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48 Steps of the ‘Great Falling Away’ of the Church During the Thyatira Stage

FRIDAY MORNING MANNA 
Biblical Numerology: NUMBER SEVEN – Part 18

*48 Steps of the ‘Great Falling Away’ of the Church During the Thyatira Stage, 538-1798 A.D.

(*From the Great Controversy version published by Harvestime Books, Box 300, Altamont TN 37301

     “Them that hold the doctrine of Balaam.” – “Little by little, at first in stealth and silence, and then more openly as it increased in strength and gained control of the minds of men, ‘the mystery of iniquity’ [1 Thess. 2: 7, 3-12] carried forward the deceptive and blasphemous work. Almost imperceptibly the customs of heathenism found their way into the Christian church. The spirit of compromise and conformity was restrained for a time by the fierce persecutions which the church endured under paganism [Smyrna stage, 100-323 A.D.]

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PERGAMOS: The Church’s Age of Popularity  

FRIDAY MORNING MANNA

Biblical Numerology: NUMBER SEVEN – Part 12  

PERGAMOS: The Church’s Age of Popularity  

   

   12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write: These things saith He which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13  I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and holdest fast My name, and hast not denied thy faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.”  Revelation 2: 12, 13, K.J.V.

Footnotes, An Exhaustive E. G. White Commentary on Revelation, Vol. 2, pp. 545, 546:

     “Pergamos.’  Or, Pergamumum. This city had been the capital of the Roman province of Asia for two centuries after its last king Attalus III, bequeathed it, together with the kingdom of Pergamum, to Rome in 133 B.C. (see p. 95). Since the early 3rd century B.C., the city of Pergamum had been a chief center of cultural and intellectual life of the Hellenistic period.  Although by John’s time Ephesus was beginning to supersede it as the leading city of Asia, Pergamum continued to retain much of its former importance. The two cities long contended for this honor. . . . . Read more