Revelation 2:12-17 – October 17
God, please give us a fresh revelation of Jesus Christ as we study the book of Revelation!
We’ll be studying Revelation through the end of November. Please feel free to read and journal with us as often as you can, with the goal of getting to daily time at the feet of Jesus. For this study, we are using Beth Moore’s “Here and Now…There and Then” lecture series and study guide on Revelation as a resource, so you may see it referenced occasionally, or if you want to know what Ms. Moore has to say about a specific verse, just ask in the comments section on our website.
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Revelation 2:12-17 – To the Church in Pergamum
12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write:
These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.
14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
17 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.
Remaining Faithful to God | Rebecca Hoyt
God is saying I know the persecution being done to Christians. My Bible says Antipus was the first martyr of Western Asia. The city of Pergamum served as headquarters for several pagan cults, and the practice of emperor worship spread from there throughout the region — possibly the meaning behind the phrase “where Satan has his throne.” So this is a very evil place they are living in. But in spite of all that, God is saying good job, you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me. I like that God tells them and us exactly what we are doing right and what we still need to work on. As we talked about during our group on Thursday, Satan uses generalities, and God tells us specific things. So after telling them what they were doing right, He says in verse 14: “Nevertheless, I have a few things against you.” Just like we have in every church today, people sinning, worshipping other things besides God, etc. He says if you don’t repent, bad things will happen, but if you do, He will give you good things.
(can anyone go more in depth about verse 17 — a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it?)
We were just talking about Christian persecution in Bible study. How the people in the shootings when asked if they were Christians (even knowing they were going to die) did not renounce God. I hope if a time comes when I need to say yes, I am a Christian even if I am persecuted for it I will stand up and say yes I’m a Christian. Even in little things like not wanting to offend people on Facebook.
Dear God, thank You for showing me exactly what I need to work on. Please help me to not worry about offending others with my beliefs.