|2:18||In Verse 18, Jesus, whose eyes are like a flame of fire and feet like fine brass that emanates strong light confirms that he is indeed the son of God, and as he tells the angel of the church in Thyatira, wants all those who receive his voice to truly listen with the faith in the son of God.|
|2:19||Here, the church in Thyatira is a church that continues to expand and prosper in terms of its actions of love, faith, service and patience.|
|2:20||However, the church in Thyatira has a critical flaw, which is allowing the deceive prophet, which created a mixed superstitious religion symbolized by a woman named “Jezebel” (1 Ki 16:29-33/1 Ki 21:1-16) who should not have been tolerated.As the queen of King Ahab, the most wicked king in the history of Israel, Jezebel who called herself a prophet controlled the king from behind the scenes and led many of the northern Israelites astray to serve Baal.
Jezebel is the most heretical woman in the history of Israel who 1) craved authority, 2) believed in superstition, 3) sought to privatize the church authority, symbolized by an illegal takeover of the vineyard in Naboth, and 4) stood against Elijah the prophet of God.
Jesus shows us a situation in which these self-proclaimed prophets such as Jezebel tempt shepherds (who should be servants of God), to commit adultery and eat things sacrificed unto idols. The followers of Jezebel form relationships with the deceivers of Satan and become secularized, ultimately standing against God without realizing.
|2:21||Also, Jesus prophecies that the deceived servants of God would be thrown into spiritual death and great trouble as they lose the essence of the gospel, refuse to place God in their hearts, do not repent and eat things sacrificed unto idols due to one of the greatest idolatries, covetousness (Col 3:5).Eating things sacrificed unto idols is, fundamentally speaking, the consumption of sacrifices made to strange gods (Rev 2:24). But it is really a series of actions to, though the servants of God say they are under his name, misuse the sacrifices collected by their covetous nature against God’s will and seek the expansion of mammonism and false witnesses and share the riches.
That is, the sacrifices that must be given unto God are suddenly changed to the sacrifices unto idols because they are used for the purpose of Satan.
Therefore, as Matthew 6:24 writes, “no man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other”. We must realize that we cannot serve God and mammon at the same time but rather, God is the only one whom we must worship. Thus, we must repent at once and free ourselves from the connections of covetousness, and idolatry (Col 3:5).
As the tribe of Levi firmly punished the Israelites who created an idol of a golden calf in the wilderness, today’s believers who are the kingdom and the priests of God must resolutely refuse the worship of the golden calf which is mammonism, prioritization based on covetousness of materials, temptations to purchase the authority that comes with church positions as a means of secular success, and the authoritarian hierarchy instead of cooperation and sharing of roles (Ex 32:22-29/1 Ki 12:27-30/1 Co 8:4).
|2:22||Therefore, it prophesies that, if we do not repent immediately, we would be thrown into the bed of death and face a great tribulation just like King Ahaziah of Israel Samaria, the son of King Ahab and Jezebel, who depended on an idol, Baal-zebub, so was sentenced to the death on a bed through Elijah (2 Ki 1:1-4).<2 Ki 1:15-16>15 And the angel of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he arose, and went down with him unto the king.
16 And he said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die.
|2:23||By saying, “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”, God who looks after all of our individual thoughts and purposes sentences spiritual death to the sons and daughters of Jezebel, a self-proclaimed prophet, who are the followers of Jezebel who were taught and tempted by her (2 Co 2:15-16/Rev 6:8). God also warns all churches that if we do not repent immediately, he will bring down his judgment unto each of us based on our deeds.
Therefore, all of the churches in the Revelation times must be warned that God would not grant and overlook any wrongdoing (Ro 2:6-8/Mt 16:27/Jas 5:1-6/1 Ti 6:9-10).
|2:24||However, Jesus lets us be aware that there is still a chance for those pure, uncontaminated believers who have not been tainted by Jezebel (Rev 14:4) and are not aware of the deep invasion of Satan into the church in Thyatira.|
|2:25||He wishes us to realize the existence of the deceiver and strongly hold onto the pure faith that still has not been spoiled.|
|2:26||Also, “to him will I give power over the nations” means that those who conquer Satan and fulfill what Jesus has called them to do till the end (Rev 12:11/Rev 12:17) become the participants in the symbiotic community of those who overcome to whose hearts God’s kingdom has come (Mt 6:10/Ro 8:11), and will receive the authority of a priest similar to that of a king ruling over the many kingdoms, which symbolize the people of God who have become temples of God (Am 9:9-15/Ac 15:17/1 Co 3:9/1 Co 6:19-20/2 Co 6:16/Eph 5:5-9).|
|2:27||Furthermore, the part that reads “he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers” corresponds to the verse in Psalms that prophecies the appearance of Jesus, and talks about how those who overcome Satan and obey Jesus’ work and the prophecy of Revelation till the end will receive powerful authority and calling like a rod of iron so they can witness Jesus according to the times of Revelation (Mt 24:45-46).
“Vessels” typically represent those who have been called (2 Ki 4:1-7) but in this case, they symbolize vessels that are not being used. In other words, just like a craftsman who is quick to crush a vessel wrongly created, the “servants” of God in the Revelation times, who are the believers who have been transformed into the kingdom and the priests of God (Rev 1:1), completely crushes the synagogue of Satan, which desires to interfere with God’s will, by manipulating times and laws, through the words of the testimony of Jesus (Jn 12:48-50).
|2:28||Moreover, “I will give him the morning star” meaning those who overcome and have been promised the new covenant of salvation participate in the symbiotic community of the Holy City and receive the blessing of welcoming the bright morning in the presence of Jesus, the morning star (Rev 22:16).|
|2:29||Verse 29 emphasizes again that those that have an ear and listen to the Revelation, symbolizing the churches, must listen to and obey the words told to them by the Holy Spirit. Here, the historical meaning of Jezebel, the self-proclaimed prophet, must be examined. Jezebel was an actual person in the times of Elijah the prophet, the wife of King Ahab who is seen by God as the most wicked king in the history of Israel and the daughter of Ethbaal, the king of the Zidonians (1 Ki 16:29-33).Jezebel worshipped idols, persecuted Elijah the prophet and killed many of God’s prophets (1 Ki 19:1-18), confiscated Naboth’s vineyard that represents the church of God by using the elders and nobles sucking up for power (Jer 12:10-13), and tempted King Ahab to commit a countless number of idolatries and evil deeds.
Therefore, as Jezebel used not only false prophets but also elders and nobles who colluded with the authority of the world and sucked up for more power when she commited evil deeds. There are similar people in today’s world who privatize the holy temple and the organization of God, the vineyard, through false testimonies and secular authorities, act as self-proclaimed prophets, and make people worship mammonism, materialism, authority and superstition in order to secularize churches.
1 And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.
2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.
3 And Naboth said to Ahab, The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.
4 And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word which Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him: for he had said, I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers. And he laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.
5 But Jezebel his wife came to him, and said unto him, Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?
6 And he said unto her, Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite, and said unto him, Give me thy vineyard for money; or else, if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it: and he answered, I will not give thee my vineyard.
7 And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread, and let thine heart be merry: I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.
8 So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, and sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city, dwelling with Naboth.
9 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
10 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die.
11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them.
12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people.
13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.
14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.
15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead.
16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.
30 A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land;
31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?
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