his protection from him Job would turn his back on God and curse Him. Most of you know the story and that Job won that spiritual war, as he never caved.
This is my thinking on Job:
Latter, in the late 19th century, Satan went before God again but this time he proposed another contest, If God would allow him to make America rich healthy and prosperous, then America would kick God out of the churches, the schools, and the country. God agreed and we went into the Laodicean Church age of apostasy, greed and a me first society that has resulted in violence and and idol worship. That is what an affluentsociety sooner or later always brings.
MANY in America do not really know what
Php 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
We have not seen
let alone experienced real persecution for Christ.
BUT good news God doesn’t want us to die for Him -Not right now anyway.
God wants us to live for Him
Php 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
BUT HOW MANY CAN HONESTLY SAY THEY ARE LIVING FOR CHRIST JESUS ALONE
THERE ARE SOME
BUT THEY PROBABLY WOULD DENY IT JUST AS PAUL DID
1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.
When you read something like all the above and something begins kicking around in your head or heart you should follow it up. Get out your Bible, pray that God will give you understanding and research it.
Next week more on the Pergamum Church and some current events.