Deception 50: Pergamos Bequethed
12-23-10



Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where 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.






The following stylized map gives a general idea of where the seven churches of the Revelation--including Pergamos--were located.
For more exact locations, seek out a better map.
seven_churches_of_Revelation



In Revelation 2:12-13 we learn that the devil has a seat--it is in Pergamos. We also learn that the devil has a place where he dwelleth--it is in Pergamos. Pergamos, having been developed by the Greeks, was literally bequethed to another nation...but to whom? This short article will provide names for whoever wants to know a little about Pergamos. Anybody who wants to confirm the information can look it up in an encyclopedia. You may not get the full story looking up one entry (I didn't), you may have to look up individual names. You may have to investigate several sources. I have found that people (including book authors) do not always give all of the facts--sometimes this is by mistake, sometimes by design. This is a time of deception. Let's go forward, but first...

*** A REVIEW OF THE FOUR WORLD KINGDOMS OF DANIEL ***

In Deception 19 we saw--

  • Babylon
  • Medes-Persians
  • Greeks
  • Romans

Daniel prophesied that after the great horn (Alexander the Great) was broken, four horns would rise up in his place but not in his power (see this link for more information on this including the pertinent scriptures). After Alexander the Great died in 323 BC, his people fought amongst themselves for power. Four soldiers/generals come out on top--

1. Lysimachus (ruled portions of Asia (today called Asia Minor and located in modern day Turkey) in addition to Thrace in Europe.)
2. Antigonus (ruled Macedonia, which ruled Greece for 200 years)
3. Seleucus (ruled Syria and portions of Asia)
4. Ptolemy (ruled Egypt)

*** LYSIMACHUS ***

We will concern ourselves with Lysimachus because Pergamos (called "Pergamon" or "Pergamum" by man today) would eventually come under the independent rule of one of Lysimachus' successors.

After the kingdom of Lysimachus fell apart, the Attalid dynasty arose. From the internet (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attalid_dynasty)--

The Attalid dynasty was a Hellenistic dynasty that ruled the city of Pergamon after the death of Lysimachus, a general of Alexander the Great...One of Lysimachus' officers, Philetaerus, took control of the city in 282 BC. The later Attalids were descended from his father, and they expanded the city into a kingdom. Attalus I proclaimed himself King in the 230s BC.... THE ATTALIDS RULED PERGAMON UNTIL ATTALUS III BEQUETHED THE KINGDOM OF PERGAMOS TO THE **ROMAN** REPUBLIC IN 133 BC...


Alexander the Great
Lysimachus
Philetaerus
Eumenes I
Attalus I
Eumenes II
Attalus II
Attalus III
Rome*


*Perhaps this could go without saying, but this list in no way implies that Rome today rules the physical territory of Pergamos which is in modern-day Turkey. Turkey is its own sovereign nation[1]. What we must do is begin to understand the spiritual territory of Pergamos. What was there? What practices? What type of evil manifested itself at that place (don't go too far in researching this)? What is it about Pergamos that showed it to be Satan's seat and dwelling place? How is Pergamos manifested today? The silent physical ruins of Pergamos still sit in Turkey and under its government. But where is the spirit of Pergamos? The devil is not silent. He is very active. He did not fall into silent ruin like physical Pergamos. Satan still has a seat and a dwelling place. Where is the spirit of Pergamos located? And where is Athena, the city's virgin goddess? What about Dionysus/Bacchus god of wine and revelry and the other gods? Are the occult symbols of Pergamos still extant and being used in the world today? Are people still making request of the Olympians albeit under different names like St. Anthony, St. Paul, etc.? Where are the rituals, the rites, the mysteries, the practices, the secrets, the gods, the forms, the pageantry, the artifacts of Pergamos (e.g., idols, griffins, gargoyles, vestments, statues, etc.)? Where is Pergamos located today? Where is the great altar today? And where is the temple of Athena today? What is their resemblance in the earth today? What might these things have to do with Pergamos being Satan's seat and dwelling place? What is it about Pergamos that shows it to be Satan's seat and dwelling place?

In this world, there is a lot of information floating around--including about some of the inner secret workings of the devil. We do not need to know all these things. I think that I sometimes get physically nauseated by these things even though I only view them from afar. The little I saw of Pergamos made me think of a rat's nest. We are to be simple concerning evil. We need to stop our researches when we come to high blasphemies (I hate all blasphemy but people are being deceived and taught these things. In an attempt to make the truth known, I meet these things tangentially so that I can help people to avoid these errors, come out of these errors, and understand these errors. I also meet them so that I can give an answer to the gainsayers.). Concerning the spirit of Pergamos, I had to stop quickly when I tried to understand the spirit of Pergamos. I therefore have only superficial understanding of these things and have a mind to know nothing else of the details. I say this to caution the reader in this area. There are things that are done and said that it is a shame to even speak about. Some ministries go too far into the details. We don't need to know the depths of Satan. May we all content ourselves with an overview and if there is more for us to know, it will be known.

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[1] I looked at several sources (they do not always agree perfectly) but I believe that the modern name for the city of Pergamos is Bergama and that it lies within the Turkish province of Izmir.

[2] The physical altar of Zeus with its gigantomachy frieze on its outside walls (depicting Olympian gods, astrological gods, creatures, and Dionysus (Roman name Bacchus)--I know not what else) was moved and reassembled at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.

Aside from the friezes of the great altar, the various Greek and Roman gods are prominently displayed as statues in many places--including the Vatican Museum. The Vatican Museum is believed, by many, to be one of the finest museums in the world. In addition to various statues and idols, it also houses other artifacts like Egypt's book of the dead replete with its magic incantations. This practice of collecting and displaying evil keeps ancient sorcery alive and before the eyes of the world.