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August 23, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Revelation, it is known
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  • as a book of mysterious signs and wonders.
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  • But the prophecy contained within speaks of more
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  • than just what is to come in the end of days.
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  • Found near the beginning of 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're actually 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 spoke directly to seven churches
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  • of antiquity, they, like the book of Revelation,
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  • are prophetic, prophetic in that by them, Christ's words
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  • speak to all churches through 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 look into the Bible and discover
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  • Christ's timeless words to his followers
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  • through the seven churches of 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 can be dangerous
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  • for the Christian church: tolerance and relevance.
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  • The world tells the church it must be more relevant
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  • and tolerant to survive.
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  • But today, we will discover a church that followed
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  • that advice, and almost died as a result.
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  • That church was in the ancient city of Thyatira,
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  • a church with many good qualities.
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  • But Christ, in his letter to the church, rebuked
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  • it for allowing an immoral cult to spring up in the church
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  • in the name of tolerance.
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  • What Christ told them to do is what the modern church must do
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  • to remain pure.
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  • We will discover his instructions
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  • in today's message, "The Adulterous Church."
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  • It's the fifth in our new series called "The Seven Churches
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  • of Revelation" straight ahead
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  • on today's edition of "Turning Point."
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  • male announcer: Revelation is a mysterious book full of signs
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  • and symbols, portraying things seen and unseen
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  • in the world and those of the world to come,
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  • especially appearing in numbers of seven.
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  • Gain a clearer understanding of Revelation's mysteries
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  • with Dr. David Jeremiah's, "The Revelation 7s ."
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  • Discover all 54 7s of Revelation in the order they appear
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  • in the Scriptures, along with a correlating reflection,
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  • plus featured 7s interspersed throughout
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  • this 44 page handbook to help you further your study.
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  • Use this reference tool in your personal or group study
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  • of Revelation.
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  • Utilize the topical index to search for and study
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  • specific 7s, and find a renewed desire and excitement
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  • to mine the riches of Revelation.
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  • Also inside, the Seven Praises bookmark,
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  • to keep you ever-focused on God.
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  • of any amount in support of this program.
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  • And if you give $60 or more, Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • "The Seven Churches of Revelation" Study Set,
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  • which contains, "The Revelations 7s,"
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  • all the messages featured in this current teaching series
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  • on 9 DVDs, and a correlating study guide.
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  • as a thank you.
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  • Contact "Turning Point" today.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I don't think I've ever seen
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  • the church of Jesus Christ in 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 problems that were a part
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  • of the early church.
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  • Now, unlike the cities we have already studied,
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  • the city of Thyatira was not located on a mountain.
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  • It was located in a valley between two cities.
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  • It had no natural fortifications.
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  • It was protected throughout its history
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  • by a Roman garrison.
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  • And it was a 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 potters all organized in trade unions
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  • in Thyatira.
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  • And Thyatira was a city of enduring sacrifices
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  • and shallow ritualism.
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  • To this church that was located in that city is written
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  • the longest letter of the seven letters,
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  • even though, by the estimate of most,
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  • it is the least important of the seven cities.
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  • We do know from Christ's words that there was a good church
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  • in Thyatira at the time the letter was written.
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  • Now, in all of the letters that we have studied,
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  • we have learned that Jesus addresses himself
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  • to each of these churches in 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 eyes like a flame of fire,
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  • and his feet are like fine brass.'"
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  • In every instance, the Lord speaks to the church
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  • out of his essence as God, and uses the description
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  • that is necessary for the problem that's
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  • in the church.
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  • The problem that we're going to discuss in the church
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  • in Thyatira was more of a secret problem,
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  • more of a kind of thing that was done
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  • not necessarily always out 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 Christ in his glory as the Son of Man,
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  • ministering to the seven churches.
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  • But here in the letter to the church in Thyatira,
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  • he sees Christ as the Son of God.
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  • This title is used intentionally to add solemnity to the message
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  • which is about to be delivered to this church.
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  • You know, I think if you had the choice to meet
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  • the Son of Man or the Son of God,
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  • you'd probably choose the Son of Man,
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  • even though they're one and the same person.
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  • There's something about 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 is followed up
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  • by the awareness of Jesus.
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  • Notice in verse 18 Jesus is described as the one who has
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  • eyes like a flame of fire.
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  • There is no escape from the eyes of Jesus.
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  • As the Son of God, he is omniscient as well as almighty.
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  • Jesus is presented as the divine heart-knower,
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  • with eyes of flaming fire.
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  • Revelation 2:23 seems to be underscoring this aspect
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  • of his character.
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  • He is the one who searches the hearts of men.
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  • That's the authority of Jesus and the awareness of Jesus.
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  • Notice there's one little phrase here about the anger of Jesus.
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  • Revelation 2:18, "And his feet are like fine brass."
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  • Fine brass was a hard alloy that, 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 translated by burnished brass
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  • or bright bronze.
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  • It is found in the New Testament only in the first
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  • and second chapters of Revelation, and it reminds
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  • us that Christ takes on this visage of judgment.
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  • This brass was a symbol of judgment.
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  • The Lord Jesus is going to present himself
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  • to this church.
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  • After describing the good things of the church, he's going
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  • to present himself as an all-knowing Lord,
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  • who sees what is really going on and brings adequate judgment
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  • to those who are involved.
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  • Just hold that in the back of your mind.
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  • Now, that's the designation of the letter.
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  • Notice what the Lord Jesus says about the church in Thyatira,
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  • as this letter is penned by 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 more than the first."
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  • Now, in many ways, the service of the church in Thyatira
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  • was better than any of the other churches.
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  • She had preserved the faith that was in jeopardy
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  • in Pergamos, and shared with Smyrna the patience
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  • that you need to suffer.
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  • As we examine the Thyatiran church,
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  • we discover four positive things that Jesus says about her.
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  • First of all, Thyatira was a laboring church,
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  • "I know your works and 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 was a 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 was a match for the church
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  • in Ephesus.
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  • The church in Ephesus was known for its energy and devotion,
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  • but it had also kept the warm glow of love,
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  • which Ephesians had lost.
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  • Thyatira was a laboring church and 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 is the word "pistos,"
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  • which means more faithfulness and fidelity and loyalty.
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  • The Christians in Thyatira were dependable people.
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  • They did what they said they would do.
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  • They stood behind their word.
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  • The ministry of the believers in this city was continued
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  • in spite of resistance and criticism.
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  • They fulfilled the one requirement
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  • of a servant that we read about in 1 Corinthians 4:2,
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  • "It is required of a servant that 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 they were a longsuffering church.
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  • "I know your patience," says the Scripture.
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  • And the word "patience" is a word in the language
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  • of the New Testament that is made up of two words,
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  • which convey the idea of 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't walk away.
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  • They didn't lose their fervor for Christ in the midst
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  • of all the pressure they felt.
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  • They were patient in tribulation, as we read
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  • about in Romans 12:12.
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  • And they were tested under tribulation,
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  • and it produced their faith.
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  • But how many of you know that a lot of good churches
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  • start out good and don't stay there?
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  • You know, Satan doesn't bother bad churches.
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  • He's already got them.
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  • You got a church that doesn't preach the Bible, doesn't talk
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  • about Jesus, doesn't make the plan of salvation,
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  • why would Satan want to mess with that?
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  • They're walking right in his wheelhouse.
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  • But good churches, churches that have something going
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  • for God, they have a target on their back.
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  • The church of Jesus Christ is the one thing he fears more
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  • than anything else except the Lord Jesus himself.
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  • So now let me share with you what he did in the church
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  • in Thyatira.
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  • How many of you know that when you see the word
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  • "nevertheless" in the Bible, you've already had
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  • all the good news and the bad news is
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  • about to come?
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  • Like when you say to your kids, you know, "You cleaned up
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  • your room good, and you put stuff away.
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  • Nevertheless, you know, you made a mess in the kitchen,"
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  • you know?
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  • So this is the nevertheless.
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  • Verse 20, "Nevertheless, I have a few things against you
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  • because you allow that woman Jezebel,
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  • who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants
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  • to commit sexual immorality and eat things that are
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  • sacrificed to idols."
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  • Whoa, I mean, that almost seems like it doesn't belong here.
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  • We've heard all these great things
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  • about this church, and then all of a sudden
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  • this expression.
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  • Thyatira had everything going for it except one thing,
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  • holiness.
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  • The Bible says that God's will for us is to be holy.
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  • "This is the will of God, your sanctification,
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  • that you should abstain from sexual immorality,"
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  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3.
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  • Ephesians 1:4, "He chose us in him before the foundation
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  • of the world, that we should be holy and without blame
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  • before him in love."
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  • Titus 2:14, "Jesus Christ gave himself for us,
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  • that he might redeem us from every lawless deed
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  • and purify for himself his own special people,
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  • zealous for good works."
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  • Here was the problem in Thyatira.
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  • Let me ask you if it doesn't seem like it has
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  • a little bit of application today.
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  • They were a good church, they did a lot of good things,
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  • but the lifestyle of the people wasn't much different
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  • from the lifestyle of the city where the church was planted.
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  • Today, as you read the statistics that come out
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  • from some of the surveys that are being done,
  • 00:13:23.280 --> 00:13:27.190
  • you shudder to think that the statistics
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  • of moral failure in the church are almost at the same level
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  • as the statistics in the world.
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  • In that situation, Satan has infiltrated the church
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  • with this attitude that, you know, it doesn't
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  • matter what you do morally.
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  • And little by little, it becomes sort of a comfort thing
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  • within the church.
  • 00:13:53.230 --> 00:13:55.170
  • Now, notice how this is described in the letter.
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  • It says, "You have Jezebel in your church."
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  • Now, they didn't have actually Jezebel
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  • from the Old Testament.
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  • The Scripture says the spirit of Jezebel was in Thyatira.
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  • By the time Christ writes to the church in Thyatira,
  • 00:14:11.260 --> 00:14:15.230
  • this woman, Jezebel, had been dead for nearly 1.000 years.
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  • Her spirit, however, had been revived in a prophetess who had
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  • become prominent in Thyatira.
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  • Claiming to be a prophetess of God, this new Jezebel was
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  • causing the Christians in Thyatira to indulge
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  • in immoral practices.
  • 00:14:33.020 --> 00:14:35.020
  • Some think that the Christians were being enticed by Jezebel
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  • to attend ceremonies and festivals
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  • of the local trade unions, and these ceremonies were
  • 00:14:40.160 --> 00:14:43.060
  • dedicated to some pagan god, and usually incorporated
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  • sensuality or sexuality as part of the festival.
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  • So, in this church in Thyatira, Satan had infiltrated the church
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  • with this evil ideology, That even though you claim
  • 00:14:57.020 --> 00:15:00.140
  • to be a Christian, you should not be concerned about entering
  • 00:15:00.150 --> 00:15:05.120
  • into the frivolity that was so present
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  • in the city of Thyatira.
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  • Now, in verses 21 and following, the Lord's message
  • 00:15:10.170 --> 00:15:13.020
  • to this church is presented in 3 packages.
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  • One part of the letter is addressed
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  • to the cult of Jezebel, one part is addressed
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  • to the few Christians who were still standing strong,
  • 00:15:20.220 --> 00:15:23.180
  • and the other part is addressed to those who would be
  • 00:15:23.190 --> 00:15:26.140
  • overcomers.
  • 00:15:26.150 --> 00:15:28.030
  • Notice the message to the cult in verse 21,
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  • "And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality,
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  • and she did not repent.
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  • Indeed, I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who
  • 00:15:36.260 --> 00:15:40.270
  • commit adultery with her into great tribulation,
  • 00:15:40.280 --> 00:15:43.230
  • unless they repent of their deeds.
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  • I will kill her children with death,
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  • and all the churches shall know that I am he who searches
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  • the minds and hearts.
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  • And I will give to each one of you
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  • according to your works."
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  • That is a pretty strong statement.
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  • A threat, first of all, of distress.
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  • Almighty God, through Jesus Christ,
  • 00:16:01.240 --> 00:16:03.170
  • says to this church, "If you do not deal
  • 00:16:03.180 --> 00:16:05.290
  • with the Jezebel cult in your center, I will cast
  • 00:16:06.000 --> 00:16:09.010
  • her into a sickbed."
  • 00:16:09.020 --> 00:16:11.180
  • Do you know that we don't do a lot with church discipline
  • 00:16:11.190 --> 00:16:14.120
  • in our churches these days, but Almighty God is
  • 00:16:14.130 --> 00:16:16.280
  • still at work in disciplining churches.
  • 00:16:16.290 --> 00:16:20.190
  • There was the threat of distress, but there was
  • 00:16:20.200 --> 00:16:23.040
  • also the threat of death, "I will kill her children
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  • with death."
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  • Like the sons of the original Ahab
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  • and Jezebel, these children are also doomed.
  • 00:16:29.100 --> 00:16:33.130
  • Perhaps the reference here is to the actual illegitimate
  • 00:16:33.140 --> 00:16:36.210
  • children of Jezebel's promiscuity, I don't know.
  • 00:16:36.220 --> 00:16:39.280
  • It's more probable that this points
  • 00:16:39.290 --> 00:16:41.190
  • to the spiritual children of this cultic family.
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  • Just as Paul referred to his convert in the faith
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  • as his son Timothy, so these evil teachers bore
  • 00:16:47.000 --> 00:16:51.030
  • spiritual children as well.
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  • Such literal punishments as sickness and death
  • 00:16:54.020 --> 00:16:56.230
  • are certainly within the scope of this statement.
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  • This was the era of Ananias and Sapphira,
  • 00:16:59.240 --> 00:17:03.260
  • remember that?
  • 00:17:03.270 --> 00:17:05.280
  • That was pretty swift, wasn't it?
  • 00:17:05.290 --> 00:17:08.250
  • They lied to the Holy Spirit.
  • 00:17:08.260 --> 00:17:11.120
  • Do you remember that story in the book of Acts?
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  • Their fellow churchman, Barnabas, had sold
  • 00:17:13.090 --> 00:17:15.140
  • a bunch of property and given it to the Lord,
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  • and he got a lot of pats on the back
  • 00:17:19.080 --> 00:17:21.240
  • for it, I'm sure.
  • 00:17:21.250 --> 00:17:23.100
  • Ananias and Sapphira had a lot of property too,
  • 00:17:23.110 --> 00:17:25.070
  • and they decided, "Well, if he's going to get
  • 00:17:25.080 --> 00:17:26.260
  • some recognition, we should too."
  • 00:17:26.270 --> 00:17:28.160
  • And the Bible says they went out and sold their property,
  • 00:17:28.170 --> 00:17:30.190
  • but they didn't give it all to the Lord.
  • 00:17:30.200 --> 00:17:32.080
  • They deceived the church as if they were giving it
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  • all to the Lord, and kept back part of it for themselves.
  • 00:17:35.130 --> 00:17:37.290
  • A lot of people misunderstand that story.
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  • They weren't killed because they didn't give all the money
  • 00:17:39.210 --> 00:17:41.120
  • to the church.
  • 00:17:41.130 --> 00:17:42.220
  • They were killed because they said they gave it all
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  • to the church, and they were deceitful.
  • 00:17:44.050 --> 00:17:46.010
  • And the Lord God in the early days
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  • of the church wanted to make a statement about holiness.
  • 00:17:48.010 --> 00:17:52.140
  • Somebody said the sheet was white,
  • 00:17:52.150 --> 00:17:54.150
  • and that little black spot on the sheet showed up
  • 00:17:54.160 --> 00:17:57.080
  • like you wouldn't believe.
  • 00:17:57.090 --> 00:17:58.180
  • And in an immediate moment of time, the Bible says they
  • 00:17:58.190 --> 00:18:02.160
  • were both killed.
  • 00:18:02.170 --> 00:18:04.230
  • "The feet of those who have carried out your husband have
  • 00:18:04.240 --> 00:18:10.070
  • come to carry you out."
  • 00:18:10.080 --> 00:18:13.230
  • That is the judgment of God, and we don't hear much
  • 00:18:13.240 --> 00:18:15.240
  • about that today.
  • 00:18:15.250 --> 00:18:17.040
  • In fact, I don't hear about it at all.
  • 00:18:17.050 --> 00:18:18.140
  • In fact, some of you are probably sitting here thinking,
  • 00:18:18.150 --> 00:18:20.120
  • "I think Jeremiah's been staying up too late at night."
  • 00:18:20.130 --> 00:18:25.230
  • But that's in the Bible, isn't it?
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  • Whether we like to accept it or not, God has
  • 00:18:27.250 --> 00:18:30.280
  • his tolerance point with his family.
  • 00:18:30.290 --> 00:18:34.180
  • You won't lose your salvation, you just get an early exit
  • 00:18:34.190 --> 00:18:38.080
  • out of life, and go to be with the Lord.
  • 00:18:38.090 --> 00:18:42.210
  • So the message to the cult was live your lives in the presence
  • 00:18:42.220 --> 00:18:46.200
  • of Christ, know that he has eyes like the flame of fire.
  • 00:18:46.210 --> 00:18:50.180
  • And you may not think anybody else knows
  • 00:18:50.190 --> 00:18:52.140
  • what you're doing, but he does.
  • 00:18:52.150 --> 00:18:53.270
  • He sees behind the closed doors you think nobody knows are
  • 00:18:53.280 --> 00:18:56.080
  • ever open to anyone's view.
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  • That's why he's described like that in this letter.
  • 00:18:59.160 --> 00:19:02.110
  • The message to the Christians is in verse 24 and 25,
  • 00:19:02.120 --> 00:19:05.100
  • "Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira,
  • 00:19:05.110 --> 00:19:08.000
  • as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not
  • 00:19:08.010 --> 00:19:10.230
  • known the depths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you
  • 00:19:10.240 --> 00:19:14.120
  • no further burden.
  • 00:19:14.130 --> 00:19:15.220
  • But hold fast what you have."
  • 00:19:15.230 --> 00:19:17.020
  • The Lord Jesus here is just saying to the Christians
  • 00:19:17.030 --> 00:19:18.240
  • in that town who aren't caught up in this, he is saying,
  • 00:19:18.250 --> 00:19:22.170
  • "I don't want to put any more burdens on you.
  • 00:19:22.180 --> 00:19:24.150
  • Just hold fast."
  • 00:19:24.160 --> 00:19:26.090
  • Not everyone in the church of Thyatira
  • 00:19:26.100 --> 00:19:28.050
  • had become part of this evil cult.
  • 00:19:28.060 --> 00:19:30.090
  • There were still some who did not follow Jezebel
  • 00:19:30.100 --> 00:19:33.050
  • and her teaching, and therefore they had not known
  • 00:19:33.060 --> 00:19:35.060
  • the deep things of Satan.
  • 00:19:35.070 --> 00:19:36.250
  • This is the first time in the messages
  • 00:19:36.260 --> 00:19:38.210
  • of the seven churches that a group is singled out
  • 00:19:38.220 --> 00:19:41.220
  • within a local church as being the continuing true testimony
  • 00:19:41.230 --> 00:19:46.070
  • of the Lord.
  • 00:19:46.080 --> 00:19:47.170
  • To this group of Christians, Christ gives
  • 00:19:47.180 --> 00:19:49.100
  • some clear instruction.
  • 00:19:49.110 --> 00:19:50.200
  • He says they are to carry no other burden.
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  • They are to go forward and hold on to their faith.
  • 00:19:54.120 --> 00:19:58.290
  • You know, that's probably an important word,
  • 00:19:59.000 --> 00:20:00.180
  • isn't it?
  • 00:20:00.190 --> 00:20:01.280
  • Because sometimes in churches where you're maybe
  • 00:20:01.290 --> 00:20:03.140
  • in a small group, or you're involved with folks,
  • 00:20:03.150 --> 00:20:05.100
  • and you hear about stuff and you wonder,
  • 00:20:05.110 --> 00:20:08.240
  • "Wow, am I the only one?
  • 00:20:08.250 --> 00:20:12.100
  • I used to think everybody thought that was--"
  • 00:20:12.110 --> 00:20:13.230
  • No, no, that's not the way it is.
  • 00:20:13.240 --> 00:20:16.240
  • There's a kind of acceptance within the body of Christ
  • 00:20:16.250 --> 00:20:20.160
  • of things today that would never have been
  • 00:20:20.170 --> 00:20:23.170
  • accepted in earlier days.
  • 00:20:23.180 --> 00:20:26.100
  • And some folks who still don't accept those things are singled
  • 00:20:26.110 --> 00:20:29.190
  • out for special treatment by the more avant-garde members
  • 00:20:29.200 --> 00:20:33.270
  • of the church sometimes.
  • 00:20:33.280 --> 00:20:36.200
  • When I tell people that I have never smoked and I don't drink,
  • 00:20:36.210 --> 00:20:39.220
  • I've never had a drop of alcohol that I'm aware of, somebody
  • 00:20:39.230 --> 00:20:43.120
  • might have put it in my food or something, but I have never
  • 00:20:43.130 --> 00:20:45.200
  • had any alcohol out of a bottle, I've never
  • 00:20:45.210 --> 00:20:48.240
  • taken drugs, I've never been unfaithful to my wife,
  • 00:20:48.250 --> 00:20:52.170
  • you're almost looked at like, "Well, what's the matter
  • 00:20:52.180 --> 00:20:54.250
  • with you?
  • 00:20:54.260 --> 00:20:57.030
  • I mean, aren't you going to experience life?"
  • 00:20:57.040 --> 00:20:59.150
  • No, I have no intention of experiencing that life.
  • 00:20:59.160 --> 00:21:02.200
  • I have a desire to be a part of that group that decides
  • 00:21:02.210 --> 00:21:06.220
  • not to do that.
  • 00:21:06.230 --> 00:21:08.020
  • And by saying that, I realize that I put myself in jeopardy
  • 00:21:08.030 --> 00:21:11.070
  • because, "Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall."
  • 00:21:11.080 --> 00:21:14.080
  • But ladies and gentlemen, it's all right not to be a part
  • 00:21:14.090 --> 00:21:18.080
  • of the cool bunch.
  • 00:21:18.090 --> 00:21:19.250
  • It's all right to be faithful to the things of God,
  • 00:21:19.260 --> 00:21:22.150
  • and to stand for the things you believe.
  • 00:21:22.160 --> 00:21:27.020
  • Many people in this church who have those feelings, have
  • 00:21:27.030 --> 00:21:29.250
  • those desires are frustrated because it's become so easy
  • 00:21:29.260 --> 00:21:35.180
  • for the standards to be broken down in our churches.
  • 00:21:35.190 --> 00:21:40.210
  • That's the message to the cult and the message
  • 00:21:40.220 --> 00:21:42.250
  • to the Christians.
  • 00:21:42.260 --> 00:21:44.050
  • And then finally, there's a message to the conquerors.
  • 00:21:44.060 --> 00:21:46.190
  • Notice verses 26 and following, "And he who overcomes,
  • 00:21:46.200 --> 00:21:49.150
  • keeps my works until the end, to him I will give power
  • 00:21:49.160 --> 00:21:53.060
  • over the nations.
  • 00:21:53.070 --> 00:21:54.210
  • He shall rule them with a rod of iron.
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  • They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels.
  • 00:21:57.010 --> 00:22:01.180
  • As I also have received from my father, I will give him
  • 00:22:01.190 --> 00:22:04.270
  • the morning star.
  • 00:22:04.280 --> 00:22:06.110
  • He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says
  • 00:22:06.120 --> 00:22:09.070
  • to the churches."
  • 00:22:09.080 --> 00:22:11.050
  • As in all of the other letters, Christ closes his message
  • 00:22:11.060 --> 00:22:14.260
  • to the church in Thyatira with a promise to those
  • 00:22:14.270 --> 00:22:17.180
  • who are overcomers.
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  • He says those who overcome will receive the power to rule.
  • 00:22:19.130 --> 00:22:24.180
  • Do you know what that means?
  • 00:22:24.190 --> 00:22:26.220
  • That means that your faithfulness to God,
  • 00:22:26.230 --> 00:22:29.060
  • to his holy plan in your life, and to the responsibilities
  • 00:22:29.070 --> 00:22:33.270
  • he's given you here now, your faithfulness to that
  • 00:22:33.280 --> 00:22:37.070
  • will determine your power to rule in the millennium,
  • 00:22:37.080 --> 00:22:41.150
  • when we rule with Christ on this earth as a part
  • 00:22:41.160 --> 00:22:44.070
  • of his kingdom.
  • 00:22:44.080 --> 00:22:45.230
  • And I don't know how much responsibility
  • 00:22:45.240 --> 00:22:48.040
  • you believe you should be given, but the responsibility
  • 00:22:48.050 --> 00:22:51.240
  • you're given to rule with him will be related
  • 00:22:51.250 --> 00:22:56.280
  • to your faithfulness in the responsibility you
  • 00:22:56.290 --> 00:22:59.070
  • have been given now, and your faithfulness to carry
  • 00:22:59.080 --> 00:23:02.010
  • that out with godliness and righteousness
  • 00:23:02.020 --> 00:23:04.280
  • and faithfulness.
  • 00:23:04.290 --> 00:23:07.130
  • Those who endure will receive the power to rule,
  • 00:23:07.140 --> 00:23:10.020
  • and then those who endure will receive the promise
  • 00:23:10.030 --> 00:23:12.140
  • of the rapture.
  • 00:23:12.150 --> 00:23:13.240
  • To the overcomers also is given the promise of the morning star.
  • 00:23:13.250 --> 00:23:18.280
  • Jesus Christ is the bright and morning star.
  • 00:23:18.290 --> 00:23:22.000
  • And this promise to the faithful then is a promise
  • 00:23:22.010 --> 00:23:24.130
  • of his presence.
  • 00:23:24.140 --> 00:23:26.020
  • It apparently refers to Christ as the returning one, who will
  • 00:23:26.030 --> 00:23:29.240
  • rapture the church before the dark hours
  • 00:23:29.250 --> 00:23:32.020
  • preceding the tribulation and the millennial kingdom.
  • 00:23:32.030 --> 00:23:36.290
  • You don't go to heaven because you lived perfectly
  • 00:23:37.000 --> 00:23:40.160
  • as a Christian, but you are rewarded for your faithfulness.
  • 00:23:40.170 --> 00:23:44.290
  • And whatever else we take away from this letter
  • 00:23:45.000 --> 00:23:47.060
  • and the other letters that we have studied,
  • 00:23:47.070 --> 00:23:49.160
  • let us learn that churches aren't much different today
  • 00:23:49.170 --> 00:23:52.050
  • than they were back then.
  • 00:23:52.060 --> 00:23:53.250
  • The same issues that they fought are the issues that we fight.
  • 00:23:53.260 --> 00:23:57.120
  • If you could talk to the church leaders
  • 00:23:57.130 --> 00:24:00.050
  • of the evangelical church, they would all say what we
  • 00:24:00.060 --> 00:24:04.000
  • have discussed is basically the same issue we
  • 00:24:04.010 --> 00:24:06.180
  • have today.
  • 00:24:06.190 --> 00:24:07.280
  • I realize that Satan is alive and well today, and his target
  • 00:24:07.290 --> 00:24:11.250
  • is the church.
  • 00:24:11.260 --> 00:24:13.210
  • If he can allow the church to lose its influence
  • 00:24:13.220 --> 00:24:17.040
  • because of moral failure, he will have accomplished
  • 00:24:17.050 --> 00:24:20.190
  • a great goal in his life.
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  • Let us pray that it never happens,
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  • not here, not now, not ever.
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will return to close today's
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  • program right after this.
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  • announcer: Revelation is a mysterious book full of signs
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  • and symbols, portraying things seen and unseen
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  • in the world and those of the world to come,
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  • especially appearing in numbers of seven.
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  • Discover all 54 7s of Revelation in the order they appear
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  • in the Scriptures, along with a correlating reflection,
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  • plus featured 7s interspersed throughout
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  • this 44 page handbook to help you further your study.
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  • Use this reference tool in your personal or group study
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  • of Revelation.
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  • Utilize the topical index to search for and study
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  • specific 7s, and find a renewed desire and excitement
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  • to mine the riches of Revelation.
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  • announcer: And now, with one last word for today's
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  • program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: What does it take to resist the pressure
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  • to conform to the world's standards?
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  • First, it means we have a set of unchanging standards
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  • in our own lives.
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  • It means knowing the difference between God's will
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  • and the world's ways.
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  • And there's only one place to learn God's standards,
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  • and that's in the Bible.
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  • When we choose to follow Christ as our Lord, the Holy Spirit
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  • opens our eyes to understand God's Word.
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  • If you'd like to have help in understanding
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  • announcer: Next time, on "Turning Point ."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Almighty God will confess our name
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  • before the tribunal of heaven and say, "These are my soldiers,
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  • these are my sons and daughters."
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  • They are dressed in the white righteousness
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  • not only of their own righteous acts,
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  • but of the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
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  • announcer: Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "The Dead Church" here on "Turning Point ."
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