The Christian Faith
Radio Hour Podcast

Episode #88:
The Seven
Churches (4):
Thyatira, the
Apostate, Pagan,
Roman Catholic

25 April 2024

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As we study the prophecy of the seven churches in Revelation 2-3, which shows us the seven stages of the history of the church, we will gain a clear view of where we should seek to be in terms of our church fellowship, namely, in the fellowship of the church in Philadelphia.

In this episode we consider the fourth of these churches, the church in Thyatira. This signifies the apostate, pagan, Roman Catholic church, beginning from the last part of the sixth century and remaining until the Lord’s return. This is the “Jezebel” of Revelation 2:20 and also the “Great Harlot” seen later in the book of Revelation, in chapter 17. This stage of the church is also depicted in the Parable of the Leaven in Matthew 13:33.

While this is a very negative topic, if we see the real nature of the Roman church, it will be a great protection to us, to keep us from being deceived by that evil religious system as we seek to follow Christ today. We will also appreciate much more fully the Lord’s desire to have the one true church, which is composed of all the genuine believers in Christ, as His spotless bride.

Length: 42 minutes


Watchman Nee
The Orthodoxy of the Church

E.H. Broadbent
The Pilgrim Church



Revelation 2-3: The Lord’s word to the seven churches.
Revelation 2:18-29: The Lord’s word to the church in Thyatira.
Matthew 13:24-30: The parable of the Tares.
Matthew 13:31-32: The Parable of Mustard Seed.
Matthew 13:33: The Parable of the Leaven.
1 Kings 16:29-32: The History of Jezebel.
Philippians 1:9-10: Our love needs to grow in full knowledge and in all discernment.

Recorded in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, 24 April 2024