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.

Revelation 2:18-29

New International Version (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 prophet. 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 except to hold on to what you have until I come.’

26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’[b]—just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give that one the morning star. 29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.