by David Legge
I want you to turn with me to Revelation chapter 2. Now, this is a message that the Lord gave me for you tonight. It might seem a little bit strange, but I’m only the postman, I only bring the messages – so, I believe that it’s going to be significant to our gathering tonight. We’re reading verse 18, and so we’re jumping right in to a series of letters that Jesus has given through the Apostle John to seven churches in Asia Minor. So before you get into the whole end time stuff that people are generally obsessed about in the book of Revelation, this important information is given to the church. First of all there is a vision of Jesus Christ in His risen, glorified form – the first thing you see in Revelation is a revelation of Jesus Christ. It’s not a revelation of the things that are going to happen in the world, although that comes with it; it’s primarily a revelation of the Person of Jesus Christ and how He is going to consummate the end of all things. Isn’t it wonderful to know that? We know the end of the story, and it is victory through the Lord Jesus and the kingdom of God. Then these letters to a church, a corporate, global church at that time that is struggling – and we’re still struggling.
Here’s one of the letters to Thyatira, verse 18: “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass'”. Now, very briefly, the significance of that is that Jesus has x-ray vision, He can see – flaming fire eyes – right into the depths of your being. He knows you better than you know yourself, He can see the hidden parts nobody else sees, but even that you are not conscious of – He can see. That ought to make us a wee bit uncomfortable, but also make us secure. It’s a strange combination, but it’s true: because He knows everything about us, and yet He still loves us and He still wants us. These feet of brass speak of purity, judgement. Actually, in the vision that John is given at the very beginning of this book, Jesus is walking as a Priest-Judge, because of the way He is dressed, He is a Priest-Judge walking in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks which represent these seven churches in Asia Minor. So He is judging them – that might be foreign language to some of you, that Jesus should judge the church, but He does. He is the Lord of the church, and He weighs the church in the balances.
That might be foreign language to some of you, that Jesus should judge the church, but He does. He is the Lord of the church, and He weighs the church in the balances…
So, this church at Thyatira, this is what He says, this is His take on them: “I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience”, or perseverance, “and as for your works, the last are more than the first”. Now that ought to be encouraging, shouldn’t it? They have got good works, they are loving, they’ve got faith, they are persevering, and they’re doing more now than they have ever done. So the Lord is commending them, but verse 20: “Nevertheless I have a few things against you, because you allow“, the word literally means ‘you tolerate’, “that woman Jezebel”, some manuscripts read ‘your wife 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 not repent”. Another manuscript reads ‘and she does not want to repent of her sexual immorality’. “Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. 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 one of you according to your works. Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not have this doctrine, who have not known the depths of Satan”, the depths of Satan seems to be what later became call ‘Gnosticism’, which was a secret knowledge, a dark knowledge. The idea was that, in order to defeat Satan, you had to enter into Satan’s stronghold – and you did that by experiencing as much deep evil as you could, that was their idea. So this was being espoused by Jezebel, the depths of Satan. Verse 25: “But hold fast what you have till I come. And he who overcomes”, we’ve heard about that already, “He who overcomes and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations; ‘He shall rule them with a rod of iron; they shall be dashed to pieces like the potter’s vessels’; as I also have received from My Father; and I will give him the morning star. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches”. Amen.
Let’s pray, and I want you to pray now that God would speak to you. I don’t know where you’re at, whether you’re a Christian or not, whether you’re struggling as a Christian or whether you’ve been on the road for some time. I believe God is going to have something to say tonight. If you’re a leader in the church, a leader in this Mission Hall, God has a message – and it’s important that we are tuned in to hear it, as Ryan has been saying, that we are in a place where we can hear what the Spirit is saying to us. Let’s ask God, just a very simple prayer, just say: ‘Lord, would You speak to me now. Would You give me ears to hear what You’re saying’.
Father, we thank You and we exalt You that the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for our sins according to the scriptures, and was buried, is risen from the dead according to the scriptures, and He has ascended up on high – led captivity captive, given gifts to men, and given the name which is above every name. We thank You that this book of Revelation tells us about the day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. But Lord, we want to be that remnant of people who now are bowing the knee and confessing Jesus Christ as Lord. We want His Lordship to completely transcend everything else in our lives. Lord, we want that in the church, we want to declare tonight that Jesus Christ is the sole Head of the church – but, Lord, we want that to be a reality in each of our churches and in each of our lives. So we pray that You will come and depose every false ruling spirit in our lives and in the church, to the glory of Jesus Christ we pray, Amen. . . .