Presentation on theme: "Pergamos Revelation 2:12-17 Pergamos 50 miles N/NE. of Smyrna the official capital of Asia Minor “the most illustrious city in Asia” housed a library."— Presentation transcript:
Pergamos 50 miles N/NE. of Smyrna the official capital of Asia Minor “the most illustrious city in Asia” housed a library and hospital nothing known about the establishment of the church
Religion In Pergamos religion was of great importance known of as a city of temples devoted to sensuous worship being the political capital, it was also the center of Emperor Worship the test of political loyalty (calling Caesar “Lord”) was felt more in Pergamos than in any other city in Asia
Identification He who has the sharp two-edged sword Would have brought great hope and reassurance to Christians who were suffering for their faith.
Commendation I know your works where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you
Complaint But I have a few things against you you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans
Counsel Repent or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth
Promise I will give some of the hidden manna to eat I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it
Lessons From Pergamos It is possible to be faithful to the Lord, even in the worst environment and circumstances. Compromise and sin can be found in a relatively good church. There is no room in the church for compromise with the world. Were the Lord to visit us, would He bring a sword of protection or a sword of judgment?
Thyatira 40 miles SW of Pergamos the “least known, least important, and least remarkable” of the seven cities the city became famous for its rare and expensive purple dye nothing known about the establishment of the church
Trade Guilds In Thyatira Thyatira was a thriving manufacturing and commercial center during first century. Every trade had a guild or union. These trade guilds were associated with idols. In order for one to “get ahead” in Thyatira, he had to belong to a trade guild. Membership implied that he worshipped the trade’s god, and he was expected to attend the feasts, in the idol’s temple, in honor of the god.
Trade Guilds In Thyatira “At Thyatira, a Christian’s livelihood was affected by the issues involved in guild membership. Feasts sponsored by the guilds were held, at which meat consecrated to an idol was served, and where immoral fertility rites were common. Christians at Thyatira may have been pressured to conform to their environment… The power wielded by these trade guilds was to be feared because it was through them the citizens of Thyatira earned their daily sustenance” (R. Harkrider).
Identification the Son of God eyes like a flame of fire and His feet like fine brass
Commendation I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience as for your works, the last are more than the first
Complaint you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols
Counsel I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. I will kill her children with death
Counsel all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts I will give to each one of you according to your works hold fast what you have till I come
Promise I will give power over the nations I will give him the morning star Heavily Messianic. Those who overcome will have victory in Christ.
Lessons From Thyatira A church should not rest on past accomplishments, but continue to increase in their service to the Lord. Christians are not to compromise their faith for social standing or economic prosperity. Those who teach error and influence others to sin are not to be allowed, suffered or tolerated. They are to be marked and withdrawn from. The Lord is patient, but His patience knows an end.