Revelation 2 Part 4 (2:18-29): Thyatira

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Revelation 2:18-29

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18 “To the angel of the Messianic Community in Thyatira, write: ‘Here is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes are like a fiery flame and whose feet are like burnished brass:Psa 2:7 I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.
Dan 10:6 His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a multitude.
Mal 3:2-4 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. (3) He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD. (4) Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.
Mat 3:17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Mat 16:15-16 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” (16) Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Joh 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
(19) I know what you are doing, your love, trust, service, and perseverance. And I know that you are doing more now than before.Job 17:9 Yet the righteous holds to his way, and he who has clean hands grows stronger and stronger.
Pro 4:18 But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.
John 15:2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control; against such things, there is no law.
Th 1:3 We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.
(20) But I have this against you: you continue to tolerate that Izevel woman, the one who claims to be a prophet, but is teaching and deceiving my servants to commit sexual sin and eat food that has been sacrificed to idols.
(21) I gave her time to turn from her sin, but she doesn’t want to repent of her immorality.
Deu 13:1-5 “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, (2) and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ which you have not known, ‘and let us serve them,’ (3) you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams. … (5) But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death because he has taught rebellion against the LORD your God…
(24) But to the rest of you in Thyatira, to those who do not hold this teaching, who have not learned what some people call the ‘deep things’ of the Adversary, I say this: I am not loading you up with another burden;
(25) only hold fast to what you have until I come.
Act 15:28-29 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: (29) that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”
1 Cor 2:10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.
Rev 2:26-29 To him who wins the victory and does what I want until the goal is reached, I will give him authority over the nations;
(27) he will rule them with a staff of iron and dash them to pieces like pottery,
(28) just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give him the morning star.
(29) Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities.” '
Psa 2:1-12 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? (2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, (3) “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” (4) He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. (5) Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, (6) “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” (7) I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. (8) Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. (9) You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” (10) Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. (11) Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. (12) Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Seven Letters Outline

EphesusSmyrnaPergamumThyatiraSardisPhiladelphiaLaodicea
ToDarling; desiredMyrrh; deathHeight; Mixed (strange) MarriageDaughter
FromHolds 7 stars/ walks among lampstandsFirst/last dead/aliveSharp two-edged swordSon of God; eyes of fire; feet of brass
+Don’t tolerate evil; Persevered; Acts 17:11Suffering (pressing, tribulation) and insultsNot denied faith; holds fast to His name; know they live where Satan has his thronelove, trust, service, and perseverance; improving
-Lost love they had at firstN/ATolerate those with sexual and dietary sin (Balaam)Jezebel
+Hates deeds of people who do things their own way instead of God’sDo not fear suffering; remain faithfulN/AHold fast against teaching of deep things of Satan
“Ear”BeforeBeforeBeforeAfterAfterAfterAfter
PromiseEat from Tree/LifeNot taste 2nd deathEat of Hidden Manna / A white stone/new nameAuthority over nations; morning star
ApplicationNeglected prioritiesExpect Satanic oppositionBeware spiritual compromise: (worshipping God AND something else)Beware of pagan practices mixed in and corrupting the true faith: (worshipping something else pretending it’s God)
AgeApostolic (70-170)Persecuted (170-312)State Religion (312-606)Catholic (606-present)
ParableFour SoilsWheat/taresMustard seedWoman/leaven
PaulEphesiansPhilippians1/2 CorinthiansGalatians

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Part I: Thyatira background, trade guilds, Revelation 2:18-21 (verses 22-29 are covered in Part II); Elijah and prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel. Jezebel and Naboth’s vineyard at Jezreel.


Part II: Revelation 2:22-29; Does it fit? Church Age = Catholic Church; Parable= Woman & Leaven; Paul=Galatians


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Chris Flanagan
Chris Flanagan
Bible teacher and growing disciple of ישוע/Jesus

Former healthcare compliance auditing professional with a passion for understanding the biblical texts in their original context and applying these lessons to 21st century life.