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.

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The message to the end-time Smyrna attitude is the shortest of the 7 letters—only four verses:

Revelation 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; 9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. 10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. 11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

In the instructions from Christ, the Smyrna attitude (church) and the Philadelphians have two things in common: (1) They have a synagogue of Satan right in their midst and (2) God basically is pleased with their works. Christ offers no correction to either church, just encouragement.

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This is part one of a series on the seven churches. 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 [ages] are come.

“Ensamples” (modern English ‘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.”

If we are living in the end time, the Bible is written for us and contains prototypes, samplers, or models for imitation. In reality, this opens up a good understanding of how end-time events will unfold.

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