Summary: This sermon deals with sexual immorality and failure by church leaders to deal with it.
There Are Consequences To Sin
18 "And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, 'These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:
19I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.
20Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
21And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did not repent.
22Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds.
23I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each one of you according to your works.
24Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden.
25But hold fast what you have till I come.
26And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations--
27'He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels'--as I also have received from My Father;
28and I will give him the morning star.
29He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches." '
This is sermon #6 in our series on the Book of Revelation.
Some of you might be glad
when we get finished with these 7 letters to 7 churches.
You may be anxious for us to get into the prophecies.
However, Jesus wants us to look at His message to these 7 churches
and learn some very valuable lessons from them.
These 7 letters are here to prepare us for the next coming of Jesus
so that when Jesus returns, we will be ready for Him.
Today we look at what Jesus said to the church at Thyatira.
What does the Bible tell us about that city and church?
Well, in Acts chapter 16 we read about a woman named Lydia.
Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. 15 And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay." So she persuaded us.
Lydia was led to Jesus in Philippi by the apostle Paul.
Lydia was a seller of purple cloth.
The dye for this cloth was produced in Thyatira.
Now Lydia was a Christian.
Life for her back in Thyatira would now become different.
She would have become a part of the church in Thyatira
and she likely heard the message we are about to examine.
Verse 18 "And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, 'These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass:
Here again we find Jesus describes Himself
as having eyes like a flame of fire and feet like fine brass.
These words describe the ability of Jesus to see everything.
Hebrews 4:13 says,
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
The phrase "feet like fine brass" describe
His authority to judge mankind.
Verse 19 I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.
Because Jesus sees everything
He is aware of what's been going on in the church at Thyatira.
He saw their works done in worship of the Lord.
He saw the love they had for Him and for others.
He saw how deep their faith was.
He was aware that they had been patiently waiting for His return.
Notice that their works had increased rather than decreased.
I wonder if Jesus could say the same thing about us?
Verse 20 Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols.
In spite of the good things Jesus has said about them,
we see that the Christians at Thyatira were far from perfect.