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Revelation 2:12

12 And to the messenger of the church in 1Pergamos write: These things says He who has the asharp two-edged sword:


121 The Greek word means marriage (implying union) and fortified tower. As a sign, the church in Pergamos prefigures the church that entered into a marriage union with the world and became a high fortified tower, equivalent to the great tree prophesied by the Lord in the parable of the mustard seed (Matt. 13:31-32). When Satan failed to destroy the church through the persecution of the Roman Empire in the first three centuries, he changed his strategy. He sought instead to corrupt her through Constantine's welcoming of Christianity as the state religion in the first part of the fourth century. Through Constantine's encouragement and political influence, multitudes of unbelievers were baptized into the "church," and the "church" became monstrously great. Since the church as a chaste bride is espoused to Christ, her union with the world is considered spiritual fornication in the eyes of God.