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March 12, 2020
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Satan will do anything he can to keep Christians from remaining faithful. In this message learn how even good churches can fall prey to the subtleties of immorality.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah:Revelation,
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  • it is known as a bookof mysterious signs and wonders.
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  • But the prophecy containedwithin speaks of more
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  • than just what is to comein the end of days.
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  • Found near the beginningof the book, Revelation contains
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  • a collection of seven letters,dispatches from Jesus, delivered
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  • by Revelation's human author,John.
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  • These letters aren't long.
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  • In fact, they'reactually quite brief
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  • and straight to the point.
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  • The recipients?
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  • The early Christian churches.
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  • But while these letters spokedirectly to seven churches
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  • of antiquity, they,like the book of Revelation,
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  • are prophetic, propheticin that by them, Christ's words
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  • speak to all churchesthrough all the ages.
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  • Seven churches, seven letters,seven messages
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  • for today's believers,relevant words of commendation,
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  • tender encouragement,and of warning.
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  • So join me as we lookinto the Bible and discover
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  • Christ's timeless wordsto his followers
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  • through the seven churchesof Revelation.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hello,I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • Welcome to "Turning Point."
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  • We hear two words today that canbe dangerous
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  • for the Christian church:
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  • tolerance and relevance.
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  • The world tells the church itmust be more relevant
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  • and tolerant to survive.
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  • But today, we will discovera church that followed
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  • that advice, and almost diedas a result.
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  • That church wasin the ancient city of Thyatira,
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  • a churchwith many good qualities.
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  • But Christ, in his letterto the church, rebuked
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  • it for allowing an immoral cultto spring up in the church
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  • in the name of tolerance.
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  • What Christ told them to do iswhat the modern church must do
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  • to remain pure.
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  • We will discoverhis instructions
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  • in today's message,"The Adulterous Church."
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  • It's the fifth in our new seriescalled "The Seven Churches
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  • of Revelation"straight ahead
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  • on today's editionof "Turning Point."
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  • male announcer: Revelation isa mysterious book full of signs
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  • and symbols,portraying things seen
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  • and unseen, in the world,and those of the world to come.
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  • Especially appearing in numbersof seven.
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  • Gain a clearer understandingof Revelation's mysteries
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  • with Dr. David Jeremiah's"The Revelation Sevens."
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  • Discover all 54 7s of Revelationin the order they appear
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  • in the Scriptures,along with a correlating
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  • reflection.
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  • Plus, featured sevensinterspersed
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  • throughout this 44-page handbookto help you further your study.
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  • Use this reference toolin your personal or group study
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  • of Revelation.
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  • Utilize the topical indexto search for and study
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  • specific sevens.
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  • And find a renewed desireand excitement to mine
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  • the riches of Revelation.
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  • Also inside,the Seven Praises bookmark,
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  • to keep you ever focusedon God.
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  • And if you give $60 or more,Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • "The 7 Churchesof Revelation Study Set,"
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  • which contains,"The Revelation Sevens,"
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  • all the messages featuredin this current teaching series
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I don't thinkI've ever seen
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  • the church of Jesus Christin such disarray and confusion
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  • as it is today.
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  • Interestingly enough,many of the problems that we are
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  • facing today are the problemsthat were a part
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  • of the early church.
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  • Now, unlike the cities we havealready studied,
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  • the city of Thyatira was notlocated on a mountain.
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  • It was located in a valleybetween two cities.
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  • It had nonatural fortifications.
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  • It was protectedthroughout its history
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  • by a Roman garrison.
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  • And it wasa bustling trade center,
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  • boasting numerous guilds,and bakers, and bronze workers,
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  • and clothiers, and cobblers,and weavers, and tanners,
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  • and dyers, and pottersall organized in trade unions
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  • in Thyatira.
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  • And Thyatira wasa city of enduring sacrifices
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  • and shallow ritualism.
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  • To this church that was locatedin that city is written
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  • the longest letterof the seven letters,
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  • even though,by the estimate of most,
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  • it is the least importantof the seven cities.
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  • We do know from Christ's wordsthat there was a good church
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  • in Thyatira at the timethe letter was written.
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  • Now, in all of the lettersthat we have studied,
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  • we have learned that Jesusaddresses himself
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  • to each of these churchesin a different way.
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  • Notice verse 18,"And to the angel
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  • of the church in Thyatira write,'These things says
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  • the Son of God, who has eyeslike a flame of fire,
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  • and his feet arelike fine brass.'"
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  • In every instance, the Lordspeaks to the church
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  • out of his essence as God,and uses the description
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  • that is necessaryfor the problem that's
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  • in the church.
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  • The problem that we're goingto discuss in the church
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  • in Thyatira wasmore of a secret problem,
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  • more of a kind of thingthat was done
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  • not necessarily alwaysout in the open,
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  • but behind closed doors,yet known by all.
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  • And to that church,the Lord Jesus Christ addresses
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  • himself as the Son of God,who has eyes
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  • like a flame of fire.
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  • In chapter 1, John sees Christin his glory as the Son of Man,
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  • ministeringto the seven churches.
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  • But here in the letterto the church in Thyatira,
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  • he sees Christas the Son of God.
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  • This title is used intentionallyto add solemnity to the message
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  • which is about to be deliveredto this church.
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  • You know, I think if you hadthe choice to meet
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  • the Son of Manor the Son of God,
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  • you'd probably choosethe Son of Man,
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  • even though they'reone and the same person.
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  • There's somethingabout that phrase, "This is
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  • the Son of the living God,"that brings a little seriousness
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  • to the discussion,which is what is necessary
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  • in this passage.
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  • Now, the authority of Jesus isfollowed up by the awareness
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  • of Jesus.
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  • Notice in verse 18 Jesus isdescribed as the one who has
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  • eyes like a flame of fire.
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  • His eyes are described this wayso that we might know
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  • that the eyes of Jesus piercethe darkness, and flash
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  • with the flame of moral anger.
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  • One writer has said,"There is nothing more piercing
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  • than flaming fire.
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  • Everything yields and meltsbefore it.
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  • It penetrates all things,consumes every opposition,
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  • sweeps down all obstructions,and presses its way
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  • with invincible power."
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  • And of this sort are the eyesof Jesus.
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  • They look through everything,they pierce through all masks
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  • and coverings, they searchthe remotest recesses,
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  • and they beholdthe most hidden things
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  • of the soul.
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  • There is no escape from the eyesof Jesus.
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  • As the Son of God, he isomniscient as well as almighty.
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  • Peter said to Jesusafter the resurrection,
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  • "Lord, you know all things."
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  • Isn't that true?
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  • He knows all things.
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  • After listening to Jesus teachin the upper room, his disciples
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  • said to him, "Lord, we are surethat you know all things,
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  • and you have no needthat anyone should
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  • question you."
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  • To the church that toleratedthe secret sins of immorality,
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  • Jesus is presentedas the divine heart-knower,
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  • with eyes of flaming fire.
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  • Revelation 2:23 seems to beunderscoring this aspect
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  • of his character.
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  • He is the one who searchesthe hearts of men.
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  • That's the authority of Jesusand the awareness of Jesus.
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  • Notice there's one little phrasehere about the anger of Jesus.
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  • Revelation 2:18, "And his feetare like fine brass."
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  • Fine brass was a hard alloythat, when adequately polished,
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  • looked like gold.
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  • In the Greek language,fine brass is just one word.
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  • It could be translatedby burnished brass
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  • or bright bronze.
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  • It is found in the New Testamentonly in the first
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  • and second chaptersof Revelation, and it reminds
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  • us that Christ takes onthis visage of judgment.
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  • This brass was a symbolof judgment.
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  • The Lord Jesus is goingto present himself
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  • to this church.
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  • After describing the good thingsof the church, he's going
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  • to present himselfas an all-knowing Lord,
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  • who sees what is really goingon and brings adequate judgment
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  • to those who are involved.
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  • Just hold thatin the back of your mind.
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  • Now, that's the designationof the letter.
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  • Notice what the Lord Jesus saysabout the church in Thyatira,
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  • as this letter is pennedby John.
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  • Verse 19 is a pregnant verse.
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  • Notice, "I know your works,love, service, faith,
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  • and your patience;and as for your works,
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  • the last are morethan the first."
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  • Now, in many ways, the serviceof the church in Thyatira
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  • was betterthan any of the other churches.
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  • She had preserved the faiththat was in jeopardy
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  • in Pergamos, and sharedwith Smyrna the patience
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  • that you need to suffer.
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  • As we examinethe Thyatiran church,
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  • we discover four positive thingsthat Jesus says about her.
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  • First of all, Thyatira wasa laboring church,
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  • "I know your worksand your service."
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  • The church in Thyatira was,first of all, a laboring church,
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  • but notice next it wasa loving church.
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  • "I know your works,and your service,
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  • and I know your love."
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  • The church in Thyatira wasa match for the church
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  • in Ephesus.
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  • The church in Ephesus was knownfor its energy and devotion,
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  • but it had also keptthe warm glow of love,
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  • which Ephesians had lost.
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  • Thyatira was a laboring churchand a loving church,
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  • and it was loyal.
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  • The Lord Jesus says,"I know your faith."
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  • The word "faith" here isthe word "pistos,"
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  • which means more faithfulnessand fidelity and loyalty.
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  • The Christians in Thyatira weredependable people.
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  • They did what they said theywould do.
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  • They stood behind their word.
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  • The ministry of the believersin this city was continued
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  • in spite of resistanceand criticism.
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  • They fulfilledthe one requirement
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  • of a servant that we readabout in 1 Corinthians 4:2,
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  • "It is required of a servantthat he be faithful."
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  • They were a laboring church,they were a loving church, they
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  • were a loyal church, and theywere a longsuffering church.
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  • "I know your patience," saysthe Scripture.
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  • And the word "patience" isa word in the language
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  • of the New Testamentthat is made up of two words,
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  • which convey the ideaof staying power
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  • under adverse circumstances.
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  • In other words,when the pressure was on,
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  • they didn't quit, they didn'twalk away.
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  • They didn't lose their fervorfor Christ in the midst
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  • of all the pressure they felt.
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  • They were patientin tribulation, as we read
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  • about in Romans 12:12.
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  • And they were testedunder tribulation,
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  • and it produced their faith.
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  • The church in Thyatira hada very humble ministry,
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  • and yet, it producedin its members
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  • the three graces Pauloften discusses in his letters.
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  • It produced faith, hope,and love.
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  • And this is a church that, if westopped reading right now,
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  • we would all say,"Where's the address,
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  • and how do I get there?
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  • I'd like to attend that church."
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  • So, let me just stopfor a moment and give you
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  • this final wordabout the goodness
  • 00:12:30.890 --> 00:12:32.391
  • of the church in Thyatira.
  • 00:12:32.424 --> 00:12:33.793
  • It was a good church.
  • 00:12:33.826 --> 00:12:36.162
  • It did a lot of good things.
  • 00:12:36.195 --> 00:12:38.564
  • But how many of you knowthat a lot of good churches
  • 00:12:38.597 --> 00:12:41.667
  • start out goodand don't stay there?
  • 00:12:41.700 --> 00:12:46.705
  • You know, Satan doesn't botherbad churches.
  • 00:12:46.739 --> 00:12:49.608
  • He's already got them.
  • 00:12:49.642 --> 00:12:51.410
  • You got a church that doesn'tpreach the Bible, doesn't talk
  • 00:12:51.443 --> 00:12:53.312
  • about Jesus, doesn't makethe plan of salvation,
  • 00:12:53.345 --> 00:12:56.282
  • why would Satan want to messwith that?
  • 00:12:56.315 --> 00:12:57.850
  • They're walking rightin his wheelhouse.
  • 00:12:57.883 --> 00:13:00.386
  • But good churches, churchesthat have something going
  • 00:13:00.419 --> 00:13:03.155
  • for God, they have a targeton their back.
  • 00:13:03.189 --> 00:13:05.891
  • The church of Jesus Christ isthe one thing he fears more
  • 00:13:05.925 --> 00:13:10.029
  • than anything elseexcept the Lord Jesus himself.
  • 00:13:10.062 --> 00:13:15.267
  • So now let me share with youwhat he did in the church
  • 00:13:15.301 --> 00:13:18.571
  • in Thyatira.
  • 00:13:18.604 --> 00:13:19.972
  • How many of you knowthat when you see the word
  • 00:13:20.005 --> 00:13:21.707
  • "nevertheless" in the Bible,you've already had
  • 00:13:21.740 --> 00:13:25.044
  • all the good newsand the bad news is
  • 00:13:25.077 --> 00:13:26.712
  • about to come?
  • 00:13:26.745 --> 00:13:28.280
  • Like when you say to your kids,you know, "You cleaned up
  • 00:13:28.314 --> 00:13:29.849
  • your room good, and you putstuff away.
  • 00:13:29.882 --> 00:13:32.251
  • Nevertheless, you know, you madea mess in the kitchen,"
  • 00:13:32.284 --> 00:13:35.554
  • you know?
  • 00:13:35.588 --> 00:13:37.256
  • So this is the nevertheless.
  • 00:13:37.289 --> 00:13:39.825
  • Verse 20, "Nevertheless, I havea few things against you
  • 00:13:39.859 --> 00:13:43.462
  • because you allowthat woman Jezebel,
  • 00:13:43.495 --> 00:13:47.032
  • who calls herself a prophetess,to teach and seduce my servants
  • 00:13:47.066 --> 00:13:51.670
  • to commit sexual immoralityand eat things that are
  • 00:13:51.704 --> 00:13:54.907
  • sacrificed to idols."
  • 00:13:54.940 --> 00:13:56.542
  • Whoa, I mean, that almost seemslike it doesn't belong here.
  • 00:13:56.575 --> 00:13:59.612
  • We've heardall these great things
  • 00:13:59.645 --> 00:14:00.980
  • about this church,and then all of a sudden
  • 00:14:01.013 --> 00:14:02.781
  • this expression.
  • 00:14:02.815 --> 00:14:04.984
  • Thyatira had everything goingfor it except one thing,
  • 00:14:05.017 --> 00:14:09.855
  • holiness.
  • 00:14:09.889 --> 00:14:11.490
  • The Bible says that God's willfor us is to be holy.
  • 00:14:11.523 --> 00:14:15.094
  • "This is the will of God,your sanctification,
  • 00:14:15.127 --> 00:14:17.096
  • that you should abstainfrom sexual immorality,"
  • 00:14:17.129 --> 00:14:20.032
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3.
  • 00:14:20.065 --> 00:14:21.867
  • Ephesians 1:4, "He chose usin him before the foundation
  • 00:14:21.901 --> 00:14:25.471
  • of the world, that we should beholy and without blame
  • 00:14:25.504 --> 00:14:28.440
  • before him in love."
  • 00:14:28.474 --> 00:14:30.309
  • Titus 2:14, "Jesus Christ gavehimself for us,
  • 00:14:30.342 --> 00:14:34.313
  • that he might redeem usfrom every lawless deed
  • 00:14:34.346 --> 00:14:36.982
  • and purify for himselfhis own special people,
  • 00:14:37.016 --> 00:14:40.552
  • zealous for good works."
  • 00:14:40.586 --> 00:14:43.889
  • Here was the problemin Thyatira.
  • 00:14:43.923 --> 00:14:46.292
  • Let me ask you if it doesn'tseem like it has
  • 00:14:46.325 --> 00:14:48.761
  • a little bit of applicationtoday.
  • 00:14:48.794 --> 00:14:51.830
  • They were a good church,they did a lot of good things,
  • 00:14:51.864 --> 00:14:55.501
  • but the lifestyle of the peoplewasn't much different
  • 00:14:55.534 --> 00:14:59.405
  • from the lifestyle of the citywhere the church was planted.
  • 00:14:59.438 --> 00:15:05.711
  • Today, as you readthe statistics that come out
  • 00:15:05.744 --> 00:15:08.013
  • from some of the surveysthat are being done,
  • 00:15:08.047 --> 00:15:11.750
  • you shudder to thinkthat the statistics
  • 00:15:11.784 --> 00:15:14.553
  • of moral failure in the churchare almost at the same level
  • 00:15:14.586 --> 00:15:18.257
  • as the statistics in the world.
  • 00:15:18.290 --> 00:15:21.660
  • In that situation, Satan hasinfiltrated the church
  • 00:15:21.694 --> 00:15:26.365
  • with this attitudethat, you know, it doesn't
  • 00:15:26.398 --> 00:15:30.369
  • matter what you do morally.
  • 00:15:30.402 --> 00:15:33.939
  • And little by little, it becomessort of a comfort thing
  • 00:15:33.973 --> 00:15:37.876
  • within the church.
  • 00:15:37.910 --> 00:15:39.712
  • Now, notice how this isdescribed in the letter.
  • 00:15:39.745 --> 00:15:43.716
  • It says, "You have Jezebelin your church."
  • 00:15:43.749 --> 00:15:46.218
  • Now, they didn't haveactually Jezebel
  • 00:15:46.251 --> 00:15:48.020
  • from the Old Testament.
  • 00:15:48.053 --> 00:15:49.788
  • The Scripture says the spiritof Jezebel was in Thyatira.
  • 00:15:49.822 --> 00:15:55.928
  • By the time Christ writesto the church in Thyatira,
  • 00:15:55.961 --> 00:15:59.865
  • this woman, Jezebel, had beendead for nearly 1.000 years.
  • 00:15:59.898 --> 00:16:04.370
  • Her spirit, however, had beenrevived in a prophetess who had
  • 00:16:04.403 --> 00:16:07.806
  • become prominent in Thyatira.
  • 00:16:07.840 --> 00:16:10.309
  • Claiming to be a prophetessof God, this new Jezebel was
  • 00:16:10.342 --> 00:16:14.113
  • causing the Christiansin Thyatira to indulge
  • 00:16:14.146 --> 00:16:17.149
  • in immoral practices.
  • 00:16:17.182 --> 00:16:19.184
  • Some think that the Christianswere being enticed by Jezebel
  • 00:16:19.218 --> 00:16:22.221
  • to attend ceremoniesand festivals
  • 00:16:22.254 --> 00:16:24.623
  • of the local trade unions,and these ceremonies were
  • 00:16:24.656 --> 00:16:27.326
  • dedicated to some pagan god,and usually incorporated
  • 00:16:27.359 --> 00:16:31.163
  • sensuality or sexualityas part of the festival.
  • 00:16:31.196 --> 00:16:35.734
  • So, in this church in Thyatira,Satan had infiltrated the church
  • 00:16:35.768 --> 00:16:41.173
  • with this evil ideology,That even though you claim
  • 00:16:41.206 --> 00:16:44.543
  • to be a Christian, you shouldnot be concerned about entering
  • 00:16:44.576 --> 00:16:49.481
  • into the frivolity that wasso present
  • 00:16:49.515 --> 00:16:52.384
  • in the city of Thyatira.
  • 00:16:52.418 --> 00:16:54.620
  • Now, in verses 21 and following,the Lord's message
  • 00:16:54.653 --> 00:16:57.156
  • to this church is presentedin 3 packages.
  • 00:16:57.189 --> 00:17:00.159
  • One part of the letteris addressed
  • 00:17:00.192 --> 00:17:01.693
  • to the cult of Jezebel,one part is addressed
  • 00:17:01.727 --> 00:17:04.797
  • to the few Christians who werestill standing strong,
  • 00:17:04.830 --> 00:17:07.699
  • and the other part is addressedto those who would be
  • 00:17:07.733 --> 00:17:10.569
  • overcomers.
  • 00:17:10.602 --> 00:17:12.204
  • Notice the message to the cultin verse 21,
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  • "And I gave her time to repentof her sexual immorality,
  • 00:17:15.307 --> 00:17:19.178
  • and she did not repent.
  • 00:17:19.211 --> 00:17:20.946
  • Indeed, I will cast herinto a sickbed, and those who
  • 00:17:20.979 --> 00:17:25.017
  • commit adultery with herinto great tribulation,
  • 00:17:25.050 --> 00:17:27.886
  • unless they repentof their deeds.
  • 00:17:27.920 --> 00:17:29.988
  • I will kill her childrenwith death,
  • 00:17:30.022 --> 00:17:32.391
  • and all the churches shall knowthat I am he who searches
  • 00:17:32.424 --> 00:17:35.127
  • the minds and hearts.
  • 00:17:35.160 --> 00:17:36.662
  • And I will giveto each one of you
  • 00:17:36.695 --> 00:17:38.597
  • according to your works."
  • 00:17:38.630 --> 00:17:40.766
  • That isa pretty strong statement.
  • 00:17:40.799 --> 00:17:42.968
  • A threat, first of all,of distress.
  • 00:17:43.001 --> 00:17:45.838
  • Almighty God,through Jesus Christ,
  • 00:17:45.871 --> 00:17:47.639
  • says to this church,"If you do not deal
  • 00:17:47.673 --> 00:17:50.042
  • with the Jezebel cultin your center, I will cast
  • 00:17:50.075 --> 00:17:53.112
  • her into a sickbed."
  • 00:17:53.145 --> 00:17:55.681
  • Do you know that we don't doa lot with church discipline
  • 00:17:55.714 --> 00:17:58.484
  • in our churches these days,but Almighty God is
  • 00:17:58.517 --> 00:18:01.019
  • still at work in discipliningchurches.
  • 00:18:01.053 --> 00:18:04.723
  • There was the threatof distress, but there was
  • 00:18:04.756 --> 00:18:07.226
  • also the threat of death,"I will kill her children
  • 00:18:07.259 --> 00:18:10.129
  • with death."
  • 00:18:10.162 --> 00:18:11.597
  • Like the sonsof the original Ahab
  • 00:18:11.630 --> 00:18:13.398
  • and Jezebel, these childrenare also doomed.
  • 00:18:13.432 --> 00:18:17.536
  • Perhaps the reference here isto the actual illegitimate
  • 00:18:17.569 --> 00:18:20.806
  • children of Jezebel'spromiscuity, I don't know.
  • 00:18:20.839 --> 00:18:24.042
  • It's more probablethat this points
  • 00:18:24.076 --> 00:18:25.744
  • to the spiritual childrenof this cultic family.
  • 00:18:25.777 --> 00:18:28.680
  • Just as Paul referredto his convert in the faith
  • 00:18:28.714 --> 00:18:31.083
  • as his son Timothy,so these evil teachers bore
  • 00:18:31.116 --> 00:18:35.220
  • spiritual children as well.
  • 00:18:35.254 --> 00:18:38.157
  • Such literal punishmentsas sickness and death
  • 00:18:38.190 --> 00:18:40.893
  • are certainly within the scopeof this statement.
  • 00:18:40.926 --> 00:18:43.896
  • This was the era of Ananiasand Sapphira,
  • 00:18:43.929 --> 00:18:47.933
  • remember that?
  • 00:18:47.966 --> 00:18:50.002
  • That was pretty swift,wasn't it?
  • 00:18:50.035 --> 00:18:52.905
  • They lied to the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:18:52.938 --> 00:18:55.474
  • Do you remember that storyin the book of Acts?
  • 00:18:55.507 --> 00:18:57.342
  • Their fellow churchman,Barnabas, had sold
  • 00:18:57.376 --> 00:18:59.545
  • a bunch of propertyand given it to the Lord,
  • 00:18:59.578 --> 00:19:03.315
  • and he gota lot of pats on the back
  • 00:19:03.348 --> 00:19:05.884
  • for it, I'm sure.
  • 00:19:05.918 --> 00:19:07.419
  • Ananias and Sapphira hada lot of property too,
  • 00:19:07.452 --> 00:19:09.321
  • and they decided,"Well, if he's going to get
  • 00:19:09.354 --> 00:19:10.956
  • some recognition,we should too."
  • 00:19:10.989 --> 00:19:12.624
  • And the Bible says they wentout and sold their property,
  • 00:19:12.658 --> 00:19:14.726
  • but they didn't give it allto the Lord.
  • 00:19:14.760 --> 00:19:16.361
  • They deceived the churchas if they were giving it
  • 00:19:16.395 --> 00:19:19.498
  • all to the Lord, and kept backpart of it for themselves.
  • 00:19:19.531 --> 00:19:22.067
  • A lot of people misunderstandthat story.
  • 00:19:22.100 --> 00:19:23.769
  • They weren't killed because theydidn't give all the money
  • 00:19:23.802 --> 00:19:25.504
  • to the church.
  • 00:19:25.537 --> 00:19:26.638
  • They were killed because theysaid they gave it all
  • 00:19:26.672 --> 00:19:28.240
  • to the church,and they were deceitful.
  • 00:19:28.273 --> 00:19:30.142
  • And the Lord Godin the early days
  • 00:19:30.175 --> 00:19:32.110
  • of the church wanted to makea statement about holiness.
  • 00:19:32.144 --> 00:19:36.582
  • Somebody said the sheetwas white,
  • 00:19:36.615 --> 00:19:38.617
  • and that little black spoton the sheet showed up
  • 00:19:38.650 --> 00:19:41.386
  • like you wouldn't believe.
  • 00:19:41.420 --> 00:19:42.588
  • And in an immediate momentof time, the Bible says they
  • 00:19:42.621 --> 00:19:46.592
  • were both killed.
  • 00:19:46.625 --> 00:19:48.293
  • "The feet of those who havecarried out your husband have
  • 00:19:48.860 --> 00:19:54.299
  • come to carry you out."
  • 00:19:54.333 --> 00:19:57.836
  • That is the judgment of God,and we don't hear much
  • 00:19:57.869 --> 00:19:59.871
  • about that today.
  • 00:19:59.905 --> 00:20:00.772
  • In fact, I don't hear about itat all.
  • 00:20:00.806 --> 00:20:02.541
  • In fact, some of you areprobably sitting here thinking,
  • 00:20:02.574 --> 00:20:04.476
  • "I think Jeremiah's been stayingup too late at night."
  • 00:20:04.509 --> 00:20:09.848
  • But that's in the Bible,isn't it?
  • 00:20:09.881 --> 00:20:11.883
  • Whether we like to accept itor not, God has
  • 00:20:11.917 --> 00:20:15.020
  • his tolerance pointwith his family.
  • 00:20:15.053 --> 00:20:18.690
  • You won't lose your salvation,you just get an early exit
  • 00:20:18.724 --> 00:20:22.361
  • out of life, and go to bewith the Lord.
  • 00:20:22.394 --> 00:20:26.798
  • So the message to the cult waslive your lives in the presence
  • 00:20:26.832 --> 00:20:30.769
  • of Christ, know that he has eyeslike the flame of fire.
  • 00:20:30.802 --> 00:20:34.706
  • And you may not thinkanybody else knows
  • 00:20:34.740 --> 00:20:36.575
  • what you're doing, but he does.
  • 00:20:36.608 --> 00:20:38.010
  • He sees behind the closed doorsyou think nobody knows are
  • 00:20:38.043 --> 00:20:40.379
  • ever open to anyone's view.
  • 00:20:40.412 --> 00:20:43.615
  • That's why he's describedlike that in this letter.
  • 00:20:43.649 --> 00:20:46.418
  • The message to the Christians isin verse 24 and 25,
  • 00:20:46.451 --> 00:20:49.388
  • "Now to you I say,and to the rest in Thyatira,
  • 00:20:49.421 --> 00:20:52.057
  • as many as do not havethis doctrine, who have not
  • 00:20:52.090 --> 00:20:54.826
  • known the depths of Satan,as they say, I will put on you
  • 00:20:54.860 --> 00:20:58.463
  • no further burden.
  • 00:20:58.497 --> 00:20:59.631
  • But hold fast what you have."
  • 00:20:59.665 --> 00:21:00.866
  • The Lord Jesus here isjust saying to the Christians
  • 00:21:00.899 --> 00:21:02.868
  • in that town who aren't caughtup in this, he is saying,
  • 00:21:02.901 --> 00:21:06.638
  • "I don't want to putany more burdens on you.
  • 00:21:06.672 --> 00:21:08.573
  • Just hold fast."
  • 00:21:08.607 --> 00:21:10.375
  • Not everyonein the church of Thyatira
  • 00:21:10.409 --> 00:21:12.244
  • had become partof this evil cult.
  • 00:21:12.277 --> 00:21:14.379
  • There were still some whodid not follow Jezebel
  • 00:21:14.413 --> 00:21:17.249
  • and her teaching, and thereforethey had not known
  • 00:21:17.282 --> 00:21:19.284
  • the deep things of Satan.
  • 00:21:19.318 --> 00:21:20.919
  • This is the first timein the messages
  • 00:21:20.952 --> 00:21:22.788
  • of the seven churchesthat a group is singled out
  • 00:21:22.821 --> 00:21:25.824
  • within a local church as beingthe continuing true testimony
  • 00:21:25.857 --> 00:21:30.329
  • of the Lord.
  • 00:21:30.362 --> 00:21:31.263
  • To this group of Christians,Christ gives
  • 00:21:31.296 --> 00:21:33.432
  • some clear instruction.
  • 00:21:33.465 --> 00:21:34.733
  • He says they are to carryno other burden.
  • 00:21:34.766 --> 00:21:38.470
  • They are to go forward and holdon to their faith.
  • 00:21:38.503 --> 00:21:42.708
  • That's the messageto the Christians.
  • 00:21:42.741 --> 00:21:44.476
  • And then finally, there'sa message to the conquerors.
  • 00:21:44.509 --> 00:21:47.612
  • Notice verses 26 and following,"And he who overcomes,
  • 00:21:47.646 --> 00:21:50.482
  • keeps my works until the end,to him I will give power
  • 00:21:50.515 --> 00:21:54.186
  • over the nations.
  • 00:21:54.219 --> 00:21:55.687
  • He shall rule themwith a rod of iron.
  • 00:21:55.721 --> 00:21:57.989
  • They shall be dashed to pieceslike the potter's vessels.
  • 00:21:58.023 --> 00:22:02.527
  • As I also have receivedfrom my father, I will give him
  • 00:22:02.561 --> 00:22:05.831
  • the morning star.
  • 00:22:05.864 --> 00:22:07.299
  • He who has an ear, let him hearwhat the Spirit says
  • 00:22:07.332 --> 00:22:10.168
  • to the churches."
  • 00:22:10.202 --> 00:22:12.104
  • As in all of the other letters,Christ closes his message
  • 00:22:12.137 --> 00:22:15.807
  • to the church in Thyatirawith a promise to those
  • 00:22:15.841 --> 00:22:18.543
  • who are overcomers.
  • 00:22:18.577 --> 00:22:20.345
  • He says those who overcome willreceive the power to rule.
  • 00:22:20.379 --> 00:22:25.550
  • Do you know what that means?
  • 00:22:25.584 --> 00:22:27.686
  • That meansthat your faithfulness to God,
  • 00:22:27.719 --> 00:22:30.155
  • to his holy plan in your life,and to the responsibilities
  • 00:22:30.188 --> 00:22:34.860
  • he's given you here now,your faithfulness to that
  • 00:22:34.893 --> 00:22:38.196
  • will determine your powerto rule in the millennium,
  • 00:22:38.230 --> 00:22:42.467
  • when we rule with Christon this earth as a part
  • 00:22:42.501 --> 00:22:45.203
  • of his kingdom.
  • 00:22:45.237 --> 00:22:46.738
  • And I don't knowhow much responsibility
  • 00:22:46.772 --> 00:22:49.107
  • you believe you shouldbe given, but the responsibility
  • 00:22:49.141 --> 00:22:52.778
  • you're given to rule with himwill be related
  • 00:22:52.811 --> 00:22:57.916
  • to your faithfulnessin the responsibility you
  • 00:22:57.949 --> 00:23:00.218
  • have been given now,and your faithfulness to carry
  • 00:23:00.252 --> 00:23:02.954
  • that out with godlinessand righteousness
  • 00:23:02.988 --> 00:23:05.857
  • and faithfulness.
  • 00:23:05.891 --> 00:23:07.993
  • Those who endure will receivethe power to rule,
  • 00:23:08.026 --> 00:23:10.629
  • and then those who endurewill receive the promise
  • 00:23:10.662 --> 00:23:13.031
  • of the rapture.
  • 00:23:13.064 --> 00:23:14.366
  • To the overcomers also is giventhe promise of the morning star.
  • 00:23:14.399 --> 00:23:18.870
  • Jesus Christ is the brightand morning star.
  • 00:23:19.538 --> 00:23:22.574
  • And this promise to the faithfulthen is a promise
  • 00:23:22.607 --> 00:23:25.010
  • of his presence.
  • 00:23:25.043 --> 00:23:26.645
  • It apparently refers to Christas the returning one, who will
  • 00:23:26.678 --> 00:23:30.382
  • rapture the churchbefore the dark hours
  • 00:23:30.415 --> 00:23:32.651
  • preceding the tribulationand the millennial kingdom.
  • 00:23:32.684 --> 00:23:37.556
  • You don't go to heavenbecause you lived perfectly
  • 00:23:37.589 --> 00:23:41.126
  • as a Christian, but you arerewarded for your faithfulness.
  • 00:23:41.159 --> 00:23:45.564
  • And whatever else we takeaway from this letter
  • 00:23:45.597 --> 00:23:47.799
  • and the other lettersthat we have studied,
  • 00:23:47.833 --> 00:23:50.135
  • let us learn that churchesaren't much different today
  • 00:23:50.168 --> 00:23:52.771
  • than they were back then.
  • 00:23:52.804 --> 00:23:54.439
  • The same issues that they foughtare the issues that we fight.
  • 00:23:54.473 --> 00:23:58.009
  • If you could talkto the church leaders
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  • of the evangelical church,they would all say what we
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  • have discussed isbasically the same issue we
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  • have today.
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  • I realize that Satan is aliveand well today, and his target
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  • is the church.
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  • If he can allow the churchto lose its influence
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  • because of moral failure,he will have accomplished
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  • a great goal in his life.
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  • Let us praythat it never happens,
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  • not here, not now, not ever.
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return
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  • to close today's program,right after this.
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  • announcer: Revelation isa mysterious book full of signs
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  • and symbols,portraying things seen
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  • and unseen, in the world,and those of the world to come.
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  • Especially appearing in numbersof seven.
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  • Gain a clearer understandingof Revelation's mysteries
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  • with Dr. David Jeremiah's"The Revelation Sevens."
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  • Discover all 54 7s of Revelationin the order they appear
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  • in the Scriptures,along with a correlating
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  • reflection.
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  • Plus, featured sevensinterspersed
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  • throughout this 44-page handbookto help you further your study.
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  • Use this reference toolin your personal or group study
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  • of Revelation.
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  • Utilize the topical indexto search for and study
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  • specific sevens.
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  • And find a renewed desireand excitement to mine
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  • the riches of Revelation.
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  • Also inside,the Seven Praises bookmark,
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  • to keep you ever focusedon God.
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  • all the messages featuredin this current teaching series
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  • announcer: And now,with one last word
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  • for today's program,here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: What does it taketo resist the pressure
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  • to conformto the world's standards?
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  • First, it means we havea set of unchanging standards
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  • in our own lives.
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  • It means knowing the differencebetween God's will
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  • and the world's ways.
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  • And there's only one placeto learn God's standards,
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  • and that's in the Bible.
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  • When we choose to follow Christas our Lord, the Holy Spirit
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  • opens our eyes to understandGod's Word.
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  • If you'd like to have helpin understanding
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  • how to follow Christand study his Word,
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  • announcer: Next time,on "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Almighty Godwill confess our name
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  • before the tribunal of heavenand say, "These are my soldiers,
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  • these are my sonsand daughters."
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  • They are dressedin the white righteousness
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  • not only of their ownrighteous acts,
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  • but of the righteousnessof Jesus Christ.
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  • announcer: Join usnext time
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  • for Dr. Jeremiah's message"The Dead Church,"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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