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    The message to Pergamos carries ecclesiastical history to the year 538 a. d., at which time the union between civil and ecclesiastical power, begun in the days of Constantine, was consummated. During the period covered by Pergamos, the MarginGenesis 23:28.
    Genesis 16:11.
    Matthew 1:21.
    Exodus 2:10.
    Romans 5:20.
    Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18.
    Romans 4:7, 8.
    Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a vessel wherein is no pleasure. Hosea 8:8.
    The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid. Hosea 13:12.
    Spirit of the Lord was with the church as a church; but near the end of that period, a separation began to take place. In the years following, there was formed an organization still carrying the name of Christian; and another company, separating from that first organization, because of the practices of Balaam,-the idolatry and fornication practiced by those who were once Christians indeed. Thus improper education was the cause of the apostasy of the church, and the one sign of its fall was that, in its spiritual weakness, it sought the civil power for support.
    SSP 61.2

    It is under these conditions that the message comes to the church of Thyatira. It is sent by “the Son of God, who hath His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass.” Christ still walks among the candlesticks, but to Thyatira He comes with “eyes like unto a flame of fire” to search the very hearts of those who profess to be His followers. To these He says, “I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works.” This was not an idle period; their works are thrice mentioned in the one list. Those who established a state religion, replacing paganism by the papacy, were most diligent workers. The church absorbed every government, every industry, all the educational institutions,-everything. There was not a corner of Europe which was not under the direct inspection of that all-absorbing organization known as the papacy. Not only kings on their thrones, but every private individual in his own home, was amenable to the power of Rome. The church stood between the king and his subjects; it stood between parents and children; it came MarginDeuteronomy 32:32-34.
    O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help. Hosea 13:9.
    We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. Isaiah 4:1.
    Ephesians 2:3, 4.
    For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins. Hebrews 10:26, 27.
    Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4.
    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 tine brass. Revelation 2:18.
    Revelation 2:19.
    Romans 3:15.
    Matthew 23:15.
    Revelation 13:3.
    Revelation 18:9-11.
    All that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8.
    Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8.
    Romans 3:20, 28.
    even between husband and wife. The secrets of men’s hearts were open to the confessor. Works, works of all kinds were advocated; for the church taught that men were saved by works. Long pilgrimages across continents paid many a debt of sin. Penance and indulgences took bread from many a hungry mouth. The strongest government that ever bore sway was seated on the throne. Nevertheless the masses thought that in their works for the church, their service, their charities and their faith, they served the Christ. “Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.” The sins imputed to the church of Pergamos are repeated in the message to Thyatira, but they are introduced by a different character. The woman Jezebel is taken as an object lesson.
    SSP 62.1

    Jezebel was a Zidonian princess, a prophetess of the god Baal. Unlike Balaam, who before his fall worshiped the true God, Jezebel never made any pretensions of worshiping the Lord. Ahab, the king of Israel, married her for the sake of her influence, but found himself completely under the control of a headstrong, wicked woman. At her table, in the kingdom of Israel, sat the prophets of Baal. In the capital were erected temples, groves, and altars, to the heathen god; sun-worship took the place of the worship of Jehovah. The prophets MarginI know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. Revelation 2:19.
    Daniel 2:40.
    I said, Lord, they know that I imprisoned and beat in every synagogue them that believed on thee. Acts 22:19, 20.
    Galatians 1:13.
    Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Revelation 2:20.
    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 took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians. 1 Kings 16:31-33.
    of God were put to death by order of the queen; even Elijah fled before her face. She was a propagator of whoredom and witchcraft, and in the name of the king, she wrote a letter causing innocent men to be put to death. Israel had war, bloodshed, and finally captivity, as the result of the evil of this woman. It was during her lifetime that the heavens were stayed so that it rained not for three years and a half. The history of Jezebel is an unerring guide to the interpretation of the prophetic history of the church during the Dark Ages.
    SSP 63.1

    In every detail, even to this last period of years, the history of Jezebel is a parable of the church history during the time, times, and half a time-the three and one half years of the papal supremacy, the period covered by the message to Thyatira. As a result of the doctrine of justification by works, which was the stronghold of the church during this period, Europe had over a thousand years of darkness, known in all history as the Dark Ages. It was a tyranny of the most absolute kind,-a tyranny of theology over thought. Whosoever raised a hand against the church, fell as did Naboth whom Jezebel slew. Sorcery, witchcraft, idolatry, and fornication took the place of the religion of Jesus Christ. Antichrist, or the “mystery of iniquity,” had full control of the world. As Jezebel wrote in the king’s name, and in his name slew an innocent man, so the apostate church opposed and exalted itself above the King of heaven, and while speaking in His name, it changed the law of Jehovah, and put to death thousands who were, indeed, followers of Christ. MarginProverbs 5:3-6.
    Proverbs 7:21-27.
    1 Kings 18:19.
    1 Kings 18:4.
    2 Chronicles 14:5 [margin].
    She wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people:
    And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, Thou didst blaspheme God and the king. And then carry him out, and stone him, that he may die. 1 Kings 21:8-13.
    Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. James 5:17.
    1 Kings 17:1.
    Luke 4:25.
    1 Kings 21:23, 24.
    2 Kings 9:30-37.
    James 2:14-26.
    1 John 5:4.
    Romans 5:13-17.
    But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.
    And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. 1 Kings 21:25, 26.
    Lamentations 5:12.
    Daniel 7:21, 25.
    Revelation 13:7.
    Lamentations 4:18, 19.
    Revelation 17:1-6.
    Revelation 16:13, 14.
    Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 2 Thessalonians 2:4.
    SSP 64.1

    Jezebel had an opportunity to repent, so also had Ahab her husband; for there were many prophets in Israel, and the truth of God was taught; but the royal family were so under the control of the mother that there was no salvation for them. So God said of Thyatira, or the church of the Dark Ages, “I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.” But as there was a day of recompense with Jezebel, so there will be with the oppressive power of the papacy. Jezebel was thrown from a window and dashed to pieces, and dogs ate her body. Ahab was slain, and dogs licked up his blood, and his sons were also killed. Of the “mystery of iniquity” it is recorded, “Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 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 MarginDan. 7 25
    And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Revelation 2:21.
    1 Kings 18:17-39.
    1 Kings 21:23-29.
    2 Kings 9:7-10.
    Daniel 7:7-11.
    Revelation 2:21.
    Revelation 19:20.
    Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel. 2 Kings 9:36.
    2 Kings 9:30-37.
    1 Kings 22:37-39.
    2 Kings 10:1-7.
    Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.
    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. Revelation 2:22, 23.
    of you according to your works.” Herein is given the final destruction of the apostate church. The civil power of the papacy was broken in 1798, when Pope Pius VI. was taken prisoner by the French; but the influence continues. Thyatira is Babylon itself, and the churches spoken of elsewhere as “daughters of Babylon,” will meet with the fate of the mother, Thyatira; for when the history of all churches is over, Babylon and her daughters will be destroyed in the lake of fire. The time of trouble spoken of by Daniel, the prophet (Daniel 12:1), will be the time of tribulation for Thyatira. Of this the dreadful death of Jezebel is a symbol; as her life and deeds are taken to typify the church itself.
    SSP 65.1

    Mention has already been made of a separation from the church as a church in the days of Pergamos and the early days of Thyatira. Individuals, who recognized the leadings of the Spirit, gathered in little companies, hidden away in the caves, mountain fortresses, and dens, like the prophets of God in the days of Jezebel. In these secluded spots were thousands who did not bow the knee to Baal. Among these were the Waldenses of Italy, and others scattered all through Europe, who retained the Word of God, and trusted in His promises. Of these scattered, yet faithful ones, the message speaks in the following words: “But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine (of Jezebel), and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.”SSP 66.1

    The name Thyatira means “sacrifice of contrition” and appears to have direct application MarginHe that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. Revelation 13:10.
    Daniel 7:26.
    Revelation 17:5.
    And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. Revelation 19:20.
    There shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. Daniel 12:1.
    To the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent Revelation 12:6, 14.
    1 Kings 18:4, 13.
    Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. 1 Kings 19:18.
    Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.
    I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness. Micah 7:8, 9.
    to those, who, in the eyes of their persecutors and the world, were looked upon as heretics and outlaws-fit subjects for the stake. Their sacrifice was in truth a “sacrifice of contrition.” The contrite heart is the heart which God honors. As the ages passed, much of the light and truth which shone upon the Apostolic Church had been lost; but the Saviour does not rebuke the ones who were sacrificing for the truth which they knew and lived out, because they did not have the light of the first centuries.
    SSP 66.2

    Justification by faith was the doctrine which broke the power of the papacy. Christ and Him crucified, a truth so long forgotten, or replaced by faith in the head of the church, was given to the people of the world in the sixteenth century. Many other truths, long hidden by the darkness, or buried under the traditions of the church, were brought forward in the early days of the Reformation. The Sabbath of the decalogue was acknowledged; some preached upon the true meaning of baptism, and others made known the proper relation of the church to the state; but these subjects were too strong for minds so long held in subjection. The age was not ripe for the fullness of truth. But as watchmen of the night hail the dawn when the morning star arises, so the early Reformers, from Wycliffe to Luther and his contemporaries, opened the Scriptures, and the first rays of light brought joy and gladness to those who sat in darkness. The MarginBut unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatlra, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. Revelation 2:24.
    Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more. Nahum 1:12.
    Thou hast made us as the off-scouring and refuse in the midst of the people.
    All our enemies have opened their mouths against us. Lamentations 3:45, 46.
    Acts 24:14.
    Hebrews 11:38.
    For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour. Isaiah 63:8.
    This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:4.
    For I am determined not to know my thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2.
    Psalm 119:18.
    Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. Mark 7:8-13.
    very ones who saw the darkness break before the light of God’s Word, saw also the sign of the coming of the Son of man, which was hung in the heavens. In 1780 the sun was darkened. This was the first of a series of celestial signs (see chapter 6., Sixth Seal), and it was given to encourage those who had been oppressed.
    SSP 67.1

    Christ says, “I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.” How merciful is our God. He measures out to humanity its burdens of life, and no burden is made heavier than can be borne. “Only hold fast till I come,” are His words of encouragement. To others, more accustomed to the light, greater truths would be made known.SSP 68.1

    To the little companies thus addressed, was given the privilege of holding up the torch of truth. As a beacon on a hill, seen from afar, the light shone from the valleys of the Piedmont. Many came in contact with this light, and soon fires were kindled throughout Europe. “He that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations.” Truth was bound to triumph, though trampled to the ground for over a thousand years. At last the faithful ones will reign as kings. The hand of the oppressor will be broken to pieces, as a potter’s vessel. There was a time when the clay was soft and yielding, when MarginExodus 20:8-11.
    Romans 6:3-5.
    Acts 8:38, 39.
    Matthew 3:15, 16.
    Matthew 22:21.
    For when for the time ye ought to Be teachers, ye have need that one teach, you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
    For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. Hebrews 5:12, 13.
    Psalm 130:6.
    Daniel 11:33.
    Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts. Jeremiah 15:16.
    The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psalm 119:130.
    Matthew 24:29.
    When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke 21:28.
    But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. Revelation 2:25.
    For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. Psalm 103:14.
    1 Corinthians 10:13.
    Matthew 24:42.
    Proverbs 4:18.
    Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart. Psalm 97:11.
    Matthew 5:14-16.
    Psalm 147:15.
    Luke 13:21.
    Psalm 2:8, 9.
    it could have been remolded; but as the fires of persecution kindled, those who remained hardened in sin became so set that any attempt to change them resulted in breaking them to pieces. “I will give him the morning star.” Christ is the light, and the faithful ones at the close of the years of persecution were told to lift up their heads, for their “redemption draweth nigh.” This is the first church which is pointed forward to the second coming of Christ. The message to Thyatira is in harmony with the Psalmist’s words, “My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning; I say, more than they that watch for the morning.”
    SSP 68.2

    It should be remembered that, as the experiences of Ephesus, Smyrna, and Pergamos, will be repeated in the last church before the second coming of Christ, so the history of Thyatira will have its counterpart in the last generation. The power of Jezebel will again be felt. What was once done by a church in days of intellectual darkness will be repeated in days of great light. The union of the church and state will be followed by laws compelling obedience to man-made laws, instead of the laws of God. The law of God will be trampled under foot; for a church with civil power always works the works of Jezebel. Just as Elijah fled before ancient Jezebel, so those proclaiming the last warning message, of which Elijah was a type, will be persecuted by this power. This message is impressed upon the minds of those living in the latter days by the oft-repeated words, “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” MarginAnd he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
    And he shall 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. Revelation 2:26, 27.
    Jeremiah 18:1-4.
    For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. Hebrews 12:15-17.
    1 Peter 4:12, 13.
    And I will give him the morning star. Revelation 2:28.
    I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12.
    Titus 2:13.
    Psalm 130:6.
    Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. Ecclesiastes 1:10.
    Daniel 7:21, 22.
    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. Revelation 13:15.
    That no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Revelation 13:17.
    Revelation 17:3-6.
    Revelation 12:17.
    He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Revelation 2:29.
    SSP 69.1

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