Personal Lessons in Christ’s lettersto the seven Churches – Rev. 2 & 3.
The promised reward to Thyatira overcomers is in Rev. 2:26-28 - “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”
Dispensationally they speak of those who endure tribulation and will reign over the earth. We could say, they are the foot portion of the mystical body of Christ. Zec. 14:4, “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem…” All believers will reign with Christ in some measure, but some in a lesser way.
V. 28, “And I will give him the morning star.” Coming out of the darkest hour they will behold His light. Christ is to them as the morning star, the promise of a brighter day – the millennium. Mal. 4:1, “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven…But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings…”
The 5 foolish virgins of Mt. 25 correspond with these overcomers. They were not able to go into the marriage supper of the Lamb (the door of translation was shut) and they dwell on the earth.
Let us move on to the Sardis overcomers. Rev. 3:4-5, “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.”
They are saved, clothed with Christ’s righteousness. The overcomers out of that condition, hold to His name in spite of where they are. Do you have loved ones who are saved, but not yielded to the Lord. Be comforted, “The Lord knoweth them that are his” II Tim. 2:19. They belong to Him, He purchased them with His own blood. In spite of all the social preaching and error in Christendom, they accepted Christ. He will say, these are my people.
Next issue: The reward promised Philadelphia and Laodicean overcomers.