The reading today is Revelation 218-29 – the “Church in Thyatira” (one of the seven churches of Revelation).
The city 0f Thyatira was a commercial centre when John wrote. Christ’s description of Himself, with burning eyes and feet of burnished bronze, creates a setting of aura for this letter. Although the church was active and faithful in many respects, it had accepted the leadership of a woman characterised as “Jezebel”. The first Jezebel introduced idolatry and gross immorality into ancient Israel, and we must assume the name signified the Thyatiran woman did the same.
Thus what was known as “the church” was divided into faithful and corrupted segments.
Things haven’t changed. The apostate and the genuine still exist in Christendom. The continued existence of the apostate reflects God’s grace. Jesus has “given her time to repent of her immorality”. But the day of grace is drawing to a close. Every day is a day closer. God will surely bring judgment on Jezebel and her followers.
The spirit of Jezebel still stalks the churches, and she will settle wherever she can find somewhere to stay.
How do we deal with her? Don’t expect to purge Christendom, our denomination, or even our own church of her influence.
Jesus says to those who do not accept her teaching, “Hold on to what you have until I come”.
We who hold fast to Christ’s authentic gospel are to concentrate on good deeds, love, faith, service and perseverance (v.19). In doing Christ’s will, we find the spiritual authority we need to overcome (v.26-29)
Have a great day and God bless you,