In Revelation 2:18-29 Jesus sends His message to the church  of Thyatira. Thyatira was a wealthy town on the Lycus River in the Roman  province of Asia (modern-day Turkey).

The message was from the Lord  Jesus Christ through an angel (or “messenger”): “To the angel of the church in  Thyatira write . . .” (Revelation  2:18). This was not John’s message to the Thyatiran believers; it was a  message from the Lord. The description at the end of verse 18 verifies the  author of this message is Jesus Christ: “The words of the Son of God, whose eyes  are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.” This  description removes any doubt of the identity of the One giving the  message.

After identifying Himself, Jesus affirms the church’s positive  actions: “I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance,  and that you are now doing more than you did at first” (Revelation 2:19). Five  qualities are listed: 1) love, 2) faith, 3) service, 4), patient endurance, and  5) greater works.

Next, Jesus notes their sin: “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” (Revelation  2:20). Apparently, a false prophetess was leading believers into compromise.  The church was engaging in sexual immorality and dabbling in idolatry. It is  possible that “Jezebel” was her real name, but it is more likely the name was a  metaphorical reference to the Jezebel of the Old  Testament—another idolatrous woman who opposed God’s ways. Rather than rebuke  this false teacher and send her out of the church, the believers in Thyatira  were allowing her to continue her deception.

Jesus pronounces judgment  on this “Jezebel” and calls the church of Thyatira to repent of their sin: “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. I will strike her  children dead” (Revelation 2:22-23).

Then Jesus encourages those  who had remained faithful: “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): Only hold on to what you have until  I come” (Revelation 2:24-25). The faithful believers did not fall  into Satan’s trap, and they only needed to remain faithful until Christ’s  return.

Jesus lists His promises to the believers in Thyatira: “To him  who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the  nations—‘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. I will also give  him the morning star” (Revelation 2:26-28). These blessings would include 1)  authority over the nations, 2) victory over all enemies, and 3) the morning  star. This morning star is Jesus Himself, as Revelation  22:16 reveals. Jesus will give Himself to His church, and they will  fellowship together forever.

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