I Know Where You Are “Even Where Satan’s Seat Is”

“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.” (Revelation 2:13)

Here we see some of the results of the previous two ages (Ephesus and Smyrna), and the result that happens when people do not take heed to Jesus’ warnings:

  • In Ephesus he warns of people leaving their first love – Jesus. The result: people will lose the pure light of the church – the candlestick light. Instead their love will be turned somewhere else, or to someone else, even though they may still claim to be “the church”.
  • Next, in Smyrna, those who left their first love are still shown as “worshiping” and claiming to be true servants of God. But now Jesus has identified them as members of the “synagogue of Satan.”
Satan's Throne in the Heart

Satan on His Throne

Now in Pergamos, these same type of worshipers of the “synagogue of Satan” have established a place of authority for Satan, and Jesus calls it “Satan’s seat” and identifies it as being right amongst even where the true worshipers worship also. In the hearts of people is where God’s “seat” of honor and authority belongs. “Satan’s seat” happens when God’s place of honor and authority within the hearts of people has been supplanted by someone else or some false doctrine of a false church. The result is, and will always be when Satan’s seat moves in, that the true worshipers are suffering persecution at the hands of so-called “Christians”. This also is especially what happened during the period of time often referred to as the “Roman Catholic age”, or the “dark ages” – although it also has spiritually happened in many other ages and churches. Anytime Satan is around and has a seat of authority within the hearts of people, you’ll find him modifying Jesus words and interpreting them in a way that pleases the evil desires and agendas of people, and ultimately makes room for sin in their lives.

“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 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,” (Matthew 23:1-6)

Jesus on His Throne

Jesus on His Throne

But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.” (Romans 14:10-13)

The Roman Catholic Church came about because men effectively supplanted Jesus as the head of the church by placing a Pope as the head of the church. But Jesus is still the head of his church. He still has the seat of authority within the hearts of true Christians who obey and faithfully serve him.

7 responses to “I Know Where You Are “Even Where Satan’s Seat Is”

  1. The Catholic church is an easy target because it is the faith “institutionalisized” on a grand scale, so to speak. However, during an historical period, like “the Dark Ages,” the faith would not have survived outside of some sort of organized church (due to ingnorance, illiteracy, the inaccessibility of manuscripts (no books!)for the masses, social breakdown, plagues, etc.).
    Look at protestantism today and “the ecumenical movement”! It is a Babel, and always has been – everyone believing what seems right in his own eyes. True, the Catholic church has apostacized since Vatican II and may be the Whore of Babylon now, but that does not exclude Episcopaleans, Methodists, the myriad of”spirit filled” churches, etc. etc. Look at any number of sects out there (i.e; Mormons, to mention one extreme) that are REALLY doing their own thing. We are living in the last days in which there will be a great falling away.
    The work of God has never been absent from the world. He says that He will be with us always, even until the end of time. However, we must look for the marks of Christ’s church in the last days and not forget that God is smarter then we are.

  2. Helen, thank you for your comment.
    I agree that almost all so-called “Christian” churches today have been fallen for years. The Catholic church is an easy target because they have always made themselves so. When men are set above Jesus in honor, and false doctrines are introduced, is it still “the Church”? The Church belongs to Jesus alone, and is faithful and obedient to him in all she knows. The Church has always existed where ever there were people who were humble and faithful to all they knew to obey and follow Jesus and his Word. These type of people have always been the true Church, and still are today.

  3. I agree in part. What do you have to say about the Orthodox church? If you look at Christianity historically, there was a time when all Christians were either Orthodox or Roman Catholic.
    Prior to Martin Luther, who took out of the Bible any books supporting certain Catholic doctrines that he did not believe in, there was unity in the church until the 11th century (and then, to oversimplify, there was a split over the primacy of Peter).
    As the Apostles decided what Christians must believe to be Christians, so does the organized church that developed historically after the believers were persecuted by the Jews and then were dispersed among the pagans. The Apostles were men who placed themselves in a position of authority under the same suppositions that the Church Fathers did – and so on down through history. That is not to say that everything has been perfect, but to set our fallible selves up as true interpreters of scriptures is why Protestantism is a Babel of religious beliefs and a scandal to the world.
    I am not trying to convert you to Catholicism. I am simply pointing out that, in light of scripture, Protestantism ( a babel of beliefs as it has come down to our time) is not the way marked out by the Apostles. Also, I am oversimplifying and being brief because I have only a limited time, as do you, to correspond here.

  4. Helen, thank you again for your comments. I have to agree that Protestantism has been a babel of different beliefs (in fact, as you will see in my posts later, the spirit of Protestantism has been to spread many pagan beliefs and spirits.) Additionally, the Orthodox Church has not done well either.
    Helen, the point is that what Jesus came here to do was not to establish these churches – man established those churches by establishing their own identity (doctrines, names, methods) to set themselves apart. Jesus’ Church also has its own identity – but true Christians identify with Jesus by holiness and complete obedience to him through the complete salvation from sin that he came here to do. They identify with the cross (suffering at the hands of sinners, and so-called Christians) to do the will of the Lord, not the agenda of a Church. What became known as the “Catholic Church” was not the same as what Jesus established. It does not matter how right we started, if we have backslidden from the truth – then that’s is what we have done, no matter how much we claim otherwise – what we do shows who we really are.
    In particular with the condition of the Catholic (and Orthodox) Church, there were still a remnant throughout history that were true/obedient to Jesus in all that they knew and understood. Jesus always has known who these were, but not necessarily the historical writers. The reality is, that often these who wanted to live true to Jesus – they were often persecuted by those claiming to be the church. And I mean persecuted by: Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, etc. churches.

  5. To establish churches united in one faith is precisely what the Apostles and early Christians did. The leaders circulated writings to the churches, and the first Apostles got together to determine what would be correct doctrine for ALL the churches to believe (Acts). This process came down through histroy in the church.
    If you investigate the beliefs of the groups who formed outside of “mainstream Christianity”, there is no way these people represent the true remnant of God! There were no sincere “Bible believing” sects” because there was no Bible. Their beliefs included Jewish and pagan fables. There were leaders making supernatural claims, in some cases, that were ridiculous, etc.
    (I am on my way to church and have to end here). MARANATHA!

  6. Helen, yes to establish congregations in various places in one faith is precisely what the Apostles and early Christians did is true. And yes, the Apostles and leaders in the early Church did circulate writings to the churches to help them all be established in one faith and doctrine. Now those writings have been preserved in the Bible we have today, and Jesus essentially put the final commentary on all those writings with the “Revelation of Jesus Christ” which he personally delivered to John as the final book – and seriously warned against anyone else adding anything more, or taking anything from. (see Revelation 22:18-19)
    Consequently, this is why I state so emphatically throughout this blog (including he pages on: “Introduction”, “Overview”, and “Understanding…”) that you cannot understand the spiritual meaning of Revelation without studying and understanding the spiritual lessons and teachings of the rest of the Bible, including the Old Testament.
    Now concerning your statement: “There were no sincere “Bible believing” sects” is true, because any denominational sect (including the Roman Catholic one) that teaches contrary to the Bible, is not “Bible believing”. Plain common sense and logic will inform any honest one that this statement is true. But God never built his Church by the organizational boundaries that man makes, but by salvation – the delivering the individual from sin by the blood of Jesus. That is how he builds his Church, and how he adds members to it. That is why in Acts 2:47 it states “… and the Lord added to the Church daily such as should be saved.” When man draws the boundaries and determines a different way of determining who is in, and who is out, then it is just another sect – even if at one time the people were living right. People can backslide from truth. The Bible gives specific examples of this, and warns against it. So why should it be such a surprise to us, except when we find ourselves having been led away by the same who have backslid from truth. This is why the Bible teaches us to NOT be “led away by the error of the wicked.”
    “…which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.” (2 Peter 3:16-17)

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