Chapter 2:12-17: The message written to the church in
to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: The One who has the sharp
two-edged sword says this: 13`I know where you dwell, where
Satan's throne is; and you hold fast My name, and did not deny My faith even in
the days of Antipas, My witness, My faithful one, who was killed among you,
where Satan dwells. 14`But I have a few things against you, because
you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam*, who kept teaching Balak to
put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to
idols and to commit acts of immorality. 15`So you also have some who
in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans*. 16`Therefore
repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them
with the sword of My mouth. 17`He who has an ear, let him hear what
the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some
of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written
on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.' Revelation 2:12-17 (NAS)
Near Satan's Throne:
In Revelation 2:12-17, Jesus (He that has the
two-edged sword) acknowledges that the Christians that live in Pergamum are in an evil
place. The city is described by Jesus as "where Satan's throne is."
The persecution in this city had been great, and had resulted in the death of
Antipas, a follower of Jesus.
In Revelation 2:12-17, the Christians in the city of Pergamum were
first praised for holding fast to Jesus' name and not denying the faith,
and then: (pick the best answer)
Jesus was willing to overlook the problems that they had.
Jesus was tolerant of them accepting any doctrine, even if it were false, just as
long as they held fast to His name.
Jesus told them to repent.
*Some of the Christians held to the teaching of Balaam (to eat
things sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication) and the Nicolaitans (who
taught similar false doctrine).