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The Seven Churches


(3) Church of Pergamos (Revelation 2:12-16)

Roughly from CE 313-1160.

12. And to the angel [messenger, Arius] of the church in Pegamos [the time of earthly elevation; Diaglott, Appendix, "heighth"] write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword [the Word of God] with two edges [Old and New Testaments];

13. I know thy works [in the conditions surrounding you], and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat [the throne or government of the adversary] is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas [those opposing the Pope] was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you [the church of this period], where Satan dwelleth [in his throne or government].

14. But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam [teaching of union with the civil powersthe doctrine of Balaam], who taught Balaac [world powers] to cast a stumblingblock before the [spiritual] children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication [with the Moabitesthe world].

15. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes [conquering the people], which thing I hate.

16. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly [shall take measures against thee speedily], and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth [by a rigorous proclamation of truth.  This proclamation was given by Arius and his followers].

17. He that hath an ear [a receptive and understanding mind], let him hear what the Spirit [of promise] saith unto [all] the churches [indicates unto all seven periods of the churches]; To him that overcometh will I give to eat [partake] of the hidden manna [incorruptibility], and will give him a white stone [the fruition of which the holy Spirit has been a pledge], and in the stone [an inheritance] a new name written [character developed on earth and transplanted there] which no [natural] man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

 

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