When one mentions the Church at Thyatira, what thoughts come readily to mind? Good thoughts or bad thoughts? If we’re honest, we’d have to concede ’bad’ thoughts’! How bad? Jezebel, false prophetess, Idolatry, fornication, foods sacrificed to idols, great tribulation, killing, sickness and death!! Yet, in keeping with the usual custom of our Lord, before He brings rebuke, He first brings commendation. Can anything good come out of Thyatira you ask? Absolutely!! “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”.
That said, the Lord had a few things against His people which though few in number, was by no means a small matter! “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”. We’ve much to learn from this Church and in this teaching we touch on many practical points that serve to forewarn and arm us.