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Monday, January 28, 2013

Church in Thyatira

Revelation 2:18-29 NIV

To the Church in Thyatira

 

18 “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:

These are the Words of the Son of God, Whose eyes are like blazing fire and Whose feet are like burnished bronze.

19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.

21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.

22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am He Who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you):

25 Only hold on to what you have until I come.

 26 To him who overcomes and does My Will to the end, I will give authority over the nations -

27 ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter;

he will dash them to pieces like pottery’

just as I have received authority from My Father.

28 I will also give him the Morning Star.

29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.



 

Recipient of Words: Angel (Messenger, Minister) of the Church in Thyatira

 

Praise: Doing more than they did at first

 

Reproach: Tolerating the teaching of Jezebel

 

Charge: Hold onto what you have until I Come

 

Reward Promise: Authority over the nation, Morning Star (in Greek, τὸν ἀστέρα τὸν πρωΐ́νόν , Morning angel or messenger. We know ‘star’ represents ‘angel’or ‘messsenger’ in Revelation 1:20).

 

 

Jezebel

In Israel’s history, Jezebel was the wife of king Ahab; a woman of vast influence over her husband - an influence which was uniformly exerted for evil.

She was a daughter of Ethbaal, king of Tyre and Sidon, and lived about 918 years before Christ. She was an idolater, and induced her weak husband not only to connive at her introducing the worship of her native idols, but to become an idolater himself, and to use all the means in his power to establish the worship of idols instead of the worship of the true God Jehovah.

Instead of that woman Jezebel, την γυναικα Ιεζαβηλ, many excellent MSS., and almost all the ancient versions, read την γυναικα σου Ιεζαβηλ, Your wife Jezebel; which intimates, indeed asserts, that this bad woman was the wife of the minister of the Church, and his criminality in tolerating her was therefore the greater.

She called herself a prophetess, i.e., set up for a teacher; taught the Christians that fornication, and eating things offered to idols, were matters of indifference, and thus they were seduced from the truth. But it is probable that by fornication here is meant idolatry merely, which is often its meaning in the Scriptures.

It is too gross to suppose that the wife of the pastor of this Church could teach fornication literally. The messenger of this Church, probably her husband, connived at this even though he had power to have cast her and her followers out of the Church, or, as his wife, to have restrained her; but he did not do it, and thus she had every opportunity of seducing the faithful.

This is what Christ had against the messenger of this Church.

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