The name “Thyatira” means “Daughter”. The name of the city before it was changed to Thyatira was “Semiramis“. This is interesting since Semiramis reflects the Jezebel figure in this letter.


The “doctrine of Balaam” that began in Pergamos grows into idolatry in Thyatira. In the Old Testament, Balaam instructed an enemy king to lure the Israelites into sin with the young women of his kingdom. The result, Balaam said, would be that God would curse the Israelites and the enemy king would not have to worry about the advancing Jews. The plan worked and idol worship remained a problem in Israel until they were taken captive into Babylon many years later.


The same plan works in the churches in Revelation 2.


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