by Brandon Gallups, ©2013, blogging at PPSimmons News

(Jul. 29, 2013) — 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 KJV)

The above verse comes from the letter to the Church at Pergamum.  We can see just on the surface that obviously Antipas was a faithful servant and follower of Jesus and was also martyred for that reason. What an amazing legacy to be recorded in scripture forever as following Christ  – literally to your death!
As I was reading this recently I began to wonder: What if Antipas’ name was recorded here as a clue or a foreshadowing of things to come? For some reason I couldn’t stop wondering: Did this have a greater meaning? Then as I thought about it more, the words jumped off the page at me, “in those days of Antipas,” so I started researching to see what I could find out about the “days of Antipas.”
A quick Wikipedia search reveals the following:
Antipas of Pergamum
Many Christian traditions believe Saint Antipas to be the Antipas referred to in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 2:13) as the “faithful martyr” of Pergamon, “where Satan dwells”. According to Christian tradition, John the Apostle ordained Antipas as bishop of Pergamon during the reign of the Roman emperor Domitian. The traditional account goes on to say Antipas was martyred in ca. 92 AD by burning in a brazen bull-shaped altar used for casting out demons worshiped by the local population.
So we see here that its documented that Antipas was indeed martyred in 92AD, he lived in Pergamon, “where Satan dwells”( remember that for later) and also that the emperor Domitian ruled during this time.
This is where it started to get interesting to me. I decided to see what I could find out about Domitian since he was emperor during “those days of Antipas”
Again we go to Wikipedia:
Domitian The Emperor of Rome
As Emperor, Domitian strengthened the economy by revaluing the Roman coinage, expanded the border defenses of the Empire, and initiated a massive building program to restore the damaged city of Rome. Significant wars were fought in Britain, where his general Agricola attempted to conquer Caledonia (Scotland), and in Dacia, where Domitian was unable to procure a decisive victory against king
Decebalus. Domitian’s government exhibited totalitarian characteristics; he saw himself as the new Augustus, an enlightened despot destined to guide the Roman Empire into a new era of brilliance. Religious, military, and cultural propaganda fostered a cult of personality, and by nominating himself perpetual censor, he sought to control public and private morals. As a consequence, Domitian was popular with the people and army but considered a tyrant by members of the Roman Senate. According to Suetonius, he was the first Roman Emperor who had demanded to be addressed as dominus et deus (master and god).
WOW! Does any of that sound familiar?
Let’s look at the description of Domitian’s reign piece by piece:
1. Revalued the Roman currency, we haven’t seen this happen in the U.S. yet but our financial system is a wreck at best, and this could easily happen – soon.
2. Initiated a massive building program, “shovel ready jobs” sound familiar?
3. “Significant” wars were fought in which he “attempted” to conquer Scotland and in Dacia where he could not procure a “decisive victory.” Afghanistan, Libya, Syria – we could easily get involved in Egypt any day and in NONE of theses instances have we or will we secure a “decisive” victory.
4. Totalitarian characteristics, enlightened despot destined to guide the Roman Empire into a new era of “brilliance.” Do I really need to even comment on this one?
5. Religious, military, and cultural propaganda fostered a “cult of personality.”
The following link documents that for the first time since 1948 it is now “legal” for the US government to “propagandize” the American public.
And again, do I really even need to go into the “cult of personality”?
So you see we may well be living in times extremely similar or even mirroring “those days of Antipas?”
BUT WAIT!! It gets better! Remember earlier I said to remember the words “Where Satan dwells”
Let’s look one more time at the scripture with which we started:
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 KJV)
Two more possible clues, “Where Satan’s seat is” and “where Satan dwells.”
It has been well documented that “Satan’s seat” referenced here was the altar of Zeus at Pergamum.
It has also been documented that Obama visited the “seat of Satan” in Berlin where it had been moved in the 1880’s, and he also had a replica built to deliver his acceptance speech from at the Democratic National Convention in 2008.       
So could it be that that the “emperor” in “those days of Antipas” describes, almost to an exacting description, our “emperor” today? And could it be as well that our “emperor” of today has delivered a speech to accept the nomination to become “emperor” from the “seat of Satan”?
Could it be that Jesus gave us these warnings and signs and clues to DISCERN the times in which we live? I believe he did just that!

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. (Revelation 2:17 KJV)

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  1. Looks to me like your theory didn’t pan out yet. What are your thoughts now, several years later? Have you begun to rethink this theory and/or come up a revision to the parallels you saw in 2013? I’m interested to see what you’re processing through in light of more recent events. Sincerely, Steve

  2. Dear Editor,
    I forgot to thank you for this excellent editorial, especially the link to the Five Doves.

    Now this is what is happening in Israel.

    BREAKING NEWS ‘The Israeli Government Has Surrendered the Temple Mount’

    Activists call for mass-protests after police say Judaism’s holiest site will be closed to Jews at least until after Ramadan, on August 11.

    2 Chr. 6:6 But I have chosen Jerusalem that my name might be there, and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.

    Luke 21: 20 And when you shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

    28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh.

    Amen. Even so, come, quickly LORD Jesus.

  3. Without a doubt we are living in the last days, and have been for several years.

    pRresident obama late Thursday celebrated Ramadan with a traditional dinner in the State Dining Room, saying that throughout the nation’s history, “Islam has contributed to the character of our country.”
    In remarks before the Iftar dinner, eaten by Muslims after sunset to end the day of fasting, obama quoted from the Koran, according to a White House pool report. “As the Koran teaches, whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see its results.”

    I wonder how many “foot baths” have been installed at the WH with our tax dollars?
    For years Pulpit Puppeteers have been ‘preaching’ that revival was coming to the church. REALLY, seems like to me the only one having revival is Satan. How many true shepherds have been imprisoned, both here and abroad, for the sake of The Gospel, and Christians slaughtered and burned.

    Rev. 10-11
    10. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?
    11. And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

    May Almighty God strengthen and keep us faithful in these last days, by his hand of grace.