THYATIRA CHURCH

Revelation 2:18-29 is the message to the Thyatiran church (attitude) in the end-time.  As I have said many times, this is written for the end-time Christians:

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Ensamples” (examples) is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck), i.e. (by impl.) a stamp or scar; by anal. a shape, i.e. statue, (fig.) style or resemblance; spec. a sampler (“type“), i.e. a model (for imitation) or instance (for warning).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says, “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved.”

Do we have the ears to hear as God warns at the end time in each of the seven messages to the seven churches?

In verse 18, Christ adds a little more to our knowledge about Him:

Revelation 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass; 19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

The word “last” is Strong’s #2078: “(in the same contiguity); farthest, final (of place or time):—ends of, last, latter end…”

“First” is Strong’s #4413: “forermost, (in time, place, order, or importance)…”

It seems apparent that the last peoples in the 2000 year history of this church attitude have a better “works” record than the earlier churches or generations.  Notice that “works” are mentioned twice.  Could this be due to the prodding of the end-time Philadelphians? They will be zealously doing God’s work as deputies of Elijah.  I have covered this deputyship in many papers.

In Revelation 2:20, God tells these virgins who have been asleep about the problems He has with them:

Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

We all know the story of Jezebel and her wickedness.  What is in her story for the end-time Christians for whom the Bible is written?  The numbers of end-time Christians are found in Revelation 7:1-4, 9 and 14:

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands………14….And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

The story of the original Jezebel and all her wickedness is written for us, the end-time virgins.  Notice in 1 Kings 18:19 that Jezebel had a big whore church.  God considers any church that is not God’s true church a whore church and He considers us fornicators and adulterers if we have a part with them.  Revelation 2:20 and 22 point this out.  We will look at verse 22 shortly.

Jezebel nearly stamped out the true worship of God in Israel, as God told Elijah in 1 Kings 18:19:

1 Kings 18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.

The end-time Jezebel (church) of Revelation 2:20 will be very powerful and will have considerable influence on the end-time Christians.

Remember, the original Jezebel had 850 ministers.  Is this a prototype of the end-time church of Jezebel (or church of Satan)?  It certainly is if 1 Corinthians 10:11 is true.

Notice she claims to be a prophetess.  Will we have an end-time wolf (church) in sheep’s clothing prophesying?  And the prophecies may actually be coming to pass.  Satan can and will stage many deceptions and there are numerous examples of this in the Bible.

Notice this false church (Jezebel) will appear to be righteous to some degree.  It will have a form of Godliness—keeping the Holy Days, tithing, Passover, Unleavened Bread, etc.

If she didn’t look like God’s Church on the surface, no one with God’s Holy Spirit would get caught up by her and influenced by her teaching.  What Sabbath keeper would sit in a Sunday keeping church and be taught each week?

No, Satan is slick as snot and twice as slimy.  He will make it look convincing.

Continuing with Revelation 2:20, these false teachers of Jezebel’s church teach and seduce God’s servants.

To be God’s servants in the end time, you must have the Holy Spirit.  Notice in Matthew 25:1-2 that 50% of the virgins are foolish:

Matthew 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. 2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

“Foolish” is Strong’s #3474, the Greek word moros: “dull or stupid (as if shut up), i.e. heedless, (mor.) blockhead, (appar.) absurd.” Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament adds of moros: “silly, stupid, foolish, from which the English word ‘moron’ is derived…”

The end-time Thyatira church (attitude) has its share of moron virgins, probably 50% or more.  It seems that only the Philadelphia and Smyrna churches are without foolish virgins—God expresses no faults about these two churches. The foolish Thyatiran virgins are seduced into committing the spiritual whoredoms God so hates.  Our whole Christian experience is sacrificed to idols and filled with spiritual fornication if we refuse to be ruled over by God’s word.

See, the whole problem with this group of foolish (moron) virgins is that they will not submit to

2 Corinthians 6:14-18:

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

If there is no submission to God’s word, there is no salvation.

We need to realize that the end-time scenario will take quite a bit of time after the cry at midnight first goes out to the sleeping virgins.  It does not go out in one fell swoop, it goes out piecemeal.  I have dealt with this in many papers. There is an indication of this in verse 21, if we have ears to hear:

Revelation 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

“Her” = the foolish virgins with the Thyatiran attitude and other churches (attitudes).

Can we understand the cry at midnight comes to these people through Elijah or one of his deputies?  I have covered this deputyship in many papers.

Haggai 1:14 And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God,

“Work” is Strong’s #4399: “deputyship.”  Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study Old Testament says “the principle meaning is deputyship…”  Probably some of these Thyatirans will be among the 144,000 Israelites of Revelation 7:1-4, and some will be in the multitude that no man can number, Revelation 7:9, 14.

I do not think there is any reason to believe that these basic attitudes described by Christ in the Bible do not sweep right across the breath of all humanity.  In other words, certain attitudes are not limited to certain tribes.  The multitude that no man can number comes from ALL nations and they are virgins who hear the cry at midnight.

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Notice again Revelation 2:21:

Revelation 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

“Space” in verse 21 is Strong’s #5550: “primary meaning is a space of time…”  These moron virgins have their space of time to repent.  It could be a number of years.  If so, this very fact could make the end time events drag out for many years.  I personally don’t believe that it will be any less that 30 years from the time it starts.  There is reason to suspect it might be as many as 40 years.  The Promised Land was withheld from the Israelites for 40 years and only the children went in.  Do not forget the “prototype” message in 1 Corinthians 10:11.  Review the definition on page one.

Notice the threat in verse 22—and God does not make idle threats.  Once this time limit is up, God takes action:

Revelation 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

The foolish (moron) virgins who commit spiritual adultery will have the heat turned up to “high” as God tries to get them to repent.  God tosses them into the Great Tribulation:

Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

It is obvious that most of these virgins will go into the end-time great tribulation.  In the case of extremely old virgins or those approaching old age God may have to send personal great tribulation if they would not live out the number of years to the end.  Regardless, they get it one way or the other unless repentance is forthcoming.

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.

Who is “her?”  It seems to be referring to the Jezebel whore church and the Thyatirans who commit adultery with her:

Revelation 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. 22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

Continuing in verse 23, apparently all the other six churches (attitudes) will get the message here and know that God is not playing games with us end-time walking, talking, breathing hunks of dirt.  If our works deserve death, that is exactly what we will get.

Revelation 2:24 is a message to the rest of the Thyatirans, the ones who don’t have the doctrine of Satan.  Jezebel is the false church that seduces God’s servants:

Revelation 2:24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

Revelation 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Notice this word “sufferest” is Strong’s #1439: “to let be, i.e. permit or leave alone…”  See, this is a willful decision on the part of a certain element of the Thyatiran attitude—they allow this to happen.

The Thyatirans have a church or synagogue of Satan, right in their midst, just as the Smyrna and Philadelphian churches do:

Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

The foolish (moron) virgins in the Thyatiran church totally reject 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and thereby miss salvation.  Review the verses on page three.

Anytime we allow anything other than the pure word of God to come into our minds, we are flirting with Satan.  The more we commit spiritual fornication in these counterfeit churches of God, indulging in their practices, the deeper we get into Satan’s ways.  In doing this, we are rejecting 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.

Verse 25 is encouragement and more proof that this is an end-time message:

Revelation 2:25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

Notice the phrase “hold fast till I come.”  Back in verse 22, the term “great tribulation” is used.  These two phrases ear mark this as end time.

Verses 26-28 contain a promise that cannot be broken to those who endure and overcome, to those who finish the race:

Revelation 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. 28 And I will give him the morning star.

Verse 29 is the same warning repeated in all the messages to the churches:

Revelation 2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Published July, 1999

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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