Revelation 2:24 – depths of Satan
Revelation 2:24 – Now to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira…
It is interesting to note, the Lord gives counsel to both the angel and “the rest” of the congregation in Thyatira. This may support the argument that the angels of the churches are men. For more on this discussion see Revelation 1:20.
The opposite of the “depths of Satan” would be the “deep things of God”:
1 Corinthians 2:7 – But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory…. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
The Holy Spirit reveals the “deep things of God.” Conversely, the “depths of Satan” would be revealed through his demonic devices, in the same way he gives “forbidden knowledge” to those in the Babylonian pagan worship (Revelation 2:17). Those who practice witchcraft, as did Jezebel the wife of Ahab, open themselves up to demonic activity, which leads to further depravity. The demonic power Jezebel obtained influenced several others to go down the same path of corruption.
In the case of Thyatira, Jezebel taught the false doctrine of Balaam (Revelation 2:14), which encouraged the sinful activities of sexual immorality and eating food sacrificed to idols. Her rebellion and refusal to repent, was a form of witchcraft, powerful enough to entice believers at Thyatira to follow her false doctrine. Those who follow false doctrine can easily become ensnared in the trap of sin and be devoured by the devil:
2 Timothy 2:25 – …if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will.
1 Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
The only “burdens” that the Lord expected the church of Thyatira to deal with was sexual immorality and eating food sacrificed to idols. A “burden” in this case, would be the expectation to follow certain items from the Law of Moses. It is interesting to note, that many of Jewish leaders that became believers felt it necessary to continue to follow the Law. They also believed that Gentile converts should follow the Law:
“The depths of Satan”: This unbelievable libertinism and license was the fruit of pre-gnostic teaching that one was free to engage and explore the sphere of Satan and participate in evil with the body without harming the spirit (see introduction to 1 John: Background and Setting).
What doctrine is spoken of here? The doctrine of fleshly lust and fornication. The doctrine that says you can do what you please as long as you are baptized. Jesus wants a chaste virgin for a bride. Jesus wants us to be holy as He is holy. Sin must not be practiced, if we are Christians.
Jesus will forgive us of our sins if we ask Him, but we must not go back into that sin over and over. Our heart must desire to live above sin.
Acts 15:10-11 & 28-29 – Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they…. For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that you abstain from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.
The Law of Moses was a “burden” that was impossible to follow completely. However, that does not mean that there are not items from the Law that Christians would do well to take heed to, as indicated by the apostles (Acts 15:29). Keep in mind that idolatry and sexual immorality were abominable to God, even before the Law of Moses (Leviticus 18 & Deuteronomy 12:31). In other words, these laws against sexual immorality and idolatry fall under the “natural laws” of creation, that God expects everyone to follow (Romans 1). Be that as it may, if we follow the Lord’s commandments to love Him and our neighbor (Mark 12:30-31), staying away from idolatry and sexual immorality is not a “burden” anyway:
1 John 5:1-3 – Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
image courtesy: Revelation+2_24-25 – Dr Andy Woods – Senior Pastor
We are now living in the absolute End Times as per biblical prophecy.
Our Lord Jesus Christ – King of Kings. 2nd Coming and return is IMMENENT!.
Please do not waist another a minute.
No matter what religion you serve, there is only one God.
If, you want to be assured that you will not have to endure the perilous times that will befall you.
Irrespective, of what sins you may have committed at any time of your life. If you humble yourself and ask for God’s forgiveness. He will forgive you and wash them all away and welcome you as his beloved son or daughter with open arms.
If you are not a child of Father God or have not asked Jesus Christ to come into your life yet?
I implore you to do this without delay.
Read this prayer of Salvation and ask God to forgive you now and accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will be assured of eternal life.