TUESDAY, JANUARY 21
Scripture: Isaiah 14:13, Revelation 2:18-29
Isaiah 14:13b says, “I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north;” This corresponds to the giant of Numbers 13 named Ahiman. This giant is self-protection. In self-protection no one has the right to correct or rebuke me. ‘I choose where I am going.’ The enemy is setting himself above correction and protecting his own kingdom. His attitude is, ‘I am above correction and have the right to protect my own kingdom. I’m choosing my own developmental path and nobody is going to tell me I can’t have what I want. I’m insulating myself from oppositional voices.’ This is a pinnacle rebellion-place coming from a high and haughty heart that sees self on the Throne. The worst judgment of all of the 7 churches is conferred upon Thyatira, the church which refuses correction. They choose to allow rebellion. Jezebel is at home in Thyatira teaching sexual immorality. This is the church that fully accepts the perverse lifestyle and is judged for it! Jesus promises to throw them into a sickbed. This is the Savior who chose to suffer the lashes so we could be healed, by whose stripes we are healed! With those who choose to reverse His Word, Jesus reverses His responses! Six times in the Gospels Jesus healed them all, so His nature is to heal the sick, but not in Thyatira because they allow and choose what God forbids. Christ reverses the promise to deliver from tribulation by creating it! The God Who resurrects displays His authority over death by sending it. Equally as amazing as the penalty for those who refuse correction is the blessing for those who reject Thyatira and choose obedience to God’s Word: obedience is rewarded by power over the nations and the privilege of ruling with a rod of iron. The overcomers become the agents of affliction in Revelation 11:3-7. Jesus bought and paid for the overcomer’s anointing that makes us just like Him in the last days!