Who Did You Say Lives Here??
Read Revelation Chapter 2
Rev 2:12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of Him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to My name. You did not renounce your faith in Me, even in the days of Antipas, My faithful witness, who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.
Notice something with me which is unusual in this passage. There is a statement that is mentioned twice in one short passage. That is unusual. The repeated statement, worded slightly differently, is that Satan lives here. First Jesus told John that Satan has his throne in Pergamum. Then he says that Satan lives in Pergamum. There must be some reason why Jesus noted that fact twice. I don’t know what that reason might be. I suspect that the residents knew very well why.
But there is another point. Where does Satan live? Right here on earth. Jesus called Satan the “prince of this world” three times in the book of John – 12:31, 14:30, and 16:11. He has a lot of power on earth and will have until God decides to end his reign. I think we forget that. Satan is hard at work in this world. We see evil all around us and all over the globe. That evil is sure evidence of his presence among the peoples of the earth.
Most of mankind has wished for peace since the beginning of time. Yet, it has not happened. It won’t happen until Satan is cast away from earth. We should not be surprised that we don’t see peace today, or realistically expect it in the future. Satan lives here. He has his throne here. Whether his presence was more evident in Pergamum, I don’t know. But I know we don’t have to go there to find evidence.
The church was given a mission to go out into the world and change it for Christ. For many centuries, Christians did a fairly good job in spreading the gospel and truth to the world. But today, we see something different happening. We see Satan and his forces coming into our churches and spreading his false gospel and false truth. His lies are infiltrating “Christian” churches all over the world. Sin is not only tolerated, it is celebrated.
Yes. Satan lives here. He is setting up his throne right under our noses. It may not be happening in your church, but he is establishing a stronghold in many of our churches. No city is immune to the progress he has made, making inroads into congregations everywhere. Nevertheless, there is hope.
Mt 16:17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Jesus has established the true church on earth, and it will be standing at the end of time as we know it. Who will be among those who are a part of that remnant which is left on earth, thriving until the end? It will be all who have remained true to God’s word, His revelation to His saints. As we continue to battle SSA, we need to continually remind ourselves that we are a part of that true church, the congregation who held on to the truth with the confidence and tenacity given to us by our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and established within us by the Holy Spirit.
Just as this passage from Revelation says, “You remain true to My name. You did not renounce your faith in Me.” Keep trucking on, dear friends, knowing that Satan, who lives all around us, cannot and will not prevail. Our faithfulness to hang on to the truth about homosexuality will be rewarded.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, because You always keep a remnant of those who remain true to You and Your word. We realize that it is only by Your power and strength we are hanging on. We can boast only in You, not on any of our own strength or accomplishments. Continue to keep us firmly attached to truth. Prevent us from joining those who have infiltrated many of our churches.