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18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass ;
19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy P patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.
20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman 9 Jezebel,
the seal of God in their foreheads. do. xiii. 14–16 : [ Another beast] deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast ; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. And he caused all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads. do. xiv. 1-10: I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. The third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God. do. xix. 12: He had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. do. xx. 4:I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands. do. xxii. 4: They shall see his face ; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
m] Cor, ii. 14: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God : for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
See on Rev. i. 14, 15. o Ver. 2. Rev. ii, 1, 8, 15. p Rev. i. 9.
41 Kings, xvi. 31 : It came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he [Ahab] took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. do. xxi. 25 : But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sigh
which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit ? fornication, and to 8 eat things sacrificed unto idols.
21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication, and she repented not.
22 u Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts : and I will give unto every one of you according to your works.
24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as
s prison. Ham. Wh. of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. 2 Kings, ix. 7: Thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets, and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel.
* See on 1 Cor. vi. 18.
* Rom. ii. 4: Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering ; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance ? 2 Pet. iii. 9 : The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. Rev. ix. 20 : The rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands.
u See Ezek. xvi. 37; and xxiii. 29, &c.
» 2 CAR. vi. 30: Then hear thou from heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and render unto every man according unto all his ways, whose heart thou knowest; for thou only knowest the hearts of the children of men. John, ii. 24, 25 : But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. See on Acts, i. 24.
w See on Mat. xvi. 27. * 2 Thes. ii. 9–12: Even him, whose coming is after the
they speak; I will 'put upon you none other burden.
25 But ? that which ye have already hold fast till I come.
26 And he that a overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations :
27 And he shall d rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers : even as I received of my Father.
28 And I will give him the e morning star.
29 He that hath fan ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish ; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie : that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
Y ACTS, xv. 28 : It seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things.
2 Rev. iii. 11. See on 1 Tim. i. 18.
a See ver. 7, 11, 17. Rev. iii. 5, 12,21. do. xxi. 7: He that overcometh shall inherit all things ; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
b John, vi. 29 : This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. JAMES, ii. 20 : But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead ? 1 John, iii. 23 : This is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ.
See on Mat. xix. 28.
Ps. ii. 8, 9: Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. do. xlix. 14: The upright shall have dominion over them. Dan. vii. 22: Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High ; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. Rev. xii. 5: She brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. do. xix. 15 : He shall rule them with a rod of iron. e See on 2 Pet. i. 19. See on ver. 7.
CHAP. III. 2 The angel of the church of Sardis is reproved, 3 exhorted to repent, and threatened if he do not repent : 8 the angel of the church of Philadelphia 10 is approved for his diligence and patience : 15 the angel of Laodicea rebuked, for being neither hot nor cold, 19 and admonished to be more zealous : 20 Christ standeth at the door and knocketh.
AND unto the angel of the church in Sardis write ; These things saith he that hath the a seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars ; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art · dead.
2 Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die : for d I have not found thy works perfect before God.
3 e Remember therefore how thou hast freceived and heard, and hold fast, and 6 repent. If therefore thou shalt not "watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.
4 Thou hast a i few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me 'in white : for they are worthy.
CHAP. III. a See on Rev. i. 4, 16. Rev. ii. 2. See on JOHN, v. 25. a Dan. v. 27 : TEKEL ; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
e Heb. ii. 1 : Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
See on I Tim. i. 18. 8 Ver. 19.
See on Mat. xxiv. 42, 43. * Acts, i. 15: The number of the names of the disciples] together were about an hundred and twenty.
* JUDE, 23: Others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garments spotted by the flesh.
1 2 Esdr..39 : [The number sealed in the feast of the Lord] have received glorious garments of the LORD. MAT. xxviii.3: His
5 He that overcometh, m the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will P confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
6 He that hath 4 an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write ; These things saith he that is "holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, " he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
8 I 'know thy works : behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it : for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as spow. Rev.iv.4: Upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment. do. vi. ll: And white robes were given to every one of them. do. vii. 9, 13, 14: I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude clothed with white robes. What are these which are arrayed in white robes ? and whence came they ?These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. do. xix. 8, 14: To ber was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white : for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
m See on ver. 4.
See on 1 John, ii. 20. • Ver. 14. Rev. vi. 10: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? See on Rev. i. 5.
+ See on Rev. i. 18.