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Notes on Revelation
"Antipas is the proper name of
a man; so a son of Herod was called, even he that beheaded John,
and mocked Christ: and there might be a man of this name at
Pergamos, that might suffer martyrdom for the Gospel of Christ; and
who was an emblem of the confessors, witnesses, and martyrs, that
suffered for Christ, in this period of time, through their
opposition to the popes of Rome; for Antipas is the contraction of
Antipater, and is the same with Antipapas, or Antipappas, which
signifies one that is against the pope, an opposer of that holy
father; and so intends all those that made head against him, upon
his rising and revelation, and when he assumed the power he did to
himself; such as the Waldenses and Albigenses particularly, who set
themselves against him, openly declared that the pope was
antichrist, and that his government was tyrannical, and his
doctrines the doctrines of devils, abominable and fabulous. They
bore a faithful testimony against all his corruptions and
innovations, and became martyrs in the cause of Christ, many
thousands of them being slain for his sake within the dominions of
this firstborn of Satan. The Alexandrian copy reads 'Anteipas'; and
his name is left out in the Syriac and Arabic versions."
(The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible)
"A martyr of the church of Pergamum, mentioned only in Revelation 2:13,
unless some credit is to be given to the late accounts of
his martyrdom. According to these, he was roasted
to death in a brazen bowl in the days of Domitian."
(Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible)
See also Pergamum
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