Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Florida Conference, Part 2.
Tuesday, February 17, 2004
1. Pergamum became the capital of the Roman province of Asia. It became the capital of Turkey.
2. It is a place of an ever growing population.
3. In addition to the population and the culture and the literature, it was the center of religious and cultic worship.
Sword – rhomphaian – long and broad sword, rather than for thrusting, it was a thrashing sword.
Odia – “know” = He knows perfectly well.
Throne – thronos = Satan’s capital, or his chief center of authority and trend setting for the cosmic system.
The opportunities of deception were numerous because of the seven churches in Asia Minor in Rev 2-3, Pergamos was the most religious center.
REV 2:13 and did not deny My faith = you did not contradict my doctrine.
MAT 25:21 “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
There is only one way that you and I become a faithful witness = to reach spiritual maturity, pass through evidence testing, and get to the maximum glorification of God.
Previous to human history Satan fell from his place, and took one third of the angels with him and was judged and sentenced to the lake of fire with all his fallen angels, MAT 25:41.
Faithfulness is a loyal attitude to someone or something in life which you love, respect, admire, or recognize their authority.
Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary –
Faithfulness = full of faith, strong or firm in one’s belief, loyal, constant in the performance of duties or services, true to one’s word, reliable and dependable.
PRO 28:20 A faithful man will abound with blessings, But he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.
DEU 32:20 Then He said, “I will hide My face from them, I will see what their end shall be; For they are a perverse generation, Sons in whom is no faithfulness.”
1SA 26:23 And the Lord will repay each man for his righteousness and his faithfulness;
PSA 37:3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
HOS 4:1 Listen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel, For the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land, Because there is no faithfulness or kindness or knowledge of God in the land.
Faithfulness as a virtue is faithfulness to Bible doctrine, including perception, spiritual growth, and the fulfillment of the Royal Family honor code.
MAT 25:21 His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joy of your master.”
Turn to LUK 16:10
REV 2:10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Faithfulness is also that which characterizes those who teach doctrine on a continual basis, 2TI 2:2.
1CO 4:17 Timothy is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church.
EPH 6:21 Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make everything known to you.
COL 1:7 Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful servant of Christ on our behalf,
He was roasted to death in a large brass bowl according to history, which was used for sacrifices to demons.
o& mavrtu” mou o& pistov” mou
= ho martus O pistos mou = “the faithful one of mine” – a faithful witness to the point of being a faithful martyr.
Antipas is named in the eternal record section of heaven, REV 3:12; his name will be on the record, on the pillars of the temple of God throughout the eternal state.
Pergamos = “citadel” and indeed for this very time the very geographical citadel or stronghold of Satan.
Satan has always had control of a certain number of very wealthy and powerful political and social celebrities in every generation.
Violence is commanded in the Quran: “Fight and slay the pagans (infidels) wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem of war.” Quran, Surah 9:5.
“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah or his apostle and strive to make mischief in the land is only this, that they should be murdered or crucified or the cutting off of hands and feet from the opposite sides, or exile from the land.” Surah 5:33.
Surah 9:73 “Prophet, make war on unbelievers and hypocrites, and deal rigorously with them.”
“Let not the unbelievers think they will ever get away… strike terror into the enemy of God and your enemy… rouse the faithful to arms! If they (the non-Muslims) incline to peace (accept Islam) make peace with them.” Surah 8:59-60.
“If they reject your judgment, know that it is Allah’s wish to scourge them for their sins.” Surah 5:49.
In the Al Maidah (The Table): “Believers (Muslims), take neither Jews nor Christians to be your friends: they are friends with one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship Shall become one of their number, and God does not guide (those Jewish and Christian) “wrong-doers,” 5:51-5:74.
They teach that the Jews are “evil-doers.” 5:57.
Only people with white faces will be saved; people with black faces will be damned: Surah 3:106,107.
According to the Quran, Job swore that, if God would restore him to health, he would punish his wife for her blasphemy with a hundred stripes.
Surah 2:191 Kill transgressors wherever you catch them.
Surah 2:193 Fight them on until there is no more Turmoil or oppression, and until justice and faith in Allah prevails. Let there be hostility to those who practice oppression.
Surah 2:216 Fighting is prescribed for you, and you dislike it. But it is possible that you dislike a thing which is good for you, and that you love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knows, and you know not.
Satan’s methodology has always been directed toward, ISA 14:12, the weakening of the nations.
1CO 10:26 for the earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains.
Balak was the king of the Moabites at the time of the Exodus generation and he wanted to seduce Israel.
Paraphronia = madness, insane, psychotic.
ROM 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and curse not.
If you can do it to a jackass, you can do it to a prophet or a communicator of God’s word.