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Stronghold [2-27-22]

To understand what's going on in Pergamum, we have to go back about 1,500 years to the people of Israel during their time of slavery in Egypt. Think about the great expanse of that chronology. It's going on 246 years since the United States was formed with the Declaration of Independence. Think about all that has transpired in those 246 years. All the generations rising and falling. All the events, big and small. We went from 13 colonies to putting a man on the moon in less than 200 years. And here, from Hebrew slavery in Egypt to this letter to Pergamum, we've got a time span of 1,500 years. The scope is staggering.

I am such a nerd when it comes to this stuff. Check out this graphic:

  • Show slide of Supermassive Black Hole. {Among other factoids, it has the mass of 40 billion suns, with a lifetime = 1.3 x 10(99) years.}

And here we are talking about how the God who created the universe…all

of that, including the stuff we don't know anything about…our God got up-

close-and-personal in Jesus Christ to save us from our sin so we could

worship Him forever. Just thinking about it gives me brain cramps.

So, 1,500 years before John sat on the island of Patmos to write this letter, our God according to His sovereign will put things in motio