Meditations From the Heart
To the Angel of the Church of Thyatira Jesus said, “These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire and feet like fine brass.” Revelation 2:18 The church in Thyatira was working in the service of the Lord Jesus. They had love, faith, patience and works. The Lord commended the Church on their works. He said, “ the last (works) are more than the first”. However, they allowed the doctrine of Jezebel - immorality and idolatry - to be taught and practiced in the church. Revelation 2:20
The Lord Jesus said His eyes are like a flame of fire. His eyes illuminate whatever He looks upon. His eyes search the minds and the hearts of His people. The Lord knew all those in the church in Thyatira who were following the doctrine and practices of Jezebel. He also knew those in the church who were loyal to Him. In Jesus’ introduction, He also said His feet are like fine brass. In Revelation Chapter 1:15, John said Jesus’ “ feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace”. Our Lord Jesus, as it were, walked through the flames of God’s judgment for us. He conquered death and hell. He has the keys of death and hell. Revelation 1:18. Therefore, He has the authority to kill with death, and this is one of the pronouncements He made on the children of Jezebel.
Our God is holy and He is longsuffering. He looks for repentance from us when we sin -Verse 21, 22. I have heard the phrases “sin is sin”, “all sin is the same”. Not really! Some sins have a weightier consequence than others. Here in Thyatira God is making an example of those who followed and practiced the doctrine of Jezebel. All of the churches will take notice of what happened among the members of the church in Thyatira who practiced Jezebel’s doctrine.
God is Just. God is fair. The members in Thyatira who did not adhere to Jezebel’s doctrine, and did not participate in the immorality and idolatry were not included in the punishment. The Lord Jesus instead encouraged them to continue “to hold fast what you have till I come”. This is an encouragement to all those who would live holy lives. God is watching and He will reward you. Do not compromise your beliefs. Do not give in to pressure to disobey God even if that pressure is coming from members of your congregation.
To the angel of the church in Sardis, Jesus states “He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars”: “ I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead”. Revelation 3:1. Even though the Church in Sardis is dead, The Lord Jesus can restore its life. He has the seven Spirits of God. He is well qualified to give life. The Church in Sardis was surely deceived. They thought they were alive and doing well. They were not. They were a few in Sardis who did not “defile their garments”. The faithful few who held onto their belief, who decided to follow the Word of God. The Lord Jesus told them “they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy”. This is an encouragement to the faithful few wherever you are – remain faithful. Do not give up. Do not give in.