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Beth Moore: a type of false prophetess of the church at Thyatira?

Beth Moore: a type of false prophetess of the church at Thyatira?

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Published by Elizabeth Prata
In looking at "types" in the bible, and we read of the false prophetess at Thyatira, we can see similarities between that old but actual situation and the situation today where Mrs Moore teaches falsely.
In looking at "types" in the bible, and we read of the false prophetess at Thyatira, we can see similarities between that old but actual situation and the situation today where Mrs Moore teaches falsely.

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Beth Moore: a type of false prophetess of the church at Thyatira?
By Elizabeth Prata
I want to explore several concepts from scripture as they relate toprophecy and the church today. The main word to take from this essay is"TYPE."The first concept is theof churches depicted in the seven letters toseven churches as we read in Revelation 2-3.These were actual churches that actually existed, had actualcongregations and actual praise and condemnation from Jesus. Thesechurches are each also a type of church that existed and still existsthroughout the Church Age. The letters are included in Revelation toreveal seven different types of individuals/churches throughout history to today and instruct us in God's truth. I do not believe that we canaccurately and solidly match each church to an "age" throughout theChurch Age. The type of churches depicted in the Letters are eachindividually kinds of churches that could and did exist at any time inthis present age, including now. Ultimately, we can learn from each of the letters.The second type I want to focus on is a historic type that is depicted inthe bible. Each of these types have an actual person who will actually fulfill what is laid down in the bible, but also give rise to a type orforerunner. An example is Antiochus, who was a type of Antichrist.There will be one man who will fulfill the prophesies regarding what is written, but until is time arrives, there have been forerunners, or typesof antichrists throughout the ages, men who were like an antichrist butnot THE antichrist. Hitler was another antichrist-type.John the Baptist was a type of Elijah the Prophet. There was an Elijah,and there will be an actual man Elijah again (I propose he is one of the
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Two Witnesses of Revelation 11), but John was aof Elijah. And now the main theme of this essay, the type of False Prophetess of Thyatira. There was an actual woman Jesus condemned who wascorrupting the church at Thyatira. However we know from the previous bible examples that though there was an actual false prophetesscorrupting the church at Thyatira, there will be again aof falseprophetess who corrupts the church.Jesus's letter regarding Thyatira was the longest of the seven. Itenumerates a number of issues with that church, however I'll focus onthe teachings of the false prophetess who was corrupting the sheep.Church at ThyatiraHere is the text: “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘Thesethings says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feetlike fine brass: “I know your works, love, service, faith, and yourpatience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce My servants to commit sexual immorality and eat things sacrificed to idols. And I gave her time to repent of her sexual immorality, and she did notrepent. Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commitadultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of theirdeeds. I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts. And I will give to each
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Thomas Allom's "Constantinople and the Scenery of the Seven Churches of Asia"
 
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.
Charles Eerdman
The Revelation of John: an exposition.

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