TNDL: “Which of the 7 churches of asia MINOR IS STILL EXISTING TODAY IN 20 21? Thyatira is the church of Rome, she still has some ‘PEOPLEGE,’ TRUE followeres of Yeshua, the Christ, in that church of Thyatira! The risen and glorifed Christ told them, who did not follow the Jezebel false teacher, to hold fast untill he come!”

Thyatira-Akhisar In the book of Acts, Lydia was a wealthy benefactress and convert to Christianity. A seller of purple cloth, Lydia’s original home was the city of Thyatira. The ancient coins of Thyatira show a multitude of guilds including linen weavers, bronze workers, potters, and bakers. Thyatira was the only city of the Seven Churches built on flat ground without natural defenses, making it vulnerable to attack. In John’s vision, Jesus is described with feet like burnished bronze — a metaphor Thyatira citizens would have easily grasped because of its bronze workers.

Ruins from an unknown ancient structure remain fenced-off from modern-day life in Akhisar. Photo by Karrie Sparrow.

Jesus warned those in Thyatira who were tolerating the deceptive teaching of “Jezebel,” an unrepentant influencer or perhaps a symbol for the licentiousness that led people into Satan’s “deep secrets” (Rev. 2:20, 24 NIV). Few in Thyatira had remained true to the faith, and Jesus encouraged them to “hold on” (Rev. 2:25 NIV). He promised authority over nations to those who persevere until the end.

An apartment building overlooks the crumbled walls of ancient Thyatira. It’s possible Paul and Silas visited Thyatira during their second or third missionary journey. Photo by Karrie Sparrow.Thyatira-Akhisar

In the book of Acts, Lydia was a wealthy benefactress and convert to Christianity. A seller of purple cloth, Lydia’s original home was the city of Thyatira. The ancient coins of Thyatira show a multitude of guilds including linen weavers, bronze workers, potters, and bakers. Thyatira was the only city of the Seven Churches built on flat ground without natural defenses, making it vulnerable to attack. In John’s vision, Jesus is described with feet like burnished bronze — a metaphor Thyatira citizens would have easily grasped because of its bronze workers.

Ruins from an unknown ancient structure remain fenced-off from modern-day life in Akhisar. Photo by Karrie Sparrow.

Jesus warned those in Thyatira who were tolerating the deceptive teaching of “Jezebel,” an unrepentant influencer or perhaps a symbol for the licentiousness that led people into Satan’s “deep secrets” (Rev. 2:20, 24 NIV). Few in Thyatira had remained true to the faith, and Jesus encouraged them to “hold on” (Rev. 2:25 NIV). He promised authority over nations to those who persevere until the end.

An apartment building overlooks the crumbled walls of ancient Thyatira. It’s possible Paul and Silas visited Thyatira during their second or third missionary journey.

Photo by Karrie Sparrow.