The Church at Thyatira represents a falling away from truth and profound apostasy. This city had ties to ancient Babylonian mythology which, in addition to being marked by violence and sensuality, had a particular ability to pervert (corrupt) true spiritual principles.
The Lord’s message to the church at Smyrna prophetically points forward to a time of great persecution for believers. It reminds believers that God can use suffering and opposition to bring about spiritual growth and an increased witness.
Many scholars believe that the letter to the seven churches in Revelation prophetically points forward to future periods in the history of the Church and point back in time to periods in Old Testament history. What can we take away from this ancient message to first-century churches?