Hi, we are studying Jesus’ letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2&3 and this is my fifth post on the church of Thyatira.
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Revelation 2:6 ‘To him who overcomes and does my will to the end I will give authority over the nations – he will rule them with an iron sceptre; he will dash them to pieces like pottery – just as I have received authority from my Father.’
This verse immediately takes us to Psalm 2, which describes the rebellion of this earth.
Psalm 2:1 ‘Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his anointed one.’
The kings of the earth, led by the antichrist, will rebel against the Lord and Jerusalem itself. Ezekiel describes this further:
Ezekiel 38:15 ‘You will advance against my people Israel like a cloud that covers the land. In days to come, O Gog, I will bring you against my land, so that the nations may know me when I show myself holy through you before their eyes.’
Gog is another name for the antichrist. Marching against God proves to be rather a foolish move!
Psalm 2:4 ‘The One enthroned in heaven laughs, the Lord scoffs at them. Then He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath, saying, “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.”
King Jesus will establish his heavenly kingdom on earth, cowering the kings of the earth into submission, bringing peace and justice to this twisted fallen world.
And those who persevere until the end will be part of this glorious Kingdom on earth. This will be worth it. All the suffering, all the heartache, all the sacrifice will be worth it, just to be part of this glorious eternal kingdom that is coming.
This is a tremendous encouragement to all those who suffer under the persecution of their governments. The kings of the earth will seek to undermine and eclipse our faith but we must hold on strong because the King of kings will come to blow them away!
2 Thessalonians 2:8 ‘And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendour of his being.’
Hasten the day…
Next we explore the folly of Sardis. To get there now, please click here.
For my previous posts on R2&3 please click below: