Summary: A powerful in-depth look into the message of Christ to the 7 churches of revelation.
The church of Pergamos
Randall LaVere II
We have been going through the letters to the seven churches. It is important to know that these letters are not dispensational letters, but they are indeed applicable letters to us in our everyday lives. This is the last testament of Christ to the church.
Revelation is broken down into three basic parts. 1. the things which thou hast seen (which is the introduction and the description of the resurrected Christ) see. CH. 1 2. the things which are (the conditions in the church at this time) Ch. 2-3 3. The things which shall be hereafter. (which deals with the rapture of the church, tribulation, seals, judgements, antichrist, destruction of Babylon, the glorious appearing of Christ and heaven in general)Ch. 4-22
Review churches of Ephesus-Jesus had told them that they had left their first love. We need to get back to the place where we were when we first met him. When we had a boldness, and would tell people at the gas station that Jesus loved them.
The church of Smyrna- The key to interpreting the message to the church in Smyrna, was that the church needs to rely to trust in God, that if he has promised a thing it will come to pass. Jesus said in this world we will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.
We now move on to church #3 which is Pergamos. Rev. 2:12-17
The city of Pergamum was well known throughout the region as having the magnificient temple of Aesculapius. (SCULAPIS) This was a famous pagan god who was known for healing. This is why Jesus referred that he knew where satans seat was. It was a meeting ground for pagans and a place where they came together to worship.
12. he which has the sharp sword with two edges. Heb. 4:12 the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword. We know that Jesus Christ is the word of God. So again Jesus is just letting the church know that this message was from him.
13. I know thy works(he knows all about you the intents of your heart……….
Where you dwell-he knows where you were hanging out last night, and what you were doing, and where satans seat is- ….And that you hold fast to my name, and have not denied my faith even when you see people being ostracized and killed for it. No matter how many have fallen, and how bad they are being treated, you still continue to proclaim my name.
14. but I have a few things against you, because you have there them who hold the doctrine of balaam, who taught balaac, and cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the nicolaitines, which thing I hate.
v.14 says you have there them who hold to the doctrine of balaam. His name literally means the devourer. He was originally a pagan spiritualist, or magician. In Joshua 13:22 he is called a soothsayer. Balaam was a man that had the potential to be a mighty servant of God, but what had happened was he mixed the truth with error, and became a false prophet. (Numbers 22-24)