one of you according to your works. “Now to you I say, and to the rest inThyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known thedepths of Satan, as they say, I will put on you no other burden. But holdfast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations— ‘He shallrule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like thepotter’s vessels’— as I also have received from My Father; and I will givehim the morning star. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spiritsays to the churches.”’This church was tolerating sin and idolatry (also sexual immorality). Worse, it was tolerating a woman teacher who was promoting idolatry and not only were they tolerating it, but she had risen to such a point of prominence so that Jesus called her "Jezebel" (who was a queen who ledthe people into idolatry and immorality). Now, it should be noted thatthis corruption was coming from a woman who was teaching the brethren, not from an outside influence. She was regarded as a sister inthe faith. A prominent sister. So much so that she was given to teach andhad gathered quite a few around her who were followers of her falseteaching. And the rest were tolerating it.God wants a pure church. He wants Jesus to have a holy and virginal bride, and toleration of idolatry and false teaching is the opposite of that. This church at Thyatira was mightily besmirched.(1866-1960) wrote a summary of the churchesinSpeaking of "the case of thechurch at Thyatira, as of the churches in Sardis and Laodicea, thesituation was far more serious. Here not merely a small minority wasindifferent but large numbers had actually yielded to the demoralizinginfluence of false teaching, and I might add of sin."However, to complicate matters, the verse inRev. 2:19says "as for your works, the last are more than the first." They were loving, working anddoing more that they had at the first. This makes it incredibly hard toseparate the sinful idolatry from the loving works. They were notloveless, but they were tolerating sin, which would eventually eat themup. It did. By the second century there was no church at Thyatira any more. It had died. So obviously loving works alone are not enough tocarry a church through. There must be solid doctrine and discerningelders properly addressing false doctrine.
The Revelation of John: an exposition.