The church of Pergamos dwelt in the place of Satan’s seat?

Jesus spoke some very important words to the Apostle John about the relationship of the Church of Pergamos with their enemy satan. He said that they dwelt in the place of  “satan’s seat”:


And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write;  these things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;

I know thy works, and where thou dwellest,  even where Satan’s seat (THRONOS) 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.


It is very important to pay attention to the Lord’s words for several reasons:

  • The Lord Jesus confirmed scriptures revealing that satan and his demons exert control over specific geographic  locations (like Babylon).
  • Taken at  face value, satan’s seat speaks of a geographic location in which satan exerted great rule and control.
  • The church of Pergamos would therefore have undergone great opposition from the forces of darkness.  This was manifested in great persecution unto the point of death.

Exploring the meaning of “satan’s seat”  or thronos

1. Satan’s seat is a high place or a place of rulership

The word seat is used only in  one other reference in which  the writer said that God had “put down the mighty from their seats (thronos) and exalted them of low degree (Luke 1: 54). We see immediately that the word thronos refers to a place of  ruler ship where the mighty rule and reign.

Satan is a formidable and mighty adversary, but he is NOT  almighty.   God has already exalted His church to a privileged place of  authority at His right hand and satan is already under our feet or authority:

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2: 4-6).

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power (Colossians 2: 10)

The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

And what [is] the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set [him] at his own right hand in the heavenly [places],

Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:And hath put all [things] under his feet, and gave him [to be] the head over all [things] to the church (Ephesians 1: 17-22).

2. More on the meaning of  Satan’s seat

Interestingly, other scriptures using thronos speak of  God and His rule and not at  all to satan.  In order to fully understand the meaning of satan’s seat, we would therefore need to extrapolate the meaning based on the usage of the word.

Here are examples in which thronos is used:

a. But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne (Matt 5:34).

Heaven and throne are the keywords in this context. When applied to  satan’s seat, we understand that thronos would refer to satan’s seat being located ABOVE.

Scriptures teach us that satan  is the “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2: 2). As a prince or ä’r-khōn, he is:

  • a ruler
  • prince of the devils
  • Beelzebub the prince of the devils
  • a magistrate (an unjust one, nevertheless)
  • chief
  • prince of this world
  • he rallies against the Lord

b.  Thronos is also used in the context of God sitting in judgment

When applied to satan, we understand that satan sits in judgement from his seat.  Scriptures reveal that in the invisible realm, satan wickedly and falsely accuses believers. In fact,  Jesus openly calls him  the accuser of  the brethren (Revelation 12: 10).

Satan’s  activities against Job and the nation of Israel (Zechariah 3) reveal this unpleasant truth.  In a sense, satan’s persecution of the  Church of  the Lord Jesus is a form in which he exercises judgment.  However, the  Lord says that we have overcome him by His blood and by the Word of God (Revelation 12: 11).

c. God’s throne is the place where He is worshipped

Satan also desires to be worshiped.   The Book of Revelation speaks of the mark of the beast, a term which symbolically refers to the allegiance given to satan by nations of the earth  (more on this later).  However, God will put him down in a final battle and cast him eternally into the lake of fire.

Conclusion

While satan exerts power and authority in the earth  and persecutes the church of the Lord Jesus,  he operates on a shoe string budget. His time is short. The believer is more than a conqueror through Christ and we have already overcome this formidable adversary.

Keep the faith. God has promised a reward to those who will endure to the end.

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