Revelation 2:12-17 – Part 2

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What The Spirit Says To The Angel Of The Church In Pergamos – Part 2
 
Rev 2:15  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
Rev 2:16  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Rev 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

Introduction

In urging us to “keep the things written therein,” the first church addressed by the spirit is Ephesus. Ephesus within us is guilty of “leaving her first love,” but she does “hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans.” Ephesus is therefore reminded that she is being  addressed by “he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.”
Those words are appropriate to how Christ presents himself to us when we have left our first love, but we hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans.
The second church we keep within us is Smyrna, and Smyrna in us is above reproach. Smyrna recognizes “the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Smyrna therefore is reminded that she is being addressed by “the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive.”
That is appropriate to how Christ presents Himself to us when we recognize all the false doctrines and blasphemy of them that say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.
But in Pergamos within us we have ‘given away the farm,’ spiritually speaking. We are told by Christ, “Thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and Antipas… my faithful martyr… was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth… thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.”
How does Christ present Himself to us while we are in such a state? Here is how Christ presents Himself to us in the face of  all of these problems within us:

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

“Satan’s seat” is “Satan’s thronos” in the Greek. By this time, Satan has set up house in our hearts and minds because we have succumbed to the authority of the Nicolaitans who by now bear rule over us, and we have within us “them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Israel to eat things offered to idols and to commit fornication.” We are”the Israel of God” (Gal 6:15-16), and we have, in the Pergamos part of the revelation of Jesus Christ within us, the doctrine of Balaam which teaches us that it is good to listen to false teachers and to tolerate their false doctrines, because in so doing we are “bearing the infirmities of the weak” and we are showing love and maintaining the unity of the body of Christ. Like the apostle Peter in the high priests house, we want to blend in with the crowd. Nothing could be further from this truth. Blending in with Babylon does not preserve unity. Instead it serves only to “leaven the whole lump” with heresies and to increase the factions within the body. Here is the mind of Christ, concerning this ‘doctrine of Balaam, this meat offered to idols, which produces spiritual fornication.’

Tit 3:10  A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
Tit 3:11  Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

The commentaries all quote verse 13 and use it as a positive point against which the sins of Pergamos are contrasted.

Rev 2:13  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.
Rev 2:14  But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
Rev 2:15  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Here is Henry’s comments on verse 13. It is typical:

“1. Christ takes notice of the trials and difficulties this church encountered with: I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, etc., Rev 2:13. The works of God’s servants are best known when the circumstances under which they did those works are duly considered. Now that which added very much lustre to the good works of this church was the circumstance of the place where this church was planted, a place where Satan’s seat was. As our great Lord takes notice of all the advantages and opportunities we have for duty in the places where we dwell, so he takes notice of all the temptations and discouragements we meet with from the places where we dwell, and makes gracious allowances for them. This people dwelt where Satan’s seat was, where he kept his court. His circuit is throughout the world, his seat is in some places that are infamous for wickedness, error, and cruelty. Some think that the Roman governor in this city was a most violent enemy to the Christians; and the seat of persecution is Satan’s seat.”

How devastating is the outward approach to the revelation of Jesus Christ. “This people dwelt where Satan’s seat was” has no personal or inward application, and that is how this entire prophecy must be understood if God is going to keep this prophecy “sealed with seven seals” from all of us until we are given eyes that see and ears that hear, and from the masses of the “many called” of orthodox, Babylonian Christianity. How effective at blinding us it is when we fail to see that we are commanded to “keep those things that are written therein.” Those have been given the gift of seeing and hearing Rev 1:3, know that Satan’s throne is within us all. Satan’s throne is not in any geographical position in the universe. Satan’s throne usurps Christ’s rightful throne. Satan’s throne is in the hearts and minds of all of his “children of disobedience,” and according to the apostle Paul, that is all of us at our appointed time.

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
1Co 1:1  Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,
1Co 1:2  Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours:
1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
1Co 3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
1Co 3:4  For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

Both the “Jews which believed on Him” and the Corinthians who were “sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,” were still “not spiritual, but carnal babes in Christ.” So too, are “we all” according to the apostle Paul in Eph 2. It is not simply before we are called, it is also after we are called and while we are as “carnal babes in Christ,” as “the seven churches in Asia.”

Gal 4:1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child [ Greek nepios, a toddler], differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

It is only by “hearing what the spirit says to [ all seven of ] the churches” and by “keeping the things written therein” to all the churches of Asia, that we can ever hope to “receive the adoption of sons.” And so we continue:
Rev 2:15  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
A ‘huios,’ the Greek word for an adult child, does not tolerate the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, while a ‘nepios,’ the Greek word for a toddler, considers it cold- hearted and unloving and divisive to “hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans.
We have covered the Nicolaitans in our study of what the spirit had to say to the church at Ephesus.

Rev 2:6  But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

We saw that the Nicolaitans bear dominion over our faith, contrary to the words of Christ when He responded to His disciples arguing about who would be the greatest among them. Because this is so very common, we will look again at this doctrine, and what Christ, thinks of those who practice this doctrine.

Mat 20:20  Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
Mat 20:21  And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
Mat 20:22  But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
Mat 20:23  And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.
Mat 20:24  And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.
Mat 20:25  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.
Mat 20:26  But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
Mat 20:27  And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
Mat 20:28  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

So we “hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans” at one point in our walk, and at another point we “have them also” in our very midst. In Ephesus we “hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, and in Pergamos we “Have also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans,” among many other false doctrines which are brought into our hearts and minds by those who are given to Lord it over us in this part of our walk. That is why Christ comes to us as “he which hath the sharp sword with two edges.
This next verse just logically follows:

Rev 2:16  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

The fact that the spirit says “I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them,” proves that all of this is taking place with us, and the battle is not outward but is won by Christ with “the sword of My mouth.” All these seven churches are within us, and that is where this battle takes place. That is how we “keep the things which are written therein.” We see all of these spiritual faults and sins within ourselves and we “fight against them [ all] with the sword of My mouth.”
It is given to but a few to see or hear these things of the spirit, and so we are told again, as with every one of these seven churches of Christ within us:

Rev 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth [ it].

Remember, any time we see that phrase “he that hath and ear,” we are actually being told that very few will understand what is being said.

To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

What incredible blessings are promised to “him that overcometh.”  It is to the overcomers only, that it is given to “eat of the hidden manna.” It is the overcomers only who are  “given a white stone, containing a new name, which no man knows  but the man who receives that white stone containing that new name.”
What are all these promises? Are they not all one and the same thing? Are they not all nothing less than types of Christ and His words taking up their abode within us? Being give “the spirit of Christ” is “life more abundantly,” and is the ultimate gift that God can give:

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

It is, of course, one and the same as “the spirit of God dwelling in you.” But let’s look at how the scriptures define these symbols for us. The definitions are always very illuminating and instructive in and of themselves.
What then is “the hidden manna?” This phrase comes from the manna which Moses was instructed to place within the arch of the covenant.

Exo 16:32  And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD commandeth, Fill an omer of it to be kept for your generations; that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt.
Exo 16:33  And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations.
Exo 16:34  As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept.

What does the spirit tell us is hidden?

1Co 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Pe 3:4  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Christ is that “hidden man of the spirit,” with “the hidden wisdom,” which is the “hidden manna,” which is promised to “him that overcometh.”
Christ tells us that He is the bread that came down from heaven which if a man eats he will live forever.

Joh 6:41  The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.
Joh 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Always ask, what is Christ’s flesh which He gives for the life of the world?” And every time we ask that question about Christ, except when it involves headship, we will always arrive at the same answer:

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

“The testimony” where the hidden manna is “laid up” in Exo 16:4, is “the ark of the testimony,” and this “hidden manna” was laid up inside the ark, which means that it is laid up inside Christ, who is our testimony just as we are “of His flesh…”

Rev 1:2  Who [ John and Christ in John and in you and me] bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Rev 1:9  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Chris t.
Rev 12:17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

But this “hidden manna” was soon lost, just as we all, at one time “leave our first love.”

1Ki 8:1  Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
 
1Ki 8:9  There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt.
Rev 2:4  Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
Rev 2:5  Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 

And will give him a white stone,

What is this “white stone?” We will not find a scripture anywhere else where these two words are together as they are here. But we can, line upon line and precept upon precept, determine that this white stone, like everything else in scripture, is concerned in one way or another with Him “by whom and for whom all things were made” (Col 1:16 and Rev 4:11).
What does the color white tell us? Whose name is best know in connection with this color?

Mat 17:2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
 Rev 1:14  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Rev 3:4  Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

It is only Christ, and those who are with Him who “walk in white,” because white is primarily associated with Christ. The white throne and the white stone, are both Christ in His people, in His elect.
And in the stone a new name written,

What is this “new name” which is written in this “white stone?” Is there any doubt what name is given to Christ’s elect?

Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name‘s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Mat 18:5  And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Mat 18:20  For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
Joh 14:26  But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

The holy spirit itself comes only in Christ’s name. That name of Jesus is the only name that is above every name that is named, and it is He who is our father, and for whom we must be named.

Eph 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us- ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [ places],
Eph 1:21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Eph 3:10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
Eph 3:11  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:
Eph 3:12  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
Eph 3:13  Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
Eph 3:14  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Eph 3:15  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

We are named after our father, and our father is Christ:

Isa 9:6  For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

So we are named after our Father and our Father is named after His Father, and once again we have to come to see that “as He is so are we in this world.”

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. 

While there are billions of people who claim the name of Christ, there are very few who know that name. The name of Christ, is for the most part “blasphemed among the heathen through those who claim that name:

Rom 2:24  For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

Like the apostle Paul, we all ignorantly blaspheme the name of God for many years before we begin to repent and to quit blaspheming that name.

1Ti 1:12  And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
1Ti 1:13  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did [ it] ignorantly in unbelief.

Hebrew and Greek vocalizations of names given God, are not the subject of any of the verses which mention the name of God. “A good name” has nothing to do with vocalizations of physical names. “A good name” has everything to do with a good life, and a pure mind and conscience before God. The only way we can possible name the name of God, is to forsake evil:

2Ti 2:19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

While billions call themselves by Christ’s name, the only ones who know that new name written in that white stone are those who “depart from iniquity,” and can honestly call Christ their Lord:

Mat 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Conclusion

Rev 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
Rev 2:16  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Rev 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

So we have reviewed what is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans and we say that at this point in our walk we have the Nicholaitans within us. “

Rev 2:15  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

We saw that “I will come to thee and fight again them” proves that this doctrine is within us.

Rev 2:16  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them

We have seen that the only way to purge ourselves of this hateful doctrine is through “the sword of My mouth,” the Word of God, which so very few are willing to obey.

Rev 2:16  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Again we saw the phrase “He that hath and ear,” reminding us that very few will indeed hear what the spirit is saying to the churches.
Finally we saw that with all of these problems within us, Christ presents Himself to us a “He that has the sharp sword with two edges,” and yet we are still encouraged to be overcomers, and “are given  great and precious promises.”  We saw that the “hidden manna… the white stone… and the name written in that stone,” are one and all “Christ in us the hope of glory,” and we saw that not everyone who claims that name really knows Christ, but only those “who do the will of My Father which is in heaven.”
Next week Lord willing we will see even more of what is within us as we learn of the revelation of Christ within us. Here is what the spirit writes to Thyatira within us. This is where we will begin in our next study of “keeping the things written therein.”

Rev 2:18  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet [ are] like fine brass;
Rev 2:19  I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last [ to be] more than the first.
Rev 2:20  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.
Rev 2:21  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
Rev 2:22  Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
Rev 2:23  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
Rev 2:24  But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.
Rev 2:25  But that which ye have [ already] hold fast till I come.
Rev 2:26  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
Rev 2:28  And I will give him the morning star.
Rev 2:29  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

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