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Lyn Mize

Rev 2:18-29 (KJV) 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. 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. 29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.  

The Church Age of Pergamum ended with the beginning of the Church Age known as Thyatira. The message of Jesus to the Church of Thyatira is an accurate picture of the Catholic Church from about A.D. 606 up until the present time and continuing until Jesus returns. Thyatira was active in service and charities, and it was patient in relying on God's promises.  It did not have a zeal for godly discipline and doctrine.  It was indulgent toward errors and false teachers, so that falsehood and idolatry grew and modified the whole character of the church. The false prophets who first enticed the church into a falling away from the faith were women. Women teachers have always been a problem in leading the church astray into false doctrines.  

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;

This includes the address and the characteristic of Jesus as the all-seeing judge of the church.  We talked about these characteristics in the vision that John had on Patmos. The church of Thyatira is seen in the Catholic Church, which became powerful in the Holy Roman Empire as the power of the Roman Empire declined.

The eyes like a flame of fire portray the purifying judgment by fire that all Christians will experience. The metal brass typifies judgment, which is pictured for the whole Church.  

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.

Jesus describes the good works of Thyatira and the fact that their works have gotten better. The Catholic Church has done many wonderful works of charity, and is seen in the many Catholic hospitals, orphanages and works by nuns all over the world. The good works of the Catholic Church cannot be overlooked simply because of the evil works and terrible doctrinal abuse that goes on in the church. Jesus describes these evil works in the following verse.  

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.

The word “Thyatira” means a continual sacrifice and it alludes to the sacrifice of the mass, which denies the finished work of Christ on the cross. The mass and the false teaching of transubstantiation offers the death of Jesus Christ over and over as atonement for sin, and denies his once for all death as atonement for sin. Many Christians have died under the hands of the Roman Catholic Church because they refused to celebrate the heresy of the mass.  

Jezebel is a parallel with the parable of the leaven where the woman inserts the leaven into the dough.  This leaven is the false teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, which was inserted into the Church and continues to work until the whole Church is leavened with false doctrines and false teachings.  

The woman called Jezebel taught the members of the church to participate in sexual immorality that accompanied pagan religion. This was very much akin to the ancient Babylonian Mystery Religion. In the Catholic Church many commit spiritual fornication (idolatry) in the worship of idols, the Eucharist, and the worship of Mary. Even with their faithfulness in some things, Jesus has a great deal against the church of Thyatira.  

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

This church was give the opportunity to repent, but she did not. Actually, the church of Thyatira has had 1400 years to repent, but it is still committing spiritual fornication.  

The Catholic Church has been made aware of its false teachings, but these teachings have continued up until the present day.  

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.

This woman called Jezebel would be cast into a sick bed for her evil.  Her followers would also suffer tribulation, unless she repents. The name Jezebel apparently represents the Papal Worship System, which is caused the Catholic Church to be led astray from the truths of scripture. God will deal with the Papal Worship System, and with those who are caught up in her heresies.  

Prophetically, the Papal Worship System, which is the Babylonian Mystery Religion, will be destroyed by Antichrist, and those in the Catholic Church who commit spiritual fornication will be rejected at the Firstfruits Rapture and cast into the tribulation period. This is addressed in this verse and the following verse of Scripture.  

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.

Many inside and outside the Church have followed the pernicious ways of the Babylonian Mystery Religion. Many shall die physically in the tribulation period under the reign of Antichrist.  This judgment will be so visible that all the churches will know that God is a righteous judge who searches the inmost mind (i.e., reins=kidneys) and the thoughts and emotions (i.e., hearts). The churches of Thyatira, Sardis and Laodicea will be cast into the tribulation period, but they will wake up under the persecutions of Antichrist.  

The Judgment of the Church will be according to works. This has been overlooked by the majority of the Church who have been led astray by the doctrine of Balaam, which taught the children of God to be led astray by fornication and adultery.  

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.

There are some in this church that do not believe these false doctrines.  They have not gotten caught up in these so-called deep secrets that are in actuality satanic. These Christians will not be chastised. There are some in Thyatira, who have remained faithful to the Word of God. They will not be cast into great tribulation.

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

This verse establishes that the church of Thyatira will continue in existence until Jesus returns. Those in the Catholic Church who have remained faithful need to hold fast until Jesus returns for the faithful Firstfruits.

26. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:  

This shows that overcomers in the Catholic Church will reign and rule with Jesus Christ in the millennial kingdom.  "The end" would be death or rapture in either the Firstfruits Rapture or the Main Harvest Rapture. 

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.  

Note that this is the church of Thyatira that will rule with a "rod of iron."  This confirms that the overcoming church in the tribulation period is the man child that is caught up to God (i.e., raptured) in Rev. 12:5.  

28. And I will give him the morning star.  

There is a slight mistranslation in this verse. The Greek word for “give” actually means to make or to commission. The morning star appears just before the darkest part of the night, and it reflects the light of the sun at that time. Jesus is the Sun of Righteousness, and those in the Church who reflect the light of Jesus just before the last half of the tribulation period will be greatly honored as the bright and morning star. The Firstfruits Rapture will occur at midnight (i.e., figuratively speaking).  Jesus appears to Israel as the Sun of Righteousness in the morning.  The night between Midnight and dawn is a picture of the tribulation period. The Main Harvest will go through part of the dark, but they will be taken out before the darkest part of the night, and they will be witnesses of Jesus just before the darkest part of the night, which is the last half of the tribulation period. Thus, overcoming Christians during the first half of the tribulation period will be made or commissioned as the bright and morning star, which reflects the light of Jesus Christ just before the darkest hour of the tribulation period.  

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

This epistle ends with an admonition to the Church to listen and heed the warnings of these letters to the Church.