18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
The Son of God, who has [g]eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this:
19 ‘I know your deeds, and your love and faith and service and [h]perseverance, and that your [i]deeds of late are greater than [j]at first. 20 But I have this against you, that you tolerate the woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, and she teaches and leads My bond-servants astray so that they commit acts of immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. 21 I gave her time to repent, and she does not want to repent of her immorality. 22 Behold, I will throw her [k]on a bed of sickness, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of [l]her deeds. 23 And I will kill her children with [m]pestilence, and all the churches will know that I am He who searches the [n]minds and hearts; and I will give to each one of you according to your deeds. 24 But I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching, who have not known the deep things of Satan, as they call them—I place no other burden on you. 25 Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. 26 He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, to him I will give authority over the [o]nations; 27 and he shall [p]rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of the potter are broken to pieces, as I also have received authority from My Father; 28 and I will give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ Revelation 2:18-29
The issue facing the church in Thyatira is that they were tolerating a false prophet who the Lord refers to her as Jezebel. When studying the book of first Kings the history of Jezebel is one of marrying king Ahab and then leading the nation of Israel into deep idolatry in which the nation of Israel turned their hearts away from the Lord. The Lord raised up Elijah the prophet to confront the wickedness of the day.
The false teaching in Thyatira was steeped in wickedness because the Lord referred to this person as Jezebel and also spoke of the deep things of Satan. One of the methods Satan has used to infiltrate the body of Christ and bring forth deception and false teaching is always speaking of deeper knowledge or out side sources that what God has provided in His word. God has given us His word and through studying His word our hearts will be guarded from the lies of the enemy. We are bombarded daily by the lies and deceptions of the enemy and if we are to walk in victory and authority we must be diligent students of God’s word.
The Lord encouraged those who did not give into these false teachings and promised them that they would rule the nations. When Jesus comes back to establish His kingdom upon the earth, we who walk with Him now and endure until the end will rule and reign with Him over the nations. There is a great reward in faithfully serving the Lord and holding fast to God’s word in the face of the darkness of our day.
One of the reason the seven messages are so important is because we today are facing these same issues. There are false teachers who have arisen who distort the truth of the gospel and especially as it pertains to the grace of God. They preach a message that speaks of God’s love but speak nothing of repentance or obedience. They give people a license to sin while trampling all over the grace of God.
In each of the letters in which the Lord gave the churches a rebuke, He also gave them an opportunity to repent of their wickedness and turn their hearts to Him. The reason God gives harsh warnings in His word is that people would read and be convicted by the power of the Holy Spirit. As long as we have breath in our longs we have the opportunity to repent of our wicked ways. God’s grace is sufficient for all things but does not give us a license to live in habitual sin. If we are truly born again and growing in Christ then our attitude toward sin will be one in which we desire to run from it instead of towards it. Let us examine our hearts daily and remove the things from our lives that the Holy Spirit is convicting us about.