Posts Tagged ‘Pergamum’

Doctrine of the Nicolatians

May 18, 2016

Ephesus was commended for testing and finding false apostles – the Nicolaitions were an example – they were not tolerated => found among the Ephesus Church.

Revelation 2:2,6 NASB
Message to Ephesus Church
2 ‘I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false;
6 Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

The message to the Pergamum Church gives us a clue how these false apostles – like the Nicolaitions operated and were found to be false. It’s by the sword of the Spirit – the word of God(Eph 6:17) that these are tested. There IS an underlying false doctrine that must be exposed and corrected. If ignored it allows the throne of Satan to dwell among them.  Balaam gives us a clue to the spirit behind the false doctrine of the Nicolaitians. Balaam used the mixture of both the spirit of divination and the Spirit of the true God(Num 24:1-3). There is some evidence that the underlying doctrine of the Nicolaitions was the Gnostic doctrine => especially those who teach the heresy that the divine Christ joined the man Jesus at baptism and left Him as He died(Kenosis). This is also true in today’s churches. This heresy denies the “name of Jesus” by denying His deity while on earth before His baptism and as He died.  These false prophets who introduce heresy are “blots and blemishes” that can  not be tolerated and must be removed(2Pe 2:1-3,13-15).

Revelation 2:13-16 NASB
Message to Pergamum Church
13 ‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. 14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of immorality. 15 So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching{doctrine} of the Nicolaitans. 16 Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth.

The Philadelphia Church was commended because they kept Jesus’ word and did not deny His name. They held fast to the Truth – the doctrine of Christ.

Revelation 3:8,11 NASB
Message to the Philadelphia Church
8 ‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. …
… 11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.

John 8:31-32 AMPC … So Jesus said to those Jews who had believed in Him, If you abide in My word [hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them], you are truly My disciples. 32 And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.

2 John 1:9 AMPC … Anyone who runs on ahead [of God] and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ [who is not content with what He taught] does not have God; but he who continues to live in the doctrine (teaching) of Christ [does have God], he has both the Father and the Son.

Titus 1:9 AMPC
Qualifications of Elders
9 He must hold fast to the sure and trustworthy Word of God as he was taught it, so that he may be able both to give stimulating instruction and encouragement in sound (wholesome) doctrine and to refute and convict those who contradict and oppose it [showing the wayward their error].

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Married to the ‘High Tower’

May 9, 2009

Is the word of God being compromised for the sake of unity? Or some other noble ideal? Is the ‘whole’ tolerating the compromise of  ’some’ to preserve ‘peace’?

Unity(or any other noble ideal) at the expense of the truth of the word is false!

They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. ”Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace. –Jer 8:11

Repent! Lest the One who wields the sharp two-edged sword comes quickly to fight against you.

 I will take away their harvest, declares the LORD{to those who say peace, peace}. There will be no grapes on the vine. There will be no figs on the tree, and their leaves will wither. What I have given them will be taken from them. –Jer 8:13

The pride of your heart has deceived you, you dweller in the refuges of the rock [Petra, Edom’s capital], whose habitation is high, who says in his heart, Who can bring me down to the ground? -Ob 1:3

Revelation 2:17     He who is able to hear, let him listen to and heed what the Spirit says to the assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (conquers), I will give to eat of the manna that is hidden, and I will give him a white stone with a new name engraved on the stone, which no one knows or understands except he who receives it.

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Revelation 2:12-16      Then to the angel (messenger) of the assembly (church) in *Pergamum write: These are the words of Him Who has and wields the sharp two-edged sword:

I know where you live–a place where Satan sits enthroned. [Yet] you are clinging to and holding fast My name, and you did not deny My faith, even in the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed (martyred) in your midst–where Satan dwells. Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: you have some people there who are clinging to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to set a trap and a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, [to entice them] to eat food that had been sacrificed to idols and to practice lewdness [giving themselves up to sexual vice]. You also have some who in a similar way are clinging to the teaching of the Nicolaitans [those corrupters of the people] which thing I hate. Repent [then]! Or else I will come to you quickly and fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

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“Pergamum” – this church was married to Christ. However, in spite of their union, they were tolerating compromise in some of their members.

The name Pergamos has a dual meaning, having been the combination of two Greek words, *Purgos, and *Gamos. Although as some may know it means ‘city’, or ‘high tower’ it also means ‘married’, or ‘united by marriage’. The literal translation of Pergamos therefore, is ‘married to the high tower’.

At first glance ‘married to the high tower’ sounds good and some may even think that this refers to being married to Christ. However, look closely at what is held against this church – not that fact that the whole held to the false teachings of Balaam or the Nicolaitans but that ‘some’ who did were tolerated.

By tolerating these false teachings and the people who held them, the word of truth was compromised. It was probably compromised to avoid, conflict, to seemingly preserve unity and peace. This church probably thought they were doing what was wise. As a result of this compromise Satan was given a place or seat in the midst of this church. I believe this represents the ‘high tower’ that this church was married to — the same high tower in the following scripture.

Obadiah 1:3    The pride of your heart has deceived you, you dweller in the refuges of the rock [Petra, Edom’s capital], whose habitation is high, who says in his heart, Who can bring me down to the ground?

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From http://net.bible.org/strong.php?id=4010

Pergamos [4010]
Pergamos = “height or elevation”
orin from [4444]

From http://net.bible.org/strong.php?id=4444

*Purgos [4444]
1) a tower
2) a fortified structure rising to a considerable height, to repel a hostile attack or to enable a watchman to see in every direction

From http://net.bible.org/strong.php?id=1062

*Gamos [1062]
1) a wedding or marriage festival, a wedding banquet, a wedding feast
2) marriage, matrimony

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Related
https://khollandsblog.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/doctrine-divides-love-unifies/