Hi, this is the fifth post in a short series on Revelation chapter two and three.
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We carry on this morning with our study of Jesus’ letter to the Pergamum church. Once again, I must apologize if this is a rather bleak post this morning but I promise it will be much more cheerful tomorrow!
Revelation 2:14 ‘Nevertheless, I have a few things against you. You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.’
Jesus is referring to the account in Numbers 22-25 where Balak, a Moabite King, hires Balaam to curse Israel.
The message is one of enticement, seduction and temptation.
The church in Pergamum was clearly being tested to the limits to remain faithful to Christ. The pressure to compromise and join the pagan status quo was clear.
Some teach, with good reason, that this describes the end-time tactics of our spiritual enemy. Whilst the church is focused on an end-time harvest, so the enemy is focused on his end-time harvest of souls who turn away from Christ and worship him instead. And he will not hesitate to use enticement, seduction and temptation to get his way. We call this the apostasy.
Matthew 24:10 ‘At that time, many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people.’
The world and his uncle will turn upon the end-time church and endeavour to seduce us to follow the easy path. Persecution will bring food deprivation and loss of social status. We will become the scapegoats of our society.
2 Peter 2:14 ‘With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning, they seduce the unstable, they are experts in greed – an accursed brood. They have left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam, son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness.
The enemy will seek to seduce and drag many from the straight way and follow his path to destruction as well.
Revelation 2:12a ‘These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.‘
May we be found strong in the grace of the Lord to face the testing times ahead. May we continue to learn from our brothers and sisters in Iran and Afghanistan, that we might be fully prepared for these coming days and that we will fight off the tactics of the enemy; that we might help others to come to the light, and that we will see a great end-time victory in Christ Jesus.
Hasten the day…
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