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Revelation Faith Sword
(Revelation 2.13b-16)
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"Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me, not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness, who was put to death in your city where Satan lives. Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth." (Revelation 2.13b-16)✞

Roman Short

Word to Pergamum serpent on a StickThe letter to Pergamum in the Book of Revelation praised the members of the church for persevering in their faith in Christ even in the midst of this pagan setting with all its persecution and martyrdom. A "pagan" in those days described anyone who was not a Christian and worshipped any other god or none. But this letter also admonished them about members who advocated immorality and others who followed the teaching of the Nicolaitans. According to a group of Church Fathers including Irenaeus (130-202 AD), Hippolytus (170-235 AD), Epiphanes (c310-403 AD) and Theodoret(393-458 AD) the Nicolaitans taught the heretical beliefs of "Deacon Nicolas," whose followers were strongly condemned. Deacon Nicholas' beliefs according to Clement of Alexandria (150-215 AD) led to licentiousness and sexual immorality. This sect was prominent in the cities of Ephesus and Pergamum. Only when they repented would they be received back into the church and be given the hidden manna and Christ's stone with his name on it.

Sword of My Mouth

Roman Short SwordThe "sword of my mouth," was possibly a reference to the "Roman short sword", the "gladius" or "hispanic sword" used effectively by Roman soldiers in close combat in battle. A fully equipped Roman legion soldier was armed with a shield (scutum), one or two javelins (pila), a sword (gladius), often a dagger (pugio), and, perhaps in the later empire period, darts (plumbatae). Conventionally, soldiers threw javelins to disable the enemy's shields and disrupt enemy formations before engaging in close combat, for which they drew the gladius. A soldier generally led with the shield and thrust with the sword. All gladius swords appear to have been suitable for cutting and chopping as well as thrusting. The sword of faith was named after this sharp double edged Roman sword. The "gladius" was also the symbol of the Roman proconsul's power. He controlled the justice system and literally had the life and death of every "accused" person in his hands. Our Lord comes to fight evil armed for victory!✞

"Revelation Faith Sword"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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