NOTE: The church at Pergamos. The word pergamos means much marriage.
Revelation 2:12-17 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 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. 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. So has thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 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.
The way of Balaam: II Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the WAY of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
Balaam is the typical hireling prophet, seeking only to make a market of his gift. This is «the way of Balaam» and characterizes false teachers. (Scofield notes)
The error of Balaam: Jude 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of cain, and ran greedily after the ERROR of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
The «error of Balaam» was that he could see only the natural morality —a holy God, he reasoned, must curse such a people as Israel. Like all false teachers he was ignorant of the higher morality of vicarious atonement, by which God could be just and yet the justifier of believing sinners. (Scofield notes)
Doctrine of Balaam: Revelation 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.
Numbers 22, 23, 24 and 25
God would not allow Balaam to curse the children of Israel. He threatened to kill Balaam if he tried. Balaam found a way to put the children of Israel in a position where God would kill them Himself. He taught Balak, the King of Moab, what to do. He had the Jews inter-marry with the Moabites, and then God killed the Jews Himself. This is «the doctrine of Balaam,» found in Numbers 25:1-8
Numbers 25:1-8 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods; and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. And Israel joined himself unto Baal-peor: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel. And the Lord said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Baal-peor. And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.
1) He taught the children of Isreal to eat things sacrified to idols.
2) He taught the children of Israel to commit fornication.
3) He taught that the Clergy should rule over the laity.
In Balaam’s worship things are sacrificed to idols, and immorality is actually a real part of the worship service.
James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Revelation 2:15 So has thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.
These people liked to RULE over God’s people. Nicloaitans: — «Nikao» means to conquer, «Laos» (Laity) means common or ordinary people.
The doctrine of the Nicolaitans (which God hateth) is a doctrine on how to conquer the common or ordinary people. The doctrine is set up whereby the clergy becomes a special priest-class in a special position, ruling the average ordinary Christian. This is a heresy and a pagan perversion of the Word of God.
In a true Christian Church everyone is equal.
Matthew 20:24-28 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren. 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. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Matthew 23:5-12 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, ever Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
The Pergamos church age was from about 325 A.D. to about 500 A.D. This period is marked by the rise of the pagan institution located on the seven hills of Rome. The dark ages bring in social, intellectual and moral decay This pagan institution (so called church) is superstitious, intolerant, dogmatic and bigoted.
Check the following web site.
The Two Babylons
or The Papal Worship Proved to be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife
By the Late Rev. Alexander Hislop