Unto The Angel Of The Church In Pergamos, Write…
“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 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. 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. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. He 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. “
Firstly, the church in Pergamos is not in Pergamos. What do I mean to say that? The best way to relay the truth of the statement is with biblical example, a preface of sorts. I will give two:
1. When king David, the son of Jesse came to sit upon the throne of Israel, he went up to Jebus, the old city of the Jebusites, a Canaanite people. David conquered the city, and took it’s fort. He built it up, and it began to be called the City of David. For 27 generations, from David until the man Jesus Christ, Jebus was called Jerusalem, and was called the city of David, as it is to this day. Hiram, king of Tyre, sent messengers, cedar trees, carpenters and masons to David, and they built him a house. Later, David’s son Solomon employed the same Hiram to build a temple at Jerusalem. In payment, Solomon gave Hiram a circuit of about twenty cities in the region of Galilee, to include a city called Bethlehem Ephrath, the birth place of David. So undesirable were the cities, that Hiram responded, “And he said, What cities are these which thou hast given me, my brother?” And he called them the land of Cabul unto this day. Cabul means “fetters”.
To paraphrase, Hiram was asking, “what have you stuck me with?” The region became “Galilee of the nations” (Isaiah 9), so named because Hiram was a gentile. Here did Isaiah show before, the coming of the just one: “Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was
in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined”.
But what do we hear proclaimed upon the birth of Christ? “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord”. This proclamation of the heavenly messenger correctly identifies the Savior’s place of birth as “The City of David”. Christ was not born in Jerusalem. He was born in the gentile city of Bethlehem Ephrath, as had said Isaiah. In fact, the Jews ( which are the people of Judah), when they heard Jesus say that He was going to a place they could not go, asked themselves this:” Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?” They were speaking of Galilee of the nations (gentiles) , and the dispersed, were the scattered tribes external to Judeah. So, what became the “City of David” , was not the city of David.
2. The second example teaches that Jerusalem is not Jerusalem. We already see that Jerusalem is not the city of David. The apostle Paul expounded that there are two Jerusalems. One is “Jerusalem which is above, is free, and is the mother of us all”. The other is “For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children”.
So we, like Abraham, seek a city with foundations, whose builder and maker is God. It is a spiritual city and land, far more substantial than the stuff of this world which passes away. If the name “Jerusalem” belongs to a city not of this building, what then do we call the city of the Jebusites? the “Jerusalem” in bondage? Had the angel made any reference to the place when the savior was born, knowing the place where Christ would suffer and die, he
would have called it by it’s correct spiritual name:
( Rev 11) “And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified”.
So, how is Pergamos not in Pergamos? The Pergamos of Revelation 2 is not geographical Pergamos. It is Spiritual Pergamos. The seven churches, or “assemblies” in Asia, are not geographic, but spiritual. In His admonition to believers in spiritual Pergamos, the Lord cites three grievances:
1.Satan has his seat where they dwell.
2.They hold the doctrine of Balaam.
3.They hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans.
SEAT OF SATAN
Isaiah showed before, the desire of the Accuser , the evil one, to sit enthroned in the midst of a people:
Isa 14:9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
It is most notable, that while the one like unto the Son of man, speaking in the assemblies, has no throne there, this fallen one does. The throne to which Christ has risen, and to which the over comer is bidden, is ascended to on an individual basis. If one cares to make a study of scripture, and if one realizes that the tabernacle of the wilderness and it’s messages and meanings are expounded in the book of Revelation, then the fact that at no time did the man made golden effigy of a fruiting almond tree, called the “golden lamp stand” ever enter the holiest place, becomes a glaring proclamation. Only the actual almond rod of Aaron, resurrected, and bearing a generation of almonds in it’s resurrection, enters into the holiest place. This too is a glaring proclamation. Without any doubt, rising to that place John was shown, having been called with the words “come up here”, is an individual accomplishment. No assembly will ever do it. None. The exodus from lamp stand to throne, from holy place to holiest, from wilderness and wandering to promise fulfilled, takes place on an individual basis, in the over comer. Paul uses the language of the tabernacle when he states that the way into the holiest is not revealed in them for whom the first, or holy place, still stands as paramount. If I am to press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus, I must too, count all things dung and loss, and exchange them for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ in me.
Jesus answered Isaiah’s question, “How art thou fallen from heaven, OLucifer, son of the morning?” :
(Luke 10) “He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me. And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven”.
(Rev 12) “Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”
Isaiah reveals the desire of the enemy, also using the language of the tabernacle. The mount of the congregation in the sides of the North, is the camp of Dan, and is the seat of the judge, the camp of the table of show bread, the man made effigy of the hidden manna. The congregation is the camp of Gad, which means “assembly”, and is the camp of the South, the camp of the man made effigy of the resurrected lamp stand.
I do not say these things as though they are some new doctrine. These are not new things, nor hidden. If they are hidden, they are hidden to those who will not look. I say these things with one purpose in mind. To provoke free thinking. It is very easy to study the history of the ancient Pergamum, and learn how that the mother-son worship of the pagan deity Cybele, was brought from Pergamum to Rome, and the temple of Cybele, whom the Romans worshiped as the “Magna Mater” (the Great Mother). Her temple was built on the Palantine, one of the seven hills of the city on seven hills . Geographic Rome encompasses the city-state that is spiritual Pergamos, the church where Satan has his seat. Those who have faith in Jesus, and are laboring under the offenses of spiritual Pergamos, to over come, must get the thinking of the offenders out of their own thinking. The gifts of Christ in you, empower you to make captivity captive. For a man to sit on a chair and be worshiped as the “holy father”, is an abomination that makes desolate. There is one Holy Father. Not two. As a further consideration, one’s sheaf; one’s wheat; one’s bread, is one’s word. Jesus told Peter that Satan desired to have him, and sift him as wheat. Satan does not have Peter, but Satan has done a lot with Peter’s name, twisting Peter’s word and perverting it. Refer to the quote from Luke 10, cited above, and couple that with the admonition of Jesus, in the assemblies, to remember from whence they are fallen. They are fallen from His word. The foundation on which Christ’s church is built, which is His body, and not an organization, is the Hidden Manna that is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is the revelation in the individual, from the Father, of the Son. If you believe Peter is the foundation, you are trapped in a myth. Paul did not say that he thanked God for revealing Peter in him. He said he thanked God for revealing His Son in him. Paul was careful to say, with an oath, that he received everything of God, from Christ, and not any man, including apostleship and teaching.
The Image of the “Magna Mater” in an Austrian Cathedral
DOCTRINE OF BALAAM
Balaam, the son of Beor taught Balak, the king of Moab, to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, teaching them to fornicate with the women of Moab, and to particpate in eating the offerings sacrificed to the god of Moab, which was Baal worship, Baal is Baalzebub. Later, Solomon would magnify the folly, setting up images to Baal in the temple at Jerusalem. Though there was no curse or divination against the children of Israel, Balak employed a strategy that resulted in the children of Israel stumbling, by appealing to their base human nature, which is not a curse, but is as good as one. He got the idea from Balaam. Trickery, lying intrigues, and walking a thin line between outward piety and pursuit of personal gain, are trademarks of a “Balaam”. Judas Iscariot walked with the twelve, expressed outward rage when someone “wasted” wealth, and carried the purse, loving what was in it. He was a devil. He betrayed Jesus to the priests for money with a kiss. A “Balaam” loves to bend the rules a little. But with God, the end does not justify the means.
For all the wealth of knowledge to be gleaned from the accounts of the book of Numbers regarding Balaam, one stands out as a not so veiled warning to clergy, and clergy wanna-be’s. Balaam rode upon a faithful animal. Once Balaam was setting out upon his perverse journey for gain, and since his way was perverse, the angel of the Lord stood in the way, drawn sword in hand. Three times, the animal, seeing the angel, turned from the way Balaam would lead her. Three times in anger, Balaam beat her with a stick. The Lord opened her mouth and she spoke. ( And realize that the Lord did not speak through the mouth of the animal…which is another myth. She spoke. Not until Christ came in flesh, would He be beaten with a stick):
“What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?”
“Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee.”
“Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee?”
“Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive”.
The not so veiled warning, that a people ridden for personal gain, to a place even they have sense enough not to go, may encounter a discriminating adversary, sword in hand, ready to slay one, and spare the other. This too, is in spiritual Pergamos. Jesus warned against the hirelings, who do not care for the sheep. ( though they don’t mind selling a little fleece).
“…And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;…Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth….”
THE DOCTRINE OF THE NICOLITANS
Nicolaitans is a compound word, from “νῖκος” and “Λαοδικεύς”. The former, νῖκος, is “nikos” or to “utterly vanquish”. The latter, Λαοδικεύς, is “Laodikeus” or “a Laodicean, an inhabitant of Laodicea”. Laos , “λαός”, means a grouping of people.
Niko-Laity is absolutely no different than Clergy-Laity. It is the myth, the abominable myth, that the body of Christ is subdivided into Clergy and Laity. Hence, Nicolaitans, whose acts and teachings Jesus declares that He hates, is the ruling class subdivision in the mythological and false body of Christ, which they have divided into NIKOS or leaders, and LAOS or grouped followers. The word NICOLAITANS is the ruling class portion of the clergy-laity antichrist system.
Clergy is from the Greek “κλῆρος” (kleros). It is the exact word from which we have the English word “cleric” or “clergy”. The word “kleros” means to “cast lot”.
In the following verse, the term “cast lot” is κλῆρος.
“And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.”
Perceiving Christ to be dead, and not understanding his resurrection, results in his garments being “clergied”. The collective cultus of clergy, are a body of individuals who presume to divide up among themselves, a power structure predicated upon the premise that Christ is dead and gone, but ignorant of the fact that he is come again in the power of the Spirit, not in a nucleus of clergy, but in each and every member of his body. This creates an obstruction, an impediment to the prospective overcomer, that in itself, must be overcome. Christian clergy so-called, differ nothing from the scribes and Pharisees pre-resurrection. The Spirit of Christ, which abides in every member, is the authority of the body. And it is by the Spirit that every member holds to the head.
The 133rd Psalm beautifully portrays the body of Christ and the Holy Spirit Who came. Psalm 133 shows the Spirit as over coming the linen garment of priest and clergy craft. In Psalm 133 you may see what you read in Col 2: “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it”.
[[A Song of degrees of David.]]
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore”.
The anointing conjoins every part of the body , by the oil, to the head, bypassing the warp and weave of the linen garment. The order of Levi was replaced with a better.
You may read about it in the book of Hebrews.
To those in spiritual Pergamos, the same thing applies in overcoming, that applies in every assembly to which Christ speaks. Learn to identify the contrary things speaking in your midst, as testified to you by the Spirit, and get their thinking out of your head.