12 and to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These things saith he that hath the sharp two-edged sword: 13 I know where thou dwellest, [even] where Satan's throne is; ... where Satan dwelleth.
Quoting: Revelation 2
1 And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, ... 2 And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.
Quoting: Revelation 13
Why did Christ refer to Pergamum, or modern day Bergama, Turkey as:
- the place where Satan's throne is to be found, - and where the Antichrist will be resurrected, - and where the Antichrist will establish his capital after receiving it from Satan?
I believe Pergamum was the land of Shinar where Nimrod constructed the tower of Babel.
According to the Bible, Shinar is located due West from the "mountains of Ararat" where Noah's Ark landed, and where Noah and his family settled down:
4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.
Quoting: Genesis 8
1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
Quoting: Genesis 11
Journeying from the East is the same as journeying to the West. As the population after the Great Flood grew bigger and bigger, there was a need for some people to separate and settle in a place of their own.
Now where exactly did Noah's Ark land?
According to Josephus, the Armenians in the 1st century showed the remains of Noah's Ark at Mount Judi, Turkey in a place called "Place of Descent" about 60 miles southeast of the summit of Mount Ararat (39.07°N, 45.08°E). [link to en.wikipedia.org]
Pergamum, or modern day Bergama is located 39.13°N, 27.18°E meaning, Pergamum is due West of the "Place of Descent". And they are both located in Turkey.
What stopped the travellers from journeying further to the West was obviously the Aegean Sea.
For a more detailed discussion of this subject complete with pictures, please visit the following link on my website: [link to shugborough.info]