Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Plagues and the gods of Egypt

                                                                                                          Source: Heart of Wisdom

Most of you will recall the story of when Joseph found favor with God, saved the Egyptian people from a terrible 7 year famine, and then how his family moved to Egypt and after many years became the slaves of the Egyptians. God raised up Moses and Aaron to go to Pharoah to tell him to 'let My people go!' When Pharoah refuses to do so, God brings several plagues upon the Egyptians. 

What you may not know, is that those plagues were not just an incentive to let His people go. Egypt had many, many gods and goddesses that they worshipped. This demonstration of power was not only to show the Israelites that their God was alive and could be trusted, but also to show the Egyptians that their gods were nothing. The confrontation that played out was the God of the Bible against the false gods of Egypt!

First plague: The water turned to blood on the Nile and all the rivers of Egypt, even in waters already drawn from the river and stored in pots. It caused a stink throughout the land.
Which god? Osiris was the chief god of the Nile. In addition, there was Nu, the god of the life of the Nile, also Hapimon the water bearer and Tauret.

Second Plague: Frogs in abundance infested the land of Egypt to the point where they were found in their houses and even their beds! 
Which god? Hekt, half human half frog.

Third Plague: Aaron struck the dust of the earth with his rod and out came lice, biting gnats.
Which god? Geb was the god of the earth who was accredited with the bounty of the soil. 

Fourth Plague: Swarms of bloodsucking gadflies, in their houses and on the ground.
Which god? Khepri had the head of a fly.

Fifth Plague: Death of Cattle and Livestock
Which god? Apis, the Bull god; Hathor, the cow-headed god. 

Sixth Plague: Moses took ashes and threw them in the air, bringing boils and sores on man and beast.
Which god? Isis, goddess of medicine and peace; Thoth, god of intelligence and medical learning. 

Seventh Plague: A tempest of hail, fire and thunder.
Which god? Nut, goddess of the sky; Horus, the sky god; Shu, the wind god.

Eighth Plague: Locusts, this directly affected their food supply.
Which god? Nepri, the grain god; Ermutet, goddess of child birth and crops. 

Ninth Plague: Thick darkness
Which god? Ra, god of the sun;

Tenth Plague: Death of the firstborn.
Which god? The Pharoah's of Egypt were often worshipped and deified. He was believed to be the son of Ra manifest in the flesh.

After all these plagues were initiated, where were these great gods of Egypt that the people worshipped? They were no match for the God of the Universe!! 

It's interesting to note the several times it mentions that these plagues affected only the Egyptians and their land. Even during the absolute darkness there was natural light in the dwellings of the Israelites.
Although the magicians were able to repeat the first two plagues, they could not replicate the others.

Next, I will be looking into the plagues of Egypt and the coming judgments in the book of Revelation to see if there's any correlation. 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Revelation 12 Signs in the Sky 2017

     Source: ERF Ministries, Scott Clarke

Revelation 12

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who “will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.”[a] And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

Revelation 12 speaks of a woman in labor who gives birth to a child. The Dragon tries to snatch the child, but the child is 'caught up' before he is able to do so. Then the woman flees for a time. Many refer to this as the birth of the Christ Child, which it does mention though it happened 2000 years ago, but the Scripture also puts this near the time of the Tribulation, the coming of the Kingdom, etc.

The woman is Israel and the Child is the Messiah. However, if you read further, the dragon goes after the rest of the woman's offspring, and since the woman is supernaturally protected, I believe this is the church.

Those of you who have taken my bible studies are aware of the Mazaroth, which is the story God put in the sky by way of reminder, to show us the way to salvation and future events. Unfortunately, over the years these signs were 'changed' into what we know today as the Zodiac, but that was never what it was intended to be. What God has given us for good, Satan will try to confuse, and in this case he has turned it into a form of soothsaying and predictions. 

What's super interesting, and the point of this post, is that the event described in Revelation may have a possible fulfillment in the sky today!  It started August 2016, then on November 20, 2016 Jupiter (also known as the king star), entered the side or border of the constellation of Virgo. It will stay within her 'womb' for 42 weeks (equal to a long term gestation), and will move out between her 'legs'  on September 23, 2017.

Some believe this will be the beginning of some major events. The reason is because so much of this happens on Jewish Feast Days. They believe it is the start of the Tribulation or the time of the Rapture. The Bible says that this sign is a warning of future events of ominous significance. I don't know if anything will happen this September, or whether that is for a future date, but I do think it's an interesting occurrence. What do you think?

For another view, check the video below:


Start at 7 min.

I'd love your input.


Blessings,
Carmen


Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Fig Tree Prophecy, Part Two


The Fig Tree’s Cycle

The annual fruit cycle of the fig tree occurs at the beginning of spring in late March. The figs are not ready to harvest until early June, about 70 to 80 days later. If we apply the principle of a day for a year to the fruit cycle, we get a corresponding time period of 70 to 80 years. 

If the parable of the fig tree budding out represents the land of Israel once again becoming home to a Jewish state, then we have 70 to 80 years before the fruit will be ripe. Is it possible that the Messiah intended for us to understand that the culmination of God’s plan would take 70 to 80 years from the re-establishment of modern Israel until the return of the Messiah?

How does the Bible define a generation?

Psalm 90:10: 70 to 80 years

After speaking the parable of the fig tree, Jesus stated; “Truly I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.”

(Additional Information: The life span varied over time, the average life span of the pre-Flood patriarchs was 912 years. Shem to Peleg (contemporary of the Tower of Babel) diminished to 484 years. Peleg to Abraham, it diminished to 195 years. The average generation from Abraham to David (Matt. 1:17) was approximately 64 years)

IF we are reading the prophetic symbols correctly, where does this place the passing of this generation and the Coming of our Lord? 

We know Israel became a nation in 1948, although some include the capturing of Jerusalem in 1967 as the correct countdown date. So using 1948, around what year would that place us? Using 1967, around what year does that place us?

(1948) 2018 – 2028
(1967) 2037 - 2047

Though we shouldn't be setting dates, as believers we should know the signs of the times! 
Matthew 24:36; 1 Thess. 5:2-6

Luke 21:29 - 31 “And all the trees”

The Bible uses the analogy of a fig tree in reference to the rebirth of the nation of Israel, but Jesus also indicated that alongside the re-budding of the fig tree, there would be a sign in all the trees.


                                                                                                                                                                                  Source: Focus on Jerusalem
Morocco 1956
Algeria 1952
Tunisia 1956
Libya 1951
Egypt 1922
Turkey 1923
Iran 1979
Iraq 1930
Syria 1946 
Lebanon 1946
Israel 1948
Jordan 1945
Bahrain 1971
Qatar 1971
Oman 1970
UAE 1971
Saudi Arabia 1932
Yemen 1967
Sudan 1956
Mauritania 1960


The 20th century blossoming of national trees throughout the Middle East foretells that Gods’ prophecies for all the nations is coming to pass in these times.

(The roots of the Israeli-Arab conflict have come full circle today. They have indeed fathered many nations. For centuries the Arab nations wandered the deserts of Arabia and never projected any borders between themselves. Ishmael’s descendants have lived as mingled desert dwellers and behaved as wild men, and have shown a tendency to lift their hands against their brethren, as God foretold. This characteristic has been ingrained into their makeup and is stoked by hatred and jealousy towards Jacob)

It was in the 20th century, after the World Wars that the roots of all the modern states of the Middle East blossomed into defined boundaries of nations. Most are aware that Israel was reborn in 1948, but not many people realize that the Arabs discovered nationalism in the same period. Many of Ishmael’s descendants suddenly found themselves identified with ancient national names, some of which were rooted in the ancestry of Ishmael and Esau’s ancestry.

Israel’s Prophetic Background:

Ezekiel 37:10-14 (dry bones, restored to life); Isaiah 66:7,8 (in one day); 
Ezek. 37:21,22 (re-established as a united nation); Amos 9:14,15 (regained control, never removed); 
Ezekiel 34:13 (gather); Jeremiah 31:10 (Gather); Jeremiah 16:14,15 (gather, famous); 
Deut. 30:3-5 (Gather) ; Zech 12:2-3 (Scorned by nations); Ezek 38:14-16 (War of Gog And Magog)

(In a stunning and remarkable moment, Netanyahu also declared to the people of Europe and the world that the prophecies of Ezekiel 37 have been fulfilled. The Holocaust, he said, represented the dry bones and graves of the Jewish people, and out of that horror the State of Israel was resurrected, just as the Lord said would happen through the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel. Rarely has any world leader given a major address on an international stage declaring End Times prophecies from the Bible have come true. But that is exactly what Netanyahu did.” – Joel Rosenberg’s Blog, January 29, 2010. Nethanyahu gave a political address from Auschwitz, Poland.)

Link: https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/netanyahu-at-auschwitz-says-prophecies-of-ezekiel-37-have-been-fulfilled/

Where is Israel Today? Alone!

Israel’s newest crisis in not its biggest one. It is the redefining of the relationship between the United States and Israel.

The basic tenets in the U.S.–Israel relationship were two-fold.

1. There would be no surprises. Neither country would do or say something regarding the Middle East without the other country knowing about it ahead of time.

2. There would not be daylight between the two countries. Israel and America could disagree—but never publicly.

There was a reason for this close cooperation.

Israel needs America’s support. Israel has been called a “one-bomb country”. A single nuclear bomb would level the place. It needs the protection of the United States to hold its enemies in check.
America also needs Israel’s support as well. Israel has been the only constant ally the United States has had in the region, and it is the region’s only democracy.

Since the beginning of the Obama Administration, the United States seems to be trying to position itself as the Arab world’s best friend. The current administration has allowed daylight to filter in between the two countries by publicly disagreeing with Israel’s policies.

If the White House truly wanted to minimize the possibility of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, it would not have given up concessions the way it did. It would not have communicated its message that the military option is impossible. It would not have publicly defended Iran’s cheating on its existing promises.

Israel is now between a diplomatic rock and a hard place. Israel is in an alliance with a country that does not seem to have Israel in its list of priorities. Also, the next generation of U.S. leaders being groomed do not seem to have Israel as a priority either. They do not seem to recognize the cognitive disconnect involved with accusing Israel of genocide while praising the actions of Iran and Hamas.
As the United States looks more like Europe, Israel looks more alone. Many believe that a prayer on Tisha B’Av is the most logical response to current events.

The only thing missing from this analysis is the fact that Israel will never be alone. Israel was fulfilling prophecy when it was regathered in the land in 1948 as a state for the first time in 2,000 years. Ultimately, Israel will recognize Jesus as their Messiah and true protector:

"I will pour out on the house of David and on the residents of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and of supplications, and they will look to me—the one whom they pierced.” Then they will mourn for him, as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him, as for a firstborn son."
— Zechariah 12:10, ISV

Do you believe we are living in the End Times? 

The time of the last days that Jesus referred to is not in the future, and it’s not coming soon. It is here right now. For the past 6 decades, all the major players have been taking the stage and playing the parts that God said they would. 

Consider the following events: 

-In 1948, Israel became a nation, not through her own strength.
-A re-gathering has taken place in Israel and continues to take place, from all nations.
-Russia and China, two major End Times players, have already signed a pact.
-Russia, the biggest End Times player, has already helped Iran build a nuclear reactor.
-Iran has repeatedly confirmed their desire to wipe Israel off the map.
-Iran now, for the first time ever, has nuclear weapons capable of reaching Israel.

TODAY:

The Jews have been back in their homeland since 1948, and though they still have some battles ahead of them, God has promised that they will never again be driven out of Israel. The bible looks forward to the time when Jesus will physically return to the land where He was born so many years ago. 

There is only one Holy Land that God knows about, and that is the land of Israel that was first promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God’s promises don’t change, even if in this case it took nearly 2,000 years to occur. 

IDF Chief of Staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, speaking at the Arch of Titus 1940 years after the Roman Empire destroyed the Second Holy Temple, declared, 

“We are here, on the eve of Tisha B’av, the day the Jewish Temple was destroyed by Titus, and together with the Jewish Community we say, The Nation of Israel lives!” He said, “despite all the misery and horrible tragedies that struck us since the destruction of the Second Temple and our exile, the Jewish people were able to re-establish their national independence in 1948"

End times bible prophecy has declared that this would happen in the last days, and that is exactly where we are right now.

The Fig Tree Prophecy, Part One

Thanks for stopping by! 

Source: Bible/ Koinonia House / Boldly Proclaiming Christ: Parable of the Fig Tree and its Prophetic Significance, Carol / Focus on Jerusalem, John F. Walvoord / Every Prophecy of the Bible/ Joel Rosenberg/ Now the End Begins.

The Fig Tree Prophecy, Part One


Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion.



There is one place in the world that God has declared as holy, and that’s Mount Zion and the land of Israel. The prophet Isaiah wrote this – “Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem and before his ancients gloriously.” Isaiah 24:23.

There are one people that are God’s ‘chosen people’, and they are the Israelites - “And I have put my words in thy mouth and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.” Isaiah 51:16.

And there is one main event in bible prophecy that had to happen to usher in the time that the bible calls the “last days” or the “time of Jacob’s trouble.” This event is undeniable and it has happened! Israel became a nation in one day! 

State of Israel is born headline, 'Palestine Post'
Source: Jerusalem Post

Throughout recorded history, nations have always been typified by types and figures to describe them.

Russia is known as the Bear
America is the Eagle
England is the Lion
Israel is the Fig Tree.

Matthew 24:32-25 refers to Israel becoming a nation and the end times.

As incredible as it was for the nation of Israel to be reborn, more remarkable is the fact that it was reborn on the exact day in history the Bible said it would! This event marked the first time since 605 BC that Israel had its own nation under their control.

No other nation in history has ever ceased to exist for centuries and then returned as a nation in its former land to regain its place in world history!! The bible predicted this thousands of years before it happened!!

Prophetic Timeline:

Read: Ezekiel 4:3-6 (explanation in Leviticus 26:18,21,24,28)

Their time of punishment would be multiplied X 7 if the people did not repent, and by staying in pagan Babylon, they refused to repent!

According to Ez. 4:3-6, they were to be punished for 430 years (lost their homeland to Babylon).
Later Babylon was conquered and they were captured by Cyrus (539 BC) who allowed them to return to their land (535 BC- about 70 yrs. after they lost their land to Babylon). However, not all the captives returned but chose to stay in pagan Babylon instead. Because of this, the remaining 360 yrs. (430 – 70 = 360) of their punishment was multiplied by 7 (360 x 7 = 2,520 yrs.).
This was based on a 360 day lunar calendar, however if you adjust it to the modern solar calendar, you get 2,484 years.  536 BC (535+1) + 2484 AD = 1948 AD
Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?
Matthew 21:19 and Mark 11:14 tell us it was because it hadn’t born any fruit.
Does this portion of scripture state that the tree will never bear fruit again?  It seems to, but on closer inspection a different picture emerges.
Never again/ever again = eis ton aiona. The actual meaning is lost in its translation.
Eis: is often used regarding time. It means “to” or “until”
Ton: simply means “the”
Aiona: is a form of “aion” (transliterated “eon”). It means “segment of time” or “age.”
In our English translations, it appears to say that the fig tree was cursed to never bring forth fruit again. It was not the appointed time for the fig tree to yield its fruit, and in like manner, it was also not the time for the Israelis to recognize their Messiah and it remains so to this day (Temporary blindness: John 12:37; Rom 11:7).
Jesus symbolically cursed the Israelis to unfruitfulness until just prior to the 2nd coming. 
Undoubtedly, until the age of the Messiah’s rule over the entire world from Jerusalem. The fig tree incident was designed to show that the Israelis would not produce true spiritual fruit until the Messiah comes to usher in the kingdom of God on the earth.
What does Zechariah say will happen?
Zechariah 12:10: The divine blindness will be lifted, the Israelis will recognize their Messiah after He saves them from an attack by the nations, they will fully realize that the one they’ve rejected for 2000 years is the Messiah. There will be great mourning.
To date this prophecy has never been fulfilled! Like almost every other prophecy in the Bible, this prophecy will also come true, and sooner rather than later! 

Thanks for stopping by!


The Fig Tree Prophecy, Part Two...

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Who is the Antichrist? Comparing Christian and Islamic Views



I found this video on Youtube, featured by Belt of Truth, a Blog I follow. It's a very interesting video. I hope you'll watch it!

Have a good week!
Carmen

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Did the Exodus Happen?

Today I am bringing you a video that looks at a few of the arguments against the Exodus and discusses them. I think it's good to know what some of the arguments are against and why they do not hold any water  sand! It's only about 5 minutes long...enjoy!



Hope you have a good day! 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Philadelphia, The Faithful Church


Philadelphia became the greatest trade route in the whole country in Byzantine times, which gave the city its commercial prosperity. It was a center for spreading the greek language and culture throughout the asian provinces. The city was prone to severe earthquakes that caused the people to move out and dwell in tents at times. A key crop in Philadelphia was grapes for wine making. 

The city was known for its resistance to Islam and kept it's christianity long after some of the other cities in the area. The city had many pagan temples, including Dionysus, the god of wine and revelry. 

In Revelation, Christ is revealed in this church as holy and true. He is also identified as the One who opens and shuts. This church is said to have an 'open door.' The commendations to this church was evangelism, works and missions. Though they were few in number, they kept the Word and did not deny Christ, despite those of the 'synagogue of satan,' who also persecuted them.

There is no correction spoken, but there is a warning that they should believe God's promises and stick with Him. They are told to 'hold fast,' which has a strong connotation meaning to cling to tenaciously, with a warning that if not, someone may take their crown. This implies that if you let a God given opportunity slip by, God can call someone else to do it and they crown will go to them. You will lose your reward! 

As believers, we have a permanent identity in Christ. The believer will be given a new name, uniquely his (Rev 2:17). He also says he will 'keep thee from the hour of temptation.' The word 'kept' means to preserve and protect.  To take care of, to guard.  The word 'from' means out of, or it can mean, in the midst of. God is with us through our trials! 

This church, also known as being faithful and having brotherly love,  was a church that Christ loved. In this church, Christ is revealed as having the key that opens and shuts the door to salvation. The door is wide open for most of the missions established during this time, as well as times of revival. 

As Christians we are called to be overcomers. What does this mean? We must be totally loyal to Christ, sharing our love and the Gospel with all men. This relationship with our saviour should be the focal point of our lives. Our minds set on Christ and His will for our lives. Then will our lives truly have full meaning and satisfaction. To be in the will of God is the most exciting place to be! 

The Seven Churches of Revelation

Introduction to the Seven Churches of Revelation
Sweet Smelling Smyrna
Where Did I Leave My Love (Ephesus)
Pergamus: Compromised and Indulged
Sardis: The Living Dead
Falling Away into Laodicea
The Church of Thyatira




Monday, October 5, 2015

The Four Horsemen of Revelation, Color Study

Sometimes Scripture shows us things so clearly, that we miss it!

In Revelation we are introduced to four horsemen as the Lamb breaks open the First Seal. These ride horses, each with a different color. The focus is on the riders. First we are introduced to a white horse whose rider rode forth conquering and to conquer. Many interpret this as conquering through great deception as the Antichrist is ascertained by many to be the rider of this horse. Then a flaming red horse follows whose rider takes away peace from the earth. Next a black horse appears whose rider brings famine upon the earth. The last horse is a pale horse (chloros in the Greek, which is actually pale green). It's rider's name was Death and he was closely followed by Hades.

Four Horsemen by MarkWilkinson
                                                Source: Four Horsemen, by Mark Wilkinson, Deviant Art

These have authority over a fourth part of the earth to kill and bring famine, plagues, pestilence & disease and wild animals. We are not told that they kill a fourth part of the earth, rather that they have authority and power over a fourth part of the earth.

So we have been introduced to four horses and given some specific information about each of their riders, but what of the horses? Each horse has been identified with a color. Could this have any meaning at all? Since God took the trouble to label each horse with a distinct color, wouldn't it suggest that there is meaning to these colors? Yes, sometimes prophecy is stranger than fiction and it's so easy to miss things if we don't look closely. Let me remind you that many people missed the First Coming. We look back and wonder how they missed it, but if we're not careful, it'll happen to us too! 

I watched a video by Pastor Steve at Discover Ministries and it is him I thank for this information. I may not necessarily agree with everything Pastor Steve says, but I found this particular information to be interesting and somewhat enlightening. If you would like to watch the video, I will provide a link below.

Pastor Steve connected the colors of the horses to Flags, and a rather interesting picture emerges. Have a look at the flags I've pictured below. What do you see? 

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Jordan

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Palestine

Sudan

Kuwait

United Arab Emirates

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Libya

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Afghanistan

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Syria

Iraq


Arab Revolt Flag (not a nation, but interesting nonetheless)

If you're not sure, the answer is: White, Red, Black and Green. Each of these flags uses the same color combinations. This makes sense, because they have similar roots. Did you also take note of the countries, states, or nations that fly these flags?

The countries that will lead World War 3 (Psalm 83) share the same colors on their flags!

[Map of Arab world using national flags. Image from unknown source.]
                                                                                   Source: Wikimedia.org

Here's another map for comparison:
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                                                                            Source: Jewish Virtual Library.org

I guess the question then becomes, are the Four Horsemen already riding? Has the First Seal been opened? Interesting, right? I don't know for sure yet, but I stand amazed over and over again at how detailed God is and how interesting His living Word is. Those who say it's an antiquated outdated book, probably haven't taken the time to read it and take it seriously!

As promised, here's the link to Pastor Steve's video.

You Will Never Read the Book of Revelation the Same Way Again!

Have a good week and Blessings to you and yours! 

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Church of Thyatira


Thyatira: 'Continual Sacrifice'

Thyatira was a prosperous town which was well connected to other important cities. It was located on the Hermus River, 38 miles from Pergamos, and 32 miles from Sardis. It was an important manufacturing center noted for dying fabrics and garment making (Lydia, in Acts 16:14 had a business in fabric dyes). Thyatira was also known for its pottery, it's coppersmithing and brass working industries. These powerful Trade Guilds not only controlled business, but each Trade Guild had its own gods which were involved in pagan religious worship and immorality. It was almost impossible to conduct business without belonging to a Trade Guild. 

During his second missionary journey (Acts 16:13-15) the apostle Paul travelled to Phillipi where he meets Lydia, a seller of purple. She listens to Paul's preaching and is so convinced of his message that she and her household are baptized. It is likely that Lydia helped spread the Gospel throughout Thyatira.

In the message to this church, Christ calls Himself, the Son of God, stressing His deity. He is revealed as a Judge. The 'eyes like a flame of fire' suggest discernment and perception which searches out all iniquity. His 'feet like fine bronze' shows He is all powerful in judgment. Bronze, which symbolically means testing shows that Christ tests the works of man. The reference to bronze is also an illusion to the brass working industry of Thyatira.

Christ praises this church for works, love, service, faith and patience. This is the only church that Christ gives praise to for its love. It's love became a part of the problem, though. The congregation loved so much that they tolerated sin and failed to exercise church discipline. This church allowed 'Jezebel' to teach compromise and immorality. 

(Remember King Ahab's Jezebel. She was the daughter of a priest king of Tyre and was married to Ahab for political reasons. She had a strong, domineering, forceful character and was fanatically devoted to Baal. This eventually led to the death of many true prophets of God.)

God extends grace to the Jezebel of Thyatira to repent, but she would not. This indicates she made a conscious choice to continue on in her sin of compromise and immorality. She tolerated evil and had learned Satans' so called 'deep secrets,' which she also taught.

This church therefore allowed 'Jezebel' to teach compromise and immorality. They evidently did not accept the finished work of Christ on the cross as enough, but thought they needed other gods and religious systems, much to their hurt!

However, those who are victorious and do not fall for her deception, God gives authority to rule over the nations. He says they will rule with an iron sceptre and dash them to pieces, like pottery. Another allusion to one of the top industries of Thyatira - pottery. He says He will give them the place of the morning star.

(Lucifer is called the morning star, as well as Jesus Christ. The title was a place that Lucifer attempted to gain but which was triumphed over by Christ, who is the true Morning Star! The 'morning star' will be given to believers who rule and reign with Christ in the Millennium. Revelation 2: 28; 2 Peter 1:19; Daniel 12:3)

The Seven Churches of Revelation

Introduction to the Seven Churches of Revelation
Sweet Smelling Smyrna
Where Did I Leave My Love (Ephesus)
Pergamus: Compromised and Indulged
Sardis: The Living Dead
Falling Away into Laodicea
Philadelphia, the Faithful Church