“And to the angel of the congregation that is in Pergamon write: “Thus says the one who has the sharp, two-edged sword:
‘I know where you dwell, where the throne of Satan is, and you hold fast to my name and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas, my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.’” Revelation 2:12-13″
Yes, the throne of Satan was located in the mountaintop city of Pergamon. Today what was once an impressive thriving city is in ruins, but still of great archaeological interest. Overlooking the azure blue sea, it is a spot where tourists flock to for the view and to see the ruins. Today’s visitors approached the site from a steep, winding road which leads from the modern Turkish city of Bergama just a few miles away. Pergamon’s monuments and buildings were constructed of excellent quality white marble in Hellenistic style, and its library outstripped that of the famous library of Alexandria, Egypt. The Roman physician Galen was born there and it became a centre of medicine through him. Pergamon has a rich and interesting history, but it is the throne of Pergamon which interests me most. This was near the temple of Zeus, which is also very interesting.
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This is a reconstruction of what Pergamon would have looked like:
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The Temple of Zeus was where people sentenced to death were taken by priests and put inside a great hollow bull. Their heads were inside the bull’s head and their bodies in its body. They would light a fire under this bronze bull and as it heated, the person would slowly roast to death, their guttural moans and cries emanating from the bull’s nostrils making it sound as though it were alive and bellowing. A horrendous fate!
The altar connected with this gruesome temple is known today as the Great Altar of Pergamon. This altar was painstakingly and carefully taken apart and transported to Berlin in the 19th century by German archaeologists. The authorities gave them permission with little effort. One wonders why.
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The altar, the throne of Satan was taken to Nazi Germany and Hitler was very inspired by it. Albert Speer was Hitler’s architect and he carried out the Fuhrers instructions to the letter, designing him a matching parade ground in Hellenistic style. This throne of Satan inspired feat of architecture was massive. The parade grounds were named the Zeppelinfeld Stadium. It was here where Hitler held rallies by night using an awesome “cathedral of light,” a light show to rival many today. This was where Leni Reifensthal made his famous propaganda film called Triumph of the Will in 1934. In this Hitler was deliberately made to appear almost god-like. People are filmed gazing at him in awe and admiration, virtually worshipping him. In a “Heil Hitler to Thee” speech the Fuhrer used a lot of phrases from Roman Catholicism. Here was a man who wanted to be worshipped like a god, and for a time he was. This is a section of the film:
Albert Speer, one of Hess’s staff, rose in position and was one involved in the Nuremberg Trials. Called “the Nazi who said sorry.” When the Americans arrived at the time when the Reich fell, Speer agreed to give them a lot of information. Held in internment camps, he went on to trial and accepted responsibility for the Nazi regime’s actions. He was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity and on October 1, 1946, he was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. Upon release, he wrote books which were published and he gave considerable donations to Jewish charities. The Nuremberg Laws he had once supported were racist one in which Jewish people were classed as subjects of the Reich, but not citizens. The term Holocaust actually means “holy burnt sacrifice” an interesting term given the history of what was connected to the throne of Satan, the Pergamon altar and the temple of Zeus. Did German people hear the cries of the six million Jewish people as they died and were incinerated in the death camps?
Hitler, like Judas who betrayed Jesus, killed himself. He and Eva Braun, the long term mistress he eventually married committed suicide to avoid capture and died in a bunker. Less than two days later on 30 April 1945 and their corpses were incinerated.
When you think also of Hitler’s use of banners with the Roman eagle on them, here indeed was a hint of a revived Roman-type empire in creation. An attempt by Satan to raise an Antichrist? In 1 John 2:18, Jesus said “Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many Antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” Was Hitler “one of the many Antichrists” Did Satan come and sit on his throne to gloat as he heard the death cries of God’s chosen people? What do you think?
Was Antiocus Epiphanes the first Antichrist who came before Jesus was born, to the temple in Jerusalem. There he went into the Holy of Holies, the most sacred place in the temple and he offered up a pig, an unclean beast in Judaism, where its blood defiled the temple. The Greek meaning of his name says something: Ἀντίοχος Ἐπιφανὴς means “God Manifest.” Interesting? You will also remember the story of how Jesus drove demons into pigs where the Gadarenes raised them for pagan sacrifices, not just destroying the “homes” of the demons, but wiping out the sacrifices. No wonder they wanted rid of Him!
Then in 66AD Titus tricked the Jewish people, blockading them into the city of Jerusalem to starve them to death. Roman legions surrounded them for 3 days. This was written about by the historian, Flavius Josephus who was alive during the time of Jesus. Hitler, on the other hand herded them into death camps where they were starved and exterminated.
If even Jesus pointed to the fact that Satan would always be trying to raise up Antichrists, was Saddam Hussein another attempt by Satan? It was Saddam Hussein who started restoring Babylon and rebuilding it from the stones at the archaeological site in Iraq, once known as Persia. On many stones he imitated Nebuchadnezzar and inscribed on them “This was built by Saddam Hussein, son of Nebuchadnezzar, to glorify Iraq”. Somewhat sinister? Was he intending to build a Tower of Babel? Who knows, but it is quite possible. When the Gulf War ended it is known that he had intended to build a huge palace in ziggorat style on what he named Saddam Hill. He had a cable car constructed to that spot. On May 2009 Babylon was opened to tourism.
The last Antichrist is prophesied as one called “the abomination of desolation,” one who will come to the Third Temple which the Temple Institute in Jerusalem has already made the furnishings for and is training up a Levitical priesthood. Levites are buying their priestly garments and Rabbis are waiting for a sign from God as to when to build the Third Temple. Their architects have drawn up the plans. All is ready and waiting. The Temple Institute have been in negotiations with the Arabs occupying the Temple Mount since 2000.
Here is where the priests will be fully trained to perform all the rituals and to serve in the Third Temple.
Matthew 24:15-16 states that Jesus said: “15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:” The last Antichrist, a false Messiah, will gain the confidence of the people just as Hitler did so easily, since the current hostilities towards the Jews will escalate with more countries surrounding Israel becoming involves, he will establish a 7 year Peace Treaty and break it after 3 1/2 years. This Antichrist, a political leader, will come against the Jews, will stop the Temple sacrifices and worship and will set up his throne there. He will defile the Third Temple, and stand in the holy place, according to Daniel and Jesus. He will set up an altar to himself there and demand to be worshipped. Is he alive and with us today? Who knows?