The Book of Revelation — #07 PERFORMANCE REVIEW OF THE CHURCHES, PART 4: THYATIRA (Revelation 2:18-29)

In the letter to the church at Thyatira, Jesus identifies Himself as the Son of God because He is warning them as a judge. Although they were busy in service to Him, Jesus had against them that they tolerated false teaching. A woman named Jezebel was leading the congregation into sin, and they did not oppose her. Such tolerance is a false unity God hates. Still, God "gave her time to repent," but since she refused, He will punish her with death, and those who follow her with tribulation. God owns the church, and takes the life of its members seriously. The call is to repent, and God is merciful to give us time.

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The Book of Revelation — #06 PERFORMANCE REVIEW OF THE CHURCHES, PART 3: PERGAMUM (Revelation 2:12-17)

Jesus' words to the church reveal that He is concerned with the heart, not merely appearances. For this reason, He instructs them to rid themselves of the false teachers that had entered, enticing the congregation to adopt pagan practices. God also owns us today, and we cannot live in a state of compromise. We must serve either God or Satan; let us be faithful to God.

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