Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
California Conference 2004. The Church of Thyatira. Part 3.
Wednesday AM, November 10, 2004
REV 2:22 – divine discipline as the alternative to rebound.
This woman Jezebel represents emotional leadership in Thyatira.
The shortest way to be miserable all of your life is to dedicate your life to helping God punish others.
This happens especially among legalistic Christians, where morality has bored them to tears, and so they look for victims, to gossip and malign and judge, and seek to assassinate their character and integrity.
The bad decisions add up and add up, until they find themselves in such a jam or a pit that they think that they are dying the sin unto death.
The boomerang is an Australian weapon which is a missile-type weapon shaped like an elbow.
Christians who miss the target and fail to execute the PPOG, experience the boomerang effect of the frantic search for happiness.
When the frantic search for happiness boomerangs, frustration becomes greater frustration, misery becomes greater misery, and unhappiness becomes intensified unhappiness.
In this stage of reversionism, everything boomerangs and the believer discovers that romance, friendship, sex, promotion, or prosperity does not mean happiness but instead the intensification of an already miserable life.
Promotion cannot make you happy for in operation boomerang you will be promoted beyond your capacity.
Marriage cannot make you happy for in operation boomerang, you have no capacity for love.
Success, prosperity, sex or pleasure cannot make you happy for in operation boomerang, they intensify your misery.
“Travails with wickedness” – the many sins in the reversionist because of arrogance.
“Conceive mischief” = they become pregnant with frustration which describes the first four stages of reversionism.
a. Reaction and distraction.
b. Frantic search for happiness.
c. Operation boomerang.
d. Emotional revolt of the soul.
“Brings forth falsehood” – the last four stages of reversionism.
e. Permanent negative volition.
f. Blackout of the soul.
g. Scar tissue of the soul.
h. Reverse process reversionism.
“Digging a pit” –
self-fragmentation and everything backfiring in your life.
Falling into the pit or the hole = believer degeneracy.
Â He has chosen this path on his own and it eventuates to the sin unto death.
MAT 7:1-2 Do not judge lest you be judged. For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you.
LUK 6:37 “And do not judge and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.”
Demonstrative particle – idou – aor-mid-imp – horao = to look, to see.
Now hear this = idou
GAL 2:2 And it was because of a revelation that I went up; and I submitted to them the gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but I did so in private to those who were of reputation, for fear that I might be running, or had run, in vain.
JOH 13:28-29 – TLJC has respect for a traitor’s privacy.
TLJC even respected both the volition and the privacy of Judas even though he was a traitor.
JOH 6:70 “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?”
2TH 3:11-12 For we hear that some among you are leading an undisciplined life, doing no work at all, but acting like busybodies [violators of privacy]. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to work in quiet fashion and mind their own business.
1TI 5:13 And at the same time also, they learn to be idle, having wandered around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also gossips, intruders of privacy, constantly saying those things which ought not to be mentioned.
When you stick your nose into the private business of someone else, you have violated their freedom.
The principle of life is violated by murder, slavery, and tyranny.
Property is violated by stealing.
1PE 4:15 By no means let any of you suffer as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler [one who violates the privacy of others].
1TH 4:11 Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business
Tues morn – TLJC has eyes like a flame of fire, and the defense mechanisms.
Tues night – Jezebel and demonic activity.
Wed morn – Deception.
Wed night – weak women controlling stronger men.
Thur morn – Sex and fornication.
Thur night – divine discipline.
Paronomasia – a pun, a play on words.
You never want to be put in a position where God places you in a bed of discipline.
People are the products of their own decisions, individually and collectively.
When you do things that are wrong for fun, eventually the fun turns to the most intense type of misery.
Other people have suddenly realized that these are wrong decisions and have gone in a different direction.
1. Since the bed is associated with fornication, and also associated with illness or disease, it is used to describe the nature of Jezebel’s discipline from our Lord Jesus Christ.
2. The Jezebel of Thyatira, from her own freewill chose a bed of fornication (representing so-called fun and pleasure), therefore, our Lord chose for her punishment, a bed of illness and decay.
3. An undisciplined life results in both total frustration and unhappiness as well as added divine discipline.
When you seek pleasure apart from the word of God, you find misery.
The believer, more than anyone else in the world ought to be happy, but he comes by it naturally in the function of the Christian life.
Capacity for happiness must precede the function of happiness.
Capacity for life, capacity for blessing must precede the enjoyment of blessing.
The road to happiness goes through the word of God, the PPOG, not through the bedroom of the Jezebel’s of life.
4. We are the products of our own decisions.
Jezebel of Thyatira as a believer was the product of her own decisions.
5. She chose fornication, and thereby chose for herself a life of misery, frustration, unhappiness.
6. She was seeking pleasure, but she found self-induced misery and unhappiness, to which God will eventually add divine punishment, the bed of illness and disease.
7. Since God designed sex as an expression of category two love, between one man and one woman, God will not permit the distortion of sex into sin and evil.
8. Illicit relationships offer a moment of pleasure and a lifetime of misery and unhappiness.
9. Promiscuity or an undisciplined life is a distraction to the road of happiness, a dead end, for what could otherwise be a very wonderful and happy life.
10. God, who invented sex for happiness also invented happiness, which can only exist inside the PPOG and under God’s rules.
God has a monopoly on happiness, because God invented happiness and God also invented sex, and the two are not necessarily the same, and sometimes never the same.