KFGM is presently studying the book of Revelation. We are taking an in-depth look into this symbolic book, chapter by chapter. This past Sunday we delved into Chapter 2:18, where we discussed the Church of Thyatira. Thyatira means “continual offering.” As it appears to be so with each of the seven churches, the Lord presented himself as befitting for the individual church and the relevant situation they are involved. For this particular church, God presents himself as the Son of God, which is the only time in Revelation that he presents himself as so and as he whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. In this sense, those eyes of blazing fire sees through the surface appearance, searches the minds and souls and the burnished bronze feet indicate judgment. If we read about this church, we may wonder why, what is the problem with this church? Afterall, they are being commended on being a loving and serving church, they were a growing and faithful church doing greater works during this time than they started off doing. Nevertheless, as v. 20 points out there in the midst was a self proclaimed prophetess who was teaching impure doctrine that was being embraced by most of the congregation. These doctrines included the teaching that sexual immorality and eating things sacrificed to idols were okay, even though they were in direct violation of the word of God. Despite all the great things the church was being commended for, doctrinally, they were being led by a woman Jesus declared as a Jezebel. Just one person was corrupting a church, but really isn’t that all it takes? This church looked great externally but inside, where it really counts, they were mislead and wicked. How many of us today rush to a church because it is big and beautiful, not really considering what is being taught or imparted? Any doctrine or teaching that is contrary to the word of God is false. Just remember, you are responsible for what you take in, the seeds that you allow to be planted into your life. Judgment was pronounced on Jezebel and all that followed her, for she failed to take advantage of the opportunity that was provided to her to repent. Read and study for yourself, you’ll find it to be interesting and relevant even for today.
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