The Date was 95 AD (or CE if you prefer.) The Place was a small island south of Greece named Patmos. There, a beloved Apostle of Jesus Christ named John received a vision of the resurrected Jesus Christ. John “the Revelator” memorialized his vision in writing, and directed it primarily to the 7 early Christian Churches located in modern day Turkey.
At the highest point of elevation of the Island of Patmos, there yet exists an ancient grey-stone structure called the “Monastery” of St. John. This is the location where John recorded the Book of Revelation.
Incidentally, all of the historical places in the New Testament are physical and real. One can book a vacation and physically see these places. They are factual places and the events that transpired there are true history with complete archeological evidences. On the other hand, consider the so-called “Book of Mormon”. Mormon and non-Mormon archeologists and historians by contrast have never been able to locate the mega-metropolis of Mormondom that the “Nephites” called the “City of Zarahemla”- even though, according to the Book of Mormon, it was the capital city of the American continent (equivalent to Jerusalem) for nearly 900 years. Apologists like Hugh Nibley would have the world believe that Zarahemla and all other Nephite cities described in the B of M simply vanished into thin air without a trace. Ditto with all traces of Book of Mormon coinage. Odd that no New Testament cities have ever “disappeared” however.
According to the historical record, the vast majority of the true disciples of Christ – including many of the original eye-witnesses to Christ’s miracles at the Day of Pentecost, abandoned Jerusalem and Judea before Titus and his legions destroyed Solomon’s temple and slaughtered 1.1 million Judeans (aka Jews) in 70 AD. Many of these early Christians emigrated northward by ship and overland to modern day Turkey – and many went east of Turkey into modern day Armenia at the foothills of the Caucasus mountains. Indeed, Armenia was the first truly Christian nation. (This would also help explain the reason for the modern genocide of millions of Christian Armenians at the hands of the Edomite/Communist “Young Turks” of Bolshevik Russia.)
One of these early, first Christian churches was located at place called Pergamon. These early Christians, filled with the Holy Spirit and totally without fear of the demonic powers of hell, targeted the literal headquarters of the Satanic religion of the day – the city known as Pergamon. In 95 AD, Christ instructed John to write: “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s throne is.” (Revelation 2:12)
“Satan’s throne” was very literal. Pergamos was at that time the world epicenter of the worship of Serapis – (aka Jupiter, the Serpent, Satan). The sect was also known as the Gnostics and originated in Egypt. Excavations in Nag Hammadi Egypt has uncovered papyrus scrolls giving the details of the “god” Serapis and his “goddess” Isis. The cult of the Gnostics worshiped the Serpent and all reptiles such as crocodiles were held in high esteem. They taught and believed that Eve did not “sin” – but actually followed the counsel of the “wise serpent” and by so doing gained sacred “gnosis” or knowledge from eating of the fruit of the Tree of KNOWLEDGE of Good and Evil. They believed that only through “Gnosis” (knowledge), accumulating earthly treasures, and performing regular temple ritual, man could ascend to Godhood. Their “Temples of Serapis” were fantastically ornate buildings, with “baptismal” water pools where people were actually “baptized for the dead” (according to the Nag Hammadi texts). A dozen golden bulls, or oxen, were also worshiped as another symbol of the sun-god Serapis.
The “Red Temple” at Pergamos
Wikipedia’s entry on the “Red Temple” at Pergamos reads: “The temple was certainly used to worship Egyptian gods, as the presence of Egyptianised atlantids indicates. —- The layout of the temple provides more clues about how it was used. Unlike Greek temples, where the entire building was considered to be the house of the divinity, the god worshiped in the “Red Basilica” was confined to the eastern half of the temple. Water appears to have been a central theme of the ceremonies held at the temple, judging from the number of water features (basins, troughs and so on) in the complex. The basins outside the temple may have been purely decorative but those inside seem to have been intended for use in ceremonies. These may have included purification rituals – sprinkling the faithful with water – and possibly also a ritual re-enactment of the flooding of the Nile.” In the Nag Hammadi texts, the Gnostic cult equated the “flooding of the Nile” with rites of immersion in water with reference to the Nile Crocodile being immersed in water – and LIFE and REBIRTH – aka baptism as a membership ritual and as a way of communicating with the dead in the underworld.
In 92 AD, just three years prior to John’s vision at Patmos, the Christian leader known as St. Antipas, who was ordained by the apostle John to preach the gospel of Christ, was burned alive by Serapis worshipers following a very public confrontation with the Christians. Antipas was thrown into a large Bronze- Bull incense burner, which represented the bull god Apis of the Gnostics.
This, then, was the practice of the Gnostics who worshiped Serapis – and, according to the Book of Revelation – literally maintained the Throne of Satan in their “Red Temple”. While we know that the city of Pergamos is real, what about Satan’s Throne? Did it really exist. Indeed, it did.
A German archaeologist, Carl Humann, began excavating the ancient temple site on Sept.9, 1878 – and to his amazement located a giant chair and altar – a literal “throne”. The throne and altar was then fully excavated, and eventually shipped to Germany and there reconstructed. Kaiser Wilhelm II celebrated its completion in Berlin in 1902. Soon after, Germany became embroiled in the hell of “The Great War” (WW I). Then, in 1933 Adolph Hitler was elected Chancellor of Germany. In 1934 he became “Der Furher” and ordered construction of the Tribune at Zeppelin Field in Nuremberg for his Nazi rallies.
Hitler’s architect, Albert Speer, used the Pergamon Altar with Satan’s Throne as the model for the Zeppelintribüne. The Führer’s pulpit and the Pergamon Throne was in the center of the tribune, which was built from 193o – 1937. Hitler would actually sit on this throne as he reviewed the troops at Zeppelin Field. Adolph Hitler, from this ancient throne, then precipitated World War II in 1939. At the conclusion of World War II, the Soviets took the Pergamon Altar and Throne to Leningrad in 1948 (Same year as Israel was formed) as spoils. Satan’s Throne was later returned to Germany in 1958. It seemed Kruschev was spooked by some strange paranormal anomalies around the “Throne”.
Today, the Pergamon Altar – the literal Throne of Satan is in a Berlin Museum. Strangely enough, candidate Barak Obama was invited to Berlin in 2008. He was given a private audience at the Pergamon Altar – and one can only speculate what happened there. See his public speech in Berlin included below.
What is amazing to me is the intricate carvings on Satan’s Throne. Giants are depicted that are clearly half human, and half serpent. This then, is the “God” known as Serapis. These fallen angels, aka demons, are also known as the Nephilim. (Nephi – lim).
Genesis 6:4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.