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Revelation 2:18–29

Revelation 2:18–29

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Series: Seven Churches of the Book of Revelation
Sermon: The Church at Thyatira
Bible Passage: Revelation 2:18-29

I. Introduction of Jesus (verse 18)

1. The Son of God
2. Eyes like flame of fire
3. Feet like burnished bronze
4. Significance of this introduction:

a. It is not Domitian’s dead son, who is over the globe, is God’s Son, but it is Jesus (cf. Psalm 2:7)
b. Jesus, the Son of God, has the authority to judge the world including Thyatira (cf. Daniel 7:13-14)
c. Therefore, the readers must give absolute attention

II. The Church at Thyatira had two kinds of people:

1. Those who did not compromise with the false teachers (verse 19)

a. Love, faith, service, and steadfast endurance
b. The expression “your more recent deeds are greater than your earlier ones” is an intentional contrast with the Church at Ephesus that “I have this against you: You have departed from your first love” (cf. 2:4)

2. Those who compromised with the false teachers

a. Thyatirans have allowed false teachers

i. The false teachers are metaphorically called “Jezebel” and her followers
ii. Most likely, the leader of the false teachers “Jezebel” had a responsible position at the church (verses 20, 23 “her children”)
iii. She called herself a “prophetess” (verse 20)
iv. She was misleading the servants of God to compromise in sexual immorality and food offered to other gods (verse 20)
v. This is almost similar to Jezebel of the OT who mislead the people of Israel with her teachings (cf. 1 Kgs 16:31; 18:1–5; 19:1–3; 21:5–24)
vi. The city of Thyatira had many trade guilds/clubs where the guild members had to pay homage to deities purely for economic and social reasons
vii. Christians who were members of these guilds most likely compromised in these practices, which included some kind of immoral behaviors
viii. Fail to pay homage resulted in some kind of ostracization by their guild members

b. The false teachers, Jezebel, is not willing to repent from practicing and spreading false teaching (verse 21)

i. She and her followers will be punished (vv 22-25)
ii. The Church that needs to standout and witness for the Gospel has been influenced by the patron deity purely for economic and social acceptance reasons.
iii. Jesus sees those believers who are following Jezebel (verse 23)
iv. These false teachers may be able to hide their motives from human eyes, but they will not escape Jesus’s eyes

3. Those believers who did not compromise are encouraged to stay in the purity of the Gospel because Jesus will reward their uncompromising convictions (verses 26-27)

Take Away

Identify false teachers and stay away from them

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org