Revelation 2:18-29 – The Church in Thyatira

by | Updated June 3rd, 2021

Thyatira bordered upon Mysia on the north and Lydia on the south. It was 30-40 miles southeast and inland of Pergamus and a Macedonian colony established by Alexander the Great after the destruction of the Persian empire. It was originally a military outpost protecting the road from Pergamus to Sardis.

Thyatira was a town of trade. There were more trade guilds known here than any other Asian city. Believers who were members of these trades had a hard time not compromising in view of the pressure from these guilds to worship at various temples and attend guild feasts, most having religious connotations.

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This letter is longer than any of the seven letters to the churches. The gospel was apparently first introduced there by Lydia, a seller of purple, and a representative of that city, whom Paul led to Christ at Philippi.

Acts 16:12-15 – “And from thence to Philippi, which is the chief city of that part of Macedonia, and a colony: and we were in that city abiding certain days. And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshiped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.”

Revelation 2:18-29 The Church in Thyatira

“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; 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. 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. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 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. 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. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 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. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

Jesus’ Description of Himself

Revelation 2:18 – “These things saith the Son of God, Who hath His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass.”

  1. The Son of God. This portrays His divinity as the second person in the Godhead (trinity). This is a claim to His divinity. He is no less than God incarnate. The Jews knew when He claimed this title that He was declaring Himself to be very God.

    This is the doctrine upon which His church is founded and built. If He is anything less the church and our faith would be built on a faulty foundation. It’s upon this rock that the gates of hell are come against and utterly destroyed. None can comprehend this apart from the Holy Spirit and divine revelation.

    Matthew 16:16-18 – “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but My Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

    John 5:18 – “Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Him, because He not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.”

    John 10:30-33 – “I and my Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from My Father; for which of those works do ye stone Me? The Jews answered Him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that Thou, being a man, makest Thyself God.”

    Hebrews 1:8 – “But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy kingdom.”

  2. Eyes like unto a flame of fire. This signifies our Lord’s piercing, penetrating, perfect knowledge, and thorough insight into every person and thing. He’s the one Who searches the heart and tries the reigns. This deals with His burning indignation and judgment.

    Revelation 2:23 – “I am He which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.”

    Jeremiah 23:24 – “Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.”

    Hebrews 4:13 – “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do.”

  3. Feet like unto fine brass. Steady, pure, and holy. Brass is chalkolibanon and is found only here and Revelation 1:15. It seems to represent an alloy of precious metal such as gold, silver, brass, copper. It means whiteness or brilliancy. It was a mixed metal of great brilliance. It’s not the quality of the metal but its brilliance enhancing the revelation of Jesus as a glorious judge.

Six Things Jesus Knows About The Church in Thyatira

Revelation 2:19 – “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.”

  1. Thy works. This is one of the things Jesus takes note of concerning each of the seven churches. He, likewise, does not overlook our work and labor for Him. It doesn’t escape His notice. He knows what all we do for Him.

    Galatians 6:9-10 – “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

    1 Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.”

    Hebrews 6:10 – “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”

  2. Charity or love. This deals with both love to God, and love to man. We are to love God first then our fellow man but more precisely our brothers and sister in Christ. Other than Matthew 22:39 where Jesus refers to loving our fellowman or neighbor, most of the New Testament deals with loving our brothers and sisters in Christ and not those of the world. It’s also interesting that here the KJV uses the word charity instead of love. We must have love and affection toward one another but if that love isn’t displayed with acts of love then it is not true love.

    Matthew 22:37-39 – “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”

    1 John 4:10-11 – “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.”

    1 John 3:17-18 – “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.”

  3. Service. We’re all called to a life of service to one another. Jesus left the portals of glory and took upon Himself the form of a servant. We, likewise, are to emulate Him by serving.

    Matthew 20:26-28 – “But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

    Philippians 2:3-5 – “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”

  4. Faith. Faith here is two-fold:
    1. The doctrines of fundamental truths. Though we see they had fallen into some compromise, they held to the essentials of the faith. This is an encouragement to all of His church that continues to hold fast to the fundamental truths and essential doctrines of scripture. His true church must hold fast the words of sound doctrine, especially in these last days.

      2 Timothy 4:2-4 – “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

      Hebrews 13:9 – “Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace.”

      Titus 2:1 – “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine.”

    2. A life of faith. Ours is a life of faith. We can never go wrong living by faith. The life of faith is that which is truly pleasing to God.

      Hebrews 10:38 – “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure in him.”

      Hebrews 11:6 – “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”

      Romans 1:17 – “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

      James 2:17-19 – “Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.”

  5. Patience. This is ὑπομονὴ or hupomone from hupo = under + meno = stay, remain, abide, literally means abiding under. The root idea of hupomone is to remain under some discipline, subjecting one’s self to something which demands the submission of one’s will to something against which one naturally would rebel. It means steadfastness, constancy, and endurance.

    It’s the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and faith. It portrays a picture of steadfastly and unflinchingly bearing up under a heavy load and describes that quality of character which does not allow one to surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial. The picture is that of steadfastness, constancy and endurance. It has in it a forward look, the ability to focus on what is beyond the current pressures.

    Hebrews 12:1 – “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”

    Philippians 3:12-14 – “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

    2 Timothy 4:6-8 – “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing.”

  6. Their works increased. This suggests they had grown in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though we are not saved by works, works are an expression of our faith and love. As we grow in our faith our works should grow and increase, not diminish. Their growth was apparent.

    Hebrews 6:10 – “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”

What Jesus Held Against The Church in Thyatira

Revelation 2:20-23 – “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. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 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.”

  1. They were tolerating the spirit of Jezebel. “As if it had been a light thing for him (Ahab) to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshiped him (1 Kings 16:31). “There was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up – incited” (1 Kings 21:25).

    This could have been a person or movement. Jezebel caused Israel to worship Baal. It was the mingling of the worship of God with that of pagan gods and rituals. This must never be tolerated in the church. False doctrine must be opposed by the true church on every front. We must never allow the church and God’s Word to be mingled with the worldly philosophies. This was happening then and is happening now and it must stop.

    1 Kings 18:21 – “Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him.”

    1 Corinthians 6:14-17 – “For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God… Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”

    Colossians 2:8 – “See to it that there is no one who takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception in accordance with human tradition, in accordance with the elementary principles of the world, rather than in accordance with Christ.”

    Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

    “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” (Revelation 2:20). Some manuscripts add “sou,” thy woman Jezebel. It could very well have been the pastor’s wife who was seducing the church and the pastor was tolerating it to go on. Pastors are to reprove evil and false teaching even if it is coming from those closest to him. Whether his wife or others in the congregation, this is needed, at times, to be done through direct confrontation (Matthew 18:15-17). The majority of the time it’s to be done through preaching the Word and teaching sound doctrine. The lack of sound teaching and preaching is one of the greatest causes of false doctrine.

    2 Timothy 4:1-2 – “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.”

    Hebrews 13:9 – “Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace.”

    Titus 2:1 – “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine.”

    We must be cautious not to allow false doctrine into the purity of Christ’s teachings. To do so is to prostitute ourselves and become the Church in Thyatira. This typified the church of the middle ages from AD 500-1,500. The worldliness of this church introduced excesses which became dominate in the church.

    Thyatira means continual sacrifice. During this period the papacy instituted the doctrine of transubstantiation. Transubstantiation is, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, “the change of the whole substance of bread into the substance of the Body of Christ and of the whole substance of wine into the substance of the Blood of Christ. This means Jesus is actually being recrucified each time communion is being observed. This is a false and heretical doctrine and to be rejected.

    God’s disdain of this doctrine is shown in Numbers 20:1-12. The people were complaining because there was no water. “Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly to the door of the tabernacle of meeting, and they fell on their faces. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them. Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation” (Numbers 20:6-8).

    Instead of speaking to the rock, “Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly” (Numbers 20:11). God told Moses to speak to the Rock but he hit it. God was angry with Moses because of this and said, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them” (Numbers 20:12).

    The Rock in the wilderness was Christ. Paul said, “For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ” (1 Corinthians 10:4). Christ was to be struck only once for the sins of the people. The first time this happened Moses was to strike the rock to get water to come out of it. This time he was to speak to it and not hit it and notice he hit it twice. Christ is not to be crucified over and over. That’s why we don’t get saved over and over. “For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (Hebrews 10:14).

  2. Christ’s judgment. “And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 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” (Revelation 2:21-23).

    God will judge those who propagate false doctrine! Especially those who corrupt others with their erroneous teachings. Christ’s warning here is stern but filled with hope for those who repent. The goal was to produce a shock reaction and bring them to repentance. It was meant to shock with a portrayal of the terrifying results of sin and error. It’s important to see within this warning good news of forgiveness on repentance, “unless you repent.”

    Unrepented sin, however, doesn’t go unpunished! “Bed of affliction” represents the severity of judgment upon those who propagate false doctrine and lead others astray. This is one of the worst of sins. Most other sins are against the Lord and ourselves. Leading people astray with heresy affects people’s spiritual life and potentially leads them into eternal judgment.

    Matthew 18:6 – “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

    Hebrews 12:5-8 – “And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him: For whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.”

    1 Corinthians 11:30-32 – “For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.”

    “I will kill her children with death” refers to the fruitlessness of their ways. There will be no lasting fruit in churches that compromise the truth of the gospel and the Word of God. Churches which allow the doctrines of scripture to be mingled with the doctrines and philosophies of this world will experience no true spiritual fruit. The Holy Spirit cannot bless impurity of doctrine. He only anoints and endorses truth.

    John 16:13-14 – “Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you.”

    “I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation.” Those who participate in and endorse false and erroneous doctrine and the doctrines and philosophies of this world will suffer Christ’s judgment along side with the ones propagating it. “Into great tribulation” could simply refer to troublesome times. God will often cast us into tribulation to purify and sanctify us. Trouble has a way of burning the dross of this world out of us. A purging as it were.

    It could also indicate that they will be forced to go through the great tribulation. If the doctrine of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is correct, this would mean that those of the church who embrace the doctrines and philosophies of this world will miss the rapture and be thrust into and experience the seven year tribulation period that they may be taught not to blaspheme. It was said of the Laodicean Church, “So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:16). A warning to the lukewarm compromising church of our day.

Christ’s Promise to the Remnant

“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. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 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. And I will give him the morning star. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Revelation 2:24-29).

To those who keep His Word without compromise there’s always a promise of overcoming victory. Paul wrote, “hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:13). Many a pastor and church become discouraged seeing other churches, which compromise with the world, and seem to prosper while they struggle. You must hold on and not give up or become fainthearted. Jesus will see you through victoriously.

  1. Christ will not burden you. “I will put upon you none other burden.” It appears from this scripture that the only burden and responsibility Christ is putting on His remnant is maintaining doctrinal purity. He urges them to hold fast till He comes. Jesus is not in the business of adding burdens on His people. Religion is what tends to add heavy burdens on people not God. This is contrary to the cause of Christ.

    Religion attempted to burden the early church. Gentiles were getting saved by the droves and the Jews said, that’s great you accepted Jesus but now you must be circumcised and keep the law. Peter stood up and said, “Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they” (Acts 15:10-11). Religion is about placing a yoke of bondage on people not God. Jesus came to alleviate burdens and break the yoke of bondage.

    Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.

    Isaiah 10:27 – “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”

    Psalm 55:22 – “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

    1 Peter 5:7 – “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”

  2. Overcoming victory. “And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end” (Revelation 2:26). This is repeated to each of the seven churches. All truly born-again believers are over comers. That’s our destiny. We’re promised overcoming victory in this life and the life to come. We must simply hold fast until He comes.

    No matter what you may be going through or what you’re facing God’s plan for you is overcoming victory. Keep trusting and obeying and don’t ever quit or give up. The devil knows that the only way he can win is by getting you to give up. If you refuse to quit you will overcome. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER QUIT!

    2 Corinthians 2:14 – “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of His knowledge by us in every place.”

    1 John 4:4 – “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

    1 John 5:4-5 – “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

    Romans 8:37 – “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”

  3. He will give us power and authority. “To him will I give power over the nations: 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” (Revelation 2:26-27). Power and authority is given to Christ’s true church. If we will hold fast His truth and not compromise it with the world’s philosophies and doctrines of men, He will place us in positions of authority both now and in the age to come. This was true of the Old Testament and New Testament church both in the natural and spiritual realm. We shall rule over the world with Christ now and in the age to come.

    Hebrews 2:5-10 – “For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? or the son of man that Thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; Thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of Thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

    Deuteronomy 15:6 – “For the Lord thy God blesseth thee, as He promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.”

    Joshua 1:3 and 5 – “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you. There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life.”

    Luke 10:19 – “Behold, I give unto you power (authority) to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

    Deuteronomy 11:24 – “Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours.”

  4. The morning star. “And I will give him the morning star” (Revelation 2:28). This refers to none other than Jesus Himself. “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star” (Revelation 22:16). He gives Himself to us in all His glory. What greater gift could His true followers receive than He Himself.

    This is also a symbol of hope. Morning here suggests a new day. The morning yearnings are here combined with star. In Jesus and Him alone is our hope found. There’s a new day coming that’s filled with hope and encouragement. This world is filled with despair and hopelessness whereas Jesus brings hope into our life and situation.

    Proverbs 13:12 – “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

    Romans 15:13 – “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”

    Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

  5. An ear to the voice of the Holy Spirit. Those who hold fast His truth have an ear to the voice of the Spirit. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches” (Revelation 2:29). As we are to be in tune with, listen to, and heed the voice of the Holy Spirit and He will continue to speak to us giving us additional insight, revelation, guidance, and direction.

    This is repeated to each of the seven churches. Therefore, we must re-emphasize it where the Holy Spirit does. It’s incumbent on us to listen up and give heed to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the churches. This was true of this church, all the seven churches, the church throughout the ages, and the church today. We must have an attentive ear and also obey all the Holy Spirit says.

    Hebrews 3:7-8 – “Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear His voice, Harden not your hearts.”

    Matthew 25:29 – “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.”

    John 7:17 – “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself.”

  6. Praise the Lord! The remnant is a victorious and Spirit led church. “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).


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