CHRIST’S MESSAGE TO THYATIRA Rev. 2:18-29 FBC-PC 6-23-13 AM
CITY – 40 miles SE of Pergamos – rich agricultural area. It was famous for Purple dye and purple cloth cf. Acts 16:14-15… Lydia’s hometown. No one knows how the gospel came to Thyatira unless through Lydia.
CHRIST IS SEEN – as the Son of God – Fiery Judge vs. 18 cf. Rev. 1:14,15 (Son of Man). They had deviated from true worship.
CHURCH HISTORY PICTURED – Middle ages 600-1500 AD Sacrificed continually in their services. Mariology, Mass, and transubstantiation took hold during this time
CONTRASTS – Ephesus: Orthodoxy; Smyrna: Suffering; Pergamos: Compromise; Thyatira: Corruption; Sardis: Deadness; Philadelphia: Faithfulness; Laodicea: Lukewarmness
COMMENDATION – vs. 19 – Works, Christlike Love, Faith, Service Individuals where characterized by true love for God inspite of the corruption around them.
CONDEMNATION – vs. 20-23 Indictment for spiritual wickedness
That woman Jezebel, - pseudo-prophetess – urged Christians to continue in immorality and continue in pagan worship, Idolatry, unholy eating.
Jezebels history –I Kings 16:33; 19:2; 21:1-16; II Kings 9:33-35
Jezebels Punishment- a bed of affliction vs. couch of luxury and sin
Her children killed;
Warning – Omniscient God sees all and tries the innermost being.
“depth of Satan” – occult, Satanism, witch craft, New Age, music, drugs, alcohol, pornography, addictions
Reiterate the finished work of Jesus Christ Eph. 1,2; I Cor. 6:9-11
EXHORTATION TO GODLY REMNANT – as many as have not this corrupt practice. – vs. 24-25 Hold fast to the deep things of God I Cor. 2:10
BE OVERCOMERS – vs. 26-29 Invitation and Promise – Rule and Shepherd for God
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