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Revelation 2:23-29
A message to the angel of the church in Thyatira!
By Brother Mike (4-5-19; 45 minutes)
   

23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works .
24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden .
25 But that which ye have [already] hold fast till I come .
26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations
27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father .
28 And I will give him the morning star .
29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches .


INTRODUCTION     

In this study, we will look at the 2nd part of the message to the angel of the church in Thyatira. In this message, we find that Christ will kill the children of Jezebel with death, and the result will be that all the churches will know that Christ is the one who searches the reins and hearts, and He will give unto every one of them according to their works. But, unto the angel and the others of the church in Thyatira who do not hold to the doctrine of Jezebel, and who have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak, Christ will put upon them none other burden. Only they must hold fast what they have already.  

Then, Christ says to all in the church who have not held Jezebel's teaching, he that overcomes and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he will rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father

And, finally, not only will Christ give him that overcomes and keeps His works unto the end power over the nations to rule them with a rod of iron, but He will also give him the morning star. And, then, Christ concludes, He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.  

Now, as we look at each verse in more detail, may our Lord, Jesus Christ, lift our minds unto heavenly things that we might comprehend just how deep and wide are His teachings, and that we might overcome and keep His works unto the end, Amen. 


Revelation 2:23
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23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works .  

Yes, because all those in the Churches near the end of the Church Age would not repent of their spiritual adultery with Jezebel (their following after false Christs with the Christian Church), the Lord cast them all into Great Tribulation on May 21, 1988 by giving them over to the counterfeit Christ, the Antichrist, the Man of Sin, Satan, and He made it impossible for anyone of them to become eternally saved in all the churches who were not already saved. Furthermore, as we read in our verse, And I [Christ] will kill her children with death. Here, Jezebel's children refer to all those that followed her false teachings and Christs. These the Lord says He will kill, and when He says that He will kill them, He is looking into the future when on May 21, 1988 He, first, spiritually killed them by making it impossible for any more of them to ever become eternally saved in the churches, which insured that they would all remain spiritual dead in Adam, and when, on the Last Day, He will actually physically kill them all; never to live again for all eternity. 

Now, our verse continues, and all the churches shall know that I am He which searches the reins and hearts. That is, on the Last Day when the Lord destroys all those who have part in a church, then all the churches will know that Christ is He which searches the reins and hearts because on that day is when all the falsehood in their inner most beings will be exposed for what it really is, namely the following or worshipping of a counterfeit Christ, the Antichrist, the Man of Sin, Satan himself. Yes, ever since the beginning of the Great Tribulation on May 21, 1988 Christ fed all those in the churches a strong delusion that they would believe a lie because they received not the love of the truth (2Thes. 2:10-11), but, on the Last Day, their false beliefs will be exposed for what they really are, namely as great sin, and they will all be destroyed or killed forever, for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23).  

Yet, not only will all the churches know on the Last Day that Christ is He which searches the reins and hearts as their sins are brought to light, but they will know that Christ is He which gives unto every one of [them] according to [their] works as they will see themselves being killed because of their works of following false Christs and false teachings. It will be a terrible time for them! They all thought that they were being eternally saved, and they appeared to be devout Christians who went to church, but it will be revealed on the Last Day that they were all following Satan himself. Can you imagine the emotional pain and suffering this will bring to all those in the churches? So it will be for all those who would not obey Christ's command to depart out from all the churches during the Great Tribulation (see Why leave all churches? ).  


Revelation 2:24
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24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden

Here, we are simply being told that all those of the church in Thyatira who do not hold to the teaching of Jezebel; who have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak, Christ will not put upon them any other burden. Along with all the normal burdens of life, they have just been given the burden of standing up against Jezebel and her teaching by seeking to stop her from teaching and seducing Christ's servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and this is one big burden upon them that Christ sees as being enough. Therefore, we read that He will put upon them none other burden. 

But, how, now, does the burden of trying to stop Jezebel from teaching have any bearing upon us? If we will remember that Jezebel is a type or picture of the apostate church near the end of the Church Age, and those in the Church who did not hold to her teaching are a type or picture of us who were in the churches near or at the end of the Church Age on May 21, 1988, then we see that we were the ones on whom was placed the burden of standing up against Jezebel (the apostate Church) in the latter days. And, as we remember how it was in the churches in those days, we immediately remember what a burden it really was. The Church (Jezebel) was teaching that Christ died for everyone, and, now, it was up to the individual person to make a decision for Christ to be saved so that salvation was part of God, and part of man. But, we, the elect, stood up against her teaching to say that Christ died only for His elect, and that we, the elect, were saved not by our own decision, but by His own decision, which was made before the foundation of the world, for, God had said, 

Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love . . . 

And, in John 15:16, we read,  

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you .   

Yet, Jezebel (the Church) did not like what we had to say, so they ignored, shunned, and finally spiritually killed us (silenced us) at some point between May 21, 1988 and September 7, 1994 during the Great Tribulation. And, again, when Jezebel (the Church) was teaching that Christ is still giving direct revelation through dreams, visions, prophesyings, tongues, words of knowledge, and the like, we stood up against her to say that these things ended when the Bible was completed in about 95 AD, for Christ had said in Revelation 22,  

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book [the whole Bible], If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book :
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book .  

Yet, Jezebel (the Church) did not like what we had to say, so they ignored, shunned, and finally spiritually killed us (silenced us) at some point between May 21, 1988 and September 7, 1994 during the Great Tribulation. And, again, when Jezebel (the Church) taught that women could become Pastors, Elders, or Teachers of the congregation, we stood up in opposition against her because God said in 1Timothy 2,  

11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection .
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence

And, in 1Corinthians 14, God said,  

1Co 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law .  

Yet, Jezebel (the Church) did not like what we had to say, so they ignored, shunned, and finally spiritually killed us (silenced us) at some point between May 21, 1988 and September 7, 1994 during the Great Tribulation. And, yet, once again, when Jezebel (the Church) taught that divorce and remarriage was permissible under certain circumstances even though the ex-spouse was still living, we stood up against her, and reminded her that God had said, 

Lu 16:18 Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery .  

And, again, we read, 

Mr 10:11 And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her .
12 And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery .

Furthermore, to show further that God is against divorce and remarriage, we read in 1Corinthians 7,

10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband :
11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife

And, we read as a conclusion in 1Corinthians 7,  

39 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord .  

And, again, we read in Romans 7,   

2 For the woman which hath an husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth; but if the husband be dead, she is loosed from the law of her husband .
3 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man .   

So, given all this information against divorce and remarriage if the two spouses are still living, we stood up against Jezebel (the Church) with the truth. Yet, Jezebel (the Church) did not like what we had to say, so they ignored, shunned, and finally spiritually killed us (silenced us) at some point between May 21, 1988 and September 7, 1994 during the Great Tribulation even as the Old Testament Jezebel had killed the prophets of the Lord (1Kings 18:13). And, we could go on and on about the false teachings of Jezebel (the Church) when leading up to the end of the Church Age on May 21, 1988 and into the Great tribulation from May 21, 1988 to May 21, 2011, but I think you have the idea: we, in the Church, who did not commit spiritual adultery with the Church (with Jezebel) had the tremendous burden of trying to get her to repent of her spiritual fornication and adulteries, and the Lord knew that it was a great burden upon us so that He would give us no other burden. And, therefore, he wrote,   

But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine [the doctrine of Jezebel], and which have not known the depths of Satan [all the false teachings of Jezebel], as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden


Revelation 2:25
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25 But that which ye have [already] hold fast till I come .  

In this verse, Christ tells all those of the church in Thyatira who do not hold the teaching of the woman Jezebel to hold fast that which they already have. That is, even though Christ put upon them none other burden than standing up against the teachings of Jezebel and maintaining their good works of love, service, faith and patience, Christ, here, commands them to continue to hold fast those things till He comes. So, although He said that He will place no further burden upon them than the one they already carried, they must make sure that they continue to hold fast what they already have.  

Yet, not only was this a command to those of the church in Thyatira during the 1st century AD, it was also a command to us who were a part of the Church in leading up to the end of the Church Age. Yes, we were given no further burden than maintaining our good works of love, service, faith, and patience, and that of standing against Jezebel (against the apostate Church) in an attempt to keep her from teaching and seducing Christ's servants to commit fornication (the worship of false Christs), and to eat things sacrificed unto idols (to believe in her false teachings). And, we were to hold fast these things till Christ returns, which leads us to the question, are we continuing to stand against Jezebel (all the churches), and continuing in love, service, faith, and patience? We should be as we were here commanded to do so by Christ until He comes.  

Well, as we now know, Jezebel (the apostate Church) continued to teach her false teachings and would not repent; therefore, God cast her and all those who committed adultery with her (all those who took in her false teachings) into Great Tribulation on May 21, 1988 wherein eternal salvation became no longer possible in any of the churches, and the counterfeit Christ, the Antichrist, the Man of Sin, Satan took up His seat of rule therein as, we had read, judgment must begin at the house of God (1Peter 4:17). 


Revelation 2:26

26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations . . . 

Here, the ones that overcome and keep Christ's works unto the end are the elect. They overcome because they were born of God, for we read in 1John 5:4,  

4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith .  

That is, because the elect were born again, born from above, or born of God by the time of Judgment Day on May 21, 2011, it is guaranteed that they will overcome and keep Christ's works unto the end, for it is God which worketh in [them] both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13). And, he which hath begun a good work in [them] will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6). 

Now, we are told, to him that overcomes and keeps Christ's works unto the end, Christ will give power over the nations. This refers to the power or authority that Christ gave to His elect on May 21, 2011 to judge the nations. Indeed, as we, the elect, proclaim destruction upon the nations with the end to any possibility of their ever becoming eternally saved, we are manifesting our power or authority that we have been given over them. Yet, this power or authority over them will not be clearly seen by them until the Last Day of Judgment Day when the nations will all be physically destroyed forevermore before their very eyes. On that day alone will the nations finally know that we, the elect, have been given power or authority over them, and that power or authority results in their being annihilated because of their sins. 

So, we, the elect, receive power over the nations not because we, ourselves, overcome and keep the works of Christ, but because Christ overcomes through us. And, this power or authority given to us will not be seen until the Last Day when our having declared judgment against the nations ever since May 21, 2011 is seen to bring about their complete destruction. 


Revelation 2:27

27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father .  

In this verse, we first read, And he shall rule them with a rod of iron. The he in the sentence, And he shall rule them with a rod of iron refers both to Christ and the elect. We can see that it refers to Christ in Revelation 19 where we read,  

Re 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he [Christ] shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God .  

And, again, we read in Revelation 12, 

Re 12:5 And she [the Church] brought forth a man child [Christ], who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne . . .   

Notice that in both verses, the one who is to rule the nations is Christ Himself so that if we let these two verses interpret our verse in Revelation 2, then the He in the sentence, And He shall rule them with a rod of iron must also refer to Christ Himself.    

But, if the He in the sentence, And He shall rule them with a rod of iron refers to Christ, it must also refer to the elect, for the elect are members of His body (Eph. 5:30), and they are in Christ Jesus so that when our verse states that He shall rule them with a rod of iron (Rev. 2:27), the He can refer to the elect as well as to Christ Himself. So, it is both Christ and the elect who shall rule the nations with a rod of iron.  

Now, why is it here stated that He [Christ and the elect] shall rule them [the nations] with a rod of iron? That is, why the picture of them ruling with a rod of iron? Well, normally, a shepherd would rule with a stick of wood by which He would gently direct the sheep to go in the way that he desired because He is a merciful and kind shepherd, but, now, he is ruling them with a rod of iron, which does not gently direct the sheep, but it crushes the sheep to pieces with a rod of iron. The idea is that when He shepherded or ruled with a stick there was yet mercy, but, now, ever since Judgment Day began on May 21, 2011, Christ and the elect are no longer gently ruling the nations with mercy, but they are ruling the nations with a rod of iron because there is no longer any mercy available. Yes, Christ is now ruling the nations as He uses the elect to smite them with the Word of God, which has become a rod of iron because it no longer declares mercy in these days, but, instead, it declares the wrath of God upon them with no possibility of their ever being eternally saved. Indeed, Judgment Day has come upon the nations!   

Next, our verse continues, as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers. More literally, it reads, as the vessels [of] the pottery is being broken in pieces. It does not say as the King James translates it, as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers, but it says, as the vessels [of] the pottery is being broken in pieces. In other words, the vessels of pottery are not just being broken in pieces in the future, but they are being broken in pieces right then. That is, even as this verse was first being written in the 1st century AD, the vessels of pottery were presently being broken. This is because the Word of God was already bringing judgment against the nations to break them in pieces even in the 1st century AD. Those who received the gospel were saved, but those who rejected the gospel were spiritually broken in pieces as the wrath of God came upon them unto eternal destruction.  


Revelation 2:28
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28 And I will give him the morning star

We discover who the morning star is in Revelation 22 where we read, 

Re 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star

Thus, the morning star is Jesus Christ so that when our verse says, And I will give him the morning star, Christ is saying that He will give to the elect, Himself. That is, them who overcome and keep Christ's works unto the end because they have had Christ working through them will be given Christ. O yes, the elect already have Christ spiritually, but at the end, they will be given Christ in a much fuller way, for we read,  

1Jo 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is

And, we read,  

1Co 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known .  

And, finally, we read,  

1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him .  


Revelation 2:29
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29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches .  

Here, once again, we are given that familiar saying, He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Literally, it reads, the one having an ear, let him [or her] hear what the Spirit says to the churches. This reveals to us that the ones who are capable of hearing spiritual things are being commanded to hear what the Spirit says unto the churches. That is, this verse is a command for the elect to hear what the Spirit, God, says unto the churches. It is not just a command for the elect to hear what God says about the church of Thyatira, but it is a command for them to hear what the Spirit, God, says unto the churches, plural, as the church in Thyatira, singular, was a picture or type of how the churches, plural, would spiritually become, especially near the end of the Church Age at their latter end.


CONCLUSION   

We learned that Christ would kill Jezebel's children with death; that is, he would kill all those who followed Jezebel's (the Church's) false teachings with death, which He did spiritually beginning on May 21, 1988 when no one could any longer be eternally saved in any church. This insured that all those who did not depart out from the churches did remain spiritually dead in Adam, and that they will be physically killed on the Last Day. It is on this Last Day when all the churches will know that Christ is he which searches the reins and hearts, and that He gives unto every one according to their works, for, on this Last Day, all those who have remained in the churches and followed Jezebel's (the Church's) false teachings will see that they are being killed forevermore due to their evil works of worshipping false Christs and following false teachings.   

But, all of us who were yet in the churches by the end of the Church Age on May 21, 1988 and did not follow Jezebel's (the Church's) false teachings, Christ has put no further burden upon us than to stand up against Jezebel (against the Church) and her false teachings because having such a burden is enough burden to have to bare. Of course, Christ wants us to maintain what we already have in the good works of love, service, faith, and patience, but other than these things as well as standing up against the false teachings of the Church (Jezebel), He has placed no further burden upon us. 

Now, we learned that all of us who have overcome and kept Christ's works unto the end, which end began on May 21, 2011, have been given power over the nations in that we, along with Christ, have been authorized to bring judgment against the nations by declaring the end of eternal salvation for them and their certain destruction because of their sins on the relatively soon to come Last Day of Judgment Day that we are now in. We are told that we and Christ shall rule the nations with a rod of iron because, on May 21, 2011, we, with Christ, did begin to rule over them with the Word of God, which declares that there is no longer any mercy available to them. Judgment Day has come! They have been crushed into pieces with a rod of iron, the Word of God, that no longer offers eternal mercy through Jesus Christ to anyone who was not already saved by May 21, 2011. And, they are said to be broken to shivers or pieces because there is no possibility of recovery for them. They are now guaranteed to remain spiritually dead in Adam, and to be annihilated forever on the relatively soon to come Last Day of Judgment Day that we are now in.  

Next, we learned that Christ will give the morning star to all those that overcome and keep His works unto the end, and the ones that will overcome and keep His works unto the end, we learned, will be the elect, for only they have the Spirit of God working through them. Therefore, at the end, the elect will be given the morning star, which will be a much fuller and clearer knowledge of Jesus Christ, for the morning star is Jesus Christ. 

And, finally, Christ says, He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches. And, since only the elect have been given the ability to understand or hear spiritual things, they are the ones here being commanded to hear what the Spirit says unto the churches. And, notice that they are commanded to hear what the Spirit says unto the churches (plural) and not just what the Spirit says unto the church in Thyatira (singular). This is because the church in Thyatira is a type or picture of how the churches (plural) would spiritually become during and especially at the end of the Church Age.  


Now, may the LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace .

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