The Seven Churches Of Revelation Part 3: Pergamos

Revelation 2:12-17
12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write, ‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword: 13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.
14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold THE DOCTRINE OF BALAAM, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality. 15 Thus you also have those who hold the DOCTRINE OF THE NOCOLAITANS, WHICH THING I HATE.
“16 Repent, {metanoia-change your mind} or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. {spoken word of God}
17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the *hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.”’

The senior pastor of the Church at Pergamos is the third addressed by Jesus in the letters to the seven Churches in Asia.
As usual, in the manner of a Divine sandwich, He praises the pastor both before as well as after His correction.  He was pleased that the leader had taught his people to hold fast to God’s name and not to deny the faith in the wake of the martyrdom of Antipas, reminding them that they will be given the “Hidden manna,” and a new name written on a white stone, referring to Jesus, no doubt.
Synagogue Of Satan.
Jesus submits to this Church that Pergamum was host to “satan’s throne” and “dwelling place.”  It should also be noted, however, that both Smyrna and Philadelphia also housed a “synagogue of satan,” and that at Thyatira folks went after the “deep things of satan.” 😓

In these contexts, “satan” should probably be understood to have to do with Roman totalitarian rule:  That which aims to turn humanity into a machine.  It attempts to convince people that they must suppress their individuality, blindly obeying orders that come from outside of themselves, and that their purpose in life is to play a minute part in the greater mechanism.  This serves the purpose to make them think they are easily replaceable and thus effectively worthless.
Sound familiar?  It should!  This evil mentality is alive and well today in governments around the globe in direct opposition to what Jesus of Nazareth teaches, i.e., that all individuals are to partake in the anointing of Christ (2 Corinthians 1:21, 1 John 2:20), to be Christs and Messiahs (kings and priests) in this world.  We, in effect, have no earthly superiors and a direct link of communication with the our Father/Creator. In Christ, our orders come from within, like DNA.
Jesus was also makes mention that He was displeased with the death of Antipas (2:13), the Pergamumites’ flirtations with the teachings of Balaam (2:14) and those of the Nicolaitans (2:15).  In order to discover what those are all about, we’ll have to go all the way back to Numbers 23.
(King Balak hired Balaam to curse Israel.)

The Error Of Balaam.
Numbers 23:19-21
“God is not a man, that He should lie,
Nor a son of man, that He should repent.
Has He said, and will He not do?
Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Behold, I have received a command to bless;
He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
“He has not observed iniquity in Jacob,
Nor has He seen wickedness in Israel.
The Lord his God is with him,
And the shout of a King is among them.”
How often do you hear the first part of this passage quoted:  “God is not a man that He should lie?”  Then, predictably, it is used in the context that God is a just God and therefore does not wink at sin, so you can expect to be punished by Him if you stray from the path.  The speaker is implying, of course, that once again, you have not measured up.
Sound familiar?  The context in which Balaam said those words has nothing whatever to do with God judging sin or punishing sinners.  What He said was, “God has blessed (the children of Israel) AND HE (Balaam) COULD NOT REVERSE IT.” It means, Church, that those whom God has blessed CANNOT BE CURSED.
That’s the real message in the story of Balaam.  Believers, you and I, fall into this category of those blessed by God by virtue of the fact that Jesus has FULLY taken upon Himself ALL our curse and ALL the punishment for sin that we deserve!
Sin In The Camp?
Do you think that there were people among the Israelites who were committing sins?  Of course there were.  Do you think they always obeyed God perfectly all the time?  Certainly not!  Yet God said He had not “Observed” iniquity in Jacob,  Nor has He “Seen” wickedness in Israel.” 
Nothice He didn’t say that there was none; simply that He has not “seen or observed” any.  Why?  Because the blood of an acceptable sacrifice had been sprinkled on top of the Mercy Seat on the last Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement.)  The blood reminded Him that, years in the future, His beloved Son would shed His blood for the sins of all men for all time and eternity.
Christians CANNOT Be Cursed.  Anyone…..ANYONE…..I don’t care if they have a PhD…..who preaches or even HINTS that a Christian can either be cursed or under a curse, generational or otherwise, IS PREACHING A LIE. 
If you happen to be hearing this kind of message from the pulpit at your Church, I am truly sorry. 😓 But be assured of this:  It may be scripture you are hearing but IT IS NOT THE GOSPEL.   It is the Error of Balaam spoken about in Revelation chapter 2 in Jesus’ message to the Church at Ephesus.
The Doctrine Of The Nicolaitans.
Then, there is the not-so-little matter of the false teaching called, “The doctrine of the Nicolaitans.”  Both are doctrines of demons.
(*The hidden manna no doubt is a reference to the years Jesus spent as a child which are “Hidden” from us.  We have only information about His birth and a line or two about the time in the temple when He was twelve.  Other than that, the Manna from heaven: Jesus, the Bread of Life,” has heretofore been hidden from our eyes.”)
Salvation Kept By Works?
Paul wrote about the doctrine of the Nicolaitans to the church in Galatia.  Galatianism, also known as “Mixture or balance,” is the false teaching which tells you that, though you are saved, you must also keep the Ten Commandments, ADDING your “Right doing” to Jesus’ finished work in order to keep your salvation.
AS IF!!  Trying to do that not only avails NOTHING, sadly, it adds the curses below to those who try to follow that teaching, only to fail miserably.
Revelation 22:18
“For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone ADDS to these things, God will ADD to him the plagues that are written in this book;”
YIKES! 😲‼️
I dare you:  Turn to Deuteronomy 28.  You can read all about those curses…..if you like nightmares that is.  It’s an exhaustive, not to mention frightening, list.
No Balance Needed.
Those who preach this error think that grace must be “Balanced” with the law.  Let me tell you something, Church:  👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻
👉🏻God’s GRACE doesn’t need any so-called “Balancing.” 👈🏻 To go back to the law is to “FALL FROM GRACE.”  Galatians 5:4 makes it very clear: “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; YOU HAVE FALLEN FROM GRACE.”
How do you fall from grace, according to this verse?  By committing some sin?  NO.  By trying to obey the Law in order to make yourself acceptable to God.
Nicholas, Author Of This Heresy.
Why is it called, “The doctrine of the Nicolaitans?”  Nicholas, for whom the error is named, was actually one of the deacons of the early church. He was taught the true gospel but then went off on a tangent, creating a whole satan-inspired movement of salvation by works.  It is still deceiving much of the Church to this day.
Well, FLUSH IT!  You and I, Church, can neither be cursed nor are we under the Ten Commandments because God has written His laws on our hearts.  Who needs the “Map,” when you have “The Man?”  (See Hebrews 10 and/or follow this link for more on that topic:
Does that mean that we are “law-less?  May it never be!  You and I have The Holy Spirit leading us from within.  That’s a much better deal!
Not Your Heritage.
It is crystal clear that if you try to “do the WORKS of the law,” even though you are a Christian, YOU ARE UNDER A CURSE…..but it was never meant to be your heritage.  God’s plan for us is PURE GRACE: No law mixed in…..PERIOD!
Don’t take my word for it, though.  Read it for yourself in Hebrews 8.  The Sinaitic covenant, i.e., the Ten Commandments, HAS BEEN REPLACED, because Jesus fulfilled it ALL.  That’s what He meant when He cried out with a LOUD voice, “FINISHED.”
Remind yourself, LOUDLY AND OFTEN, that you are the righteousness of God in Christ, especially when you sin.  That way, you won’t fall prey to either to the Error of Balaam or the Doctrine of the Nicolaitans.
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