The fourth church in Jesus’ exhortation to the churches of Asia was located in Thyatira, a city located about 40 miles southeast of Pergamum on the ancient Roman mail route. We first learn of this city in Acts 16:14 when Lydia, a woman from Thyatira, believed Paul’s Gospel and offered her home as a base for his operations in Philippi. Thyatira is situated in the district of Lydia near the border of Mysia and is famous for its purple and scarlet dyes. It was the smallest of the seven churches, but it received the largest letter from Jesus. It had a large number of trade guilds in the city, which may indicate social and economic pressures to conform to local religious and political celebrations, if one hoped to gain employment or survive in business. Read the rest of this entry »
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