Discounting the JWs leaders' blood transfusion ban on the JWs leaders' own
The end of the last mission for "Half-Life 2" and credits
Last song: "Tracking Device" (HL1_sonf25_remix3) by Kelly Bailey
Some teachers in Pergamum claim to be true to the Lord, but they hold to the
teaching of Balaam, a man who made such claims yet who, when he saw he couldn't
curse the sons of Israel, "kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before
the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit acts of im-
morality" (NASB) so God would curse them.
Num.22:1-6; 25:1-5; and 31:16
Balaam is faithful to God and the sons of Israel in Num.22-24, where, follow-
ing the instructions of God, Balaam wouldn't curse the sons of Israel as Balak
wanted him to. But Balaam somehow persuaded Balak, the king of Moab, to have
the women of Moab seduce men of Israel to fornicate and eat idol feasts, even
be idolaters, for the (false) "god" Baal of Peor (Num.31:16) (Num.25:1-5).
Numbers doesn't explain why Balaam made an about-face on the matter. 2 Peter
2:15 and Jude 1:11 give Balaam as a greedy false teacher, and Num.22-24 indi-
cate that Balak thought Balaam could be paid to prophesy what Balak wanted him
Nehemiah 13:1,2--Balaam was hired to curse Israel, but God turned it into a
Micah 6:5--remember what Balak plotted and Balaam answered, and what happened
from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the saving acts of the Lord.
Joshua 13:22--the people of Israel killed Balaam.
Joshua 24:2,9,10--God (recounting things of the past) says Balak fought
against Israel tried to get Balaam to curse the people of Israel, but God
wouldn't listen to Balaam, so Balaam blessed them and God delivered them from
Balaam saw that the sons of Israel were impossible to curse, let alone be con-
quered by Balak, as long as they were true to God and living under God's pro-
tection. So he helped Balak bring about their downfall by telling Balak to lure
the sons of Israel from God with the daughters of Moab, who'd lead them to im-
morality and idolatry.
2 Peter 2:15 Balaam loved gain from wrongdoing.
Jude 1:11 Wrongful men become greedy in Balaam's wrong-headed way and perish.
As mentioned above, Rev.2:14 indicates that there were some teachers in Per-
gamum who were similar to Balaam "who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling
block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit
acts of immorality." As shown before, Paul could eat things offered to idols in
Corinth and might only abstain if someone was around who thought he was endors-
ing idolatry. So here it would be symbolic of actual idolatry (or more general-
ly going against God's word in whatever way). If those teachers persist, they
could garner Jesus' harsh disapproval.
A segment of "The Last Judgment" by Michelangelo, 1534 to 1541
The church in Thyatira tolerates Jezebel, a "prophetess" who encourages Chris-
tians to commit fornication and eat things offered to idols. This seems to be
another OT reference like the one about Balaam and is probably intended to car-
ry the same interpretation about those who commit "acts of immorality and eat
things sacrificed to idols." Jezebel and those she misleads are condemned un-
less they repent.
1 Kings 21:25,26; 2 Kings 9:22; and others
If "Jezebel" is used symbolically in Rev.2:20 to refer to the Jezebel of 1
Kings 21:25,26; 2 Kings 9:22; and others, then it would imply she likewise en-
couraged idolatry (including idolatrous eating of things offered to idols),
fornication, and other sins.
Jezebel was a queen of Israel married to king Ahab. She got Ahab to worship
her (false) "god" Baal. Temples to Baal opened is Israel and she had the pro-
phets killed. Jehu got her servants to kill her by defenestration (they threw
her out of a window).
The rest of the flock in Thyatira is told "I place no other burden on you"