Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Pennsylvania Conference 2004 – The Church of Thyatira, Part 2.

Tuesday PM, June 22, 2004

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 type believer warned about compromising and becoming a stumbling block to others.
4. The Thyatira types who tolerate false doctrine and false teaching even though 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.

In Thyatira, the unions (your business, job or occupation,) or the cults (idol worship or putting something before God,) were destroying the spiritual life of believers.

The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, stands in contrast to the sun god, Apollo.

Apollo, also known as the god of protection, that they worshipped at Thyatira was represented with flaming rays and feet of burnished brass.

Also in the city was Diana, the goddess of lust.

Idol worship – in the form of anything that takes you away from your relationship with God, and the different problems with lust.

A mixture of Orientalism, Judaism, Greek, Roman and Christian rituals, and all this was very appealing to the Jews and Christians of Thyatira.

1. The worship of a physical object or objects as god.
2. Inordinate attachment or extreme devotion to something.

An idol = an object of extreme devotion; it could be almost anything in a person’s life.

They are related to the fact that Israel was appointed as a client nation to God, EXO 19:4-6.

The first commandment prohibits mental idolatry, and the second commandment prohibits overt idolatry, EXO 20:1-6; DEU 5:6-10.

Idolatry begins in the mind and proceeds to overt practice, JDG 2:10-13; EZE 14:7.

1. Baal-berith = covenant baal, or the lord and the guardian of the covenants.

2. The worship of the Baals or idol worship also included Baal-gad = the lord of good luck, or the baal of fortune, worshipped in ISA 65:11.

3. Baal-hamon = possessor of abundance.
Today – the “god of materialism.”
Solomon even named a garden after this god, SOS 8:11.

4. Baal hermon = the mountain god and the place that was the center of all Baal worship.
(Worshipped in JDG 3:3, 1CH 5:23, DEU 3:9.)

5. Baal peor = this was the god of prostitution and sex, worshipped in NUM 25:1-3.

6. Baal zebub = the fly god, or the god of counterfeit. (Worshipped in 2 Kings)

EZE 14:7 For anyone of the house of Israel or of the immigrants who stay in Israel who separates himself from Me, sets up his idols in his heart,

The Lord has a way of smashing all these idols, so that the things which cannot be shaken are the only things which remain, HEB 12:28.

Idolatry can be inordinate attachment or extreme devotion to anything.

He called idolatry a work of the flesh, GAL 5:20, and warned Christians to shun the worship of idols, 1CO 10:14.

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