As promised I am going to talk about church number four. The church of Thyatira.
- Thyatira – Things Jesus liked Rev. 2:19 – 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. Things Jesus did not like Rev. 2:20 – 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. Jesus Christ also offered a warning to the church of Thyatira. The warning was issued in Revelation 2:21-25 – 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.
Jesus said to the church of Thyatira, that he knows their works also. He knows of their charity, service, their faith, and their patience. They are last, but they will be more than the first. Think of it like this, there is a race and some of the church members of Thyatira are in last place, but because of what they do and what they believe, they will finish ahead of other church members who are in first place. To become more than the first. Even though the church of Thyatira had many great qualities, Jesus still found things that He did not like. Jesus said that His servants are adhering to the teachings of Jezebel. Jezebel was a Phoenician princess turned “prophetess” who married Ahab a prince of Israel and as time passed, Jezebel and Ahab ruled as king and queen. During the rule, Jezebel did not accept Yahweh as God, but continued her practice of nature worship and sorcery (Satan worship). The spirit of Jezebel was allowed to endure and to corrupt some of the church of Thyatira. Not only did the servants of Christ commit physical fornication, but, my belief starts here → they also committed spiritual fornication. Spiritual fornication is as discussed in the post titled Revelation Chapter 2 Part (B). Spiritual fornication is the mixing of paganism into Christianity ← my belief stops here. The servants of Christ also ate food that was sacrificed to idols. Jesus, also issued a warning to the church of Thyatira, and He said, I have given you time to repent of your fornication, but you did not repent. Now, I am going to allow people who commit adultery with her to suffer greatly, unless they repent of their deeds.
My belief starts here → Revelation 2:22 states, that people who commit adultery with her will suffer greatly. I believe this is speaking about both physical and spiritual adultery and fornication as mentioned in Revelation 2:21. The interesting thing is that, Jesus commented on both fornication and adultery. Fornication is sexual intercourse between people not married to each other, and adultery is voluntary sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse. We, as Christians are called the bride of Christ according to Revelation 19:7 which states: Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. Marriage spiritually means that we are in union with Christ Jesus, and not with another “spiritual” leader. All Christian people should believe that physical fornication and adultery are sins. Now, let’s focus on the spiritual fornication and spiritual adultery. Spiritual fornication is when a Christian (married to Christ) mingles his/her beliefs with pagan beliefs. The pagan who is (married to Christ or not married to Christ). As we well know, one can live a completely pagan lifestyle, and still call herself or himself Christian. Spiritual adultery is when a Christian (married to Christ) intentionally goes and mingles his or her beliefs, with pagan beliefs because the Christian wants to satisfy some urge that she or he knows is not allowed in the body of Christ. In both instances, fornication and adultery, the acts are intentional. The key difference being, that in spiritual fornication one is a nominal Christian; and does not really have a love for Jesus Christ. It’s just what she or he was raised to believe. In a sense if the nominal Christian finds another “partner” that appears more pleasing then he or she will not hesitate to pursue a relationship to see if there is something more there. In spiritual adultery, the Christian is married and loves Jesus Christ with all his heart. This Christian will not forsake the Lord Jesus Christ, but this Christian may sacrifice a belief because it does not agree with their morals. Also, in both instances of spiritual fornication and spiritual adultery it is mingling of the doctrine and testimony of Jesus Christ with pagan ideas and doctrines ← my belief stops here. The people committing this sin physically and spiritually will be punished, but they will be forgiven if they repent.
In Revelation 2:23 Jesus states, that He will kill her children with death, for He searches the reins and hearts. My belief starts here → When Jesus states that He will kill her children it does not actually mean children, what I believe it means is the followers of the teachings of Jezebel, and those who think it is okay to commit physical and spiritual adultery. The word children in this case would equal future followers of this “Christian” doctrine mingled with pagan beliefs, that have actually corrupted the teachings of Jesus Christ. In the same verse Jesus said that He searches reins and hearts, meaning that he knows what desires drive these individuals and He will give each according to his works. Revelation 2:24 is very important, as it states, that those who do not have this doctrine, and have not gone too deep into the so-called knowledge of Satan (Satan Worship) and still make their way to Christ and accept His sacrifice that He made for all. Jesus states, to these people I will put no other burden on you. Meaning that Christ is not going to expect these future followers to know everything there is to know about Christ or Christianity and how everything fits together like a jigsaw puzzle ← my belief stops here. Jesus said in Revelation 2:25, that you must hold onto what you have till I come. The next post I will discuss church number 5 which is the church of Sardis and the post will be titled Revelation Chapter 3 Part (A). Stay tuned, and as always you can follow me on twitter: