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Summary: The series of messages on End Times for Today will take the words from Revelation chapter by chapter and reveal the blessings that are promised within these pages. When the church at Pergamos first was founded they acknowledged Christ; they proclaimed h

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12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13I 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.

14But 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.

15So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

16Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

17He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. Revelation 2:12-17

Prayer

1. Recognize the Circumstance

One thing that an individual or a church needs to do is recognize the circumstances that they are in. Look at the surroundings, evaluate the culture, and look at your doctrinal views and your relationship with Christ.

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.

The church at Pergamos extreme circumstances surrounding them;

1. There was a culture of anti-God in the city.

2. Pergamos was the headquarters of Satan

When the church at Pergamos first was founded they acknowledged Christ; they proclaimed his deity and professed him as their Lord. They also clung to the very foundations of faith and sound doctrine.

As an individual or a church are your foundations on acknowledging Christ; proclaiming his deity and professing him as Lord. Did you cling to the very foundations of faith and sound doctrine?

2. Reveal the Compromise

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. 14But 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.

However after a while they begin to compromise their moral standards.

a.) Some had turned to cultic practices, the doctrine of Balaam.

• The doctrine of Balaam is a moral compromise through false teachers.

• One who does religious work for personal gain, merchandising spiritual gifts.

b.) Some had turned to a lifestyle of the world

• Alternate lifestyles

• Accepting co-habitation


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