And 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. Revelation 2:26-28 NKJV
Jesus gives two promises to the church at Thyatira. The first promise is we will be rulers.
Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ” Psalms 2:8-9 NKJV
The second promise is we will have the Morning Star. What is the Morning Star?
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” Revelation 22:16 NKJV
The overcomers will receive the best gift of all – Jesus, the Morning Star will be with us throughout eternity. He is worth it when we resist the temptation to compromise.
Church throughout History
The church of Thyatira covers the period of 538 AD to 1798 AD. This was known as the “Dark Ages” or “Middle Ages”. The Bible was limited to just the leaders of the church. Some churches had a Bible available, but it was written in Latin and the common people were either illiterate or couldn’t read Latin. The church brought in many pagan traditions. Church tradition replaced the Bible as the source for teaching. Biblical doctrine and way of life were not taught. The simplicity of the gospel was lost. Works became the way of earning salvation.
There were some good things that came during this period of history. The French King Louis (called the Saint) founded some of the first schools, hospitals, and university. Many tried to reform the church during this time but were met with persecution and often death: Peter Waldo in Italy (1140-1217); John Wycliffe in England (1320-1384); John Huss in Bohemia (1369-1415); and then Martin Luther in Germany (1483-1546) which started the Reformation.
Jesus says “hold on to what you have until I come.” Revelation 2:25
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