The Son of God speaks fiery and public rebuke to Thyatira, a church gone far astray. She promotes both spiritual and physical promiscuity under the banner of His holy Name. She will be thrown down, growing sickly and weak for all the churches to see. The world keeps using her anyway. Her children are lost, dead and gone. This Lord searches the minds and the hearts, knowing whose faith and love remain true to Him. Those faithful to Christ hold fast to His teachings. In the end, Jesus charges them with shepherding those hurt by the false hopes of her compromising, licentious lies.

Click to hear the full audio of Revelation Session Twelve: The Letter to Thyatira

Here are the Keynote slides used for our Sanctuary Bible Study session:

Revelation 2:18-29 (ESV)

To the Church in Thyatira

18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘The words of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose feet are like burnished bronze.

19 “‘I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, 23 and I will strike her children dead. And all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works. 24 But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan, to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden. 25 Only hold fast what you have until I come. 26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations, 27 and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received authority from my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’

In Acts 16 we note Lydia was from a Thyatira, a seller of purple. Sketch and photo below showing the cloth dying in Thyatira. (from Wikipedia page on Thyatira)

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