Chapter 2 – Letter to Thyatira

Jesus Addresses Thyatira -3

v.24-25 “But to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, and who have not known the depths of Satan, as they call them, I will put on you no other burden. But hold fast what you have till I come.”

Any doctrine that perverts the gospel of Christ is an abominable doctrine from “the depths of Satan.” For it’s the desire of Satan to subvert truth.

Jesus lays no further burden those in the congregation not corrupted by Jezebel, but a command to “hold fast.” Theirs is not a sentence of tribulation and death, but cautionary warning not to let others wrest the truth away from them.

v.26-29 “And he who overcomes and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations–‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the potter’s vessels shall be broken to pieces’–as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

“…to him I will give power over the nations–‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the potter’s vessels shall be broken to pieces’—as I have also received from My Father.” This could refer to the future power and dominion we share with Christ during the millennium, when His kingdom is established on earth, and He triumphantly reigns over the nations; or perhaps to a heavenly position, when we sit down with Christ on His throne of judgment and join with Him in condemning the ungodly (1Cor.6:2). Either way, the Father has given the Son the nations as an “inheritance,” and the ends of the earth as a “possession,” and He will rule with a scepter of iron, and break the ungodly nations into pieces like a potter’s vessel (Ps.2:7-9).

“And I will give him the morning star.” At the very least we can take this to mean that Christ, Who is “the bright and morning star” (Rev.22:16), will one day present Himself to us, and we shall behold His face (Rev.22:4). Interestingly, however, it might also indicate that we will one day be given full knowledge concerning God. That at the appearance of Christ darkness will fade, and we will see all things in the light of His glory; and as we behold Jesus all of the mysteries of God will be revealed to us, and all of our questions will be answered (check—2 Peter 1:19).

Historically: Though never a large city of any political importance, Thyatira did thrive as a manufacturing and commercial center during New Testament times. Lydia (the first convert of Paul at Philippi) is mentioned as “a seller of purple fabrics” from Thyatira. Nothing of the ancient city can be seen today, but the modern city of Akhisar in Turkey marks its ancient site.

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