Pennsylvania Conference 2004 - The Church of Thyatira, Part 2.
Tuesday PM, June 22, 2004
1. The Ephesus type believer who has some divine good production but has left their first love. 2. The Smyrna type believer who is willing to accept suffering for blessing. 3. The Pergamum type believer warned about compromising and becoming a stumbling block to others. 4. The Thyatira types who tolerate false doctrine and false teaching even though they have love and faith and service and perseverance.
5. The Sardis types who need to Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain. 6. The Philadelphia type who have kept with doctrine and have not denied the Lords name. 7. The lukewarm Laodicean believer.
In Thyatira, the unions (your business, job or occupation,) or the cults (idol worship or putting something before God,) were destroying the spiritual life of believers.
The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, stands in contrast to the sun god, Apollo.
Apollo, also known as the god of protection, that they worshipped at Thyatira was represented with flaming rays and feet of burnished brass.
Also in the city was Diana, the goddess of lust.
Idol worship - in the form of anything that takes you away from your relationship with God, and the different problems with lust.
A mixture of Orientalism, Judaism, Greek, Roman and Christian rituals, and all this was very appealing to the Jews and Christians of Thyatira.
1. The worship of a physical object or objects as god. 2. Inordinate attachment or extreme devotion to something.
An idol = an object of extreme devotion; it could be almost anything in a persons life.
They are related to the fact that Israel was appointed as a client nation to God, EXO 19:4-6.
The first commandment prohibits mental idolatry, and the second commandment prohibits overt idolatry, EXO 20:1-6; DEU 5:6-10.