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THE TWO WOMEN OF THYATIRA

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By Lang’o Evans Odhaimbo
S.O.T.P. Director /Speaker

THE TWO WOMEN OF THYATIRA

Revelation 2:18 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; 2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last [to be] more than the first. 2:20 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 church in Thyatira
Quoting Acts of the apostles “It was Christ who bade the apostle record that which was to be opened before him. “What thou seest, write in a book,” He commanded, “and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.” “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore. . . . Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter; the mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” Revelation 1:11, 18-20. {AA 585.2}
The names of the seven churches are symbolic of the church in different periods of the Christian Era. The number 7 indicates completeness, and is symbolic of the fact that the messages extend to the end of time, while the symbols used reveal the condition of the church at different periods in the history of the world. {AA 586.1}

Church period of the Christian Era Symbolized by Thyatira
Smith Uriah says “The church of Thyatira. This name signifies, sweet savor of labor, or sacrifice of contrition, and is an appropriate description of the church during a period of oppression and persecution. If the church of Pergamos reached down to the setting up of the papacy in 538, the period of the church of Thyatira would naturally apply during the whole period of Papal supremacy, 1260 years, from 538 to 1798. This was the period of that tribulation upon the church such as it was never to experience again, Matt.24:21. {1878 UrS, TBI 247.1}

He continues “Thyatira signifies “sweet savor of labor,” or “sacrifice of contrition.” This would well describe the state of the church of Jesus Christ during the long period of papal triumph and persecution. This age of such dreadful tribulation upon the church as never was (Matt.24:21), improved the religious conditions of believers. Hence they receive for their works, charity, service, faith, and patience, the commendation of Him whose eyes are as a flame of fire. And works are then again mentioned, as if worthy of double commendation. And the last were more than the first. There had been an improvement in their condition, a growth of grace, an increase in all these elements of Christianity. This church is the only one that is commended for an improvement in spiritual things. But as in the church of Pergamos unfavorable circumstances were no apology for false doctrines in the church, so in this church, no amount of labor, charity, service, faith, or patience could compensate for a like sin. A rebuke is therefore given them for suffering in their midst – {1897 UrS, DAR 387.4}

If the name signifies, sweet savor of labor, or sacrifice of contrition, and is an appropriate description of the church during a period of oppression and persecution. Then we can find two classes of worshippers typified in connection with thyatira.Those who offer sacrifice of contrition/sweet savor of labor and those who oppress and persecute.

A woman represents a church
In Revelation 17, Babylon is represented as a woman, a figure which is used in the Scriptures as the symbol of a church. A virtuous woman represents a pure church, a vile woman an apostate church. Babylon is said to be a harlot; and the prophet beheld her drunken with the blood of saints and martyrs. The Babylon thus described represents Rome, that apostate church which has so cruelly persecuted the followers of Christ. But Babylon the harlot is the mother of daughters who follow her example of corruption. Thus are represented those churches that cling to the doctrines and traditions of Rome and follow her worldly practices, and whose fall is announced in the second angel’s message. {4SP 233.1}

A virtuous woman represents a pure church, a vile woman an apostate church.Thus in the characters of the two women who are associated with the name Thyatira we can trace in their characters purity in one and apostasy in the other.

The Two women
Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard [us]: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
Revelation 2:18 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; 2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last [to be] more than the first. 2:20 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.

In the lives of these two women Lydia and Jezebel can be traced purity and apostasy consecutively.

Lydia; worshipped God, heard [us]: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. In the character of Lydia we can see those who offered a sacrifice of contrition in persecution. Our protestant fathers.

We read “Their [the martyrs’] living example and dying testimony were a constant witness for the truth; and, where least expected, the subjects of Satan were leaving his service and enlisting under the banner of Christ. . . . {CTr 320.2}

Jezebel; calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

In the character of Jezebel we see those that persecuted during the dark ages. The Roman Catholic Church.
Great controversy “ In the sixth century the papacy had become firmly established. Its seat of power was fixed in the imperial city, and the bishop of Rome was declared to be the head over the entire church. Paganism had given place to the papacy. The dragon had given to the beast “his power, and his seat, and great authority.” [Revelation 13:2;] And now began the 1260 years of papal oppression foretold in the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation. [Daniel 7:25; Revelation 13:5-7.] Christians were forced to choose, either to yield their integrity and accept the papal ceremonies and worship, or to wear away their lives in dungeons or suffer death by the rack, the fagot, or the headsman’s ax. Now were fulfilled the words of Jesus, “Ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.” [Luke 21:16, 17.] Persecution opened upon the faithful with greater fury than ever before, and the world became a vast battle-field. For hundreds of years the church of Christ found refuge in seclusion and obscurity. Thus says the prophet: “The woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.” [Revelation 12:6.] {GC88 54.2}

Character of Lydia the triumphs of the protestant movement
In History of Protestantism Vol 1 pg 351 we read “The Protestant movement, which, after flowing during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries within narrow channels, began in the sixteenth to expand and to fill a wider area, had two sources. The first, which was in heaven, was the Holy Spirit; the second, which was on the earth, was the Bible. For ages the action of both agencies on human society had been suspended. The Holy Spirit was withheld and the Bible was hidden. Hence the monstrous errors that deformed the Church, and hence all the frightful evils that afflicted the world.”

Lydia; whose heart the Lord opened
Acts 16:14 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard [us]: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it? 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, [I] try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, [and] according to the fruit of his doings.

Jeremiah 20:12 But, O LORD of hosts, that triest the righteous, [and] seest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I opened my cause.

For God to see reins and the heart then the heart must be open. By Lydia’s heart being opened it means she had been tried and searched as a righteous woman[The opening of the heart was for trial and searching]. : After being searched she would proclaim “for unto thee have I opened my cause” and she was found to be faithful.

Pslam 16:7 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons.

Her reins was searched and tried and found to be faith full thus she was ready to receive counsel that her reins might instruct her in the night season. The hearts of protestant fathers was also tried and tested and because they were faithful God guided them in the night season of papal supremacy and persecutions.

Commenting on the reformation in the book Early writings prophet White says “God raised up men to cry against the existing sins of the papal church and carry forward the Reformation. Satan sought to destroy these living witnesses; but the Lord made a hedge about them. Some, for the glory of His name, were permitted to seal with their blood the testimony they had borne; but there were other powerful men, like Luther and Melanchthon, who could best glorify God by living and exposing the sins of priests, popes, and kings. These trembled before the voice of Luther, and his fellow laborers. Through those chosen men, rays of light began to scatter the darkness, and very many joyfully received the light and walked in it. And when one witness was slain, two or more were raised up to take his place. {EW 225.1}

Remember
“The papal church will never relinquish her claim to infallibility. All that she has done in her persecution of those who reject her dogmas, she holds to be right; and would she not repeat the same acts, should the opportunity be presented? Let the restraints now imposed by secular governments be removed, and Rome be re-instated in her former power, and there would speedily be a revival of her tyranny and persecution. {GC88 564.1}

There is coming a revival and tyranny of the papal power. It’s only those whose hearts have been opened for searching and trial and have been found faithful that will be guided and saved from the time of trouble ahead.

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and 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.

Prophet John in a vision of those who will go through the time of trouble and come out victorious says

Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

It’s only those who have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb that shall be found faith full when the reins and hearts are tried.

1Peter 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1:8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls.

Jezebel; whose heart the Lord opened
Revelation 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. 2:23 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.

From the account of Lydia we find that the heart is opened to be tested and tried. After God has searched and tested the reins and the heart he gives unto every one of according to their works. For Jezebel to be cast into great tribulation she had been tested and tried or rather her heart and been opened but she was found unfaithful.The testimony of protestantantism in the dark ages stand as a witness that light came and the papacy loved darkness more than light.

Accounting on the History of Protestantism in Switzerland from A.D. 1516 to its Establishment at Zurich, 1525 Wylie, James A. says “After a protracted struggle, Protestantism gained the victory over the Papacy in Schaffhausen. The chief laborers there were Sebastian Heftmeister, Sebastian Hoffman, and Erasmus Ritter. On the Reformed worship being set up there, after the model of Zurich in 1529, the inhabitants of Eastern Switzerland generally may be said to have enjoyed the light of Protestant truth. The change that had passed over their land was like that which spring brings with it, when the snows melt, and the torrents gush forth, and the flowers appear, and all is fertility and verdure up to the very margin of the glacier. Yet more welcome was this spiritual spring-time, and a higher joy did it inspire. The winter-the winter of ascetic severities, vain mummeries, profitless services, and burdensome rites-was past, and the sweet light of a returning spring-time now shone upon the Swiss. From the husks of superstition they turned to feed on the bread and water of life.” Vol. 8 pg 449

This protestant light the antitypical Jezebel [Catholicism] rejected.

Jezebel means Chaste. But her counsels of her reins revealed in her character witness that her chastity is only a lip service.

Jeremiah 12:1 Righteous [art] thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of [thy] judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? [wherefore] are all they happy that deal very treacherously? 12:2 Thou hast planted them, yea, they have taken root: they grow, yea, they bring forth fruit: thou [art] near in their mouth, and far from their reins.

“Thou [art] near in their mouth, and far from their reins, describes the papal system [Revelation 2:20 ]Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel [Catholic system], which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

After Lydia’s heart was opened she was found to be faithful but in jezebel was found the depths of Satan. This two character are seen in Revelation 2:24,[Lydia -those have not known the depths of Satan] & [Jezebel – those have known the depths of Satan]

Revelation 2:24 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 they speak; I will put upon you none other burden.

Lydia; A seller of purple.
Proverbs 31:22 She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing [is] silk and purple.
Colour purple is made of a combination of [blue and red] and it’s a color of royalty. Proverbs 31 talking about a wise woman says; her “her clothing [is] silk and purple”. In The bible Colour blue stands for the Law of God and Red for the atoning blood of Christ. Any true protestant movement will uplift the laws of God of which Sabbath is included and believe in the atoning blood of Christ. Talking of those that will have overcome John says

“Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. “

Jezebel; covered with purple.
Revelation 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come. 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble,

Included in the merchandise of mother Babylon is purple,

Revelation 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
The name Jezebel means chaste but she isn’t chaste . Her associating with purple is only an exterior appearance; a church associated with purple is wise and believes in the commandments of the Lord and his atoning blood both of which antitypical Jezebel has changed and replaced.

Call of the wise woman [Church]
Proverbs 9:1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: 9:2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. 9:3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, 9:4 Whoso [is] simple, let him turn in hither: [as for] him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 9:5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine [which] I have mingled. 9:6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

Call of the foolish woman[Church]
Proverbs9:13 A foolish woman [is] clamorous: [she is] simple, and knoweth nothing. 9:14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, 9:15 To call passengers who go right on their ways: 9:16 Whoso [is] simple, let him turn in hither: and [as for] him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 9:17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread [eaten] in secret is pleasant. 9:18 But he knoweth not that the dead [are] there; [and that] her guests [are] in the depths of hell.

You will notice that we foolish woman to uses the language of the wise woman to seduce her guests. In order to deceive the foolish woman will always try to do that which the wise woman does.

Note prophet Isaiah says;

Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

It no marvel when the foolish woman tries to copy the wise woman in purple but all this is to seduce men into her chambers of death.

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such [are] false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Lydia; Worshiped God
Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

Giving the happening among Protestants around 1840-1844 we read in Early Writings that “As the churches refused to receive the first angel’s message, they rejected the light from heaven and fell from the favor of God. They trusted to their own strength, and by opposing the first message placed themselves where they could not see the light of the second angel’s message. But the beloved of God, who were oppressed, accepted the message, “Babylon is fallen,” and left the churches. Near the close of the second angel’s message, [SEE APPENDIX.] I saw a great light from heaven shining upon the people of God. The rays of this light seemed bright as the sun. And I heard the voices of angels crying, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet Him!” {EW 238.1}”

Lydia worshiped God is another character about her and since she typifies the protestant movement in the era of reformation in post reformation era we find in history that Protestantism gave the call to Fear God and worship him .Though many protestants’ have dropped this charge to day by following after Sunday worship the child of the papacy and have become the habitation of devils thus fallen protestantism.

Great Controversy says in pg 206 and 448 “The reformers were solicitous that their cause should not be confounded with political questions; they felt that the Reformation should exercise no other influence than that which proceeds from the Word of God {GC88 206.2}.

Roman Catholics acknowledge that the change of the Sabbath was made by their church, and declare that Protestants, by observing the Sunday, are recognizing her power. In the “Catholic Catechism of Christian Religion,” in answer to a question as to the day to be observed in obedience to the fourth commandment, this statement is made: “During the old law, Saturday was the day sanctified; but the church, instructed by Jesus Christ, and directed by the Spirit of God, has substituted Sunday for Saturday; so now we sanctify the first, not the seventh day. Sunday means, and now is, the day of the Lord.” As the sign of the authority of the Catholic Church, papist writers cite, “the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of . . . because by keeping Sunday strictly they acknowledge the church’s power to ordain feasts, and to command them under sin.” [“ABRIDGMENT OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE.”] What then is the change of the Sabbath, but the sign or mark of the authority of the Romish Church—“the mark of the beast”? {GC88 448.2}

Unlike Lydia who worshiped God who did jezebel worship?
1Kings 16:30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that [were] before him. 16:31 And 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, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. 16:32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.

She worshiped the pagan god Baal this is true of the antitypical jezebel [Catholicism] that persecutes during the church era symbolized by the name Thyatira

In History of the Reformation—Volume 3 pg 402 we read “The pagan element prevailed especially in that part of the christian doctrine which relates to God. Paganism had corrupted in the catholic church the idea of an infinite Deity whose power, being perfectly all-sufficient, is at work in all times and in all places. It had established in the Church the reign of symbols, images, and ceremonies; and the saints had become the demigods of popery.”

Lydia; Kept the Sabbath
Acts 16:13 And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted [thither].

“It is a fact generally admitted by Protestants, that the Scriptures give no authority for the change of the Sabbath. This is plainly stated in publications issued by the American Tract Society and the American Sunday-school Union. One of these works acknowledges “the complete silence of the New Testament so far as any explicit command for the Sabbath [Sunday, the first day of the week] or definite rules for its observance are concerned.” [“THE ABIDING SABBATH,” p. 184, A $500 PRIZE ESSAY.] {GC88 447.2}”

Jezebel changed the Sabbath
Daniel 7:25 And he shall speak [great] words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Commenting of Daniel 7:25 Uriah Smith Says “It would naturally be looked for in some of the special characteristics of the papal power. Daniel, describing that power under the symbol of a little horn, speaks of it as waging a special warfare against God, wearing out the saints of the Most High, and thinking to change times and laws. The prophet expressly specifies on this point: “He shall think to change times and laws.” These laws must certainly be the laws of the Most High. To apply it to human laws, and make the prophecy read, “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High and think to change human laws,” would be doing evident violence to the language of the prophet. But apply it to the laws of God, and let it read, “And he shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and laws of the Most High,” and all is consistent and forcible. The Hebrew has (dath), law, and the Septuagint reads, (nomos), in the singular, “the law,” which more directly suggests the law of God. The papacy has been able to do more than merely “think” to change human laws. It has changed them at pleasure. It has annulled the decrees of kings and emperors, and absolved subjects from allegiance to their rightful sovereigns. It has thrust its long arm into the affairs of nations, and brought rulers to its feet in the most abject humility. But the prophet beholds greater acts of presumption than these. He sees it endeavor to do what it was not able to do, but could only think to do; he sees it attempt an act which no man, nor any combination of men, can ever accomplish; and that is, to change the law of the Most High. Bear this in mind while we look at the testimony of another sacred writer on this very point. {1897 UrS, DAR 597.4}”

Lydia; Holds true baptism
Acts 6:15 And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought [us], saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide [there]. And she constrained us.

“After a time he was led to the study of the New Testament, and this with Luther’s writings caused him to accept the reformed faith. He soon after witnessed in a neighboring village the beheading of a man who was put to death for having been rebaptized. This led him to study the Bible in regard to infant baptism. He could find no evidence for it in the Scriptures, but saw that repentance and faith are everywhere required as the condition of receiving baptism. {GC88 238.2}

In Great Controversy we read “Menno withdrew from the Roman Church, and devoted his life to teaching the truths which he had received. In both Germany and the Netherlands a class of fanatics had risen, advocating absurd and seditious doctrines, outraging order and decency, and proceeding to violence and insurrection. Menno saw the horrible results to which these movements would inevitably lead, and he strenuously opposed the erroneous teachings and wild schemes of the fanatics. There were many, however, who had been misled by these fanatics but who had renounced their pernicious doctrines; and there were still remaining many descendants of the ancient Christians, the fruits of the Waldensian teaching. Among these classes Menno labored with great zeal and success. {GC88 238.3}

The fathers of Protestantism in whom the course of Protestantism is signified as typified in the life of Lydia we faithful to the lord and thus searched the scriptures to find the kind of baptism that the Lord required that is Baptism by Immersion. This is unlike antitypical Jezebel who baptized children and held on Baptismal by sprinkling.

Haskell writes “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 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 VII., Sixth Seal), and it was given to encourage those who had been oppressed. {1905 SNH, SSP 67.1}

Steven Haskell continues “The name Thyatira means “sacrifice of contrition” and appears to have direct application 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”. {1905 SNH, SSP 66.3}

But amidst all that Gloom of the Dark ages of papal persecution [antitypical jezebel] there were those who had a Character typified in the life of Lydia, true Protestantism, “Their sacrifice was in truth a “sacrifice of contrition” .Such a character as typified in the life of Lydia shall be required of the faithful ones when the antitypical jezebel will soon regain her supremacy again.

Rome Will Regain Her Lost Supremacy
In Last day events we read “As we approach the last crisis it is of vital moment that harmony and unity exist among the Lord’s instrumentalities. The world is filled with storm and war and variance. Yet under one head–the papal power–the people will unite to oppose God in the person of His witnesses. This union is cemented by the great apostate. Laws enforcing the observance of Sunday as the Sabbath will bring about a national apostasy from the principles of republicanism upon which the government has been founded. The religion of the papacy will be accepted by the rulers, and the law of God will be made void.A day of great intellectual darkness has been shown to be favorable to the success of popery. It will yet be demonstrated that a day of great intellectual light is equally favorable for its success.In the movements now in progress in the United States to secure for the institutions and usages of the church the support of the state, Protestants are following in the steps of papists. Nay, more, they are opening the door for the papacy to regain in Protestant America the supremacy which she has lost in the Old World.To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will yield to the demand for a Sunday law….By th decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. . . . As the approach of the Roman armies was a sign to the disciples of the impending destruction of Jerusalem, so may this apostasy be a sign to us that the limit of God’s forbearance is reached.–We must take a firm stand that we will not reverence the first day of the week as the Sabbath, for it is not the day that was blessed and sanctified by Jehovah, and in reverencing Sunday we should place ourselves on the side of the great deceiver…. When the law of God has been made void and apostasy becomes a national sin, the Lord will work in behalf of His people.–The people of the United States have been a favored people, but when they restrict religious liberty, surrender Protestantism, and give countenance to popery, the measure of their guilt will be full, and “national apostasy” will be registered in the books of heaven.–RH May 2, 1893. {LDE 133.4}

Light for Those Who Are Willing
God’s Spirit can only enlighten the understanding of those who are willing to be enlightened. We read that God opened the ears of Lydia, so that she attended to the message spoken by Paul. To declare the whole counsel of God and all that was essential for Lydia to receive–this was the part Paul was to act in her conversion; and then the God of all grace exercised His power, leading the soul in the right way. God and the human agent cooperated, and the work was wholly successful (Letter 150, 1900). {6BC 1062.2}