What’s the background and characteristics of the church of Thyatira?

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The church of Thyatira is one of the seven churches in Revelation (Revelation 2:18-26). The origin and meaning of Thyatira is not clear. Some have suggested that Thyatira means “sweet savor of labor,” perhaps on the basis of the “works” of the church set forth in v. 19. Although less notable than the other six cities, ancient Thyatira was nevertheless distinguished by the number and variety of trades and crafts that flourished there. It was famous of the dyeing of cloth (Acts 16:14). And it is probable that the Christians of Thyatira were employed in these local crafts.

When applied to Christian history, the message to Thyatira is applicable to the experience of the true church in the Dark Ages and the later Middle Ages. Trends that began in earlier periods became dominant during the Dark Ages. The Scriptures were not available to the ordinary Christian and man made traditions took hold of the people (Mark 7:13). Salvation by works was preached as a means of salvation which is contrary to the Word of God (Ephesians 2:8). And the priests took the place of the priesthood of Jesus who shed His blood for all humanity (Hebrews 4:14-16).

All those that rejected the traditions of men and the apostasy, faced great persecution, and the Thyatira period of church history is therefore, called the Age of Adversity. Because of the adversity, the light of the truth almost disappeared. The spiritual message of the Reformation was a call to change and to come back to the teachings of the scriptures. The reformers taught that people are saved only by faith in Christ, and to follow His Word, and that every man may come before the great High Priest, Jesus Christ, without a human intercessor (1 Timothy 2:5).

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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