“And unto the angel of the church in THYATIRA write; These things saith the Son of God… I know thy works… Nothwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess to teach and seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols… Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death: and all the churches shall know that I am he that searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. 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 non other burden. But that which ye have already, hold fast till I come. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received my Father. And I will give him the morning star.” Jezebel was the wife of Ahab, king of Israel. A king symbolizes a spirit, and Israel symbolizes the Mind. It was Jezebel and her husband that instituted the worship of Baal, god of the gods; the gods symbolizing the many false beliefs man gives reverence to. It is the king of Israel, symbolizing the spirit of the Mind that is giving power to these beliefs, disciplines, or practices. The spirit of the Mind is the ego, which like confusion, can be attributed to Paul. Thyatira is an extension of the third church, having gown out of the New Age movement. I would call this new movement the Science-Mind or Science-Enlightenment movement, which emerged between the 90’s and the new millennium. It took new scientific ideas of the revolution that occurred in the late seventeenth to eighteenth century and combined them with elements of the Christian religion of the west and elements of the traditions of the east, producing an amalgamated belief, like that of religious Christianity; Catholic, Trinity, and Pentecost symbolized in scripture by the gold, silver, and brass in the image associated with the king of Babylon, symbolizing the spirit of confusion. Like the new age belief before it, which teaches that we are already in a spiritually perfect state, this new belief also teaches that the mind is the way to reach perfection, and to obtain salvation; everything is possible through the power of the Mind. The Christian element of this belief is the Bible, the interpretation of its symbolism used to support this mind-doctrine. The word amalgamated means combined from two or more entities into one specific entity whilst retaining the defining characteristics of the original source entities. They all go back to the original source– to the doctrine of Christianity; to Paul’s false doctrine. The fornication of Thyatira is the same as that of Pergamos; the communicating of these ideas to others, seducing them with these feel-good-bypass-the-heart doctrines. The tribulation they will experience is the same as that of Smyrna, which is to bring on the birth in those that are embroiled in beliefs and practices that are preventing it. To those who are being seduced by these adulterous beliefs, but have not yet taken them to heart, “hold fast till I come,” which is to wait upon the Lord; wait for the spiritual truth to come, which will reveal to you the depths of Satan; the iniquity that is working through these very alluring, but very deceptive beliefs. We keep the works unto the end by completing the works of the first six churches, completing our six days of works. The nations we are given power over through these spiritual works are spiritual nations that rule us from within our own minds and hearts. The vessels of a potter refer to the false beliefs we have molded throughout our life. The morning star is the name given to the planet Venus when it appears in the east just before the sun rises. Venus is associated with Love, the Spirit of God, which appears just before the sun; prior to the word or light of truth coming to us. The works of the first four churches are the works of overcoming the false religious belief, which has taken on many forms since its inception in the first century, all of them founded upon the false doctrine of Paul, which is to come to an end, the meaning of the word Paul. Only then will the veil of religious iniquity be rent from within, allowing us to enter the holiest place of all to begin the works of the fifth church.
Written by Sandra L. Butler © 2020