(From: REVELATION #4 - 2:12-29)
F. 2:12-17 PERGAMOS: LOWERED STANDARDS THROUGH FALSE TEACHERS
a. 2:12-13 CHRIST GIVES COMMENDATION WHERE IT IS DUE
Kai toagGElotes en PerGAmoek-kleSIas GRApson:
And to the angel :of the church in Pergamos write:
TAde LEgei ho Echon ten 'romPHAIan ]4501] ten DISto-mon  ten oXEIan :
These thingssays he that has the sharp :two-edged :sword:
OIda pou ka-toiKEIS ,HOpou ho THROnos tou Sa-taNA;
13I know where you dwell, where the throne of Satan is;
kai kraTEIS to OnoMA mou, kai ouk erNEso  ten PIStin mou,
and you hold fast my :name, and did not deny my :faith,
kai en tais heMErais AnTIpas ho MARtus  mou, ho pisTOS mou,
even in the days of Antipas my :witness, my faithful one,
hos a-pekTANthe par’ huMIN, HOpou ho Sa-taNAS ka-toiKEI.
who was killed among you, where :Satan dwells.
b. 2:14 CHRIST REBUKES CHURCH FOR NOT REMOVING TEACHERS OF BALAAMISM
alLA eCHOkaTA sou oLIga,
But I have a few thingsagainst you,
HOti Echeis eKEI kraTOUNtas  ten di-daCHEN  BaLAAM,
because you have there some holding the teaching of Balaam,
hos eDIdas-ken toBaLAK baLEIN SKANda-lon
who taught :Balak to put a stumbling block
eNOpi-on ton huiON Is-raEL, phaGEIN ei-doLOthu-ta , kai porNEUsai .
before the sons of Israel, to eat thingssacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.
c. 2:15 Thus have you also some holding the teaching of Nicolaitans likewise.
HOUtos Echeis kai su kraTOUNtas ten di-daCHEN Ni-ko-la-iTON hoMOIos.
d. 2:16 PENALTY OF FAILURE TO REPENT: CHRIST BECOMES AN ENEMY!
me-taNOe-son oun; ei de meERchoMAI soi taCHU,
Repent therefore; else I come to you quickly,
kai po-leMEso met’ auTON en te'romPHAIa  tou STOmaTOS  mou.
and I will war against them with the sword of my :mouth.
e 2:17a Who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
HO Echon ous, a-kouSAtoti to PNEUma LEgei tais ek-kleSIais.
f. 2:17b PROMISE TO OVERCOMERS: HIDDEN MANNA & A WHITE STONE
TOniKONti, DOsoauTOtou MANna [3131[ tou ke-krumMEnou ,
To him that overcomes, to him will I give of the hidden :manna,
kai DOsoauTOPSEphon leuKEN ,
and I will give him a white stone,
kai ePI ten PSEphon Ono-ma kaiNON ge-gramMEnon, ho ouDEIS OIden ei meho lamBAnon.
and upon the stone a new name written, which no one knows but he that receives it.
G. 2:18-29 THYATIRA: A CHURCH TOLERATING FALSE PROPHECY
a. 2:18-19 CHRIST COMMANDS THE GOOD IN A CHURCH
Kai toagGElotes en Thu-a-TEIrois ek-kleSIas GRApson: TAde LEgei ho huiOS tou TheOU,
And to the angel of thechurch in Thyatira write: These thingssays the Son of:God,
ho Echon tous oph-thalMOUS  auTOU hos PHLOga  puROS,
who has his :eyes as a flame of fire,
kai hoi POdes auTOU HOmoi-oi chal-ko-liBAno: OI-DA sou ta ERga, kai ten aGApen
and his :feet like burnished brass: 19 I know your :works, and the love
kai ten PIStin kai ten di-a-koNIan  kai ten hu-po-moNEN  sou,
and the faith and the ministry and your :patience,
kai ta ERga sou ta EScha-ta PLEIo-na ton PROton.
and your :last :works aremore than the first.
b. 1:20 A REBUKE FOR TOLERATION OF A FALSE PROPHETESS
alLA EchokaTA sou, HOti aPHEIS ten guNAIka  IeZAbel,
But I have against you, that you suffer the woman Jezebel,
heLEgou-sa he-auTEN proPHEtin ; kai diDASkei
who calls herself prophetess; and she teaches
kai plaNA  tous eMOUS DOUlous  porNEUsai, kai phaGEIN ei-doLOthu-ta .
and seduces my :bondmen to commit fornication, and to eat idol sacrifices.
c. 2:21 And I gave her time to repent; and she wills not to repent of her :fornication.
kai Edo-ka auTECHROnon HIna me-ta-noEse; kai ou THElei me-ta-noEsai ek tes porNEIas auTES.
d. 2:22 JUDGMENT OF TRIBULATION FOR THOSE TEACHING & FOLLOWING FALSE PROPHECY
iDOU, BALloauTEN eis KLInen ,
Lo, I cast her into a bed,
kai tous moiCHEUon-tas  met’ auTES eis THLIpsin meGAlen,
and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation,
eAN meme-ta-noEsou-sin ek ton ERgon auTES.
except they repent of her :works.
e. 2:23 DEATH OF FALSE OFFSPRING: PROOF CHRIST IS ON THE SCENE
kai ta TEKna  auTES a-pok-teNOen thaNAto; kai GNOson-tai PAsai hai ek-kleSIai
And I will kill her :children with death; and all the churches shall know
HOti eGOei-mi ho e-rauNON nePHROUS  kai karDIas :
that I am he that searches reins and hearts:
kai DOsohuMIN heKAstokaTA ta ERga huMON.
and I will give to each of you according to your :works.
f. 2:24 CHRIST SPARES THE INNOCENT IN HIS JUDGMENTS
huMIN de LEgo, tois loiPOIS tois en Thu-aTEIrois, HOsoi ouk EchouSIN ten di-daCHEN TAUten,
But to you I say, to the rest :in Thyatira, as many as have not this :teaching,
HOIti-nes ouk EGno-san ta baTHEa  tou Sa-taNA, hos LEgou-sin, ou BALloeph’ huMAS ALlo BAros.
who know not the depths of :Satan, as they aresaying, I lay on you no other burden.
g. 2:25 Nevertheless what you have, hold fast till I come.
plen ho Eche-te, kraTEsa-te  Achri hou an HExo.
h. 2:26-28 PROMISE TO OVERCOMERS: AUTHORITY TO RULE
Kai ho niKON,kai ho teRON Achri TElous ta ERga mou,
And who overcomes, and who keeps my :works unto theend,
DOsoauTOe-xouSIan  ePI ton ethNON: kai poi-maNEI  auTOUS en RABdo si-deRA ,
to him will I give authority over the nations: 27 and he shall rule them with a rod of iron,
hos ta SKEUeta ke-ra-miKA  sunTRIbe-tai ;
as the potter’svessels are broken to shivers;
hos ka’ ’GOEIle-pha paRA tou paTROS mou: kai DOsoauTOton aSTEra  ton pro-iNON .
as I also have received of my :Father: 28 and I will give him the morning :star.
i. 2:29 Who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
HO Echon ous, a-kouSAtoti to PNEUma LEgei tais ek-kleSIais.
NOTE: PERGAMOSis the third of the churches in the book of Revelation that Jesus addresses.
It has the meaning of “elevation” or “actual marriage.” However it is notto Jesus as the Heavenly Bridegroom that such a marriage takes place! It is “pride” that causes one to depart from Jesus, one of the 7 capital sins. It is linked to the “Girgashite” nation of Deuteronomy 7:1 – a “religious spirit“– often difficult to discern, for Satan and his high angels mask themselves as “angels of light.” Have you sensed such a spirit in churches of today? We have!
THYATIRAmeans “perfume-bruised.” The Capital Sin of “lust” is identified with this church consorting with Jezebel. Of the 7 Canaanitish nations; the “Amorites” especially are linked with this spirit of lust.
Pray for Christian leaders especially, for they are targets of Satan. Smite the shepherd – and the sheep will scatter!
Thank God however, that even in such a church as Pergamos or Thyatira, there are stillovercomers!
Are we aware how careful we must be no matter in which of these 7 churches we find ourselves? Jesus is warning us in the Book of Revelation of the warfare in which we find ourselves. This world is no friend of grace! This world is notour home – we’re just a-passin’ through. Don’t get too comfortable down here – there isa Heavenly Jerusalem a-waiting us! - J.A.W.