This is the 4th of seven churches. The Gospel of Christ is tossed aside, the faithful are being slandered and persecuted, the church is corrupted, and now they are teaching members to live by the “secret knowledge.”
- Church is Doing More Now than Before
- God is the One Who Knows Hearts and Minds
- Stay Away From the “Deep Secrets”
- God’s People Given Authority to Rule Over Nations
This message is from the one with eyes like blazing fire and feet like burnished bronze. This is where God stands immovable in His judgment against the knowledge of “Deep Secrets.”
“To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and
whose feet are like burnished bronze.”
Church is Doing More Now than Before
The church is doing a lot nowadays and it is much more than what it was doing when it was rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Today, the churches are jointly involved with the city in their agenda to teach people to live by the inner presence of “deep secrets.” That inner presence has power over emotions and thoughts to empower with knowledge and “deep secrets.” The part that is worthy of praise is their services, love, faith, and perseverance, but the flipside of the coin is that they tolerate the spiritual killing of church leaders who then welcome the “deep secrets” that are not of God. That is talked about in the coming verses.
“I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance,
and that you are now doing more than you did at first.”
God is the One Who Knows Hearts and Minds
Jezabel is a word I’ve heard quite a lot when I was growing up. If I had a “crush” on a girl someone would tell me that, “she is a Jezabel.” I came to know Jezabel as being a girl that couldn’t be trusted and is an intentional heartbreaker. When I started to read the Bible, I learned that Jezabel is a woman that hunted down God’s prophets and had them killed. She slaughtered them by the masses.
Today, the churches are full of people who call themselves pastors and teachers, but really, they are male and female “Jezebels.” They are killing their congregation so that they have no desire for God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit. Leading a person into sin is a way of declaring that they are no longer interested in the Gospel of Christ. Sexual pleasures are a “harmless,” “fun,” and “pleasant” way of luring a person into the “food of the idols.” In this case, that “food” is indulging into “Satan’s so-called deep secrets,” which is mentioned in the verse after these ones. Today, we know those deep secrets as being the uncanny knowledge that comes from the inner presence that forms emotions and thoughts. It is the mark of the beast. It is able to endow with uncanny insight, intuition, information, and knowledge.
The “Jezebels” have been given time to repent and they refuse. Unless they repent, all those who have learned to live by the deep secrets of the mark of the beast, as well as the “Jezebels,” will suffer intensely in eternal torment. Everyone will know that it is God who knows the hearts and minds. Everyone will be repaid according to the actions of their behaviors.
“Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality
and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.
So, I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her
suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. I will strike her children dead.
Then all the churches will know that I am He who searches hearts and minds, and
I will repay each of you according to your deeds.”
Stay Away From the “Deep Secrets”
For those of us who do not follow the teachings of the “Jezebels,” we who do not live by the so-called deep secrets of the mark of the beast, there is one word, hold on until Jesus returns. The only thing that is expected of us is to hold on to Jesus Christ until He returns.
“Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and
have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets,
‘I will not impose any other burden on you, except to hold on to what you have until I come.’”
God’s People Given Authority to Rule Over Nations
It’s hard to imagine that I would be given authority over anything. That’s the way my mind, emotions, and behaviors perform in this world. At the same time, the very same people who are rejected in this world are the ones who Jesus Christ accepts. I just have to continue to keep myself separated from the mode of operation of this world and to reject the inner presence of the mark of the beast. I have come to the Cross of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sin, and I believe He is alive after being dead for three days. Because He lives, I will also live with Him in eternity. Jesus is returning soon.
“To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—
just as I have received authority from my Father. I will also give that one the morning star.
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”
Phase One…..Gospel of Jesus Christ is Abandoned
Phase Two….Those Faithful to Christ are Slandered and Persecuted
Phase Three…Corruption sets In
Phase Four…..Learning to Live By the “Deep Secrets”
Phase Five…..Lively but Dead to Jesus Christ
Phase Six……Those Faithful to Jesus Christ have Little Strength
Phase 7………Wealthy but Wretched