E-29. WHAT Is ANTIPAS in Revelation 2:13?


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E-29. WHAT Is ANTIPAS In Revelation 2:13?


I had always “assumed” that Antipas was the name of a Christian who was martyred until I was researching the origin of the doctrine of the Trinity written in the historical records. And during my research it came to me to think of “Antipas” as the group of faithful Christians who were martyred for their faithfulness to the TRUE faith of Jesus.

For you see, the Greek word “Antipas” is NOT translated, but rather, the translators simply used the Greek word “Antipas” in Revelation 2:13. The Greek word “Antipas” is a compound Greek word composed from the Greek word “anti” which means opposite, in opposition to, and instead of. And the Greek word “pater” written as the suffix “pas” to form the word “antipas” means “father” or fathers. So the Greek word “antipas” means in opposition to the fathers or instead of the fathers.

So then, with the “MEANING” of the Greek word “antipas”, in OPPOSITION to the fathers in mind, let us read Revelation 2:13 in its context.


Please read Revelation 2:12-17.


“And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things says he which has the sharp sword with two edges; (And the word of TRUTH is the sword of the Spirit which comes out of the mouth of Jesus that will JUDGE us, according to Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:16, and John 12:48)

13.  I know your works, and where you dwells, (Or where you abide or believe and teach among those who believe and teach against the truth) even where Satan's seat is: and you holdest fast my name, and have NOT denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas (Which means he or THOSE faithful Christians in OPPOSITION to the fathers to NOT deny the TRUTH of the TRUE Gospel of Jesus) was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwells. (This literally reads as “even in those days which ANTIPAS the faithful WITNESS the FAITHFUL which were or was slain among you where is dwelling Satan.” In other words, while those Christians sincerely believed in Jesus, they believed and taught things that were in OPPOSITION to what Antipas or the ANTIPAS Christians believed and taught that was a FAITHFUL WITNESS of Jesus Christ)

14.  But I have a few things against you, because you have them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. (Now, the subject is the doctrine of Balaam which caused a STUMBLING BLOCK and not that Christians were teaching other Christians to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed to idols. That was the “stumbling block” of the children of Israel used as an “example”. So then, the actual stumbling block is what Balaam taught or that Balac learned or got the IDEA from)

15.  So have you ALSO them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

16.  Repent; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. 

17.  He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches; To him that overcomes 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 knows saving he that receives it.”


So then, what is the doctrine or teaching of Balaam which is of Satan that was one of the works of Christians that Jesus is rebuking and calling them to REPENT of else? Let us go ahead and read Numbers 22:1-7 so that you can see that it was Balac or spelled Balak in the Old Testament, who got the IDEA to CURSE God’s chosen people, the children of Israel, from Balaam, to get RID of them, because Balac FEARED their great number. Notice the HIDDEN manna in the meanings of the names as you read this passage of Scripture.


Numbers 22:1-7.


“And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side of Jordan by Jericho. 

2.  And Balak (The waster) the son of Zippor (A, bird, sparrow, raven, or the fowls of the air, aka, Satan who steals the seed of God’s word, according to Mark 4:1-20) saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. 

3.  And Moab (The adulterous son of Lot symbolizing the adulterated faith of the Moabites) was sorely afraid of the people, because they were many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel. 

4.  And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, (Or adulterated believers said to the leaders of the CONTENTION) Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licks up the grass of the field. And Balak (The waster) the son of Zippor (Or the one who listens to the voice of Satan) was king of the Moabites at that time. (So Balak represents the leaders of the “apostate” church that would eventually become the Roman Catholic Church)

5.  He (Balak symbolizing the Bishops of what would become the Roman Catholic Church) sent messengers, therefore, unto Balaam (Which means NOT at all of the people) the son of Beor (Meaning to kindle a fire as of a lamp, to set on fire, and to become brutish, to waste, to burn up. And to burn Christians alive on a stake is a sadistic brute Satanic characteristic) to Pethor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me: (Or they abide or remain over OPPOSITE of me, Balak the waster)

6.  Come now, therefore, I pray you, (Balaam, NOT at all of the people) CURSE me this people; FOR (Or because) they are too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed. (The Hebrew word translated and CURSE here mean to execrate. And the word “execrate” means to ANATHEMATIZE)

7.  And the elders of Moab (Or the leaders of the adulterated apostate church) and the elders of Midian (Or the leaders of the CONTENTION caused by the apostate church) departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, (Or the LEADERS came to those NOT at all of the people and they gave oracles or philosophical Greek religion to the apostate church) and spoke unto him the words of (The Waster) Balak.”


Now, God spoke to Balaam and told him that he could not curse what God has BLESSED, which teaches us that the gates of hell shall NOT PREVAIL against the ROCK upon which Jesus has and still is building his church.

And that ROCK is the revealed TRUTH from Almighty God Himself that Jesus is the CHRIST, the SON OF the living God. The Apostle John who wrote the Gospel of John teaches us that the very PURPOSE he wrote the Gospel of John is so that we would believe that Jesus is the CHRIST, the SON OF God! Some Bibles have headings showing the subject of what is being taught under or below the headings. And the heading above or right before verses 30 and 31 in John chapter 20 reads the PURPOSE of this BOOK, speaking of the Gospel of John, and perhaps the entire Bible. So I will include that heading below.


Please read John 20:30,31.


The Purpose of This Book


“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book

31.  But these are written, THAT (Or so that, or in order THAT) you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing (That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God) you might have life through his name.”


What NAME? The NAME OF Jesus, speaking of the NEW NAME that God gave to the Son of MAN, Jesus after the cross and resurrection, according to Philippians 2:8-11, Isaiah 62:1-4, and Revelation 3:12. Please read the study called Dd-19. What does the LORD'S NAME in VAIN mean?

To return to the study on the historical ORIGIN of the Trinity Godhead and how it EVOLVED from the Greek PHILOSOPHY of Philo Judaeus of Alexandria please click on the link E-27. HISTORICAL EVIDENCE OF THE TRINITY! (Coming soon)

Thanks for reading, and may God bless you richly as you continue to seek the TRUTH of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. And to me, the truth concerning who Jesus TRULY is, according to the Bible ITSELF, is the Biblical Unitarian view of Jesus. So, for ALL of the studies on the Biblical Unitarian view of Jesus, please click on the subject heading >>>D-0. THE BIBLICAL UNITARIAN VIEW of JESUS!<<<

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Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.

 

My heartfelt prayer is that all Christians RETURN to the TRUE FOUNDATION of the church that is taught by the very Apostles of Jesus in the first century. So let us all come into the UNITY of the faith and return to what Jesus and his Apostles taught us in SIMPLICITY in the New Testament. 

 

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VERSES USED TO TEACH THAT JESUS PREEXISTED!

 

To me, the best way to know the ONE true God in ONE person is to know who Jesus TRULY is according to the WHOLE word of Almighty God. So please read ALL of the studies under the heading >>>N-0. WHO is JESUS ACCORDING to the BIBLE?<<< and you will see that the Bible itself teaches us that Jesus was CREATED by his God and Father. And if you have any questions related to the correct meaning of certain verses of Scripture on this subject of who Jesus is please read all the studies under the two headings >>>U-0. VERSES used for THE TRINITY!<<< and >>>V-0. VERSES used to TEACH that Jesus PRE-EXISTED!<<< These two headings have ALL of the studies that I have on who Jesus truly is according to what the Bible itself teaches us in simplicity. I compiled these three headings to make it easy for my readers to send just one, two, or three links to those you desire to help understand what the Bible itself teaches concerning who Jesus is in the LIGHT of the WHOLE word of Almighty God. If you have any questions, please feel free to write to me. 

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Thanks again for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to seek the truth of the whole word of Almighty God.

 

Your Brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.

 

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