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Retrieved 30 March Rock Radio. Archived from the original on 7 May Retrieved 21 April Archived from the original on 14 January Retrieved 20 April Retrieved 26 April If you think my statement is an exaggeration, consider the seven messages Jesus sent to the seven churches just 65 years after He ascended to Heaven. The churches of Asia Minor were teaching and accepting doctrines that were plainly contrary to His teaching.
Even though the church at Ephesus had detected and rejected the infiltration of Gnosticism, Ephesus had lost its first love. Jesus knew it was only a matter of time until that church would fall away from truth become corrupt because the affections of the heart are constantly changing.
We are either loving God more each day or loving God less. God has two everlasting commandments: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. When I study the messages sent to the seven churches, Jesus seems more like the God of the Old Testament than the Jesus we hear about today. There is a good reason for this. Jesus is the God of the Old Testament!
Jesus talked with Abraham and He destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah with fire. Jesus passed over Egypt and He killed the first born — both men and beasts. Jesus spoke to Moses at the burning bush and He descended on Mount Sinai in a powerful display of glory when He spoke the Ten Commandments. Jesus spoke to the prophets of old and He came to Earth to demonstrate the eternal principle of love. Because God exalts the principle of love above every principle, the Bible declares that God is love.
Everything He does is for the benefit of His creation. Calvary proves that the Father would not violate the law of love. John Calvary proves that Jesus loved man more than He loved His own life. John What marvelous love! I have inserted some words into the text [marked by brackets] to expand certain statements that Jesus gave:.
I know where you live — where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city — where Satan lives. Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the [lies] teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.
Likewise you also have those who hold to the [lies] teaching of the Nicolaitans. Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them [the clergy] with the sword of my mouth. 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. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it. When Jesus spoke these words, Pergamum was the cultural and religious center of Asia.
Pergamum was an old, highly respected city. At one time, Pergamum had been the Roman capital of Asia. Worship of the Roman emperors began at Pergamum. The city had many pagan temples and Eastern Mysticism was very popular in Pergamum. Pergamum was a big city and had a large class of educated and wealthy people. In His message to the church at Pergamum, Jesus twice said that Satan had his throne in Pergamum because as a city, Pergamum was the undisputed queen of false religion.
Pergamum was the ivory tower of false religion for Asia and it hated the true followers of Jesus. Jesus observed this hatred when He mentioned the death of faithful Antipas. The hatred of Christians explains in part, why some Christians in Pergamum were willing to make so many compromises with the devil. The Christian church at Pergamum had members who saw nothing wrong with sexual immorality or eating food sacrificed to idols.
These members were Gentile converts who brought their pagan ways into Christianity. Jesus referred to Balaam in His message to Pergamum because Balaam was an Old Testament prophet who agreed to put a curse on Israel for a sum of money. However, when Balaam spoke curses, Jesus put blessings in his mouth instead.
Finally, the distraught prophet revealed to King Balak the enemy who hired Balaam that Israel could be defeated if enticed into sexual immorality. After learning this, King Balak gathered up several "truck-loads" of prostitutes and sent them into Israel. The Israelites fell into temptation. As a result, God became furious with His people and withdrew His protection.
See Numbers The point is that the devil again brought "a truck-load of sexually immoral" people into the church at Pergamum to rob the church of its connection with Christ. The devil knows that once the connection is broken, the church will have no power. You may recall how the apostles had imposed four specific rules upon Gentile converts at the first general conference of the Christian Church in A.
At that meeting the apostle James said, "It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood.
When Jesus spoke to the church at Pergamum, He affirmed this Spirit-led decision by threatening to destroy the sexually immoral unless they repented. The words of Jesus leave no wiggle room. Jesus forbade sexual immorality and eating food offered to idols. Eating food polluted by idols was a superstitious ritual which was supposed to give the consumer the powers of the god to whom the food was first offered.
The devil merged this pagan practice with the words of Jesus to create a distortion of His words. When Jesus was on Earth He said, "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. Demon Scythe rare. From Voodoo Demons :. Guide Voodoo Doll. From Lava Bats and Hellbats :. Magma Stone rare. From Red Devils in Hardmode :. Fire Feather rare Unholy Trident uncommon. From Bone Serpents :. Bone Serpent Kite on Windy Days. From Bone Serpents and Red Devils :.
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