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Pergamum Satan's Throne (Revelation 2.12)

"To the angel of the church in Pergamum write, 'These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you live where Satan has his throne.'" (Revelation 2.12)

Roman Emperor AugustusEarly Roman emperors like the first emperor Augustus refused to be deified or to be called gods. Later, it was felt to be politically useful, and they soon started believing they were actually gods.

Nero's BustTo reinforce this idea the people were then required to burn a pinch of incense to the bust of the emperor and say, "Caesar is Lord" as a test of loyalty. This became a unifying principle in the Roman Empire. But it was also a simple and easy way to discover who were the Christians in the towns and villages for whom only Jesus was Lord because they would refuse to do this.

PergamumThe Emperor's bust set up in the town square therefore became the place of condemnation for Christians, where "Satan has his throne." Pergamum Satan's Throne was the official center of emperor worship in Asia, with temples to Emperors Augustus and Trajan. Rome was Satan's capital, therefore, "Pergamum" was seen by the Christian church as Satan's throne.

"Pergamum Satan's Throne"
by Ron Meacock © 2015

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