The Book of Revelation is a thoroughly Jewish and anti-Roman document. In Revelation 2:12-13 we read this address to the followers of Jesus in the city of Pergamum:
These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is.
Besides the temple dedicated to emperor and even to the goddess Roma, the city had the honor of hosting and maintaining a temple to Zeus – father of the gods and ruler of Olympus. In addition to that, the largest in the Middle East healing center of Asclepius (the son of Zeus) was also located in Pergamum. It is likely that Yeshua (Jesus) referred to these enormous structures as the throne of Satan, when addressing his followers.
The image of the double-edged sword mentioned in Rev. 2:12-13 was highly symbolic. Roman followers of Christ needed to know that even in this deeply pagan city, ultimate authority and power was held not by Zeus and Asclepius, but by the God of Israel and his Jewish Christ. There are even more hidden treasures just waiting for you to unearth when you begin to read the scriptures from a Jewish perspective.