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To Him Who Overcomes: Sardis





Thyatira:

Revelation 2: 18-29(NIV) 18 “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write: 
These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. 20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds. 24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): 25 Only hold on to what you have until I come. 
26 To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter;  he will dash them to pieces like pottery’— just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  

Jesus:
Revelation 2:18(NIV) These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.

1. He is the Son of God. 
2. He has eyes of fire: 
  • Hebrews 4:13 (NIV) Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
  • Proverbs 15:3 (NIV) The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.
3. Feet of burnished bronze.  
  • You can only get perfect justice with perfect love and perfect judgment. 

Encouragement: 
Revelation 2:19(NIV) I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

The Rebuke: 
Revelation 2:20 (NIV) Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols

Idolatry: Prioritizing anything over the Lordship of Jesus. 

Revelation 2:21-23 (NIV)21 I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. 23 Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.

1 Kings 16:33 (NIV) Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him.

How to recognize Jezebel's influence:
  • Manipulation. 
  • A despising and dismissal of the word of God.
  • A promotion of idolatry:   Greed/Covetousness/Discontentment(Col 3:5, Eph 5:5)
  • Making light of sexual purity.
  • Stirring up discouragement rooted in fear. 

The Rebuke:
“Truth without love is brutality, and love without truth is hypocrisy.” -Warren Wiersbe

Ignoring or overlooking sin is not kind it’s cruel.

Sexual immorality: sexual activity outside of husband and wife.
I Corinthians 6:18(NIV) Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.

I Corinthians 5:11(NIV) I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.

Reward
Revelation 2:24(NIV)  Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets (I will not impose any other burden on you): 25 Only hold on to what you have until I come. 26 To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 ‘He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery’— just as I have received authority from my Father.

  • Authority
Revelation 2:28-29 (NIV) 28 I will also give him the morning star. 29 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  
  •  The Morning Star
Revelation 22:16 (NIV) “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

John 1:1–5 (NIV) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.