Sunday, September 14, 2014

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THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA /REVELATION 2 - 3
copyright November 2007
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CHAPTER 7

P E R G A M O S
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And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even wher 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. But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them the hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the docrtine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 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. Revelation 2:12-17
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Pergamos was a city built on a hilltop, positioned for advantage against attack.  The name Pergamos means height or elevation.  Having allowed those into the church who lived according to the doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitans, the advantage against demonically initiated spiritual attacks was being eroded.  The beginnings of the Church had an elevated report, but they would loose it if they did not do something about the problem.  The city of Pergamos had temples to everything imaginable (as did the other cities), even one for Caesar worship, something common throughout the Roman Empire.  (Idol worship is worshiping what it represents, the demon it portrays or person).
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For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heartHebrews 4:12
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The doctrines of Balaam, the Nicolaitans, and Jezebel were flourishing in Asia.  The establishing of God's Church was a threat to the continuation of those doctrines, and of all other demonic doctrines.  At some point those who held to these doctrines were allowed to coexist with those who held to the doctrine of Christ in the church at Pergamos.  This in itself might not have been a problem except that those who were new born or weak in the faith were being persuaded to embrace the false teachings of these cults, which was creating a problem.  Initially I would believe those who held to those doctrines were allowed to coexist in the church for the salvation of their souls, but this was not happening, I would say at least for the most part. The threat of total compromise was at the "door step" of the church.

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The decision to continue to allow those into the church who would not repent and stop their participation in those doctrines was a bad choice on the part of the Pastor, just as allowing the desires of the flesh to reign in our life. Those who were being persuaded to embrace these doctrines where being deceived in believing that participating in those pagan activities was acceptable in the sight of God.  The doctrine of Christian Liberty was being twisted to mean just the opposite of what the writings of the Apostles taught.  (A detailed description about Christian Liberty has already been written).  God commended those who were not compromising their faith for those heresies, in the midst of all the demonic activity that surrounded them, along with the persecution, and even after the martyr’s death of Antipas.  Antipas means "father", which could imply that this is a title and not the name of someone, which could imply a previous Pastor, if not actually a faithful Christian name Antipas.
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Compromising their faith is a common problem with those who do not have the Holy Spirit reigning in their life.  Even with having read whatever form of the written word the church at Pergamos had, there were those who were still easily deceived with heresies, as it is with those Believers who do not read the bible for themselves in these days, as a daily routine.  This made it easy for a demon or Satan to come along and cast doubt on the doctrine of Christ saying, "has God really said," or "this is what God really means."  Those who have a compromising walk with God are double-minded and easily swayed.
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A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.  James 1:8
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. James 4:8
At the time letters, written by the Apostle Paul to Ephesus, Laodicea, and Colosse, and by many of the other Apostles, were being passed from church to church, exhorting them not to allow this to happen [Colossians 4:16].  Read the prophecy of Paul to the Ephesian Elders in Acts 20:29-30.  I would say obviously this was a prophetic word for all of Asia.  Just as then so it is now, there are those who by their doctrine either change the word of God, or ignore what they choose not to believe.
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And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church. And when they were come to him, he said unto  them, Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons,.. For this I know that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Acts 20:17-18, 29-30
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And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. Colossians 4:16
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Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.  1 Peter 1:1-2
The Greek word for "hold" in v14 and v15, kratevw or krateo has various meanings, one definition is " to have power, be powerful, to be chief, be master of, to rule.  With this definition the implication is that the ones who held to those pagan doctrines could be instructors or teachers of these pagan doctrines who attended the church of Pergamos.  A reason that could let this happen would be to make the church more socially acceptable to the government and the general population, causing the persecution to back off, if not cease altogether. This is called COMPROMISE.  The Lord exposed that the underlying attempt by Satan was to use these doctrines as a stumbling block for His people v14, and as is the meaning of Nicolaitan: to destroy God's people.
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My FaceBook Timeline http://www.facebook.com/samuel.siders; some of the responses I have posted in answer to those who God has had me to shared with on AolAnswers and FaceBook can be found in the "Notes" section on my FaceBook Wall [timeline]; which contains more than 450 notes.
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My activity about sharing the Word of God with Muslims continues; this open door that the Lord has made available to me as an apologist is one where worldwide opportunities are made available (all English speaking people around the world from many different countries, races, and religious beliefs). It is WRITTEN in 1 Peter 3:15…” But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" God wants us to know AND understand His Word (2 Timothy 2:15).
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DEFENSE FOR THE “ARCHKO VOLUME” 
http://www.scribd.com/doc/76537136/A-Definite-Appraisal-of-the-ArchkoVolume-Hubert-Luns   ...  and http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/minister/MahanWilliamDennes.htm
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This past week a response was posted about the books of Enoch, related to a question why so many are reading and using it. A person responded with information to invalidate its content for various reasons, one of which had to do with angels having intercourse with human women. The reply I posted was to validate that both Canons of the Bible teach angels did have intercourse with women according to Genesis 6:4, by transforming themselves into human men and that there are plenty of Scriptures to explain the results and what God did to end the problems the relationships created.
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The last half of my week has been mostly responding to three or four people who have believed a “cult” teaching that Jesus was a black man and the black man is the true descendants of Shem. The “table of nations” and what Moses wrote in Genesis 10 prove the “cult’s” claims about the black race are FALSE. The Black cult uses plenty of Scriptures IN ERROR to support its false conclusions; as an apologist God helps me to discern their misuse of Scripture and to respond with “corrections.”
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In course of the conversation the book “the 13th tribe” was mentioned to validate those in Israel today are not Israelis and the fact that many of them a white people. I had been told by an Israel I conversed with, in the past, that the claim of those in Israel are not Israelis has been proven false, but I never researched to find the proof, until the book was mentioned this past week. The following is the response posted for the individual who mentioned the book “the 13th tribe:”
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“… Having researched information about Koestler's book, it has been debunked by DNA gene testing of the races of people mentioned in his book, and research of the source material he used as "very poor, and lack true scholarly research by the writers of the source material Koestler used.” Simply put, Koestler’s book is extremely more false than it could ever be true; like everything else you believe from the false prophets and teachers you have been deceived by, a MULTITUDE of lies and liars.”
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There is a DNA gene “marker” that is common to Israelis, and has been found in about 88 percent of those living in Israel today. The reason for many Israelis who are red and blonde hair blue eyed is because of Gentile DNA that was mixed with Israeli DNA from all nations of the “dispersion.” God only required Levites to marry Levites, the other eleven tribes did not have the limitation; therefore red and blonde hair blue eyed Israelis HAVE ALWAYS been common to those who have the DNA “maker” that they are in truth descendants of Shem.
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There are Israeli men who married black women, and therefore can be concluded that there do exist black people who have the DNA “marker” in their genes; one Biblically obvious proof for this Fact is that Moses [a descendant of Shem] married an Ethiopian woman [a descendant of Ham]. There is a book titled “The Archko Volume” that give two claims Jesus had blonde hair and so did Mary and a 41 page defense for the Archko Volume that mentions another investigation,  not in the book, that Jesus had blonde hair. IF IN TRUTH Jesus did have blonde hair and blue eyes, the simple explanation for it is that we have no knowledge how many women in Jesus’ linage were Gentiles who had blonde hair and blue eyes. I have seen a painted picture from the Catholic Church portraying Jesus with blonde hair. Not all of King David’s wives were descendants of Shem.
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Samuel   9/14/2014