THYATIRA

Rev 2:18-29  And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;  (19)  I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.  (20)  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.  (21)  And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.  (22)  Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.  (23)  And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.  (24)  But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.  (25)  But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.  (26)  And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:  (27)  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.  (28)  And I will give him the morning star.  (29)  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Located on the Lycus River, it is uncertain where the name, Thyatira, came from. It is known to have been existence in the ancient past as a place where skins, fabrics, etc. were dyed.  Lydia, who was a seller of purple (Acts 16:14 ), lived there. There was a large and prosperous industry in the dying of such things in Thyatira at the time the Gospel was brought there.

Jesus identifies himself to the Thyatirans as the Son of God, who has eyes as a flame of Fire, and feet like burnished brass.

The eyes of fire indicates He can see into the darkness, even unto the darkness of the soul and spirit. Burnished brass was a composition of copper, gold and or silver melted together.  Its brilliance was well known and desired of the ancients. Having feet of burnished brass means that He has walked through the fire and come through it in brilliance.

The Church in Thyatira represents the state of the Roman Church at the time of the Protestant Reformation. When He first identified himself to this church in Ephesis, He told them He was the one that held the seven stars in His right hand and who walked in the midst of the seven gold candlesticks. At that time, He praised them for their works. At this time He praises them by saying their works are now even greater. Also he praises them now for their charity, a trait in their character that was missing in his first address to them.

The only criticism Jesus has for this church is that they have allowed a Jezebel to to teach and to seduce his servants into committing fornication, and eating things sacrificed unto idols.

It is extremely doubtful that the Roman church would actually allow a woman to teach, therefore this could be an allegorical reference to the time when  dispensations were being sold in advance to allow such things to occur. If this is the case, it would appear that the church has repented of this activity today. If is yet occuring, it is a dark and well guarded secret, which seems almost imposible to believe in today’s tell all culture.

However, Because Jesus promised those who do not hold with this teaching, he will put no other burden upon them, it seems most likely that the allegory to Jezebel and her doctrines is yet something that will occur in the future.

Those who are not guilty of this sinful conduct will be given power over the nations to rule over them in a fashion that forbids sin at the penalty of death. And they will also recieve the morning star. In Rev. 22:16 Jesus refers to himself as “the bright and morning star,” so it simply means they will be like him when they recieve their reward.

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The Power to Love

1 Pet. 4:8-9  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall

cover the multitude of sins.  (9)  Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

 

Rom. 13:8  Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath

 fulfilled the law.

John 15:12  This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

 

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.  (23)  I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Isa. 45:22-23 

1 Cor. 12:31  But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

1 Cor. 13:8  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.