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Bobby Stafford Thyatira (The church that condoned sin)
Revelation 2:18-29  Lesson 7


The Letter to the Church at Thyatira

Lesson 7

Text:  Revelation 2:18-29

The Church at Thyatira 


Thyatira was city with a large military detachment about thirty miles southeast of Pergamos.  Thyatira was a trade center noted for the large number of trade guilds (similar to unions).  Cloth making, dyes, pottery, and coppersmiths were some of the trades represented.  Each guild had its own idol which was worshipped and often had pagan feasts associated with them.  By their very nature, they were opposed to Christianity.


I.   The Son of God Praises Them    (Verses 18-19)

  • The Son described:  His eyes are penetrating.  (Zechariah 4:2, 10)  His eyes can see everywhere.  Nothing escapes Him.  Also, He is strong and powerful and fully able to crush all those who oppose Him.  (Revelation 19:15)

  • The Christians in Thyatira were busy doing the Lord’s work.  Their love had increased.  (I John 4:20)  The increased love had produced greater service.  Their faith had grown stronger; this had increased their steadfastness.  Note:  (II Thessalonians 1:3)

II.   Jezebel Condemned   (Verses 20-23)

  • This Jezebel (probably a figure representing the evil Old Testament Jezebel) taught and influenced some of these Christians to commit fornication and eat things sacrificed to idols.  She was similar to those of II Peter 2:18.  Anyone who teaches others to engage in immoral conduct is a modern Jezebel – one under condemnation.

  • She was given an opportunity to repent but had refused.  God wants everyone to repent.  (II Peter 3:9, Romans 2:4-5)

  • Her bed of pleasure would turn into a bed of pain – punishment.  Repentance was the only way out.  (II Corinthians 7:8-10)

  • God possesses the ability to search the emotions, feelings, attitudes, and thoughts of everyone.  (Psalms 7:9)

  • All will be judged according to their works.  (Matthew 16:27)

III.   Christ Commends   (Verses 24-29)

  • To those not seduced by Jezebel’s teaching (deep things of Satan), He would not lay any other burden.  They were to continue to hold fast to their faith and keep doing what’s right.  (Hebrews 10:35-39)

  • Promise is given to the one who overcomes and conquers.  The one who keeps working to the end.  (Hebrews 6:11-12)

  • Just as Christ is reigning now, (I Corinthians 15:25-26) so Christians can share in that rule.  (Romans 5:17, Ephesians 2:6)

  • “Morning star” – Christ is called this in Revelation 22:16.  Some day those who overcome will have Him in the fullest way.


The need to remain faithful and keep on enduring cannot be overemphasized.  God knows who are His and promises them a great future.  (Hebrews 6:10-12

Bobby Stafford

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Church of Christ Lessons on the Revelation of Jesus Christ

1.  Understanding Revelation
2.  Symbolic Objects in Revelation
3.  Understanding the Numerical Symbolism in Revelation
4.  Identifying the Opposition Characters in Revelation
John's Introduction to the Churches of Asia

6.  John's Vision of Jesus Christ
7. The Church who Left Her First Love, Ephesus
8.  Smyrna, the Suffering Church
9.  Pergamum, the church in Hell's Headquarter
10.  Thyatira, the church that Condoned Sin
11. Sardis (The Dead Church)
12. Philadelphia (The Church With Opportunity)
13.  Laodicea (The Lukewarm Church)

14.  Letter to Your Church
15.  John's Throne Vision (chapter 4)
16.  God the Redeemer Revealed  (chapter 5)
17.  God the Avenger of His Children (Chapter 6)
18.  Who Will Be Able To Stand  (Chapter 7)
19.  The First Four Trumpets
(Chapter 8)
20.  The Fifth Trumpet (Chapter 9:1-12)
21.  The Sixth Trumpet Announcement (Chapter 9:13-21)
22. The Little Book and the Unutterable Thunders (Rev 10)
23.  The Seventh Trumpet Announcement (Rev 11)
24. The Conflict (Revelation 12)
25.  Revelation 13 (Identification of the First Beast)

26.  Revelation 13 (Identification of the Second Beast)

27.  Chapter 14 (The Victorious Lamb and the Redeemed)
28.  Revelation 14 (The Turning Point)
29.  Revelation 14 (The Sickle and the Winepress)
30.  Chapter 15 (Comfort for the Saints)
31.  Chapter 16 (Bowls of Wrath)
32.  Chapter 16 (The Battle of Armageddon)
33.  Chapter 17 (The Scarlet Woman)
34.  Chapter 18 (Fallen  is Babylon)

35.  King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Chapter 19)
36.  The Fall of Satan  (Chapter 20)
37.  Heaven, the Home of the Soul  (Chapter 21)
38.  The Spirit and the Bride Say Come  (Chapter 22)
39.  The Dating of the Revelation

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Revelation 21:5-7

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.