Pride in good works toward men, while lacking any zeal to love God and live by EVERY Word of God; is exalting a love of men above our duty to follow and keep the whole Word and Will of God: This is idolatry!
Christ is described as like a flame of fire. Flames are a fire that purifies all things. Jesus Christ will purify all things by forgiving sincerely repented sins and destroying all willful sinners in the lake of fire.
Revelation 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are [shine] like fine brass;
There are people who have many good works and much good in them, who still sin and tolerate sin. A little leaven [leaven as a type of sin] leavens the whole lump. Let us not deceive ourselves that because we have some good or do some good works; that a few good things mixed with sins, makes us acceptable to God.
It is not a few good things which make us acceptable to God; but that we should live by EVERY WORD of God! Many sinners are charitable and do many good things, but they fall short because they will not live by every Word of God!
The problem that many fine generous people have is the putting of the first great commandment second and putting the secondary commandment first. They get so immersed in doing good for mankind that they forget any zeal to put God FIRST so that the good works become an idol replacing God as their primary concern.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.
22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Friends we ought to be charitable and serve others, but we ought to put God FIRST and serve God FIRST! We ought to live by EVERY WORD of God, and not by only a few of God’s words!
2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication [spiritually to serve others than to serve God], and to eat things sacrificed unto idols [to follow and internalize false teachings].
Thyatiran’s are generally humanly good folks in the Ekklesia who love their neighbor and are very kind and charitable, but lack a zeal to live by every Word of God.
Jezebel is a type of Baalism, or the Babylonian Nicolaitane system of obeying men as our idols; instead of fully zealously obeying God. The Thyatiran’s permit seducers and deceivers to teach the false traditions of men and entice the brethren away from any zeal to learn and keep the whole Word and Will of God.
Those with the Thyatira attitude tolerate false teachings of false religions and teaching people to spiritually [Pornea; refers to ALL sexual immorality i.e. disloyalty] commit spiritual adultery against our espoused spiritual Husband and His Word, with the false idea that they are godly because they are generous toward men.
Yes, generosity toward men is a godly thing,as long as it is kept secondary to putting every Word of God first. If we give vast sums to charitable enterprises and we do not regard the sanctity of the Sabbath, all our charitable works will be accounted as nothing when we are judged.
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Today’s church of God has been warned and given time to repent of this same sin of exalting a layer of men as our idols to come between the brethren and God.
Elders and leaders can be excellent helps as long as they focus on God; yet prove all things and follow ONLY what is consistent with the whole Word of God!
2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication [putting men above God]; and she repented not.
Those with this attitude of tolerating the sin of idolizing men above the whole Word of God to obey men without question and to follow them contrary to the Word of God: are proud of their misguided love of men and will not repent of being unfaithful to the whole Word of God, therefore they will be cast into great tribulation.
This proves that there will be those with this problem at the end time. In fact this is an overspreading sin in the vast majority of the Ekklesia today. Nearly all of today’s congregations exalt some man above the Word of God or put good works above a zeal to put God first.
Jesus Christ calls on us to repent of this sin and threatens us with the tribulation if we refuse to do so.!
2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
The correction of the great tribulation will fall on ALL of the seven “churches” in this latter day, and being corrected they will learn to exalt the Eternal and the whole Word and Will of God above all else! Christ will judge us by ALL of our deeds, not just by those deeds that are good, but by ALL our works good and bad!
Appearances can be deceiving. Some great charities can hide much evil!
2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins [the hidden sensitive places] and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
Brethren all of us will be judged by what we say and do therefore this example is for us today!
They were not criticized for doing good works, but they had good works towards men while having no zeal to keep all the other things in God’s Word. They were/are proud of their good works towards men, not understanding that they lack the good works of obeying God in other things. Jesus Christ tells us that this exalting of love of men above any zeal for God is a “Doctrine of Satan!”
Jesus then comforts those who are full of the good works of Thyatira, that if they do sincerely repent and put God first and reject making idols of men; that they will be covered by His sacrifice and will be made blameless; and instructs them to hold fast until he comes.
This instruction to Thyatira clearly says that those with the Thyatiran attitude will be cast into great tribulation in our day and will be present at the coming of Christ.
2:24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. 2:25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
Christ has received ruler-ship over the whole earth and it is those with the Thyatira attitude of faith and service to GOD and to others; without the sins of Thyatira [serving men and neglecting service to God], who will rule the nations with him.
To the Thyatira attitude people who are proud of their good works toward men and are not zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word and Will of God, Christ says that this is a “doctrine of Satan” and that Christ will reject them into the correction of great tribulation in the hope that they will sincerely repent.
Those who overcome the sins of tolerating the sin of pride in exalting love of men above love of God and the sin of idolizing men according to the Babylonian church governance system; need to sincerely repent and turn to zealously live by every Word of God as Jesus lived.
2:26 And he that overcometh [repents of serving men while neglecting the service of God], and keepeth my works [has the works of faith in keeping the whole Word and Will of God] unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 2:27 And he [Christ] shall rule them [all nations] with a rod of iron [refusing to tolerate any law breaking]; as the vessels of a potter shall they [shall all rebellion and refusal to put God FIRST] be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.
Once they learn to put God first they will serve God with the same zeal with which they had served men, and the sincerely repentant of Thyatira will shine brightly in the government of God forever.
Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
Revelation 2:28 And I will give him the morning star [the repentant of Thyatira will be one with Jesus Christ at his coming].
Brethren, these things may have some historical era meaning; but their main purpose is for our instruction at the end of the age. It is not wise to neglect these things as only ancient history. All of these attitudes and problems are climaxing in the Ekklesia TODAY!
All of these messages are absolutely applicable to the Ekklesia today.
May those with God’s Spirit understand what the Spirit is saying to them.
2:29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.