Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Pennsylvania Conference 2004 – The Church of Thyatira, Part 1.

Tuesday AM, June 22, 2004

1. Isagogics – historical setting.
2. Categories – systematic theology developed from combining Scripture with Scripture.
3. Exegesis – grammatical and syntactical analysis from the original languages.

The seven churches portray seven historical stages the church would go through.

It refers to the seven different types of churches or individual believers that live in every generation.

REV 2:2-3 – as a church or individual believers, those at Ephesus had good deeds, produced divine good works and persevered and had not grown weary.

Church of Smyrna, REV 2:9, went through tremendous tribulation and poverty.Â
REV 2:10 – they were told about suffering for blessing; they were going to be tested 10 days – number of completion.

Pergamum – REV 2:14 – were warned about the teaching of Balaam, who kept teaching Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel and committed acts of immorality.

REV 2:18-20 -Thyatira tolerated false doctrine and false teaching, even though in REV 2:19, they had deeds, and love and faith and service and perseverance.

The church or individual believers at Sardis are told, REV 3:1-2, to wake up and strengthen the things that remain.

REV 3:8 – Philadelphia – described as having divine good deeds and a little power, and they have kept with doctrine and have not denied the Lord’s name.

REV 3:14 – the Lukewarm believers of Laodicea as a church or individual believers.

1. The Ephesus type believer who has some divine good production but has left their first love.
2. The Smyrna type believer who is willing to accept suffering for blessing.
3. The Pergamum believer warned about compromising and becoming a stumbling block to others.
4. The Thyatira types who tolerate false doctrine and false teaching even though in they have love and faith and service and perseverance.
5. The Sardis types who need to “Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain.”
6. The Philadelphia type who have kept with doctrine and have not denied the Lord’s name.
7. The lukewarm Laodicean believer.

Dative singular indirect object – noun – aggelos – “angel” – translated correctly, “messenger” – messengers, or communicators = future pastors of the church of Thyatira.

Thyatira is a Turkish city located 58 miles northeast of Smyrna.Â
It was established in BC 290, as a Macedonian colony.

Thyatira was the world’s center for the worship of the sun god Apollo.

Every craftsmen in Thyatira belonged to a labor union, and every organization or labor union owned property in its own name.

The union sponsored the phallic cult, under the principle that every worker ought to have a little fun now and then, and various cults were present that were vehemently opposed to Christianity.

One of the most popular cults today is the worship of the god of career or occupation.

The career is a pagan religion.
Everything has to be sacrificed so that the individual can advance in their career.

EXO 20:3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.”

MAT 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’”

That God would give these things but then remove from that person, the joy that those things could give seems to be unfair.

Who is the foreigner?
1. The foreigner could be a sickness.
2. It could be domestic conflict.

Foreigners could be a disaster, a tragedy, an unexpected calamity, something that we never expected to happen.

We do serve those other gods from time to time, and they leave us in the swamp of meaninglessness and emptiness.

TLJC told his disciples they should expect some suffering, self-denial, and cross-bearing service if they were going to follow Him, LUK 9:23-25.

In Thyatira, the unions (your business, job or occupation), or the cults (idol worship or putting something before God,) will destroy the spiritual life and the economy, unless they are corrected by Bible doctrine.

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