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Letters to Pergamos and Thyatira (3 of 26)
Series: The Book of Revelation
A Verse by Verse Study
October 5, 2008
INTRODUCTION: In our last lesson, we looked at the letters to Ephesus and Smyrna. Tonight, we will consider John's letters to two more of the seven churches, Pergamos and Thyatira.
I. THE CHURCH OF PERGAMOS (VV. 12-17)
ILLUS: The city of Pergamos was built on a hill 1,000 feet above the surrounding countryside, creating a natural fortress. It was a sophisticated city, a center of Greek culture and education, with a 200,000-volume library. But it was also the center of four cults, rivaling Ephesus in its worship of idols. The city's chief god was Asclepius, whose symbol was a serpent, and who was considered the god of healing. People came to Pergamos from all over the world to seek healing from this god.1
This was a very difficult place for Christians; and yet, the church at Pergamos was established here and grew, in spite of the extreme conditions concerning persecution and doctrinal challenges.
A. A Message to the Pastor (vv. 12-13)
1. The Lord begins by telling the pastor, "I know thy works..." Sometimes, we tend to forget that God's eyes are upon all we do. Good or bad, the Lord knows everything about us. The Bible says He "neither sleeps nor slumbers" (Psalm 121:3). Job 34:21 says, "For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings." Certainly, this ought to be a motivating force in causing to do the right things in our church and in our personal lives...God knows everything.
2. Again, He said, "I know where thou dwellest..." God knows your address. He knows your works, and He knows where you live. The place where these Christians lived was probably one of the most evil places on earth at the time--the city of Pergamos. The Lord referred to is as "Satan's seat." Pergamos was a city given to idolatry and sin of every sort. It was not a safe place for Christia ...
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