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The Seat of Satan: Ancient Pergamum

Gordon Robertson takes an in-depth look at the ancient Greco-Roman city Pergamum called “the dwelling place of Satan” from the book of Revelation. Read Transcript


I, JOHN, WAS ON THE ISLAND THAT

IS CALLED PATMOS.

I WAS IN THE SPIRIT ON THE

LORD'S DAY AND HEARD BEHIND ME,

A LOUD VOICE.

TO THE ANGEL OF THE CHURCH IN

PERGAMUM RIGHT, I KNOW YOUR

WORKS AND WHERE YOU DWELL, WHERE

SATAN'S THRONE IS.

YOU HOLD FAST TO MY NAME AND

DIDN'T DENY MY FAITH.

EVEN IN THE DAYS IN WHICH ANT

PASS WAS MY FAITHFUL MARTYR

KILLED AMONG YOU WHERE SATAN

DWELLS.

TODAY ALL THAT IS LEFT OF

PERGAMUM ARE RUINS.

WHEN THE APOSTLE JOHN WROTE HIS

LETTER TO THE CHURCH THERE, IT

WAS 1 OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL

CITIES IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE.

PERGAMUM HAD A UNIQUE STATUS,

IT WAS THE POLITICAL CENTER.

IT WAS FROM THERE THAT ALL OF

THE RULINGS WERE MADE WHICH

EFFECTED THE WHOLE OF ASIA

MINER.

THE CITY'S ACROPOLIS, THE

COLLECTION SO GREAT THE ROMAN

GENERAL MARK ANTHONY PRESENTED

IT AS A WEDDING GIFT TO

CLEOPATRA.

PERGAMUM WAS A THRIVING CITY.

WAS DO THE PERGAMUM CALL IT THE

SEAT OF SATAN.

ON 1 SIDE IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL

CITY.

ON THE FLIP SIDE IT WAS THE

DARKEST EARIEST CITIES IN THE

WHOLE ROMAN EMPIRE.

THE THE CITY HAD 3 TEMPTS

DEDICATED TO THE WORSHIP OF THE

ROMAN

EMPIRE, ANOTHER FOR

GODDESS ATHENA AND ZEUS.

MANY BELIEVE THIS ALTAR IS THE

THRONE OF SATAN MENTIONED IN THE

BOOK OF REVELATION.

THAT WORD THRONE WAS USED TO

DESCRIBE A CHAIR USED IN A

PERSONAL PRIVATE RESIDENCE.

IT WAS THE CHAIR FOR THE LORD OF

THE HOUSE, THE MASTER OF THE

HOUSE.

THE VERY FACT JESUS WOULD USE

THAT WORD IN THIS VERSE MEANS

SATAN FELT AT HOME THERE.

HE SAT ON A THRONE THERE.

IT WAS HIS TERRITORY.

HE WAS THE MASTER OF THAT HOUSE.

CITY ALSO HAD A HEALING

CENTER.

IT WAS BUILT IN HONOR OF THE

SERPENT GOD.

IT WAS A CROSS BETWEEN A

HOSPITAL AND HEALTH SPA, THEY

COULD GET MUD BATHS TO SURGERY.

THIS WAS NO ORDINARY DOCTOR'S

VISIT.

IF YOU WERE A TERMINAL

PATIENT, YOU WERE NOT ALLOWED TO

GO IN.

THE PRIESTS DIDN'T WANT TO HEAR

SOMEONE DIED.

IN FACT THERE WAS A HUGE SIGN

JUST ABOVE THE OFFICIAL ENTRANCE

TO ES KWEPIAN THAT SAID DEATH IS

NOT PERMITTED HERE.

ONLY WAY YOU ARE GOING TO GET IN

TO BEGIN WITH IS IF THEY KNEW

YOU WERE GOING TO LIVE.

PATIENTS ENTERED THROUGH THIS

UNDERGROUND TUNNEL AND DRANK A

SEDATIVE WHILE NON POISENESS

SNAKES CALLED ON THEM.

IT WAS BELIEVED THE SNAKES

CARRIED THE HEALING POWER.

AND IF A SNAKE SLITHERED ACROSS

YOU WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING AT

NIGHT.

THAT WAS A DEVINE VINE THAT

HEALING POWER WAS COMING TO

YOU NEXT MORNING THE PATIENTS

TOLD THEIR DREAMS TO THE PRIEST

WHO PRESCRIBED THEIR TREATMENTS.

FINALLY THE PATIENTS MADE CLAY

SCULPTURES OF THE BODY PARTS

THAT NEEDED HEALING.

THE PEOPLE OF PERGAMUM

WORSHIPPED A MYRIAD OF GREEK AND

ROMAN GODS.

WHEN CHRISTIANITY ARRIVE WITH

THE BELIEF OF 1 GOD, THE CITY'S

PAGAN PRIEST WENT ON

ATTACK.

IN THE BOOK OF REVELATION,

JESUS CALLED ANT PUS, MY

FAITHFUL MARTYR, HE WAS THE

BISHOP OF PERGAMUM ORDAINED BY

APOSTLE JOHN.

HE COMPLAINED TO THE ROMAN

GOVERNOR.

THE PRIEST TESTIFIED THAT DEMONS

APPEARED TO THEM IN DREAMS AND

TOLD THEM THE PRAYERS OF

INDEPENDENT PUS WERE DRIVING

THEM OUT OF THE CITY.

HE CAST OUT SO MANY DEVILS

THAT THE DEMONS, THE SPIRITS HAD

BEEN COMPLAINING TO PAGANS, YOU

HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT ANT

PUS.

ANT PUS WAS ORDERED TO OFFER

WINE AND INCENSE AND DECLARE THE

EMPEROR WAS LORD AND GOD.

HE REFUSED.

IF YOU REJECT THE DEVINTY OF

THE EMPEROR, IT IS EQUIVALENT TO

REJECTING THE CITY OF ROAM.

BELIEVERS WERE KILLED.

ANT PUS WAS REJECTED.

SURROUNDING IT ARE THE MOST

FAMOUS MARBLE FREEZES.

THEY PORTRAY

THE

BATTLE BETWEEN

THE GOD AND THE GREEK GIANT.

THIS IS DESIGNED FOR HUMAN

SACRIFICE.

TAKE THE VICTIM, PLACE HIM

INSIDE THE BULL AND HIS HEAD

WOULD GO INTO THE HEAD OF A

BULL, THEN LIGHT A HUGE FIRE

UNDER THE BULL.

THE FIRE HEAT TODAY BRONZE, THE

PERSON INSIDE THE BULL WOULD

SLOWLY BEGIN TO ROAST TO DEATH.

AND AS THE VICTIM WOULD BEGIN TO

MOAN AND CRY OUT IN PAIN, HIS

CRIES WOULD GO THROUGH ALL OF

THE PIPES WHICH WERE IN THE HEAD

OF THE BULL SO IT SEEMED TO MAKE

THE BULL COME ALIVE.

EVEN IN THE MIDST OF THE

FLAMES, ANT PUS DIED PRAYING FOR

HIS CHURCH.

A FEW YEARS LATER, APOSTLE

JOHN WROTE

THE BOOK OF

REVELATION

MENTIONING THE DEATH

OF ANT PUS ON THIS SPOT.

HERE IN PERGAMUM, ALL THAT IS

LEFT IS

FOUNDATION.

TODAY THE

ALTAR OF ZEUS IS MORE

THAN 1,000 MILES AWAY.

GERMAN DISMANTLED THE ALTAR AND

TOOK IT TO BERLIN.

IT WENT ON DISPLAY IN PERGAMUM

MUSEUM IN 1930, JUST IN TIME TO

INSPIRE THE MOST BRUTAL

DICTATORS THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN.

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