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The Angel In Pergamos

Again starting with the scriptures,

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Rev ch2v12-17
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;
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.
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. (KJV)

Christ once more introduces Himself as the one with all judgement, having the choice of all which may become elect. The angel is assured that Christ knows his works (he is not wasting his efforts despite the broader paradigm of the world he is in.) Satan's seat (the beast, the fourth seal system of the dialectic) of which the angel has no light of understanding (His efforts are to describe or overcome said system logically, but as yet to no avail.)

The static subgroup is formed of the second, third and fifth elements of the seven cycle. With Laodicea as the identity of unity, that indicates that the third church in the circuit is one truly "of the Earth" and this one element the first of the static triple or "bow" of antichrist. (It is here that Satan, effectively, "has his seat". Despite such plausible accusation that the least is his own, the seven cycle is reversed and whilst the third, fourth and sixth churches are indeed part of the static "bow", the angel's circuit through them is never part of the bow or ever a part of the static subgroup! It is only as floating unity moving through each church.)

Satan's "throne" or authority is solely to accuse: the letter states that the angel dwells spiritually in some "place" where Satan would find the authority to accuse him. Jesus gives him a better example - as that of one "Antipas" (translit. "in place of everyone" - the example everyone else should be setting to His angel, the least to whom all should have ministered), and whilst commending His angel, in order to escape accusation Jesus states the angel's fellowship should be tried rather than the angel's faith!

In hoping to so overcome, the angel has wisely chosen his battle; and is commended on that same faith (with Christ's virtue upheld as his victory), even when the faithful are dying in the streets for communicating Christ's virtue by example as also to the angel. (Perhaps it is difficult to communicate said doctrine in the angel's environment?) Satan dwells on defeating that virtue, the angel in respect reciprocates and is likewise to be so rewarded.

Returning to the angel and his position of virtue, despite this proper stance, the angel's fellowship includes that broader path of the seal systems three and four.

The Church's doors are open. Outsiders are encouraged to mix with the regular attendees, but their status as a "peculiar people" is thereby lost. (Much like I once experienced at Holy Trinity Brompton, the home of the "alpha course". Many attendees are just "passing through".) (C.f. Rev 2:14) Open dinners held with unbelievers yielded invitations to visit other faith's temples of worship. There is in Pergamos a "lack of respect" for the house of prayer, even though (as also in HTB) it is supposed to be solely dedicated to God as the Lord's "holy ground". I expect every letter to also have some "modern" relevance for the angel's circuit.

The "stumbling block" laid is the empty middle (impossibly heavy burden) of the dialectic. In perpetuating relationships as the only desired positive, sound doctrine is to be taken off the table. (Said relationships are described in the book within chapter 10.8 at the close of said chapter.)

There is found a central clique of what are in the New Testament called "super apostles" to whom every other attendee gives their respect and deference in all matters spiritual. (Verse 2:15.) Jesus hates this thing. This place is truly a centre of religious commerce and not a place which may be said to be free of the following irregular attendees trampling the Lord's "holy ground" underfoot:

1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (KJV)

The angel is instructed to leave. He is not to become as "their servant". If the angel does not move on, he will find himself in a five cycle and Christ will "come early" and will cut him off with them, in judgement (c.f. verse 2:12)

The angel is rewarded to tread the winepress further. He is fed with "manna", hidden encouragement (a sound gift of predestination to eternal life in Christ), as to find rest in the wilderness in His own great tribulation. He is given an indicator of election with a promise bearing God's new name and that of his own as His right hand. (Though this mystery is not to be open to us as yet.) He, the angel alone, receives it. No one else may attain it. It is not transferable.

That "white stone" is also a notice of acquittal. The "ten times" or false doctrines of the dragon that the least must overcome (so that he may be tried) may be said to circuit in the angel's cycle, with each of the seven churches comprising a dialectic device (mountain) using a "three onto one" dialectic (of the third seal system.) And thus the serpent swallows its own tail (as if his most heinous device). Then the third church in the least's "cycle" is also the tenth: for, as is reasonable, if the angel has overcome thrice from his first (and only) circuit he is no more guilty than if he had overcome on a subsequent loop in a cycle - at the tenth "time". Predestined, he already has the victory from overcoming all seven churches! Satan's swallowing act does not succeed, the angel is acquitted - the tail swallowed is of no extra effect.

Those ten times begin as with the letter to Ephesus: but without even one victory gained (as of then) there is no certainty of any further testing: Overcoming the world once is enough of "leaving captivity" for "one time" (at least). The test of ten is declared in the letter to Smyrna - the first time appears to be enough of an acquittal to undergo nine further tests. If that "prison" is to be tested without those memories gained from a former "time" or "test" in place, that I could understand. Given the seven horns of the lamb are cumulative and prevent the least backsliding, the angel approaches his own reckoning as he nears his final victory of his circuit completed.

"Ten times" is then "ten tests" or "ten forgettings" and there is no sense telling the angel in Ephesus that he is tested on something he has not forgotten yet!

The circuit is made with a life, and not a cycle in the spirit: Having one's spirit imprisoned, how would that affect one's life? There is a mystery there to be sure but it is simplified when the white stone is given as an acquittal. There is one circuit, surely, not one endless cycle in the spirit.

That stated: "ten times" would not stop there... If the serpent swallowed its tail on the tenth time being one repeat of all the previous nine; there would possibly be an "Achilles and the Tortoise" paradox, and Satan would seek justification for that (or some variant). Acquittal would excuse from any paradox likewise,.. (one day of complete hell and it would all be over - far from Satan's desire) though I forget myself, I should not continue to muse on this!

In any sense, the predestination of the angel excuses the least from this "prison" of Satan's making, having no effect on his eternal salvation - only his testing whilst on earth. That white stone is enough to confirm at least to myself that one angel makes a sevenfold circuit of ten false doctrines to overcome, in a looped device "swallowing it's own tail". (Not truly like a "Shepherd-tone", but could it be likened to one?)


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