The Christian Faith
Radio Hour Podcast

Episode #89:
The Seven
Churches (5):
“Thyatira,” or, Seeing
the Roman Catholic
Church for What
It Truly Is

2 May 2024

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As the followers of Christ, it is important for us to not only love what the Lord loves, but also to hate what the Lord hates; otherwise, it indicates that our love for the Lord may not be so genuine, or at least, not so enduring.

So, in this episode of the podcast we consider the Lord’s word to the church in Thyatira in Revelation 2:18-29. To this church the Lord says He has “eyes like a flame of fire” (2:18), because in His word here He burns away all its false, outward appearance to expose this church for what it truly is.

In brief, the church in Thyatira, as a prophecy, prefigures the Roman Catholic church; it corresponds to the Lord’s Parable of the Leaven in Matthew 13:33, and also to the vision of the Great Harlot of Revelation 17.

All of these passages make it very clear that the Lord considers the Roman Catholic church an abomination. Far from being the one true church, as it so strongly claims for itself, it is in reality the continuation of the pagan system of worship found in ancient Rome, which in turn was a continuation of so much of the paganism of the ancient Middle East.

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. Then we will not be 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: 1 Hour



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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 13:33: The Parable of the Leaven.
1 Kings 16:29-32: The History of Jezebel.
1 Timothy 4:1-5: Doctrines of demons.
Galatians 4:10-11: Don’t keep special days!
Luke 22:19-20: The Lord’s Supper.
Hebrews 1:3, 9:24-28: The finished work of Christ.
Hebrews 13:9: Do not be carried away by the strange teachings of the Roman church!


Recorded in Chicago, Illinois on Wednesday, 1 May 2024