PERGAMOS CHURCH

Revelation 2:12-17 is the message to Pergamos. In verse 12, this sword can defend or rip apart this church. It can also rip us apart as individuals:

Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13 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.

In verse 13, Christ keeps a constant eye on our works. Satan’s “seat” is Strong’s #2362 meaning “(to sit); a stately seat (‘throne’); by impl. power or (concr.) potentate...”

I remember learning in WCG that Satan’s seat was in Rome, and it very well may be where he has his throne—he is the god of this world. Rome does have more religious authority than any other place that I’m aware of.

The Pergamos Christians do not give up on Christ or the faith—they hold fast, but they have a major problem, as we will see later.

The Bible is written for the end-time Christians.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Ensamples” (examples) is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

There could very well be a congregation with the Pergamos attitude around Rome. However, their attitude will be one of the seven that prevails in the end-time Christians around the world.

The end-time harvest is described in Revelation 7. Verses 1-4 speak only of Israelites.

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Verse 9 and 14 describe the multitude that no one can number which comes from ALL nations:

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands………14….And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

These seven church attitudes will cross tribal and ethnic borders and won’t be isolated to any given area. Since the original church was a prototype for the end-time Christians, many repeats of Antipas will no doubt be martyred in obtaining salvation. Is Antipas’ example a shadow of what will happen to many or most of these Christians? I see no offer of a place of safety for these people—they have to make it on the battlefield, so to speak.

In Revelation 2:14, start to notice the problem Christ has with these Christians. We will examine this “doctrine of Balaam” shortly:

Revelation 2:14 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 stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

We must keep in mind that this is written for the end-time Christians (1 Corinthians 10:11). These are virgins because they are members of this church (Pergamos). They wake up from the cry at midnight:

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Notice in Matthew 25:5 we are ALL asleep and there are NO exceptions until the cry at midnight. These Pergamos Christians who “hold the doctrine of Balaam” are part of the foolish virgins of Matthew 25:2:

Matthew 25:2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

“Foolish” is Strong’s #3474 and means “dull or stupid (as if shut up), i.e. heedless…” Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament adds, “silly, stupid, foolish, from which the English word ‘moron’ is taken…”

Christ’s problem with these Christians is that they will compromise. They don’t reject the faith (verse 13) but they are willing to compromise. You know the type—timid, won’t stand up and be counted, won’t take a firm stand and produce the action needed, etc. This leads to much twisting of the scriptures as they try to justify their actions. Many from this church will stumble and fall into the lake of fire. Revelation 21:8 means what it says:

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

“Fearful” is Strong’s #1169 meaning, “timid…”

What is this “doctrine of Balaam” in Revelation 2:14? It’s a doctrine from Satan for sure. It literally has his name all over it and is found in Numbers:

Numbers 25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. 2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. 3 And Israeljoined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

According to Unger’s Bible Handbook, “Baal-peor” means “(lord of the opening) was a farm and fertility God responsible for fecundity of family, flock and field” (page 135).

So what is God’s message to the end-time Pergamos church (attitude)? It is COME OUT AND BE SEPARATE:

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

In the message to the Pergamos church, God tells us not to compromise. Don’t commit spiritual whoredoms, spiritual fornication, with the other churches of this world, including splinter groups of the WCG and other organizations. God will destroy these organizations before us on our way into the Promised Land. He will crush the power of the Holy people:

Daniel 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

“Scatter” is Strong’s #5310 meaning, “to dash to pieces, or scatter:—be beaten in sunder, break (in pieces)…”

The instruction is very clear in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 to come out and be separate. God will not accept us as part of a group that refuses to submit to His word. This word will become clear to us as we receive the cry at midnight (Matthew 25:6) and, as stated earlier, we are ALL asleep until then (Matthew 25:5). If we compromise God’s word after we become awake, God will eventually deal harshly with us:

Deuteronomy 4:3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you.

This is a warning (a prototype) for us, the end-time Christians (1 Corinthians 10:11). Did you ever wonder about Rahab? She is also a prototype for the end time as God smashes the power of the holy people:

Daniel 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

The “power of the holy people” is the corporate splinter groups of the WCG trying desperately to reinvent the wheel. They want to do just as HWA did. Isn’t it plain what happened to his work? He was a false prophet, yet they want to recreate what he did. It’s just amazing that they are so blind they can’t see he was a false prophet. The Laodiceans are blind:

Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

So what about Rahab the harlot? Why did God mention her in the Bible? Do we need to know the story of Rahab the whore in order to receive salvation? I see no reason why we should know this bit of history except that we need to be reminded that the Bible is written for us—the end-time Christians. The Bible gives us examples, prototypes (1 Corinthians 10:11). Refer back to the beginning of this article for the definition of “examples.”

Rahab repented and was spared:

Joshua 6:25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

The Pergamos church (attitude) in the end time has those members who are committing spiritual whoredoms. They are committing spiritual fornication with the splinter groups of the WCG as well as other churches and refusing the instructions in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18:

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

The cry at midnight will come to these people by the end-time Elijah, but this Pergamos church (attitude) will have a hard time giving up their spiritual whoredoms.

That is why I have said many times that once the cry at midnight starts taking hold, Gerald Flurry’s splinter group, the Philadelphian Church of God, will probably be the first one crushed by this mighty God as He continues to fulfill Daniel 12:7:

Daniel 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

“Scatter” is Strong’s #5310 meaning, “to dash to pieces, or scatter:—be beaten in sunder, break (in pieces)…”

The end-time Elijah also wears the hat of Joshua. Joshua led the children of Israel into the Promised Land (a prototype), and Elijah will lead the end-time virgins into everlasting life (our promised land) after delivering the cry at midnight.

The organization put in place by Gerald Flurry is shown to us by the Jericho prototype. It is a fenced city (a fenced church) just as WCG was. You cannot just walk into the Philadelphian Church, unlike the other splinter groups. You have to be interviewed before attending. What a stench it must be in God’s nostrils for Gerald Flurry to claim he heads up the Philadelphian church!

In reality, God will use the true Philadelphian church, as they wake up and respond to the cry at midnight, to confront this synthetic organization of Gerald Flurry’s. The spiritual Rahabs, the spiritual whores and fornicators, will be puked out by Satan as this Jericho (Flurry’s Philadelphian Church) comes crashing to the ground:

Revelation 2:14 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 stumbling block 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 Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Is Revelation 2:14 written in vain to us, the end-time Christians? No way! Remember 1 Corinthians 10:11. The Pergamos letter is a personal message from this mighty God who inhabits eternity to the end-time virgins who have this attitude of compromise.

So, is Revelation 2:15 a personal message to the end-time virgins? In one sense, these two doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitans are tied together. If you hold and indulge the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, you are automatically guilty of committing spiritual fornication and whoredom. God clearly states, in no uncertain terms, that He HATES the deeds of the Nicolaitans.  I covered the doctrine of the Nicolaitans in the article on Ephesus, but we will look at it again. It means “clergy over laity.” What are “the deeds of the Nicolaitans” which God hates?

Unger’s Bible Handbook, page 845, under “Ephesus—the Loveless Church,” says, “Some take this symbolism, however, as indicating the origin of clericalism (nikao, ‘conquer,’ and laos, ‘people’), making them a group that early favored a clerical system which later developed into the papal hierarchy.  To the individual overcomer is promised a reward in the eternal state (cf. Gen 2:9; Rev 22:2, 14).”

“Nicolaitans” is Strong’s #3531: “3531 is from 3532, a Nicolaite, i.e. adherent of Nicolas…”  Strong’s #3532 comes from Strong’s #3534 and 2992: “victorious over the people…”  God HATES this system of clergy over the lay members. This attitude, this need to have some man between you and God, will not satisfy Jesus Christ and the Father. What does Philippians 2:12 say? Is this a mistake?

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

The end-time Elijah will not be OVER us. He will only wake us up with spiritual truth. We are all spiritually asleep until the cry at midnight comes to us.  We must go one on one with God—that is the only acceptable relationship with Christ and the Father. Clergy over laity was the way of HWA and the WCG. It is the way of Gerald Flurry and, to varying degrees, the other splinter groups.

If some person or group accepts God’s tithe money and spends it for you, that puts them OVER you. God shows us in the parables of the pounds and talents that we are PERSONALLY responsible for spending His money.  Read my paper on Tithing.

God’s warning to the Pergamos church (attitude) is found in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18:

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

We cannot be God’s sons or daughters without obeying this command. Will you people who are committing the spiritual fornication and whoredoms, holding the doctrine of Balaam and the Nicolaitans, take heed to Revelation 2:16-17?

Revelation 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 17 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.

Published June, 1999

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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